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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Smart Appliances Could Stop Working After Two Years Due to Lack of Software Updates
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Smart Appliances Could Stop Working After Two Years Due to Lack of Software Updates

U.K. informed consumer brand Which? warns smart appliances could stop operating after only two years due to a cessation of software updates from manufacturers. ...

Hackers Strand Vanuatu's Government
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Hackers Strand Vanuatu's Government

A suspected cyberattack has disabled the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu's government since November 4.

Billions Spent in Metaverse 'Land' Grab
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Billions Spent in Metaverse 'Land' Grab

Research by DappRadar indicates that over the past year, people and companies have spent $1.93 billion in cryptocurrency to purchase virtual “real estate” in the...

Computer Errors from Outer Space
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Computer Errors from Outer Space

Ever-shrinking microchips are elevating the risk of computer glitches caused by cosmic rays bombarding the Earth from outer space.

World's Largest Mechanical Robot Suit
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World's Largest Mechanical Robot Suit

Prosthesis is the world's largest four-legged exoskeleton, described as 'a cross between an excavator, a dune buggy, and a dinosaur.'

Supermarket Food Could Soon Carry Eco-Labels
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Supermarket Food Could Soon Carry Eco-Labels

Consumers could soon be checking the environmental impact of food items through an eco-labeling system based on work by researchers at the U.K.'s Oxford University...

Conjoined Twins Separated with the Help of VR
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Conjoined Twins Separated with the Help of VR

Virtual reality (VR) technology was instrumental in the surgery that successfully separated Brazilian twins who were joined at the head.

World Cup to Use Drones to Help Protect Stadiums
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World Cup to Use Drones to Help Protect Stadiums

This year's World Cup soccer tournament in Qatar will employ autonomous radar-guided interceptor drones for stadium security.

Videogame Prescribed by Doctors to Treat ADHD
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Videogame Prescribed by Doctors to Treat ADHD

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of a computer game to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The Lost Masterpieces Being Revealed
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The Lost Masterpieces Being Revealed

Advanced technologies are revealing previously hidden masterpieces.

Ministry of Defence Acquires U.K. Government's First Quantum Computer
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Ministry of Defence Acquires U.K. Government's First Quantum Computer

The U.K. Ministry of Defence has acquired that government's first quantum computer from London-based Orca Computing.

Why You May Have a Thinking Digital Twin Within a Decade
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Why You May Have a Thinking Digital Twin Within a Decade

Artificial intelligence combined with the Internet of Things allows the digital construction of digital twins that constantly learn from and help improve their...

Could Contact Lenses Be the Ultimate Computer Screen?
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Could Contact Lenses Be the Ultimate Computer Screen?

Saratoga, CA-based Mojo is one of a number of companies currently testing smart contact lens products.

Student-Built Robot Rover on Track to Explore the Moon
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Student-Built Robot Rover on Track to Explore the Moon

Iris, a tiny wheeled robot built by students at Carnegie Mellon University, is expected to be the first uncrewed rover from the U.S. to explore the Moon.

True Story? Lie Detection Systems Go High-Tech
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True Story? Lie Detection Systems Go High-Tech

A new method of lie detection developed by researchers at Israel's Tel Aviv University uses electrodes affixed to the face to determine if someone is lying.

U.K., U.S. Join Forces to Strike Back in Cyberspace
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U.K., U.S. Join Forces to Strike Back in Cyberspace

The U.S. and U.K. will collaborate to strike back against mutual adversaries engaging in malicious cyber-activities.

Professional Footballers Threaten Data Firms with GDPR Legal Action
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Professional Footballers Threaten Data Firms with GDPR Legal Action

Hundreds of professional footballers (soccer players) have threatened litigation against the data collection industry.

Chameleon-Like Camouflage Made for Soft Robot
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Chameleon-Like Camouflage Made for Soft Robot

Researchers at Seoul National University in South Korea have developed a soft robot with skin that can change color to match its background.

Tech Firms Use Remote Monitoring to Help Honey Bees
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Tech Firms Use Remote Monitoring to Help Honey Bees

Technology companies are monitoring honey bee colonies remotely to investigate hive die-offs, in efforts to improve their survival.

Microsoft-led Team Retracts Quantum 'Breakthrough'
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Microsoft-led Team Retracts Quantum 'Breakthrough'

Microsoft's 2018 paper claimed to have observed evidence supporting Majorana particles' existence.
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