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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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IBM Labs Promises Five Innovations

IBM researchers' list of promising new technologies includes the ability to "talk" to the Web; information collection and retrieval systems that cover us when we...

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The Fastest Computers Are Going Hybrid

A clearly recognizable trend at the recent SC08 conference in Austin, Texas, was a general shift in supercomputer design toward using multiple types of processors...

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­U.S. Spending on Research to Fall

U.S. research and development (R&D) funding will drop next year as corporations and the federal government cut spending, predicts a Battelle Memorial Institute...

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Robots Rush In: In Search-and-Rescue Operations Teamwork Is Everything

Researchers at the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) are developing intelligent search-and-rescue robots that work...

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Mobile Phones to Be Primary Internet Device By 2020, Experts Predict

Mobile phones will become the primary Internet device for most people by 2020, largely due to their increasing computing power, predicts the "Future of the Internet...

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W3c ­pgrades Web Accessibility Standards

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has released version 2.0 of its Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which are designed to help developers make Web...

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The Next Big Sensation?

Computer scientists are developing machines that enable users to feel digital content. "The world is going digital, but people are analog," says Immersion Corp...

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HP, ASU U­nveil Paper-Like, Flexible Display

Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Arizona State University's Flexible Design Center have developed a prototype, paper-like, unbreakable, flexible computer display made almost...

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Carnegie Mellon Cylab Survey ­Unveils Major Gap in the Way ­U.S. Boards and CEOs Manage Cyber Risks

Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab has surveyed 703 corporate board directors and found that only 36 percent of the respondents said their board was directly involved...

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Virginia Tech Is Building an Artificial America in a Supercomputer

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University researchers have created a virtual America, modeling the lives of approximately 100 million Americans, using...

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E-Learning Can Have Positive Effect on Classroom Learning, Scholar Says

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign professor Caroline Haythornthwaite says traditional classroom education techniques could be improved by examining e-learning...

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How Many It Jobs Will Obama Help Create?

With President-elect Barack Obama widely expected to sign a significant federal stimulus bill shortly after taking office in January, the IT industry is hopeful...

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Obama Stimulus Plan Aims to Boost Digital Economy

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's pledge to "renew our information superhighway," and his outline for the economic stimulus package, will likely lead to significant...

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Dhs Creates Privacy Principles For Scientific Research

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed privacy principles for science and technology-related research and development projects that involve...

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Improving Internet Access on the Move

Train operators will be able to offer passengers more reliable entertainment and Internet services as a result of new technology that has been developed by researchers...

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­U.S. Is Losing Global Cyberwar, Commission Says

The United States is woefully unprepared for the challenges of 21st century cybersecurity, concludes a new report from the U.S. Commission on Cybersecurity, which...

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Professional Development Key to Improving Math Achievement

Teachers have a greater impact than new textbooks or computers when it comes to raising math scores, according to a comprehensive research review by the Johns Hopkins...

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First Superconducting Transistor Promises Pc Revolution

Andrea Caviglia and colleagues at the University of Geneva in Switzerland have applied a voltage to a single crystal containing strontium titanate and lanthanum...

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Project to Develop Conservation Software

A collaborative effort between Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment, the Nature Conservancy, and the World Wildlife Fund has been awarded a...

Touching the Future
From Communications of the ACM

Touching the Future

In combination with finger and hand gestures, multitouch input is enabling users to manipulate and display information in innovative and unprecedented ways.
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