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Jerry Merryman, Co-Inventor of the Pocket Calculator, Dies at 86
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Jerry Merryman, Co-Inventor of the Pocket Calculator, Dies at 86

Jerry Merryman, a self-taught electrical engineer who helped design the first pocket calculator, died on Feb. 27 in Dallas. He was 86.

Triton Is the World's Most Murderous Malware, and It's Spreading
From ACM News

Triton Is the World's Most Murderous Malware, and It's Spreading

As an experienced cyber first responder, Julian Gutmanis had been called plenty of times before to help companies deal with the fallout from cyberattacks.

Huawei Sues U.S. Over Equipment Ban, Escalating Legal Clash
From ACM News

Huawei Sues U.S. Over Equipment Ban, Escalating Legal Clash

Huawei Technologies Co. sued the U.S. government for barring its equipment from certain networks, delivering a legal riposte to American accusations it aids China...

Know-It-All Bot Shuts Down Dubious Family Texts
From ACM TechNews

Know-It-All Bot Shuts Down Dubious Family Texts

Taiwanese researchers have developed an artificial intelligence bot that interjects in real time to identify factual errors and alternative interpretations in news...

Cisco: Patch Routers Now Against Massive 9.8/10-Severity Security Hole
From ACM TechNews

Cisco: Patch Routers Now Against Massive 9.8/10-Severity Security Hole

Cisco has advised enterprise users of its wireless virtual private network and firewall routers to immediately install updates to patch a critical flaw.

Computing the Future
From ACM TechNews

Computing the Future

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology hosted a fireside chat, featuring six of its professors who have received ACM's A.M. Turing Award.

Apple Has More Open Software Jobs than Hardware Jobs
From ACM TechNews

Apple Has More Open Software Jobs than Hardware Jobs

Apple is looking to fill more software jobs than hardware jobs for the first time in years.

Humans Are Needed in the Robotic Loop
From ACM News

Humans Are Needed in the Robotic Loop

Are people the answer to the robot reliability issue?

You Won't Need a Car Key Anymore with Hyundai's New 'Digital Key' Technology
From ACM TechNews

You Won't Need a Car Key Anymore with Hyundai's New 'Digital Key' Technology

Hyundai is rolling out a Digital Key with the redesigned 2020 Hyundai Sonata that will allow drivers to unlock and start their vehicles via smartphone.

FBI Head Christopher Wray: We Can't Let Criminals Hide Behind Encryption
From ACM Opinion

FBI Head Christopher Wray: We Can't Let Criminals Hide Behind Encryption

Encryption should have limits. That's the message FBI Director Christopher Wray had for cybersecurity experts Tuesday.

Buyer Beware: Hollywood Special Effects Now Permeate Property Listings
From ACM TechNews

Buyer Beware: Hollywood Special Effects Now Permeate Property Listings

Computer-generated imagery traditionally reserved for Hollywood has now become so cheap and easy to use that home sellers are digitally revising their online listings...

How Georgia Tech is Using GPS Technology to Improve Performance
From ACM TechNews

How Georgia Tech is Using GPS Technology to Improve Performance

The Georgia Institute of Technology football team is using wearable GPS devices to measure a host of actions by each player.

Weather-Responsive Intersections Could Ease Traffic Congestion
From ACM TechNews

Weather-Responsive Intersections Could Ease Traffic Congestion

Researchers have found that adjusting traffic signals at intersections during snowstorms could reduce traffic delays by as much as 20%.

McMaster Engineers Create a Fireproof Sensor to Track Workers in High-Risk Situations
From ACM TechNews

McMaster Engineers Create a Fireproof Sensor to Track Workers in High-Risk Situations

Researchers have developed a motion-powered, fireproof sensor that can track the movements of those who work in high-risk environments where they cannot always...

Uber Escapes Criminal Charges for 2018 Self-Driving Death in Arizona
From ACM News

Uber Escapes Criminal Charges for 2018 Self-Driving Death in Arizona

A prosecutor in Arizona has decided not to press charges against Uber in the March 2018 death of Elaine Herzberg. One of Uber's self-driving cars crashed into Herzberg...

Putin Wants His Own Internet
From ACM News

Putin Wants His Own Internet

When anti-government protests erupted on Russia's side of the Caucasus Mountains in October, authorities did something they'd never done before: cut mobile internet...

Sandia's Robots Pull Apart Warheads to Recycle Thousands of Micro-Grenades
From ACM TechNews

Sandia's Robots Pull Apart Warheads to Recycle Thousands of Micro-Grenades

Researchers have developed robots that can demilitarize up to 21 warheads in an eight-hour shift, which equates to 13,524 bomblets being recycled per day.

Immunizing Quantum Computers Against Errors
From ACM TechNews

Immunizing Quantum Computers Against Errors

Researchers used trapped calcium ions to render quantum computers error-proof by generating a periodic oscillatory ionic state that bypasses constraints on measurement...

Most Laptops Vulnerable to Attack via Peripheral Devices, Say Researchers
From ACM TechNews

Most Laptops Vulnerable to Attack via Peripheral Devices, Say Researchers

Researchers have determined that hackers can potentially hijack an unattended computing device in seconds through peripherals like chargers and docking stations...

Managing with Technology
From ACM News

Managing with Technology

Human Resources departments are taking advantage of the workforce management capabilities provided by artificial intelligence.
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