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Open For Business
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Open For Business

Should academic articles be available for free on the Web?

The Snails of War
From ACM News

The Snails of War

The electric snail is here. There's an electric cockroach too.

iPad Teardown Reveals $375.10 Total Cost; Samsung Wins Big
From ACM News

iPad Teardown Reveals $375.10 Total Cost; Samsung Wins Big

The new iPad costs about $364.35 for its bill of materials, according to a teardown analysis by IHS iSuppli. 

Free Apps Eat Up Your Phone Battery Just Sending Ads
From ACM TechNews

Free Apps Eat Up Your Phone Battery Just Sending Ads

Free versions of Android apps use up to 75 percent of their energy serving ads or tracking and uploading user data, says Purdue University's Abhinav Pathak. Free...

The Robots Are Coming! Better Get Used to It
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The Robots Are Coming! Better Get Used to It

For those of you reluctant to welcome our new robot overloads, it might be time to reconsider your stance.

Free Apps Eat Up Your Phone Battery Just Sending Ads
From ACM News

Free Apps Eat Up Your Phone Battery Just Sending Ads

Struggling to make your smartphone battery last the whole day? Paying for your apps might help.

Hp Scientists Envision 10-Teraflop Manycore Chip
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Hp Scientists Envision 10-Teraflop Manycore Chip

Hewlett-Packard's research division is developing Corona, a manycore chipset designed to outperform existing average-sized high-performance computing clusters....

Microsoft Puts Finger on 1ms Touchscreen
From ACM TechNews

Microsoft Puts Finger on 1ms Touchscreen

Microsoft researchers are studying how touchscreen users could have a better experience by improving a device's latency.  

Poll Consensus on Million-Dollar Logic Problem
From ACM TechNews

Poll Consensus on Million-Dollar Logic Problem

University of Maryland, College Park computer scientist William Gasarch has re-run his poll on the biggest problem in computer science.

From ACM News

Guiding Robot Planes with Hand Gestures

Aircraft-carrier crew use a set of standard hand gestures to guide planes on the carrier deck. But as robot planes are increasingly used for routine air missions...

Drones Over America: What Can They See?
From ACM News

Drones Over America: What Can They See?

Unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, have long played a role in military operations. But imagine thousands of drones flying over U.S. skies—something we may see...

Wireless Medical Monitors Transforming Patient Care
From ACM News

Wireless Medical Monitors Transforming Patient Care

It's hard to find a better example of how technology is revolutionizing patient care than the tiny edible sensor Proteus Biomedical of Redwood City plans to begin...

Google Gives Search a Refresh
From ACM News

Google Gives Search a Refresh

Google Inc. is giving its tried-and-true Web-search formula a makeover as it tries to fix the shortcomings of today's technology and maintain its dominant market...

Xbox at 10 in Europe: How the Console Shaped Gaming History
From ACM Opinion

Xbox at 10 in Europe: How the Console Shaped Gaming History

The games industry was a very different place 10 years ago. Still dominated by Japanese games and Japanese games machines, Microsoft's plans to launch its own dedicated...

New Interest in Hacking as Threat to Security
From ACM News

New Interest in Hacking as Threat to Security

During the five-month period between October and February, there were 86 reported attacks on computer systems in the United States that control critical infrastructure...

From ACM News

Software Translates Your Voice Into Another Language

Researchers at Microsoft have made software that can learn the sound of your voice, and then use it to speak a language that you don't.

Saving Power, Saving Money
From ACM TechNews

Saving Power, Saving Money

Case Western Reserve University researchers have developed a technique they say saves power and money in computer processors by using less energy and producing...

A Bit of Progress: Diamonds Shatter Quantum Information Storage Record
From ACM News

A Bit of Progress: Diamonds Shatter Quantum Information Storage Record

The quantum world and the everyday world of human experience are supposed to be two different realms. Quantum effects, as demonstrated in the lab, are usually confined...

Sometimes the Quickest Path Is Not a Sraight Line
From ACM News

Sometimes the Quickest Path Is Not a Sraight Line

Sometimes the fastest pathway from point A to point B is not a straight line: for example, if you're underwater and contending with strong and shifting currents...

W3c Ceo Calls Html5 as Transformative as Early Web
From ACM TechNews

W3c Ceo Calls Html5 as Transformative as Early Web

World Wide Web Consortium CEO Jeff Jaffe says HTML5 will be among the most disruptive elements to hit organizations since the early days of the Internet.  
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