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Will Tech Firms Challenge China's 'open' Internet?
From ACM News

Will Tech Firms Challenge China's 'open' Internet?

Sometimes you can gauge how proud someone is about being at an event by the extent to which they want to talk about it.

How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?
From ACM Opinion

How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?

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

The Paradox of Popping Back in Time
From ACM Opinion

The Paradox of Popping Back in Time

Here we go again.

Is Your Toaster a Silent Recruit in a 'thingbot' Army?
From ACM News

Is Your Toaster a Silent Recruit in a 'thingbot' Army?

All kinds of gadgets, from toasters to sprinklers, fridges to domestic heating systems, are now boasting sensors, actuators and low-powered embedded chips.

Not in Front of the Telly: Warning Over 'listening' Tv
From ACM News

Not in Front of the Telly: Warning Over 'listening' Tv

Samsung is warning customers about discussing personal information in front of their smart television set.

Coder Creates Smallest Chess Game For Computers
From ACM TechNews

Coder Creates Smallest Chess Game For Computers

French coder Olivier Poudade has created BootChess, which is only 487 bytes in size, and the code can run on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux computers.

AI Will Not Kill ­s, Says Microsoft Research Chief
From ACM Opinion

AI Will Not Kill ­s, Says Microsoft Research Chief

Microsoft Research's chief has said he thinks artificial intelligence systems could achieve consciousness, but has played down the threat to human life.

The Surprising ­ses of Games Controllers
From ACM News

The Surprising ­ses of Games Controllers

Games controllers can end up in the strangest places.

:-O: The Surprising Power of Emoticons
From ACM News

:-O: The Surprising Power of Emoticons

It all started with an awkward moment online. In the early 1980s, computer scientist Scott Fahlman realised his words were failing him.

How Movie-Makers Read Your Mind
From ACM News

How Movie-Makers Read Your Mind

Why is there such interest in finding new ways to gauge audience reactions?

Can Virtual Reality Make You a Better Person?
From ACM Opinion

Can Virtual Reality Make You a Better Person?

"This is already so real, I don’t know if I even want to do this anymore," I say out loud.

The Defenders of Anonymity on the Internet
From ACM Opinion

The Defenders of Anonymity on the Internet

You may not realise it, but every time you open up your laptop or switch on your phone, you are at the heart of one of the greatest battles now taking place in...

Augmented Reality Gives Physical World a Vrtual Dimension
From ACM News

Augmented Reality Gives Physical World a Vrtual Dimension

For some it seems, the world is not enough.

Cheering Robots Replace Real Fans at Korean Baseball
From ACM TechNews

Cheering Robots Replace Real Fans at Korean Baseball

The Hanwha Eagles Korean baseball team has equipped its stadium with robots that fans who are unable to attend the games can control over the Internet. 

World Cup 2014 to Be Most Hi-Tech Football Event Ever
From ACM News

World Cup 2014 to Be Most Hi-Tech Football Event Ever

Football is full of "what ifs".

Pixar to Give Away 'toy Story' 3D Renderman Software
From ACM TechNews

Pixar to Give Away 'toy Story' 3D Renderman Software

Pixar plans to make a non-commercial version of RenderMan freely available to students, institutions, researchers, developers, and for personal use. 

Robots: Can We Trust Them with Our Privacy?
From ACM Opinion

Robots: Can We Trust Them with Our Privacy?

Joss Wright is training a robot to freak people out.

Internet of Things: The 'ghosts' that Haunt the Machine
From ACM News

Internet of Things: The 'ghosts' that Haunt the Machine


The Digital ­nwrapping of the Egyptian Priest Neswaiu
From ACM News

The Digital ­nwrapping of the Egyptian Priest Neswaiu

In the 19th century and even later, there was no shortage of people eager to watch the unwrapping of an Egyptian mummy.

The Special Effects Firms Transforming the Film Industry
From ACM Careers

The Special Effects Firms Transforming the Film Industry

If you are looking for a sure thing at this year's Oscars look no further than Gravity to win the best visual effects category.
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