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Brain-Computer Interface Allows Speediest Typing to Date
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Brain-Computer Interface Allows Speediest Typing to Date

Ten years ago Dennis Degray's life changed forever when he slipped and fell while taking out the trash in the rain.

Apple vs. FBI One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo
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Apple vs. FBI One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo

It's been a year since Apple fought the FBI over data privacy, and we've barely heard a peep from either side on the issue.

Intel Researches Tech to Prepare for a Future Beyond Today's PCs
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Intel Researches Tech to Prepare for a Future Beyond Today's PCs

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich says his company is investigating and investing in technologies that promise to transcend the computing capabilities of current PCs and...

Trick of Tweet: Data Tool Pinpoints Words Seen as Credible
From ACM News

Trick of Tweet: Data Tool Pinpoints Words Seen as Credible

Sixty-two percent of Americans get their news from social media, according to a 2016 poll by Pew Research Center.

Blind People 'See' Microscope Images Using Touch-Feedback Device
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Blind People 'See' Microscope Images Using Touch-Feedback Device


Could Your Robot Go to Work Instead of You?
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Could Your Robot Go to Work Instead of You?

Getting yourself out of bed and into work can feel like one of the toughest parts of the day.

Federal Workers Turn to Encryption to Thwart Trump
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Federal Workers Turn to Encryption to Thwart Trump

Federal employees worried that President Donald Trump will gut their agencies are creating new email addresses, signing up for encrypted messaging apps and looking...

US Intelligence Seeks a Universal Translator for Text Search in Any Language  
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US Intelligence Seeks a Universal Translator for Text Search in Any Language  

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA), the US Intelligence Community’s own science and technology research arm, has announced it is seeking...

Legal Battle Over Overseas Microsoft Data Could Be Headed for Supreme Court
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Legal Battle Over Overseas Microsoft Data Could Be Headed for Supreme Court

A federal appeals court is letting stand a ruling in a closely watched case holding that Microsoft need not comply with a U.S. government demand for data stored...

Microsoft Thinks Machines Can Learn to Converse by Making Chat a Game
From ACM News

Microsoft Thinks Machines Can Learn to Converse by Making Chat a Game

Microsoft is buying a deep learning startup based in Montreal, a global hub for deep learning research.

N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications
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N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications

In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the...

He Helped Create the 'Google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now
From ACM Opinion

He Helped Create the 'Google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now

Trucks that can drive themselves along delivery routes. Computers capable of defeating world champions in a notoriously complex game. Apps that can translate sentences...

Data Could Be the Next Tech Hot Button for Regulators
From ACM News

Data Could Be the Next Tech Hot Button for Regulators

Wealth and influence in the technology business have always been about gaining the upper hand in software or the machines that software ran on.

Coming From Automakers: Voice Control That Understands You Better
From ACM News

Coming From Automakers: Voice Control That Understands You Better

Every once in a while, just for laughs, Kevin Smith-Fagan tries to call a friend of his, Priscilla, using the voice-recognition system in his 2013 Chevrolet Volt...

Cyberwar for Sale
From ACM News

Cyberwar for Sale

On the morning of May 18, 2014, Violeta Lagunes was perplexed by a series of strange messages that appeared in her Gmail inbox.

Apple Removes New York Times App in China 
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Apple Removes New York Times App in China 

Apple has removed the New York Times app from its store in China after a government request, in an example of how far the company will go to please the authorities...

Trump Questions Quest for Cybersecurity: 'No Computer Is Safe' 
From ACM News

Trump Questions Quest for Cybersecurity: 'No Computer Is Safe' 

President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly questioned whether critical computer networks can ever be protected from intruders, alarming cybersecurity experts who...

How Scientists Use Slack
From ACM News

How Scientists Use Slack

When geneticist Daniel MacArthur checks into his lab, the first thing he does is fire up Slack, a workplace messaging app.

Can Alexa Help Solve a Murder? Police Think So—But Amazon Won't Give Up Her Data.
From ACM News

Can Alexa Help Solve a Murder? Police Think So—But Amazon Won't Give Up Her Data.

When police responded to a home in Bentonville, Ark., one Sunday morning last November, they discovered Victor Collins's dead body in the backyard.

Why the Computing Cloud Will Keep Growing and Growing
From ACM News

Why the Computing Cloud Will Keep Growing and Growing

Jeff Bezos of Amazon, along with a couple of his rivals, may eventually control much of the $1 trillion global market for business computers and software.
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