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Digital Tattoos, Mind-Reading Headphones: The Shape of Things to Come?
From ACM Opinion

Digital Tattoos, Mind-Reading Headphones: The Shape of Things to Come?

Forecasting future technology has never been easy. In the 1950s, scientists and technologists envisaged that by now the world would be free from disease, traversed...

High-Tech Camera Acts Like a Bug's Eye
From ACM News

High-Tech Camera Acts Like a Bug's Eye

The next generation of digital cameras could show us how bugs see the world.

Graphene: The Nano-Size Material with a Massive Future
From ACM Opinion

Graphene: The Nano-Size Material with a Massive Future

Ever since it was discovered in 2004, graphene has been hailed as a natural wonder of the materials world destined to transform our lives in the 21st century.

The Great Surveillance Boom
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The Great Surveillance Boom

Video surveillance is big business. Expect it to get bigger. After law enforcement used closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to help identify last week's Boston...

After Boston: The Pros and Cons of Surveillance Cameras
From ACM News

After Boston: The Pros and Cons of Surveillance Cameras

Even after the identification of the Boston bombing suspects through grainy security-camera images, officials say that blanketing a city in surveillance cameras...

Hacker Says Phone App Could Hijack Plane
From ACM News

Hacker Says Phone App Could Hijack Plane

Could this be the deadliest smartphone app ever?

17 of Apple's Favorite Apps
From ACM Opinion

17 of Apple's Favorite Apps

Steve Jobs was a stickler for detail, requiring final approval on everything from ads to wording on his Keynote presentations. It's no surprise then that the company...

Top Brain Scientist Is 'philosopher at Heart'
From ACM News

Top Brain Scientist Is 'philosopher at Heart'

d Boyden tilts his head downward, remaining still except for his eyes, which dart back and forth between blinks for a full 10 seconds. Then, as if coming up for...

How Secure Is the Papal Election?
From ACM News

How Secure Is the Papal Election?

As the College of Cardinals prepares to elect a new pope, security people like me wonder about the process. How does it work, and just how hard would it be to hack...

Scan May Detect Signs of Nfl Players' Brain Disease
From ACM News

Scan May Detect Signs of Nfl Players' Brain Disease

An insidious, microscopic protein that has been found in the brain tissue of professional football players after death may now be detectable in living people by...

Why Everybody Wants a Slice of Raspberry Pi
From ACM Opinion

Why Everybody Wants a Slice of Raspberry Pi

In a world where computers are increasingly powerful and are concealed within ever more glossy slabs of aluminum, the Raspberry Pi offers surprising proof for the...

China Looks to Lead the Internet of Things
From ACM News

China Looks to Lead the Internet of Things

When architect James Law looks in the mirror each morning his reflection is not all that greets him—he can also see the weather report, email messages, and his...

5 Big Tech Issues Await Obama in Second Term
From ACM News

5 Big Tech Issues Await Obama in Second Term

Technology policy didn't get much air time in the 2012 presidential election, but the Obama administration will face serious issues over the next four years.

How Secure Is Your Electronic Vote?
From ACM News

How Secure Is Your Electronic Vote?

In an era when shadowy hackers can snatch secret government files and humble big businesses with seeming ease, it's an unavoidable question as Election Day approaches...

His Other Car Is on Mars
From ACM Opinion

His Other Car Is on Mars

On Earth, Scott Maxwell drives his red Prius without paying much attention to the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance.

Why Faces Matter to Facebook
From ACM Opinion

Why Faces Matter to Facebook

Facebook really wants to know what you look like.

Google Reports 'alarming' Rise in Government Censorship Requests
From ACM News

Google Reports 'alarming' Rise in Government Censorship Requests

Western governments, including the United States, appear to be stepping up efforts to censor Internet search results and YouTube videos, according to a "transparency...

The Tiny Island with a Huge Web Presence
From ACM News

The Tiny Island with a Huge Web Presence

If you're among the companies vying for one of the nearly 2,000 new generic top-level domains, or gTLDs, you've got big pockets. The application alone costs about...

Class of 2011 Scores Higher-Paying Jobs
From ACM TechNews

Class of 2011 Scores Higher-Paying Jobs

Engineering students secured the highest-paying jobs among 2011 graduates, according to a new survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.  

From ACM News

Cyberwar Explodes in Syria

A familiar digital chime rang on the computer. Someone was calling via Skype from Syria.
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