TECHNOLOGY AND MILITARY

Military's Big Middle East Response Made Iranians 'Recalculate,' Shanahan Says


This news was published by : MILITARY HEADLINES exactly at 2 hours 19 min ago
Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan defended the Pentagon's move to carry out a joint show of force in the Persian Gulf.
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Trump Taps Former Diplomat as Next Air Force Secretary


This news was published by : MILITARY HEADLINES exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 23:15
Barbara Barrett, a former diplomat and businesswoman, is the president's pick to be the service's 25th secretary.
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Lawmakers Seek to Slow DoD's Efforts to Slash Medical Billets, Outsource Moves


This news was published by : MILITARY HEADLINES exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 23:04
The House Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal 2020 Defense Appropriations bill 30 to 22.
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DNC ranks behind RNC in cybersecurity as Democrats and Republicans brace for 2020 race: Report


This news was published by : Washington Times TECH exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 22:40

Hackers eyeing the U.S. presidential race may have better chances at breaching the Democratic National Committee than its Republican counterpart, a new report indicated Tuesday.

An assessment of the cybersecurity posture of both the DNC and Republican National Committee ranked Democrats below the RNC but identified problems plaguing both, according ...

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Democrats’ Pentagon budget bill would curb Trump’s war powers


This news was published by : Defense News exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 22:27
A bill to fund the Pentagon at $8 billion less than what the White House requested passed the House Appropriations Committee.
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FN's Fire Control System May Offer Glimpse at Army's Next-Gen Weapon Tech


This news was published by : MILITARY HEADLINES exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 22:17
The FN Mk3 Fire Control Unit is designed to give operators a sighting and aiming solution for 40mm grenade launchers.
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The Latest: Missouri's Hawley unveils bill on data tracking


This news was published by : Washington Times TECH exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 22:14

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Latest on Missouri U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley's proposed Do Not Track Act (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

Missouri U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley has introduced legislation to give internet users the ability to opt out of tracking and collection of personal data.

Hawley introduced the ...

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Marine Pilot Released from Hospital After Ejecting from Harrier


This news was published by : MILITARY HEADLINES exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 22:04
The Marine Corps pilot who ejected from his jump jet before it crashed in North Carolina was released with no injuries.
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How Bettors in the Know Cashed In on ‘Game of Thrones’


This news was published by : N.Y. TIMES TECHNOLOGY exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 21:54
Though HBO went to great lengths to keep the finale secret until it aired, professional bettors saw clear signs that key details had leaked and were driving the wagering.
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High school and college STEM students build electric cars for kids with disabilities for free


This news was published by : CBS TECH NEWS exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 21:25
A group of STEM students from Connecticut have come together to build electric carts from scratch and then give them to kids who use wheelchairs – for free. And the gift of mobility brought one mom to tears.
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AP Explains: US sanctions on Huawei bite, but who gets hurt?


This news was published by : Washington Times TECH exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 20:56

Trump administration sanctions against Huawei have begun to bite even though their dimensions remain unclear. U.S. companies that supply the Chinese tech powerhouse with computer chips face a drop in sales, and Huawei's smartphone sales could get decimated with the anticipated loss of Google's popular software and services.

The U.S. ...

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Google Changes a Policy to Avoid Misleading Ads on Abortion


This news was published by : N.Y. TIMES TECHNOLOGY exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 20:48
Advertisers must be certified as providing or not providing abortions, and Google will include disclosures on ads about ending pregnancy.
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U.S. Restrictions on Huawei Expose a High-Tech Achilles’ Heel for China


This news was published by : N.Y. TIMES TECHNOLOGY exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 20:43
China is heavily reliant on imported computer chips, despite efforts to develop its own semiconductor industry.
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Postal Service tests mail shipments on self-driving trucks


This news was published by : Washington Times TECH exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 20:28

PHOENIX (AP) - A self-driving truck company has partnered with the U.S. Postal Service to test autonomous technology on the long-haul route between Phoenix and Dallas.

