Friday, October 18, 2019

MixedTimes - Technology

7 super high-tech gadgets for fall excursions

The leaves are falling, and so are the temperatures across much of the U.S. Fortunately, these high-tech gadgets will help you explore your surroundings, stay connected, and keep moving outside in the cold weather this fall.

New missile-armed Stryker unveiled by General Dynamics

The Army has received its first Hellfire and Stinger Missile-armed Stryker vehicle to bring a new era of air and missile defense to fast-moving attack units by killing enemy drones, helicopters and incoming missiles.

390-year-old shipwreck revealed using virtual reality

Exactly 360 years to the day since the Dutch merchant ship Melckmeyt was wrecked off a remote Icelandic island, experts have harnessed virtual reality to create a stunning virtual dive of the wreck.

360-year-old shipwreck revealed using virtual reality

Exactly 360 years to the day since the Dutch merchant ship Melckmeyt was wrecked off a remote Icelandic island, experts have harnessed virtual reality to create a stunning virtual dive of the wreck.

Army shapes long-term war vision with new infantry vehicle

While the particular state of the Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle competition may seem somewhat tangled and uncertain, there does appear to be an unambiguous, aggressive Army intention to field a new infantry fighting vehicle that breaks new ground -- when it comes to lethality, protection, deployability, speed, firepower and AI-enabled sensing.

Credit card fraud: 5 frightening ways thieves are coming after you

Despite credit card issuers pushing new security measures every year, credit card theft is still a rampant crime. In fact, Federal Trade Commission reports show a significant spike in credit card fraud from the first quarter to the second quarter this year, with about 110,000 reports.

Army mini-explosive drones kill enemy drones

They can form swarms of hundreds of mini, precision-guided explosives, overwhelm radar or simply blanket an area with targeting sensors. They can paint or light up air, ground or sea targets for enemy fighters, missiles or armored vehicles, massively increasing warzone vulnerability.

Google debuts Pixel 4 phone, wireless earbuds with AI

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google unveiled a new Pixel smartphone and other hardware devices Tuesday, all aimed at getting people even more dependent on its artificial-intelligence services.

Army sets bar 'very high' for new optionally-manned fighting vehicle

Attacking enemy lines as a heavily up-gunned armored robot, firing lasers, knocking enemy drones out of the air with “elevating” weapons, controlling air and ground drones as networked “nodes” in war and using AI to organize long-range targeting data -- are all desired attributes for the Army’s new infantry vehicle - the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle.

Yahoo data breach settlement: How to collect up to $358

If you had a Yahoo account between 2012 and 2016, you may be entitled to compensation as the tech giant looks to settle a class-action lawsuit against it after it suffered several data breaches.

Kim Komando with 5 mistakes that shorten the life of your gadgets

Spill one cup of coffee, and you fry your laptop. Drop your tablet while taking a photo, and it can plunge to its doom. Lose your grip on a smartphone, and your $1,000 device could slip through a drainage grate and disappear forever.

Army brings AI to electronic warfare

Surrounded by enemy fire, trapped in a valley between mountains and unable to use certain sensors, drones, fire-control and radar applications, a forward-positioned Army infantry unit suddenly finds itself with no radio, sensors, electronics.

US game maker Activision Blizzard's ban of pro-Hong Kong player draws criticism

The U.S.-based gaming giant Activision Blizzard -- which made a player forfeit $10,000 in prize money and banned him from a game for one year after he voiced support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong-- was slammed by critics Tuesday who accused the companyof prioritizing its pursuit ofbusiness in Chinaover supportingfree speech.

Army creates multi-domain task force units in Europe, Pacific

If land-based precision artillery, maneuvering Air Force fighter jets and Navy destroyers were all able to seamlessly share sensitive targeting information in real time during high-intensity combat, the Pentagon would be closely approaching its currently-envisioned concept of modern joint multi-domain warfare.

10 hidden tricks every Amazon shopper should know

In 2018, Amazon’s share of the U.S. e-commerce market hit a whopping 49%. To put things in perspective, this amount is more than Amazon’s top three competitors combined, with eBay coming in at 6.6%, Apple at 3.9% and Walmart at 3.7%.

Army pursues new virtual soldier training for future war

Exploding enemy targets with precision artillery, “lasing” ground targets for drone air attack and waging close-combat urban warfare with hand-carried small arms -- are all scenarios entertained recently in high-tech virtual training wargame designed to closely replicate anticipated future warfare.

Air Force bomber plan: B-2, B-52 and B-1 to fly into 2040

The B-52 will be armed with long-range, nuclear cruise missiles… the B-2 will elude the most modern air defenses and the B-1B bomber will fire hypersonic weapons -- if the Air Force’s plan for the next several decades comes to fruition.

Iran prepares for cyberwar amid rising tensions, boasts thousands of cyberbattalions

In the aftermath of last month'sSaudi oil field attacks,believed to have been carried out by Iran,cybersecurity experts have detected an uptick in Iranian movement —and they contend it aims to both guard their nation against cyber retaliation and to launch its own attacks in the shadowy arena of cyberspace.

Is Facebook getting rid of ‘Likes’?

Facebook, a massive and lucrative platform built on engagement, is now going to start hiding likes. But don't fret, it's only for users in Australia -- so far.

New Air Force Research Lab strategy fast-tracks weapons

Interview with Tim Sakulich, director of materials and manufacturing Air Force Research Laboratory and executive lead for Implementing the Air Force Science and Technology strategy.

How to claim your $100 settlement if Yahoo leaked your data

Data breaches are unfortunately commonplace these days, with some of the most devastating incidents affecting millions of people. Possibly the worst ever was the breach of Yahoo that happened over the span of about four years.

3 new stealthy Navy destroyers now 'in the water'

Eluding radar, quietly sailing into enemy territory and launching long-range precision attacks from less-detectable positions all begin to paint the picture of how “stealthy” offensive surface destroyers could transform modern maritime warfare.

Air Force prototypes 6th-generation future stealth fighters

Drone fighter jets, hypersonic attack planes, artificial intelligence, lasers, electronic warfare and sensors woven into the fuselage of an aircraft are all areas of current technological exploration for the Air Force as it begins early prototyping for a new, 6th-Generation fighter jet to emerge in the 2030s and 2040s.

Air Force four-star general: We need 225 bombers

Senior Air Force leaders believe that current shortages in the U.S. bomber fleet are putting the service, and the nation, at tremendous risk of enemy attack.

Facebook still auto-generating Islamic State, al-Qaida pages

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the face of criticism that Facebook is not doing enough to combat extremist messaging, the company likes to say that its automated systems remove the vast majority of prohibited content glorifying the Islamic State group and al-Qaida before it's reported.

All the ways you can get Microsoft Office for free

The Microsoft Office Suite — Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access and Publisher — has long been the standard when it comes to digital office software. Microsoft has moved the Office programs from discs and downloads to a subscription service called Office 365 that costs $69.99 a year for one user or $99.99 a year for up to six.

Apple iPhone 11 review roundup: Should you buy one?

AppleiPhone 11reviews hit the web early Tuesday morning, with most of the reviews focused on the upgrades to the iPhone's internals, including its much-discussed camera system.

Army AI Task Force builds new prototypes for armored vehicles

Streamlining multiple targeting sensors to destroy long-range targets, arming forward-positioned robots to penetrate enemy defenses and receiving organized weather-specific terrain mapping from nearby drones - are all emerging combat dynamics increasingly made possible by AI-enabled weapons and technologies.

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