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How Ebay's Research Laboratories Are Tackling the Tricky Task of Fashion Recommendations
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How Ebay's Research Laboratories Are Tackling the Tricky Task of Fashion Recommendations

If you've ever puzzled over what to wear in the morning, you might also have wondered whether you could leave the choice to an algorithm that could recommend a...

Apple's New Programming Language, Swift, Will Lure More Developers
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Apple's New Programming Language, Swift, Will Lure More Developers

Apple has unveiled a new programming language it says offers a faster, easier way to build software for Apple products than its predecessor, Objective-C. 

How the ­.s. Could Escalate Its Name-and-Shame Campaign Against China's Espionage
From ACM Opinion

How the ­.s. Could Escalate Its Name-and-Shame Campaign Against China's Espionage

Earlier this week the U.S. Department of Justice indicted five Chinese military officers for industrial espionage, accusing them of leading attacks on the computers...

Three Questions with the Man Leading Baidu's New AI Effort
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Three Questions with the Man Leading Baidu's New AI Effort

Artificial intelligence is guided by the far-off goal of having software match humans at important tasks.

The Emerging Science of Superspreaders (and How to Tell If You're One of Them)
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The Emerging Science of Superspreaders (and How to Tell If You're One of Them)

Who are the most influential spreaders of information on a network?

A Smart Watch Controlled By Twists, Tilts, and Clicks
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A Smart Watch Controlled By Twists, Tilts, and Clicks

Researchers say they have developed a better way to control smart watches by enabling users to physically tilt, click, and twist the watch's bezel. 

Do We Need Asimov's Laws?
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Do We Need Asimov's Laws?

In 1942, the science fiction author Isaac Asimov published a short story called Runaround in which he introduced three laws that governed the behaviour of robots...

­sing ­ltrasound to Feel Virtual Objects
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­sing ­ltrasound to Feel Virtual Objects

A startup called Ultrahaptics aims to make gesture control and virtual reality more engaging by using ultrasound waves to let you feel like you’re touching virtual...

Increasingly, Robots of All Sizes Are Human Workmates
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Increasingly, Robots of All Sizes Are Human Workmates

Most industrial robots are far less friendly than the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, which is safe enough to be a surprisingly popular means of feline transportation...

Microsoft Wants You to Educate Its Virtual Assistant
From ACM TechNews

Microsoft Wants You to Educate Its Virtual Assistant

Microsoft's forthcoming mobile operating system upgrade will include Cortana, a virtual personal assistant designed to become more intelligent as people use it. ...

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014
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10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014

Technology news is full of incremental developments, but few of them are true milestones.

World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics
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World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics

In less than 60 days, Brazil will begin hosting soccer's 2014 World Cup, even though workers are still hurrying to pour concrete at three unfinished stadiums.

Three Questions For Eugene Kaspersky
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Three Questions For Eugene Kaspersky

The Moscow-based computer security firm Kaspersky Lab has analyzed major new kinds of malware, including Stuxnet, which four years ago was revealed to have damaged...

How Your Location Data Is Being Used to Predict the Events You Will Want to Attend
From ACM TechNews

How Your Location Data Is Being Used to Predict the Events You Will Want to Attend

Researchers are tapping data from location-based social media network Foursquare to learn what makes people more likely to attend one event rather than another.

Cheaper Joints and Digits Bring the Robot Revolution Closer
From ACM News

Cheaper Joints and Digits Bring the Robot Revolution Closer

The Atlas humanoid robot, unveiled last year by Boston Dynamics, a company later acquired by Google, is a marvel.

Pay with Your Fingerprint
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Pay with Your Fingerprint

Anyone with an iPhone 5 can use its fingerprint reader to unlock the device and pay for apps or music in Apple's iTunes store.

Facebook Creates Software That Matches Faces Almost as Well as You Do
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Facebook Creates Software That Matches Faces Almost as Well as You Do

Asked whether two unfamiliar photos of faces show the same person, a human being will get it right 97.53 percent of the time.

Virtual Reality Startups Look Back to the Future
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Virtual Reality Startups Look Back to the Future

It's been almost 30 years since the computer scientist Jaron Lanier formed VPL Research, the first company to sell the high-tech goggles and gloves that once defined...

An Artificial Hand with Real Feeling
From ACM News

An Artificial Hand with Real Feeling

Igor Spetic's hand was in a fist when it was severed by a forging hammer three years ago as he made an aluminum jet part at his job.

Augmented Reality Gets to Work
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Augmented Reality Gets to Work

For Thomas Caudell, it started with a desire to make it easier to build airplanes.
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