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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.


Hoping Google's Lab Is a Rainmaker
From ACM Careers

Hoping Google's Lab Is a Rainmaker

Google's research arm, Google X, is called the company's Moonshot Factory. One reason the company picked the word "Moonshot" was to remind people to tackle big...

Charles H. Townes, Who Paved Way For the Laser in Daily Life, Dies at 99
From ACM Careers

Charles H. Townes, Who Paved Way For the Laser in Daily Life, Dies at 99

Charles H. Townes, a visionary physicist whose research led to the development of the laser, making it possible to play CDs, scan prices at the supermarket, measure...

To Lure Young, Movie Theaters Shake, Smell and Spritz
From ACM News

To Lure Young, Movie Theaters Shake, Smell and Spritz

Having tried 3-D films, earsplitting sound systems and even alcohol sales in pursuit of younger moviegoers, some theater chains are now installing undulating seats...

Gregarious and Direct: China's Web Doorkeeper
From ACM Careers

Gregarious and Direct: China's Web Doorkeeper

When a major Chinese-American Internet conference convenes in Washington on Tuesday, a middle-aged Communist Party propaganda chief will be seated amid a room full...

Sculptor Offers Another Clue in 24-Year-Old Mystery at C.i.a.
From ACM News

Sculptor Offers Another Clue in 24-Year-Old Mystery at C.i.a.

The artist who created the enigmatic Kryptos, a puzzle-in-a-sculpture that has driven code breakers to distraction since it was installed 24 years ago in a courtyard...

A Super-Simple Way to ­nderstand the Net Neutrality Debate
From ACM News

A Super-Simple Way to ­nderstand the Net Neutrality Debate

It's one of the most important policy disputes that will determine the future of the Internet, and now President Obama has formally weighed in in favor of so-called ...

How Facebook Is Changing the Way Its ­sers Consume Journalism
From ACM News

How Facebook Is Changing the Way Its ­sers Consume Journalism

Many of the people who read this article will do so because Greg Marra, 26, a Facebook engineer, calculated that it was the kind of thing they might enjoy.

To Siri, With Love
From ACM Opinion

To Siri, With Love

Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri.

Oculus Brings the Virtual Closer to Reality
From ACM News

Oculus Brings the Virtual Closer to Reality

Virtual reality is virtually here—although its first incarnation will come with short battery life, images that do not quite track eye movements and a tendency...

E-Sports Set Video Gamers Fighting For Real Money in Virtual Contests
From ACM News

E-Sports Set Video Gamers Fighting For Real Money in Virtual Contests

A bewitching creature—half woman, half deer—battles a shaman and a sentient tree.

Next For Virtual Reality: Video, Without the Games
From ACM News

Next For Virtual Reality: Video, Without the Games

Nearly all the hype around virtual reality—much of it fanned by Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR, the headset maker—is about how the technology can...

Where Tech Is Taking ­s: A Conversation With Intel's Genevieve Bell
From ACM Opinion

Where Tech Is Taking ­s: A Conversation With Intel's Genevieve Bell

Genevieve Bell grew up among Aboriginal people in Australia, taught anthropology at Stanford and for the past 16 years has worked for Intel.

New Dimension in Scoreboard Watching
From ACM News

New Dimension in Scoreboard Watching

The seemingly endless prairie that blankets this part of the United States would seem to be an unlikely place for one of the largest makers of sports video displays...

Real-Life Illness in a Virtual World
From ACM News

Real-Life Illness in a Virtual World

A 3-D animated creature, affectionately named Gerald, appears to walk in circles while floating in front of an elaborate viewer that resembles something from an...

Principles Are No Match For Europe's Love of U.s. Web Titans
From ACM News

Principles Are No Match For Europe's Love of U.s. Web Titans

On weekends, Guillaume Rosquin browses the shelves of local bookstores in Lyon, France.

Tackling the Limits of Touch Screens
From ACM News

Tackling the Limits of Touch Screens

Touch screens are ubiquitous on tablets and smartphones, but their flat glass surfaces can hinder close reading and accurate typing.

Devices That Know How We Really Feel
From ACM News

Devices That Know How We Really Feel

Admit it: Sometimes you just want to punch your PC, or slap your smartphone, or knock your notebook.

­p Close on Baseball's Borders
From ACM News

­p Close on Baseball's Borders

Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated has called the line running through Connecticut that separates Yankee fans and Red Sox fans the Munson-Nixon line.

The Cloud Industry Needs Aereo to Win. But Consumers Need Something Better.
From ACM Opinion

The Cloud Industry Needs Aereo to Win. But Consumers Need Something Better.

The best way to think about Aereo, the company at the center of this week's Supreme Court battle over the future of computing, is as an example of legal performance...

Google ­ses Algorithms to Create Slr-Like Photos
From ACM TechNews

Google ­ses Algorithms to Create Slr-Like Photos

Google has developed an algorithm that can generate photographic images with a depth of field similar to pictures taken by a single lens reflex camera. 
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