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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.


Submarine Internet Cables Are a Gift For Spooks
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Submarine Internet Cables Are a Gift For Spooks

It's a golden age for spying. The subsea fibre-optic cables that carry telephone and Internet traffic are a technological marvel—and a gift to intelligence agencies...

Echolocating App Will Let You Map a Room with Sound
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Echolocating App Will Let You Map a Room with Sound

Bats, dolphins, and even some blind people use echoes to create a mental 3D map of their environment and where they are in it. A smartphone's chirp could soon let...

Kepler Telescope's Planet-Hunting Days Crunch to a Close
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Kepler Telescope's Planet-Hunting Days Crunch to a Close

"Kepler was my North, my South, my East and West, my working week, no weekend rest, my noon, my midnight, my talks, my song; I thought Kepler would last forever...

Curiosity's Discoveries Hint at Life's Cradle on Mars
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Curiosity's Discoveries Hint at Life's Cradle on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover has found what it was looking for in its very first taste of Martian rock—much to everyone's surprise.

The Father of All Men Is 340,000 Years Old
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The Father of All Men Is 340,000 Years Old

Albert Perry carried a secret in his DNA: a Y chromosome so distinctive that it reveals new information about the origin of our species.

Kinect Sensor Poised to Leap Into Everyday Life
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Kinect Sensor Poised to Leap Into Everyday Life

When Microsoft's Kinect gaming sensor first exploded onto the gaming scene in 2010, it wasn't long before people started getting excited about what it might make...

'biology Is a Manufacturing Capability'
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'biology Is a Manufacturing Capability'

Soon we'll be able to engineer living things with mechanical precision, says Tom Knight, father of synthetic biology.

How Metadata Brought Down CIA Boss David Petraeus
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How Metadata Brought Down CIA Boss David Petraeus

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency director David Petraeus was brought down by metadata, which is not covered by the Stored Communications Act.

Will We Ever ­nderstand How Our Brains Work?
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Will We Ever ­nderstand How Our Brains Work?

When it comes to the human brain, many scientists believe that we are incapable of understanding how it works because we lack the tools and intelligence to measure...

Patent Could Shackle 3D Printers with Drm
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Patent Could Shackle 3D Printers with Drm

One of the greatest benefits of 3D printing technology—the ability to make replacements or parts for household objects like toys, utensils and gadgets—may be denied...

Graphics Chips Are For More Than Just Eye Candy
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Graphics Chips Are For More Than Just Eye Candy

Chances are there is a graphics chip in your desktop computer, and it is fuelling a revolution.

The Real Tron: It Security As a Shoot 'em ­p
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The Real Tron: It Security As a Shoot 'em ­p

Alert to a sudden threat, you race down a virtual corridor of servers, hot on the tail of malicious software.

Watson Turns Medic: Supercomputer to Diagnose Disease
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Watson Turns Medic: Supercomputer to Diagnose Disease

It is more than a year since Watson, IBM's famous supercomputer, opened a new frontier for artificial intelligence by beating human champions of the quiz show Jeopardy...

Patent Trawler Aims to Predict Next Hot Technologies
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Patent Trawler Aims to Predict Next Hot Technologies

Hungarian Academy of Sciences researchers have developed a data-mining tool that automatically helps predict emerging technologies.

The AI Game That Knows You Better Than Anyone
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The AI Game That Knows You Better Than Anyone

Many computer science researchers are trying to create an AI system that offers video game players a more tailored experience.  

Online Friendships Light ­p Shadow Social Networks
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Online Friendships Light ­p Shadow Social Networks

Friending someone on Facebook makes an association public, but many relationships are never professed online.

Font for Digits Lets Numbers Punch Their Weight
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Font for Digits Lets Numbers Punch Their Weight

Researchers at the St. Andrews and Calgary universities have developed FatFonts, a font that offers a way to write numbers so that their areas equal their numerical...

Phase-Change Materials Can Fix Machine Memory Crunch
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Phase-Change Materials Can Fix Machine Memory Crunch

Phase-change materials (PCMs) could thwart the limits of digital memory and enable a massive increase in storage density. PCM's biggest advantage is that it can...

Should Computers Have Their Own Web Sites?
From ACM TechNews

Should Computers Have Their Own Web Sites?

Organizations could use a new top-level domain, .data, to share data in a standard form, writes Stephen Wolfram, creator of the computational knowledge engine Wolfram...

Face Recognition Technology Fails to Find U.k. Rioters
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Face Recognition Technology Fails to Find U.k. Rioters

The response was as aggressive and swift as the riots themselves. Within a few hours of the worst of the looting across London and other English cities, attempts...
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