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Location Data to Gauge Lockdowns Tests Europe's Love of Privacy
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Location Data to Gauge Lockdowns Tests Europe's Love of Privacy

Officials in Austria and Italy are using location data transmitted by mobile phones to determine the effectiveness of their coronavirus lockdown policies.

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey
From Communications of the ACM

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey

Technologies are coming increasingly closer to approximating the human senses of taste and smell.

How Universities Deploy Student Data
From Communications of the ACM

How Universities Deploy Student Data

Personalizing efforts to drive greater student retention and success.

Fever-Detecting Goggles, Disinfectant Drones: Countries Turn to Tech to Fight Coronavirus
From ACM TechNews

Fever-Detecting Goggles, Disinfectant Drones: Countries Turn to Tech to Fight Coronavirus

Health officials across the Asia-Pacific region are working to repurpose existing technology to help stop the coronavirus pandemic.

Study Ranks Privacy of Major Browsers
From ACM TechNews

Study Ranks Privacy of Major Browsers

A study of the privacy protection provided by major browsers ranked upstart browser Brave at the top of the list.

U.S. Revises Passenger Safety Rules for Autonomous Vehicles
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U.S. Revises Passenger Safety Rules for Autonomous Vehicles

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking comment on updated regulations meant to improve automotive passenger safety in autonomous vehicles...

Facebook was Marking Legitimate News Articles about the Coronavirus as Spam due to a Software Bug
From ACM News

Facebook was Marking Legitimate News Articles about the Coronavirus as Spam due to a Software Bug

The company is fixing the posts and bringing them back.

How Secure Are Four, Six-Digit Mobile Phone PINs?
From ACM TechNews

How Secure Are Four, Six-Digit Mobile Phone PINs?

Information technology security experts assessing personal identification numbers codes for securing smartphones found six-digit PINs offer little more security...

Tech Firms Seek to Head Off Bans on Facial Recognition
From ACM TechNews

Tech Firms Seek to Head Off Bans on Facial Recognition

Technology companies increasingly are backing proposed laws that would limit the use of facial recognition systems, in an effort to head off more restrictive bills...

Spy in Your Pocket
From ACM News

Spy in Your Pocket

Smartphones can analyze virtually every aspect of your personality, beliefs, and behaviors.

Treating Asthma with Data Analytics
From ACM TechNews

Treating Asthma with Data Analytics

A new health information system was designed to help asthma patients better manage their condition.

Millions of Tweets Peddled Conspiracy Theories About Coronavirus in Other Countries, an Unpublished U.S. Report Says
From ACM TechNews

Millions of Tweets Peddled Conspiracy Theories About Coronavirus in Other Countries, an Unpublished U.S. Report Says

An unpublished U.S. State Department study estimated that about 2 million tweets promoted conspiracy theories about the coronavirus over the three-week period when...

Optical System Could Lead to Devices That Can Recognize Objects Instantly
From ACM TechNews

Optical System Could Lead to Devices That Can Recognize Objects Instantly

An optical neural network concurrently works with multiple wavelengths of light.

Hackers Can Clone Millions of Toyota, Hyundai, Kia Keys
From ACM TechNews

Hackers Can Clone Millions of Toyota, Hyundai, Kia Keys

Researchers found previously unknown vulnerabilities in encryption systems used by in-vehicle devices that communicate at close range with key fobs to unlock the...

Researchers Identify Cybersecurity Approach to Protect Army Systems
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Identify Cybersecurity Approach to Protect Army Systems

Researchers have developed an approach to protect Army systems from attack in ways that don't require massive amounts of manual intervention.

How the Cloud Has Opened Doors for Hackers
From ACM TechNews

How the Cloud Has Opened Doors for Hackers

Corporate transfers of operations to the cloud have elevated the threat of hacking.

This App Lets You See IoT Devices Around You and What Data They're Taking
From ACM TechNews

This App Lets You See IoT Devices Around You and What Data They're Taking

Researchers have developed an app that will let users know what IoT technologies are operating in the immediate vicinity and what data they are collecting. 

Flaw in Billions of Wi-Fi Devices Left Communications Open to Eavesdropping
From ACM TechNews

Flaw in Billions of Wi-Fi Devices Left Communications Open to Eavesdropping

Researchers at Slovakian Internet security company ESET discovered that billions of devices are affected by a Wi-Fi vulnerability that allows nearby attackers to...

Oregon Engineer Makes History With New Traffic Light Timing Formula
From ACM News

Oregon Engineer Makes History With New Traffic Light Timing Formula

Mats Jarlstrom was fined $500 for criticizing the timing of traffic lights. He sued, won, and now his formula will help traffic engineers around the world.

'Surfing Attack' Hacks Siri, Google with Ultrasonic Waves
From ACM TechNews

'Surfing Attack' Hacks Siri, Google with Ultrasonic Waves

A multi-institutional collaboration has demonstrated a "surfing attack" that uses ultrasonic waves to hijack voice-recognition systems on cellphones, including...
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