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Robot Gets a Driving Lesson For DARPA Challenge
From ACM TechNews

Robot Gets a Driving Lesson For DARPA Challenge

One of the most difficult tasks at next year's U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency robotic challenge finals will be having a robot drive and then get...

Changes Afoot as DARPA Challenge Robots Prep For ­pgrade
From ACM TechNews

Changes Afoot as DARPA Challenge Robots Prep For ­pgrade

Researchers are preparing developing autonomous humanoid robots for the finals of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's robotics challenge. 

NASA Upgrades Humanoid Robot in Space
From ACM TechNews

NASA Upgrades Humanoid Robot in Space

Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot that has been working on the International Space Station since 2011, is getting a series of upgrades.

All Android Devices at Risk of Being Hacked When Installing Os System ­pdates
From ACM TechNews

All Android Devices at Risk of Being Hacked When Installing Os System ­pdates

Security researchers have uncovered a new class of vulnerabilities in the Android operating system. 

Newest Bug Bounty Touts $10K Rewards, Appeals for Help in Finding Flash Flaws
From ACM TechNews

Newest Bug Bounty Touts $10K Rewards, Appeals for Help in Finding Flash Flaws

The Internet Bug Bounty program recently paid $10,000 each to a pair of security researchers for vulnerabilities they found in Flash. 

Quantum Rewrites the Rules of Computing
From ACM TechNews

Quantum Rewrites the Rules of Computing

Quantum computers are rewriting the rules of how computing works, but even the people developing them say they cannot explain how they work. 

Gps Tech Built to Find Missing Aircraft Not Always Used
From ACM News

Gps Tech Built to Find Missing Aircraft Not Always Used

Aviation experts have cited multiple possible reasons for the problems in the multi-country effort to locate the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that dropped off the...

Moore's Law Isn't Making Chips Cheaper Anymore
From ACM Opinion

Moore's Law Isn't Making Chips Cheaper Anymore

At a wine bar in San Francisco on Wednesday, Broadcom Chairman and CTO Henry Samueli delivered some sobering news: Moore's Law isn't making chips cheaper anymore...

From ACM News

Why the ­.s. May Lose the Race to Exascale

In the global race to build the next generation of supercomputers—exascale—there is no guarantee the U.S. will finish first.

Bug Bounty Program Slates $300k Mobile Hacking Contest For November
From ACM TechNews

Bug Bounty Program Slates $300k Mobile Hacking Contest For November

Hewlett-Packard Tipping Point's bug bounty program will sponsor the second annual Mobile Pwn2Own contest this fall. 

Quantum Computers Will Be Commercially Available in 20 Years: Scientist
From ACM TechNews

Quantum Computers Will Be Commercially Available in 20 Years: Scientist

University of New South Wales professor Andrew Dzurak predicts that commercially available quantum computing will in arrive two decades, while demonstrations of...

China Moves to Beat U.s. in Exascale Computing
From ACM TechNews

China Moves to Beat U.s. in Exascale Computing

China recently has fully embraced high-performance computing and now has 72 systems on the most recent Top500 supercomputer list, making it the second largest HPC...

Nasa ­pgrades Mars Curiosity Software ... from 350m Miles Away
From ACM News

Nasa ­pgrades Mars Curiosity Software ... from 350m Miles Away

Picture doing a remote software upgrade. Now picture doing it when the machine you're upgrading is a robotic rover sitting 350 million miles away, on the surface...

Silicon Valley's Top Threat Is China, Survey Finds
From ACM TechNews

Silicon Valley's Top Threat Is China, Survey Finds

Many high-level technology executives are convinced that some other country, probably China, will supplant Silicon Valley as the global center for innovation within...

Supercomputer to Connect to 400pb of Storage via Ethernet
From ACM TechNews

Supercomputer to Connect to 400pb of Storage via Ethernet

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications recently launched a storage infrastructure initiative designed to support the Blue Waters supercomputer, which...

W3c Ceo Calls Html5 as Transformative as Early Web
From ACM TechNews

W3c Ceo Calls Html5 as Transformative as Early Web

World Wide Web Consortium CEO Jeff Jaffe says HTML5 will be among the most disruptive elements to hit organizations since the early days of the Internet.  

From ACM TechNews

IBM Touts Quantum Computing Breakthrough

IBM scientists say they achieved a major advance in quantum computing that will enable engineers to start creating a full-scale quantum computer.  

Q&a: Exascale Now a Global Race For Tech
From ACM TechNews

Q&a: Exascale Now a Global Race For Tech

Peter Beckman, director of the Exascale Technology and Computing Institute at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, recently spoke with Computerworld...

Exascale Computing Seen in This Decade
From ACM TechNews

Exascale Computing Seen in This Decade

A major focus at the SC11 supercomputing conference was plans to develop an exascale computing system, which would be about 1,000 times more powerful than any...

Linux Loses its Luster as a Darling Among Developers
From ACM TechNews

Linux Loses its Luster as a Darling Among Developers

Linux as an application development platform has fallen to third place in popularity behind Mac OS and Windows, according to an Evans Data Corp. survey. 
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