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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Governments Are Spying on Your Push Notifications
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Governments Are Spying on Your Push Notifications

Companies are being compelled to turn over potentially valuable push notification metadata to authorities.

iPhone Apps Secretly Harvest Data When They Send Notifications
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iPhone Apps Secretly Harvest Data When They Send Notifications

Security researchers found that some iPhone apps are using notifications to get around Apple's privacy rules governing the collection of user data.

Life-Saving 'Robot Medics' for Triage in High-Risk Places
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Life-Saving 'Robot Medics' for Triage in High-Risk Places

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Sheffield developed an uncrewed ground vehicle outfitted with robotic arms to serve as a medic in disaster and conflict...

Robotic Insect Moves Across Water
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Robotic Insect Moves Across Water

A robot developed by Washington State University researchers mimics insects that are supported by surface tension as they move across water.

Blockchain Computing Simulates Early Earth
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Blockchain Computing Simulates Early Earth

Researchers leveraged the Golem blockchain protocol to simulate a network of chemical interactions that may have played a role in the origin of life.

Virtual Reality as Therapy
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Virtual Reality as Therapy

Leveraging precisely designed alternate realities as therapeutic tools.

Using VR to Get Inside the Criminal Mind
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Using VR to Get Inside the Criminal Mind

Researchers at Australia's Edith Cowan University are using virtual reality technology to gain insights into decision-making by criminals.

Shape-Shifting Robot Lands on Moon
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Shape-Shifting Robot Lands on Moon

A lunar robot has successfully landed on the Moon.

AI Is Decoding the Animal Kingdom
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AI Is Decoding the Animal Kingdom

Researchers increasingly are looking to generative AI to better understand animal languages.

From ACM News

New AI Framework Can Create Images From Nothing

Blackout Diffusion generates samples comparable to current diffusion models, but require fewer computational resources.

Robots Are Changing the World of High Jewelry
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Robots Are Changing the World of High Jewelry

Robots increasingly are being used to automate the jewelry-making process.

DNA Sequencing Helps Craft Database of Marine Microbes
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DNA Sequencing Helps Craft Database of Marine Microbes

Researchers at Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology created a detailed database of marine microbe information.

Reddit Mentions May Help Predict Changes in Cryptocurrency Value
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Reddit Mentions May Help Predict Changes in Cryptocurrency Value

University of California, Riverside researchers identified a connection between cryptocurrency prices and the number of Reddit posts mentioning a currency in the...

NASA's Robotic, Self-Assembling Structures
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NASA's Robotic, Self-Assembling Structures

Researchers at the NASA Ames Research Center have developed "self-reprogrammable mechanical metamaterials."

Robots Look Better to Detroit as Labor Costs Rise
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Robots Look Better to Detroit as Labor Costs Rise

Automakers are again turning their attention to robots to address rising labor costs.

AI's Latest Challenge: The Math Olympics
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AI's Latest Challenge: The Math Olympics

New York University computer scientist Trieu Trinh has developed an AI model that can solve geometry problems from the International Mathematical Olympiad.

Unfinished Video Games Are Turning into Hits
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Unfinished Video Games Are Turning into Hits

Video game developers are benefiting from early access periods.

Meta-Optical Devices Enhance Thermal Imaging Applications
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Meta-Optical Devices Enhance Thermal Imaging Applications

A new system enables meta-optical devices to perform thermal imaging and accurately identify the objects and materials being imaged.

Amazon Turns to AI to Help Customers Find Clothes That Fit
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Amazon Turns to AI to Help Customers Find Clothes That Fit

Amazon Fashion has integrated AI into the online shopping experience.

VW Vehicles to Converse with Drivers via ChatGPT by Mid-Year
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VW Vehicles to Converse with Drivers via ChatGPT by Mid-Year

Volkswagen (VW) drivers soon will be able to engage in back-and-forth dialogue with their vehicle's voice assistant via ChatGPT integration.
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