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In-depth analysis of the latest tech trends, with highlights of the top research from the world's standard-bearer for computing professionals.

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By Ashley Lipman
This year, more and more organizations are expected to move from waterfall approaches to DevOps. DevOps is a relatively new term used to refer to the new system of agile infrastructure. It’s a lean approach to collaboration in which development and operations staff work together through all stages of the…
By Robert Kolaski
Ethical issues surrounding data such as data privacy and theft have been on the rise. Data security continues to be something that all companies put on the forefront of their activities. The war for cybersecurity has been ongoing: and it seems that it will be ongoing for a while. As…
By Drew Hendricks
A customer service representative is integral to any company in every industry. They are the face of the brand, the liaison between the corporation and the individual, and as such, every business’ future rests on their success. If you’re friendly, passionate about helping others, knowledgeable, and patient, then you might…
An Industrial Technology Research Institute survey lists the 10 most crucial advanced technologies that will affect the Asian region by 2030.
By Larry Alton
At first glance, computer engineering and related fields may not seem like they have much to do with creativity. In our culture, we tend to draw a heavy line between fields related to math and/or logic and fields related to creativity—think of it as an external split between left-brained and…
By Anna Johansson
These days, it’s easy for entrepreneurs, bloggers, and other self-starters to get started with their own website. With a website builder, you can put together a web design based on a template, even if you have no previous web design experience. And thanks to built-in hosting services or external hosting…
By Larry Alton
Automation and AI are central to how we use computers today, and while these tools have made it possible for everyone from businesses to students to speed technical procedures, AI is becoming passé. According to technology experts, 2019 will see substantial growth in the area of deep learning accelerators, low-power…
Dejan Milojicic, Hewlett Packard Enterprise distinguished technologist and an IEEE Computer Society past president, began the new year speaking with Chinese state-owned China Global Television Network (CGTN) about the society's recently released Top 10 Tech Trends for 2019.
Deep learning accelerators, assisted transportation, and the Internet of Bodies (IoB) lead the 2019 technology outlook IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) tech experts unveil their annual predictions for the future of tech, presenting what they believe will be the most widely adopted technology trends in 2019. This year, the experts also…
By Lori Cameron
Experts at the IEEE Computer Society chronicle advances in healthcare and offer their own new technologies to improve our well-being, especially for individuals who may have difficulty caring for themselves or even accessing a doctor or therapist.
By Michael Martinez
It's been breathtaking. Just five decades ago, there wasn't even a school for software. "You were on your own," recalls one pioneer.

Today, software is a mass industry. It eats the world.

Read about the early days and the challenges ahead, in a special issue of the Society’s award-winning Software magazine, entitled “Software Engineering’s 50th Anniversary.”

Happy birthday, all!
By Michael Martinez and Lori Cameron
Google recently rolled out its prototype Duplex, a voice assistant so lifelike that some found it astounding but others deemed it unsettling and wondered if a new round of robocall abuse just dawned. Smart speakers tantalize us and yet raises new questions about humanity's interactions with voice assistants.
By Ellie Martin
Cybersecurity has become a chief concern amongst all people around the world. This is due, in part, to the famous hacking attacks on major international companies in recent years. The attacks on Target and Equifax brought new concerns about the ever-changing world to the forefront of people’s minds. There is…
By Lori Cameron and Michael Martinez
The future of self-driving vehicles—the next great imaginative leap for technology, with fortunes to be made—suffered a catastrophic setback recently when the all-important software allowing the autos to "see" pedestrians was called into question: A driverless vehicle operated by Uber struck and killed a woman in Arizona, prompting the state to suspend the firm's testing.
By Larry Alton
If you would have asked a techie back in the late 2000s or early 2010s what they thought of Microsoft, they might have described it as an obsolete company—one whose technological innovation had slowed to a crawl years ago. Yet back in May of this year, Microsoft’s company value surpassed that of Google—and it might be on track to keep growing.
