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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.


The Road Ahead for Augmented Reality
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The Road Ahead for Augmented Reality

A heads-up look at augmented reality head-up displays.

A Traffic Cop for Low Earth Orbit
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A Traffic Cop for Low Earth Orbit

Who will be the space traffic controller for orbiting objects?

Technological Responses to COVID-19
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Technological Responses to COVID-19

Companies are finding new ways to enforce social distancing, clean public spaces, and provide substitutes for human workers.

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.

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...

Technologizing Agriculture
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Technologizing Agriculture

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

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.

3D-Printing Human Body Parts
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3D-Printing Human Body Parts

Bioprinting has generated bones, cartilage, and some muscles; hearts and livers are still years away.

Bionics in Competition
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Bionics in Competition

Developers of innovative assistive devices compete as a means of networking with each other.

It's Not the Algorithm, It's the Data
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It's Not the Algorithm, It's the Data

In risk assessment and predictive policing, biased data can yield biased results.

Can We Trust Autonomous Weapons?
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Can We Trust Autonomous Weapons?

Nations consider using defense systems that can make their own lethal decisions.

Legal Advice on the Smartphone
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Legal Advice on the Smartphone

New apps help individuals contest traffic, parking tickets.

Existing Technologies Can Assist the Disabled
From Communications of the ACM

Existing Technologies Can Assist the Disabled

Researchers consider how to adapt broadly available technology products for those battling physical impairments.

Technology Brings Online Education in Line with Campus Programs
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Technology Brings Online Education in Line with Campus Programs

Whether sitting in front of a screen or in a classroom, online and campus-based institutions want to verify students actually attend classes, take exams.

Putting the Data Science Into Journalism
From Communications of the ACM

Putting the Data Science Into Journalism

News organizations increasingly use techniques like data mining, Web scraping, and data visualization to uncover information that would be impossible to identify...

Sensors For Seniors
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Sensors For Seniors

In-home technologies are helping seniors stay aware, healthy, and in touch.

Electronics in the Operating Room
From ACM News

Electronics in the Operating Room

Electronic devices increasingly are being incorporated into surgical procedures on a functional level.

Brain Power
From ACM News

Brain Power

A "kick" during the World Cup opening ceremonies shows the progress of helping the paralyzed to move again.
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