Friday, February 15, 2019

MixedTimes - Technology

Cuomo slams Ocasio-Cortez, others, as Amazon ditches New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo lambasted politicians such as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others overAmazon's decision to leave New York,. Opponents of the deal with the tech giant had "put their own narrow political interests above their community," he said.

Cows are finally getting their own dating app

Just when you thought there were enough dating apps to go around, the newest one will cause you to "moo-ve" heaven and Earth to get a look at it – Tudder.

Trump installed room-sized ‘golf simulator’ in the White House

President Trump recently had a room-sized “golf simulator” game installed at the White House — a gizmo that will let him play virtual rounds at courses spanning the globe by hitting a ball into a large video screen,The Washington Post reported.

Inside the F-35 factory, where stealth begins

Filled with stacks of fuselage panels, engine components and a wide assortment of pipes, electronics and avionics, the spralling F-35 construction facility in Ft. Worth, Texas, resembles a small city filled with engineers, mechanics, electricians and airplanes at various stages of construction.

Pentagon builds new low-yield nuclear warhead for submarine launch

The Pentagon is pursuing modifications to its existing Trident II D5 submarine-launched, nuclear-armed ballistic missile as part of a broader strategic effort to engineer a new "low-yield" warhead - in alignment with DoD’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR).

Glenn Greenwald: Amazon one of the world's biggest threats to privacy

After Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos went on the offensive against the National Enquirer and its parent company AMI, saying they threatened to release intimate photos of himself and his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, many in the media lauded the billionaire for his stance and his defense of privacy -- but some critics found the situation ironic.

New AirPods will cost $200, report says

A new generation of AirPods has been hinted at for quite a while now, but a fresh rumor suggests we'll be getting a new version of the wireless earbuds this year, and they'll be much easier to hold on to.

Pentagon to send up-gunned, drone-killing Strykers to Europe to deter Russia

The U.S. Army is arming its Stryker vehicle with attack drones, lasers, up-gunned cannons and anti-aircraft missiles in anticipation of scheduled 2020 Stryker-unit deployments to Europe -- intended to fortify a broader and much-discussed strategy to counter Russian “aggression” in the region.

Russia is going to 'disconnect' from the internet

While Russia has deftly used the internet to advance its own interests, it is apparently concerned about other countries deploying its own tactics, so it is preparing to "disconnect" from the internet, ZDNet reports.

7 ways to stop robocalls now

“Hello! Please don’t hang up… did you know that you could save a bundle on…? This is a robocall, another automated telemarketer. Nowadays, robocalls make up 50 percent of all phone calls made.

Jeff Bezos scandal: National Enquirer says it 'acted lawfully,' but probes 'blackmail' claim

The National Enquirer's parent company said it would launch a probe into the "blackmail attempts"Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos accused it of in a scathing blog post.Bezos,who is being both praised and panned for the post, wrote the supermarket tabloid threatened to publish “intimate photos” of him, including a“below the belt selfie,"if he did not end an investigation into the company and its alleged political ties.

Jeff Bezos: National Enquirer's parent company threatened to publish lurid selfies, other 'intimate photos of me'

Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos wrote a scathing letter to American Media Inc. (AMI), the parent company of the National Enquirer, on Thursday, accusing the tabloid of threatening to publish “intimate photos” of him, including a“below the belt selfie,” and potentially compromising photos of his reported girlfriend, former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez, if he did not end an investigation into the company and its alleged political ties.

'Fortnite' is killing the rest of the video game industry

It was “game over” for video gaming stocks on Wednesday after two of the biggest industry names reported weak quarterly guidance in the face of intense competition from “free-to-play” games like “Fortnite.

Army soldiers use 'Macbook'-sized tablet to operate multiple small drones

The Army is refining new small drone combat tactics to accommodate emerging technologies such as AI-enabled command and control, higher resolution sensors, faster computer processing, multi-drone control “tablets” and streamlined multi-drone interoperability.

Google knows if your passwords were hacked

Google is attempting to make Chrome users more secure with the release of a new extension that automatically checks to see if the passwords you are using are safe.

Navy builds two new large surface attack drone ships

The Navy is building two new large drone ships to coordinate synchronized attacks, perform command and control across fleets of Unmanned Surface Vessels and conduct high-risk maritime missions such as anti-submarine operations, mine countermeasures, surface warfare and forward-deployed surveillance.

Some F-35s could become unflyable by 2026

Some of the U.S. military's F-35 Joint Strike Fighters that are the oldest of their kind could become unflyable as soon as 2026 — after only 2,100 flight hours.

Navy arms unmanned attack drone boats with weapons, guns and missiles

The U.S. Navy is beginning to arm surface drone boats with guns, rockets and mobile missiles to overwhelm enemies with swarming attacks, protect sailors at farther stand-off ranges and coordinate maritime strikes across dispersed areas of ocean.

Elon Musk posts Starship Raptor rocket engine test

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, on Sunday posted a video of the “first firing” of SpaceX's Starship Raptor flight engine that he hopes will eventually be used on an interplanetary spacecraft.

Facebook removes accounts of fake news group in Indonesia

FacebookInc.removed hundreds of accounts, groups and pages linked to an online syndicate that has been accused of spreading fake news and hate speech in Indonesia, less than three months before a presidential election in the world’s third-largest democracy.

From Apple TV to Roku: 5 streaming TV devices compared

This year could be the year of the streaming service. Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu have comfortably held the top three spots for streaming services, but this year they're going to see some serious brands looking to take a bite out of the streaming pie.

Facebook defends controversial 'research' app

The world's biggest social network is in hot water over privacy rights yet again, with another controversy involving user data revealed this week.

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