San Diego-based TuSimple is planning for two autonomous trucks to carry mail and parcels on five round trips between the Postal Service distribution centers ...

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What’s the end game for the US Air Force’s command and control overhaul?


This news was published by : Defense News Space exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 20:05
In an exclusive interview, the Air Force chief of staff explained how he'd like to see his multidomain command and control initiative take root in the Pentagon.
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What’s the end game for the US Air Force’s command and control overhaul?


This news was published by : PENTAGON exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 20:05
In an exclusive interview, the Air Force chief of staff explained how he'd like to see his multidomain command and control initiative take root in the Pentagon.
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Wind developer seeks proposals for whale monitoring system


This news was published by : Washington Times TECH exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 20:00

BOSTON (AP) - The developer of a wind farm off Massachusetts is taking steps to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale.

Vineyard Wind announced Tuesday it's seeking proposals for an acoustic monitoring system to detect and track the critically endangered species.

The company says the system will help ensure ...

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Prosecutors want GPS monitor on truck driver in deadly crash


This news was published by : Washington Times TECH exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 19:50

DENVER (AP) - Prosecutors want a judge to require a GPS monitor for the truck driver accused of causing a fiery pileup that killed four people on a Colorado highway now that the man has posted bond.

In the request filed on Monday, prosecutors say investigators believe Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos ...

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In a First, US Brigadier General Named Deputy Commander of French Armored Unit


This news was published by : MILITARY HEADLINES exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 19:45
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley announced the assignment following the approval of the exchange last month.
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The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store


This news was published by : Washington Times TECH exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 19:39

App Store Official Charts for the week ending May 19, 2019:

Top Paid iPhone Apps:

1. Minecraft, Mojang

2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.

3. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations

4. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.

5. iSchedule, HotSchedules

6. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi

7. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB

8. Bloons TD ...

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California sues over $1B in canceled high-speed rail money


This news was published by : Washington Times TECH exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 19:35

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California sued Tuesday to block the Trump administration from cancelling nearly $1 billion for the state's high-speed rail project, escalating the state's feud with the federal government.

The Federal Railroad Administration announced last week it would not give California the money awarded by Congress nearly a ...

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Injured Soldiers May Not Have to Take the Army's New Fitness Test


This news was published by : MILITARY HEADLINES exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 19:14
Soldiers with permanent profiles who are unable to complete the new ACFT may be allowed to take an alternate fitness test.
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Military Advocates Push for Stricter Oversight of Predatory Lenders


This news was published by : MILITARY HEADLINES exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 19:01
Groups renew effort to revive Consumer Financial Protection Bureau inspections of financial institutions.
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Mexicans buy fake cellphones to hand over in muggings


This news was published by : Washington Times TECH exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 18:55

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Armed robberies have gotten so common aboard buses in Mexico City that commuters have come up with a clever if disheartening solution: Many are buying fake cellphones, to hand over to thieves instead of their real smartphones.

Costing 300 to 500 pesos apiece - the equivalent ...

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Co-location: NSE knocks on SAT’s door


This news was published by : The Hindu Industry exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 18:50
The National Stock Exchange (NSE) has filed an appeal in the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT), challenging the recent orders by the Securities and
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Hindujas evaluating bid for Jet


This news was published by : The Hindu Industry exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 18:49
Airline’s shares surge 15% on the group’s reported bid
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Review: ‘A Plague Tale’ Is the Most Gripping, Harrowing Game You’ll Play This Year


This news was published by : TECH TIMES exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 18:49

The first thing you should know about A Plague Tale: Innocence is that, very early on, a dog is going to die.

Set in 1348 in France, A Plague Tale opens with Amicia—the player character—exploring the forest with her father, Robert de Rune. The de Rune family are nobles, and Amicia’s is a life of luxury and privilege. The game’s opening moments teach the player how to interact with the world—which mostly involves traversing linear paths while solving puzzles and using stealth to avoid conflict—while showing off the game’s gorgeous setting. Then, about 10 minutes in, Amicia’s dog chases a boar into the deep wilderness. The poor pup dies — horrifically so — and Amicia is devastated. So was I.

