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Filling in the Gaps of Connected Car Data Helps Transportation Planners
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Filling in the Gaps of Connected Car Data Helps Transportation Planners

A researcher has developed a computational model that provides a more accurate representation of traffic in cities for more efficient and cost-effective urban planning...

Coming to Store Shelves: Cameras That Guess Your Age, Sex
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Coming to Store Shelves: Cameras That Guess Your Age, Sex

Retailers are testing in-store cameras designed to guess shoppers' ages and genders, to inform real-time advertisements on store video screens.

Code Talkers
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Code Talkers

Using voice input to write programs.

The Robots That Manage the Managers
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The Robots That Manage the Managers

New artificial intelligence-driven coaching apps and platforms aim to provide basic training in traditional supervisory skills such as delivering feedback and delegating...

How 5G Drove Moves by Apple, Qualcomm and Intel
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How 5G Drove Moves by Apple, Qualcomm and Intel

Apple Inc and Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday settled an acrimonious two-year legal dispute. Shortly afterward, Intel Corp said it will exit the smartphone modem chip business...

Algorithms to Enhance Forest Inventories
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Algorithms to Enhance Forest Inventories

A researcher at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland has developed algorithms capable of determining inventory parameters of trees over large...

Employee Privacy in the ­.S. at Stake as Corporate Surveillance Technology Monitors Workers' Every Move
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Employee Privacy in the ­.S. at Stake as Corporate Surveillance Technology Monitors Workers' Every Move

The advent of technologies that let businesses track, overhear, and monitor employees on company time is raising issues about corporate surveillance.

Big Brother at the Mall
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Big Brother at the Mall

The U.S. Congress is investigating the use of advanced technology to track consumers around brick-and-mortar retailers.

A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick
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A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick

Plastic excavators, bulldozers and cranes fueled by imagination have long captivated toddlers. Now, the construction industry is trying to attract teenagers with...

Researchers Develop Method to Improve 3D-Printed Prosthetics by Integrating Electronic Sensors
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Develop Method to Improve 3D-Printed Prosthetics by Integrating Electronic Sensors

Researchers have integrated electronic sensors with personalized three-dimensionally-printed prosthetics, which could make electric-powered prosthetics more affordable...

Machine Learning Is Making Pesto Even More Delicious
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Machine Learning Is Making Pesto Even More Delicious

Researchers have used machine learning to create basil plants that are extra-tasty.

Why 5G Phones Are Arriving With Subplot of Espionage
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Why 5G Phones Are Arriving With Subplot of Espionage

The 5G wireless technology now being introduced by phone companies promises to bring a world of innovations to mobile service—from connected appliances to self-driving...

­nsung Bletchley Park Hero Whose Role in D-Day was Equal to Turing’s
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­nsung Bletchley Park Hero Whose Role in D-Day was Equal to Turing’s

Eric Jones is finally to be unmasked as the 'king of calm' in Hut 3 who channelled the work of the wartime codebreakers.

Goldman Sachs Wants to Pay Students $100,000 to Tackle Wall Street's Technology Challenges
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Goldman Sachs Wants to Pay Students $100,000 to Tackle Wall Street's Technology Challenges

Goldman Sachs is accepting applications for a new program that will pay student computer engineers $100,000 to tackle "commercially oriented" research challenges...

Your Drone-Delivered Coffee Is (Almost) Here
From ACM TechNews

Your Drone-Delivered Coffee Is (Almost) Here

Iceland-based Aha uses aerial drones to deliver food and small consumer goods.

Some Startup Founders Leave Silicon Valley 'Bubble' and Head East
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Some Startup Founders Leave Silicon Valley 'Bubble' and Head East

Some Silicon Valley technology entrepreneurs are relocating to New York City, lured by increased availability of venture capital, skilled professionals, and affordable...

Initial Findings Put Boeing's Software at Center of Ethiopian 737 Crash
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Initial Findings Put Boeing's Software at Center of Ethiopian 737 Crash

At a high-level briefing at the Federal Aviation Administration on March 28, officials revealed "black box" data from Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 indicated that...

The Gender Wage Gap is Shrinking Among Computer Programmers, But Still Quite Large
From ACM TechNews

The Gender Wage Gap is Shrinking Among Computer Programmers, But Still Quite Large

In the U.S., the unadjusted pay gap registers at 21.4%, meaning women make just $0.79 for every $1 men earn, according to Glassdoor's most recent gender pay gap...

The Risks of Marrying 'Smart' Technology With 'Dumb' Machines
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The Risks of Marrying 'Smart' Technology With 'Dumb' Machines

Before the Internet of Things becomes a pervasive reality, technology experts and public safety professionals are airing their concerns about cyber-physical security...

Warnings of a Dark Side to AI in Health Care
From ACM TechNews

Warnings of a Dark Side to AI in Health Care

A recently published study warns that new artificial intelligence technology designed to enhance healthcare is vulnerable to misuse.
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