Sunday, August 25, 2019

MixedTimes - Technology

US tech industry sees growing wave of employee activism

Despite six-figure salaries and unlimited vacation time, many tech workers are questioning the effects of their work and joining forces with their more precarious blue-collar, service and contract-worker counterparts, pressing for better work conditions and pay.

Army sets sights on lasers for infantry troops

U.S. Army Infantry units fight door-to-door in Close-Quarter-Combat in high-threat urban environments, advance through wooded, rocky terrain to maneuver to contact and “close with the enemy,” and at times conduct reconnaissance missions behind enemy lines to secretly gather intelligence or disrupt enemy operations.

Fake news can lead to false memories, new study claims

Voters could form false memories after seeing fabricated news stories if those articles align with their existing political beliefs, according to newly released results of a 2018 study.

F-35 set for laser boost

Fighter Jet laser weapons are on the fast track, expected to bring new air attack options to “burn holes” through enemy targets at the speed of light.

7 back-to-school gadgets to help you focus

When school starts, it still feels like summer. These gadgets will combat the transition back to full-day classes in high school or college when the weather is still distracting.

7 back-to-school gadgets for an epic college dorm room

College starts up for students this month, which means only one thing: it’s time to plan out the ultimate dorm room. For those who want the latest and the best accessories and gadgets, we’ve assembled the primo gear to impress roommates, your RA, and anyone else in your hall.

Navy sets sights on new submarine weapons

The Navy has begun building new weapons to massively increase attack options for its Virginia-class attack submarine, a move that is expected to change the mission scope for the boats and enable more extensive offensive strike possibilities, improving the Navy’s armed defense of its surface fleet.

Increased screen time can cause development problems in kids, experts warn

Dr. Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra, a well-known child development expert, tells Fox News there has been a 28 percent increase in psychiatric emergency department visits related to suicide attempts since 2011; the CDC says suicide rates are up 30 percent 'in more than half of U.S.

Army details future 'tactical' war network

If a forward-operating Army Reconnaissance unit consisting of dismounted soldiers, tactical vehicles and hand-held drones were separated from a larger armored formation across mountainous terrain - and unexpectedly collided with heavily armed enemy fighters -- its survival would depend almost entirely upon an operational “tactical” war network.

FTC chief willing to break up Big Tech

The head of the Federal Trade Commission said he's prepared to break up tech companies by undoing past mergers as the agency probes whether the firms are hurting competition.

F-35 preps for weapons upgrade by dropping new bombs

The F-35 will again fire its 25mm gun and air-drop several new laser-guided bombs to prepare stealth 5th-Gen fighter for future high tech warfare by improving precision-strike air attack, targeting and close-air-support.

Army sets sights on new full cell technology

When dismounted U.S. Army infantry are attacking fortified enemy positions, taking hostile fire and moving quickly to find the best points for continued assault -- “battery life” can determine mission success or failure and even -- life or death.

Army sets sights on new fuel cell technology

When dismounted U.S. Army infantry are attacking fortified enemy positions, taking hostile fire and moving quickly to find the best points for continued assault -- “battery life” can determine mission success or failure and even -- life or death.

How US sub-hunting planes track Chinese submarines

The increasingly global reach of Chinese nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines, armed with JL-2 weapons reportedly able to hit parts of the US, continues to inspire an ongoing Navy effort to accelerate production of attack submarines, prepare long-dwell drones for deployment to the Pacific and continue acquisition of torpedo-armed sub-hunting planes such as the P-8/A Poseidon.

Elizabeth Warren calls for $85 billion public broadband investment

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren unveiled a plan to invest $85 billion in publicly owned and operated broadband networks to expand internet access in the U.S., with a particular focus on underserved rural areas.

F-35C may get massive firepower boost

As the F-35C becomes officially deemed “operational” and “ready for war," the Navy is adding weapons, sensors and software to the aircraft to expand its attack envelope --- and may even increase the F-35s ability to carry up to 6 air-to-air weapons in its internal weapons bay.

No link between video games and violence, studies say

NEW YORK (AP) — Do video games trigger violent behavior? Scientific studies have found no link. But the persistent theory is back in the headlines following Saturday's mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.

Google's history of clashing with conservatives

A former Google engineer who claims he was fired for his conservative beliefs isn't the first person to claim the Silicon Valley giant's office culture is dominated by liberal politics.

FTC probes Amazon deal that booted Apple refurbishers

Amazon's deal to sell official Apple products is facing a possible Federal Trade Commission investigation because the same deal also booted many third-party resellers, including refurbishers, from selling low-cost MacBooks and iPods on Amazon.

4 secret Netflix hacks and 1 bonus tip you'll wish you knew sooner

Netflix isn’t exactly new anymore. The company started with mail-order DVDs, you may recall, before it revolutionized streaming video. Netflix has a lot of competition these days, and its selection can feel a little piecemeal.

Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across the US

The U.S. military is conducting mass surveillance tests across six Midwest states using experimental high-altitude balloons, according to documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission.

New missile defense tech destroys incoming nukes faster

If a nuclear-armed enemy Intercontinental Ballistic Missile were speeding its way through space towards a heavily populated U.S. target, commanders in charge of defending the homeland would at most have a mere 20-to-30 minutes to destroy the incoming weapon.

Amazon drivers part of major theft ring, FBI says

A theft ring in Washington state sold millions of dollars’ worth of stolen goods on in the past six years, and a pair of contract Amazon delivery drivers was involved, recently unsealed federal court documents show.

Army refines wargames for multi-domain combat

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.

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