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Analyzing Pre-Installed Software on Android Devices and Its Privacy Risks for Users
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Analyzing Pre-Installed Software on Android Devices and Its Privacy Risks for Users

Researchers investigating Android devices have discovered a complex ecosystem of device manufacturers, mobile operators, app developers, and providers.

Hiding Data in Music
From ACM News

Hiding Data in Music

Looking for your data? Just play that funky music...

Warnings of a Dark Side to AI in Health Care
From ACM TechNews

Warnings of a Dark Side to AI in Health Care

A recently published study warns that new artificial intelligence technology designed to enhance healthcare is vulnerable to misuse.

Warnings of a Dark Side to A.I. in Health Care
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Warnings of a Dark Side to A.I. in Health Care

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved a device that can capture an image of your retina and automatically detect signs of diabetic blindness.

Facial Motion Capture Helps Bring VR Documentary to Life
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Facial Motion Capture Helps Bring VR Documentary to Life

A new virtual reality documentary allows the viewer to experience it from a range of viewpoints.

ESPNcricinfo, IIT Madras Collaborate on Data Science Tool that Analyzes the Game of Cricket
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ESPNcricinfo, IIT Madras Collaborate on Data Science Tool that Analyzes the Game of Cricket

Superstats provides a combination of statistical metrics that use data science to give a context to every event in a cricket match.

How Would a 'Smart Wall' Work at the U.S.-Mexico Border?
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How Would a 'Smart Wall' Work at the U.S.-Mexico Border?

"Virtual walls" or "smart walls" along the southwest U.S. border are being billed as an alternative to the proposed concrete and steel barriers that have divided...

How Pope Francis Could Shape the Future of Robotics
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How Pope Francis Could Shape the Future of Robotics

At the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life workshop, Pope Francis presented a letter warning of developing technologies without first considering societal costs...

Machines Could Fuel Comeback of Textile Industry in South
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Machines Could Fuel Comeback of Textile Industry in South

Automated sewing and other machine innovations could enable a resurgence of the textile industry in the southern U.S.

Elisa Bertino Named ACM Athena Lecturer
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Elisa Bertino Named ACM Athena Lecturer

The researcher's achievements include significant advances to mobile security.

Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.
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Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.

In the next two weeks, Russia is planning to attempt something no other country has tried before. It's going to test whether it can disconnect from the rest of...

Inside GAO's Plan to Make Congress More Tech-Savvy
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Inside GAO's Plan to Make Congress More Tech-Savvy

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has set up a Science and Technology Assessment and Analytics group to help make lawmakers more knowledgeable of emerging...

Parents of Girls, Low-Income Students Less Likely to Urge Kids to Study Computers
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Parents of Girls, Low-Income Students Less Likely to Urge Kids to Study Computers

Parents of female and lower-income students are less likely to encourage their children to major in computer science than parents of male students and those in...

Ford to Build Factory in Michigan for Autonomous Vehicles
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Ford to Build Factory in Michigan for Autonomous Vehicles

Ford Motor plans to construct its first autonomous vehicles at a $50-million production center in Michigan.

Automated Order Takers May Reshape Future of Drive-Through Restaurants
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Automated Order Takers May Reshape Future of Drive-Through Restaurants

Artificial intelligence companies are developing voice assistants to improve order-taking at drive-through restaurants.

Robot Precisely Moves Objects It's Never Seen Before
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Robot Precisely Moves Objects It's Never Seen Before

Researchers have developed a system that allows robots to do many different pick-and-place tasks, without having ever seen the objects with which they are interacting...

The Fine Line Between Coercion and Care
From Communications of the ACM

The Fine Line Between Coercion and Care

Employers monitoring their workforce must balance productivity and security considerations with employee privacy and welfare concerns.

The Future of Sports Is Interactive, Immersive, Intense
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The Future of Sports Is Interactive, Immersive, Intense

Sports viewing is expected to become more accessible, interactive, and personalized, through technologies like virtual reality.

Google Lookout Uses AI to Describe Surroundings for Visually Impaired
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Google Lookout Uses AI to Describe Surroundings for Visually Impaired

A new Google app uses artificial intelligence to help visually impaired users better perceive their surroundings by providing verbal feedback via smartphones.

Massachusetts School Recognized for Diversity in Computer Science
From ACM TechNews

Massachusetts School Recognized for Diversity in Computer Science

Saugus High School in Massachusetts has earned the first College Board Advanced Placement Computer Science Female Diversity Award.
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