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Visual Programming Means Anyone Can Be a Coder
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Visual Programming Means Anyone Can Be a Coder

Many great ideas start out as scribbles on scraps of paper, as thinking visually is an intuitive way to grapple with abstract concepts. Part of the reason is the...

A Hardware Renaissance in Silicon Valley
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A Hardware Renaissance in Silicon Valley

In recent years, Silicon Valley seems to have forgotten about silicon. It’s been about dot-coms, Web advertising, social networking, and apps for smartphones.

Massive Cyberattack: Act 1 of Israeli Strike on Iran?
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Massive Cyberattack: Act 1 of Israeli Strike on Iran?

Talk in Israel of a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities has reached a fever pitch.

The Rise of Cross-Platform Malware
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The Rise of Cross-Platform Malware

For most of the recorded history of malware, viruses, Trojans, and other malicious software have been specialists.

Nasa Rover Returns Voice and Telephoto Views from Mars
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Nasa Rover Returns Voice and Telephoto Views from Mars

NASA's Mars Curiosity has debuted the first recorded human voice that traveled from Earth to another planet and back.

Apple-Samsung Jury Foreman Recalls 'aha! Moment'
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Apple-Samsung Jury Foreman Recalls 'aha! Moment'

According to Velvin Hogan, the 67-year-old foreman of the jury in the U.S. trial between the Apple and Samsung, one of the turning points in group's journey to came...

DARPA Has Seen the Future of Computing … And It's Analog
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DARPA Has Seen the Future of Computing … And It's Analog

By definition, a computer is a machine that processes and stores data as ones and zeroes. But the U.S. Department of Defense wants to tear up that definition and...

Stanford Biologist and Computer Scientist Discover the 'anternet'
From ACM News

Stanford Biologist and Computer Scientist Discover the 'anternet'

On the surface, ants and the Internet don't seem to have much in common. But two Stanford researchers have discovered that a species of harvester ants determine...

An Empire Strikes Back: Intel Muscles Into the Mobile Market
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An Empire Strikes Back: Intel Muscles Into the Mobile Market

Some of the biggest bets in the computing industry were made on the fifth floor of Intel's Robert Noyce Building, on the northeast corner of the chip giant's main...

Hubble's Hidden Treasures Revealed
From ACM News

Hubble's Hidden Treasures Revealed

Hubble has made over a million observations since launch, but only a small proportion are attractive images—and an even smaller number are ever actually seen by...

'super Pac App' Knows When Political Ads Stretch the Truth
From ACM News

'super Pac App' Knows When Political Ads Stretch the Truth

What if every political ad came with a "truthiness" disclaimer?

Siemens 'flaw' Claim Sparks U.s. Power Plant Security Probe
From ACM News

Siemens 'flaw' Claim Sparks U.s. Power Plant Security Probe

A security expert said that he had found a backdoor in hardware from a Siemens subsidiary, RuggedCom.

In Japan, Mobile Startups Take Gaming To Next Level
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In Japan, Mobile Startups Take Gaming To Next Level

On the subway, in doctor's waiting rooms and during college lectures, millions of Japanese can be found glued to their smartphones. But they're not texting or making...

Watson Turns Medic: Supercomputer to Diagnose Disease
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Watson Turns Medic: Supercomputer to Diagnose Disease

It is more than a year since Watson, IBM's famous supercomputer, opened a new frontier for artificial intelligence by beating human champions of the quiz show Jeopardy...

Atomic-Level Computing
From Communications of the ACM

Atomic-Level Computing

Thanks to the University of New South Wales and IBM Research, scientists are moving closer to the junction of quantum and digital computing.

Chips Go Upscale
From Communications of the ACM

Chips Go Upscale

After decades in Flatland, the end of Moore's Law is pushing semiconductors into the third dimension.

Garbage In, Info Out
From Communications of the ACM

Garbage In, Info Out

Security researchers used malware to investigate large-scale Internet censorship in Egypt and Libya.

Nasa Mars Rover Begins Driving at Bradbury Landing
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Nasa Mars Rover Begins Driving at Bradbury Landing

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has begun driving from its landing site, which scientists announced today they have named for the late author Ray Bradbury.

Stealthy, Tiny, Deadly, Global: The Drone Revolution's Next Phase
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Stealthy, Tiny, Deadly, Global: The Drone Revolution's Next Phase

Today's unmanned robotic planes only seem advanced.

Study To Test 'talking' Cars That Would Warn Drivers Of Unseen Dangers
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Study To Test 'talking' Cars That Would Warn Drivers Of Unseen Dangers

Experts predict that our cars will one day routinely "talk" to one another with wireless communication devices, possibly preventing huge numbers of traffic accidents...
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