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Robot Subscription Services Let Companies Automate on the Cheap
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Robot Subscription Services Let Companies Automate on the Cheap

The robots-as-a-service model is gaining ground as companies increasingly automate amid the pandemic, worker shortages, and surging demand.

Chinese Hackers Abuse VLC Media Player to Launch Malware Loader
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Chinese Hackers Abuse VLC Media Player to Launch Malware Loader

Symantec researchers have identified a campaign perpetrated by a hacker group associated with the Chinese government using VLC Media Player to launch a custom malware...

People with Type 1 Diabetes in England to Receive Skin Sensor to Monitor Blood Sugar
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People with Type 1 Diabetes in England to Receive Skin Sensor to Monitor Blood Sugar

The U.K. National Health Service will offer roughly 250,000 people in England with type 1 diabetes a skin sensor to monitor their blood sugar.

Quantum Datacenter Intranet Advances
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Quantum Datacenter Intranet Advances

While these breakthroughs must be considered proofs of concept, they demonstrate the pieces of future quantum datacenters are coming together, says independent...

U.S. Agencies Warn of Custom-Made Hacking Tools Targeting Energy Sector Systems
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U.S. Agencies Warn of Custom-Made Hacking Tools Targeting Energy Sector Systems

The alert said the actors are specifically targeting Schneider Electric MODICON and MODICON Nano PLCs, and OMRON Sysmac NJ and NX PLCs.

Physical Sensations in VR Go Hands-Free
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Physical Sensations in VR Go Hands-Free

A new virtual reality haptics system eliminates hand-based hardware by manipulating the forearm instead of the hand to generate physical sensations.

Google Bans Apps With Hidden Data-Harvesting Software
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Google Bans Apps With Hidden Data-Harvesting Software

Google has pulled dozens of applications from its Google Play store amid researchers' findings that they contain software that secretly harvests data.

Scientists Spy on Mount Etna with Fiber-Optic Cables
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Scientists Spy on Mount Etna with Fiber-Optic Cables

Scientists are monitoring Italy’s Mount Etna through fiber-optic cables, using distributed acoustic sensing to detect seismic signals that conventional sensors...

Understanding Software Engineering Salaries in 2022
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Understanding Software Engineering Salaries in 2022

Online employment marketplace Hired's 2022 State of Software Engineers report found mounting cyberattacks last year raised demand for security engineers.

Carla E. Brodley of Northeastern University to Receive Inaugural ACM Frances E. Allen Award for Outstanding Mentoring
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Carla E. Brodley of Northeastern University to Receive Inaugural ACM Frances E. Allen Award for Outstanding Mentoring

Brodley developed, disseminated data-driven mentoring practices to make computer science more diverse, inclusive, and equitable.

CISA Adds Google, Microsoft and QNAP Bugs to Exploited Vulnerabilities List
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CISA Adds Google, Microsoft and QNAP Bugs to Exploited Vulnerabilities List

CISA has added 15 vulnerabilities to its catalog in April.

Ukraine Thwarts Cyberattack on Electric Grid, Officials Say
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Ukraine Thwarts Cyberattack on Electric Grid, Officials Say

The attack, which was set for last Friday, used software similar to the 'industroyer' code used in a 2016 hack of Kyiv's grid, experts noted.

AI-Based Model Can Use ECG Images to Diagnose Multiple Heart Rhythm, Conduction Disorders
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AI-Based Model Can Use ECG Images to Diagnose Multiple Heart Rhythm, Conduction Disorders

An artificial intelligence model can diagnose several heart rhythm and conduction disorders using electrocardiogram images in various formats and layouts.

Satellite Modems Nexus of Worst Cyberattack of Ukraine War
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Satellite Modems Nexus of Worst Cyberattack of Ukraine War

A cyberattack anchored on a satellite network owned by U.S-based Viasat and used by Ukraine's government and military underscores the vulnerability of commercial...

Better, Faster, Energy Efficient Predictions
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Better, Faster, Energy Efficient Predictions

The research combines artificial intelligence and computational science for accurate and efficient simulations of complex systems.

The Failings of Machine Learning Models
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The Failings of Machine Learning Models

Risk assessment, accountability, explainability, and bias, among other factors, challenge the success of machine learning.  

Craig Newmark Philanthropies Pledges $50 Million to Cyber Civil Defense
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Craig Newmark Philanthropies Pledges $50 Million to Cyber Civil Defense

The Cyber Civil Defense will focus on basic cyber education and literacy for people and small businesses, will help people get jobs cybersecurity, and work with...

How Ukraine Has Defended Itself Against Cyberattacks: Lessons for the U.S.
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How Ukraine Has Defended Itself Against Cyberattacks: Lessons for the U.S.

In Ukraine in recent years, hackers entered poorly protected networks by techniques as simple as guessing passwords or intercepting their use on unsecure computers...

The Huge Endeavor to Produce a Tiny Microchip
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The Huge Endeavor to Produce a Tiny Microchip

As the global chip shortage continues, we take an inside look at how semiconductors are fabricated.

Engineer Makes Footgear to Guide People with Vision Problems
From ACM TechNews

Engineer Makes Footgear to Guide People with Vision Problems

Japanese engineer Wataru Chino has designed footwear that incorporates a flexible motor-mounted device embedded to guide vision-impaired users.
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