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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.


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Enhance Your Senses: High-Tech Ways to Play

Sometimes the best inventions are just for fun. At the 2011 Siggraph Asia event, a leading conference on computer graphics and techniques, researchers will be...

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Cyberwar Storm Clouds Are Gathering

Cyberspace. Some call it the new domain of war, after land, sea, air, and space.

Casino Cheats Snared by Smart Camera System
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Casino Cheats Snared by Smart Camera System

People trying to cheat in casinos may soon be taking more of a gamble than they realise. Grosvenor Casinos, a major UK chain, is assessing software that can spot...

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Quantum Keys Let Submarines Talk Securely

Submarines must be able to talk securely with remote naval bases while remaining submerged. Could quantum communications allow them to pull off this technically...

Smarter Cameras Help You Take Slicker Snaps
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Smarter Cameras Help You Take Slicker Snaps

University of Glasgow researcher Stephen Brewster is developing a camera interface designed to make it easier for photographers to get pictures right on the first...

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Light Is Not Fast Enough For High-Speed Stock Trading

Every microsecond counts in stock trading. The New York Stock Exchange handles a third of the world's stock trading—around 22 billion messages a day. But NYSE Euronext...

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Cops on the Trail of Crimes that Haven't Happened

The patrol car comes to a stop in a sleepy neighbourhood of small, earth-coloured homes. A woman saunters past pushing a stroller. It is daytime in the artsy beach...

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Light Is Not Fast Enough For High-Speed Stock Trading

Every microsecond counts in stock trading. The New York Stock Exchange handles a third of the world's stock trading—around 22 billion messages a day. But NYSE...

­nbridled Ingenuity at Maker Faire
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­nbridled Ingenuity at Maker Faire

Around noon this past Sunday, I found myself asking a young girl why, even though the music-producing device she and her family had made was called "Slugophone...

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Quantum Minds: Why We Think Like Quarks

The fuzziness and weird logic of the way particles behave applies surprisingly well to how humans think.

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Robot 'mission Impossible' Wins Video Prize

You could call it Mission Impossible: Robot Library Heist. An army of flying, rolling, and climbing robots have been taught to work together to find and snatch...

Mapping the Most Complex Object in the Known ­niverse
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Mapping the Most Complex Object in the Known ­niverse

It's paint-by-numbers for neuroscientists. At the Max-Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg, Germany, researchers have devised a faster way of computing...

'Fluid Cloak' to Help Submarines Leave No Wake
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'Fluid Cloak' to Help Submarines Leave No Wake

Super-stealthy submarines may one day glide through the water without creating a wake, if a plan to channel fluid intelligently around objects can be made to...

Ok, Climate Skeptics: Here's the Raw Data You Wanted
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Ok, Climate Skeptics: Here's the Raw Data You Wanted

Anyone can now view for themselves the raw data that was at the centre of last year's "climategate" scandal.

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Why Bitcoin Is Not As Anonymous As Most ­sers Think

People who use Bitcoin to ensure their purchases remain anonymous may want to reconsider their reliance on the online peer-to-peer currency, say researchers who...

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Computers Understand Hand-Waving Descriptions

A new gesture-based interface developed by the Hasso Plattner Institute's Christian Holz and Microsoft Research's Andy Wilson does not require users to memorize...

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Robots ­se Kinect to ­nderstand Our World

Picture the scene, a few years from now. "Robot, fetch me that pillow over there," you say to your ever-willing butlerbot. "Certainly sir," it replies. "What's...

Buy Now or Wait For a Sale? Let the Computer Decide
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Buy Now or Wait For a Sale? Let the Computer Decide

Microsoft researchers have developed Prodcast, a tool that helps consumers decide whether to buy a new product now or wait for prices to fall.

Mining Social Networks to Predict Your App Choices
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Mining Social Networks to Predict Your App Choices

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab have analyzed the smartphone use of students on social networks in an attempt to determine...

Protecting Protestors With Photos That Never Existed
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Protecting Protestors With Photos That Never Existed

In a response to protestors getting arrested for taking pictures of government-instigated violence, researchers have developed a method that uses graphics processors...
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