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NASA Using Red and Blue 3D Glasses to Drive Mars Rover While Working From Home
From ACM TechNews

NASA Using Red and Blue 3D Glasses to Drive Mars Rover While Working From Home

Planners are remotely piloting the Curiosity rover on Mars while working from home.

ACM Reports Best Practices for Virtual Conferences
From ACM TechNews

ACM Reports Best Practices for Virtual Conferences

A new report from ACM outlines best practices for replacing live science and technology conferences with virtual ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deceiving the Masses on Social Media
From Communications of the ACM

Deceiving the Masses on Social Media

The social media platforms like their freedom, but information gerrymandering may require legislation to fix.

Facebook-Backed Libra Cryptocurrency Project Is Scaled Back
From ACM News

Facebook-Backed Libra Cryptocurrency Project Is Scaled Back

After months of criticism, the cryptocurrency is moving ahead with significant revisions.

How You'll Get Apple and Google's Contact Tracing Update for Your Phone
From ACM News

How You'll Get Apple and Google's Contact Tracing Update for Your Phone

The tech giants say everyone will get access to the framework for tracking tools, regardless of which version of iOS or Android they use. Not everyone is convinced...

Internet Voting is Not the Solution to the Coronavirus Election Challenge
From ACM News

Internet Voting is Not the Solution to the Coronavirus Election Challenge

The scientific evidence is clear: Security risks pose threat to free and fair elections

Lawmakers Outline Proposals for Virtual Voting
From ACM TechNews

Lawmakers Outline Proposals for Virtual Voting

U.S. lawmakers have urged House leaders to consider virtual voting in order to conduct business while complying with health guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic...

Hacker Group Is Eavesdropping on Corporate Email, FTP Traffic
From ACM TechNews

Hacker Group Is Eavesdropping on Corporate Email, FTP Traffic

The Chinese security firm Qihoo 360 reports that a hacker group has been eavesdropping on corporate networks since at least early December.

Followers May Tune Out When Municipalities Tweet Too Much
From ACM TechNews

Followers May Tune Out When Municipalities Tweet Too Much

The more municipalities tweet, the less likely it is that followers would respond to any individual message, according to new research.

Medical Professionals Tap AI to Combat COVID-19
From ACM News

Medical Professionals Tap AI to Combat COVID-19

Artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things are aiding hospitals and healthcare experts in the battle against the coronavirus.

Why the Coronavirus Lockdown is Making the Internet Stronger Than Ever
From ACM News

Why the Coronavirus Lockdown is Making the Internet Stronger Than Ever

Far from breaking it, the surge in usage the internet is seeing right now is driving a major upgrade.

Your Internet is Working. Thank These Cold War-era Pioneers who Designed it to Handle Almost Anything
From ACM News

Your Internet is Working. Thank These Cold War-era Pioneers who Designed it to Handle Almost Anything

Coronavirus may have forced people to stay at home, but the Internet these scientists envisioned long ago is keeping the world connected.

Behind the Global Efforts to Make a Privacy-first Coronavirus Tracking App
From ACM News

Behind the Global Efforts to Make a Privacy-first Coronavirus Tracking App

The hope is that smartphone tracking — combined with widespread testing — can help create a framework for cities to let people resume their lives.

WhatsApp is Limiting Message Forwarding to Combat Coronavirus Misinformation
From ACM News

WhatsApp is Limiting Message Forwarding to Combat Coronavirus Misinformation

From today, messages identified as "highly forwarded" can be forwarded to a single person, instead of five.

Keeping Students Educated and Engaged
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Keeping Students Educated and Engaged

The use of distance learning has grown quickly in primary education, in response to school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

How Are You Feeling? Surveys Aim to Detect COVID-19 Hot Spots Early
From ACM TechNews

How Are You Feeling? Surveys Aim to Detect COVID-19 Hot Spots Early

More than 2 million Britons and 150,000 Israelis have completed health surveys to trace COVID-19 outbreaks and send resources where they can do the most good.

That Chatbot May Be Chatty, but Is It Engaging?
From ACM TechNews

That Chatbot May Be Chatty, but Is It Engaging?

Researchers have developed a technique for evaluating chatbots' conversational skills based on whether their dialogues are genuinely interesting to the user.

FCC Moves to Boost Wi-Fi Speed
From ACM TechNews

FCC Moves to Boost Wi-Fi Speed

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to permit Wi-Fi devices to access a greater portion of the radiofrequency spectrum.

As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets
From ACM TechNews

As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets

Many countries scrambling to contain the coronavirus pandemic are deploying digital surveillance to control their populations.

Army Scientists Create Innovative Quantum Sensor
From ACM TechNews

Army Scientists Create Innovative Quantum Sensor

U.S. Army researchers have developed a quantum sensor that could give soldiers a way to detect communication signals over the entire radio frequency spectrum.
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