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Samsung, LG Smartwatches Give ­p Personal Data to Researchers
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Samsung, LG Smartwatches Give ­p Personal Data to Researchers

Researchers have shown they can extract personal information from two smartwatches because none of the data is encrypted. 

Americans Resigned to Giving ­p Their Privacy, Says Study
From ACM News

Americans Resigned to Giving ­p Their Privacy, Says Study

I am not fond of depressing you. So I'm going to leave it to a new study performed by the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School For Communication.

Google on Eu Troubles: 'we Don't Always Get It Right'
From ACM Opinion

Google on Eu Troubles: 'we Don't Always Get It Right'

Google is in hot water in Europe, and its head of European operations is trying to cool things off.

The Telescope Looking For the Beginning of Time
From ACM News

The Telescope Looking For the Beginning of Time

The universe is a big place.

Adios, Silicon: Why Exotic Designs Are the Future For the Chips in Your Gadgets
From ACM News

Adios, Silicon: Why Exotic Designs Are the Future For the Chips in Your Gadgets

Most of us assume that smartphones and laptops will keep getting faster and better.

Inside the Multibillion-Dollar Quest to Make Faster, Cheaper Gadgets
From ACM Careers

Inside the Multibillion-Dollar Quest to Make Faster, Cheaper Gadgets

Mark Bohr peers through the yellow-tinted windows outside D1D, one of Intel's secretive computer chip factories housed at its 300-acre campus here, about a 30-minute...

Nature's Patterns: Golden Spirals and Branching Fractals
From ACM News

Nature's Patterns: Golden Spirals and Branching Fractals

Certain patterns, such as the fractal, are repeated over and over in nature—with some spectacular contrasts on wildly different scales.

Hbo's John Oliver Hits Snowden Hard on Nsa Leaks
From ACM Opinion

Hbo's John Oliver Hits Snowden Hard on Nsa Leaks

Edward Snowden and an unlikely interviewer squared-off on HBO over the leaks that exposed the National Security Agency's extensive surveillance programs.

Festo ­nleashes New Robotic Swarm of Ants and Butterflies
From ACM News

Festo ­nleashes New Robotic Swarm of Ants and Butterflies

The family of animal robots created by German robotics company Festo is growing. As part of its Bionic Learning Network, the company has introduced two new robots...

Researchers Demonstrate Quantum Entanglement, Prove Einstein Wrong
From ACM News

Researchers Demonstrate Quantum Entanglement, Prove Einstein Wrong

For the first time, quantum entanglement of a single particle has been observed by researchers—an event that Albert Einstein believed to be impossible under the...

Cars Could Learn to Drive Themselves from Human Behavior
From ACM News

Cars Could Learn to Drive Themselves from Human Behavior

Object recognition makes up one part of autonomous car technology, but then comes the question of what the car does in response to what it detects.

FCC Goes Public with Net Neutrality Rules For Governing Internet
From ACM News

FCC Goes Public with Net Neutrality Rules For Governing Internet

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday finally spelled out how it will preserve the open Internet, publicly releasing a 400-page PDF that details its...

Dig This: I Operated a Giant Excavator from 2,500km Away
From ACM News

Dig This: I Operated a Giant Excavator from 2,500km Away

Thanks to Ericsson, I can check off operating heavy machinery from my bucket list.

7 Things Net Neutrality Won't Do
From ACM News

7 Things Net Neutrality Won't Do

When it comes to the new Net neutrality rules adopted last week by the Federal Communications Commission, people think either that US regulators have liberated...

Rare Stegosaurus Skeleton Delivers Secrets Through 3D Scanning
From ACM News

Rare Stegosaurus Skeleton Delivers Secrets Through 3D Scanning

In 2013, London's Natural History Museum acquired a rare Stegosaurus skeleton.

Rosetta's Lost Comet Lander Philae Could Wake ­p in May Sunshine
From ACM News

Rosetta's Lost Comet Lander Philae Could Wake ­p in May Sunshine

Spring is seen as a time of renewal. Flowers bloom. Days get longer. New life emerges. Something similar could happen on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the object...

Google Lunar Xprize: Testing Rovers on the Beach with Team Hakuto
From ACM Careers

Google Lunar Xprize: Testing Rovers on the Beach with Team Hakuto

Before you blast off to the moon in search of $30 million offered as part of the Google Lunar XPrize—or the juicy $20 million grand prize for being the first to...

High-Tech Warriors: A Glimpse Into the Stadium of the Future
From ACM News

High-Tech Warriors: A Glimpse Into the Stadium of the Future

Floor tiles that generate electricity when people walk on them. Streetlamps that transmit data to people passing beneath them.

Google Lunar Xprize: Astrobotic's Rover Rakes in $750,000
From ACM News

Google Lunar Xprize: Astrobotic's Rover Rakes in $750,000

It's been a little while since we checked in with Team Astrobotic.It's been a little while since we checked in with Team Astrobotic.

Amputee Simultaneously Controls Two Prosthetic Arms with His Mind
From ACM News

Amputee Simultaneously Controls Two Prosthetic Arms with His Mind

Replacement limbs that completely replicate the functions and abilities of real limbs are the current white whale of prosthetics, and we're getting closer: mind...
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