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ACM Fellows Honored

Forty-seven men and women are inducted as 2009 ACM Fellows.

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Teaching Computer Games

Rapid computer game creation (RCGC) could be used to close the digital divide, according to Nikunj Dalal and colleagues at Oklahoma State University. Schools and...

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Touchscreen Merges the Real and Digital Worlds

For all the advances in table-top and tablet computing, some design professionals will always prefer the feel of pen on paper to stylus on glass. A new device could...

Engineering Firm Awards Contract To Rowan ­niversity Computer Science Team
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Engineering Firm Awards Contract To Rowan ­niversity Computer Science Team

Mission Solutions Engineering has awarded a $100,000 one-year contract to Rowan University to help the firm improve the capabilities of a software system called...

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Darpa: U.s. Geek Shortage Is National Security Risk

Sure, we’re all plugged in and online 24/7. But fewer American kids are growing up to be bona fide computer geeks. And that poses a serious security risk for the...

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How Google Ranks Tweets

To deliver useful search returns from the so-called real-time Web--such as seconds-old Twitter "tweets" reporting traffic jams--Google has adapted its page-ranking...

Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures
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Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures

The technology industry is going retro — moving away from remote controls, mice and joysticks to something that arrives without batteries, wires or a user manual...

MIT and First Ally to Encourage STEM Educational Careers
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MIT and First Ally to Encourage STEM Educational Careers

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are collaborating on a program designed to...

India: A Nation Develops
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India: A Nation Develops

India is making the transition from a global outsourcing center to a global innovation nexus, but lingering challenges include persistent infrastructure difficulties...

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Wanted: Cyber Ninjas

U.S. colleges are adding courses and specialized degrees in the once-exotic field of cybersecurity to try to meet the growing demands for computer security skills...

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Bringing Color to E-Readers

One of the hot topics at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas is color e-readers, with several companies showcasing new products. While E-Ink has...

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Are Doctors Ready for Virtual Visits?

For over a decade now, health care experts have been promoting telemedicine, or the use of satellite technology, video conferencing and data transfer through phones...

Olpc ­nveils Slimline Tablet Pc
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Olpc ­nveils Slimline Tablet Pc

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) recently announced that the latest version of the XO laptop series, the XO-3, will be available in 2012 and will cost less than $100...

Scholars Test Emotion-Sensitive Tutoring Software
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Scholars Test Emotion-Sensitive Tutoring Software

University of Massachusetts Amherst's Beverly Park Woolf and Ivon M. Arroyo, along with Arizona State University's Winslow Burleson have developed an intelligent...

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Computer Science Education: It's Not Shop Class

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has a plan to reform U.S. high school computer science education by giving the curriculum a much-needed update. NSF...

Give a Humanist a Supercomputer . . .
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Give a Humanist a Supercomputer . . .

Humanities researchers involved in the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Department of Energy's high-performance computing competition provided updates...

Ntu and Edb Launch S$50 Million Ic Design Research Centre
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Ntu and Edb Launch S$50 Million Ic Design Research Centre

Nanyang Technological University and Singapore's Economic Development Board (EDB) have launched the Integrated Circuit (IC) Design Center of Excellence. The center...

Cyber Challenge Tests Nation's Top Hackers
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Cyber Challenge Tests Nation's Top Hackers

With the coolness of a card shark at the final table of the World Series of Poker, Matt Bergin pulls the hood of his brown sweatshirt over his head and concentrates...

New Programs Aim to Lure Young Into Digital Jobs
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New Programs Aim to Lure Young Into Digital Jobs

Educators and technologists say both the image of computing work and computer science education in high schools need to change to fill what are expected to be the...

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ACM and India

ACM is in the process of establishing ACM India as a legal entity and will hold its first conference in late January....
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