I hate to see dogs die, and so do lots of other people. There’s an entire website dedicated to spoiling the fates of fictional pooches. But—as in John Wick—if the story containing such a death is good enough otherwise, I can forgive it. A Plague Tale’s story is wonderful, and I forgive it. In fact, as I continued to play through the bleak and beautiful game, I was grateful to developer Asobo Studio for setting the tone early—watching Amicia say goodbye to her very good boy prepared me for a litany of tragedies to come.

A Plague Tale is a third-person stealth game from a French developer, out now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The era was not a pleasant one for anyone in Europe, but Amicia and her little brother, Hugo, have it particularly rough. After their dog dies, the siblings lose pretty much everyone and everything in their lives. The English invade, the Inquisition is hunting the siblings for mysterious reasons, and the plague is killing everyone in Europe, carried by swarms of thousands of rats that seem to crawl out of the ground. It feels like the end of the world.

This is a survival game at its core, as Amicia tries to keep little Hugo alive at all costs. I spent much of the game sneaking, crouched in tall grass and holding Hugo’s hand, while dangerous knights searched the area. Amicia’s only weapon is a sling, and there’s no health bar—one stab or slash of a sword will kill her. If I was spotted, it was possible to run and hide, but it was usually faster to just die and restart from a checkpoint.

Amicia can throw rocks to create distractions and use a sling to take out weaker enemies, but the safest strategy in most situations is to move quietly and avoid conflict. Unless, of course, you’re dealing with the rats. A Plague Tale is beautiful, one of the prettiest games of 2019. It uses its graphical prowess to render some very dark imagery — seemingly sentient rodent swarms swirl in the darkness at the game’s edges. Those swarms contain hundreds of rats, moving like a river of furry death over bones picked clean by their ravishing hunger. It’s grotesque, beautiful, and deadly.

The rats kill indiscriminately, swarming over Amicia and the knights of the Inquisition alike. The only thing that repels them is light. The graphics engine, again, does wonderful work creating stark separation between light and dark. That’s important, because I used torches and bonfires to not only avoid the rats but also to manipulate the swarms to my own ends. A knight wandering through the dark with a lamp cut a path through the rats, but a well placed rock from my sling could destroy the light and set the rats swarming the knight. The rats were an enemy, yes — but also a weapon under the right circumstances.

As I progressed through the game, I gained new skills and learned new tricks to deal with both rats and men. I constructed better slings, new types of ammunition that could knock the armor off a knight and open them up for a killing blow, and quieter shoes that cut down on sound while sneaking. But A Plague Tale remained a dark and forbidding game. True to that horrific era, I never felt safe.

A Plague Tale has simple stealth and crafting gameplay that’s not much to write home about. But the excellent story is the big draw here, because it’s something so rare in video games: a genuine tragedy. There are moments of light, too. The brother and sister make friends in their journey; there are jokes and adventure and joy. Hugo even collects flowers and puts them in his sister’s hair. That was all sweet and wonderful, but it never made me forget the dangers. I never forgot the rats. And I never forgot the dog.

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Missouri Sen. Hawley to introduce bill against data tracking


This news was published by : Washington Times TECH exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 18:46

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley is introducing legislation to give internet users the ability to opt out of tracking and collection of personal data.

Hawley is slated to introduce what he's calling the Do Not Track Act on Tuesday.

The proposal is designed after the ...

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‘MFs can trade in commodity derivatives’


This news was published by : The Hindu Industry exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 18:41
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has given the go-ahead to mutual funds (MFs) to participate in the commodity derivatives segment. In
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IRDAI panel for simplifying fire cover norms


This news was published by : The Hindu Industry exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 18:40
A working group of insurance regulator IRDAI, that revisited the structure of products providing cover to homes, offices, commercial establishments an
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UN lowers India’s FY20 GDP growth forecast


This news was published by : The Hindu Industry exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 18:39
Says it will be 7.1% instead of 7.5%
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Rane Engine Valves Q4 net loss narows


