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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.


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...

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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...

Nsa Boss Wants More Control Over the 'net
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Nsa Boss Wants More Control Over the 'net

The U.S. Internet's infrastructure needs to be redesigned to allow the NSA to know instantly when overseas hackers might be attacking public or private infrastructure...

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Gps Weakness Could Enable Mass Smartphone Hacking

Weaknesses in the technology that allows smartphone users to pinpoint themselves on a map, or check into restaurants and bars using apps such as Foursquare, could...

The Moore's Law Moon Shot
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The Moore's Law Moon Shot

It is seemingly a fact of life that every new generation of computing gadget will be significantly more powerful than the one before, but a looming technical roadblock...

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...

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...

A Computer Interface that Takes a Load Off Your Mind
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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...

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Moore's Law Lives Another Day

"[Gordon] Moore is my boss, and if your boss makes a law, then you'd better follow it," says Mark Bohr, who leads Intel's efforts to make advances in microchip...

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The Indoor Positioning System Era

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

Computer Scientists Build Computer ­sing Swarms of Crabs
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Computer Scientists Build Computer ­sing Swarms of Crabs

Kobe University researchers have built a billiard ball computer using soldier crabs.

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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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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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