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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.


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.

Quantum Computing: Is It Possible, and Should You Care?
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Quantum Computing: Is It Possible, and Should You Care?

What is a quantum computer and when can I have one?

Cassini Spacecraft For Saturn Moon Pass
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Cassini Spacecraft For Saturn Moon Pass

The Cassini spacecraft is to make its lowest pass yet over the south pole of Enceladus, an active moon of Saturn which may harbour a liquid water ocean.

Hackers Outwit Online Banking Identity Security Systems
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Hackers Outwit Online Banking Identity Security Systems

After logging in to the bank's real site, account holders are being tricked by the offer of training in a new "upgraded security system."

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Quantum Computing Could Head to 'the Cloud,' Study Says

A novel high-speed, high-security computing technology will be compatible with the "cloud computing" approach popular on the Web, a study suggests.

Self-Healing Electronic Chip Tests May Aid Space Travel
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Self-Healing Electronic Chip Tests May Aid Space Travel

Self-repairing electronic chips are one step closer, according to a team of U.S. researchers, creating a circuit that heals itself when cracked thanks to the...

Driverless Car: Google Awarded ­.s. Patent For Technology
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Driverless Car: Google Awarded ­.s. Patent For Technology

The intellectual rights relate to a method to switch a vehicle from a human-controlled mode into the state where it takes charge of the wheel.

Intel Shows Off Its Knights Corner One Teraflops Chip
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Intel Shows Off Its Knights Corner One Teraflops Chip

Intel has developed an accelerator chip capable of running at speeds of one teraflops, equal to one trillion calculations per second.

Socialbots Used By Researchers to 'steal' Facebook Data
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Socialbots Used By Researchers to 'steal' Facebook Data

University of British Columbia researchers were able to collect 46,500 email addresses and 14,500 home addresses from Facebook by using socialbots. 

Future Computers Could Rewire Themselves
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Future Computers Could Rewire Themselves

Future microchips may have only one type of component, capable of rewiring itself to do different jobs. Researchers from Northwestern University in the U.S. have...

Graphene Technology Moves Closer
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Graphene Technology Moves Closer

Graphene is a "wonder material" waiting to happen. Since this super-conductive form of carbon, made from single-atom-thick sheets, was first produced in 2004,...

Italian Hi-Tech Software Teaches Perfect Pasta Skills
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Italian Hi-Tech Software Teaches Perfect Pasta Skills

University of Bologna researchers have developed Tortellino X-perience, a multimedia teaching game that combines a traditional video with a three-dimensional representation...

IBM at 100: From Typewriters to the Cloud
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IBM at 100: From Typewriters to the Cloud

Say IBM—and you probably still think of computers. But today, the firm that was once all about hardware, makes its living from more intangible technology.

Code-Cracking Machine Returned to Life
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Code-Cracking Machine Returned to Life

The National Museum of Computing has finished restoring a Tunny machine—a key part of Allied code-cracking during World War II.
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