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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 Detailed 3-D Atlas of a Human Brain
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A Detailed 3-D Atlas of a Human Brain

BigBrain is an electronic model that will enable scientists to explore the anatomy of a single brain in far greater detail than previously possible. 

The Remarkable Properties of Mythological Social Networks
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The Remarkable Properties of Mythological Social Networks

Ten years ago, few people would have heard of a social network.

Quantum Invisibility Cloak Hides Objects from Reality
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Quantum Invisibility Cloak Hides Objects from Reality

Invisibility cloaks are all the rage these days.

From ACM News

As Data Floods In, Massive Open Online Courses Evolve

In 2012, education startups attracted millions of students—and a surge of interest from universities and the media—by offering massive open online courses, or MOOCs...

Contact Lens Computer: Like Google Glass, Without the Glasses
From ACM News

Contact Lens Computer: Like Google Glass, Without the Glasses

For those who find Google Glass indiscreet, electronic contact lenses that outfit the user’s cornea with a display may one day provide an alternative.

Wanted For the Internet of Things: Ant-Size Computers
From ACM News

Wanted For the Internet of Things: Ant-Size Computers

If the Internet is to reach everywhere—from the pills you swallow to the shoes on your feet—then computers will need to get a whole lot smaller.

Marketing to the Big Data Inside ­S
From ACM News

Marketing to the Big Data Inside ­S

Companies market to you according to your shopping habits, your age, your salary, and your social-media activities. In the future, they may be able to advertise...

What Will Hackers Do with the New Kinect?
From ACM Careers

What Will Hackers Do with the New Kinect?

Microsoft announced a new version of the Xbox One earlier this week, and with it an improved and essentially reinvented version of Kinect, the company's body- and...

How to Mine Cellphone Data Without Invading Your Privacy
From ACM TechNews

How to Mine Cellphone Data Without Invading Your Privacy

Researchers have found a way to eliminate personally identifiable information in cellphone data, which could improve data mining  by removing privacy concerns. 

Big Data from Cheap Phones
From ACM News

Big Data from Cheap Phones

At a computer in her office at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, epidemiologist Caroline Buckee points to a dot on a map of Kenya's western highlands...

Stephen Wolfram on Personal Analytics
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Stephen Wolfram on Personal Analytics

Don't be surprised if Stephen Wolfram, the renowned complexity theorist, software company CEO, and night owl, wants to schedule a work call with you at 9 p.m. In...

From ACM News

How Today's Sensors Could Make Tomorrow's Cars Safer

Driverless cars haven’t hit the roads yet, but computers are already helping to slow down or stop a car in situations when a crash is imminent.

Samsung Demos a Tablet Controlled By Your Brain
From ACM News

Samsung Demos a Tablet Controlled By Your Brain

One day, we may be able to check email or call a friend without ever touching a screen or even speaking to a disembodied helper.

Deep Learning
From ACM News

Deep Learning

When Ray Kurzweil met with Google CEO Larry Page last July, he wasn't looking for a job.

From ACM Careers

A Simple Way to Turn Any Lcd Into a Touch Screen

Electromagnetic interference can screw up cell phone and radio reception. But it may also be the key to cheaply transforming regular LCD screens into touch- and...

How Wireless Carriers Are Monetizing Your Movements
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How Wireless Carriers Are Monetizing Your Movements

Wireless operators have access to an unprecedented volume of information about users' real-world activities, but for years these massive data troves were put to...

Interview with Brain Project Pioneer: Miyoung Chun
From ACM Opinion

Interview with Brain Project Pioneer: Miyoung Chun

Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) project, which President Obama announced in his State of the Union address in February, will...

Where Siri Has Trouble Hearing, a Crowd of Humans Could Help
From ACM TechNews

Where Siri Has Trouble Hearing, a Crowd of Humans Could Help

A new rapid-fire crowdsourcing program could provide new ways to enhance voice-recognition applications. 

Clues Suggest Malware Is Moving from Pcs to Mobile Devices
From ACM News

Clues Suggest Malware Is Moving from Pcs to Mobile Devices

The fact that smartphones and tablets don't need antivirus software or regular software updates is a major reason for their popularity.

Mobile Computing Is Just Getting Started
From ACM Opinion

Mobile Computing Is Just Getting Started

Mobile computers are spreading faster than any other consumer technology in history.
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