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February 2019


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Huawei Goes on Offense in the Battle for Hearts and Minds

Huawei Goes on Offense in the Battle for Hearts and Minds

Huawei Technologies Co. has turned to a blend of wit, sarcasm and defiance to publicly fight allegations that the world's largest maker of telecommunications equipment is spying for China. It's a remarkable shift for a giant …


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Artificial Intelligence Informs Eating

Artificial Intelligence Informs Eating

How deep learning food recognition can take the hassle out of watching what you eat.


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Siberia's Ancient Ghost Clan Starts to Surrender Its Secrets

Siberia's Ancient Ghost Clan Starts to Surrender Its Secrets

Samantha Brown didn't have high hopes when she opened the ziplock bag containing some 700 shards of bone. It would be a lot of work to analyse them and none was likely to be human, she had been warned.


From ACM TechNews

AIs Could Debate Whether a Smart Assistant Should Snitch on You

AIs Could Debate Whether a Smart Assistant Should Snitch on You

Researchers suggest that since ethical behavior is not consistent across societies, artificial intelligence systems should be flexible to reflect local law and owner  preferences.


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On-Demand Grandkids, Robot Pals to Keep Senior Loneliness at Bay

On-Demand Grandkids, Robot Pals to Keep Senior Loneliness at Bay

Companies are offering seniors high-tech solutions and novel services to combat loneliness.


From ACM TechNews

Exposing Flaws in Metrics for ­ser Login Systems

Exposing Flaws in Metrics for ­ser Login Systems

Researchers have found that metrics commonly used in research to report the performance of user login systems are flawed, and pose a major security and privacy risk.


From ACM TechNews

Circuit Secures the IoT Against Quantum Attack

Circuit Secures the IoT Against Quantum Attack

A new encryption system performs schemes that classical computers can use, but quantum computers cannot crack.


From ACM News

Pew: Phone Polling in Crisis Again

Pew: Phone Polling in Crisis Again

The percentage of Americans willing to participate in telephone polls has hit a new low, according to a new report, raising doubts about the continued viability of the phone surveys that have traditionally dominated politics …


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String of Ions May Out-Compute Best Quantum Computers

String of Ions May Out-Compute Best Quantum Computers

Usually, I reflexively delete press releases. This one was no different, but as the message vanished, the subject line registered—"IonQ… quantum computing."


From ACM Opinion

Don't Be Fooled by Fake Images and Videos Online

Don't Be Fooled by Fake Images and Videos Online

One month before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an "Access Hollywood" recording of Donald Trump was released in which he was heard lewdly talking about women. The then-candidate and his campaign apologized and dismissed…


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Your Bionic Hand Is Now at Risk From Hackers

Your Bionic Hand Is Now at Risk From Hackers

Kaspersky Lab researchers revealed at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Spain that bionic hand prostheses from Moscow-based Motorica are vulnerable to hacking.


From ACM TechNews

Which Colleges Are Best and Worst for Women in Computer Science?

Which Colleges Are Best and Worst for Women in Computer Science?

An analysis of U.S. Department of Education data found only four colleges in the United States with at least 50 bachelor's degree recipients in computer science in 2016-2017 awarded more than half of those degrees to women.


From ACM TechNews

Machines Whisper Our Secrets

Machines Whisper Our Secrets

Researchers have developed a method for reverse-engineering how laboratory instruments are being used, based on the sounds they produce.


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Google Looks to Leave Passwords Behind for a Billion Android Devices

Google Looks to Leave Passwords Behind for a Billion Android Devices

Google and the Fast Identity Online Alliance have announced that Android is now FIDO2-certified.


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Smart, Fluffy Storytelling Robot to Be Trialed in ­.S. Classrooms

Smart, Fluffy Storytelling Robot to Be Trialed in ­.S. Classrooms

A cute, fluffy robot can help boost language skills in young children.


From ACM TechNews

After Paying Out $250,000 in 2018, GitHub Plans to Boost Bug Bounty Bonuses

After Paying Out $250,000 in 2018, GitHub Plans to Boost Bug Bounty Bonuses

GitHub is increasing the rewards it pays out to security researchers who find bugs in the platform's code.


