Thursday, January 23, 2020

MixedTimes - Technology

7 amazing gadgets for outdoor winter adventures

In the dead of January, there is only one solution to the cold and snow:to venture outside with high-tech gear. Here are seven gadgets to helpyou explore the world, record a few high-def videos, find your way on a trail and stay warm even in the subzero temperatures.

Navy builds aircraft carrier drone headquarters

The Navy is building a special new command and control mini "drone-headquarters" space on its aircraft carriers to operate deck-launched drones as part of a strategy aimed at massively increasing the scope of carrier-launched drone missions in coming years.

Navy ramps up radar attack technology across fleet

Descending from high altitudes at lethal speeds and often guided by precision sensors, technically improved enemy ballistic missiles can increasingly close in on surface Navy ships, often holding large platforms and even groups of vessels at tremendous risk of destruction.

6 security settings iPhone and iPad users need to change right now

Our devices are packed with account credentials, contacts, emails, photos, videos and more that we definitely don’t want in the wrong hands. The problem is we get our devices and just start using them, giving little thought to the risks.

Buttigieg says Facebook's Zuckerberg has too much power

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has too much power, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said in an interview with The New York Times editorial board that was published Thursday.

Navy strategy fast-tracks new weapons for 'offensive' attack

Senior Navy leaders say the service is fast-tracking a handful of key emerging weapons systems such as new destroyers, Tomahawk missiles, lasers and hypersonics as part of a new “offensive attack” maritime combat strategy.

Navy accelerates new ship radar to support emerging 'sea-attack' strategy

The Navy is accelerating integration of a new, much more powerful radar system intended to find and destroy enemy drones, missiles and aircraft at farther ranges by combining ballistic missile defense with standard air and missile defense -- all as part of an emerging service-wide strategic approach to increase Naval attack power and better network maritime warfighting platforms.

Army Research Lab engineers tough new batteries that won't explode under fire

Soldiers taking enemy fire in 120-degree desert heat, carrying up to 100-pounds of gear and conducting attack operations at night are totally reliant upon battery-powered weapons, sensors and computers -- a potential scenario inspiring current Army Research Laboratory work to engineer longer-lasting, more stable and, of critical live-saving significance, less flammable Lithium-ion batteries.

11 questions you always wanted to ask about social media

Social media has taken over the planet. Facebook, YouTube and Instagram are the most popular platforms with billions of users, while Twitter, Reddit and Pinterest claim hundreds of millions.

Texas online gamer saves UK teen who had seizure

A British teen who had a seizure while playing an online game with a Texas woman earlier this month was reportedly saved when his opponent alerted United Kingdom first responders from thousands of miles away.

CES: Hyundai, Uber team up to offer flying taxi service

This week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Hyundai unveiled its full-scale concept Urban Mobility Vehicle dubbed the S-A1, which essentially looks like a souped-up helicopter that Uber will use for its flying taxi service.

Pacific Commander: Sub-hunting spy plane missions continue in Pacific

The increasingly global reach of Chinese nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines, armed with JL-2 weapons reportedly able to hit parts of the U.S., 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.

CES 2020: Smart home devices to keep you and your loved ones safe

Thousands of new products were unveiled at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and some may help keep loved ones living longer and safer. However, they can also present privacy concerns and need to secure your personal data.

CES: Here are the gadgets you will be using in 2020

Gadgets have a unique ability to change our lives and the latest and greatest are at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. A new smart toothbrush means fewer trips to the dentist.

9 things to do now before a cyberattack hits

In our “internet of things” era, you’re more vulnerable to cybercriminals than ever before. There are threats around every corner waiting for potential victims.

Disinformation: How Iran could take a page from Russia’s propaganda playbook

A social media expert believes that the fight for screen time is one of the biggest battles of the 21st-centuryand that harnessing people’s reactions could be a valuable tool in a country’s arsenal, an idea that is especially relevant as tensions escalate between the U.S.

