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Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not
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Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not

Researchers have confirmed that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store location data, even if the user selects a setting that purports to prevent...

Introducing the Latest in Textiles: Soft Hardware
From ACM TechNews

Introducing the Latest in Textiles: Soft Hardware

Researchers have embedded high-speed optoelectronic semiconductor devices within fibers woven into soft, washable fabrics, and converted them into communication...

Big Data Analytics to Automatically Detect Events in Smart Cities
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Big Data Analytics to Automatically Detect Events in Smart Cities

Researchers used big data analytics to detect spatio-temporal events around London, testing the potential of the technology to harness live information.

Here Come the Drones
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Here Come the Drones

The U.S. is getting serious about filling the skies with unmanned aircraft.  

Zen and the Art of Data Structures: From Self-Tuning to Self-Designing Data Systems
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Zen and the Art of Data Structures: From Self-Tuning to Self-Designing Data Systems

Harvard University's Stratos Idreos is using what he calls a periodic table of data structures to map those structures and their characteristics and to probe their...

The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views
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The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views

Martin Vassilev makes a good living selling fake views on YouTube videos. Working from home in Ottawa, he has sold about 15 million views so far this year, putting...

Campaigns and Candidates Still Easy Prey for Hackers
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Campaigns and Candidates Still Easy Prey for Hackers

Some bathrooms have signs urging people to wash their hands. But at the Democratic National Committee, reminders hanging in the men's and women's restrooms address...

Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphones Vulnerable to Hacking
From ACM TechNews

Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphones Vulnerable to Hacking

Researchers say they have determined a way to exploit a microchip security flaw in Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones.

Tying Electrons Down With Nanoribbons
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Tying Electrons Down With Nanoribbons

Researchers have used graphene nanoribbons to corral electrons for potential quantum computing applications.

AI for Social Good: Addressing the Need for Women in Tech
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AI for Social Good: Addressing the Need for Women in Tech

May's AI for Social Good Lab initiative provided 30 undergraduate women from across Canada the opportunity to use artificial intelligence to address a social issue...

Alexa, Be My Friend: Children Talk to Technology, But How Does It Respond?
From ACM TechNews

Alexa, Be My Friend: Children Talk to Technology, But How Does It Respond?

Voice interfaces that repeat or prompt users to communicate could be more useful to children than currently available technologies.

Meet the Guy With Four Arms, Two of Which Someone Else Controls in VR
From ACM TechNews

Meet the Guy With Four Arms, Two of Which Someone Else Controls in VR

Fusion is a robotic project to explore how people may be able to work together to control, or augment, a person's body.

The Sensors That Power Smart Cities Are a Hacker's Dream
From ACM News

The Sensors That Power Smart Cities Are a Hacker's Dream

At this point, it seems like every so-called consumer smart device—from routers and baby monitors to connected thermostats and garage door openers—has been shown ...

CRISPR 'Barcodes' Map Mammalian Development in Exquisite Detail
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CRISPR 'Barcodes' Map Mammalian Development in Exquisite Detail

For the first time, scientists have wielded CRISPR to track a mammal's development from a single egg into an embryo with millions of cells.

Smart Wristband With Wireless Link Could Monitor Health, Environmental Exposures
From ACM TechNews

Smart Wristband With Wireless Link Could Monitor Health, Environmental Exposures

Researchers say they have created a wireless smart wristband that will enable a new era of personal health and environmental monitoring devices.

Decoding the Pipeline for Tech's 'Hidden Figures'
From ACM TechNews

Decoding the Pipeline for Tech's 'Hidden Figures'

Researchers are working to acknowledge and understand the "double-bind" for women of color in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

U.S. Defense Department Produces First Tools for Catching Deepfakes
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U.S. Defense Department Produces First Tools for Catching Deepfakes

U.S. Defense researchers say they have created the first forensic tools for catching fake videos, known as "deepfakes," created with artificial intelligence.

Exoskeletons Debut at Ford Factories
From ACM TechNews

Exoskeletons Debut at Ford Factories

Ford plans to offer exoskeleton technology to its factory employees worldwide.

New ACM Breakthrough in Computing Award
From ACM TechNews

New ACM Breakthrough in Computing Award

ACM has established a new biennial award for a surprising or disruptive breakthrough in computing concepts or technologies.

Watch a Sporty AI Teach Itself to Dribble Better Than You
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Watch a Sporty AI Teach Itself to Dribble Better Than You

I'm not what you'd call a coordinated man, so basketball horrifies me. All the dribbling, all the shooting—all while running and dodging people trying to smack...
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