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CSL Researchers Add 'Time-Travel' Feature to Solid State Drives to Fight Ransomware Attacks
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CSL Researchers Add 'Time-Travel' Feature to Solid State Drives to Fight Ransomware Attacks

Researchers have demonstrated how to use the commodity storage devices already in conventional computers to protect files against ransomware attacks.

Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight
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Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight

Salesforce.com is pressuring sporting-goods retailers and other customers to stop selling a range of firearms, or be prohibited from using its products.

Justice Department Reportedly Preparing Antitrust Probe of Google
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Justice Department Reportedly Preparing Antitrust Probe of Google

Alphabet has faced antitrust probes before, but not from the U.S. Justice Department.

What Do Dating Technology and Alzheimer's Have in Common?
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What Do Dating Technology and Alzheimer's Have in Common?

Researchers have developed a method of teaching a computer to detect an indicator of Alzheimer's disease in human brain tissue.

Apple, Google, WhatsApp Condemn British Spy Agency Proposal to Access Encrypted Messages
From ACM TechNews

Apple, Google, WhatsApp Condemn British Spy Agency Proposal to Access Encrypted Messages

Leading technology organizations have criticized an intelligence proposal by the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters to let law enforcement to spy on encrypted...

SlothBot Takes Leisurely Approach to Environmental Monitoring
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SlothBot Takes Leisurely Approach to Environmental Monitoring

A new environmental monitoring robot measures chemical and climate-related changes in forest canopies, and is powered by photovoltaic panels to operate for months...

Computing Professionals: Leave Internet Connectivity Out of Voting Machine Guidelines
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Computing Professionals: Leave Internet Connectivity Out of Voting Machine Guidelines

ACM has asked the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to prohibit Internet connections from all voting equipment under an updated set of voluntary guidelines.

DeepMind Can Now Beat ­s at Multiplayer Games, Too
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DeepMind Can Now Beat ­s at Multiplayer Games, Too

Researchers have developed automated "agents" that display humanlike behavior when playing in capture-the-flag mode in the Quake III multiplayer computer game. ...

Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight
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Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight

Stepping into a charged social issue, Silicon Valley tech giant Salesforce.com has asked retailers to stop selling military-style rifles, or stop using its software...

China Pushes Self-Made Chips In Response to ­.S. Threats
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China Pushes Self-Made Chips In Response to ­.S. Threats

China is stepping up efforts to design and manufacture semiconductors, but self-sufficiency is a long way off .

Immersive Ethics Tool Helps Developers Avoid Internet of Things Dystopia
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Immersive Ethics Tool Helps Developers Avoid Internet of Things Dystopia

Researchers have developed an immersive experience that brings users into the world of a fictitious Internet of Things start-up.

This Robot Helps You Lift Objects--By Looking at Your Biceps
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This Robot Helps You Lift Objects--By Looking at Your Biceps

A new robotic system uses machines to help people lift objects by monitoring their muscle movements, producing a smoother robot-human collaboration.

Hospital System ­ses AI to Predict Deadly Condition
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Hospital System ­ses AI to Predict Deadly Condition

The Montefiore Health System and its affiliated medical school in New York are employing artificial intelligence to predict a common respiratory malady among patients...

Driverless Delivery Vans Are Here as Production Begins in China
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Driverless Delivery Vans Are Here as Production Begins in China

Chinese startup Neolix has initiated mass production of self-driving delivery vehicles.

Viewing the Web Through Colorblind Eyes
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Viewing the Web Through Colorblind Eyes

How Web designers develop sites to ensure the colorblind can perceive them.

Ghanaian All-Girls Robotic Team Winner of the World Robofest Championship
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Ghanaian All-Girls Robotic Team Winner of the World Robofest Championship

Team Acrobot, an all-girls robotics team from Ghana, won the 20th edition of the World Robofest Championship at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield,...

OECD Members, Including ­.S., Back Guiding Principles to Make AI Safer
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OECD Members, Including ­.S., Back Guiding Principles to Make AI Safer

More than 40 member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development are supporting principles to improve the transparency of artificial intelligence...

Drone Can Transform into a Tiny Car to Slide ­nder Small Gaps
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Drone Can Transform into a Tiny Car to Slide ­nder Small Gaps

A new shape-shifting drone flies, and can transform into a car once it touches down.

Bringing Human-Like Reasoning to Driverless Car Navigation
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Bringing Human-Like Reasoning to Driverless Car Navigation

A new system could enable autonomous vehicles to navigate complex environments by checking a basic global positioning system-like map and employing video feeds....

In Baltimore and Beyond, Stolen NSA Tool Wreaks Havoc
From ACM TechNews

In Baltimore and Beyond, Stolen NSA Tool Wreaks Havoc

Ransomware that has frozen thousands of computers in Baltimore and crippled many city services contains a key element developed by the U.S. National Security Agency...
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