Privacy-enhancing browser extensions fail to meet user needs, new study finds

The analysis unfolds in distinct stages as outlined in the flow diagram. Phase 1 involves developing the topic framework using review analysis, to identify user concerns (RQ 1). In phase 2 , through topic modeling and literature review, researchers find gaps in the benchmarking methods and introduce novel metrics for evaluation(RQ 2). Finally, phase 3 […]

Apps get better when developers diversify, study finds

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Candy Crush Saga is one of the world’s most popular video games, with more than 5 billion downloads. That’s partly because gamers can play it anywhere. It offers versions for multiple platforms, including Android, iOS, and Windows: a practice known as multihoming. Smaller developers, however, often decide not to pursue multiple […]

A peek inside art objects: New algorithm makes CT scan more accessible

An example of the scans that can be made using Bossema’s method. Left: Python Killing a Gnu, Antoine-Louis Barye (J. Paul Getty Museum, 85.SE.48). Middle: X-ray of Python Killing a Gnu, with ball bearings visible as black dots. Right: Cross-section through the CT reconstruction, showing the structure of the object and various materials used. Credit: […]

‘Call of Duty’ leads packed Xbox video game lineup

Microsoft’s video game team says ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 6’ will be available on Xbox Game Pass as well as Xbox console play when it is released in October. Microsoft’s Xbox team on Sunday showcased action-packed coming video games and a new digital-only version of its console to launch by the end of this […]

New tool pinpoints security fixes in open-source software updates

63.1% of GHSA security advisories are missing their patch link based on a snapshot taken through 2022. Credit: arXiv (2023). DOI: 10.48550/arxiv.2311.01532 Researchers have demonstrated a new tool that analyzes open-source software updates to specify which sections of code are being modified to address recently identified security vulnerabilities. The tool, called VFCFinder, should make it […]

New software trained on photographic database may allow facial recognition beneath the mask

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain During the COVID-19 pandemic, facemasks became almost ubiquitous and still are in some environments. There is a need for face recognition to be able to “see behind the mask” for security and safety. Research published in the International Journal of Computational Vision and Robotics discusses the potential of new software that […]

Smartphone app can unmask forged documents

Credit: ETH Zurich/Nicole Davidson Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a smartphone app that can be used to check the authenticity of documents and other items. Extracts from the debt enforcement register of the City of Zurich are being made forgery-proof as part of a pilot project. Expensive watches, bank statements, degree certificates and official […]

Digital human model aids design of motorcycles, based on riding posture

Justin Davidson, Biomechanics Ph.D. candidate in the University of Waterloo’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, using a digital human model to analyze the posture of a motorcycle rider. Credit: University of Waterloo Motorcycles are designed to accommodate the average-sized rider, leaving taller and shorter riders vulnerable to discomfort. A new study from the University […]

Researchers develop a biomechanical dataset for badminton performance analysis

The dataset proposed by the researchers captures badminton players’ movements and responses, aiding AI-driven coaching assistants to improve stroke quality for all skill levels. Credit: SeungJun Kim at Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) In sports training, practice is the key, but being able to emulate the techniques of professional athletes can take a […]

Modular software for scientific image reconstruction

Credit: M. Simeoni, S. Kashani, J. Rué-Queralt Scientists use an array of imaging instruments to look inside living organisms, sometimes as they move, and to observe inert objects without altering their state. Such instruments include telescopes, microscopes, CT scanners and more. But these instruments, even when working at maximum capacity, often generate only partial images […]

An affordable miniature car-like robot to test control and estimation algorithms

Hardware experiment carried out by the researchers. Credit: Bodmer et al. The development and testing of algorithms for robotics applications typically requires evaluations in both simulated and physical environments. Some algorithms, however, can be difficult to deploy in simple hardware experiments, due to the high costs of robotics hardware or to difficulties associated with setting […]

Computational workflow engine, matched with robotic platform, used to drive experiments for the first time

Graphical abstract. Credit: Journal of Materials Chemistry A (2024). DOI: 10.1039/D3TA06889G Computational and experimental methods in materials science are often described as entirely separate affairs. On one side, computer simulations are used to explain and predict the properties of materials, including novel ones that were not yet synthesized. On the other, experiments test the actual […]

Super Mario hackers’ tricks could protect software from bugs, study finds

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Video gamers who exploit glitches in games can help experts better understand buggy software, students at the University of Bristol suggest. Known as “speedrunners,” these types of gamers can complete games quickly by working out their malfunctions. The students examined four classic Super Mario games, and analyzed 237 known glitches within […]

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