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Apple, Google, Amazon Decide to 'Play Nice' Over Smart Home Tech
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Apple, Google, Amazon Decide to 'Play Nice' Over Smart Home Tech

Apple, Google, and Amazon are partnering to improve smart home technology.

Police to Use Facial Recognition Drones to Help Find the Missing
From ACM TechNews

Police to Use Facial Recognition Drones to Help Find the Missing

Police Scotland has launched a new aerial drone system to help search for missing people.

Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'
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Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'

An independent panel criticized a smart-city development planned by Google's Sidewalk Labs unit on Toronto's waterfront, citing innovations as being more about...

Facial Recognition: School ID Checks Lead to GDPR Fine
From ACM TechNews

Facial Recognition: School ID Checks Lead to GDPR Fine

The Swedish Data Protection Authority fined the municipality of Skelleftea for using facial recognition to track students in violation of the European Union's General...

Australia to Police Tech Giants' Algorithms
From ACM TechNews

Australia to Police Tech Giants' Algorithms

Australian regulators intend to launch the first office committed to policing algorithms used by technology giants like Facebook and Google, to better understand...

A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution
From ACM TechNews

A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution

Bounties Network collected tons of garbage from Manila Bay as part of a pilot project that pays a small network of people in digital currency for such trash.

Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code
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Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code

The U.K. government will fund a program in which "carefully vetted" prisoners will be taught software coding.

The ­S Cannot Crush ­s, Says Huawei Founder
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The ­S Cannot Crush ­s, Says Huawei Founder

The founder of Huawei has said there is "no way the US can crush" the company, in an exclusive interview with the BBC.

What Is Article 13? The E­'s Copyright Directive Explained
From ACM News

What Is Article 13? The E­'s Copyright Directive Explained

The final version of a controversial new EU copyright law has been agreed after three days of talks in France.

Russia Considers '­nplugging' From Internet
From ACM TechNews

Russia Considers '­nplugging' From Internet

Russia is considering a brief disconnection from the worldwide Internet to test its cyber defenses.

The 'Weird Events' That Make Machines Hallucinate
From ACM TechNews

The 'Weird Events' That Make Machines Hallucinate

Computers can be tricked into misidentifying objects and sounds, raising issues about the real-world use of artificial intelligence; experts call such glitches...

Wi-Fi Could Be ­sed to Detect Weapons and Bombs
From ACM News

Wi-Fi Could Be ­sed to Detect Weapons and Bombs

Wireless signals can penetrate bags to measure the dimensions of metal objects or estimate the volume of liquids, researchers claim.

The Cameras that Know If You're Happy, or a Threat
From ACM News

The Cameras that Know If You're Happy, or a Threat

Facial recognition tech has been around for decades, but it has been progressing in leaps and bounds in recent years due to advances in computing vision and artificial...

Who Controls Your Data?
From ACM News

Who Controls Your Data?

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will change how companies and individuals collect, store and share data.

How 'Ninja Polymers' Are Fighting Killer Superbugs
From ACM News

How 'Ninja Polymers' Are Fighting Killer Superbugs

In Ridley Scott's seminal blockbuster Blade Runner, humanity has harnessed bio-engineering to create a race of replicants that look, act and sound human—but are...

The (almost) Complete History of 'fake News'
From ACM News

The (almost) Complete History of 'fake News'

In record time, the phrase morphed from a description of a social media phenomenon into a journalistic cliche and an angry political slur.

The Labs that Protect Against Online Warfare
From ACM News

The Labs that Protect Against Online Warfare

Several months after the WannaCry cyber-attack, much of the world still seems to be asleep to the potential catastrophic effects of cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure...

Will Tech Firms Challenge China's 'open' Internet?
From ACM News

Will Tech Firms Challenge China's 'open' Internet?

Sometimes you can gauge how proud someone is about being at an event by the extent to which they want to talk about it.

Treating Cancer, Stopping Violence . . . How AI Protects US
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Treating Cancer, Stopping Violence . . . How AI Protects US

For some, the spread of artificial intelligence and robotics poses a threat to our privacy, our jobs – even our safety, as more and more tasks are handed over to...

The Ghostly Radio Station That No One Claims to Run
From ACM Careers

The Ghostly Radio Station That No One Claims to Run

In the middle of a Russian swampland, not far from the city of St Petersburg, is a rectangular iron gate.
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