This news was published by : The Hindu Industry exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 18:32
Rane Engine Valves Q4 net loss narrows Rane Engine Valves Ltd.’s (REVL), a leading manufacturer of engine valves, guides and tappets, net loss for the
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Take Solutions fourth quarter profit dips


This news was published by : The Hindu Industry exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 18:30
Take Solutions Ltd. has reported a dip in its consolidated net profit for the fourth quarter to ₹27.06 crore against ₹45.49 crore in the year-earlier
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Indian Terrain plans European foray in FY21


This news was published by : The Hindu Industry exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 18:29
Eyes₹650 crore turnover in 3 years
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Tech Mahindra profit dips 7.36% to ₹1,132 cr.


This news was published by : The Hindu Industry exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 18:28
Board okays dividend of ₹14 per share
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Sundaram BNP Paribas HF to raise ₹4,000 cr.


This news was published by : The Hindu Industry exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 18:26
Sundaram BNP Paribas Home Finance Ltd. plans to raise more than ₹4,000 crore in FY20 to fund its growth plans. The funds would beraised through vari
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Hyundai Motor unveils ‘Venue’


This news was published by : The Hindu Industry exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 18:24
The sport utility vehicle has been developed at a cost of $100 million
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Are nonlethal laser drones the new stun guns?


This news was published by : Defense News exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 18:15
Made by a Russian company that specializes in stun guns and police equipment, a laser-equipped drone will provide a less lethal alternative for security forces, if used responsibly.
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Trump Pardoning Troops Could Bring Military Discipline Problems, Experts Say


This news was published by : MILITARY HEADLINES exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 18:05
If the commander in chief gives a pass to troops who've been accused of war crimes, experts warn it could disrupt discipline.
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Matt and John have a short discussion


This news was published by : TECHNODE exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:28
Matt and John have a short discussion about what the Google announcement against Huawei means for the company.
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Arkansas to host national summit on computer science


This news was published by : Washington Times TECH exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:12

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' governor says more than two dozen states are participating in an inaugural summit next month on computer science.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday announced his office is hosting the first-ever National Computer Science Summit for State Leaders on June 10. The invitation-only event will ...

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U.S. Restrictions on Huawei Expose a High-Tech Achilles’ Heel for China


This news was published by : N.Y. TIMES TECHNOLOGY exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:00
China is heavily reliant on imported computer chips, despite efforts to develop its own semiconductor industry.
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Review: ‘Observation’ Is a Space Station Thriller With One Clever Twist


This news was published by : TECH TIMES exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 16:58

A camera films Dr. Emma Fisher, an astronaut aboard what seems to be an otherwise empty International Space Station, as she floats through the facility’s tangled modules just after some horrible accident. The situation looks bleak: the rest of the crew is missing, and the ISS is no longer in Earth orbit. Fisher must piece together what happened and why. Wires creep like blue veins into a centralized hub, connecting the live feed to a station-wide artificial intelligence system called “S.A.M.” As the game begins, Fisher’s trapped in a station module, and needs S.A.M.’s help to escape — but moreover, S.A.M. needs her help, too. This is Observation, a sci-fi thriller video game developed by No Code and published by Devolver Digital and out now for PlayStation 4 and PC.

Plenty of pop culture portrays AI as either untrustworthy or outright evil, playing on our fears of a potentially threatening and little-understood new technology (because we’re aboard a space station, the comparisons to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey are unavoidable). But Observation takes a different approach. Instead of having to contend with, outsmart or defeat an AI, players are the AI — you’re playing as S.A.M., not Fisher. That clever and refreshing change in perspective turns the typical sci-fi technophobia storylines on their head, forcing players to rethink their relationship with AI. Is S.A.M. good, evil, or just a neutral collection of algorithms and sensors? The storyline leaves that for players to decide, but their thinking would no doubt be different if they were in Fisher’s shoes instead.