Army Research Lab pursues new, next-generation AI for soldiers at war

Targets emerge in seconds, incoming enemy fire puts lives at risk and shifting combat dynamics require immediate, on-the-spot decisions in a matter of seconds -- all as soldiers navigate the complex web of threats during all-out, high-risk ground-warfare.

Segway shows off 'Jurassic World'-inspired 'stroller'

Segway-Ninebot, a company best known for its namesake two-wheeled personal transporter, is taking inspiration from the movies with its latest creation, the S-Pod transporting pod, based off the gyrosphere from "Jurassic World.

Iranian cyberattacks against US feared after killing of top general

Iran’s retaliation for the United States' targeted killing of its top general is likely to include cyberattacks, security experts warned Friday. Iran’s state-backed hackers are already among the world’s most aggressive and could inject malware that triggers major disruptions to the U.S.

9 Apple AirPods tricks you’ll wish you knew before now

AirPods were a holiday season top seller, and if you haven't already cut the cord on your earbuds, you can expect to do so soon. Small, sleek, and Bluetooth-enabled, AirPods have turned regular old earphones into dynamic devices in their own right, and they have only improved with each generation.

Facebook tracks you offline: How to make it stop

You may not agree with Facebook’s practices, but it’s hard to argue against its effectiveness. Advertisers are willing to pay big bucks to access your data collected through the social media platform.

What I taught 60,000 NASA employees about cybersecurity

Working for NASA is a big job and a true honor. Every day, the talented men and women of NASA must think on a cosmic level because it’s not just about space exploration and research.

What I taught NASA employees about cybersecurity

Working for NASA is a big job and a true honor. Every day, the talented men and women of NASA must think on a cosmic level because it’s not just about space exploration and research.

Turkey's Wikipedia ban ruled unconstitutional by high court

Turkey's high court on Thursday said the government's two-year Wikipedia ban violates freedom of expression in a ruling that could pave the way for access to theonline encyclopedia to be restored.

Why robocallers and scammers love gift cards

Holly Kay bought eight $1,000 Macy’s gift cards at a California mall because a scammer told her to on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Forty minutes later, she bought $13,000 more in gift cards at that store.

Your photos are a mess: 3 steps to organization bliss

There has never been a better time to take pictures. Photos look better than they ever have. Special apps and portrait mode help smartphone snapshots compete with the most sophisticated DSLRs.

Hidden cameras: Are you being watched?

The ubiquity of hidden cameras contributed to a spy cam porn epidemic in South Korea. Now a security expert is revealing “it’s going to be just as bad here.

How Facebook is being harnessed to warn about psychotic relapses

When you think of people exploiting Facebook, the specter of shadowy Russian trolls may come to mind. Now, researchers here in the United States are harnessing Facebook for good, and studying how changes in behavioral health manifest online.

5 rules for creating and remembering hard to crack passwords

Passwords are our first line of defense online, and the sad truth is most of us just aren’t very good at creating strong ones. We use the same weak passwords over and over again, despite knowing better.

10 most innovative games of 2019

Innovation comes in all shapes and sizes. With video games, you never know if you’ll be flying into space, controlling a sword-wielding samurai, or shooting three-pointers like you’re Steph Curry.

NASA's quieter supersonic plane gets final assembly approval

NASA announced that the final assembly of its supersonic X-plane, theX-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST), has been approved. The decision, knownas Key Decision Point-D (KDP-D), was the last hurdle before theQueSST aircraft makes its first flight in 2021.

Pentagon shoots off new mid-range ballistic missile prototype

The Pentagon fired-off a new prototype conventionally-configured, ground-launched ballistic missile as part of a broader effort to increase medium-range attack options and further fortify deterrence efforts.

10 top gadgets of 2019

As 2019 is winding down and we enter the holiday season, it’s time to look back at the best devices -- the ones that stood out in a crowded field.