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January 2021


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CISQ Publishes the Cost of Poor Software Quality in the U.S.: A 2020 Report

CISQ Publishes the Cost of Poor Software Quality in the U.S.: A 2020 Report

Software quality is crucial to delivering value to organizations, U.S. economy.


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“Can You Hear Me Now That I’m On 5G?”

“Can You Hear Me Now That I’m On 5G?”

Additional 5G spectrum is on the way…but which entity will control it?


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Scientists Use Supercomputers, AI to Determine How Good (or Deadly) Your Street Drugs Are

Scientists Use Supercomputers, AI to Determine How Good (or Deadly) Your Street Drugs Are

An artificial intelligence system developed by scientists at Canada's University of Victoria can ascertain the predicted chemical composition of drugs.


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Side-Channel Attack Can Recover Encryption Keys From Google Titan Security Keys

Side-Channel Attack Can Recover Encryption Keys From Google Titan Security Keys

Researchers at French security company NinjaLab found a vulnerability impacting chips used in Google Titan and YubiKey hardware security keys.


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Biden Will Elevate White House Science Office to Cabinet-Level

Biden Will Elevate White House Science Office to Cabinet-Level

In a move that signals the importance of science to the incoming administration, President-elect Joe Biden announced a plan to make the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy a cabinet-level agency.


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2020 ACM Fellows Recognized for Work That Underpins Today's Computing Innovations

2020 ACM Fellows Recognized for Work That Underpins Today's Computing Innovations

ACM has designated 95 members 2020 ACM Fellows for their significant contributions to a multitude of computing fields.
 


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Social Media Manipulation by Political Actors an industrial Scale Problem

Social Media Manipulation by Political Actors an industrial Scale Problem

A 2020 survey of 81 countries by the U.K.'s Oxford Internet Institute uncovered evidence of social media manipulation of political communications in each country.


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Fleet of Robots Successfully Tracks, Monitors Marine Microbes

Fleet of Robots Successfully Tracks, Monitors Marine Microbes

Researchers have demonstrated that a fleet of autonomous robots can track and study a community of marine microbes.


From ACM TechNews

Venice Is Watching Tourists' Every Move

Venice Is Watching Tourists' Every Move

Officials in Venice, Italy, are using technology to track the number of tourists in the city, and where they go.


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Superconducting Microprocessors? Turns Out They're Ultra-Efficient

Superconducting Microprocessors? Turns Out They're Ultra-Efficient

Researchers at Japan's Yokohama National University report the creation of the first prototype superconducting microprocessor, which they said has no electrical resistance.


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Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce Join Push for Digital Vaccination Credentials

Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce Join Push for Digital Vaccination Credentials

In the U.S., there is no federal system consumers can use to get easy access to their immunization records online and establish their vaccination status for work or travel.


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Millions Flock to Telegram, Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

Millions Flock to Telegram, Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

The encrypted messaging services have become the world's hottest apps over the last week, driven by growing anxiety over the power of the biggest tech companies and privacy concerns.


From ACM TechNews

Spider Legs Build Webs Without the Brain's Help

Spider Legs Build Webs Without the Brain's Help

Researchers have simulated the way each leg of a spider functions as a semi-independent "computer," with sensors that trigger movements based on environmental readings.


From ACM TechNews

Microscanner Mirrors Replace Human Vision

Microscanner Mirrors Replace Human Vision

Researchers have developed a microscanner mirror for LiDAR systems that enables the three-dimensional scanning of a vehicle's surroundings out to more than 200 meters.


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Hack the Army Bug Bounty Challenge Asks Hackers to Find Vulnerabilities in Military Networks

Hack the Army Bug Bounty Challenge Asks Hackers to Find Vulnerabilities in Military Networks

The Defense Digital Service and HackerOne are calling on military and civilian hackers to identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the U.S. Army's computer systems.


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Sharper Signals: How Machine Learning Is Cleaning Up Microscopy Images

Sharper Signals: How Machine Learning Is Cleaning Up Microscopy Images

Researchers increasingly are using machine learning to eliminate noise from microscopy images.


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Just Think: The Outlook for BCI

Just Think: The Outlook for BCI

Where Brain-Computer Interfaces are headed.


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U.S. Law Sets Stage for Boost to AI Research

U.S. Law Sets Stage for Boost to AI Research

If funded, the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020, which became law last week, would significantly ramp up federal AI investments.


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White House Launches the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office

White House Launches the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office

The White House's new National AI Initiative Office will be integral to the Federal Government's efforts to maintain its leadership position in artificial intelligence for many years to come.


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CES Goes Full Pandemic with Smart Masks, Stickers to Detect Covid, Biggest Wi-Fi Update in Years

CES Goes Full Pandemic with Smart Masks, Stickers to Detect Covid, Biggest Wi-Fi Update in Years

The 2021 Consumer Electronics Show is highlighting innovations spurred by Covid-19.


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Tweaking AI Software to Function Like a Human Brain Improves Computer's Learning Ability

Tweaking AI Software to Function Like a Human Brain Improves Computer's Learning Ability

Neuroscientists have developed a model that enables artificial intelligence software to function more like a human brain and learn new visual concepts more quickly.


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Programming Languages: Python Rules While Java Dips

Programming Languages: Python Rules While Java Dips

Software-quality tracking company Tiobe named Python 2020's top programming language because its popularity outgrew that of all other languages in its index last year.


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Slouch or Slack Off, This 'Smart' Office Chair Cushion Will Record It

Slouch or Slack Off, This 'Smart' Office Chair Cushion Will Record It

"Smart cushions" designed by a Chinese technology company and used in office chairs have engendered controversy over privacy and surveillance.


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Auto Production Disrupted by Chip Shortages

Auto Production Disrupted by Chip Shortages

A global shortage of computer chips has hit automakers worldwide, a problem compounded by spiking demand for new cars.


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As Coronavirus Cases Surge, So Do Cyberattacks Against the Healthcare Sector

As Coronavirus Cases Surge, So Do Cyberattacks Against the Healthcare Sector

Cybersecurity firm Check Point found a 45% increase in cyberattacks against the global healthcare sector since November, versus a 22% uptick against all worldwide industries over the same period.


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An Avalanche of Violence: Analysis Reveals Predictable Patterns in Armed Conflicts

An Avalanche of Violence: Analysis Reveals Predictable Patterns in Armed Conflicts

An armed conflict model developed by researchers explains how such conflicts spread geographically, with violent interactions growing temporally and spatially in a scale-free pattern.


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Your Next Car May Let You Drive Hands-Free. Is That a Good Thing?

Your Next Car May Let You Drive Hands-Free. Is That a Good Thing?

More automakers are installing automated steering and speed control in more vehicles, using sensors, radar, and cameras to keep the car centered, control speed, and change lanes.


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Finally, Apps to Sink Your Teeth Into

Finally, Apps to Sink Your Teeth Into

Developers are beginning to incorporate teeth into new technologies.


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Rediscovering RISC-V: Apple M1 sparks renewed interest in non-x86 architectures

Rediscovering RISC-V: Apple M1 sparks renewed interest in non-x86 architectures

With the runaway success of the new ARM-based M1 Macs, non-x86 architectures are getting their closeup. RISC-V is getting the most attention from system designers looking to horn-in on Apple's recipe for high performance. Here's…


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He Created the Web. Now He's Out to Remake the Digital World.

He Created the Web. Now He's Out to Remake the Digital World.

Tim Berners-Lee hopes to bring the Web back to his original vision of a decentralized marketplace through personal online data stores (pods), with users controlling their data in individual vaults.

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