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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.


A New Approach to Information Storage
From Communications of the ACM

A New Approach to Information Storage

Disk drives and solid-state drives have long served as the foundation for computer storage, but breakthroughs in molecular and DNA science could revolutionize the...

All the Items Fit to Print
From Communications of the ACM

All the Items Fit to Print

3-D printing has come of age. It promises to revolutionize a wide range of industries and profoundly change the way people buy and consume.

Vanishing Electronics
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Vanishing Electronics

Engineers are reinventing electronics by building safe devices that dissolve in the body or within the environment. The technology could redefine everything from...

A New Model For Healthcare
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A New Model For Healthcare

Computer modeling is radically redefining healthcare and epidemiology by providing new tools for understanding the impact of different intervention strategies.

Has Apple Lost its Mojo?
From ACM News

Has Apple Lost its Mojo?

Cracks have begun to appear on Apple's road to invincibility.

On the Digital Trail
From Communications of the ACM

On the Digital Trail

Forensics experts increasingly use data from digital devices to solve crimes, fight lawsuits, and unravel accidents.

Apple Designs the Future
From ACM News

Apple Designs the Future

It’s impossible to look anywhere these days without noticing how profoundly Apple has influenced design and computing interfaces.    

Advertising Gets Personal
From Communications of the ACM

Advertising Gets Personal

Online behavioral advertising and sophisticated data aggregation have changed the face of advertising and put privacy in the crosshairs.

How Steve Jobs Revolutionized Business
From ACM News

How Steve Jobs Revolutionized Business

It is ironic that Steve Jobs, the man who focused on building consumer-friendly devices such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, is also radically reshaping the business...

Digitally Possessed
From Communications of the ACM

Digitally Possessed

Virtual possessions play an increasingly important role in our daily lives. How we think about them and deal with them is changing the way we think and interact...

Policing the Future
From Communications of the ACM

Policing the Future

Computer programs and new mathematical algorithms are helping law enforcement agencies better predict when and where crimes will occur.

The War Against Botnets
From Communications of the ACM

The War Against Botnets

Increasingly sophisticated botnets have emerged during the last several years. However, security researchers, businesses, and governments are attacking botnets...

Law and Disorder
From Communications of the ACM

Law and Disorder

International law has always been a murky and Byzantine area. However, the Internet and digital technology have raised the stakes, the risks, and the challenges...

CSEdWeek Takes Hold
From Communications of the ACM

CSEdWeek Takes Hold

Groups in more than 130 countries will participate in Computer Science Education Week this year.

What Did Steve Jobs Do For Computer Science?
From ACM News

What Did Steve Jobs Do For Computer Science?

Beyond a mind-bending array of business, societal, and technological accomplishments, there’s an often-overlooked side to Steve Jobs and Apple. The company’s contributions...

Living in a Digital World
From Communications of the ACM

Living in a Digital World

Technology has created new opportunities to connect and interact. Yet, researchers are increasingly concerned that heavy technology usage is changing people's behavior...

Life, Translated
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Life, Translated

The Holy Grail of language translation is to develop a machine-based system that can handle the task transparently and accurately.

Social Games, Virtual Goods
From Communications of the ACM

Social Games, Virtual Goods

The popularity of virtual goods and currencies in online gaming is changing how people think and act about money.

Gary Chapman, Technologist: 1952 - 2010
From Communications of the ACM

Gary Chapman, Technologist: 1952 - 2010

He raised important public issues, such as the impact of computers and the Internet on society, and encouraged social responsibility for computer professionals....

Following the Crowd
From Communications of the ACM

Following the Crowd

Crowdsourcing is based on a simple but powerful concept: Virtually anyone has the potential to plug in valuable information.
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