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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.


Google Offers Cloud-Based Learning Engine
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Google Offers Cloud-Based Learning Engine

Providing developers with machine learning on tap could unleash a flood of smarter apps.

A Smoother Street View
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A Smoother Street View

Microsoft researchers have developed Street Slide, street-level imaging software that could help people find locations more quickly on the Web, as well as leave...

A Smoother Street View
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A Smoother Street View

Microsoft's new toy allows for a more seamless walk down an online avenue.

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So Many Bugs, So Little Time

Tools that find serious bugs automatically could lead to safer, more stable software.

New Languages, and Why We Need Them
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New Languages, and Why We Need Them

Creators of two dozen new programming languages—some designed to enable powerful new Web applications and mobile devices—presented their work last week in Portland...

Ads that Match a Web Page's Images
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Ads that Match a Web Page's Images

Using the contents of images or videos to target Web ads could improve click-through.

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Fewer Ads, More Clicks

Search engines get smarter at predicting when we'll respond to a pitch.

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Pitting Cloud Against Cloud

Tools that benchmark performance promise to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of competing cloud providers.

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A Step Closer to Perfect 3D Data Storage

 In the introduction to a paper in press in the Journal of Biotechnology, Virgile Adam of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, along with a long list...

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The Achilles' Heel of Your Computer

Device drivers account for most crashes and even introduce security problems; a new testing tool could provide an early warning.

Making Optical Switching More Practical For Telecom
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Making Optical Switching More Practical For Telecom

Using all-optical controls could speed the transmission of telecommunications data, but optical switches that can work at high bandwidths need a lot of energy to...

How the Apple Ii Taught Programmers to Economize
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How the Apple Ii Taught Programmers to Economize

Imagine trying to program a virtual machine--a software instance that mimics all the characteristics of a physical computer--on a device with 2 kilobytes of RAM...

Flickr Photos Yield Tourist Trails
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Flickr Photos Yield Tourist Trails

Yahoo! researchers have developed a tool that draws on the database of millions of Flickr photos to generate detailed itineraries of what tourist sites to visit...

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AI That Picks Stocks Better Than the Pros

A computer science professor uses textual analysis of articles from Yahoo Finance to beat the market.

Ranking the Most Powerful Supercomputers
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Ranking the Most Powerful Supercomputers

The U.S. still leads in high-performance computing capacity, but China is undergoing explosive growth.

Surveillance Software Knows What a Camera Sees
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Surveillance Software Knows What a Camera Sees

UCLA researchers have developed Image to Text (I2T), a computer vision system that can generate a real-time text description of what is happening in a surveillance...

Google Gives Away Video Software to Lure Developers
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Google Gives Away Video Software to Lure Developers

Google recently gave away a piece of intellectual property the company gained after its $120 million acquisition of On2 three months ago.

An Invisible Touch For Mobile Devices
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An Invisible Touch For Mobile Devices

A simple gesture-sensing interface could add new meaning to mobile-phone conversations.

Eye Tracking For Mobile Control
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Eye Tracking For Mobile Control

It's hard sending a text message with arms full of groceries or while wearing winter gloves. Voice control is one alternative to using your fingers, but researchers...

Software that Learns By Watching
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Software that Learns By Watching

Overworked and much in demand, IT support staff can't be in two places at once. But software designed to watch and learn as they carry out common tasks could soon...
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