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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.


“Can You Hear Me Now That I’m On 5G?”
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“Can You Hear Me Now That I’m On 5G?”

Additional 5G spectrum is on the way…but which entity will control it?

Consumers Increasingly Touch on Contactless Payments
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Consumers Increasingly Touch on Contactless Payments

The ability to pay touch-free during the Coronavirus pandemic is persuading more consumers and retailers to go contactless.

Natural Language Misunderstanding
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Natural Language Misunderstanding

How do we eliminate bias in automated speech recognition?

Who Has Access to Your Smartphone Data?
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Who Has Access to Your Smartphone Data?

ISPs, app developers, and even the government may know more about you than you think.

A Speed Bump on the Road to 5G?
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A Speed Bump on the Road to 5G?

The impact of the coronavirus lockdown on the buildout of 5G networks appears to have been minimal.

Bolstering Bandwidth with Dual-Channel Wi-Fi
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Bolstering Bandwidth with Dual-Channel Wi-Fi

Looking at solutions to handle growing Wi-Fi traffic.

Reducing and Eliminating E-Waste
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Reducing and Eliminating E-Waste

We need to mitigate the environmental impact of disposing of electronics at their end of useful life.

Deceiving the Masses on Social Media
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Deceiving the Masses on Social Media

The social media platforms like their freedom, but information gerrymandering may require legislation to fix.

Keeping Students Educated and Engaged
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Keeping Students Educated and Engaged

The use of distance learning has grown quickly in primary education, in response to school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Across the Language Barrier
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Across the Language Barrier

Translation devices are getting better at making speech and text understandable in different languages.

Tracking Shoppers
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Tracking Shoppers

Retailers of all stripes are using technology to follow consumers through their brick-and-mortar stores in order to develop detailed profiles of their shopping...

Regulating Information Technology
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Regulating Information Technology

Why isn't IT regulated, when it can have such substantial impacts on people's lives?

Protecting Industrial Control Systems
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Protecting Industrial Control Systems

Finding, and plugging, the security holes in SCADA.

The Edge of Computational Photography
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The Edge of Computational Photography

Smartphones and consumer cameras increasingly give professional photographers a run for their money.

Ethics in Technology Jobs
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Ethics in Technology Jobs

Employees are increasingly challenging technology companies on their ethical choices.

Electronics Need Rare Earths
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Electronics Need Rare Earths

Demand is expected to spike over the next few years, leading to higher prices and international trade issues.

Technologizing Agriculture
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Technologizing Agriculture

An array of technologies are making farms more efficient, safer, and profitable.

Technology for the Deaf
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Technology for the Deaf

Why aren't better assistive technologies available for those communicating using ASL?

Borders in the Cloud
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Borders in the Cloud

New data protection laws raise questions about whether certain jurisdictions are trying to thwart the ability of foreign governments to obtain data on their citizens...

Bringing the Internet to the (Developing) World
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Bringing the Internet to the (Developing) World

A growing number of low-cost (and free!) solutions aim to open the Internet to developing regions.
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