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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 Google Cracked House Number Identification in Street View
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How Google Cracked House Number Identification in Street View

Google Street View has become an essential part of the online mapping experience.

How To Track Vehicles Using Speed Data Alone
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How To Track Vehicles Using Speed Data Alone

Location is a key indicator of personal travel patterns and habits.

Thinking in Silicon
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Thinking in Silicon

Picture a person reading these words on a laptop in a coffee shop.

Identifying Signs of Chronic Brain Injury in Living Football Players
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Identifying Signs of Chronic Brain Injury in Living Football Players

Eight former pro football players learned this year that they have signs of a degenerative brain disorder called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition...

An Artificial Hand with Real Feelings
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An Artificial Hand with Real Feelings

There have been remarkable mechanical advances in prosthetic limbs in recent years, including rewiring nerve fibers to control sophisticated mechanical arms (see...

Self-Replicating Usbs Spread Software Faster Than an Internet Connection
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Self-Replicating Usbs Spread Software Faster Than an Internet Connection

An easy, inexpensive way to transmit large software packages rapidly without using the Internet utilizes a self-replicating bootable USB stick. 

Diagnosis For Healthcare.gov: ­nrealistic Technology Expectations
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Diagnosis For Healthcare.gov: ­nrealistic Technology Expectations

The fiasco with the $600 million federal health insurance website wasn't all bureaucratic.

Three Questions For Computing Pioneer Carver Mead
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Three Questions For Computing Pioneer Carver Mead

Computer scientist Carver Mead gave Moore's Law its name in around 1970 and played a crucial role in making sure it's held true in the decades since.

Stores Sniff Out Smartphones to Follow Shoppers
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Stores Sniff Out Smartphones to Follow Shoppers

You've just tossed a jar of peanut butter in your grocery cart when your smartphone buzzes.

Ads Could Soon Know If You're an Introvert (on Twitter)
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Ads Could Soon Know If You're an Introvert (on Twitter)

Trying to derive a person's wants and needs—conscious or otherwise—from online browsing and buying habits has become crucial to companies of all kinds.

The Clever Circuit That Doubles Bandwidth
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The Clever Circuit That Doubles Bandwidth

A startup spun out of Stanford says it has solved an age-old problem in radio communications with a new circuit and algorithm that allow data to be sent and received...

Driverless Cars Are Further Away Than You Think
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Driverless Cars Are Further Away Than You Think

A silver BMW 5 Series is weaving through traffic at roughly 120 kilometers per hour (75 mph) on a freeway that cuts northeast through Bavaria between Munich and...

The Secrets of Online Money Laundering
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The Secrets of Online Money Laundering

Money laundering is increasingly becoming a cybercrime.

Graphics Chips Help Process Big Data Sets in Milliseconds
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Graphics Chips Help Process Big Data Sets in Milliseconds

New software can use the graphics processors found on everyday computers to process torrents of data more quickly than is normally possible, opening up new ways...

Some Robots Are Starting to Move More Like Humans
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Some Robots Are Starting to Move More Like Humans

Robots usually look rigid and nonhuman, with joints engineered to avoid the elasticity that can make their movements less predictable and harder to control.

In Search of the Next Boom, Developers Cram Their Apps Into Smart Watches
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In Search of the Next Boom, Developers Cram Their Apps Into Smart Watches

The age of wearable computing is upon us.

Cryptographers Have an Ethics Problem
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Cryptographers Have an Ethics Problem

Last week, I visited the MIT computer science department looking for a very famous cryptographer.

Intel's Laser Chips Could Make Data Centers Run Better
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Intel's Laser Chips Could Make Data Centers Run Better

Intel hopes to make computing far more efficient by introducing a technology that replaces conventional copper data cables with faster optical data links.

A Camera That Sees Like the Human Eye
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A Camera That Sees Like the Human Eye

The retina is an enormously powerful tool. It sorts through massive amounts of data while operating on only a fraction of the power that a conventional digital...

Seven Over 70
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Seven Over 70

For over a decade, we've celebrated innovators under the age of 35. We choose to write about the young because we want to introduce you to the most promising new...
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