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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Smartphone Science
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Smartphone Science

A new generation of portable scientific instruments is taking shape, thanks to mobile processors and innovative data-gathering techniques.

Censoring Sensors
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Censoring Sensors

Amid growing outcry over controversial online videos, tech firms grapple with how best to police online advertising.

Mapping the Internet of Things
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Mapping the Internet of Things

Researchers are discovering surprising new risks across the fast-growing IoT.

Reimagining Search
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Reimagining Search

Search engine developers are moving beyond the problem of document analysis, toward the elusive goal of figuring out what people really want.

Security Experts Weigh in on Apple vs. the Fbi, Public Policy and the Law at Nyu Event
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Security Experts Weigh in on Apple vs. the Fbi, Public Policy and the Law at Nyu Event

Most participants agreed the growing sophistication of security threats demands a shift from preventing attacks to detecting them as quickly as possible.

Algorithmic Authors
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Algorithmic Authors

Natural Language Generation software begins delivering on the promise of automated prose.

Molecular Moonshots
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Molecular Moonshots

Synthetic biologists may be closing in on potentially world-changing breakthroughs, but they are often hamstrung by a shortage of software tools.

Big Data Meets Big Science
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Big Data Meets Big Science

Next-generation scientific instruments are forcing researchers to question the limits of massively parallel computing.

Tuning In to Graphene
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Tuning In to Graphene

New ultra-fast wireless antennas may be on the way, but don't throw away your old wireless router just yet.

Ready, Aim . . . Puff?
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Ready, Aim . . . Puff?

New 3D haptic technologies let users touch and feel virtual objects.

Patient, Heal Thyself
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Patient, Heal Thyself

New handheld medical diagnostic tools promise more efficient, lower-cost healthcare — but at what price?

A Quantum Conundrum
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A Quantum Conundrum

D-Wave has helped bring quantum computing into the spotlight, but critics continue to question the company's performance claims.

Out with the Old
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Out with the Old

Getting rid of obsolete data is getting more difficult, thanks to new regulations and more personal devices in the workplace.

Proving Grounds
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Proving Grounds

Researchers are making headway with one of quantum computing's major theoretical problems: multi-prover interactive proofs.

Revving the Rover
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Revving the Rover

The new Mars rover has attracted plenty of attention for its planetary gymnastics, but the big breakthroughs are under the hood.

Robots Like Us
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Robots Like Us

Thanks to new research initiatives, autonomous humanoid robots are inching closer to reality.

The Social Life of Robots
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The Social Life of Robots

Researchers are trying to build robots capable of working together with minimal human supervision. But will they ever learn to get along?

Analyzing Apple Products
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Analyzing Apple Products

Researchers untangle the complex web of Apple's global supply chain — and offer lessons for managers and policymakers trying to chart the future course of U.S....

Hacking Cars
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Hacking Cars

Researchers have discovered important security flaws in modern automobile systems. Will car thieves learn to pick locks with their laptops?

Why Creative Ideas Are Rejected (and What You Can Do About It)
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Why Creative Ideas Are Rejected (and What You Can Do About It)

If you want your creative idea to be accepted, you might want to downplay how creative it is, according to researchers.
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