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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.


The First Plastic Computer Processor
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The First Plastic Computer Processor

European researchers have developed a computer processor and memory chip made from plastic semiconductors.  "Compared to using silicon, this has the advantage of...

The First Plastic Computer Processor
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The First Plastic Computer Processor

Silicon may underpin the computers that surround us, but the rigid inflexibility of the semiconductor means it cannot reach everywhere. The first computer processor...

How Cruise Missiles Would Beat Gps Jammers in Libya
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How Cruise Missiles Would Beat Gps Jammers in Libya

Now that jammers are cheap and potentially ubiquitous, how do Tomahawk missiles stay on course?

Physicists Build Single-Atom Memory For Quantum Information
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Physicists Build Single-Atom Memory For Quantum Information

A single atom of rubidium sits at the heart of an exotic new quantum memory device.

China's Homemade Supercomputer May Be the Most Efficient Ever
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China's Homemade Supercomputer May Be the Most Efficient Ever

China plans to launch a new homegrown supercomputer, the Dawning 6000, this summer, and it "could rival even Blue Gene/Q systems for performance per watt supremacy...

Light-Emitting Rubber Could Sense Structural Damage
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Light-Emitting Rubber Could Sense Structural Damage

Researchers at Princeton University have built a new type of sensor that could help engineers quickly assess the health of a building or bridge. The sensor is...

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Giving Hackers a Printed Invitation

At the Shmoocon conference, researchers demonstrated how hackers are using printers to infiltrate corporate computer networks. Printers are "totally integrated...

Dazzling Dual-Core Phones and Tablets
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Dazzling Dual-Core Phones and Tablets

New processors are a big improvement, but it will take time for apps to take advantage.

What to Expect at CES 2012
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What to Expect at CES 2012

A preview of consumer electronics in the years to come.

A Lego Reconstruction of the World's Earliest Computer
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A Lego Reconstruction of the World's Earliest Computer

Before the birth of Christ the Greeks built a mechanical computer. Now an Apple engineer has made a functional Lego replica.

Let Your Coaster Do the Talking
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Let Your Coaster Do the Talking

An interactive surface encourages conversation by letting coasters communicate.

Parc Readies Printed Electronics For Market
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Parc Readies Printed Electronics For Market

Early 2011 will see printed memory devices in toys and printed sensors in packages used to ship drugs.

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Your Next Wallet Is Calling

"Contactless" hardware lets phones and gadgets pay with a tap, but the coming plethora of apps that use it may confuse users.

Silicon's Long Good-Bye
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Silicon's Long Good-Bye

Researchers make transistors out of a material that's better than silicon.

Cell-Phone Chips to the Rescue
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Cell-Phone Chips to the Rescue

Data centers, under greater demand than ever, are looking to low-power chips as a way to save money, but switching won't be easy.

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New Class of Malware Attacks Specific Chips

Computer scientists reveal malware that attacks specific processors rather than the operating system that runs on them.

Supercomputer Digests Twitter in Real-Time
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Supercomputer Digests Twitter in Real-Time

Specialized hardware and software could provide new insights into the social Web.

Chinese Chip Closes In on Intel, Amd
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Chinese Chip Closes In on Intel, Amd

China may finally have a processor to power a homegrown supercomputer.

Bendable Memory Made from Nanowire Transistors
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Bendable Memory Made from Nanowire Transistors

A new type of device could ultimately hold more data than flash memory.

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Improving Phones Through Surveillance

Apps that track how people use their phones could help make the devices more efficient.
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