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Pew: Phone Polling in Crisis Again
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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...

String of Ions May Out-Compute Best Quantum Computers
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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."

Mercedes Enlists Quantum Computing to Build a Better Electric Vehicle Battery
From ACM TechNews

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.

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

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.

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

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

Machines Whisper Our Secrets
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Machines Whisper Our Secrets

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

Don't Be Fooled by Fake Images and VideosĀ Online
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Don't Be Fooled by Fake Images and VideosĀ 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...

Your Bionic Hand Is Now at Risk From Hackers
From ACM TechNews

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.

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

U.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...

NASA Study Reproduces Origins of Life on Ocean Floor
From ACM News

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...

Seattle Mayor Forms Student Internship Program With Amazon, Expedia, Others
From ACM TechNews

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.

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

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...

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

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...

Bees With Backpacks: The Next Army of Data Collectors?
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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.

US-China Battle Over Huawei Comes to Head at Tech Show
From ACM News

US-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...

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

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....

Stanford-Led Engineering Team Unveils Prototype for Computer-on-a-Chip
From ACM TechNews

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

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

The Auto Show of the Future is Already Here
From ACM TechNews

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.

FDA Issues Brain-Computer Interface Draft Guidance
From ACM TechNews

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...

You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook
From ACM TechNews

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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