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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
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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.

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...

Google's Schaft Robot Wins DARPA Rescue Challenge
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Google's Schaft Robot Wins DARPA Rescue Challenge

Team Schaft's machine carried out all eight rescue-themed tasks to outscore its rivals by a wide margin.

Google Glass Update Lets Users Wink and Take Photos
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Google Glass Update Lets Users Wink and Take Photos

Google has introduced a new feature to its Google Glass, which allows users to take a photo with a "wink of the eye."

Bots Now 'account For 61% of Web Traffic'
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Bots Now 'account For 61% of Web Traffic'

If you are visiting this page the chances are that you are not a human, at least according to research.

Sony Files Patent For 'smartwig'
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Sony Files Patent For 'smartwig'

Sony has filed a patent application for a device called a SmartWig with hopes of becoming a major player in the wearable technology sector. 

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...

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

Electric Cars: Hidden Habits You Are Sharing with Firms
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Electric Cars: Hidden Habits You Are Sharing with Firms

You wouldn't think that anybody would care about your drive to the supermarket to buy milk.

­k to Create New Cyber Defence Force
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­k to Create New Cyber Defence Force

The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence will recruit reservists as computer experts to work alongside regular forces in its new Joint Cyber Reserve Unit. 

Harvard Plans to Boldly Go With 'spocs'
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Harvard Plans to Boldly Go With 'spocs'

Harvard University is moving beyond massive open online courses to small private online courses. 

Why Space Telescope Mirror Is Most Complex Ever Built
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Why Space Telescope Mirror Is Most Complex Ever Built

"You will not be touching anything."

Empty F-16 Jet Tested By Boeing and ­.s. Air Force
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Empty F-16 Jet Tested By Boeing and ­.s. Air Force

Boeing has revealed that it has retrofitted retired fighter jets to turn them into drones.

Music Site Chatbot Wins AI Loebner Contest
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Music Site Chatbot Wins AI Loebner Contest

A chatbot called Mitsuku was judged most convincingly human artificial intelligence program of the contestants in the Loebner contest. 

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. 

The Maps Transforming How We Interact With the World
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The Maps Transforming How We Interact With the World

The modern map is no longer an unwieldy printed publication we wrestle with on some blustery peak, but digital, data-rich, and dynamic.

Why Bluetooth ­se Is On the Rise
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Why Bluetooth ­se Is On the Rise

Bluetooth has been with us for around 15 years. Named after Denmark's King Harald "Bluetooth" Blatand, who reigned in the first century AD, it is a technology that...

Robots: Is the Uncanny Valley Real?
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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
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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.

Laser Listening: Could You Eavesdrop on the Guardian?
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Laser Listening: Could You Eavesdrop on the Guardian?

The U.K. government has warned the Guardian newspaper that foreign agents could use laser technology to eavesdrop on them, in the wake of recent surveillance leaks...
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