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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.


Raspberry Pi Gets Easier to Use With Noobs Software
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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
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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
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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'
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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
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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
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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
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Diamond Idea For Quantum Computer

Quantum mechanics isn't what it used to be.

The Road to Uncovering a Wartime Colossus
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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?
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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...

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.

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

Can We Trust the Code That Increasingly Runs Our Lives?
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Can We Trust the Code That Increasingly Runs Our Lives?

Imagine how different the first pictures sent from the Mars Rover would have been if there had been a software failure.

Controlling Curiosity: How Do You Drive a Mars Rover?
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Controlling Curiosity: How Do You Drive a Mars Rover?

Engineers at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, have the ultimate iPhone app.

Malware Inserted on Pc Production Lines, Says Study
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Malware Inserted on Pc Production Lines, Says Study

Cybercriminals have opened a new front in their battle to infect computers with malware—PC production lines.

Minitel: The Rise and Fall of the France-Wide Web
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Minitel: The Rise and Fall of the France-Wide Web

Many years ago, long before the birth of the Web, there was a time when France was the happening-est place in the digital universe.

London to Test 'smart City' Operating System
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London to Test 'smart City' Operating System

London is preparing to test an operating system designed to power the smart cities of the future.  

London 2012: The Importance of Olympic Timekeeping
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London 2012: The Importance of Olympic Timekeeping

Olympic timekeepers Omega are unveiling the latest technology that will be used at the London 2012 Games. It can monitor athletes' performance to the nearest one...

Intel's Ivy Bridge Chips Launch Using '3d Transistors'
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Intel's Ivy Bridge Chips Launch Using '3d Transistors'

The American firm says the innovation allows it to offer more computational power while using less energy.
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