Observation’s gameplay is easy enough. S.A.M. has access to the station’s security cameras and lock systems, enabling it to help Fisher go where she needs to go. Opening hatches requires solving a matching puzzle, which you can only do after you’ve found the corresponding key elsewhere in a room. The puzzles themselves are familiar gaming tropes; players need to move pieces, match symbols and scroll through numbers to beat them. Successfully completing them moves the plot along, whether by getting Fisher out of a locked module or analyzing damage to the station.

Many of the missions are solved using the game’s camera system, which often has the feel of a found footage horror film, heightening the game’s creepiness. S.A.M. can also access a self-contained sphere to jet freely around the ISS. The sphere is used in environmental puzzles that send players into the labyrinthine space station, forcing them to switch back-and-forth from static camera to sphere to complete each problem.

Observation is at its best when these “free” areas are used sparingly; the sphere’s movement is too sensitive to feel natural, even at the lowest settings. Moreover, while S.A.M.’s sphere helps players move about the station more naturally, it comes at the cost of what makes Observation so unique. The game’s best moments are created by the forced perspective of the space station’s cameras. A static camera builds suspense, a fear of what’s just beyond the screen. Certain corners — the dark and spooky ones — can’t be seen. Even if there’s nothing in these corners (and often there’s not), the fear of the unknown creates a tension that a free-moving camera can’t replicate.

While Observation is meant to make players feel as if they’re controlling a sentient computer system, they have no true free will — No Code is telling only one story here, and players have to follow it. It’s also a short game, at about six to seven hours. But it forms a tight, thoughtful narrative woven together with simple and challenging puzzles. It’s quiet in its drama, and subtle in its horror. This is no Alien: Isolation, but fear lurks just below the surface regardless. It’s the slow-rolling mystery that makes Observation so compelling. As Fisher workers through the clues with S.A.M.’s help, she realizes the ISS is, strangely enough, headed for Saturn. But who’s trying to bring it there? The answer may terrify you — if you weren’t just a computer system.

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Julian Assange case: Sweden sets court date to consider arresting WikiLeaks founder for rape


This news was published by : Washington Times TECH exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 16:51

Swedish prosecutors on Tuesday secured a court date to make their case for taking custody of jailed WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange on suspicion of rape.

A detention hearing sought by Swedish prosecutions pursuing Mr. Assange has been set for June 3, the Uppsala District Court announced in a statement.

"The ...

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Thunder's End: Rolling Thunder to Mark Final Memorial Day Event This Weekend


This news was published by : MILITARY HEADLINES exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 16:36
This year's annual Rolling Thunder veterans tribute will be the last.
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Stocks rebound after US eases off China sales restrictions


This news was published by : Washington Times TECH exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 16:27

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks rallied in morning trading on Wall Street Tuesday after the U.S. government temporarily eased off its proposed restrictions on technology sales to Chinese companies.

Technology stocks climbed out of the ditch created Monday by the planned restrictions, aimed primarily at Chinese telecom gear maker ...

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Legislature approves bill banning undetectable firearms


This news was published by : Washington Times TECH exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 16:14

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Making, selling, transporting or possessing 3D-printed guns and other undetectable firearms would be banned in New York under legislation approved by the Democrat-controlled state Legislature.

The Assembly passed the bill Monday, five days after the legislation was approved by the Senate.

The measure would ban all ...

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Long time coming: China’s defense minister to speak at Shangri-la Dialogue


This news was published by : Defense News exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 16:13
China’s defense minister is scheduled to speak at a regional security summit in Singapore next month, marking the first time in almost a decade it will have sent a high-ranking official to the annual...
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Only 55% of Americans Know Why the Nation Marks Memorial Day, Survey Finds


This news was published by : MILITARY HEADLINES exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 16:09
Little more than half of Americans know the true meaning of Memorial Day, according to a survey.
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Markets Right Now: Stocks rise as tech shares recover


This news was published by : Washington Times TECH exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:42

NEW YORK (AP) - The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

9:35 a.m.

Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street Tuesday as technology companies rebound from a sell-off a day earlier.

Chipmakers rallied after the U.S. government issued a 90-day grace period on its order to restrict ...

