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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.


Scientists Develop 'Backpack' Computers to Track Wild Animals in Hard-to-Reach Habitats
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Scientists Develop 'Backpack' Computers to Track Wild Animals in Hard-to-Reach Habitats

A team of collaborated on the development of wireless attachable "backpack" computers that can be used to track tiny animals in hard-to-reach habitats. 

As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets
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As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets

Many countries scrambling to contain the coronavirus pandemic are deploying digital surveillance to control their populations.

Some Mobile Phone Apps May Contain Hidden Behaviors That Users Never See
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Some Mobile Phone Apps May Contain Hidden Behaviors That Users Never See

Cybersecurity researchers have found that many mobile phone applications allow others to access private data or block user-provided content through "backdoor secrets...

3D Printing Foods with Complex Designs Can Trick Diners Into Eating Less While Still Feeling Full
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3D Printing Foods with Complex Designs Can Trick Diners Into Eating Less While Still Feeling Full

Researchers have developed a method for three-dimensionally printing food that makes diners feel more satiated while eating less.

 If It Quacks Like a Duck...
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If It Quacks Like a Duck...

The looming threat of artificial intelligence-based deepfake voice conversion.

Researchers Expose Vulnerabilities of Password Managers
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Researchers Expose Vulnerabilities of Password Managers

Researchers have demonstrated that some commercial password managers may not protect users completely.

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey
From Communications of the ACM

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey

Technologies are coming increasingly closer to approximating the human senses of taste and smell.

How Universities Deploy Student Data
From Communications of the ACM

How Universities Deploy Student Data

Personalizing efforts to drive greater student retention and success.

Let Evolution Design Your Robot
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Let Evolution Design Your Robot

A U.K. research project uses evolutionary principles to design robots to help dismantle decommissioned nuclear power plants.

Buffed-Up Avatars Deter Us From Exercising Hard
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Buffed-Up Avatars Deter Us From Exercising Hard

Researchers demonstrated that virtual reality users are more likely to exercise better when vying with realistic, rather than idealized, avatars of themselves. ...

Tech Firms Seek to Head Off Bans on Facial Recognition
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Tech Firms Seek to Head Off Bans on Facial Recognition

Technology companies increasingly are backing proposed laws that would limit the use of facial recognition systems, in an effort to head off more restrictive bills...

Research Team Develops Voice Localization Techniques for Smart Speakers
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Research Team Develops Voice Localization Techniques for Smart Speakers

Researchers have created a system that uses the Amazon Alexa smart speaker's microphone array in combination with echoes of one’s voice to localize a user's whereabouts...

Treating Asthma with Data Analytics
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Treating Asthma with Data Analytics

A new health information system was designed to help asthma patients better manage their condition.

How Computer Modeling of COVID-19's Spread Could Help Fight the Virus
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How Computer Modeling of COVID-19's Spread Could Help Fight the Virus

Scientists are using computer models to combat the COVID-19 outbreak by predicting how the global epidemic could spread.
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