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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.


Inside the Google Earth Satellite Factory
From ACM Careers

Inside the Google Earth Satellite Factory

Behind a long rectangular window, in a high white room tended by ghostly figures in masks and hats, a new satellite is taking shape.

Quantum Memory 'world Record' Smashed
From ACM TechNews

Quantum Memory 'world Record' Smashed

A team of researchers has achieved a breakthrough that brings quantum computing closer to real-world use. 

Quantum Memory 'world Record' Smashed
From ACM News

Quantum Memory 'world Record' Smashed

"Qubits" of information encoded in a silicon system persisted for almost 100 times longer than ever before.

IBM ­nveils Computer Fed By 'electronic Blood'
From ACM TechNews

IBM ­nveils Computer Fed By 'electronic Blood'

IBM has released a prototype of a computer modeled after the human brain that uses liquid both to fuel and cool the system. 

Why Space Telescope Mirror Is Most Complex Ever Built
From ACM News

Why Space Telescope Mirror Is Most Complex Ever Built

"You will not be touching anything."

Users of Hidden Net Advised to Ditch Windows
From ACM News

Users of Hidden Net Advised to Ditch Windows

Legitimate users of the Tor anonymous browsing service are being advised to stop using Windows if they want to keep their identity hidden.

What Would Happen If All Satellites Stopped Working?
From ACM Opinion

What Would Happen If All Satellites Stopped Working?

We may not always realise it, but we depend on space technology orbiting the Earth.

Raspberry Pi Gets Easier to Use With Noobs Software
From ACM TechNews

Raspberry Pi Gets Easier to Use With Noobs Software

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is offering downloadable software that makes its mini-computer easier to use. 

U.S. Spy Chief Clapper Defends PRISM and Phone Surveillance
From ACM News

U.S. Spy Chief Clapper Defends PRISM and Phone Surveillance

U.S. spy chief James Clapper has strongly defended government surveillance programmes after revelations of phone records being collected and internet servers being...

How to Hack a Nation's Infrastructure
From ACM News

How to Hack a Nation's Infrastructure

I'm watching a live video feed of people visiting a cafe in London.

Why Google and the Pentagon Want 'quantum Computers'
From ACM News

Why Google and the Pentagon Want 'quantum Computers'

Imagine a computer that can teach your mobile phone to recognize any object it sees, or one that can instantly find optimal travel routes for thousands of planes...

Electronic Warfare: The Ethereal Future of Battle
From ACM News

Electronic Warfare: The Ethereal Future of Battle

The voice of the foreign military commander is sinister and gloating.

China to Create Home-Grown Operating System
From ACM News

China to Create Home-Grown Operating System

China is working with software firm Canonical on an open-source operating system customised for Chinese users.

Diamond Idea For Quantum Computer
From ACM News

Diamond Idea For Quantum Computer

Quantum mechanics isn't what it used to be.

The Road to Uncovering a Wartime Colossus
From ACM News

The Road to Uncovering a Wartime Colossus

The story of how the Colossus computer at Bletchley Park aided the allied code-cracking effort during World War II is becoming well known. Its claim to be a forerunner...

Will We Ever Simulate the Human Brain?
From ACM News

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...

Graphene: Patent Surge Reveals Global Race
From ACM News

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.

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.

Two-Ton Witch Computer Gets a Reboot
From ACM TechNews

Two-Ton Witch Computer Gets a Reboot

The world's oldest original working digital computer, the Witch, has been restored after a three-year effort and was recently put on display at The National Museum...

Two-Tonne Witch Computer Gets a Reboot
From ACM News

Two-Tonne Witch Computer Gets a Reboot

The world's oldest original working digital computer is going on display at The National Museum of Computing in Buckinghamshire.
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