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February 2015


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A 'flickr-Ing' View of the World, in 4-D

A 'flickr-Ing' View of the World, in 4-D

The Scene Chronology system enables an observer to navigate a virtual 3D space while using a slider control to move forward and backward in time. 


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The Great Sim Heist

The Great Sim Heist

American and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according…


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Magic Leap

Magic Leap

Logically, I know there isn’t a hulking four-armed, twisty-horned blue monster clomping in circles in front of me, but it sure as hell looks like it.


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The Hot Yet Little-Known Trend That'll Supercharge AI

The Hot Yet Little-Known Trend That'll Supercharge AI

When Andrew Ng trained Google's army of computers to identify cat videos using artificial intelligence, he hit a few snags.


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How Hackers Could Attack Hard Drives to Create a Pervasive Backdoor

How Hackers Could Attack Hard Drives to Create a Pervasive Backdoor

News that a hacking group within or associated with the National Security Agency compromised the firmware of hard drive controllers from a number of manufacturers as part of a 14-year cyber-espionage campaign has led some to…


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Physics in Finance: Trading at the Speed of Light

Physics in Finance: Trading at the Speed of Light

Financial traders are in a race to make transactions ever faster.


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Bigger Steps: Berkeley Lab Researchers Develop Algorithm to Make Simulation of ­ltrafast Processes Possible

Bigger Steps: Berkeley Lab Researchers Develop Algorithm to Make Simulation of ­ltrafast Processes Possible

A new algorithm increases the small time step required to create real-time simulations of ultrafast phenomena. 


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Li-Fi-Like System Would Bring 100-Gbps Speeds Straight to Your Computer

Li-Fi-Like System Would Bring 100-Gbps Speeds Straight to Your Computer

Researchers are developing a system that takes light from optic fiber, amplifies it, and beams it across a room to deliver data at more than 100 Gbps. 


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The Future of Electronics--Now in 2d

The Future of Electronics--Now in 2d

Ohio State University researchers are developing ways to turn germanium into a potential replacement for silicon in electronics. 


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Nist Announces Pilot Grants Competition to Improve Security and Privacy of Online Identity Verification Systems

Nist Announces Pilot Grants Competition to Improve Security and Privacy of Online Identity Verification Systems

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a fourth round of grants for developing online identity verification systems that help improve the privacy, security, and convenience of online transactions…


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White House Names Nation's First Chief Data Scientist

White House Names Nation's First Chief Data Scientist

Taking a page from Silicon Valley's playbook, the White House said on Wednesday it had appointed the nation's first chief data scientist.


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Time Lords: The Clocks That Rule Our World

Time Lords: The Clocks That Rule Our World

Time is money—and never was this clearer than at 09:59:59.985 Eastern Time, on 3 June 2013.


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If Software Looks Like a Brain and Acts Like a Brain—will We Treat It Like One?

If Software Looks Like a Brain and Acts Like a Brain—will We Treat It Like One?

Long the domain of science fiction, researchers are now working to create software that perfectly models human and animal brains.


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Hacking the Hill

Hacking the Hill

A growing number of organizations think technology holds the potential to improve the efficiency of government.

 


From ACM Opinion

The Shape of Things to Come

The Shape of Things to Come

In recent months, Sir Jonathan Ive, the forty-seven-year-old senior vice-president of design at Apple—who used to play rugby in secondary school, and still has a bench-pressing bulk that he carries a little sheepishly, as if…


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Star Buzzed Solar System During Human Prehistory

Star Buzzed Solar System During Human Prehistory

A recently discovered stellar neighbour of the Sun penetrated the extreme fringes of the Solar System—the closest encounter ever documented—at around the time that modern humans began spreading from Africa into Eurasia.


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Comet on 14 February from 8.7 Km

Comet on 14 February from 8.7 Km

On 14 February 2015, Rosetta swooped over the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko at a distance of just 6 km. The closest approach took place at 12:41 GMT over a region known as Imhotep, which is on the larger of the comet’s…


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An Exclusive Look Inside Darpa's Plan to Visualize Cyberoperations

An Exclusive Look Inside Darpa's Plan to Visualize Cyberoperations

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working on a new project that would visualize the often highly abstract world of cyberoperations. 


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New Algorithms Locate Where a Video Was Filmed From Its Images and Sounds

New Algorithms Locate Where a Video Was Filmed From Its Images and Sounds

A new system can geolocate videos by comparing their audiovisual content with a worldwide multimedia database. 


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Stanford Engineer Produces Free Braille-Writer App

Stanford Engineer Produces Free Braille-Writer App

Stanford University researchers have developed iBrailler Notes, an iPad app they say is the world's first Braille writing platform designed for a tablet computer. 


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Apple Gears ­p to Challenge Tesla in Electronic Cars

Apple Gears ­p to Challenge Tesla in Electronic Cars

Apple reportedly has several hundred of its employees working on a project to create a new Apple-branded electric vehicle. 


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Rare Alan Turing Journal Shows His Genius at Work

Rare Alan Turing Journal Shows His Genius at Work

Two decades after its discovery, a rare handwritten journal belonging to computing pioneer Alan Turing will be auctioned off this spring in San Francisco. 


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Smarter Multicore Chips

Smarter Multicore Chips

Computer chips' clocks have stopped getting faster. To keep delivering performance improvements, chipmakers are instead giving chips more processing units, or cores, which can execute computations in parallel.


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Obama Calls For New Cooperation to Wrangle the 'wild West' Internet

Obama Calls For New Cooperation to Wrangle the 'wild West' Internet

President Barrack Obama has called on the private sector to take greater steps to share information about cybersecurity threats. 


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Raspberry Pi 2 Review: A $35 Computer Can Do a Heck of a Lot

Raspberry Pi 2 Review: A $35 Computer Can Do a Heck of a Lot

Our computers have become too easy to use.


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Did Nsa Plant Spyware in Computers Around World?

Did Nsa Plant Spyware in Computers Around World?

Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other surveillance targets around the world?


From ACM Careers

Hoping Google's Lab Is a Rainmaker

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 problems that may well blow up in their faces.


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Bringing Coding to Kindergarten

Bringing Coding to Kindergarten

How young is too young to learn to write software?


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Dawn Captures Sharper Images of Ceres

Dawn Captures Sharper Images of Ceres

Craters and mysterious bright spots are beginning to pop out in the latest images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.


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Cryptographers Could Prevent Satellite Collisions

Cryptographers Could Prevent Satellite Collisions

In February 2009 the U.S.'s Iridium 33 satellite collided with the Russian Cosmos 2251, instantly destroying both communications satellites.