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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 Phone That Knows Where You're Going
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A Phone That Knows Where You're Going

Researchers have developed an algorithm that follows a person's mobility patterns and also analyzes the patterns of people in the user's social network. In a study...

Smart Headlights See through Rain and Snow
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Smart Headlights See through Rain and Snow

A prototype headlight system can detect raindrops or snow streaks and "dis-illuminate" them, thereby increasing visibility on the road ahead.

PageRank Algorithm Reveals Soccer Teams' Strategies
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PageRank Algorithm Reveals Soccer Teams' Strategies

Many readers will have watched the final of the Euro 2012 soccer championships last Sunday in which Spain demolished a tired Italian team by 4 goals to nil. The...

Biology's Master Programmers
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Biology's Master Programmers

George Church is an imposing figure—over six feet tall, with a large, rectangular face bordered by a brown and silver nest of beard and topped by a thick mop of...

A Robot Takes Stock
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A Robot Takes Stock

The short figure creeping around the Carnegie Mellon University campus store in a hooded sweatshirt recently isn't some shoplifter, but a robot taking inventory...

You Will Want Google Goggles
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You Will Want Google Goggles

At first glance, Thad Starner does not look out of place at Google. A pioneering researcher in the field of wearable computing, Starner is a big, charming man with...

Statistics ­nmask Phony Online Reviews
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Statistics ­nmask Phony Online Reviews

Searching for hotels in cities they've never visited, people often turn to customer-written reviews on websites such as TripAdvisor. But how do they know those...

Three Questions For Patti Maes
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Three Questions For Patti Maes

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Patti Maes recently spoke with Technology Review to discuss the future of mobile technology.  

Intel Reveals Neuromorphic Chip Design
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Intel Reveals Neuromorphic Chip Design

The brain is the most extraordinary of computing machines. It carries out tasks as a matter of routine that would fry the circuits of the most powerful supercomputers...

What Facebook Knows
From ACM News

What Facebook Knows

If Facebook were a country, a conceit that founder Mark Zuckerberg has entertained in public, its 900 million members would make it the third largest in the world...

The Antivirus Era Is Over
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The Antivirus Era Is Over

Two weeks ago today, computer security labs in Iran, Russia, and Hungary announced the discovery of Flame, "the most complex malware ever found," according to Hungary's...

5 Transformative Uses For Disney's Touch-Sensitive Technology
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5 Transformative Uses For Disney's Touch-Sensitive Technology

Disney has a new technology, called Touche, that can turn any object, including the human body, into a touch-sensitive surface that recognizes not only when contact...

A Computer Interface that Takes a Load Off Your Mind
From ACM News

A Computer Interface that Takes a Load Off Your Mind

Conversations between people include a lot more than just words. All sorts of visual and aural cues indicate each party's state of mind and make for a productive...

Gesture Control System Uses Sound Alone
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Gesture Control System Uses Sound Alone

When you learned about the Doppler Effect in high school physics class—the wave frequency shift that occurs when the source of the wave is moving, easily illustrated...

From ACM News

The Indoor Positioning System Era

GPS rules your life. At least, it rules mine.

From ACM News

The New Science of Online Persuasion

The Web has fundamentally changed the business of advertising in just a few years. So it stands to reason that the process of creating ads is bound to change, too...

Verizon Envisions 4g Wireless in Just About Anything
From ACM News

Verizon Envisions 4g Wireless in Just About Anything

Tucked away in a new office block in Waltham, Massachusetts, is a kind of wireless Tomorrowland.

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How Seagate's Terabit-Per-Square-Inch Hard Drive Works

Magnetic hard disks will soon be able to store one terabit (a trillion bits) per square inch.

How the Cost of Computation Restricts the Processes of Life
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How the Cost of Computation Restricts the Processes of Life

Back in the 1960s, the IBM physicist Rolf Landauer showed that computation comes with a cost: every (irreversible) calculation, he said, always burns through a...

Microsoft Builds a Browser for Your Past
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Microsoft Builds a Browser for Your Past

Mining personal data to discover what people care about has become big business for companies such as Facebook and Google. Now a project from Microsoft Research...
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