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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.


How to Steal Data from Your Neighbor in the Cloud
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How to Steal Data from Your Neighbor in the Cloud

Cloud computing teaches people not to worry about physical equipment for hosting data and running software.

Moore's Law Is Becoming Irrelevant
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Moore's Law Is Becoming Irrelevant

Companies like Apple and Samsung are the public face of the smartphone and tablet boom, but they all rely on ARM, the British company that licenses the energy-efficient...

A Rewired Internet Would Speed ­p Content Delivery
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A Rewired Internet Would Speed ­p Content Delivery

A new networking technique could accelerate video downloads and other forms of Internet content delivery.

Why You Can't Vote Online Tuesday
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Why You Can't Vote Online Tuesday

A decade and a half into the Web revolution, we do much of our banking and shopping online. So why can't we vote over the Internet? The answer is that voting presents...

Efficiency Breakthrough Promises Smartphones that Use Half the Power
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Efficiency Breakthrough Promises Smartphones that Use Half the Power

Powering cellular base stations around the world will cost $36 billion this year—chewing through nearly 1 percent of all global electricity production. Much of...

The States with the Riskiest Voting Technology
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The States with the Riskiest Voting Technology

Next Tuesday's presidential election will likely be extremely close, magnifying the potential impact of vote-counting errors.

Microsoft's Plan to Bring About the Era of Gesture Control
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Microsoft's Plan to Bring About the Era of Gesture Control

While most of the headlines about Microsoft this fall will concern its new operating system, Windows 8, and its new Surface tablet, the company is also working...

Computer Viruses Are 'rampant' on Medical Devices in Hospitals
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Computer Viruses Are 'rampant' on Medical Devices in Hospitals

Computerized hospital equipment is increasingly vulnerable to malware infections, according to participants in a recent government panel. These infections can clog...

Genome Hunters Go After Martian Dna
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Genome Hunters Go After Martian Dna

Two high-profile entrepreneurs say they want to put a DNA sequencing machine on the surface of Mars in a bid to prove the existence of extraterrestrial life.

Ever Wondered What a Live Botnet Looks Like?
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Ever Wondered What a Live Botnet Looks Like?

The idea of a network of malware-infected zombie computers rigged to do the bidding of criminals conjures up a frightening image on its own. A new visualization...

What Comes After the Touch Screen?
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What Comes After the Touch Screen?

In a few short years, the technologies found in today's mobile devices—touch screens, gyroscopes, and voice-control software, to name a few—have radically transformed...

The Measurement that Would Reveal the Universe as a Computer Simulation
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The Measurement that Would Reveal the Universe as a Computer Simulation

One of modern physics' most cherished ideas is quantum chromodynamics, the theory that describes the strong nuclear force, how it binds quarks and gluons into protons...

The CIA and Jeff Bezos Bet on Quantum Computing
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The CIA and Jeff Bezos Bet on Quantum Computing

Inside a blocky building in a Vancouver suburb, across the street from a dowdy McDonald's, is a place chilled colder than anywhere in the known universe.

Dear Everyone Teaching Programming: You're Doing It Wrong
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Dear Everyone Teaching Programming: You're Doing It Wrong

Do-it-yourself programming sites are mostly useless because of their opaque interfaces and because programming itself is broken, according to Bret Victor, a former...

Intel's Tiny Wi-Fi Chip Could Have a Big Impact
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Intel's Tiny Wi-Fi Chip Could Have a Big Impact

This month, Intel unveiled a Wi-Fi radio almost completely made of the same sort of transistors that go into one of its microprocessors.

Stuxnet Tricks Copied By Computer Criminals
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Stuxnet Tricks Copied By Computer Criminals

Malicious code apparently used by governments to spy on, harass, and sabotage one another has grabbed headlines in recent years, yet the highly targeted nature...

Review: Raspberry Pi
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Review: Raspberry Pi

You can get a lot for $35 these days. It bought me what looks like a credit card-size James Bond gadget prototype but is actually a fully functional computer.

Disney Researchers Add Virtual Touch to the Real World
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Disney Researchers Add Virtual Touch to the Real World

Researchers at Disney have demonstrated a computer interface that changes the way ordinary, everyday objects feel using a weak electric signal fed through a user's...

Augmented Reality Is Finally Getting Real
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Augmented Reality Is Finally Getting Real

In the summer of 2009, Yelp quietly added a feature to its iPhone app that blurred the line between the real and the virtual. If you held your handset up and looked...

From ACM News

Hey, Hackers: Defense Is Sexy, Too

Pleasing the crowd at the Black Hat and Def Con computer security conferences that took place in Las Vegas last week is relatively easy: simply hop on stage and...
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