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China's WeChat Monitors Foreign Users to Refine Censorship at Home
From ACM TechNews

China's WeChat Monitors Foreign Users to Refine Censorship at Home

A study by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab in Canada warns that China's multipurpose WeChat application is monitoring foreign users to strengthen government...

Japanese Computer-Savvy Teen Designs App to Fight Pandemic
From ACM TechNews

Japanese Computer-Savvy Teen Designs App to Fight Pandemic

An app designed by a Japanese teenager uses GPS so people can use their iPhones to track their whereabouts and help with contract tracing during the coronavirus...

Jewelry Designers Speak Up for People with Hearing Issues
From ACM TechNews

Jewelry Designers Speak Up for People with Hearing Issues

Patrizia Marti at Siena University in Italy is developing a line of smart jewelry to help hearing-impaired people perceive sound.

NIST Scientists Create New Recipe for Single-Atom Transistors
From ACM News

NIST Scientists Create New Recipe for Single-Atom Transistors

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and their colleagues at the University of Maryland have developed a step-by-step recipe to produce...

COVID-19 has Blown Apart the Myth of Silicon Valley Innovation
From ACM News

COVID-19 has Blown Apart the Myth of Silicon Valley Innovation

The pandemic shows that the U.S. is no longer much good at coming up with technologies relevant to our most basic needs.

India Orders Coronavirus Tracing App for All Workers
From ACM TechNews

India Orders Coronavirus Tracing App for All Workers

India's government has directed all public- and private-sector employees to use a state-supported coronavirus contact tracing app.

VR Concert in Helsinki Attracts Over 1 Million Spectators
From ACM TechNews

VR Concert in Helsinki Attracts Over 1 Million Spectators

A virtual reality Vappu (May Day) concert in Helsinki, Finland, drew 1.4 million spectators.

Tech Jobs in the Time of COVID
From ACM TechNews

Tech Jobs in the Time of COVID

The first-quarter report of job search firm Dice reveals that overall hiring demand for tech professionals increased in many U.S. regions as the coronavirus emerged...

How Many Jobs do Robots Really Replace?
From ACM TechNews

How Many Jobs do Robots Really Replace?

Two economics professors have determined that the replacement of human workers by robots is a tangible trend, although they say claims of total automation are overstated...

ACM Europe TPC Statement on Principles, Practices for COVID-19 Contact Tracing Applications
From ACM TechNews

ACM Europe TPC Statement on Principles, Practices for COVID-19 Contact Tracing Applications

The Europe Technology Policy Committee of ACM has detailed essential principles and practices for policymakers about deploying COVID-19 contact tracing systems....

Artificial Intelligence Is Energy-Hungry – Solution: New AI Hardware Made of Quantum Material
From ACM News

Artificial Intelligence Is Energy-Hungry – Solution: New AI Hardware Made of Quantum Material

Quantum material could offset energy demand of artificial intelligence.

My Battle with COVID-19
From ACM Opinion

My Battle with COVID-19

Azer Bestavros, associate provost for computing and data sciences at Boston University, describes the toll his month-long ordeal with the coronavirus took on his...

Australians Urged to Take Up Mental Health Telehealth, Put On 'Digital Sunscreen'
From ACM TechNews

Australians Urged to Take Up Mental Health Telehealth, Put On 'Digital Sunscreen'

Since the Australian government announced it would fast-track digital alternatives to in-person medical care, a million mental health telehealth consultations have...

A Foolproof Way to Shrink Deep Learning Models
From ACM TechNews

A Foolproof Way to Shrink Deep Learning Models

Researchers have proposed a new technique for compressing deep learning models.

Privacy Threat Combines Device Identification with Biometric Information
From ACM TechNews

Privacy Threat Combines Device Identification with Biometric Information

Computer scientists have discovered a new privacy threat from electronic devices that allows cyber attackers to access and combine device identification with biometric...

Twitter Opens Up Data for Researchers to Study COVID-19 Tweets
From ACM TechNews

Twitter Opens Up Data for Researchers to Study COVID-19 Tweets

Twitter  will provide researchers and software developers access to a real-time dataset of daily public tweets about COVID-19, to study the virus' spread and track...

Body Swap
From ACM News

Body Swap

Augmented Reality systems allow you to learn by embodying an expert.

Print Your Own Laboratory-Grade Microscope for £15
From ACM TechNews

Print Your Own Laboratory-Grade Microscope for £15

Researchers have developed an open-source design that allows labs around the world to three-dimensionally print their own precision microscopes.

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

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
From ACM TechNews

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...
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