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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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Ibm's New Chips Compute More Like We Do

A microchip with about as much brain power as a garden worm might not seem very impressive, compared with the blindingly fast chips in modern personal computers...

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Could This Brain Implant Revive Paralyzed Limbs?

In the annals of great oxymorons, "non-invasive brain implant" would surely rank up there. Misnomer or not, the University of Michigan is touting just such a...

Tapping Quantum Effects For Software that Learns
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Tapping Quantum Effects For Software that Learns

In a bid to enable computers to learn faster, defense company Lockheed Martin has bought a system that uses quantum mechanics to process digital data.

How Three-Dimensional Transistors Went from Lab to Fab
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How Three-Dimensional Transistors Went from Lab to Fab

Intel's new three-dimensional transistor design, announced last week, is the culmination of more than a decade of research and development work that began in...

Failure Cascading Through the Cloud
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Failure Cascading Through the Cloud

Two major cloud computing services, Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud and Sony's PlayStation Network, recently suffered extended outages. Though the circumstances...

Facebook Opens Up Its Hardware Secrets
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Facebook Opens Up Its Hardware Secrets

Facebook plans to open the designs and specifications of its new super-efficient data center. The company wants to encourage software-style openness for hardware...

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...

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The Fantastical Promise of Reversible Computing

University of South Florida researchers are studying computation that takes place in steps that are time reversible, known as reversible computing, as a way to...

Hackers Take the Kinect to New Levels
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Hackers Take the Kinect to New Levels

But achieving the Holy Grail—controlling a computer without touching it—proves more difficult.

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.

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.

Tapping the Powers of Persuasion
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Tapping the Powers of Persuasion

B.J. Fogg's lab at Stanford focuses on the ways technology can influence behavior.

Nano Switches that Store More Data Head to Market
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Nano Switches that Store More Data Head to Market

An electronic component that offers a new way to squeeze more data into computers and portable gadgets is set to go into production in just a couple of years.

What Does 'p vs. Np' Mean For the Rest of Us?
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What Does 'p vs. Np' Mean For the Rest of Us?

A proposed "proof" is probably a bust—but even failed attempts can advance computer science.

Building a Cloud Out of Smart Phones
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Building a Cloud Out of Smart Phones

An international group of researchers has developed Misco, a version of Google's MapReduce algorithm powered by cell phones in a self-contained cloud computing...

Computing at the Speed of Light
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Computing at the Speed of Light

Replacing metal wiring with fiber optics could change everything from supercomputers to laptops.

Passwords that Are Simple
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Passwords that Are Simple

Researchers at Microsoft have come up with a way to create easy-to-remember passwords without making a system more vulnerable to hackers.

Open-Source Could Mean an Open Door For Hackers
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Open-Source Could Mean an Open Door For Hackers

The ability to access the code of open-source applications may give attackers an edge in developing exploits for the software, according to a paper analyzing two...

How to Build a Superluminal Computer
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How to Build a Superluminal Computer

Vienna University of Technology physicists Volkmar Putz and Karl Svozil have devised a way to process information that exceeds the speed of light. 

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A Faster Wireless Web

Transfers of large amounts of data across the Internet to wireless devices suffer from a key problem: The Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) used to send and receive...
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