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An Explosion in Innovation
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An Explosion in Innovation

Innovation in eight emerging areas of science and technology is poised to skyrocket as the number of people online grows from 2 billion in 2010 to 5 billion by...

The Trouble With Tinkering Time
From ACM Careers

The Trouble With Tinkering Time

It's the latest R&D trend: penciling in tinkering time on the company clock.

Facebook on Collision Course With Google on Web Searches
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Facebook on Collision Course With Google on Web Searches

After years of collecting photos and personal data from its billion-plus members, Facebook Inc. Tuesday unveiled a search tool that sifts through people's profiles—and...

Electronics Develop a Sixth Sense
From ACM TechNews

Electronics Develop a Sixth Sense

This year's Consumer Electronics Show is being dominated by the term "context awareness," which describes technology that enables products to pick up clues to users'...

The Future of Medicine Is Now
From ACM Opinion

The Future of Medicine Is Now

In our era of instant gratification, the world of medicine seems like an outlier.

Research Outlays to Decline Next Year
From ACM TechNews

Research Outlays to Decline Next Year

Research and development spending by governments and corporations in the Unites States and Europe could decline in 2013 as a result of weak economies and large...

Tor: An Anonymous, and Controversial, Way to Web-Surf
From ACM TechNews

Tor: An Anonymous, and Controversial, Way to Web-Surf

The Tor Project, which was created 10 years ago to hide the online activity of dissidents in countries that censor the Internet, has recently seen its popularity...

­.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens
From ACM TechNews

­.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens

The U.S. National Counterterrorism Center implemented a new program in March that allows the agency to copy entire government databases and examine information...

Microsoft Retools in Fight Against China Pirates
From ACM News

Microsoft Retools in Fight Against China Pirates

For pirates in China, where illegal software sales greatly outmatch legal ones, a new version of Windows typically means a new treasure ship to plunder.

More Radar, Less Radio for Safer Takeoffs And Landings
From ACM News

More Radar, Less Radio for Safer Takeoffs And Landings

US Airways Flight 27 was roaring down Runway 15R at Boston's Logan Airport when a pickup truck suddenly pulled into its path.

They Know What You're Shopping For
From ACM News

They Know What You're Shopping For

Georgia resident Andy Morar is in the market for a BMW.

Heart Gadgets Test Privacy-Law Limits
From ACM News

Heart Gadgets Test Privacy-Law Limits

The small box inside Amanda Hubbard's chest beams all kinds of data about her faulty heart to the company that makes her defibrillator implant.

A Computer For Your Car's Windshield
From ACM TechNews

A Computer For Your Car's Windshield

General Motors and Daimler AG are developing new windshields that use augmented reality to display driving directions, text messages, or oncoming hazards, all without...

The ­ps and Downs of Making Elevators Go
From ACM Careers

The ­ps and Downs of Making Elevators Go

You press a button and wait for your elevator. How long before you get impatient and agitated? Theresa Christy says 20 seconds.

A Spy-Gear Arms Race Transforms Modern Divorce
From ACM News

A Spy-Gear Arms Race Transforms Modern Divorce

Danny Lee Hormann suspected his wife was having an affair.

In Des Moines, Turning Off Beacon Unleashes a Storm
From ACM Careers

In Des Moines, Turning Off Beacon Unleashes a Storm

A Des Moines television station has turned off the lights on the city's Weather Beacon, igniting a tempest among residents who were raised to look downtown for...

New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates
From ACM News

New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates

For more than two years, the police in San Leandro, Calif., photographed Mike Katz-Lacabe's Toyota Tercel almost weekly.

Mobile Ads: Here's What Works and What Doesn't
From ACM News

Mobile Ads: Here's What Works and What Doesn't

In 2010, Apple Inc. AAPL co-founder Steve Jobs proclaimed, "Mobile advertising really sucks." Now, however, the rule book for what works in mobile advertising is...

Who's Behind the Wheel? Nobody.
From ACM Opinion

Who's Behind the Wheel? Nobody.

The Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca is a 2.2-mile asphalt roller coaster plunging and soaring across California's tawny Monterey highlands.

Most Watched Online Ad of 2012 Campaign Is…
From ACM News

Most Watched Online Ad of 2012 Campaign Is…

As we head into the election homestretch, it seems a good time to ask: What is the top watched online ad of the 2012 election cycle so far?
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