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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.


The AI that Learns Our Habits and Knows When People Cheat
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The AI that Learns Our Habits and Knows When People Cheat

For people who play the video game Counter Strike online, it's hard enough watching your back at the best of times. In the fast-paced first-person shooter, there...

Inside the Big Dish that Brought US Tv from the Moon
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Inside the Big Dish that Brought US Tv from the Moon

The Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales, Australia, is one of the most elegant scientific instruments ever built.

The Many Ways Lasers Help ­S See the World More Clearly
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The Many Ways Lasers Help ­S See the World More Clearly

Think of lasers and what springs to mind?

What Trump Means For Tech
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What Trump Means For Tech

Barack Obama's policies on technology were considered pro-innovation, with a view to using technology expertise to improve government systems and services.

Webcams ­sed to Attack Reddit and Twitter Recalled
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Webcams ­sed to Attack Reddit and Twitter Recalled

Chinese electronics firm Hangzhou Xiongmai issued the recall soon after its cameras were identified as aiding the massive web attacks.

The Amazing Cloud Cities We Could Build on Venus
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The Amazing Cloud Cities We Could Build on Venus

It's hot enough to melt lead, the acid rain will scorch the flesh from your bones – and it's the perfect place to raise a family. Venus, not Mars, might be the...

The Surprisingly Easy Way to Visit Mars
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The Surprisingly Easy Way to Visit Mars

It's midday on Mars. The scarlet skies are clear and it's a balmy zero degrees—the perfect conditions for a day out.

Cybathlon: Battle of the Bionic Athletes
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Cybathlon: Battle of the Bionic Athletes

Bionic arms, robotic legs, powered exoskeletons, brain-controlled computer interfaces and supercharged wheelchairs - all took centre stage to compete at this weekend's...

How the Street Light Has Been Given a Hi-Tech Makeover
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How the Street Light Has Been Given a Hi-Tech Makeover

Not only are light bulbs getting sharper and more energy efficient as they are upgraded to LEDs, but they increasingly help fight crime, promote safe cycling and...

How It Feels to Live in Darkness
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How It Feels to Live in Darkness

I know there isn't one dot of light, but I frantically scan the pitch-black area surrounding me out of habit nonetheless.

­S Ready to 'hand Over' the Internet's Naming System
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­S Ready to 'hand Over' the Internet's Naming System

The US has confirmed it is finally ready to cede power of the internet's naming system, ending the almost 20-year process to hand over a crucial part of the internet's...

Where in the World Is My Data and How Secure Is It?
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Where in the World Is My Data and How Secure Is It?

When Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy activist, requested to see his personal data that Facebook stored on its servers, he was mailed a CD-ROM containing a 1,222...

Def Con: Do Smart Devices Mean Dumb Security?
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Def Con: Do Smart Devices Mean Dumb Security?

More and more people are finding that the devices forming this network of smart stuff can make their lives easier.

Can Machines Keep ­S Safe from Cyber-Attack?
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Can Machines Keep ­S Safe from Cyber-Attack?

Best known for its part in bringing the internet into being, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency has more recently brought engineers together to tackle...

Australia Plans New Co-Ordinates to Fix Sat-Nav Gap
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Australia Plans New Co-Ordinates to Fix Sat-Nav Gap

Australia is to shift its longitude and latitude to address a gap between local co-ordinates and those from global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).

The Secret History of X-Ray Specs
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The Secret History of X-Ray Specs

"I have seen my death!" Anna Bertha Röntgen is said to have exclaimed upon seeing the first X-ray photograph ever made–an image of the bones in her hand. It was...

The Toughest Spaceship We've Ever Built
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The Toughest Spaceship We've Ever Built

It's been a long time since anyone tried landing on Venus,

The Things People Googled After Britain Voted to Leave the Eu
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The Things People Googled After Britain Voted to Leave the Eu

Google has said there was a dramatic spike in searches for Irish passport applications as news of the UK''s decision to leave the EU broke.

How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?
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How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?

And it's not just gamers who are benefiting from the immersive possibilities it offers.

A Few Controversial Numbers May Be Illegal to Share
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A Few Controversial Numbers May Be Illegal to Share

Jon Johansen's program worked. The Norwegian teenager watched as it downloaded 200 megabytes of a recently released movie, The Matrix, from a DVD onto his computer...
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