Wednesday, July 17, 2019

MixedTimes - Technology

How one woman learned to fly the B-2 stealth bomber

When B-2 stealth bombers attacked Serbia on the opening night of Operation Allied Force in 1999, destroyed Iraqi air defenses during 2003’s “Shock and Awe” and eliminated the Libyan fighter force in 2011 -- the attacks were all guided by highly-specialized pilots trained in stealth attack tactics.

B-2 bomber 30-year anniversary: Inside a B-2 stealth attack

Slicing through the sky with bat-like wings, eluding enemy radar with stealth technology, quietly destroying enemy air defenses from 50,000 ft and using computers to merge sensor data with targeting information -- the Air Force’s B-2 bomber … has been in the air attacking targets for “30-Years.

Alleged Iranian hacker who aided cyber espionage attacks on the US unmasked

For years, “Mr. Tekide” has been well-known as a red flag within international cybersecurity communities. The alias has managed to evade being publicly identified despite being deemed a top malware developer and hacker whose crypters – which are used to conceal malware in an attack – have been used in cyber espionage attacks on the United States and broader West, as well as Sunni Arab countries and Israel.

Facebook denies being a social network after it got sued

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) This week, Facebook responded to a lawsuit relating to the Cambridge Analytica scandal by claiming it isn't a social network and not somewhere you can make friends.

Amazon to retrain a third of its US workforce

Amazon.com Inc. plans to spend $700 million to retrain a third of its U.S. workforce, as technology threatens to upend the way many of its employees do their jobs.

Alternate social media site rolls out new technique to squash extremist content without violating First Amendment

As prominent social media platforms from Facebook to Twitter to YouTube wrestle with how to stop jihadists, neo-Nazis and other extremists from disseminating their dangerous content online – without infringing on one’s constitutional rights – a somewhat less-known but slowly growing platform has just rolled out a new system that they believe strikes the ever-challenging balance.

Air Force set for new nuclear-armed cruise missile for 2030

Should major global powers be immersed in a high-stakes, dangerous escalation of tension, raising the possibility of a nuclear confrontation, could the existence of a long-range nuclear-armed cruise missile provide that unique additional variable necessary to keep the peace?

Amazon, Microsoft wage war over the Pentagon's 'war cloud'

Amazon and Microsoft are battling it out over a $10 billion opportunity to build the U.S. military its first "war cloud" computing system. But Amazon's early hopes of a shock-and-awe victory may be slipping away.

Instagram introduces new anti-bullying features

Instagram is rolling out new features to help combat cyberbullying, as the social-media company and its parent, Facebook Inc., FB -0.33% work to quell criticism related to harassment on their platforms.

US Air Force builds first B-21 Raider 'test' stealth bomber

The Air Force is now building its first “test” aircraft of the new B-21 Raider stealth bomber aircraft engineered to elude the most advanced air defenses for decades to come and destroy high-value targets over enemy territory -- without being seen.

Navy arms destroyers with new high-powered laser, changes war tactics

If swarms of enemy small attack boats armed with guns and explosives approached a Navy ship, alongside missile-armed drones and helicopters closing into strike range, ship commanders would instantly begin weighing defensive options - to include interceptor missiles, electronic warfare, deck-mounted guns or area weapons such as Close-in-Weapons System.

7 Alexa skills you’ll use time and time again

Every few months, I take a hard look at Amazon Echo and catch up on the latest skills. If you’re not familiar with skills, these programs give Alexa new tricks.

Overwatch League debuts trading cards

The Upper Deck cards feature players from the league along with their positions on the team and stats from last season.

Soldiers use AI to fire precision grenades, guide drone attacks

The Pentagon’s research and technology arm is testing a “breakthrough” AI-enabled technology for dismounted mobile combat units that synthesizes drone feeds, robot sensors, small arms fire detection, and ground-based radar -- to “out cycle” enemy decision-making and attack with success.

4 chilling lessons from a tech hotline scam

Some people think they’re immune to cybercriminals. “I’m not even on their radar,” they think. “What are the chances that I’ll get targeted? It’s not like I’m famous or have zillions of dollars.

Apple moves production of $6G Mac Pro to China

Appleis manufacturing its new Mac Pro computer in China, according to people familiar with its plans, shifting abroad production of what had been its only major device assembled in the U.S.

Verizon to start locking phones for 60 days

Verizon has succeeded in gaining a partial waiver from the "C-block rules" put in place in 2007 which allows the carrier to add a temporary lock on all new phones.

How AI changes attack missions for US fighter jets and bombers

Fighter jets will control attack drones from the cockpit, bombers will avert air defenses and real-time intelligence data will be available to attacking forces more quickly -- all due to new iterations of fast-evolving Artificial Intelligence technologies.

Netflix to lose 'The Office' in 2021

One of Netflix's most popular TV shows, The Office, is leaving the streaming service for NBCUniversal's rival product in January 2021.

'First-cut-of-steel' begins new era in nuclear weapons, submarine warfare

Almostnobody knows where they are at any given time, yet nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines quietly patrol dark domains of the undersea realm in strategically vital waters around the globe, bringing the prospect of unprecedented destruction upon potential enemies -- all as a way to keep peace.

Online knitting site bans posts supporting Trump

A niche social media website devoted to knitting is banning posts supporting President Donald Trump, claiming the content amounts to advocating for white supremacy.

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