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December 2016


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Why the Computing Cloud Will Keep Growing and Growing

Why the Computing Cloud Will Keep Growing and Growing

Jeff Bezos of Amazon, along with a couple of his rivals, may eventually control much of the $1 trillion global market for business computers and software.


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Settling ­p via Closed Loop Digital Wallets

Settling ­p via Closed Loop Digital Wallets

Starbucks and others are providing app-based alternatives to Apple Pay, Android Pay.


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Canadians Solve Key Puzzle For Future of Encryption

Canadians Solve Key Puzzle For Future of Encryption

Students at the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing have developed a system to transmit numerical keys that will unlock coded messages no future computer can hack.


From ACM News

Apple and Nokia Battle Over Cellphone Patents

Apple and Nokia Battle Over Cellphone Patents

Apple's iPhone is a technological marvel.


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­.s. Government Begins Asking Foreign Travelers About Social Media

­.s. Government Begins Asking Foreign Travelers About Social Media

The U.S. government quietly began requesting that select foreign visitors provide their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts upon arriving in the country, a move designed to spot potential terrorist threats that …


From ACM TechNews

Artificial Intelligence: The 3 Big Trends to Watch in 2017

Artificial Intelligence: The 3 Big Trends to Watch in 2017

Experts expect artificial intelligence trends to progress in three major areas in 2017.


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Bat Chat: Machine Learning Algorithms Provide Translations For Bat Squeaks

Bat Chat: Machine Learning Algorithms Provide Translations For Bat Squeaks

Researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel studying Egyptian fruit bats have found a way to determine which bats are communicating with which other bats, what they are communicating about, and predict the outcome of a disagreement…


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Open Source Challenger Takes on Google Translate

Open Source Challenger Takes on Google Translate

A new open source machine translation framework could serve as an alternative to closed-source projects such as Google Translate.


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A Level Playing Field: Lab Adapts Toys For Disabled Children

A Level Playing Field: Lab Adapts Toys For Disabled Children

A University of North Florida program is now in its third year of adapting toys from store shelves for disabled children.


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Mimicking Biological Movements With Soft Robots

Mimicking Biological Movements With Soft Robots

Harvard University researchers have developed a method to automatically design soft actuators based on a desired movement, in order to create a soft robot that moves organically.


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Ford Studies ­sing Drones to Guide Self-Driving Cars

Ford Studies ­sing Drones to Guide Self-Driving Cars

Ford Motor researchers are studying a system to use drones to help guide self-driving vehicles, including on off-road adventures.


From ACM News

The Year Encryption Won

The Year Encryption Won

Between the revelations of mega-hacks of Yahoo and others, Russia's meddling in the US electoral system, and the recent spike in ransomware, it's easy to look at 2016 as a bleak year for security.


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Intel Bets It Can Turn Everyday Silicon Into Quantum Computing's Wonder Material

Intel Bets It Can Turn Everyday Silicon Into Quantum Computing's Wonder Material

Sometimes the solution to a problem is staring you in the face all along.


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The Long-Term Jobs Killer Is Not China. It's Automation.

The Long-Term Jobs Killer Is Not China. It's Automation.

The first job that Sherry Johnson, 56, lost to automation was at the local newspaper in Marietta, Ga., where she fed paper into the printing machines and laid out pages. 


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Swearing Dolls, Other Iot Intrusions Threaten Children's Well-Being, Privacy, Data

Swearing Dolls, Other Iot Intrusions Threaten Children's Well-Being, Privacy, Data

The Internet of Playthings is not necessarily a safe place.


From ACM TechNews

Why Microsoft Believes We're on the Threshold of Quantum Computing

Why Microsoft Believes We're on the Threshold of Quantum Computing

Most researchers aiming to make quantum computing a reality focus on superconducting quantum bits (qubits), but Microsoft's approach avoids harnessing electronic properties in favor of exploiting the order in which exotic particles…


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Rice, Baylor Team Sets New Mark For 'deep Learning'

Rice, Baylor Team Sets New Mark For 'deep Learning'

A new deep learning method developed by researchers at Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine enables computers to learn about the visual world with less human instruction.


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Motion-Planning Chip Speeds Robots

Motion-Planning Chip Speeds Robots

Duke University researchers say they have developed a custom processor to perform robotic motion planning that accelerates the process by three orders of magnitude while using 1/20th the power.


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­CLA Researchers Combat Antimicrobial Resistance ­sing Smartphones

­CLA Researchers Combat Antimicrobial Resistance ­sing Smartphones

New technology from a University of California, Los Angeles research team could help combat the spread of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria.


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Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore, dean of Carnegie Mellon University's school of computer science, discusses artificial intelligence and robotics.


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European Court of Justice Rules Against Mass Data Retention in Eu

European Court of Justice Rules Against Mass Data Retention in Eu

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled on Wednesday that laws allowing for the blanket collection and retention of location and traffic data are in breach of EU law.


From ACM Opinion

Building Jarvis

Building Jarvis

My personal challenge for 2016 was to build a simple AI to run my home—like Jarvis in Iron Man.


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Nvidia Surges in 2016 Using Graphics Chips to Challenge Intel

Nvidia Surges in 2016 Using Graphics Chips to Challenge Intel

When Paulina Sliwinska, a fund manager at Edinburgh-based Baillie Gifford & Co., made the trip to Silicon Valley looking for the next big thing in technology, she found it—not in a hot startup run by a 23-year-old whiz kid just…


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Report ­rges States to Take Action on Computer Science Education

Report ­rges States to Take Action on Computer Science Education

The Southern Regional Education Board has published a report recommending actions states and schools can take to help more young people learn computer science.


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Researchers Propose ­sing Software-Defined Networking to ­nify Cloud and Edge

Researchers Propose ­sing Software-Defined Networking to ­nify Cloud and Edge

Researchers from Germany, Canada, and the U.S. have proposed a method to use cloud and fog computing structures to complement one another.


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Obama White House's Final Tech Recommendation: Invest in AI

Obama White House's Final Tech Recommendation: Invest in AI

The White House has recommended continued investment in artificial intelligence research and development to shore up the U.S. economy and help the country "stay on the cutting edge of innovation."


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Slowing the Spread of Viral Misinformation: Can Crowdsourcing Help?

Slowing the Spread of Viral Misinformation: Can Crowdsourcing Help?

Social media platforms play a pivotal role in the modern information-sharing environment's facility with virally spreading misinformation, which leads to speculation as to what actions such platforms can and should take to address…


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Driverless Platoons

Driverless Platoons

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a mathematical model to study the effects of scheduling policies on fuel consumption and travel delays in order to determine the optimal deployment of trucks.


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Grids of Defects Make Diamonds Practical For Quantum Computing

Grids of Defects Make Diamonds Practical For Quantum Computing

One of the more exciting things happening in physics at the moment is the development of quantum computers that may actually be able to do something useful. 


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The Great A.i. Awakening

The Great A.i. Awakening

Late one Friday night in early November, Jun Rekimoto, a distinguished professor of human-computer interaction at the University of Tokyo, was online preparing for a lecture when he began to notice some peculiar posts rolling…