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Trump promises H-1B visa holders 'changes are coming soon.' What that means for the tech industry

January 13, 2019

President Donald Trump told H-1B visa holders to “rest assured” because “changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty” to their status in the United States in a tweet early Friday. But it’s unclear whether the revisions he has in store will put the minds of the 85,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. on skilled work visas each year at ease.

Why Keeping The Nation's Secrets Could Depend On Whether The US Is First To Master Quantum Computing

January 13, 2019

“Whoever achieves quantum first is going to be able to break all the encryption that’s currently being used,” Hurd says. Right now, data that is encrypted, whether it’s a password, the plans for a new fighter plane, or the names and locations of intelligence officers, can be stolen, but can’t be read unless the thief can break the encryption code. When fully implemented, quantum technology will be able crack those codes, no matter how strong they are.

At CES, tech's biggest trade show, privacy was the buzzword

January 13, 2019

When Mita Yun gives a demo of the cute, cat-like pet robot Kiki, which includes microphones and a camera in its nose, she broaches the issue of privacy before even being asked. Yun -- the co-founder and CEO of Zoetic, the company based in Santa Clara, California, that is behind Kiki -- is quick to point out that the “AI companion” can recognize your face but doesn’t relay that information over the internet.

Tech Companies Shouldn't Make Us Trust Them, At All

January 13, 2019

Yesterday, at the same time countless companies packed the show floor of CES 2019 with all manner of new connected smart gadgets from security cameras to high-tech baby monitors, another high-profile leak of consumer trust came out. The Intercept reported that Amazon's Ring Doorbell exposed the ostensibly private video captured by its electronic eye to strangers.

Asteroid that killed the dinosaurs caused a mile-high tsunami around the Earth

January 10, 2019

Dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago because of a massive asteroid that hit the Earth in the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, now known as the Chicxulub crater. While it's been generally accepted that the asteroid caused a massive disruption in the planet's climate, a new study says the asteroid also caused a worldwide tsunami that reached more than 5,000 feet in the air.

Ford: All new vehicles to 'talk' through 5G by 2022

January 10, 2019

Ford Motor Co. announced Monday plans starting in 2022 to outfit every new vehicle it sells in the U.S. with cellular technology enabling the vehicle to communicate with infrastructure, other vehicles or businesses around it.

The US-China tech war is getting worse. Apple is paying the price

January 10, 2019

Apple said the US-China trade war had weighed on consumers in the world's second-largest economy. Some pundits pointed to a broader economic slowdown in the country, while others highlighted the growing domestic competition that Apple faces in China from increasingly capable domestic suppliers like Huawei and Xiaomi. None of this is wrong, but it misses the deeper issue: US companies face a growing risk of being boxed out of the next wave of innovation in China.

How Can Smaller Cities Join the Growing AI Economy?

January 09, 2019

Artificial intelligence is poised to make a significant impact on the global economy, adding $15.7 trillion to the GDP by 2030. In pursuit of these economic benefits, many countries have developed national strategies to promote the adoption of AI within their borders, such as China’s ambitious plan to become the global leader in AI. But what can state and local governments -- especially those outside of the country’s main tech hubs -- do to ensure they are not left behind in the AI economy?

Few Americans Want Government to Limit Use of Facial Recognition Technology, Particularly for Public Safety or Airport Screening

January 09, 2019

Only one in four Americans (26 percent) think government should strictly limit the use of facial recognition technology, according to a new survey from the Center for Data Innovation—and that support drops even further if it would come at the expense of public safety. Fewer than one in five Americans (18 percent) would agree with strictly limiting the technology if that is the tradeoff, while a solid majority (55 percent) would disagree.

What Is the Dark Side of the Moon?

January 09, 2019

What is the "dark side" of the moon? The short answer? It's a misnomer. A cool-sounding misnomer! But a misnomer. Assuming they aren't talking about the Pink Floyd album or the French mockumentary, people who say "the dark side of the moon" are almost always referring to the moon's far side--which, despite pointing permanently away from those of us planetside, actually sees as much sunlight as the side facing Earth.

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