By Larry Alton
If you work in IT or any other role that requires constant attention to a computer, you might be falling victim to computer vision syndrome without realizing it. Americans currently spend an average of 10 hours a day staring at screens, including computers, tablets, TVs, and smartphones, and that number is steadily increasing.
By Anna Johansson
As human beings, we tend to have trouble controlling our impulses. Our brains and bodies developed over the course of millions of years, in response to an environment that was trying to kill us. Now that we live in an era of relative comfort and abundance, the urges that kept us alive are now leading us to make unhealthy decisions.
By Paul Matthews
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are possibly two of the biggest trends in the entire tech world. We saw the rise of VR in gaming applications and mapping software, but what is the future of this technology?
By Ellie Martin
In recent years, the cumulative amount of high profile breaches has made the front page of the newspaper a terrifying read. Almost everyone has heard of the Equifax and Target breaches that leaked millions of people’s data for anyone and everyone to grab for free.
By Anthony Coggine
The Internet of Things has done something truly miraculous. It has allowed us to interact with others in ways we never thought possible before. With the Internet of Things, everything is connecting, communicating, transmitting, and analyzing.
By Diane Keller
The Internet of Things is an idea of potentially unending consequence and infinite possibility.
By Larry Alton
New technology is revolutionizing what the average person can do with money. We’re seeing the rise of new types of investments, higher levels of accessibility for existing investments, and more efficiency, which ultimately leads to even further consumer engagement. So how, exactly, is this accessibility improving, and where can it go from here?
By Anna Johansson
Big data empowers innovation in all forms. As long as you have sufficient data, the right tools to crunch those data, and the right questions to ask, you can feasibly use big data to solve any problem.
By AJ Phillips
Apps are a way of life now. It’s hard to remember a time when our lives weren’t dominated by apps and technology. This rise in apps leads to even more competition for developers. I bet you’ve found yourself in a situation where you downloaded an app, then proceeded to never use it again.
By Drew Hendricks
Imagine a world in which a medical robot examines you and diagnoses your ailment, then determines the best course of treatment, prescribes a perfectly-dosed medication, or performs high-precision surgery. What's left?
By Anthony Coggine
Automation is a wonderful way to supplement the efforts of your organization, boost productivity, and ease the burden of minutia on teams. While implementing automation has trade-offs to consider, and can even cause disruption to certain business processes, it also can have immense benefits if implemented correctly.
By Anna Johansson
Manually gathering data from multiple sources takes time, yet it’s a necessary task when data analysis drives your decision-making. With data coming from multiple sources and programs that don’t automatically talk to each other, processing data can be an arduous task.
By Larry Alton
If you’ve had your computer for more than a year or two, you’ve likely noticed its basic functions slowing down. There are many reasons for this, including the excessive (and increasing) number of files bogging the system down, and bugs in your operating system. Some of these factors can be mitigated or prevented, while others are just a natural part of a computer’s lifecycle. Fortunately, there are a few important changes you can make to encourage your PC to run faster.
By Larry Alton
3D rendering is a miracle of modern technology, capable of everything from creating lavish gaming experiences to simulating real-world environments for businesses. Unfortunately, your setup might suffer from lag, or delays that make it aggravating to render anything—but there are some simple changes that can improve your performance.
By Anna Johansson
Everywhere you look there are kids—from toddlers to teenagers—with noses buried in screens. Whether it's a computer, tablet, smartphone, or TV, our youth are spending way too much time sitting in front of screens. But this isn't a problem reserved for kids.
By Larry Alton
3D rendering is a miracle of modern technology, capable of everything from creating lavish gaming experiences to simulating real-world environments for businesses. Unfortunately, your setup might suffer from lag, or delays that make it aggravating to render anything—but there are some simple changes that can improve your performance.
