Computer Sciences

Using machine learning to generate persuasive faces for ads

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have recently developed a conditional variational autoencoder that can produce unique faces for advertisements. Their study is grounded on their previous work, which explored ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

Modeling MOSFET behavior using automatic differentiation

Scientists from Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) used the mathematical method called automatic differentiation to find the optimal fit of experimental data up to four times faster. This research can be applied ...

Security

Tag Barnakle threat actor compromises over 120 more adservers

Around one year ago, the security research company Confiant revealed a threat actor group called Tag Barnakle that targeted Revive Adserver instances on a mass scale. Now, however, Confiant has discovered that their publicization ...

Internet

Facebook demands academics disable ad-targeting data tool

Academics, journalists and First Amendment lawyers are rallying behind New York University researchers in a showdown with Facebook over its demand that they halt the collection of data showing who is being micro-targeted ...

Security

VeryMal: Campaign in image-based malware spotted

By this time, news stories have made words like bugs, viruses and malware familiar and by all means frequent, as computer users scramble to self-educate on how to avoid falling victim to a range of security invasions.

Consumer & Gadgets

Advertising source may drive experience for some Siri users

Advertisements on a voice assistant like Alexa or Siri may be more effective if the assistant is viewed as the medium for the ad, not the source. However, user motives play a role in how these persuasive messages are received, ...

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