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Manufacturers Use Technology to Stay Running
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Manufacturers Use Technology to Stay Running

Venture-backed startups are providing software, sensors, robotics, and artificial intelligence tools to help factories open safely amid the coronavirus pandemic...

Machine Learning Clusters in Azure Hijacked to Mine Cryptocurrency
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Machine Learning Clusters in Azure Hijacked to Mine Cryptocurrency

Microsoft's Azure Security Center reported a cryptojacking scheme in which attackers hijacked machine learning clusters inside the Azure cloud computing service...

Bolstering Bandwidth with Dual-Channel Wi-Fi
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Bolstering Bandwidth with Dual-Channel Wi-Fi

Looking at solutions to handle growing Wi-Fi traffic.

A Multibillion-Dollar Opportunity: Virus-Proofing the New Office
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A Multibillion-Dollar Opportunity: Virus-Proofing the New Office

Tech, catering and design companies are rushing to sell employers on fever scanners, box lunches, and office floor-planning apps for social distancing. But it's...

USC Researchers Develop State-of-the-Art Biometric Security Systems
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USC Researchers Develop State-of-the-Art Biometric Security Systems

Researchers at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute have developed state-of-the-art biometric security systems.

GPS Collars for Lions, Cheetahs: How IoT, Open Source Are Protecting Rare Animals
From ACM TechNews

GPS Collars for Lions, Cheetahs: How IoT, Open Source Are Protecting Rare Animals

Smart Parks is testing lightweight GPS collars that can be fitted to lions and cheetahs in Liwonde, Malawi.  

L.A. County Primary Voting Was Plagued With Technology Flaws
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L.A. County Primary Voting Was Plagued With Technology Flaws

The Los Angeles County Registrar's Office attributes delays and long lines during the March 3 primary election to a feature of its new electronic voting system....

Amazon Deploys AI 'Distance Assistants' to Notify Warehouse Workers if They Get Too Close
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Amazon Deploys AI 'Distance Assistants' to Notify Warehouse Workers if They Get Too Close

Amazon has deployed a new artificial intelligence tool to help employees follow social distancing rules.

Andrew Yang Is Pushing Big Tech to Pay Users for Data
From ACM News

Andrew Yang Is Pushing Big Tech to Pay Users for Data

It's called the Data Dividend Project.

La Trobe University Uses AI to Bring Mental Health Care to Cancer Patients
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La Trobe University Uses AI to Bring Mental Health Care to Cancer Patients

Using the framework can help medical personnel. understand a patient's behavior, emotions, and decision-making based on data shared by the patient.

Big Tech Zeros In on the Virus-Testing Market
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Big Tech Zeros In on the Virus-Testing Market

As businesses grapple with how to safely reopen the workplace, some companies are rushing out new work force health-vetting and tracking tools.

Turning Faces Into Thermostats: Autonomous HVAC System Could Provide More Comfort With Less Energy
From ACM TechNews

Turning Faces Into Thermostats: Autonomous HVAC System Could Provide More Comfort With Less Energy

The Human Embodied Autonomous Thermostat provides more personalized indoor climate control while eliminating the need for wall-mounted thermostats.

Inside the NBA's Plan to Use Smart Technology, Big Data to Keep Players Safe From Coronavirus
From ACM TechNews

Inside the NBA's Plan to Use Smart Technology, Big Data to Keep Players Safe From Coronavirus

The NBA plans to use smart technologies to protect players and staff as 22 teams prepare to play at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando.

The Quantum Threat
From Communications of the ACM

The Quantum Threat

Cryptographers are developing algorithms to ensure security in a world of quantum computing.

Robots Will Take 50 Million Jobs in the Next Decade. These Are the Skills You'll Need to Stay Employed
From ACM News

Robots Will Take 50 Million Jobs in the Next Decade. These Are the Skills You'll Need to Stay Employed

A new report finds that automation will take over a significant part of work activities in Europe by 2030.

The Cost of Training Machines Is Becoming a Problem
From ACM TechNews

The Cost of Training Machines Is Becoming a Problem

The assumption that the cost of training computers is declining with the doubling of computing power every two years does not always hold true.

DGCA Nod Clears Runway for the Dawn of Drone Age
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DGCA Nod Clears Runway for the Dawn of Drone Age

India's Directorate-General of Civil Aviation is permitting 13 companies to test fly beyond visual line of sigh (BVLOS) drones.

U.S. HHS Battles DDoS
From ACM News

U.S. HHS Battles DDoS

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services networks were hit by a Distributed Denial of Service attack just as the coronavirus pandemic was ramping up.

China is Collecting DNA From Tens of Millions of Boys and Men, Using U.S. Equipment
From ACM News

China is Collecting DNA From Tens of Millions of Boys and Men, Using U.S. Equipment

Even children are pressed into giving blood samples to build a sweeping genetic database that will add to Beijing's growing surveillance capabilities.

Riding Out Quarantine With a Chatbot Friend: ‘I Feel Very Connected’
From ACM News

Riding Out Quarantine With a Chatbot Friend: ‘I Feel Very Connected’

The digital companions may sound like science fiction. But when social isolation became the norm, they helped deal with the loneliness, some users say.
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