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This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You
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This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You

An international team of researchers  has developed a Raspberry Pi-based device that eventually may be able to warn users when Amazon's Alexa and other voice assistants...

Japanese Robot to Clock In at Convenience Store
From ACM TechNews

Japanese Robot to Clock In at Convenience Store

In August, a robot made by Japanese developer Telexistence will prepare food at a FamilyMart convenience store.

A Life-Saving Jog to the Memory
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A Life-Saving Jog to the Memory

An artificial intelligence-based sensor system can prevent children from being forgotten in locked cars.

How 'Sustainable' Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change
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How 'Sustainable' Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change

To cut the carbon, programmers are cutting the code. Call it green programming.

A Brazen Online Attack Targets V.I.P. Twitter Users in a Bitcoin Scam
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A Brazen Online Attack Targets V.I.P. Twitter Users in a Bitcoin Scam

In a major show of force, hackers breached some of the site's most prominent accounts, a Who's Who of Americans in politics, entertainment and tech.

Supercomputer Finds Existing Osteoporosis Drug with Potential for Treating Covid-19
From ACM TechNews

Supercomputer Finds Existing Osteoporosis Drug with Potential for Treating Covid-19

A European Union-supported supercomputing platform has identified a generic osteoporosis drug's potential effectiveness against Covid-19.

Tech to Contain Coronavirus on College Campuses Sparks Fresh Privacy Concerns
From ACM TechNews

Tech to Contain Coronavirus on College Campuses Sparks Fresh Privacy Concerns

U.S. colleges are racing to contain the Covid-19 pandemic with technology including contact-tracing applications and facial recognition, prompting concerns about...

Coping with Burnout in IT
From ACM News

Coping with Burnout in IT

Supporting staffers working from home adds another layer to the stress many IT professionals already were feeling.

Tech Sector Job Interviews Assess Anxiety, Not Skills
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Tech Sector Job Interviews Assess Anxiety, Not Skills

Researchers have found that technical interviews for many software engineering positions do not focus on whether the candidate is competent at coding, but whether...

Scaling Up the Quantum Chip
From ACM TechNews

Scaling Up the Quantum Chip

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have developed a process for manufacturing and integrating artificial atoms with photonic circuitry.

No Masks, No Coughs: Robots Can Be Just What the Doctor Ordered in Time of Social Distancing
From ACM TechNews

No Masks, No Coughs: Robots Can Be Just What the Doctor Ordered in Time of Social Distancing

In Japan, a country with a long fascination with robots, automated assistants have become bartenders, security guards, deliverymen, and more, since the onset of...

Our Itch to Share Helps Spread Covid-19 Misinformation
From ACM TechNews

Our Itch to Share Helps Spread Covid-19 Misinformation

A new study has found that when people consume news on social media, their penchant to share that news undermines their ability to assess its accuracy.

Japan Is Figuring Out How to Deliver Goods Untouched by Humans
From ACM TechNews

Japan Is Figuring Out How to Deliver Goods Untouched by Humans

Japanese companies are developing next-generation logistics technology to deliver goods untouched by humans, driven by worker shortages and the Covid-19 pandemic...

3D Printing Takes Shape During the Pandemic
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3D Printing Takes Shape During the Pandemic

Three-dimensional printing is transforming medicine during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Long-Lost Computation Dissertation of Unix Pioneer Dennis Ritchie
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The Long-Lost Computation Dissertation of Unix Pioneer Dennis Ritchie

The Computer History Museum has found a copy of Dennis Ritchie's final dissertation, a peek at the earliest days of computer science.

Virtual Try-Ons Replacing Fitting Rooms During the Pandemic
From ACM TechNews

Virtual Try-Ons Replacing Fitting Rooms During the Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has spurred consumers to substitute fitting rooms with augmented reality using their smartphones and computers.

Filter Protects Against Deepfake Photos, Videos
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Filter Protects Against Deepfake Photos, Videos

Computer scientists at Boston University have created an algorithm that prevents deepfakes by adding an imperceptible filter to videos and photos before they are...

Home Router Warning: They're Riddled With Known Flaws and Run Ancient, Unpatched Linux
From ACM TechNews

Home Router Warning: They're Riddled With Known Flaws and Run Ancient, Unpatched Linux

Researchers studied 127 home routers from seven brands and found that 46 had not had a security update in the past year.

Tyson Turns to Robot Butchers, Spurred by Coronavirus Outbreaks
From ACM TechNews

Tyson Turns to Robot Butchers, Spurred by Coronavirus Outbreaks

Engineers and scientists at meatpacking company Tyson Foods are developing an automated deboning system to process meats in order to avoid spreading infectious...

Meet the Secret Algorithm That's Keeping Students Out of College
From ACM News

Meet the Secret Algorithm That's Keeping Students Out of College

The International Baccalaureate program canceled its high-stakes exam because of Covid-19. The formula it used to "predict" scores puzzles students and teachers...
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