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Brave NUI World
From Communications of the ACM

Brave NUI World

Natural user interface developments, such as Microsoft's Kinect, may indicate the beginning of the end for the mouse.

The Rise of Molecular Machines
From Communications of the ACM

The Rise of Molecular Machines

The field of molecular computing is achieving new levels of control over biochemical processes and fostering sophisticated connections between computer science...

Rankings Released For Supercomputers Doing 'big Data'
From ACM TechNews

Rankings Released For Supercomputers Doing 'big Data'

This year's Graph500 competition, which measures supercomputers that handle big data scaling problems, featured 50 systems, up from nine last year. The U.S. National...

Google and Microsoft Talk Artificial Intelligence
From ACM Opinion

Google and Microsoft Talk Artificial Intelligence

Google and Microsoft don't share a stage often, being increasingly fierce competitors in areas such as Web search, mobile, and cloud computing. But the rivals...

Intel Shows Off Its Knights Corner One Teraflops Chip
From ACM News

Intel Shows Off Its Knights Corner One Teraflops Chip

Intel has developed an accelerator chip capable of running at speeds of one teraflops, equal to one trillion calculations per second.

Exascale Computing Seen in This Decade
From ACM TechNews

Exascale Computing Seen in This Decade

A major focus at the SC11 supercomputing conference was plans to develop an exascale computing system, which would be about 1,000 times more powerful than any...

Linux Loses its Luster as a Darling Among Developers
From ACM TechNews

Linux Loses its Luster as a Darling Among Developers

Linux as an application development platform has fallen to third place in popularity behind Mac OS and Windows, according to an Evans Data Corp. survey. 

Japan's K Computer Retains TOP500 Crown
From ACM TechNews

Japan's K Computer Retains TOP500 Crown

Japan's K Computer retained its title as the world's most powerful supercomputer, ranking first in the most recent edition of the TOP500 List with a speed of 10...

From ACM News

Barcelona Center Makes Super Bet on Cellphone Chips

Supercomputers, once built from handcrafted circuitry, were transformed when companies started assembling them from inexpensive PC-style microprocessors. Researchers...

From ACM News

China Looms Large in Race of the Supercomputers

Ten years ago, a ranking of the world’s 500 most powerful supercomputers included precisely three entries from China. The most powerful of these—a system used to...

China to Build More Supercomputers With Homegrown Chips
From ACM TechNews

China to Build More Supercomputers With Homegrown Chips

China will rely less on chips made by foreign companies for its supercomputers over the next five years, says the National Supercomputer Center's Pan Jingshan.

From ACM News

The Revolution in Photography

When a set of online teasers for a new camera called the Lytro appeared earlier this year, you could have been forgiven for seeing the invention as just another...

DARPA Looks to Protect Drones from Hack Attacks
From ACM News

DARPA Looks to Protect Drones from Hack Attacks

Cybersecurity, as interpreted by the Pentagon’s premiere researcher, isn’t just about protecting data networks. It’s about making the military’s killer drones...

Russians Fight to Save Mars Probe After Mishap
From ACM News

Russians Fight to Save Mars Probe After Mishap

Russian space engineers scrambled Wednesday to salvage an ambitious science mission to Mars after the unmanned spacecraft became stranded in Earth orbit. If they...

Irobot Ceo: Enough with the Gimmick 'bots
From ACM Opinion

Irobot Ceo: Enough with the Gimmick 'bots

It's no surprise that uber-geek and iRobot CEO Colin Angle is a Star Wars fan.

It Started Digital Wheels Turning
From ACM News

It Started Digital Wheels Turning

Researchers in Britain are about to embark on a 10-year, multimillion-dollar project to build a computer—but their goal is neither dazzling analytical power nor...

Poor Penmanship Spells Job Security For Post Office's Scribble Specialists
From ACM News

Poor Penmanship Spells Job Security For Post Office's Scribble Specialists

A man in Emden, Mo., recently mailed a letter that he had addressed, in a scribble, to somebody in "Shelhjreille, Mo." That's the way his handwriting made it...

From ACM News

Google Changes Search Algorithm, Trying to Make Results More Timely

Many Google search results will be more timely after Google made a significant change to its search algorithm last week that it said would affect about 35% of...

3D Chips: The Next Electronics Revolution
From ACM TechNews

3D Chips: The Next Electronics Revolution

The semiconductor industry is moving toward three-dimensional (3D) chip design, stacking dies and moving data from one layer to another. 

Japan Pushes World's Fastest Computer Past 10 Petaflop Barrier
From ACM News

Japan Pushes World's Fastest Computer Past 10 Petaflop Barrier

The Japanese have broken the 10 petaflop barrier. On Wednesday, Japanese IT giant Fujitsu and the government-funded RIKEN research lab announced the supercomputer...
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