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Study: Twitter Mirrors Our Attitudes, Feelings About Covid-19
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Study: Twitter Mirrors Our Attitudes, Feelings About Covid-19

University of Rochester researchers mined Twitter messages to gauge public attitudes and feelings about the Covid-19 pandemic.

Blueprint for the Perfect Coronavirus App
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Blueprint for the Perfect Coronavirus App

Researchers have outlined the ethical and legal challenges of developing and implementing digital tools for managing the Covid-19 pandemic.

Neuromorphic Chips Take Shape
From Communications of the ACM

Neuromorphic Chips Take Shape

Chips designed specifically to model the neurons and synapses in the human brain are poised to change computing in profound ways.

Digital Humans on the Big Screen
From Communications of the ACM

Digital Humans on the Big Screen

Motion pictures are using new techniques in computer-generated imagery to create feature-length performances by convincingly "de-aged" actors.

Partnering With AI
From ACM News

Partnering With AI

Human-machine interaction gets a fresh look.

Major Security Flaws Found in South Korea Quarantine App
From ACM TechNews

Major Security Flaws Found in South Korea Quarantine App

Software engineer Frederic Rechtenstein found a South Korean mobile application designed to enforce pandemic quarantines contained major security flaws that could...

Uncovering Crime Patterns Using Location Data
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Uncovering Crime Patterns Using Location Data

Researchers have demonstrated a method for inferring crime patterns, using anonymized data from location technology platforms.

India Seeks to Limit Facebook, Google Dominance Over Online Data
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India Seeks to Limit Facebook, Google Dominance Over Online Data

An  expert committee appointed by the Indian government has called for the creation of a new data regulator to oversee the sharing, monetization, and privacy of...

Utah, Georgia Install Tech That Lets Roads Talk
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Utah, Georgia Install Tech That Lets Roads Talk

Utah and Georgia are testing vehicle-to-everything technology installed in roads to alert drivers to hazards.

Google Announces 100,000 Scholarships for Online Certificates in Data Analytics, Project Management, UX
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Google Announces 100,000 Scholarships for Online Certificates in Data Analytics, Project Management, UX

Google has launched new online certificate programs in data analytics, project management, and user experience design, through the online learning platform Coursera...

Machine Learning Helps Robot Swarms Coordinate
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Machine Learning Helps Robot Swarms Coordinate

A new machine learning technique can govern the coordinated movement of flying robot swarms in order to avoid collisions.

U.K. Government Test-and-Trace Program Illegal under GDPR
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U.K. Government Test-and-Trace Program Illegal under GDPR

The government skipped essential data privacy impact assessments in its rush to get the system up and running.

Google, Amazon, J&J Join WHO to Fight Covid-Era Smoking
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Google, Amazon, J&J Join WHO to Fight Covid-Era Smoking

Google, Amazon, and Johnson & Johnson have joined the World Health Organization effort to combat the global Covid-19 pandemic's threat to smokers, partly with artificial...

A Hacker Used Twitter's Own 'Admin' Tool to Spread Cryptocurrency Scam
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A Hacker Used Twitter's Own 'Admin' Tool to Spread Cryptocurrency Scam

A hacker this week accessed an "admin" tool on Twitter to commandeer prominent Twitter accounts to spread a cryptocurrency scam, according to a person with direct...

This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You
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This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You

An international team of researchers  has developed a Raspberry Pi-based device that eventually may be able to warn users when Amazon's Alexa and other voice assistants...

Japanese Robot to Clock In at Convenience Store
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Japanese Robot to Clock In at Convenience Store

In August, a robot made by Japanese developer Telexistence will prepare food at a FamilyMart convenience store.

No Masks, No Coughs: Robots Can Be Just What the Doctor Ordered in Time of Social Distancing
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No Masks, No Coughs: Robots Can Be Just What the Doctor Ordered in Time of Social Distancing

In Japan, a country with a long fascination with robots, automated assistants have become bartenders, security guards, deliverymen, and more, since the onset of...

Our Itch to Share Helps Spread Covid-19 Misinformation
From ACM TechNews

Our Itch to Share Helps Spread Covid-19 Misinformation

A new study has found that when people consume news on social media, their penchant to share that news undermines their ability to assess its accuracy.

Home Router Warning: They're Riddled With Known Flaws and Run Ancient, Unpatched Linux
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Home Router Warning: They're Riddled With Known Flaws and Run Ancient, Unpatched Linux

Researchers studied 127 home routers from seven brands and found that 46 had not had a security update in the past year.

Google Fixes Smartwatch Security Problem
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Google Fixes Smartwatch Security Problem

Google corrected a security vulnerability in its Wear OS smartwatches that could have allowed attackers to crash applications, render the app or the watch unresponsive...
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