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How My Boss Monitors Me While I Work From Home
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How My Boss Monitors Me While I Work From Home

As we shelter in place in the pandemic, more employers are using software to track our work — and us.

Coronavirus Tracking Apps Raise Questions About Bluetooth Security
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Coronavirus Tracking Apps Raise Questions About Bluetooth Security

Governments and businesses intend to launch mobile applications that use Bluetooth to track coronavirus infections, but working with Bluetooth raises cybersecurity...

Pocket-Sized Device Tests Blood Samples for Genetic Conditions
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Pocket-Sized Device Tests Blood Samples for Genetic Conditions

A new smartphone-powered DNA detector can identify DNA in blood, urine, and other samples, on the spot.

Data Visualization's Breakthrough Moment in the COVID-19 Crisis
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Data Visualization's Breakthrough Moment in the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has spurred data visualization researchers and professionals to apply their expertise to combat the pandemic.

'This is Certainly Different': Astronauts on Controlling the Dragon Spacecraft Via Touchscreen
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'This is Certainly Different': Astronauts on Controlling the Dragon Spacecraft Via Touchscreen

The astronauts manning SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) later this month will control the capsule using a touchscreen...

Yann LeCun, Yoshua Bengio: Self-Supervised Learning is Key to Human-Level Intelligence
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Yann LeCun, Yoshua Bengio: Self-Supervised Learning is Key to Human-Level Intelligence

ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Yann LeCun and Yoshua Bengio say  self-supervised learning could lead to artificial intelligence programs more humanlike in their...

IT is Essential. Furlough Elsewhere
From ACM News

IT is Essential. Furlough Elsewhere

IT is central to continuity and recovery and job cuts should be avoided, but there are plenty of other places savings can be made.

Radio Corona, May 5: Vint Cerf, Internet Pioneer and COVID-19 Survivor
From ACM News

Radio Corona, May 5: Vint Cerf, Internet Pioneer and COVID-19 Survivor

In this episode of Radio Corona, Gideon Lichfield will discuss the future of our connected world with Vint Cerf, one of the people known as a "father of the internet...

AI Can Search Satellite Data to Find Plastic Floating in the Sea
From ACM TechNews

AI Can Search Satellite Data to Find Plastic Floating in the Sea

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that can identify sea plastic in satellite imagery.

Study of 17-Year Cicada Choruses Reveals Dependence on Light Levels
From ACM TechNews

Study of 17-Year Cicada Choruses Reveals Dependence on Light Levels

The Kansan brood  of 17-year cicadas are very sensitive to the local sound and light environment.

Interactive Tool Helps People See Why Staying Home Matters During a Pandemic
From ACM TechNews

Interactive Tool Helps People See Why Staying Home Matters During a Pandemic

Researchers have developed an interactive simulation to raise awareness of the importance of social distancing during a pandemic.

The Evolution of Brick and Mortar
From ACM News

The Evolution of Brick and Mortar

New technologies are transforming the future of in-person retail.
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