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Phones, Wearables Combine to Assess Worker Performance
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Phones, Wearables Combine to Assess Worker Performance

Dartmouth University researchers have developed a mobile-sensing system that judges employee performance using smartphones, wearable fitness trackers, and a custom...

Parents Don't Know Enough About Cyber Careers
From ACM TechNews

Parents Don't Know Enough About Cyber Careers

Parents don't know enough about cybersecurity to encourage their children to pursue careers in the field, a SANS Institute study found.

Plants Are Oldest Sensors in the World. Could They Be the Future of Computers?
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Plants Are Oldest Sensors in the World. Could They Be the Future of Computers?

MIT's Harpreet Sareen suggests using plants as a new building material for computer circuits.

Keeping Children Safe in 'Internet of Things' Age
From ACM TechNews

Keeping Children Safe in 'Internet of Things' Age

Researchers at Lancaster University have developed guidelines to help designers build safeguards into connected devices used by children.

MIT Develops a System to Give Robots More Human Senses
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MIT Develops a System to Give Robots More Human Senses

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a system that could give robots the ability to link multiple senses....

Samsung TVs Should Be Regularly Virus-Checked, Company Says
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Samsung TVs Should Be Regularly Virus-Checked, Company Says

Samsung said owners of its newest smart TV models should check for malware "every few weeks" to "prevent malicious software attacks."

California Tests a Digital 'Fire Alarm' for Mental Distress
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California Tests a Digital 'Fire Alarm' for Mental Distress

Mindstrong, a Silicon Valley-based venture co-founded by a former director of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, is developing an early-warning system...

Who Owns Your Face?
From ACM News

Who Owns Your Face?

Today's facial recognition tools raise new questions about how, where, and when data can be used.

Finding the Paradigms ­nderlying Computing in the Brain
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Finding the Paradigms ­nderlying Computing in the Brain

James E. Smith presented "A Roadmap for Reverse-Architecting the Brain's Neocortex" today at ACM's Federated Computing Research Conference in Phoenix.

Process Rapidly Develops Bespoke Liners for Prosthetics
From ACM TechNews

Process Rapidly Develops Bespoke Liners for Prosthetics

Researchers at the University of Bath have integrated advanced three-dimensional scanning to generate digital models for affordable and more personalized lower-limb...

It's Surprisingly Easy to Hack the Precision Time Protocol
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It's Surprisingly Easy to Hack the Precision Time Protocol

Researchers at Marist College and IBM have identified a simple but effective way to hack a PTP network, altering the timing of slave clocks by 2,149.5 minutes after...

M2 Computing System Makes Android, iOS Apps Sharable on Multiple Devices
From ACM TechNews

M2 Computing System Makes Android, iOS Apps Sharable on Multiple Devices

Researchers at Columbia University have developed a new computing system that enables current, unmodified mobile apps to combine and share multiple devices across...

From One Brain Scan, More Information for Medical AI
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From One Brain Scan, More Information for Medical AI

Researchers at MIT have developed a system to gather more information from images used to train machine-learning models, including those that can analyze medical...

Good Algorithms Make Good Neighbors
From Communications of the ACM

Good Algorithms Make Good Neighbors

Many computer scientists doubted ad hoc methods would ever give way to a more general approach to finding nearest neighbors. They were wrong.

The Edge of Computational Photography
From Communications of the ACM

The Edge of Computational Photography

Smartphones and consumer cameras increasingly give professional photographers a run for their money.

Protecting the 2020 Census
From Communications of the ACM

Protecting the 2020 Census

A new framework is being used to secure the 2020 U.S. Census from database reconstruction attacks.

Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600,000
From ACM TechNews

Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600,000

The city council of Riviera Beach, FL, agreed to pay almost $600,000 in bitcoin to ransom back their computer systems, held hostage by malware for the past three...

Your Phone Can Become a Robot That Does the Boring Work
From ACM TechNews

Your Phone Can Become a Robot That Does the Boring Work

A new smartphone app allows a user to easily program any robot to perform a basic activity.

First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off
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First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off

Researchers at Nanjing University in China have developed a quantum drone to serve as an airborne node in a future quantum network.

Investors ­rge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics
From ACM TechNews

Investors ­rge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics

Artificial intelligence startup investors are urging companies to improve their products from an ethical perspective.
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