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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.


Photos of the Future
From ACM TechNews

Photos of the Future

Stanford University researchers are developing the Frankencamera, an open source digital camera that they hope will lead to a computational photography revolution...

Katayanagi Prizes and Other CS Awards
From Communications of the ACM

Katayanagi Prizes and Other CS Awards

Donald E. Knuth, Jon Kleinberg, Andrew Herbert, and other members of the computer science community were recently honored...

Tracking Garbage
From Communications of the ACM

Tracking Garbage

Researchers are focusing on the so-called "removal chain" in an attempt to save landfill space, improve recycling rates, and trim the flow of toxic materials into...

Engineering the Web's Third Decade
From Communications of the ACM

Engineering the Web's Third Decade

As Web technologies move beyond two-way interactive capabilities to facilitate more dynamic and pervasive experiences, the Web is quickly advancing toward its third...

In Networks We Trust
From ICT Results

In Networks We Trust

European researchers are proposing a paradigm-shifting solution to trusted computing that offers better security and authentication with none of the drawbacks that...

Nhtsa Has No Software Engineers or Ees To Analyze Toyotas
From ACM Opinion

Nhtsa Has No Software Engineers or Ees To Analyze Toyotas

A report in The Washington Post on the Congressional investigation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's response to multiple reports of Toyota...

From ACM News

Is That a 'black Box' in Your Car?

Just a few miles east of Los Angeles International Airport, a Chevy Tahoe barreled its way through a residential neighborhood on a Sunday evening. The driver lost...

For Chip Makers, the Next Battle Is in Smartphones
From ACM News

For Chip Makers, the Next Battle Is in Smartphones

The going rate for a state-of-the-art chip factory is about $3 billion. The plants typically take years to build. And the microscopic size of chip circuitry requires...

Stanford Software Is Gaining the Sophistication to Comprehend What Humans Write
From ACM TechNews

Stanford Software Is Gaining the Sophistication to Comprehend What Humans Write

Stanford University professor Chris Manning is working to enable computers to process human language well enough to use the information it conveys. Manning says...

Virtual Museum Guide
From ACM TechNews

Virtual Museum Guide

Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD scientists have developed augmented-reality animation software that can take users on virtual tours through...

What ­tilities Have Learned From Smart-Meter Tests...
From ACM News

What ­tilities Have Learned From Smart-Meter Tests...

Utilities have learned a lot about how smart meters can compel consumers to save electricity. Unfortunately, too often they aren't putting the knowledge to good...

Searching For Saddam
From ACM News

Searching For Saddam

Traffic had slowed to a crawl in Baghdad's Azamiyah district as drivers stopped to ogle the president. It was April 2003, and Saddam Hussein cheerily greeted his...

Swarm of Micro-Helicopters Could Create a Giant 3-D Display
From ACM News

Swarm of Micro-Helicopters Could Create a Giant 3-D Display

Mechanical fireflies could help create a new kind of 3-D display, say researchers at MIT. Standing in for the bioluminescent beetles will be LED-fitted, remotely...

When Cars Go to Driving School
From ICT Results

When Cars Go to Driving School

Posh cars already learn how you like your seat and steering wheel adjusted. The next generation of cars may be smart enough to learn how you drive and warn you...

From ACM News

Internet Making Our Brains Different, Not Dumb

A decade from now, Google won't make us "stupid," the Internet may make us more literate in a different kind of way, and efforts to protect individual anonymity...

Google Pagerank-Like Algorithm Dates Back to 1941
From ACM TechNews

Google Pagerank-Like Algorithm Dates Back to 1941

Iterative ranking methods predate Google's PageRank algorithm for ranking the importance of Web pages by nearly 60 years, according to "PageRank: Stand on the shoulders...

From ACM TechNews

Boring Conversation? Let Your Computer Listen For You

Researchers are developing software that can make conversing with a computer more productive. Existing automatic speech recognition technology is unreliable. 

Cashing in on Internet Censorship
From ACM News

Cashing in on Internet Censorship

A growing number of software companies are capitalizing on an unexpected business opportunity: Internet censorship.  In countries where governments continue to...

From ACM News

Cellphone Traces Reveal You're So Predictable

We may all like to consider ourselves free spirits. But a study of the traces left by 50,000 cellphone users over three months has conclusively proved otherwise...

Lego Robot Solves Any Rubik
From ACM News

Lego Robot Solves Any Rubik

Be warned my fellow humans, robots will not be satisfied until they defeat us in even the most trivial of contests. Cube Stormer is the latest creation from Mike...
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