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What is Cyberwar?
From ACM Opinion

What is Cyberwar?

At its core, cyberwarfare refers the use of digital attacks by one country or nation to disrupt the computer systems of another with the aim of create significant...

IBM Watson Health Extends Partnership With ­.S. to Help Vets With Cancer
From ACM TechNews

IBM Watson Health Extends Partnership With ­.S. to Help Vets With Cancer

IBM Watson Health has extended its collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help treat veterans with cancer using artificial intelligence. ...

Crystals Could Cool Down Your Future Electronic Devices
From ACM TechNews

Crystals Could Cool Down Your Future Electronic Devices

A team of researchers used boron arsenide crystals to cool electronic devices more effectively than current methods.

Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors
From ACM News

Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors

A coalition of Silicon Valley tech giants has doubled down on its criticism of encryption backdoors following a proposal that would give law enforcement access...

Developers Favoring AWS, Microsoft Azure for Cloud IoT Platforms
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Developers Favoring AWS, Microsoft Azure for Cloud IoT Platforms

Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are increasingly popular as cloud Internet of Things platforms.

Sony, Carnegie Mellon Form Partnership to Research Cooking Robots
From ACM TechNews

Sony, Carnegie Mellon Form Partnership to Research Cooking Robots

Researchers are studying how artificial intelligence and robotics can be used to improve food preparation, cooking, and delivery.

­niversity of Sydney Develops Quantum Trick to Block Background Sensor 'chatter'
From ACM TechNews

­niversity of Sydney Develops Quantum Trick to Block Background Sensor 'chatter'

Researchers have developed a method to block background "chatter," which they say solves a common problem associated with quantum sensing devices.

Google's AI Can Now Spot Shoulder-Surfers Peeking at Your Screen
From ACM TechNews

Google's AI Can Now Spot Shoulder-Surfers Peeking at Your Screen

Google researchers have developed an "electronic screen protector" application that can immediately spot people glancing at a user's handheld screen.

There's a Huge Opportunity in Robotics For Early-Career Computer Scientists and Serious Software Engineers
From ACM TechNews

There's a Huge Opportunity in Robotics For Early-Career Computer Scientists and Serious Software Engineers

University of Washington professor Maya Cakmak discusses the role of programming by demonstration in her work on human-machine interaction.

Humans, Cover Your Mouths: Lip Reading Bots in the Wild
From ACM TechNews

Humans, Cover Your Mouths: Lip Reading Bots in the Wild

A new algorithm has outperformed professional human lip readers.

Top500: ­.s. Knocked Out of 'top Three Most Powerful' List
From ACM TechNews

Top500: ­.s. Knocked Out of 'top Three Most Powerful' List

The U.S. is no longer among the top three in the Top500's latest ranking of the world's fastest supercomputers.

China Can Help Drive Global Progress in Quantum Computing
From ACM TechNews

China Can Help Drive Global Progress in Quantum Computing

2000 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Andrew Chi-Chih Yao says China could potentially take a global lead in quantum computing innovation.

Back to Self-Driving School: The Simulator Teaching Vehicle Ais Road Sense
From ACM TechNews

Back to Self-Driving School: The Simulator Teaching Vehicle Ais Road Sense

Researchers have developed a simulator employing convolutional neural networks and deep learning to enhance how vehicle artificial intelligence systems manage environmental...

Encryption's Quantum Leap: The Race to Stop the Hackers of Tomorrow
From ACM TechNews

Encryption's Quantum Leap: The Race to Stop the Hackers of Tomorrow

Researchers are looking into the construction of new quantum-proof cryptography ito thwart quantum-based schemes future hackers could use to crack sensitive data...

Microsoft Research: Making the Wearable Battery Last Longer By Lightening Its Load
From ACM TechNews

Microsoft Research: Making the Wearable Battery Last Longer By Lightening Its Load

Microsoft Research has developed WearDrive, technology designed to extend the life of batteries used to power fitness bands.  

Shortage of Mainframe Skills Looms but Companies Remain in Denial
From ACM TechNews

Shortage of Mainframe Skills Looms but Companies Remain in Denial

A mainframe skills shortage is approaching, but only about 40 percent of CIOs surveyed by Compuware said they had a formal plan in place to address the issue. 

Google's Coder Tool Turns Raspberry Pi Into a Mini Web Server
From ACM News

Google's Coder Tool Turns Raspberry Pi Into a Mini Web Server

A new open source development tool from Google is designed to make it easier to use Raspberry Pi computers to build Web applications.

20 Great Years of Linux and Supercomputers
From ACM TechNews

20 Great Years of Linux and Supercomputers

Linux is now the operating system used on 95.2 percent of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers, according to the most recent Top500 supercomputer rankings. 

Linux Continues to Rule Supercomputers
From ACM TechNews

Linux Continues to Rule Supercomputers

Linux continues to dominate the list of the world's fastest supercomputers and there is no reason to think that will change anytime soon. 

Cracking the 1,000-Core Processor Power Challenge
From ACM TechNews

Cracking the 1,000-Core Processor Power Challenge

Researchers are working on solutions to growing power consumption, as mainstream processors are expected to contain hundreds of cores in the near future. 
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