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Then One Foggy Christmas Eve, Reindeers Got Connected
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Then One Foggy Christmas Eve, Reindeers Got Connected

Reindeer herders in Finland are fitting their animals with Internet-connected collars to keep track of their whereabouts in the wilderness, using a mobile app. ...

Chinese 'Gait Recognition' Tech IDs People by How They Walk
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Chinese 'Gait Recognition' Tech IDs People by How They Walk

Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: "gait recognition" software that uses people's body shapes and how they walk to identify them,...

Japan Preschools ­sing Tablets to Prep Tots for Digital Age
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Japan Preschools ­sing Tablets to Prep Tots for Digital Age

Almost 400 kindergartens and nursery schools in Japan are using smartphone software applications on tablet computers to enable "digital play" among preschoolers...

The ­S Push to Boost 'Quantum Computing'
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The ­S Push to Boost 'Quantum Computing'

A race by U.S. tech companies to build a new generation of powerful "quantum computers" could get a $1.3 billion boost from Congress, fueled in part by lawmakers' fear...

Report: Machines to Handle Over Half Workplace Tasks by 2025
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Report: Machines to Handle Over Half Workplace Tasks by 2025

More than half of all workplace tasks will be completed by machines by 2025, according to a World Economic Forum report.

Virtual Learning: ­sing AI, Immersion to Teach Chinese
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Virtual Learning: ­sing AI, Immersion to Teach Chinese

A new artificial intelligence system relies on immersive scenes to teach students the Mandarin language.

Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not
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Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not

Researchers have confirmed that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store location data, even if the user selects a setting that purports to prevent...

Pentagon Restricts ­se of Fitness Trackers, Other Devices
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Pentagon Restricts ­se of Fitness Trackers, Other Devices

Military troops and other defense personnel at sensitive bases or certain high-risk warzone areas won't be allowed to use fitness tracker or cellphone applications...

Private Messaging Apps Increasingly ­sed for Public Business
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Private Messaging Apps Increasingly ­sed for Public Business

One app promotes itself as a way to discuss sensitive negotiations and human resources problems without leaving a digital record.

I Never Said That! High-Tech Deception of 'Deepfake' Videos
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I Never Said That! High-Tech Deception of 'Deepfake' Videos

Hey, did my congressman really say that? Is that really President Donald Trump on that video, or am I being duped?

IBM Pits Computer Against Human Debaters
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IBM Pits Computer Against Human Debaters

In its first public demonstration, IBM tested its Project Debater computer system against two human debaters.

Computer Science Programs to Increase in Hawaii Schools
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Computer Science Programs to Increase in Hawaii Schools

Hawaii's Board of Education is working to boost computer science programs in the state’s schools.

Enigma Machine Collection Recalls Computer Science Victory
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Enigma Machine Collection Recalls Computer Science Victory

Carnegie Mellon University will hire a researcher from the Library of Congress to help it decode a collection that includes two WWII German Enigma machines.

Behind the Broadcom Deal Block: Rising Telecom Tensions
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Behind the Broadcom Deal Block: Rising Telecom Tensions

Behind the U.S. move to block Singapore-based Broadcom's hostile bid for U.S. chip maker Qualcomm lies a new global struggle for influence over next-generation...

Tech Is Taking Over Our Lives, and Our 401(k) Accounts
From ACM Careers

Tech Is Taking Over Our Lives, and Our 401(k) Accounts

As technology takes over more of people's daily lives, it's also taking over ever-bigger chunks of their retirement accounts.

Only If It Serves the State: North Korea's Online Experience 
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Only If It Serves the State: North Korea's Online Experience 

Ever so cautiously, North Korea is going online.

Fbi Again Finds Itself ­nable to ­nlock a Gunman's Cellphone
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Fbi Again Finds Itself ­nable to ­nlock a Gunman's Cellphone

The Texas church massacre is providing a familiar frustration for law enforcement: FBI agents are unable to unlock the gunman's encrypted cellphone to learn what...

Fbi Couldn't Access Nearly 7k Devices Because of Encryption  
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Fbi Couldn't Access Nearly 7k Devices Because of Encryption  

The FBI hasn't been able to retrieve data from more than half of the mobile devices it tried to access in less than a year, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Sunday...

China's Xi Calls For More Technology Development
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China's Xi Calls For More Technology Development

President Xi Jinping called Wednesday for the ruling Communist Party to lead development of Chinese technology industries, an area fraught with trade tensions and...

Organization to Teach Coding to Girls in Detroit Area
From ACM TechNews

Organization to Teach Coding to Girls in Detroit Area

The Oakland, CA-based Black Girls CODE organization, which introduces young African-American, Latino, and Native American females to computer science, is opening...
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