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Inside North Korea's Hacker Army

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:42

In most respects, Jong Hyok looks like any other middle-aged male tech worker you might see on the skyscraper-shadowed streets of Seoul's Gangnam district: smartphone in hand, dark-blue winter coat over a casual, open-collared work shirt.

Is Tech Dividing America?

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:38

When Americans consider how technology has changed their lives, they tend to focus on how the internet and smartphones have altered how they watch TV, connect with friends, or how they shop. But those changes pale in comparison to how technology has already restructured the economy, shaking up the workforce and shifting opportunity to tech-centric urban hubs.

How to Design a New Chip on a Budget

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 13:22

We recently had an interesting exchange with bunnie Huang, hardware guru and creator of ChumbyNetTV, and the Novena laptop, among other things. He's also the author of Hacking the XboxThe Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen, and not one but two feature articles in IEEE Spectrum.

NSF Grant Awarded to Fund Study of Using Augmented Reality to Interest Girls in STEM

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 13:04

Researchers at the University of Maryland' Center for Environmental Sciences' Appalachian Laboratory have received a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to use augmented reality design experiences to pique teenaged girls' interest in science and technology.

Solving Bottlenecks in STEM Employment

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 10:21

Filling a STEM position takes more than twice as long as any other. The most likely explanation is a lack of qualified candidates.

If Workers Slack Off, the Wristband Will Know. (And Amazon Has a Patent for It.)

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 16:32

What if your employer made you wear a wristband that tracked your every move, and that even nudged you via vibrations when it judged that you were doing something wrong?

China Wants to Make the Chips that Will Add AI to Any Gadget

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 14:14

In an office at Tsinghua University in Beijing, a computer chip is crunching data from a nearby camera, looking for faces stored in a database.

Breaking Down Barriers to Computer Science for Students With Disabilities

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 12:04

Disabled students are often shortchanged in computer science education, and Sheryl Burgstahler, director of the University of Washington's DO-IT Center, is working with others to make it more widely available.

Educating for Equity and Access in Computer Science

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 12:03

Jane Margolis and Julie Flapan of UCLA discuss their mission to boost the diversity of next-generation programmers and coders.

How Immersive Technology Is Changing the Way Students Learn

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 10:19

California State University is working to add more pilot projects and courses on its campuses to leverage the power of augmented reality and virtual reality.

Inside Amazon's Artificial Intelligence Flywheel

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 17:11

In early 2014, Srikanth Thirumalai met with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

How Intel Creates Its Dazzling Drone Light Shows

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 11:10

After the lights went dark in the Monte Carlo resort's Park Theater, a buzzing army of 110 small drones with flickering red lights started to float up to the ceiling from offstage.

Teaching Code to Elementary Students to Fill the Coder Pipeline

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 10:52

Computer science majors from Wichita State University are offering Scratch instruction to elementary school classrooms during the 2017-2018 school year.

Technical Perspective

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 00:00

A Large-scale Comparative Study of Beta Testers and Regular Users

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 00:00
Beta testers should represent a future product's target users as much as possible.

Technical Perspective: Designing Algorithms and the Fairness Criteria They Should Satisfy

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 00:00

"Which Is the Fairest (Rent Division) of Them All?" focuses on the problem of rent division, and stands out in the variety of techniques applied to arrive at a solution.

Achieving Gender Equity

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 00:00

Why, with so much sustained effort by so many individuals and organizations, is progress toward gender equity so slow?

The Follower Factory

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 13:41

The real Jessica Rychly is a Minnesota teenager with a broad smile and wavy hair. She likes reading and the rapper Post Malone.

How Programmers Learn to Code

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 13:04

Most coders' programming skills are self-taught, and more than a quarter of  surveyed developers wrote their first piece of code before they were 16 years old.

U.S. Leads but China Gains in NSF 2018 S&E Indicators Report

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 13:04

The U.S. National Science Foundation's Science and Engineering Indicators 2018 report found the U.S. still leads in science and engineering worldwide, although China is advancing.