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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.


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Software Translates Your Voice Into Another Language

Researchers at Microsoft have made software that can learn the sound of your voice, and then use it to speak a language that you don't.

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How a Web Link Can Take Control of Your Phone

A chilling demonstration to a small, packed room at the recent RSA security conference showed how clicking a single bad Web link while using a phone running Google's...

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How a Web Link Can Take Control of Your Phone

A chilling demonstration to a small, packed room at the RSA security conference showed how clicking a single bad Web link while using a phone running Google's Android...

Defense Department Wants More Control Over the Internet
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Defense Department Wants More Control Over the Internet

The U.S. Department of Defense may have funded the research that led to the Internet, but freewheeling innovation created the patchwork of privately owned technology...

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How Data Storage Cripples Mobile Apps

The latest smart phones and tablets at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month came with an emphasis on faster processors and compatibility with faster...

Algorithm Uses Photo Networks to Reveal Your Hometown
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Algorithm Uses Photo Networks to Reveal Your Hometown

There is growing evidence that information gleaned from online social networks can be processed and used in ways to gain an accurate profile of an individual.

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The Machines Are Talking a Lot

As one of the leading manufacturers of the equipment that routes data around the Internet, Cisco Systems is in good position to know just how many 0s and 1s go...

Ultrafast Trades Trigger Black Swan Events Every Day, Say Econophysicists
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Ultrafast Trades Trigger Black Swan Events Every Day, Say Econophysicists

On 6 May 2010, shares on U.S. financial markets suddenly dropped on average by around 10% but in over 300 stocks by more than 60%. Moments later the prices recovered...

Turing's Enduring Importance
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Turing's Enduring Importance

Modern computing systems owe a sizable debt to Alan Turing, whose breakthrough work set the direction that the future of computing would take by determining that...

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How Networks of Biological Cells Solve Distributed Computing Problems

Distributed computing is all the rage these days. The idea is to break down computational tasks into convenient chunks and distribute them across a network to a...

Turing's Enduring Importance
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Turing's Enduring Importance

When Alan Turing was born 100 years ago, on June 23, 1912, a computer was not a thing—it was a person.

Letting Hackers Compete, Facebook Eyes New Talent
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Letting Hackers Compete, Facebook Eyes New Talent

Late this January, some 75,000 people around the planet sat in front of their computers and pondered how to make anagrams from a bowl of alphabet soup.

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Why Viewers Could Soon Control Super Bowl Ads

During this Sunday's Super Bowl, a record five million viewers are expected to tweet or make other social media comments—not just about the game, but also about...

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Shrunken Servers Aim For a Greener Internet

As the cloud becomes more pervasive—driving everything from social networking to mobile apps—the computers that power it must guzzle more and more energy.

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Hacking Cars to Keep Them Safe

Tiffany Rad got interested in hacking cars because she wanted to drive her Land Rover off-road on rugged terrain without worrying about setting off the air bags...

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Serious Flaw Emerges In Quantum Cryptography

The perfect secrecy offered by quantum mechanics appears to have been scuppered by a previously unknown practical problem, say physicists.

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Europe's Driverless Car (driver Still Required)

Tucked away in the basement of an iconic office tower shaped like four engine cylinders, engineer Werner Huber is telling me about the joy of driving.

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Automobile Design for the Connected Age

Car design is in a state of flux. The designer's job used to be about tail fins and chrome. Then it was all about cup holders and plastics.

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Bouncing Data Would Speed Up Data Centers

Inside the huge data centers operated by Internet companies like Google, Amazon, and Facebook, information is processed at blistering speed, but it still has to...

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Quantum Computing with Holograms

Light is one of the most promising carriers of quantum information. It is robust against decoherence because it does not interact with stray electric and magnetic...
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