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Navy to Change Pilot Call Sign Protocol After Minority Aviators Report Bias


This news was published by : MILITARY HEADLINES exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:31
The head of naval aviation has directed the creation of a new process for approving and reviewing pilots' call signs.
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WWII Plane Rescued from Boneyard to Join D-Day Anniversary


This news was published by : MILITARY HEADLINES exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:10
"It's going to be historic, emotional," said pilot Tom Travis, who will fly That's All, Brother to Europe for the event.
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Remember New Coke? It’s Coming Back. Blame Netflix.


This news was published by : N.Y. TIMES TECHNOLOGY exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:00
The creators of “Stranger Things” wrote the failed beverage into the coming season as part of a big marketing push. With memories of a 1985 backlash faded, Coca-Cola dug out the old recipe.
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Tech Mahindra Q4 net profit dips 7.36% to ₹1,132 crore


This news was published by : The Hindu Industry exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 14:58
Mid-size information technology (IT) firm Tech Mahindra reported a 7.36% dip in its fourth quarter net profit to ₹1,132 crore as cost of services wen
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Graduating Coast Guard Academy Cadets' Leadership Led to Changes Big and Small


This news was published by : COAST GUARD exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 13:35
The Class of 2019 graduates from the academy Wednesday. National Security Adviser John Bolton is the keynote speaker.
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Global markets rise after Wall Street fall on Huawei anxiety


This news was published by : Washington Times TECH exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:17

BEIJING (AP) - Global stock markets were mostly higher Tuesday after anxiety over U.S. curbs on sales to Chinese tech giant Huawei dragged down Wall Street.

Benchmarks in London, Frankfurt, Shanghai and Sydney advanced. Tokyo and Hong Kong declined.

Anxiety over U.S.-Chinese trade tension was reignited by Washington's decision to ...

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Officials Say Iran Quadruples Production of Enriched Uranium


This news was published by : MILITARY HEADLINES exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:00
By increasing production, Iran soon will exceed the stockpile limitations set by the accord.
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General Dynamics unveils advanced version of its new lightweight machine gun


This news was published by : DEFENSENEWS exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:53

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, has unveiled an advanced version of a new lightweight machine gun, called the Lightweight Medium Machine Gun (LWMMG) during the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC).

A subsidiary of General Dynamics announced on its Twitter account that: “Tested by soldiers, for soldiers, and on display at SOFIC in booth 904 for the first time.”

The next generation LWMMG, after undergone a substantial number of modifications to its internal and external components, gives warfighters a distinct advantage in both extended and close-in fighting. Eliminating the gap between 7.62mm and .50 caliber weapons, the LWMMG utilizes the highly efficient .338 Norma Magnum cartridge to offer unmatched accuracy and lethality while extending the battlespace out to an impressive 1,700 meters.

The company’s presentation notes the at 1,000 meters, the LWMMG is capable of defeating Level III body armor and incapacitating soft skinned vehicles by delivering over 1,900 foot pounds of energy to the target – more than five times the terminal effect of the 7.62mm NATO cartridge.

Weighing less than 24 pounds and featuring a fully collapsible stock, the LWMMG offers superior mobility and portability in both mounted and dismounted operations.

The LWMMG is operated by a gas-operated, long-stroke piston with a rotating bolt located under the barrel and fires from an open bolt. It uses “Short Recoil Impulse Averaging” technology, patented by General Dynamics and previously used on their XM806 machine gun, where the entire barrel, barrel extension, gas system, and bolt assembly recoil inside the outer housing.

According to the company, the LWMMG’s portability and integration of standard optics combined with the superior ballistic coefficient of the .338 NM cartridge provide overmatch capability compared to all known portable machine guns in the world. It weighs less than 24 pounds and features a fully collapsible stock.

