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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.


Robot Mowers Take the Sweat Out of Lawn Care
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Robot Mowers Take the Sweat Out of Lawn Care

In the summer, the grass just grows and grows and grows. And that means people must mow and mow and mow. But maybe not for long. Grass-cutting robots already exist...

Students' Smartphone App Promotes Good Deeds
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Students' Smartphone App Promotes Good Deeds

University of Michigan computer science students have developed DoGood, an application for the iPhone and iPod Touch that encourages users to perform acts of kindness...

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Researchers to Develop Reliable Low-Power Computing Systems

The U.K. government has awarded researchers from the University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) a grant to develop better methods...

Sound Imaging: Clever Acoustics Help Blind People See the World
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Sound Imaging: Clever Acoustics Help Blind People See the World

The European Union-funded CASBLiP project has developed a portable system to help visually-impaired users navigate outdoors. The system analyzes video from portable...

Long-Range Effects Found in Advanced Magnetic Devices
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Long-Range Effects Found in Advanced Magnetic Devices

A tiny grid pattern has led materials scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Institute of Solid State Physics in Russia...

Award-Winning Paper Reveals Key to Netflix Prize
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Award-Winning Paper Reveals Key to Netflix Prize

When the organizers of the Netflix Prize contest announced late last week that one team had met the requirement for the $1 million Grand Prize, Yehuda Koren, a15th...

Mobile Tv Coming to Canada?
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Mobile Tv Coming to Canada?

Simon Fraser University (SFU) doctorate student Cheng-Hsin Hsu, along with SFU graduate students Yi Liu and Cong Ly, and their supervisor Mohamed Hefeeda, has designed...

Business Groups Hail China Web Software Delay
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Business Groups Hail China Web Software Delay

The American and European chambers of commerce in China have welcomed a decision by Beijing to delay an order that new computers sold in the country be equipped...

The Wireless Future of Energy Transfer
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The Wireless Future of Energy Transfer

The electronic revolution of the past century has been a tangled affair. Remember when phones were always wired into the wall? When the Internet required one more...

Human-Like Vision Lets Robots Navigate Naturally
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Human-Like Vision Lets Robots Navigate Naturally

A robotic vision system that mimics key visual functions of the human brain promises to let robots maneuver quickly and safely through cluttered environments, and...

The Bottom Line on Solid State Drives
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The Bottom Line on Solid State Drives

The majority of an organization's stored data sits untouched. Andrew Leung, a computer science researcher at the University of California, was part of a team that...

Master of Connections
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Master of Connections

Jon Kleinberg is honored for his pioneering research on the Web and social networking.

Liskov's Creative Joy
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Liskov's Creative Joy

Barbara Liskov muses about the creative process of problem solving, finding the perfect design point, and pursuing a research path.

Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?
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Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?

Computer technology has enhanced lives in countless ways, but some experts believe it might be affecting people's ability to think deeply.

Contemporary Approaches to Fault Tolerance
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Contemporary Approaches to Fault Tolerance

Thanks to computer scientists like Barbara Liskov, researchers are making major progress with cost-efficient fault tolerance for Web-based systems.

Winning Teams Join to Qualify For $1 Million Netflix Prize
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Winning Teams Join to Qualify For $1 Million Netflix Prize

The Netflix Prize, a computing challenge that's been compared to scaling Mount Everest and flummoxed programmers for more than three years, has been summited. Two...

Iranian Protesters Avoid Censorship With Navy Technology
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Iranian Protesters Avoid Censorship With Navy Technology

Some Iranian protestors dissatisfied with their government's response to the disputed election are using The Onion Router (TOR), an Internet encryption program...

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'secret' Questions Leave Accounts Vulnerable

The secret questions some Web sites ask new users to answer for verification purposes in case a password is forgotten are actually far less secure and far easier...

Traveling the Web Together
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Traveling the Web Together

Researchers from the College of William & Mary have developed real-time collaborative browsing (RCB) software that makes it easier for users to interact with each...

U.s. Creates Military Command For Cyber Battlefield
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U.s. Creates Military Command For Cyber Battlefield

The U.S. military announced a new "cyber command" designed to wage digital warfare and to bolster defenses against mounting threats to its computer networks. Defense...
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