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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.


Waiting-Room Anxiety Eased With Apps That Give Updates
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Waiting-Room Anxiety Eased With Apps That Give Updates

Startups and large healthcare organizations are developing tools designed to give parents frequent updates on what is happening to their children during surgeries...

Switzerland Strives to Be Global Leader in Opening Skies for Drones
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Switzerland Strives to Be Global Leader in Opening Skies for Drones

The Swiss government is working to develop a system to handle ever-increasing aerial drone traffic, with the goal of allowing such unmanned aircraft to operate...

Accenture Pushes Deeper Into Quantum Computing
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Accenture Pushes Deeper Into Quantum Computing

The Accenture professional services firm is expanding its quantum computing consulting practice, reflecting growing corporate interest in the technology.

Facial Recognition Tech Comes to Schools, Summer Camps
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Facial Recognition Tech Comes to Schools, Summer Camps

Schools and summer camps throughout the U.S. are using facial recognition to bolster security and provide other services for campers and parents.

'Deepfakes' Trigger a Race to Fight Manipulated Photos, Videos
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'Deepfakes' Trigger a Race to Fight Manipulated Photos, Videos

Startups, government agencies, and academics are working to develop a method to combat doctored videos and photographs.

AI Can Lead to Lower Dentist Bills
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AI Can Lead to Lower Dentist Bills

Dental support organizations are starting to use artificial intelligence to analyze X-ray images and automate certain steps in common procedures.

Computers Are the New Basketball Coaches
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Computers Are the New Basketball Coaches

Professional basketball teams are starting to use computers and advanced data analytics to help perfect players' jump shots.

Schools Wrestle With Privacy of Digital Data Collected on Students
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Schools Wrestle With Privacy of Digital Data Collected on Students

Experts are concerned that digital data stored on vendor servers could later harm students who make mistakes on social media, or with widely used classroom apps...

Spurred by Amazon, Supermarkets Try Swapping Cashiers for Cameras
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Spurred by Amazon, Supermarkets Try Swapping Cashiers for Cameras

Supermarket chains in Europe are testing cashierless stores with cameras that monitor items shoppers pick, with transactions recorded as they exit.

Shopping Centers Exploring Facial Recognition in Brave New World of Retail
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Shopping Centers Exploring Facial Recognition in Brave New World of Retail

U.S. mall owners and retailers are ramping up their use of facial recognition to ascertain shoppers' traffic patterns, employee performance, and consumer response...

Does the ­.S. Need a Cabinet-Level Department of Cybersecurity?
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Does the ­.S. Need a Cabinet-Level Department of Cybersecurity?

Some say a new department is needed to coordinate the nation's defenses. Others say it would only weaken those defenses.

Walmart Turns to VR to Pick Middle Managers
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Walmart Turns to VR to Pick Middle Managers

Virtual reality training is becoming more common in a range of industries.

Investors ­rge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics
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Investors ­rge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics

Artificial intelligence startup investors are urging companies to improve their products from an ethical perspective.

Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving
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Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving

Automakers are accelerating initiatives to address distracted driving by equipping vehicles with monitoring technology.

Engine Behind 'Fortnite' Powers Business Technology
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Engine Behind 'Fortnite' Powers Business Technology

Businesses are tapping the gaming-engine software of "Fortnite" and other videogames for applications ranging from car design to drug discovery. \]

Image-Recognition Technology May Not Be as Secure as We Think
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Image-Recognition Technology May Not Be as Secure as We Think

Evidence is growing that image recognition technology may be more susceptible to deception than previously assumed.

The Day Computers Can Break All Encryption Is Coming
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The Day Computers Can Break All Encryption Is Coming

With quantum computing advancements threatening to expose all encrypted data, technology companies and security agencies are pursuing projects to preserve information...

Automation Could Force Millions of Women to Find New Jobs
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Automation Could Force Millions of Women to Find New Jobs

A McKinsey Global Institute analysis warns automation could displace 107 million employed women worldwide by 2030, with the sexes almost equally impacted by technological...

Hospital System ­ses AI to Predict Deadly Condition
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Hospital System ­ses AI to Predict Deadly Condition

The Montefiore Health System and its affiliated medical school in New York are employing artificial intelligence to predict a common respiratory malady among patients...

­.S. Postal Service Testing Self-Driving Trucks
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­.S. Postal Service Testing Self-Driving Trucks

The U.S. Postal Service is conducting a pilot study in which self-driving trucks will complete a more-than-1,000-mile mail run between Phoenix and Dallas.
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