By Larry Alton
3D rendering is a miracle of modern technology, capable of everything from creating lavish gaming experiences to simulating real-world environments for businesses. Unfortunately, your setup might suffer from lag, or delays that make it aggravating to render anything—but there are some simple changes that can improve your performance.
By Emily Jacobs
3D rendering is a miracle of modern technology, capable of everything from creating lavish gaming experiences to simulating real-world environments for businesses. Unfortunately, your setup might suffer from lag, or delays that make it aggravating to render anything—but there are some simple changes that can improve your performance.
By Ana Bera
3D rendering is a miracle of modern technology, capable of everything from creating lavish gaming experiences to simulating real-world environments for businesses. Unfortunately, your setup might suffer from lag, or delays that make it aggravating to render anything—but there are some simple changes that can improve your performance.
By Anna Johansson
3D rendering is a miracle of modern technology, capable of everything from creating lavish gaming experiences to simulating real-world environments for businesses. Unfortunately, your setup might suffer from lag, or delays that make it aggravating to render anything—but there are some simple changes that can improve your performance.
By AJ Phillips
3D rendering is a miracle of modern technology, capable of everything from creating lavish gaming experiences to simulating real-world environments for businesses. Unfortunately, your setup might suffer from lag, or delays that make it aggravating to render anything—but there are some simple changes that can improve your performance.
By Bilal Muqeet
3D rendering is a miracle of modern technology, capable of everything from creating lavish gaming experiences to simulating real-world environments for businesses. Unfortunately, your setup might suffer from lag, or delays that make it aggravating to render anything—but there are some simple changes that can improve your performance.
By Anna Johansson
3D rendering is a miracle of modern technology, capable of everything from creating lavish gaming experiences to simulating real-world environments for businesses. Unfortunately, your setup might suffer from lag, or delays that make it aggravating to render anything—but there are some simple changes that can improve your performance.
By Larry Alton
What changes will we need to see before we encounter a full-blown drone revolution?
By Anna Johansson
We’re in the middle of the big data revolution. Companies are starting to gain access to more data than ever before, and data analysts are creating and using more sophisticated tools to make predictions about complex systems.
By Lori Cameron
Google is worried as the world goes mobile. As you may be reading now—on a smartphone—the future of your mobile systems is threatened by how tech giants and academia together lack deep research into the computer architecture of mobile devices. Because of this inadequate study, Google has written a "ten commandments" for what industry and universities should do when researching mobile workloads, metrics, and experimental methodology.
By Michael Martinez
Qualcomm, the world's largest smartphone chipmaker that became a proxy in the U.S.-China battle over who will lead next-gen 5G speed, has long drawn awe and controversy in tech because of its innovations, its leadership under founder Irwin M. Jacobs, and its ongoing lawsuits with the Federal Trade Commission and Apple.
By Lori Cameron and Michael Martinez
Fake news is a vicious circle, and the speed with which it is disseminated on social media is breath-taking. You, as a reader, can have a reinforcing effect on the creators and arbiters of disinformation. Now, an equation explains our fake news ecosystem, and the authors of this formula have proposed three solutions to end it all.
By Lori Cameron and Michael Martinez
Leading academic researchers at the IEEE Computer Society, the world’s premier nonprofit for computing professionals, recount recent studies into Facebook as Mark Zuckerberg changes the ranking algorithm for its News Feed, upsetting big publishers and favoring how often individual users share and comment on posts.
By Michael Martinez and Lori Cameron
A Google team polls experts in its Google Online Security Blog and finds diverse advice. Here's their “152 Simple Steps to Stay Safe Online: Security Advice for Non-Tech-Savvy Users." If that seems too many, it's because experts can't agree on how to prioritize anti-hack tips in new research for IEEE Computer Society.
