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December 2012


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The Next Big Os War Is in Your Dashboard

The Next Big Os War Is in Your Dashboard

Competition in automotive technology has long been about who's got the most horsepower, the best towing capacity or the fastest acceleration. These days, though, it's all about having the slickest infotainment systems and most…


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Eight Questions For Rick Smolan About the Human Face of Big Data

Eight Questions For Rick Smolan About the Human Face of Big Data

If you work anywhere near anything that might be described as "Big Data" and have ever had trouble explaining to someone you care about why what you do matters, the obvious gift to give this holiday season is "The Human Face…


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How to Make Almost Anything

How to Make Almost Anything

A new digital revolution is coming, this time in fabrication. It draws on the same insights that led to the earlier digitizations of communication and computation, but now what is being programmed is the physical world rather…


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James Bond Fails the Tech Test in Skyfall

James Bond Fails the Tech Test in Skyfall

As a self-confessed technology geek, there have been numerous occasions when my enjoyment of a movie has been marred by technological impossibilities.


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9 Wishes For Microsoft's Next Xbox, Whatever It's Called

9 Wishes For Microsoft's Next Xbox, Whatever It's Called

Citing the usual sources-who-shall-remain-nameless, Bloomberg reports what everyone's been assuming all year—that Microsoft's going to launch its next game system sometime in late 2013.


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Willow Garage Scientists Make Robots to Help Disabled People

Willow Garage Scientists Make Robots to Help Disabled People

If you plan to visit the offices of robotics research scientists Kaijen Hsiao and Matei Ciocarlie in Menlo Park, a word to the wise: The nine PR2 robots they're working with to help improve the lives of the severely disabled…


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Could a Syria-Style Internet Blackout Happen in the ­.s.?

Could a Syria-Style Internet Blackout Happen in the ­.s.?

The ongoing Internet blackout in Syria, like the one that occurred in Egypt early in 2011, prompts curiosity as to whether such an event could happen in one's own country.


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Jeff Hawkins Develops a Brainy Big Data Company

Jeff Hawkins Develops a Brainy Big Data Company

Jeff Hawkins has been a pioneer of mobile devices, a distinguished lecturer in neuroscience, and a published author of a revolutionary theory of how the brain works.


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Was a Texas Student Really Expelled for Refusing To Wear an RFID Chip?

Was a Texas Student Really Expelled for Refusing To Wear an RFID Chip?

The Texas school district that began requiring its students to wear RFID tracking chips this year is now facing a fight in federal court.


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How Martin Odersky Rewrote the Rules of Coding For a Mobile World

How Martin Odersky Rewrote the Rules of Coding For a Mobile World

Next time you pull out your smartphone to use a popular application—whether it's to price check items in a store, to tweet or to check your cloud-based calendar—you might thank Martin Odersky.


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How to ­se Technology to Make You Smarter

Can a calculator make you smarter?


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Why We Must Fight For the Internet's Freedom

Why We Must Fight For the Internet's Freedom

The Internet empowers each one of us to speak, create, learn, and share.


From Communications of the ACM

IT Innovation For the Bottom of the Pyramid

IT Innovation For the Bottom of the Pyramid

New ways to develop technologies for the emerging growth markets.


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Saving Private Gromit

Saving Private Gromit

Reflections on the legalities and economics of preserving animations and games in Europe.


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Can More Code Mean Fewer Bugs?

Can More Code Mean Fewer Bugs?

The bytes you save today may bite you tomorrow.


From Communications of the ACM

Why We Need an ACM Special Interest Group For Broadening Participation

Why We Need an ACM Special Interest Group For Broadening Participation

A proposal for an international group focused on broadening participation.


From Communications of the ACM

Alan Turing Remembered

Alan Turing Remembered

A unique firsthand account of formative experiences with Alan Turing.


From Communications of the ACM

Q&A: As Good As It Gets

Q&A: As Good As It Gets

Sanjeev Arora talks about proof, intractability, and finding the best way to approximate problems.


From Communications of the ACM

Moods

Moods

Recognizing and working with moods — your own, your team's, and your customers' — is essential to professional success.

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