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Invasion of the Friendly Movie Robots
From ACM Opinion

Invasion of the Friendly Movie Robots

Robots are becoming more of a reality in everyday life, and movies have started to overhaul their depiction of them. They're gentler, friendlier, and often better...

In Japan, Dog Owners Feel Abandoned as Sony Stops Supporting 'aibo'
From ACM News

In Japan, Dog Owners Feel Abandoned as Sony Stops Supporting 'aibo'

Yahui and Tatsuo Matsui met because of their dogs, Ai and Doggy.

Sony Made It Easy, but Any of ­S Could Get Hacked
From ACM Opinion

Sony Made It Easy, but Any of ­S Could Get Hacked

Earlier this month, a mysterious group that calls itself Guardians of Peace hacked into Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer systems and began revealing many...

Accessibility Claims Expected Over Websites
From ACM Careers

Accessibility Claims Expected Over Websites

Businesses should brace for a new crop of so-called "accessibility" lawsuits alleging that their commercial websites fail to comply with federal disabled-access...

Google Working on Large-Scale Video Displays
From ACM TechNews

Google Working on Large-Scale Video Displays

Google's advanced-projects lab, Google X, is developing a giant display consisting of smaller screens that fit together to create a seamless image. 

The Smithsonian Works to Digitize Millions of Documents
From ACM News

The Smithsonian Works to Digitize Millions of Documents

During the past six months, retired pharmaceutical researcher Irv Cantor helped transcribe a 641-page field book written by an archaeologist traveling through 1920s...

Replay: New Wizardry Keeps Pinball Rolling in the Internet Age
From ACM News

Replay: New Wizardry Keeps Pinball Rolling in the Internet Age

At the recent Battle at Stonehedge pinball tournament here, Jessie Carduner cursed her ninth-place finish and vowed to get professional help.

For This Author, 10,000 Wikipedia Articles Is a Good Day's Work
From ACM News

For This Author, 10,000 Wikipedia Articles Is a Good Day's Work

Sverker Johansson could be the most prolific author you've never heard of.

The Plug-and-Play Luxury Home
From ACM News

The Plug-and-Play Luxury Home

When it is completed in early 2018, Muse, a 49-story luxury-condo development in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., will have an automated parking system with push-button...

Harnessing the Power of Hashtags to Tackle Climate Change
From ACM TechNews

Harnessing the Power of Hashtags to Tackle Climate Change

The #Climate mobile app is designed to help build momentum for climate change policies by connecting influential persons to nonprofits via a social network model...

A 'crisis' in Online Ads: One-Third of Traffic Is Bogus
From ACM News

A 'crisis' in Online Ads: One-Third of Traffic Is Bogus

Billions of dollars are flowing into online advertising. But marketers also are confronting an uncomfortable reality: rampant fraud.

How Real Is Spike Jonze's 'her'? Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh In
From ACM Opinion

How Real Is Spike Jonze's 'her'? Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh In

In Spike Jonze's Oscar-nominated, futuristic film 'Her,' computers compose music, carry on seamless conversations with humans, organize emails instantaneously,...

Web Giants Threaten End to Cookie Tracking
From ACM News

Web Giants Threaten End to Cookie Tracking

The end could be near for cookies, the tiny pieces of code that marketers deploy on Web browsers to track people's online movements, serve targeted advertising,...

In Digital Era, What Does 'watching Tv' Even Mean?
From ACM Careers

In Digital Era, What Does 'watching Tv' Even Mean?

We spend a full five hours and 16 minutes a day in front of a screen, and that's without even turning on a television.

When Google Brainstorms, Online World Shudders
From ACM News

When Google Brainstorms, Online World Shudders

Is Google about to do to online privacy what body scanners did to airline travelers?

The New Era of Toy Robotics
From ACM News

The New Era of Toy Robotics

In olden times, the most an ambitious young tinkerer could hope for in a toy was to be able to stick one funny-shaped piece onto another. Kids built airplanes with...

Google's Data-Trove Dance
From ACM News

Google's Data-Trove Dance

In 2011, Google Inc. Chief Executive and co-founder Larry Page asked executives to develop a new, simplified privacy tool that would act as a kind of sliding scale...

Rethinking How We Watch Tv
From ACM News

Rethinking How We Watch Tv

To understand how much television could soon change, it helps to visit an Intel Corp. division here that runs like a startup.

Coming Soon: A Truly Chinese Internet
From ACM News

Coming Soon: A Truly Chinese Internet

Replete with its own thriving news portals, social media, and gaming sites, the Chinese Internet could take a major step toward becoming fully Chinese by the end...

Feathers Fly as New Rules Loom For Kids' Apps
From ACM News

Feathers Fly as New Rules Loom For Kids' Apps

Kids love Angry Birds, but will Angry Birds love them back?
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