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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.


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How Wi-Fi Drains Your Cell Phone

A study finds problems, but also offers software fixes that could help cell phones last significantly longer between charges. 

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Working Toward a Smarter, Faster Cloud

A proposed system would let cloud developers control the way their data travels across different machines.

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Beyond the Petaflop: DARPA Wants Quintillion-Speed Computers

Not known for taking the demure route, researchers at DARPA this week announced a program aimed at building computers that exceed current peta-scale computers to...

Sleepserver Software Lets Enterprise Pcs Work While They Sleep
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Sleepserver Software Lets Enterprise Pcs Work While They Sleep

Personal computers in enterprise environments save energy and money by "sleep-working," thanks to new software called SleepServer created by computer scientists...

Silicon Chips to Enter World of High Speed Optical Processing
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Silicon Chips to Enter World of High Speed Optical Processing

University of Sydney physicists have developed an on-chip, all-optical temporal integrator on a complementary metal oxide semiconductor, a development that eventually...

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Is Cloud Computing Fast Enough For Science?

The U.S. Department of Energy's Magellan cloud computing testbed has shown that commercially available clouds suffer in performance when operating message passing...

Visions of the Future
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Visions of the Future

ACM joined forces with the British Computer Society to deliver its first academic research conference in Europe.

Eric Brewer: Change Agent
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Eric Brewer: Change Agent

Eric Brewer's latest project involves designing and deploying low-cost wireless infrastructure in developing regions.

Committed to Success
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Committed to Success

Charles P. Thacker talks about the importance of simplicity, reusable tools, thinking broadly, and his practice of Tom Sawyering.

Mainstreaming Augmented Reality
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Mainstreaming Augmented Reality

Advancements in computer vision, object recognition, and related technologies are leading to new levels of sophistication in augmented-reality applications and...

Censored!
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Censored!

Countries use Internet censorship to dominate the political dialogue, but also to create favorable conditions for government-controlled businesses.

Sharing Computational Perspectives
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Sharing Computational Perspectives

Computer scientists are now making intellectual contributions to a wide range of other disciplines, including evolutionary theory, physics, and economics.

Researchers Develop New Method For Mass-Producing Graphene
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Researchers Develop New Method For Mass-Producing Graphene

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a simple new method for producing large quantities of the promising nanomaterial graphene. The new...

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Diamond-Like Material Shows Superhard, Superconducting Potential

BC5, a diamond-like material with an extremely high boron content, offers exceptional hardness and resistance to fracture, but unlike diamond, it is a superconductor...

Clouds Add Depth to Computer Landscapes
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Clouds Add Depth to Computer Landscapes

Nathan Jacobs and colleagues at Washington University in St. Louis have used a single camera to create a depth map, which records the geography of a three-dimensional...

Group Demonstrates Self-Healing For Electronics
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Group Demonstrates Self-Healing For Electronics

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have applied the concept of self-healing materials to small-scale electronics. 

Nanotubes Give Batteries a Jolt
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Nanotubes Give Batteries a Jolt

Lithium-ion batteries with nanotube electrodes could go longer between charges.

Insects Inspire Robot Design
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Insects Inspire Robot Design

Oregon State University professor John Schmitt and his colleagues look to cockroaches and guinea hens as locomotion models for future robots that can easily run...

Tasty New Standards For Systems-on-Chips
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Tasty New Standards For Systems-on-Chips

European researchers have developed breakthrough standards that will let microchip designers integrate more complex circuits more easily. It will mean a faster...

Resilient Electric Grid Project Develops the ­ltimate Surge Protector
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Resilient Electric Grid Project Develops the ­ltimate Surge Protector

The Resilient Electric Grid project is developing a current limiting high-temperature superconductor cable that could be used to link substations and help ensure...
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