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

Google Lunar Xprize: Testing Rovers on the Beach with Team Hakuto
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Google Lunar Xprize: Testing Rovers on the Beach with Team Hakuto

Before you blast off to the moon in search of $30 million offered as part of the Google Lunar XPrize—or the juicy $20 million grand prize for being the first to...

High-Tech Warriors: A Glimpse Into the Stadium of the Future
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High-Tech Warriors: A Glimpse Into the Stadium of the Future

Floor tiles that generate electricity when people walk on them. Streetlamps that transmit data to people passing beneath them.

Intel Tech Brings US Closer to the World of 'minority Report'
From ACM TechNews

Intel Tech Brings US Closer to the World of 'minority Report'

Technology shown by Intel at the Consumer Electronics Show is largely oriented around a depth-sensing camera that could transform human-computer interaction.

Hacker Claims You Can Steal Fingerprints With Only a Camera
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Hacker Claims You Can Steal Fingerprints With Only a Camera

Physical access to a fingerprint may not be required to exploit fingerprint readers, according to a European hacker.

Amputee Simultaneously Controls Two Prosthetic Arms with His Mind
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Amputee Simultaneously Controls Two Prosthetic Arms with His Mind

Replacement limbs that completely replicate the functions and abilities of real limbs are the current white whale of prosthetics, and we're getting closer: mind...

Hacker Mitnick Has a Plan to Help You Stay Safe Online
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Hacker Mitnick Has a Plan to Help You Stay Safe Online

Even famed hacker Kevin Mitnick—labeled a "computer terrorist" by the FBI in the '90s—worries about getting hacked.

Digital Reconstruction Restores Rare Dino Skull
From ACM News

Digital Reconstruction Restores Rare Dino Skull

Dinosaur fossils are valuable resources—yet access to them can be tricky.

Self-Driving Car Advocates Tangle With Messy Morality
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Self-Driving Car Advocates Tangle With Messy Morality

Sure, dealing with lane changes, firetrucks and construction projects is difficult for engineers building self-driving cars. But what about deciding which people...

Vimeo Tech Chief Takes on 'terrifying' Online Video Challenges
From ACM Opinion

Vimeo Tech Chief Takes on 'terrifying' Online Video Challenges

Think online video is old hat? Think again.

The History of the Predator, the Drone that Changed the World
From ACM Opinion

The History of the Predator, the Drone that Changed the World

These days, the word drone is used to refer to just about any kind of remote-controlled, unmanned aircraft.

Loneliness Narrows the Uncanny Valley
From ACM News

Loneliness Narrows the Uncanny Valley

Talking to inanimate objects when you're feeling lonely may not be so strange after all.

Brain-to-Brain Verbal Communication in Humans Achieved For the First Time
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Brain-to-Brain Verbal Communication in Humans Achieved For the First Time

Humans just got a step closer to being able to think a message into someone else's brain on the other side of the world.

Can an Armadillo Paper Airplane Fly? Autodesk Says Yes
From ACM News

Can an Armadillo Paper Airplane Fly? Autodesk Says Yes

We've all made the standard paper airplane, that elongated triangle made up of six simple folds.

'internet of Things,' Not Privacy, to Dominate at Black Hat
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'internet of Things,' Not Privacy, to Dominate at Black Hat

As many as 13 previously unknown vulnerabilities in home Wi-Fi routers and networked storage systems are set to be disclosed at the Black Hat computer security...

Experimental Software Allows 3D Object Manipulation in 2d Photos
From ACM News

Experimental Software Allows 3D Object Manipulation in 2d Photos

The scene in Blade Runner is famous: taking a grainy photo, Rick Deckard zooms, enhances and moves around corners just as you would a 3D space.

Arm Tries to Spread Its Chips to Forests, Felds, and Factories
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Arm Tries to Spread Its Chips to Forests, Felds, and Factories

Forest fire on the way? Building stress getting too high? Farmland too moist?

New York Subway Cell Coverage Stinks, But Here Are the Best Lines
From ACM News

New York Subway Cell Coverage Stinks, But Here Are the Best Lines

The New York City subway system may run 24 hours a day and represent the most efficient means to get around the metropolis, but it has long been a sore spot for...

At World Cup, Goal-Line Tech Causes Controversy
From ACM News

At World Cup, Goal-Line Tech Causes Controversy

As all things that are meant to be infallible, new technology being used in the 2014 World Cup has caused a stir.
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