Monday, August 20, 2018

MixedTimes - Technology

Air Force to fly F-15s, F-22s and F-35s controlling attack drones from the air

The Air Force and DARPA are now testing new hardware and software configured to enable 4th and 5th Generation aircraft to command drones from the cockpit in the air, bringing new levels of autonomy, more attack options and a host of new reconnaissance advantages to air warfare.

Teen hacks Apple, has excellent folder name

A 16-year-old kid in Australia managed to hack into Apple's computer systems multiple times over the course of a year and steal secure data, and the best part of the story is the name of the folder in which he saved instructions and stolen files on his laptop: "hacky hack hack.

2018 iPhone prices leaked along with surprise

Apple is expected to unveil three new iPhones next month, and the 6.1-inch LCD model will reportedly get the most attention from Apple when it comes to production.

Navy tests helicopter-lowered undersea warhead to explode enemy mines

The Navy can now use sonar and video-guided underwater warheads to attack and destroy enemy sea mines at the bottom of the ocean, improving protection for submarines and surface ships while bringing new combat ability to maritime war operations, service officials said.

Is your Amazon Echo spying on you?

Amazon's Echo smart speaker is the latest must-have gadget – but experts warn it may not be as safe as you think.

Has China's 'Area 51' been found in the Gobi Desert?

For decades, the U.S. government denied that Area 51, a top-secret military base in Nevada, existed, until 2013, when a 2005 Freedom of Information Act request forced the CIA to officially acknowledge it.

For Uber and Airbnb, New York City turns foe

For Uber Technologies Inc. and Airbnb Inc., New York City has been a cradle of growth, with its 8.5 million residents and burgeoning tech startup scene.

Why you should wrap your car keys in aluminum foil

You walk to your car, and you raise your key. Press a button, and the doors unlock. Perhaps the lights flash; maybe there’s a welcoming “boop BOOP!” For millions of drivers, this habit is automatic.

Medal of Honor recipient saved combat outpost

Army outpost in Northeastern Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha asked his fellow soldiers if there were any volunteers to help him lead a counterattack to take back the front gate.

6 gadgets for a much smarter smart home

Your home is about to get a little smarter. New versions of well-established gadgets that monitor your home, schedule (and postpone) your automatic sprinklers, and lock the doors of your house make it easier to keep the premises running smoothly.

Why Twitter won't ban Alex Jones

Twitter is facing heat for deciding not to ban conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its platform, breaking ranks with Facebook, Apple, Google and Spotify—all of which banned him or removed his podcasts.

Army accelerates new future Vertical Lift helicopter for 2030s

Senior Army leaders are now advancing and refining plans to speed up development and delivery of a new faster, more-lethal and high-tech Future Vertical Lift aircraft currently slated to be operational by the 2030s.

Air Force revs up massive migration to cloud technologies

The Air Force is working with the Department of Defense and industry to accelerate widespread migration to cloud technology to enable faster decision-making, AI implementation, rapid data organization and improved IT security, Pentagon leaders said.

National security experts throw cold water on Space Force euphoria

WASHINGTON — A military branch for space might indeed be necessary for the United States to maintain its superpower status in the final frontier. But the Pentagon and Congress should not rush to create a Space Force without at least weighing the downsides, experts caution.

'Force field' technology could make US tanks unstoppable

Astonishingly futuristic new tech creates a seemingly invisible, impenetrable, protective bubble around military armored vehicles making enemy attempts to fire at U.S. tanks pretty pointless – those rounds won’t hit the tank, they’ll explode mid-air.

Navy evaluates sensors, designs & weapons for new frigate

The Navy is now strengthening and extending conceptual design deals with shipbuilders tasked with refining structures and presenting options for a new Navy multi-mission Guided Missile Frigate - slated to be ready for open warfare on the world's oceans by the mid 2020s.

Navy evaluates sensors, designs and weapons for new frigate

The Navy is now strengthening and extending conceptual design deals with shipbuilders tasked with refining structures and presenting options for a new Navy multi-mission Guided Missile Frigate - slated to be ready for open warfare on the world's oceans by the mid 2020s.

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