By Michael Martinez and Lori Cameron
As aging betrays us, technology increasingly intervenes, especially with the eldercare of family. On several fronts, tech now helps us care for loved ones in their senior years, whether to ensure their safety or their ability for independent living. Here’s how researchers are trying to advance our quality of life…
By Michael Martinez and Lori Cameron
Twitter may amount to nothing more than 140 characters, but the social media channel inspires serious research that goes thousands of words deeper to address the biggest issues of our day: extremism, jihad, gangs, misinformation, and, of course, how to become the next famous influencer.
By Michael Martinez and Lori Cameron
The internet is our 21st Century frontier, and with that wilderness comes its share of exploiters and criminals. Among the more abominable offenders are child sexual abusers and traffickers. But police and websites increasingly leverage technology's endless innovations to fight back. Here's how Big Tech is advancing that detective work on many fronts, according to recent and ongoing research culled from the Computer Society Digital Library
By Michael Martinez
Amazon is such a tech colossus that it can’t help but make headlines. It’s the world’s largest retailer, by market cap. And its chief, Jeff Bezos, is becoming the world’s richest man. Behind Amazon’s success is its algorithm and innovation. Since Amazon’s early years, Computer Society researchers have been studying…
By Sri Peruvemba
The IEEE Computer Society has unveiled its Top 9 Technology Trends for 2016. According to Dejan Milojicic, past president, IEEE Computer Society, “Some of these trends will come to fruition in 2016, while others reach critical points in development during this year. You’ll notice that all of the trends interlock, many…
By Sri Peruvemba
IEEE Computer Society journals, magazines, and conferences are continually at the forefront of current technology trends. That’s just one of the reasons that IEEE Computer Society is the community for technology leaders. As a technology professional, keeping on top of trends is crucial. Below is a list of technology topics…
By Sri Peruvemba
IEEE Computer Society journals, magazines, and conferences are continually at the forefront of current technology trends. That’s just one of the reasons that IEEE Computer Society is the community for technology leaders. As a technology professional, keeping on top of trends is crucial. Below are a list of technology topics…
By Dejan Milojicic et al.
IEEE Computer Society President Dejan Milojicic and a team of nine technologists have surveyed the landscape and identified the 23 game-changing technologies that will have the biggest impact on our world by 2022.
By Joe Weiss
Joe Weiss, an expert in industrial-control-system security and founder of Applied Control Solutions consultancy, addresses issues related to his field of expertise. In doing so, he focuses on what can be done to enhance industrial-control-system security.
By Gary McGraw
Industrial-control systems run operations in facilities such as factories, nuclear-power generation stations, and utility plants. Given the importance of these facilities and the potential hazards they represent, the safety of their operations are critical. The complex Stuxnet worm gained worldwide attention recently because it was the first malware to target industrial-control systems and because it was so effectively designed.
By Don Shafer and Phillip A. Laplante
No one yet knows what caused the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that killed 11 workers and poured millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. But considering the fact that offshore oil rigs comprise dozens of complex subsystems that use or are controlled by software, is it possible a software failure could have contributed to this disaster?
   About the Authors
Michael Martinez, the editor of the Computer Society's Computer.Org website and its social media, has covered technology as well as global events while on the staff at CNN, Tribune Co. (based at the Los Angeles Times), and the Washington Post.
Lori Cameron is a Senior Writer for the IEEE Computer Society and currently writes regular features for Computer magazine, Computing Edge, and the Computing Now and Magazine Roundup websites. For over 20 years, she has been a professor of writing and literature at DeVry University, Long Beach, as well as a free-lance technical writer. Lori received a master of arts in English from the California State Polytechnic University in 1992, and a bachelor of arts in writing from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1988.
I am a professional blogger, writer, and researcher who contributes to a number of reputable online media outlets and news sources. A graduate of Iowa State University, I’m now a full-time freelance writer and business consultant. Currently, I write for Entrepreneur.com, HuffingtonPost.com, and Business.com, among others. In addition to journalism, technical writing and in-depth research, I’m also active in my community and spend weekends volunteering with a local non-profit literacy organization and rock climbing.