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Nhtsa Has No Software Engineers or Ees To Analyze Toyotas
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Nhtsa Has No Software Engineers or Ees To Analyze Toyotas

A report in The Washington Post on the Congressional investigation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's response to multiple reports of Toyota...

3-D Chip Design Challenges
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3-D Chip Design Challenges

Engineers from the European research agency IMEC discussed the design challenges of stacking layers of silicon dies using vertical copper interconnects, or through...

From ACM News

Is That a 'black Box' in Your Car?

Just a few miles east of Los Angeles International Airport, a Chevy Tahoe barreled its way through a residential neighborhood on a Sunday evening. The driver lost...

For Chip Makers, the Next Battle Is in Smartphones
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For Chip Makers, the Next Battle Is in Smartphones

The going rate for a state-of-the-art chip factory is about $3 billion. The plants typically take years to build. And the microscopic size of chip circuitry requires...

What ­tilities Have Learned From Smart-Meter Tests...
From ACM News

What ­tilities Have Learned From Smart-Meter Tests...

Utilities have learned a lot about how smart meters can compel consumers to save electricity. Unfortunately, too often they aren't putting the knowledge to good...

Apple Claims Top Spot in Annual Computer Reliability Report
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Apple Claims Top Spot in Annual Computer Reliability Report

Apple personal computers received the highest reliability score in RESCUECOM's Annual 2010 Computer Reliability Report released Monday (February 22). Manufacturers...

How to Make the Internet a Lot Faster
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How to Make the Internet a Lot Faster

Google recently announced plans to build an experimental fiber network that would offer gigabit-per-second broadband speeds to up to 500,000 U.S. homes. The speeds...

From ACM TechNews

CM­ Joins Open Cirrus Test Bed For Advancing Cloud Computing Research

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has joined Open Cirrus, an open source testbed established by Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Yahoo! to advance cloud computing education...

Cashing in on Internet Censorship
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Cashing in on Internet Censorship

A growing number of software companies are capitalizing on an unexpected business opportunity: Internet censorship.  In countries where governments continue to...

Digging Deep Into Diamonds
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Digging Deep Into Diamonds

Harvard University researchers have created diamond-based nanowire devices that offer a bright, stable source of single photons at room temperature, which is an...

From ACM TechNews

Intel Experimental Processor Adapts to Environmental Challenges on the Fly

Intel has created a microprocessor that is capable of delivering its specified throughput without requiring any reserve cycles to account for dips in power, changes...

New Technology Offers Secure Electronic Payment via Mobile Phones
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New Technology Offers Secure Electronic Payment via Mobile Phones

University of Oxford researchers have developed a protocol for facilitating secure peer-to-peer and person-to-person payments using mobile phones. 

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Hold Vendors Liable For Buggy Software, Security Experts Say

Security experts from more than 30 organizations recently called on enterprises to put more pressure on security vendors to ensure secure code development. 

DARPA Looks to Build Real-Life C3p0
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DARPA Looks to Build Real-Life C3p0

Right now, troops trying to listen in on enemy chatter rely on a convoluted process. They tune into insurgency radio frequencies, then hand the radio over to local...

From ACM News

A Faster Wireless Web

Transfers of large amounts of data across the Internet to wireless devices suffer from a key problem: The Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) used to send and receive...

­.s. Networks and Power Grid ­nder (mock) Cyber-Attack
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­.s. Networks and Power Grid ­nder (mock) Cyber-Attack

Unknown hackers have taken out U.S. cellphone networks in an ongoing cyber-attack that will soon knock out parts of the nation's electricity grid – say the officials...

Scientists Decode the Secrets of Olympic Skeleton Sliding
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Scientists Decode the Secrets of Olympic Skeleton Sliding

Using state-of-the-art flow measurements, engineering professor Timothy Wei and students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., are employing science...

From ACM News

Ibm's Jeopardy-Playing Machine Now Beats Human Contestants

IBM's Jeopardy-playing supercomputer is now capable of beating human Jeopardy contestants on a regular basis, but has a ways to go before it takes on the likes...

Google Set to Showcase Fast Internet
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Google Set to Showcase Fast Internet

Google said Wednesday that it would offer ultrahigh-speed Internet access in some communities in a test that could showcase the kinds of things that would be possible...

The Power of 'random'
From ACM TechNews

The Power of 'random'

Communications networks' efficiency could be upgraded with a new network coding approach co-developed by researchers at MIT in which a router mathematically combines...
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