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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.


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Graphics Ability Is the New Goal For Chip Makers

In the good old days, it was all about speed.

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Computers That See You and Keep Watch Over You

Hundreds of correctional officers from prisons across America descended last spring on a shuttered penitentiary in West Virginia for annual training exercises...

When Innovation, Too, Is Made in China
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When Innovation, Too, Is Made in China

As a national strategy, China is trying to build an economy that relies on innovation rather than imitation.

What's Around the Bend? Soon, a Camera May Show You
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What's Around the Bend? Soon, a Camera May Show You

Anyone who has witnessed the megapixel one-upmanship in camera ads might think that computer chips run the show in digital photography.

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Smarter, Not Faster, Is the Future of Computing Research

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology's recently released report suggests that U.S. research funds would be better spent developing effective...

An Exhibition That Gets to the (square) Root of Sumerian Math
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An Exhibition That Gets to the (square) Root of Sumerian Math

Papyrus, parchment, paper ... videotape, DVDs, Blu-ray discs—long after all these materials have crumbled to dust, the first recording medium of all, the cuneiform...

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I.b.m. Supercomputer 'watson' to Challenge 'jeopardy' Stars

An I.B.M. supercomputer system named after the company’s founder, Thomas J. Watson Sr., is almost ready for a televised test: a bout of questioning on the quiz...

War Machines: Recruiting Robots For Combat
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War Machines: Recruiting Robots For Combat

War would be a lot safer, the Army says, if only more of it were fought by robots.

At Nasa, a Quiet Quest to Send a Humanoid Robot to the Moon
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At Nasa, a Quiet Quest to Send a Humanoid Robot to the Moon

For $150 billion, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration could have sent astronauts back to the Moon. The Obama administration judged that too expensive...

China Wrests Supercomputer Title From ­.s.
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China Wrests Supercomputer Title From ­.s.

A Chinese scientific research center has built the fastest supercomputer ever made, replacing the United States as maker of the swiftest machine, and giving China...

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With Kinect, Microsoft Aims for a Game Changer

Tim Nichols measures fun. A slim, 32-year-old psychologist, he spends his days behind a one-way mirror at Microsoft’s video games research center here, watching...

Intel Tries Anonymity, For a Change
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Intel Tries Anonymity, For a Change

An average laptop contains about 1,800 components, but only one garners much brand awareness from typical consumers: the chip made by Intel.

Google Cars Drive Themselves, in Traffic
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Google Cars Drive Themselves, in Traffic

Anyone driving the twists of Highway 1 between San Francisco and Los Angeles recently may have glimpsed a Toyota Prius with a curious funnel-like cylinder on...

Japan Recycles Minerals From Used Electronics
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Japan Recycles Minerals From Used Electronics

Two decades after global competition drove the mines in this corner of Japan to extinction, Kosaka is again abuzz with talk of new riches.

British Chip Designer Prepares For Wider Demand
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British Chip Designer Prepares For Wider Demand

Near the southeastern edge of Cambridge, where this idyllic university town gives way to fields of green, sits the headquarters of ARM Holdings. Neither the modest...

3D Printing Spurs a Manufacturing Revolution
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3D Printing Spurs a Manufacturing Revolution

Businesses in the South Park district of San Francisco generally sell either Web technology or sandwiches and burritos. Bespoke Innovations plans to sell designer...

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Advances Offer Path to Shrink Computer Chip

Scientists at Rice University and Hewlett-Packard are reporting this week that they can overcome a fundamental barrier to the continued rapid miniaturization...

In Ruling on Iphones, Apple Loses a Bit of Its Grip
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In Ruling on Iphones, Apple Loses a Bit of Its Grip

Apple likes to maintain tight control over what programs can appear on the iPhone—a task that just became a little bit harder.

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IBM ­nveils a New Generation of Mainframes

The mainframe business is to IBM what manufacturing is to the American economy, a shrinking but strategically vital part of the franchise. With the introduction...

Students, Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot
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Students, Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot

The boy, a dark-haired 6-year-old, is playing with a new companion. The two hit it off quickly—unusual for the 6-year-old, who has autism—and the boy is imitating...
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