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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?

'Junk DNA' Debunked
From ACM News

'Junk DNA' Debunked

The deepest look into the human genome so far shows it to be a richer, messier and more intriguing place than was believed just a decade ago, scientists said Wednesday...

The Joys of ­rban Tech
From ACM Careers

The Joys of ­rban Tech

For as long as many of us can remember, high-tech industries have flourished in the suburban office parks that are so ubiquitous in Silicon Valley, North Carolina's...

A Peace Corps For Civic-Minded Geeks
From ACM TechNews

A Peace Corps For Civic-Minded Geeks

The nonprofit Code for America, a kind of Peace Corps for geeks, has led the way in bringing online efficiency to offline government systems, picking a team of...

Smartphones Challenge Chip Limits
From ACM News

Smartphones Challenge Chip Limits

Smartphones and other devices keep getting smarter, but that may change if a key step in manufacturing computer chips isn't updated soon.

Will the Next Election Be Hacked?
From ACM Opinion

Will the Next Election Be Hacked?

Two years ago, hackers gained access to an online voting system created by the District of Columbia and altered every ballot on behalf of their own preferred candidates...

Future of Data: Encoded in Dna
From ACM News

Future of Data: Encoded in Dna

In the latest effort to contend with exploding quantities of digital data, researchers encoded an entire book into the genetic molecules of DNA, the basic building...

My Life as a Telecommuting Robot
From ACM News

My Life as a Telecommuting Robot

I was strolling down the hall to a meeting on a Wednesday afternoon when I suddenly blacked out, coming to a halt.

Samsung Case Is a Proxy For Google
From ACM News

Samsung Case Is a Proxy For Google

When Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. face off in a high-stakes patent trial Monday, there will be another elephant in the room: Google Inc.

Can Data Mining Stop the Killing?
From ACM Opinion

Can Data Mining Stop the Killing?

Would Total Information Awareness have stopped James Eagan Holmes?

Apple v. Samsung: The Patent Trial of the Century
From ACM News

Apple v. Samsung: The Patent Trial of the Century

Samsung Electronics Co. recently leapfrogged Apple Inc. as the world's largest seller of smartphones.

Autopilots Take to the Ground
From ACM News

Autopilots Take to the Ground

For decades, autopilots have controlled how planes climb, cruise and descend in the air.

The Eyes Have It: Marketers Now Track Shoppers' Retinas
From ACM News

The Eyes Have It: Marketers Now Track Shoppers' Retinas

Consumer-products companies are turning to new technology to overcome the biggest obstacle to learning what shoppers really think: what the shoppers say.

Cybercriminals Sniff Out Vulnerable Firms
From ACM News

Cybercriminals Sniff Out Vulnerable Firms

With cybercriminals a greater threat to small businesses than ever before, more entrepreneurs like Lloyd Keilson are left asking themselves who is to blame for...

Pentagon Digs In on Cyberwar Front
From ACM News

Pentagon Digs In on Cyberwar Front

The U.S. military is accelerating its cyberwarfare training programs in an aggressive expansion of its preparations for conflict on an emerging battlefield.

Nbc, Google, Stage 'war Games' To Prepare For Olympic Disruptions
From ACM News

Nbc, Google, Stage 'war Games' To Prepare For Olympic Disruptions

NBC and Google are conducting "war games" in at least three countries, to prepare for the possibility of hacker attacks or hardware malfunction disrupting the online...

Your E-Book Is Reading You
From ACM News

Your E-Book Is Reading You

It takes the average reader just seven hours to read the final book in Suzanne Collins's "Hunger Games" trilogy on the Kobo e-reader—about 57 pages an hour.

Next Cameras Come Into View
From ACM News

Next Cameras Come Into View

Scientists at Duke University have built an experimental camera that allows the user—after a photo is taken—to zoom in on portions of the image in extraordinary...

In the Afghan War, a Little Robot Can Be a Soldier's Best Friend
From ACM News

In the Afghan War, a Little Robot Can Be a Soldier's Best Friend

The 310 SUGV is a distant cousin of the Roomba, the robotic vacuum cleaner currently being promoted as a Father's Day gift. In Afghanistan, the Marines call him...
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