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Split Second
From Communications of the ACM

Split Second

The issue of whether to add a "leap second" to square the clock with the Earth's orbit pits time specialists against IT.

Sensing Emotions
From Communications of the ACM

Sensing Emotions

How computer systems detect the internal emotional states of users.

New News Aggregator Apps
From Communications of the ACM

New News Aggregator Apps

How apps like Inkl and SmartNews are overcoming the challenges of aggregation to win over content publishers and users alike.

Google Ordered to Remove Links to Stories about Google Removing Links to Stories
From ACM News

Google Ordered to Remove Links to Stories about Google Removing Links to Stories

The U.K.'s Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has ordered Google to remove links from its search results that point to news stories reporting on earlier removals...

Google Reveals How It Scales Its Network
From ACM News

Google Reveals How It Scales Its Network

Google Inc., Tuesday, outlined its decade-long journey with software-defined networking in a new paper that it presented at the ACM SIGCOMM 2015 conference in London...

Baidu Explains How It's Mastering Mandarin With Deep Learning
From ACM TechNews

Baidu Explains How It's Mastering Mandarin With Deep Learning

In an interview, Baidu engineer Awni Hannun discusses a new model for handling Mandarin voice queries that tests found is accurate 94 percent of the time. 

'next Gen Stats' Offer New Insights For Nfl Fans and Coaches
From ACM News

'next Gen Stats' Offer New Insights For Nfl Fans and Coaches

As Richard Sherman sprints side-by-side with Calvin Johnson, who is running faster?

Building the Next New York Times Recommendation Engine
From ACM TechNews

Building the Next New York Times Recommendation Engine

The New York Times' article recommendation algorithm has been overhauled, using Collaborative Topic Modeling as its inspiration.

Building the Next New York Times Recommendation Engine
From ACM News

Building the Next New York Times Recommendation Engine

The New York Times publishes over 300 articles, blog posts and interactive stories a day.

3D-Printed Device Helps Computers Solve Cocktail-Party Problem
From ACM News

3D-Printed Device Helps Computers Solve Cocktail-Party Problem

Artificial-intelligence researchers have long struggled to make computers perform a task that is simple for humans: picking out one person’s speech when multiple...

With Google as Alphabet, a Bid to Dream Big Beyond Search
From ACM Opinion

With Google as Alphabet, a Bid to Dream Big Beyond Search

Shortly after its founding, Google posted a document on its site called "Ten things we know to be true," an effort to distill its unusual corporate culture into...

Google's $6 Billion Miscalculation on the Eu
From ACM News

Google's $6 Billion Miscalculation on the Eu

As the global elite gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2014, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and four other executives from the Internet...

Teaching Machines to ­nderstand ­S
From ACM News

Teaching Machines to ­nderstand ­S

The first time Yann LeCun revolutionized artificial intelligence, it was a false dawn.

Apple and Google Know What You Want Before You Do
From ACM News

Apple and Google Know What You Want Before You Do

Apple Inc. and Google Inc. are racing to anticipate the needs of their users.

5 Mobile Technologies Help Level the Playing Field For People with Disabilities
From ACM News

5 Mobile Technologies Help Level the Playing Field For People with Disabilities

Mobile devices have become incredibly popular for their ability to weave modern conveniences such as Internet access and social networking into the fabric of daily...

How Baseball's Tech Team Built the Future of Television
From ACM Careers

How Baseball's Tech Team Built the Future of Television

It was the first week of April, 2015, and New York's Chelsea Market, typically packed with hordes of noisy tourists, was quiet. It was close to midnight, but five...

Facing Islamic State Threat, Iraq Digitizes National Library
From ACM Careers

Facing Islamic State Threat, Iraq Digitizes National Library

The dimly lit, dust-caked stacks of the Baghdad National Library hide a treasure of the ages: crinkled, yellowing papers holding the true stories of sultans and...

Search For Alien Life Ignites Battle Over Giant Telescope
From ACM News

Search For Alien Life Ignites Battle Over Giant Telescope

There is a gaping hole in the latest effort to reinvigorate the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), one so big it could hold an estimated 357 million...

Facial Recognition Tool 'works in Darkness'
From ACM News

Facial Recognition Tool 'works in Darkness'

Two scientists at a German university have developed a tool which recognises a person's face in complete darkness.

Neanderthals Had Outsize Effect on Human Biology
From ACM News

Neanderthals Had Outsize Effect on Human Biology

Our ancestors were not a picky bunch.
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