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Star Trek 'holodeck' in the Living Room?
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Star Trek 'holodeck' in the Living Room?

With "immersive media" taking content well beyond the TV screen, new technology is attempting to move virtual reality towards something even closer to real life...

Web-Based 'brain' For Robots Goes Live
From ACM News

Web-Based 'brain' For Robots Goes Live

Robots confused about what they encounter in the world of humans can now get help online.

Frozen Android Phones Give Up Data Secrets
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Frozen Android Phones Give Up Data Secrets

Researchers were able to bypass the encryption system of an Android smartphone by freezing it for an hour. 

Lars Rasmussen: The Brains Behind Facebook's Future
From ACM Opinion

Lars Rasmussen: The Brains Behind Facebook's Future

For a man that made his career out of helping millions of people find their way around, Lars Rasmussen is frank about his own navigational shortcomings.

Diamond Idea For Quantum Computer
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Diamond Idea For Quantum Computer

Quantum mechanics isn't what it used to be.

'every New Car' Connected to Web By 2014
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'every New Car' Connected to Web By 2014

Five years ago mobile phones were at the forefront of technology, by 2010 the focus was on tablet computers and now billions of yen, dollars and pounds are being...

Will We Ever Simulate the Human Brain?
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Will We Ever Simulate the Human Brain?

For years, Henry Markram has claimed that he can simulate the human brain in a computer within a decade. On 23 January 2013, the European Commission told him to...

NASA's 'Crazy' Robot Lab
From ACM Careers

NASA's 'Crazy' Robot Lab

It's three in the afternoon, and in their NASA lab in Silicon Valley, California, two engineers are playing with a toy designed for toddlers.

Smartphone Sensors Reveal Security Secrets
From ACM News

Smartphone Sensors Reveal Security Secrets

Data captured by smartphone sensors could help criminals guess codes used to lock the gadgets, say security researchers.

Behind the Scenes of Latin America's Internet 'brain'
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Behind the Scenes of Latin America's Internet 'brain'

It may be one of central Miami's most recognisable buildings, yet only a few people know what goes on inside the sturdy concrete block with massive spheres on its...

Rio De Janeiro Brings Qr Codes to Its Streets
From ACM News

Rio De Janeiro Brings Qr Codes to Its Streets

Rio de Janeiro is adding something new into its trademark black-and-white mosaic pavements: QR codes.

Has Chip and Pin Had Its Day?
From ACM News

Has Chip and Pin Had Its Day?

Go to a cash machine in Japan or Poland and there's a good chance you'll find a finger-sized scanner next to the keypad.

Lens-Less Camera Emerges from Metamaterials Work
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Lens-Less Camera Emerges from Metamaterials Work

U.S. scientists have used metamaterials to build the imaging system, which samples infra-red and microwave light.

Graphene: Patent Surge Reveals Global Race
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Graphene: Patent Surge Reveals Global Race

Latest figures show a sharp rise in patents filed to claim rights over different aspects of graphene since 2007, with a further spike last year.

Robots Ride the Ocean Blue
From ACM News

Robots Ride the Ocean Blue

When superstorm Sandy was rampaging across the Caribbean and mid-Atlantic, heralded by gale force winds, torrential rain, and surging tides, people rushed to get...

Can Disguises Fool Surveillance Technology?
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Can Disguises Fool Surveillance Technology?

Stick on a fake moustache. Add some glasses. Dye your hair. And perhaps pop on a hat.

Bend Me, Shape Me: Flexible Phones 'out By 2013'
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Bend Me, Shape Me: Flexible Phones 'out By 2013'

Imagine treating your phone like a piece of paper.

Risk of Robot ­prising Wiping Out Human Race to Be Studied
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Risk of Robot ­prising Wiping Out Human Race to Be Studied

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk will study dangers posed by biotechnology, artificial life, nanotechnology, and climate change.

Risk Profiling Software Tackles the Terrorist Threat
From ACM News

Risk Profiling Software Tackles the Terrorist Threat

The U.K. branch of an American company has developed a hi-tech software programme it believes can help detect and prevent potentially dangerous passengers and cargo...

X-37b: Secrets of the ­.s. Military Spaceplane
From ACM News

X-37b: Secrets of the ­.s. Military Spaceplane

In the early morning of 16 June, 2012, a top-secret spaceplane made a picture-perfect landing at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
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