Friday, July 20, 2018

MixedTimes - Technology

Navy's USS Ford set for upgraded ship-defense weapons

The Navy is now integrating and preparing weapons systems for its advanced Ford aircraft carrier during 12-month period called Post-Shakedown Availability (PSA)—one of several key final steps designed to prepare the ship for ocean warfare when the ship deploys in 2022.

Facebook won't ban Holocaust deniers, Mark Zuckerberg says

Facebook may be locked in a battle against fake news, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that the social network is not going to become a fact checker anytime soon, going so far as to say it won't ban Holocaust deniers.

New York town 'adopts' Bigfoot as its official animal

The village of Whitehall, NY, population 2,556, has adopted Bigfoot as its "official animal" in a measure that passed 4-0, according to The Whitehall Times, the town's local newspaper.

Google is fined $5 billion by EU in Android antitrust case

The European Union plans to hit Alphabet Inc.’s Google with a record antitrust fine of €4.34 billion ($5.06 billion) on Wednesday, according to an official familiar with the matter, a decision that could loosen the company’s grip on its biggest growth engine: mobile phones.

Google to Be Fined $5 Billion by EU in Android Antitrust Case

The European Union plans to hit Alphabet Inc.’s Google with a record antitrust fine of €4.34 billion ($5.06 billion) on Wednesday, according to an official familiar with the matter, a decision that could loosen the company’s grip on its biggest growth engine: mobile phones.

Doctors slam sex robot 'family mode'

A sex robot with a "family mode" that dials down her dirty talk has been blasted as "profoundly damaging" for kids by academics.

Walmart moves to Microsoft's cloud

Walmart knows that its biggest rival is Amazon, so to better compete with the company run by the world's richest person, Walmart is teaming up with Microsoft.

Pentagon sees quantum computing as key weapon for war in space

WASHINGTON — Top Pentagon official Michael Griffin sat down a few weeks ago with Air Force scientists at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio to discuss the future of quantum computing in the U.S.

Amazon's Prime Day runs into snags swiftly

Amazon's website ran into some snags quickly Monday on its much-hyped Prime Day, an embarrassment for the tech company on the shopping holiday it created.

The best Amazon Prime Day deals

Amazon Prime Day is upon us, and while the sale doesn't officially begin until 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET, Amazon is kicking things off early with a few sales on its own devices.

German court rules Facebook data can be inherited

When someone passes away, Facebook either deletes or memorializes the individual's account and it can't be accessed by anyone beyond sharing memories on the timeline.

Best streaming service: Netflix vs. Vudu vs. Amazon Prime vs. Hulu

When you’re picking a streaming video service, so many questions pop up: how much does it cost? What movies does it have? Can you find current episodes of your favorite TV show, or are they all from past seasons? Is there an app, and how well does it work? The list goes on and on.

Navy pushes for more amphibious assault ships

Congressional decision-makers are working with the Navy to explore massively speeding up construction of its emerging fleet of new amphibious assault ships --- as part of an urgent push to expand the overall fleet faster and address an enormous deficit of available amphibs.

NC town battles opioid epidemic by using robots to test people’s poop

In 2016 more than 33,000 opioid related deaths occurred across the U.S., but the town of Cary, located on the outskirts of North Carolina’s capital, is the first to use a special device to test sewer water in an attempt to combat the opioid crisis.

Navy attack sub 'fly-by-wire' tech inspires strategy shift

The Navy is expanding its attack submarine strategy to further emphasize enhanced “spy” like intelligence, surveillance reconnaissance missions to quietly patrol shallow waters near enemy coastline - scanning for enemy submarines, surface ships and coastal threats.

Controversial Amazon surveillance program gets second chance in Orlando

The City of Orlando's police department is giving Amazon’s controversial facial recognition software a second chance, despite widespread criticism and privacy concerns by civil rights groups after the first sixth-month trial period ended late last month.

Fortnite season 5: What we know so far

Season five of "Fortnite" is almost upon us and as usual the internet has been blowing up with fan theories, plot leaks and data mining secrets.

eBay takes on Prime Day with its own summer sale

Good news, deal hunters: eBay today kicked off a summer sale offering discounts on everything from TVs and action cameras to gaming gear, wearable computing devices, smart home gadgets, and more.

Never-before-seen Cold War videos declassified

At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. was testing nuclear weapons in case it needed to use them. Now, videos of the remarkable footage have been released, with more than 250 videos detailing just how extensive the testing was.

5 essential tech options for your new car

A car is never just a car. Yes, there’s the engine, windshield, and axle; these parts have been fundamental to cars since they were known as “horseless carriages.

Trump's trade war cited as a major risk by US companies

Speaker company Sonos has filed to become publicly traded, as it looks to better compete with Apple, Amazon, Google and others in the consumer electronics space. However, in doing so, it has pointed out the trade war being enacted by the Trump administration as a major risk.

A US start-up is trying to reimagine the smartphone

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Light has come up with a prototype smartphone that could have between five and nine rear cameras with the goal of delivering a phone with high-end standalone camera-like image quality.

Air Force 'innovation hub' looks to help tech startups

AFWERX, which opened last month in Las Vegas, is a publicly funded space, or “innovation hub,” for anyone who wants to pitch an idea and begin working on it with the backing of the U.S.

Air Force to retire classic B-1 bombers as stealthy new B-21s arrive

The Air Force is mapping a two-fold future path for its B-1 bomber which includes plans to upgrade the bomber while simultaneously preparing the aircraft for eventual retirement as the service's new stealth bomber arrives in coming years.

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