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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.


Apple vs. Fbi One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo
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Apple vs. Fbi One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo

It's been a year since Apple fought the FBI over data privacy, and we've barely heard a peep from either side on the issue.

Say Hello to .google and Other Branded Internet Addresses
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Say Hello to .google and Other Branded Internet Addresses

Google is helping usher in a new way for companies to tout their brand names in the digital realm.

We're Ahead of Schedule to Turn 'star Trek' Tech Into Reality
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We're Ahead of Schedule to Turn 'star Trek' Tech Into Reality

Most Star Trek stories from the vaunted franchise turning 50 this week take place in a distant future we're not likely to see.

Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web
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Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web

Internauts, today we celebrate this glorious technology that brings us all together! On August 23, 1991--25 years ago today--the public gained access for the first...

Sense of the Stars: New Telescopes Poised to ­nlock the ­niverse
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Sense of the Stars: New Telescopes Poised to ­nlock the ­niverse

For nearly as long as we've walked the Earth, humans have tried to make sense of the stars.

This Timing Technology Determines Who Wins the Gold
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This Timing Technology Determines Who Wins the Gold

Timing is everything.

How Today's Farmers Got a Head-Start on Tomorrow's Tech
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How Today's Farmers Got a Head-Start on Tomorrow's Tech

Cory Anstey always wanted to be a farmer. It was the joy of riding in the tractor, "the smell of the dirt in the spring" that drew him to the fields.

­se Your Eyes, Voice—and Thoughts—to Replace Passwords
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­se Your Eyes, Voice—and Thoughts—to Replace Passwords

I'm sitting in an office at the University of California, Berkeley with an electrode strapped to my head. A black headband holds a connector to my forehead and...

Bletchley Park in 360: See Inside Britain's Enigma-Breaking Hq
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Bletchley Park in 360: See Inside Britain's Enigma-Breaking Hq

In a special video production, CNET takes you inside the hallowed halls of Bletchley Park, the stately home in Buckinghamshire, England where the Enigma code was...

Cybersecurity Sleuths Learn to Think Like Hackers
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Cybersecurity Sleuths Learn to Think Like Hackers

About 35 high-school students sit at neatly arranged rows of tables in the university's gym. Another 115 college-level contestants surround the high schoolers.

Autofocusing Contact Lenses? Today's Chip Research Peeks Into Tomorrow's Gadgets
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Autofocusing Contact Lenses? Today's Chip Research Peeks Into Tomorrow's Gadgets

Belgian design organization Imec is expanding into new territory with its latest computer chip technology research projects. 

How New Yorker Cartoons Could Teach Computers to Be Funny
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How New Yorker Cartoons Could Teach Computers to Be Funny

The New Yorker magazine is using crowdsourcing algorithms to mine a massive volume of cartoon caption submissions to identify the funniest captions. 

How the Hell Could the FBI Hack Into That iPhone?
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How the Hell Could the FBI Hack Into That iPhone?

You know that part about the FBI needing Apple's help to unlock a terrorist's iPhone 5C?

Apple Says Constitution 'forbids' What Fbi Is Asking
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Apple Says Constitution 'forbids' What Fbi Is Asking

Apple shouldn't have to comply with a search order for an iPhone used by one the San Bernardino, California, terrorists because the Constitution forbids it, the...

Techiest Super Bowl Ever: Silicon Valley's Stadium Girds For the Big Game
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Techiest Super Bowl Ever: Silicon Valley's Stadium Girds For the Big Game

Levi's Stadium has been in beta since it opened a year and a half ago.

What You Need to Know About Artificial Intelligence, and the Imminent Robot Future
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What You Need to Know About Artificial Intelligence, and the Imminent Robot Future

Do androids dream of electric sheep? That's unclear, but I know for sure that every kid dreams of intelligent, thinking robots—certainly every kid who goes on to...

To Infinity: How Pixar Brought Computers to the Movies
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To Infinity: How Pixar Brought Computers to the Movies

Ed Catmull's office could be a window into the brain of Pixar.

For Virtual-Reality Movies, Old Methods Don't Fit New Medium
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For Virtual-Reality Movies, Old Methods Don't Fit New Medium

I'm standing on the bow of what looks to be a sunken pirate ship.

Mind-Controlled Telepresence Robots Could Restore Mobility to the Disabled
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Mind-Controlled Telepresence Robots Could Restore Mobility to the Disabled

It may not be able to do grocery shopping or hang out laundry to dry, but a project involving current telepresence technology could help people with limited mobility...

The Secret Alliance That Could Give the Web a Massive Speed Boost
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The Secret Alliance That Could Give the Web a Massive Speed Boost

WebAssembly is a joint project among Microsoft, Google, Mozilla, and Apple to create a new Internet platform. 
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