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The Surreal Dreams of Google's Image Recognition Software
From ACM News

The Surreal Dreams of Google's Image Recognition Software

Image recognition is a complicated business. For Google, that means an artificial neural network—software capable of learning.

The Secret Alliance That Could Give the Web a Massive Speed Boost
From ACM TechNews

The Secret Alliance That Could Give the Web a Massive Speed Boost

WebAssembly is a joint project among Microsoft, Google, Mozilla, and Apple to create a new Internet platform. 

Samsung, LG Smartwatches Give ­p Personal Data to Researchers
From ACM TechNews

Samsung, LG Smartwatches Give ­p Personal Data to Researchers

Researchers have shown they can extract personal information from two smartwatches because none of the data is encrypted. 

Americans Resigned to Giving ­p Their Privacy, Says Study
From ACM News

Americans Resigned to Giving ­p Their Privacy, Says Study

I am not fond of depressing you. So I'm going to leave it to a new study performed by the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School For Communication.

Google on Eu Troubles: 'we Don't Always Get It Right'
From ACM Opinion

Google on Eu Troubles: 'we Don't Always Get It Right'

Google is in hot water in Europe, and its head of European operations is trying to cool things off.

The Telescope Looking For the Beginning of Time
From ACM News

The Telescope Looking For the Beginning of Time

The universe is a big place.

Adios, Silicon: Why Exotic Designs Are the Future For the Chips in Your Gadgets
From ACM News

Adios, Silicon: Why Exotic Designs Are the Future For the Chips in Your Gadgets

Most of us assume that smartphones and laptops will keep getting faster and better.

Inside the Multibillion-Dollar Quest to Make Faster, Cheaper Gadgets
From ACM Careers

Inside the Multibillion-Dollar Quest to Make Faster, Cheaper Gadgets

Mark Bohr peers through the yellow-tinted windows outside D1D, one of Intel's secretive computer chip factories housed at its 300-acre campus here, about a 30-minute...

Nature's Patterns: Golden Spirals and Branching Fractals
From ACM News

Nature's Patterns: Golden Spirals and Branching Fractals

Certain patterns, such as the fractal, are repeated over and over in nature—with some spectacular contrasts on wildly different scales.

This Working Computer Is Smaller Than a Grain of Rice
From ACM News

This Working Computer Is Smaller Than a Grain of Rice

The University of Michigan's Micro Mote is an autonomous computer programmed and charged via light, which could be used for a variety of medical and industrial...

Hbo's John Oliver Hits Snowden Hard on Nsa Leaks
From ACM Opinion

Hbo's John Oliver Hits Snowden Hard on Nsa Leaks

Edward Snowden and an unlikely interviewer squared-off on HBO over the leaks that exposed the National Security Agency's extensive surveillance programs.

Festo ­nleashes New Robotic Swarm of Ants and Butterflies
From ACM News

Festo ­nleashes New Robotic Swarm of Ants and Butterflies

The family of animal robots created by German robotics company Festo is growing. As part of its Bionic Learning Network, the company has introduced two new robots...

Researchers Demonstrate Quantum Entanglement, Prove Einstein Wrong
From ACM News

Researchers Demonstrate Quantum Entanglement, Prove Einstein Wrong

For the first time, quantum entanglement of a single particle has been observed by researchers—an event that Albert Einstein believed to be impossible under the...

Cars Could Learn to Drive Themselves from Human Behavior
From ACM News

Cars Could Learn to Drive Themselves from Human Behavior

Object recognition makes up one part of autonomous car technology, but then comes the question of what the car does in response to what it detects.

Tech Industry's Future Rooted in Blend of Design, Computer Science
From ACM TechNews

Tech Industry's Future Rooted in Blend of Design, Computer Science

Startups as well as large tech firms now realize their products need to be both visually appealing and deliver great user experiences.

FCC Goes Public with Net Neutrality Rules For Governing Internet
From ACM News

FCC Goes Public with Net Neutrality Rules For Governing Internet

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday finally spelled out how it will preserve the open Internet, publicly releasing a 400-page PDF that details its...

Dig This: I Operated a Giant Excavator from 2,500km Away
From ACM News

Dig This: I Operated a Giant Excavator from 2,500km Away

Thanks to Ericsson, I can check off operating heavy machinery from my bucket list.

7 Things Net Neutrality Won't Do
From ACM News

7 Things Net Neutrality Won't Do

When it comes to the new Net neutrality rules adopted last week by the Federal Communications Commission, people think either that US regulators have liberated...

Rare Stegosaurus Skeleton Delivers Secrets Through 3D Scanning
From ACM News

Rare Stegosaurus Skeleton Delivers Secrets Through 3D Scanning

In 2013, London's Natural History Museum acquired a rare Stegosaurus skeleton.

Rare Alan Turing Journal Shows His Genius at Work
From ACM TechNews

Rare Alan Turing Journal Shows His Genius at Work

Two decades after its discovery, a rare handwritten journal belonging to computing pioneer Alan Turing will be auctioned off this spring in San Francisco. 
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