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Work Underway on British Tanker Sunk by U-Boat off NY in WW2


This news was published by : MILITARY HEADLINES exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:50
A team has been at the site of the tanker since April 29 and has pumped more than 62,000 gallons of oil since May 11.
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Work Underway on British Tanker Sunk by U-Boat off NY in WW2


This news was published by : COAST GUARD exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:50
A team has been at the site of the tanker since April 29 and has pumped more than 62,000 gallons of oil since May 11.
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Emerge


This news was published by : TECHNODE exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:44
TechNode can’t actually see around corners, but this Thursday in Shanghai we’re offering the next best thing.
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The Latest: China: US abusing power, meddling in markets


This news was published by : Washington Times TECH exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:38

BEIJING (AP) - The Latest on U.S. restrictions on sales to Chinese technology giant Huawei (all times local):

5:35 p.m.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman has accused Washington of misusing "state power" to hurt foreign companies and interfere in commercial markets.

The spokesman, Lu Kang, said in a routine briefing ...

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NATO Agency plans for $1.5 billion in upcoming business opportunities


This news was published by : DEFENSENEWS exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:27

The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency is planning to release 1.4 billion EUR ($1.5 billion) in business opportunities in the next 18 months.

As NATO’s tech and cyber leader, the Agency works to deliver technology and services to NATO Nations and Commands. During these next 18 months, the Agency plans to issue bids for, or award contracts in areas such as cyber security; joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and satellite communications.

The Agency holds open competitions through Invitations for Bid, or IFBs.

Satellite Communications: The Agency plans to contract out 189 million EUR in satellite communications transmission services for the space, ground and control resources to support NATO operations from 2020 to 2034.

Cyber Security: 129 million EUR is planned for refreshing and optimizing the security technology for NATO’s communications and information systems.

Deployable Communications and Information Systems (CIS): Through several other projects, the Agency is also planning to contract out 153.2 million EUR on deployable CIS and capability enhancements.

Nuclear Command and Control Services: NATO plans to make investments in the order of 15-to-20 million EUR to ensure a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent in the face of new technologies and threats. These funds will be used to develop software and procure IT equipment, among other things.

Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Functional Services: NATO also plans to invest 10 million EUR in this area to develop software, replace certain ageing tools and support command and control of CBRN assets.

Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance: The Agency plans to issue a bid worth 17 million EUR in the area of Joint ISR, to provide additional intelligence collecting and sharing capabilities to NATO Commands.

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5.23 Emerge Shanghai | Telling China’s stories in Southeast Asia and India


This news was published by : TECHNODE exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:17
After evolving in the Chinese market, these firms must now do battle with both local upstarts and Silicon Valley titans in unfamiliar territory.
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Raytheon discloses future lasers that can stop hypersonic missiles


This news was published by : DEFENSENEWS exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:14

Video posted on U.S. Defense contractor Raytheon’s Twitter account, appear to show future laser weapon systems that that can stop enemy hypersonic missiles.

Hypersonic weapons are highly maneuverable, travel many times the speed of sound, and allow for the destruction of targets anywhere in the world in less than an hour. The new generation missiles are a growing and extremely complex threat to US and allies national interests.

“Potential adversaries are developing sophisticated ballistic and cruise missile systems, with increased speed, range, accuracy and lethality,” Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John C. Rood told last month the Senate Armed Services Committee’s strategic forces subcommittee at a hearing on missile defense policies and programs.

In a video statement published by Raytheon said: “What can catch a missile moving many times the speed of sound? An interceptor that’s as fast as light. See how we’re hurtling toward lasers that can stop hypersonic missiles.”

The company’s website also said that Raytheon’s innovators are working on world-changing technologies that push the limits of what people can do.

Today’s laser weapons can already defeat drones, but cranking out enough photons to fry a ballistic missile would take far more power. Once engineers find a clean, practical and efficient way to produce all that power, they’ll also need to focus it into an ultra-precise beam. That, in turn, takes bigger optical mirrors with coatings that withstand such a massive amount of energy. And, of course, they’ll need a vehicle that can carry it all.

Lastly, there’s the “line-of-sight” problem; lasers shoot perfectly straight, meaning a laser shot toward the horizon will eventually hit the Earth’s curves. That’s a problem when you’re trying to hit a missile on the other side of the world.

