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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.


In Search of the Next Boom, Developers Cram Their Apps Into Smart Watches
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In Search of the Next Boom, Developers Cram Their Apps Into Smart Watches

The age of wearable computing is upon us.

Encrypted Heartbeats Keep Hackers from Medical Implants
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Encrypted Heartbeats Keep Hackers from Medical Implants

Rice University researchers have found a solution to the potential for hacking an implanted defibrillator. 

Cryptographers Have an Ethics Problem
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Cryptographers Have an Ethics Problem

Last week, I visited the MIT computer science department looking for a very famous cryptographer.

New Approach to Making Graphene Could Lead to Workable Transistors
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New Approach to Making Graphene Could Lead to Workable Transistors

Researchers at Stanford have used DNA as a template to synthesize ultra-thin ribbons of graphene directly on silicon wafers. This new approach could ultimately...

Mapping the Bitcoin Economy Could Reveal Users' Identities
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Mapping the Bitcoin Economy Could Reveal Users' Identities

An analysis of the public log of Bitcoin digital currency transactions could enable law enforcement to pinpoint user identities. 

Intel's Laser Chips Could Make Data Centers Run Better
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Intel's Laser Chips Could Make Data Centers Run Better

Intel hopes to make computing far more efficient by introducing a technology that replaces conventional copper data cables with faster optical data links.

A Camera That Sees Like the Human Eye
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A Camera That Sees Like the Human Eye

The retina is an enormously powerful tool. It sorts through massive amounts of data while operating on only a fraction of the power that a conventional digital...

Printed Graphene Transistors Promise a Flexible Electronic Future
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Printed Graphene Transistors Promise a Flexible Electronic Future

Flexible electronic circuits could one day utilize graphene radio-frequency electronics with sufficient speed to generate, receive, and process telecommunication...

How Footprint Recognition Software May Help Zoology
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How Footprint Recognition Software May Help Zoology

WildTrack has developed image-processing software that the detects physical  characteristics of animal footprints that are hard for an untrained eye to recognize...

'spoofers' Use Fake Gps Signals to Knock a Yacht Off Course
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'spoofers' Use Fake Gps Signals to Knock a Yacht Off Course

University of Texas researchers recently tricked the navigation system of an $80 million yacht and sent the ship off course in an experiment that showed how any...

World's Most Influential Thinkers Revealed
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World's Most Influential Thinkers Revealed

Who are the most influential thinkers on the planet? That's a question that you might imagine ought to be straightforward to determine, given the recent advances...

More Connected Homes, More Problems
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More Connected Homes, More Problems

As a growing number of Internet-connected home appliances hit the market, David Bryan and Daniel Crowley worry that digital ne'er-do-wells will get new ways to...

Electric Therapy For Medical-Device Malware
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Electric Therapy For Medical-Device Malware

A new system designed to catch malware on medical devices by noting subtle changes in their power consumption is designated WattsUpDoc. 

Cyborg Parts
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Cyborg Parts

Lab-made organs could do more than just serve as ready options for patients in need: with the right blend of biology and materials science, they might even be able...

The Future of Graphics and Gaming
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The Future of Graphics and Gaming

See the best new ideas in computer graphics and interaction from last week’s Siggraph conference.

The Bell Labs of Quantum Computing
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The Bell Labs of Quantum Computing

Raymond Laflamme can't yet sell you a quantum computer. But he'll sell you a $13,000 logic board for measuring entangled photons.

Touch Screen Ids ­sers via Fingerprints
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Touch Screen Ids ­sers via Fingerprints

Tabletop computers have not exactly taken the world by storm, as some predicted they would.

Sebastian Thrun on the Future of Learning
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Sebastian Thrun on the Future of Learning

Sebastian Thrun has worn many hats in the tech world: Stanford research professor, founder of Google's X Labs, where he oversaw the development of self-drivingUdacity...

Human Motion Will Power the Internet of Things, Say Energy Harvesting Engineers
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Human Motion Will Power the Internet of Things, Say Energy Harvesting Engineers

The Internet of Things is the imagined network of data links that will emerge when everyday objects are fitted with tiny identifying devices.

The Internet of Cars Is Approaching a Crossroads
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The Internet of Cars Is Approaching a Crossroads

The phrase "vehicle-to-vehicle communications" might currently mean little more than a few choice words hurled through an open car window.
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