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Tracking Shoppers
From Communications of the ACM

Tracking Shoppers

Retailers of all stripes are using technology to follow consumers through their brick-and-mortar stores in order to develop detailed profiles of their shopping...

Dark Web's Doppelgängers Aim to Dupe Antifraud Systems
From Communications of the ACM

Dark Web's Doppelgängers Aim to Dupe Antifraud Systems

Digital doppelgängers that fool online payment fraud detection systems are a threat to your bank balance.

AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet
From ACM News

AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet

The computing power required for AI landmarks, such as recognizing images and defeating humans at Go, increased 300,000-fold from 2012 to 2018.

Avoiding Carsickness When the Cars Drive Themselves
From ACM News

Avoiding Carsickness When the Cars Drive Themselves

If the future lets people focus on work instead of driving during the daily commute, many of us will have to conquer motion sickness to read memos (or tweets)....

How Well Can Computers Connect Symptoms to Diseases?
From ACM TechNews

How Well Can Computers Connect Symptoms to Diseases?

A new study found that health knowledge graphs perform poorly for diseases with high percentages of very old or young patients, or high percentages of male or female...

How to Beat South Korea's AI Hiring Bots and Land a Job
From ACM TechNews

How to Beat South Korea's AI Hiring Bots and Land a Job

Major South Korean companies are using artificial intelligence (AI) to screen job applicants, giving rise to an industry to help job-seekers beat these systems. ...

Scientists at UVM, Tufts Create 'Living Robots'
From ACM TechNews

Scientists at UVM, Tufts Create 'Living Robots'

Researchers have created tiny living robots made of frog cells using a supercomputer, an achievement with implications for regenerative medicine.

From Surgery Simulators to Medical Mishaps in Space, Video Game Tech Is Helping Doctors at Work
From ACM TechNews

From Surgery Simulators to Medical Mishaps in Space, Video Game Tech Is Helping Doctors at Work

Video game developers are creating technologies to support the training of doctors performing surgery and other medical procedures.

A Lazy Fix 20 Years Ago Means the Y2K Bug Is Taking Down Computers Now
From ACM TechNews

A Lazy Fix 20 Years Ago Means the Y2K Bug Is Taking Down Computers Now

A glitch connected to the Y2K bug addressed two decades ago is crashing payment systems and computers, due to a poor fix.

Demanding the Truth
From ACM News

Demanding the Truth

The role of social media in stopping fake news.

Silicon Valley's Newest Rival: The Banks of the Hudson
From ACM News

Silicon Valley's Newest Rival: The Banks of the Hudson

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google will soon have 20,000 workers in New York City, many in offices on the West Side.

How Classroom Technology Is Holding Students Back
From ACM News

How Classroom Technology Is Holding Students Back

Data shows that education technology in the United States has a negative impact at a range of grade levels.

Apple Has Secret Team Working on Satellites to Beam Data to Devices
From ACM News

Apple Has Secret Team Working on Satellites to Beam Data to Devices

Apple Inc. has a secret team working on satellite technology that the iPhone maker could use to beam Internet services directly to devices, bypassing wireless networks...

Password Meters Could Increase Risk of Cyberattack
From ACM TechNews

Password Meters Could Increase Risk of Cyberattack

A study evaluating 16 popular password meters found these tools offer "inconsistent and misleading" advice that could elevate the risk of cyberattack.

How the Internet Spans the Globe
From Communications of the ACM

How the Internet Spans the Globe

The modern Internet is made possible by hundreds of thousands of miles of undersea cables.

City Incentivizes Car 'Connected' Technology for Study
From ACM TechNews

City Incentivizes Car 'Connected' Technology for Study

The Columbus, OH, City Council approved a program that will ask 1,300 residents to equip their vehicles with "connected" technology that allows them to communicate...

Neural Network for Elderly Care Could Save Millions
From ACM TechNews

Neural Network for Elderly Care Could Save Millions

Researchers have developed a risk adjustment model to predict how frenquently elderly people will seek treatment from a healthcare center or hospital.

Twitter, Facebook Want to Shift Power to Users. Or Do They?
From ACM TechNews

Twitter, Facebook Want to Shift Power to Users. Or Do They?

Major Internet companies have come to see bitcoin technology as a potential solution to many challenges.

Santa Claus Visits are Going Digital, from 'Elfies' to Augmented Reality
From ACM TechNews

Santa Claus Visits are Going Digital, from 'Elfies' to Augmented Reality

Macerich, one of the largest mall operators in the U.S., is offering "Santa HQ 5.0" at 15 of its malls across the country.

Government Regimes May Be Learning New Twitter Tactics to Quash Dissent
From ACM TechNews

Government Regimes May Be Learning New Twitter Tactics to Quash Dissent

Researchers suggest authoritarian governments may be using new Twitter strategies to suppress social media-using dissenters.\
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