When it comes to ballistic missile defense, “you want to get it into airborne platforms and into space,” said Evan Hunt, a former U.S. Air Force navigator who now works in business development for Raytheon’s high-energy laser products. “It’s better to look down than to shoot up.”

To pull it off, engineers will have to scale up the parts of laser weapons that are working today and steal from other advances in technology. Commercial markets are making leaps in power storage, Hunt said, and the military is already driving innovation in electro-optical and infrared sensors.

“All the other key subsystems in the laser weapon are being spurred by existing markets,” Hunt said, “(but) there needs to be some out-of-the-box thinking to get where MDA, the Air Force and Space Force need to go.”

Laser missile interceptors could deter the development of nuclear weapons.

“Imagine you’re a country that has to invest in a nuclear weapon,” Hunt said, “and then all of a sudden the U.S. comes out with an ability to shoot your nuclear weapon down at cents per shot. I think you could really hurt people’s incentive to go that route.”

What can catch a missile moving many times the speed of sound? An interceptor that’s as fast as light. See how we’re hurtling toward lasers that can stop hypersonic missiles: https://t.co/LqZ8YeBvOU pic.twitter.com/7RyZqy94Q0

— Raytheon (@Raytheon) May 20, 2019



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Virginia software startup to expand, create 40 jobs


This news was published by : Washington Times TECH exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:06

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A Virginia software startup is expanding its operations and adding 40 new jobs.

Blacksburg-based Ozmo builds software used in troubleshooting problems with cellphones and other devices.

The Roanoke Times reports that the company started in 2016. The company now has 70 employees. The company's clients include ...

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5.23 Emerge Shanghai | The 2B Shift


This news was published by : TECHNODE exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:04
Ecosystem Alibaba, Tencent, and Bytedance are now eyeing the enterprise space in hopes of creating and taking advantage of the immature market.
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General Dynamics awarded $497M for support of U.S. Navy’s fleet of Columbia, Ford, Virginia submarines


This news was published by : DEFENSENEWS exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:51

General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) from Connecticut has been awarded a $497 million modification to a previously-awarded contract for future Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines.

The modification with the General Dynamics subsidiary, issued by the Naval Sea Systems Command and announced Monday by the Department of Defense, will include submarine industrial base development and expansion in support of Columbia-class fleet ballistic missile submarines, as well as the nuclear shipbuilding enterprise (Virginia class and Ford class), as part of the integrated enterprise plan and multi-program material procurement and production backup units.

According to the current information the Columbia-class Program Executive Office is on track to begin construction with USS Columbia (SSBN 826) in fiscal year 2021, deliver in fiscal year 2028, and on patrol in 2031.

According to the Department of Defense, this submarine industrial base development and expansion effort utilizes the enhanced acquisition authorities contained in 10 U.S. Code §2218a, National Sea-Based Deterrence Fund, to improve sub-tier vendor stability and gain economic efficiencies based on production economies for major components.

“The nuclear shipbuilding industrial base is ramping up production capability to support the increased demand associated with the Navy’s force structure assessment.  Improved capacity at the sub-tier vendors reduces risk to the Columbia, Virginia, and Ford class programs.  This modification supports GDEB’s execution of funding authorized in fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and appropriated by the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019,” said in a statement.

General Dynamics has received a potential $497M contract modification to support industrial base development and expansion initiatives for the U.S. Navy’s fleet of Columbia, Ford and Virginia class submarines.

General Dynamics Electric Boat will perform work occur through December 2031 in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Virginia and other undisclosed locations.

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Huawei: US controls have 'no impact,' talking to Google


This news was published by : Washington Times TECH exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:44

BEIJING (AP) - The founder of Huawei expressed confidence Washington's curbs on technology sales to the Chinese tech giant will have little impact and said Tuesday it is talking with Google about "emergency relief" for loss of services for its smartphone business.

Huawei Technologies Ltd., the biggest maker of network ...

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Baidu appoints Jing Kun as vice president to further AI push


This news was published by : TECHNODE exactly at Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:43
Despite the popularity of its voice assistant, AI contribution to the company's profitability is marginal.
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