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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.


Intel's New Interface Idea Is a Mash-up of All the Others
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Intel's New Interface Idea Is a Mash-up of All the Others

At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, chipmaker Intel demoed its latest big idea: "perceptual computing."

The Algorithms That Automatically Date Medieval Manuscripts
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The Algorithms That Automatically Date Medieval Manuscripts

University of Toronto researchers have developed statistical computer techniques for dating historical documents.  

The Underdog Operating Systems Set to Shake Up the Smartphone Scene
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The Underdog Operating Systems Set to Shake Up the Smartphone Scene

The next time you go shopping for a smartphone, you might see some unfamiliar software on the screens lining store shelves.

How Delays Propagate Across the U.s. Airport Network
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How Delays Propagate Across the U.s. Airport Network

The Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems has simulated how flight delays spread across the U.S. airport network like wildfires.  

It's All About the Genes and the Brain Machines
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It's All About the Genes and the Brain Machines

The amount of time and money needed to sequence genomes continued to fall in 2012, perhaps to no one’s surprise.

Why China's Homemade Microchips Will Struggle to Displace Western Giants
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Why China's Homemade Microchips Will Struggle to Displace Western Giants

If China's ultimate aim in the sphere of technology is to become completely self-sufficient, it is well on the way to achieving this ambitious goal.

The Man Looking to Turn Samsung Into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter
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The Man Looking to Turn Samsung Into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter

Samsung Electronics is a company at the top of its game, having become the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer in the last year.

The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed
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The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed

As the head of Windows product development at Microsoft, Julie Larson-Green is responsible for a piece of software used by some 1.3 billion people worldwide.

China Developing GPS-on-a-Shoestring Plan
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China Developing GPS-on-a-Shoestring Plan

When it comes to satellite navigation systems, everybody's gotta have one.

Leaping Into the Gesture-Control Era
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Leaping Into the Gesture-Control Era

A trip to any big electronics store this fall will tell you that computer makers from Samsung to Microsoft think laptop and desktop computers need touch screens...

How Google Plans to Find the ­ngoogleable
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How Google Plans to Find the ­ngoogleable


What Sinofsky's Departure Suggests About the Current State, and Likely Future, of Microsoft
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What Sinofsky's Departure Suggests About the Current State, and Likely Future, of Microsoft

Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows division, abruptly left the company on November 12, shortly after introducing the latest version of the company's...

From ACM News

Say Hello, or 你好, to China’s Siri

You might not have heard of iFlyTek. The company is hardly a household name in its domestic market of China, either.

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...

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.

A Bandwidth Breakthrough
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A Bandwidth Breakthrough

Academic researchers have developed coded Transmission Control Protocol, a method for improving wireless bandwidth by one order of magnitude that involves using...

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...
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