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Lost and Found
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Lost and Found

Researchers discover computer pioneer Konrad Zuse's long-forgotten Z9, the world's first program-controlled binary relay calculator using floating-point arithmetic...

­.S., Israel Developed Flame Computer Virus to Slow Iranian Nuclear Efforts, Officials Say
From ACM News

­.S., Israel Developed Flame Computer Virus to Slow Iranian Nuclear Efforts, Officials Say

The United States and Israel jointly developed a sophisticated computer virus nicknamed Flame that collected intelligence in preparation for cyber-sabotage aimed...

Bravely Going Where Pixar Animation Tech Has Never Gone
From ACM News

Bravely Going Where Pixar Animation Tech Has Never Gone

As people, we understand instinctively what flowing hair looks like. Or the way layers of clothes move on someone's body, or how water would splash when a bear...

The Highly Productive Habits of Alan Turing
From ACM News

The Highly Productive Habits of Alan Turing

June 23 marks the 100th birthday of Alan Turing. If I had to name five people whose personal efforts led to the defeat of Nazi Germany, the English mathematician...

War With Friends: Pentagon Eyes a Drone App Store
From ACM News

War With Friends: Pentagon Eyes a Drone App Store

The U.S. military has dozens of different types of drones in its arsenal. Each one has its own unique controller. And each of those various controllers flies a...

'No-Sleep Energy Bugs' Drain Smartphone Batteries
From ACM TechNews

'No-Sleep Energy Bugs' Drain Smartphone Batteries

Purdue University researchers have proposed a method for automatically detecting software glitches in smartphones known as "no-sleep energy bugs," which can completely...

Inside Google's Plan to Build a Catalog of Every Single Thing, Ever
From ACM Opinion

Inside Google's Plan to Build a Catalog of Every Single Thing, Ever

The ugly truth is that computers don't know anything. They have no common sense.

Why You Should Care About Robocup
From ACM News

Why You Should Care About Robocup

This month, soccer fans are glued to Euro 2012. But another prestigious championship is about to kick off, too. The game is slower—much slower—and the players fall...

'moneyball' For Basketball: Using Science to Change the Nba
From ACM TechNews

'moneyball' For Basketball: Using Science to Change the Nba

USC researchers are using SportVU optical tracking data, which uses video cameras installed in participating basketball arenas to capture real-time video footage...

­.s. Needs Another 600 Humans to Fly Its Robot Planes
From ACM Careers

­.s. Needs Another 600 Humans to Fly Its Robot Planes

The Pentagon doesn't have nearly enough people to operate its growing fleet of flying robots. Right now, the U.S. Air Force is short nearly 600 drone pilots and...

U.s. Cities Embrace Software To Automatically Detect 'suspicious' Behavior
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U.s. Cities Embrace Software To Automatically Detect 'suspicious' Behavior

San Francisco is set to become the latest U.S. city to invest in software, created by Texas-based BRS Labs, that monitors and memorizes movements as they are captured...

In the Afghan War, a Little Robot Can Be a Soldier's Best Friend
From ACM News

In the Afghan War, a Little Robot Can Be a Soldier's Best Friend

The 310 SUGV is a distant cousin of the Roomba, the robotic vacuum cleaner currently being promoted as a Father's Day gift. In Afghanistan, the Marines call him...

Get Ready, Because Voyager I Is *this Close* to Leaving Our Solar System
From ACM News

Get Ready, Because Voyager I Is *this Close* to Leaving Our Solar System

Last week, in the corners of the Internet devoted to outer space, things started to get a little, well, hot. Voyager 1, the man-made object farthest away from Earth...

Research at the University of Twente: Wi-Fi Will Soon Reach Its Limits
From ACM TechNews

Research at the University of Twente: Wi-Fi Will Soon Reach Its Limits

University of Twente researchers have found that in some cases, Wi-Fi's efficiency can drop to less than 20 percent in areas where many different networks and wireless...

Experts Warn of Shortage of U.s. Cyber Pros
From ACM Careers

Experts Warn of Shortage of U.s. Cyber Pros

Leading cyber experts warned of a shortage of talented computer security experts in the United States, making it difficult to protect corporate and government networks...

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University of Wyoming professor Liqiang Wang is helping optimize a supercomputer at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center and improving the reliability of high...

From ACM News

Apple, Google Just Killed Portable GPS Devices

If it wasn't obvious before, it’s crystal clear today. The dedicated portable GPS device is dead, with Apple and Google playing pallbearer to Garmin, Magellan,...

Apple's Stash of Credit Card Numbers Is Its Secret Weapon
From ACM News

Apple's Stash of Credit Card Numbers Is Its Secret Weapon

That little iPhone in your pocket is perfectly positioned to become a clone of the credit cards in your wallet or purse.

Nasa Mars Rover Team Aims For Landing Closer to Prime Science Site
From ACM News

Nasa Mars Rover Team Aims For Landing Closer to Prime Science Site

NASA has narrowed the target for its most advanced Mars rover, Curiosity, which will land on the Red Planet in August. The car-sized rover will arrive closer to...

From ACM News

Spy Agency Fund Targets Bay Area Technology

With technology that would make James Bond envious, Silicon Valley companies are playing a behind-the-scenes role with the nation's most clandestine agencies, helping...
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