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CACM Reports: Mobile Apps Offer Improved Care for Dementia Patients

November 2013 Issue Reports on Merging Software’s Art and Science, Challenges to Algorithmic Trading, and Contemplating the End of the American Network

The Association for Computing Machinery
Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession

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As the number of aging people with dementia soars, researchers are testing mobile apps that help care givers provide more person-centered care, reduce paperwork, and raise the social standing of care work in residential homes.  The team developed new types of mobile apps that offer individual role-playing approaches to patients, direct access to repositories of resident data, and creative care for people with dementia.  The apps also enable caregivers to balance care with administrative duties via shared opportunities to learn and reflect on important aspects of patient care.

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  • James Roche surveys the transition of software development from the traditional development/quality assurance framework to a merging of functions that rely on teams to build fault-tolerant systems with a functionally infinite life span.  These development and operations people, known as DevOps, now have an equal, if not dominant, role in holding the line on risk definition and maintainability
  • Researchers from University College, London examine highly competitive algorithmic trading across all types of financial instruments.  They note the scarcity of expertise in this growing field as well as the vast potential for profits, which have led to a secretive community and significant challenges that span the all stages of financial trading and make implementation details difficult to find.
  • In "The End of The American Network," Communications’ Editor-in-Chief Moshe Y. Vardi says the U.S. National Security Agency's pervasive eavesdropping makes the surveillance technology in Orwell's 1984 look "rather primitive in comparison," and asks whether the Internet can be free, or freer, from government meddling.

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