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Apple: An End to Skeuomorphic Design?
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Apple: An End to Skeuomorphic Design?

Why do most smartphones make a clicking noise, like a camera shutter closing, when you take a picture with them? Why do the virtual pages of a book on a tablet...

Robot Truck Platoons Roll Forward
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Robot Truck Platoons Roll Forward

Imagine cruising down a three-lane highway and rounding a bend to find four trucks rolling along in single-file. They are all traveling close together—perhaps too...

Radical Roads Drive Robot Cars
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Radical Roads Drive Robot Cars

Los Angeles has completed the Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control system, synchronizing its 4,400 traffic lights. 

Will We Ever… Communicate Telepathically?
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Will We Ever… Communicate Telepathically?

In a lab at Harvard Medical School, a man is using his mind to wag a rat's tail.

Electronic Warfare: The Ethereal Future of Battle
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Electronic Warfare: The Ethereal Future of Battle

The voice of the foreign military commander is sinister and gloating.

China to Create Home-Grown Operating System
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China to Create Home-Grown Operating System

China is working with software firm Canonical on an open-source operating system customised for Chinese users.

Internet of Things: Trash Talk Signals Mobile Future
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Internet of Things: Trash Talk Signals Mobile Future

Wander through the historic streets of the Roman city of Bath in the U.K., and you might sense that they are smarter than average. And you would be right.

Raspberry Pi Heads For the Open Ocean
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Raspberry Pi Heads For the Open Ocean

Confronted with that tiny device, some have seen a way to play old arcade games, as a media server or to monitor their sleeping children. There are some that have...

10 Extraordinary Pentagon Mind Experiments
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10 Extraordinary Pentagon Mind Experiments

It’s been 30 years since the first message was sent over initial nodes of the Arpanet, the Pentagon-sponsored precursor to the internet. But this month, researchers...

Microsoft ­nveils Self-Sketching Whiteboard Prototype
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Microsoft ­nveils Self-Sketching Whiteboard Prototype

Microsoft researchers are developing a whiteboard that can interpret users' sketches to complete the diagrams they are drawing. 

Facebook 'likes' Predict Personality
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Facebook 'likes' Predict Personality

Researchers at Cambridge University used algorithms to predict religion, politics, race and sexual orientation.

Star Trek 'holodeck' in the Living Room?
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Star Trek 'holodeck' in the Living Room?

With "immersive media" taking content well beyond the TV screen, new technology is attempting to move virtual reality towards something even closer to real life...

Web-Based 'brain' For Robots Goes Live
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Web-Based 'brain' For Robots Goes Live

Robots confused about what they encounter in the world of humans can now get help online.

Frozen Android Phones Give Up Data Secrets
From ACM TechNews

Frozen Android Phones Give Up Data Secrets

Researchers were able to bypass the encryption system of an Android smartphone by freezing it for an hour. 

Lars Rasmussen: The Brains Behind Facebook's Future
From ACM Opinion

Lars Rasmussen: The Brains Behind Facebook's Future

For a man that made his career out of helping millions of people find their way around, Lars Rasmussen is frank about his own navigational shortcomings.

Eu Commission Launches 'grand Coalition' to Tackle It Shortage
From ACM TechNews

Eu Commission Launches 'grand Coalition' to Tackle It Shortage

A grand coalition launched by the European Commission will address the IT skills shortage in the European Union. 

Diamond Idea For Quantum Computer
From ACM News

Diamond Idea For Quantum Computer

Quantum mechanics isn't what it used to be.

The Road to Uncovering a Wartime Colossus
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The Road to Uncovering a Wartime Colossus

The story of how the Colossus computer at Bletchley Park aided the allied code-cracking effort during World War II is becoming well known. Its claim to be a forerunner...

Self-Driving Car Given Uk Test Run at Oxford University
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Self-Driving Car Given Uk Test Run at Oxford University

Oxford University researchers have developed a self-driving car that uses lasers and small cameras, rather than GPS, to direct the vehicle along regular routes. ...

'every New Car' Connected to Web By 2014
From ACM News

'every New Car' Connected to Web By 2014

Five years ago mobile phones were at the forefront of technology, by 2010 the focus was on tablet computers and now billions of yen, dollars and pounds are being...
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