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Mercedes Enlists Quantum Computing to Build a Better Electric Vehicle Battery

Mercedes Enlists Quantum Computing to Build a Better Electric Vehicle Battery

Mercedes-Benz is exploring how quantum computers could be used to discover new materials for advanced batteries in electric cars.


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­.S. Cyber Command Operation Disrupted Internet Access of Russian Troll Factory on Day of 2018 Midterms

­.S. Cyber Command Operation Disrupted Internet Access of Russian Troll Factory on Day of 2018 Midterms

The U.S. military blocked Internet access to an infamous Russian entity seeking to sow discord among Americans during the 2018 midterms, several U.S. officials said, a warning that the Kremlin's operations against the United …


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NASA Study Reproduces Origins of Life on Ocean Floor

NASA Study Reproduces Origins of Life on Ocean Floor

Scientists have reproduced in the lab how the ingredients for life could have formed deep in the ocean 4 billion years ago. The results of the new study offer clues to how life started on Earth and where else in the cosmos we…


From ACM TechNews

Skills Shortage is Stopping Many Asian Companies from Embracing AI, Study Shows

Skills Shortage is Stopping Many Asian Companies from Embracing AI, Study Shows

Only 41% of companies in the Asia-Pacific region are currently using artificial intelligence, according to a survey of business leaders and workers in 15 Asia-Pacific countries.


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Seattle Mayor Forms Student Internship Program With Amazon, Expedia, Others

Seattle Mayor Forms Student Internship Program With Amazon, Expedia, Others

Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan has launched a paid internship program for college students, in partnership with area companies.


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Bees With Backpacks: The Next Army of Data Collectors?

Bees With Backpacks: The Next Army of Data Collectors?

Researchers are outfitting insects, natural marvels of engineering that roboticists have been unable to duplicate, with sensors to collect data in the wild.


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­S-China Battle Over Huawei Comes to Head at Tech Show

­S-China Battle Over Huawei Comes to Head at Tech Show

A global battle between the U.S. government and Chinese tech company Huawei over allegations that it is a cybersecurity risk overshadowed the opening Monday of the world's biggest mobile industry trade fair.


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You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook

You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook

Facebook collects sensitive data from at least 11 popular smartphone apps seconds after users enter it.


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FDA Issues Brain-Computer Interface Draft Guidance

FDA Issues Brain-Computer Interface Draft Guidance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a new draft guidance to encourage development of a new generation of implantable brain-computer interface devices.


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The Auto Show of the Future is Already Here

The Auto Show of the Future is Already Here

Top auto shows are increasingly incorporating technology, along with hands-on experiences like driving simulators and virtual reality demos.


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Stanford-Led Engineering Team ­nveils Prototype for Computer-on-a-Chip

Stanford-Led Engineering Team ­nveils Prototype for Computer-on-a-Chip

A Stanford University-led engineering team has developed a energy-efficient prototype computer-on-a-chip.


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Google Researchers Say Software Alone Can't Mitigate Spectre Chip Flaws

Google Researchers Say Software Alone Can't Mitigate Spectre Chip Flaws

It will be difficult to avoid Spectre-like bugs in the future unless central processing units are dramatically overhauled, according to a team of Google researchers.


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Glassdoor Data Shows Gen Z Workers Attracted to High-Paying Tech Jobs, Seattle's Top Companies

Glassdoor Data Shows Gen Z Workers Attracted to High-Paying Tech Jobs, Seattle's Top Companies

The Glassdoor job review website has found that 19% of Generation Z job seekers are pursuing software engineering positions, which pay a median wage of $98,500.


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New Horizons Spacecraft Returns Its Sharpest Views of ­ltima Thule

New Horizons Spacecraft Returns Its Sharpest Views of ­ltima Thule

The mission team called it a "stretch goal—just before closest approach, precisely pointing the cameras on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft to snap the sharpest possible pictures of the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule…

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