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Judge Bars Georgia From Using Current Voting Technology in 2020
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Judge Bars Georgia From Using Current Voting Technology in 2020

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg has ordered Georgia not to use its paperless voting machines, election management software, or servers for the 2020 election. ...

Stores Starting to Feel a Lot More Like the Internet
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Stores Starting to Feel a Lot More Like the Internet

Leading stores are attempting to make the in-store experience closer to that of online retail through the addition of augmented reality, interactive touchscreens...

How One City Saved $5 Million by Routing School Buses With an Algorithm
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How One City Saved $5 Million by Routing School Buses With an Algorithm

An algorithm developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology won a competition to determine the best solution for busing 25,000 students to Boston schools...

AI Is Learning From Humans. Many Humans.
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AI Is Learning From Humans. Many Humans.

While artificial intelligence systems are viewed by most people in technology as the future of the industry, tech executives rarely discuss the labor-intensive...

Smartphone Apps May Connect to Vulnerable Backend Cloud Servers
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Smartphone Apps May Connect to Vulnerable Backend Cloud Servers

Researchers have discovered vulnerabilities in the backend system that feeds content and advertising to smartphone applications through a network of cloud-based...

A Near-Perfect Fit
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A Near-Perfect Fit

A new three-dimensional printing technique makes it easier for surgeons to pick the right-sized heart valves for their patients.

New Tool Makes Web Browsing Easier for the Visually Impaired
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New Tool Makes Web Browsing Easier for the Visually Impaired

A new tool merges the best elements of voice assistants and screen readers to make free-form Web searches easier, particularly for the visually impaired.

Despite Chinese Efforts, U.S. Still Leads in AI
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Despite Chinese Efforts, U.S. Still Leads in AI

The U.S. remains the global leader in artificial intelligence research and development, according to a new study.

22 Texas Towns Hit with Ransomware Attack in 'New Front' of Cyberassault
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22 Texas Towns Hit with Ransomware Attack in 'New Front' of Cyberassault

Computer systems in 22 Texas municipalities have been hijacked by ransomware.

16 Million Americans Will Vote on Hackable Paperless Machines
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16 Million Americans Will Vote on Hackable Paperless Machines

At least 16 million Americans in eight states will vote on completely paperless machines in the 2020 U.S. elections.

Facial Recognition Technique Could Improve Hail Forecasts
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Facial Recognition Technique Could Improve Hail Forecasts

Researchers have found that the same artificial intelligence method used in facial recognition systems could help improve the prediction of hailstorms and their...

App Allows Inspectors to Find Gas Pump Skimmers Faster
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App Allows Inspectors to Find Gas Pump Skimmers Faster

A new app can detect devices installed in gas pumps to steal consumer credit and debit card data.

RIP Danny Cohen: The Computer Scientist Who Gave World Endianness, Meets His End Aged 81
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RIP Danny Cohen: The Computer Scientist Who Gave World Endianness, Meets His End Aged 81

Cohen also developed one of the first flight simulators.

Augmented Reality Gets Real
From Communications of the ACM

Augmented Reality Gets Real

Formidable optical challenges are yielding to intensive research, development.

Can You Locate Your Location Data?
From Communications of the ACM

Can You Locate Your Location Data?

Smartphone apps offering location data services may be desirable, but their ability to collect personal data that can be sold to third parties is less attractive...

An Inability to Reproduce
From Communications of the ACM

An Inability to Reproduce

Big data and modern analytics offer enormous possibilities for research, provided scientists can produce consistent results.

Guided by AI, Robotic Platform Automates Molecule Manufacture
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Guided by AI, Robotic Platform Automates Molecule Manufacture

A new artificial intelligence-guided system uses robots to automate small-molecule fabrication.

CU Boulder Researchers Find Five 'Types' of Computing Students
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CU Boulder Researchers Find Five 'Types' of Computing Students

A new survey by the National Center for Women and Information Technology found tbat community college students in introductory computing classes generally can be...

Hackers Go Pro, Seeking Bounties for Bugs
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Hackers Go Pro, Seeking Bounties for Bugs

People who hunt for software bugs are turning professional, as companies are offering lucrative rewards.

Organic Optical Transistor Outperforms Silicon
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Organic Optical Transistor Outperforms Silicon

All-optical logic gates were made possible through the use of organic materials sandwiched between layers of silicon/tantalum dielectrics.
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