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March 2015


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How Apple's Embrace of the New ­sb Points to World Without Wires

How Apple's Embrace of the New ­sb Points to World Without Wires

Ready or not, Apple's new MacBook is cutting the computing industry's cables.


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The 12 Tech Nuisances That Annoy ­s Most

The 12 Tech Nuisances That Annoy ­s Most

You know those days when your phone battery doesn't even make it to dinner?


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If an Algorithm Wrote This, How Would You Even Know?

If an Algorithm Wrote This, How Would You Even Know?

Let me hazard a guess that you think a real person has written what you're reading. Maybe you're right. Maybe not.


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Smartphones Set For Large-Scale Health Studies

Smartphones Set For Large-Scale Health Studies

Countless owners of smartphones and wearable devices are already using their devices to track their sleep, exercise, blood pressure and other measures of health. Now, biomedical researchers could have an easier time recruiting…


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Neil Degrasse Tyson's Latest Science Projects

Neil Degrasse Tyson's Latest Science Projects

If everyone else is drinking beer, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson orders a milkshake.


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Here's What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official

Here's What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official

Three years ago, technology was going to transform higher education. What happened?


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Year Zero: Our Life Timelines Begin

Year Zero: Our Life Timelines Begin

In 10 years, every human connected to the Internet will have a timeline.


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The Mathematics Behind Internet Virality

The Mathematics Behind Internet Virality

For a few days in late February, the world stopped to argue over a photograph.


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How to Restore Trust in American Technology

How to Restore Trust in American Technology

Last November in the town of Wuzhen, China hosted its first large international summit on Internet governance and cybersecurity.


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There Is Actually One Thing You Can Do to Fight the Surveillance Machine

There Is Actually One Thing You Can Do to Fight the Surveillance Machine

Reading this right now?


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Get Creative at Your Desk With a Little Playtime

Get Creative at Your Desk With a Little Playtime

Playing with a geometric puzzle or stress ball at your desk can seem like idle diversion. It may also spark clearer or more creative thinking.


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Are Your Devices Hardwired For Betrayal?

Are Your Devices Hardwired For Betrayal?

It's an interesting time to be a computer security researcher.


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The Easiest Way to Get Hacked: ­se Phone at Phone Show

The Easiest Way to Get Hacked: ­se Phone at Phone Show


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After Net Neutrality Vote, an ­ncertain Future For the Internet

After Net Neutrality Vote, an ­ncertain Future For the Internet

Thursday, during a rancorous meeting of the Federal Communications Commission, the agencyvoted 3-2 to impose public utility regulations on Internet access providers, resurrecting a 1934 law known as Title II.


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Copyrightability of Java APIs Revisited

Copyrightability of Java APIs Revisited

A recent case challenges the long-standing view that application program interfaces are not protectable under copyright law.


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Why Did Computer Science Make a Hero Out of Turing?

Why Did Computer Science Make a Hero Out of Turing?

Comparing the legacy of Alan Turing in computer science with that of Carl Friedrich Gauss in mathematics.


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The Real Software Crisis: Repeatability as a Core Value

The Real Software Crisis

Sharing experiences running artifact evaluation committees for five major conferences.


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Reaching a Broader Population of Students Through 'Unplugged' Activities

Reaching a Broader Population of Students Through 'Unplugged' Activities

Introducing children to fundamental computing concepts through Computer Science Unplugged.


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Humans in Computing: Growing Responsibilities For Researchers

Humans in Computing

Considering the role of institutional review boards in computing research.


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A Technician Shortage

A Technician Shortage

In our elation about rising CS enrollments, we are overlooking a growing shortage of computing technicians. Our education system is not responding to this need.

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