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The Special Effects Firms Transforming the Film Industry
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The Special Effects Firms Transforming the Film Industry

If you are looking for a sure thing at this year's Oscars look no further than Gravity to win the best visual effects category.

The Last Places on Earth Without the Internet
From ACM News

The Last Places on Earth Without the Internet

It can be easy to forget what life was like before the Internet.

Virtual Games Bring Pinball to New Audiences
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Virtual Games Bring Pinball to New Audiences

The flashing lights, cool sound effects and high-speed bouncing ball action have made pinball simulators a hugely popular genre of video game, not to mention big...

How Do Game Companies Share Massive Files?
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How Do Game Companies Share Massive Files?

Electronic Arts' multi-player shooter "Battlefield 4" exploded onto the computer games scene earlier this month, giving players a realistic taste of military combat...

Superfast Rock-Paper-Scissors Robot 'wins' Every Time
From ACM TechNews

Superfast Rock-Paper-Scissors Robot 'wins' Every Time

Japanese scientists have developed a robot that can choose a hand shape for the rock-paper-scissors game almost at the same time as a human.

Roller Coaster Technology: 'bigger! Faster! Scarier!'
From ACM News

Roller Coaster Technology: 'bigger! Faster! Scarier!'

Alton Towers in Staffordshire has just opened the world's first 14-loop roller coaster, called The Smiler, while in Abu Dhabi, Ferrari World claims to have the...

Disney Develops 'magical' Device to Make Fingertips Sing
From ACM TechNews

Disney Develops 'magical' Device to Make Fingertips Sing

The Inshin-Den-Shin technology developed at Disney Research transmits sound through the human body, and turns fingertips into speakers. 

Robots: Is the Uncanny Valley Real?
From ACM News

Robots: Is the Uncanny Valley Real?

Mick Walters opens a door in his lab and points his computer's camera towards the small, blurry, tan-coloured object he has just revealed. "This is Kaspar Two,"...

Why Video Games May Be Good For You
From ACM News

Why Video Games May Be Good For You

Games have long been accused of making players violent, but evidence has been building over the years that they can have positive effects.

Computational Photography: The Snap Is Only the Start
From ACM News

Computational Photography: The Snap Is Only the Start

Imagine a camera that allows you to see through a crowd to get a clear view of someone who would otherwise be obscured, a smartphone that matches big-budget lenses...

Touchscreens 'a Small Step' in Innovation
From ACM News

Touchscreens 'a Small Step' in Innovation

The way we use digital devices has become big news.

3D Printing Powered By Thought
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3D Printing Powered By Thought

It's definitely not a bird. Nor is it a plane. The garish orange piece of plastic, small enough to hold in the palm of a hand, could pass for a missing limb of...

Wisee ­ses Wi-Fi Signals to Recognize Body Gestures
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Wisee ­ses Wi-Fi Signals to Recognize Body Gestures

Researchers say they have found a way to detect and recognize human gestures based on how they affect Wi-Fi signals.

Apple: An End to Skeuomorphic Design?
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Apple: An End to Skeuomorphic Design?

Why do most smartphones make a clicking noise, like a camera shutter closing, when you take a picture with them? Why do the virtual pages of a book on a tablet...

Facebook 'likes' Predict Personality
From ACM News

Facebook 'likes' Predict Personality

Researchers at Cambridge University used algorithms to predict religion, politics, race and sexual orientation.

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...

'every New Car' Connected to Web By 2014
From ACM News

'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...

Ticketmaster Dumps 'hated' Captcha Verification System
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Ticketmaster Dumps 'hated' Captcha Verification System

The world's largest online ticket retailer is to stop requiring users to enter hard-to-read words in order to prove they are human.

Learn English Online: How the Internet Is Changing Language
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Learn English Online: How the Internet Is Changing Language

Online, English has become a common language for users from around the world. In the process, the language itself is changing.

Microsoft Xbox 3D-Projected Games Outlined in Patent
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Microsoft Xbox 3D-Projected Games Outlined in Patent

Details of an immersive video games display system that projects images of the title's environment around a player's room have been revealed in a U.S. patent belonging...
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