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Irobot Ceo: Enough with the Gimmick 'bots
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Irobot Ceo: Enough with the Gimmick 'bots

It's no surprise that uber-geek and iRobot CEO Colin Angle is a Star Wars fan.

From ACM News

Supreme Court Sees Shades of 1984 in Unchecked Gps Tracking

A number of Supreme Court justices invoked the specter of Big Brother while hearing arguments Tuesday over whether the police may secretly attach GPS devices...

Supercomputers Accelerate Development of Advanced Materials
From ACM TechNews

Supercomputers Accelerate Development of Advanced Materials

Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and MIT have launched the Materials Project, which aims to accelerate the process for finding new materials...

Nasa Captures New Images of Large Asteroid Passing Earth
From ACM News

Nasa Captures New Images of Large Asteroid Passing Earth

NASA's Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif. has captured new radar images of Asteroid 2005 YU55 passing close to Earth.

From ACM News

Justices Weigh Privacy vs. Gps Bugs

In a case that questions the Constitution's meaning in light of modern surveillance technology, the Supreme Court will consider Tuesday whether police need a...

Why Can't Americans Vote Online?
From ACM News

Why Can't Americans Vote Online?

Tuesday is Election Day in the United States, and although the mostly state and local races won't stir the same passions as next year's presidential contest,...

It Started Digital Wheels Turning
From ACM News

It Started Digital Wheels Turning

Researchers in Britain are about to embark on a 10-year, multimillion-dollar project to build a computer—but their goal is neither dazzling analytical power nor...

From ACM TechNews

A Kaist Research Team Has Developed a Fully Functional Flexible Memory

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology researchers have developed a fully functional and flexible non-volatile resistive random access memory in which...

High-Tech Spider For Hazardous Missions
From ACM News

High-Tech Spider For Hazardous Missions

Spiders are agile, and some can even jump. They owe this capability to their hydraulically operated limbs. Researchers have now designed a mobile robot modeled...

From ACM News

Inventing the Future of Computing

As researchers confidently predict a future of faster-than-ever transformations in computing, they are creating chips that learn and respond as they gain experience...

Casino Cheats Snared by Smart Camera System
From ACM News

Casino Cheats Snared by Smart Camera System

People trying to cheat in casinos may soon be taking more of a gamble than they realise. Grosvenor Casinos, a major UK chain, is assessing software that can spot...

3D Chips: The Next Electronics Revolution
From ACM TechNews

3D Chips: The Next Electronics Revolution

The semiconductor industry is moving toward three-dimensional (3D) chip design, stacking dies and moving data from one layer to another. 

Feds Shift Tracking Defense
From ACM News

Feds Shift Tracking Defense

The U.S. Department of Justice now says its use of a cellphone-tracking device in a controversial Arizona case could be considered a "search" under the Fourth...

Japan Pushes World's Fastest Computer Past 10 Petaflop Barrier
From ACM News

Japan Pushes World's Fastest Computer Past 10 Petaflop Barrier

The Japanese have broken the 10 petaflop barrier. On Wednesday, Japanese IT giant Fujitsu and the government-funded RIKEN research lab announced the supercomputer...

Stuxnet Raises 'blowback' Risk In Cyberwar
From ACM News

Stuxnet Raises 'blowback' Risk In Cyberwar

The Stuxnet computer worm, arguably the first and only cybersuperweapon ever deployed, continues to rattle security experts around the world, one year after its...

New Hybrid Technology Could Bring 'quantum Information Systems'
From ACM TechNews

New Hybrid Technology Could Bring 'quantum Information Systems'

Purdue University researchers are developing a new hybrid technology that could lead to a new approach to quantum computing. The technology would use metamaterials...

Pitt Research Team Finds Ways to Reduce Computing Energy Consumption While Saving Money
From ACM TechNews

Pitt Research Team Finds Ways to Reduce Computing Energy Consumption While Saving Money

University of Pittsburgh researchers are developing computer memory technology that could lower energy consumption associated with computer data storage. They...

Catching a Wave, and Measuring It
From ACM News

Catching a Wave, and Measuring It

James Gosling wants to network the world’s oceans.

From ACM News

H.p. Builds Servers With Cellphone Chips

Hewlett-Packard announced on Tuesday a new design for some of the world's largest computer centers and says it could reduce power consumption in some cases by...

How Your iPhone Chip Will Reinvent the Internet Data Center
From ACM News

How Your iPhone Chip Will Reinvent the Internet Data Center

Jonathan Heiliger is the kind of guy you want running your data center.
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