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8 Places You Can Visit to Celebrate Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary This Week

July 17, 2019

As the country prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s mission to the moon, a number of destinations with links to the historic journey are holding events to commemorate the occasion. From the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. to Kennedy Space Center in Houston, plenty of sites are offering the chance to celebrate Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first steps on the moon, 50 years ago as of July 20.

Is Moore's Law Alive, Dead, or Pining for the Fjords? Even Experts Disagree

July 16, 2019

At Semicon West 2019, a panel of industry experts kicked off a debate on whether Moore’s Law -- the great prediction given to us by Gordon Moore, which declared that the number of components per integrated circuit would regularly double over a predictable period of time (originally 12 months, later expanded to 24 months) -- was still alive. Over the last decade, discussions of whether Moore’s Law was sustainable in the long term or had already died and been replaced by other methods of scaling have become more common.

U.S. Still Leads World in 5G Innovation, Panelists Say

July 16, 2019

Despite a lot of press in recent months about threats that China-based communications equipment maker Huawei may pose to the developing global 5G communications ecosystem because of the company’s close ties to the Chinese government, the U.S. is continuing to lead the world in 5G technology innovation, panelists at a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) event said on July 10.

The top 10 states winning the talent war in 2019

July 15, 2019

Do you feel wanted? If you work for a living, you should. Skilled workers are in short supply across the country, thanks to a historically low unemployment rate of 3.7% and a strong economy. As a result, companies are locating and expanding in the states with the best workforces. Attracting and keeping talent is the biggest battle in the war between the states for business.

Mark Kelly says he thinks first person to walk on Mars is alive today

July 15, 2019

“It might be some kid in high school. It could be even somebody older than that. We don’t know. It’s a challenging proposition to send people to Mars and then safely get them back,” Kelly said. “I think it’s something we should be doing as a country. I think when we do these very aspirational things that are very difficult with people, we get tremendous amounts back as a country.”

Majority of voters don't think it's necessary to break up big tech

July 15, 2019

A majority of voters say it is unnecessary for the government to move to break up big tech, a stance that differs from that of some top 2020 presidential contenders. According to a new public opinion survey conducted by RealClear Opinion Research, 55 percent of respondents said it is unnecessary for the government to break up technology giant Amazon.

Peter Thiel says FBI, CIA should investigate if Chinese intelligence infiltrated Google

July 15, 2019

Thiel, who supported Trump in 2016 and Facebook board member, made the comments during a speech at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington. He said the FBI and CIA needed to ask Google three questions to determine if the tech giant had been compromised by Chinese intelligence...

Facebook's Face-ID Database Could Be the Biggest in the World. Yes, It Should Worry Us.

July 14, 2019

Every day, Facebook users upload hundreds of millions of photos to the social network. If they haven’t opted out, the software scans those photos in search of faces it recognizes. As users either agree or disagree with the recommendations of who should be tagged, Facebook’s algorithms get better. The company’s research suggests that Facebook holds “the largest facial dataset to date”--powered by DeepFace, Facebook’s deep-learning facial recognition system.

US-China Space Race: Amazon and SpaceX to Launch 7,661 5G and 6G Satellites

July 14, 2019

The U.S.-China space race accelerated with Amazon applying to launch 3,236 5G and 6G satellites into orbit, following the U.S. Federal Commission Communication’s (FCC’s) approval for SpaceX launching 4,425 satellites. President Trump responded in February to China beating America to launch the first 5G broadband networks, in the same manner President John F. Kennedy responded to the Soviet Union’s beating America to launch the first Sputnik satellite. Trump declared an all-out space race to dominate the future for 5th and 6th generation mobile technology.

UCLA Professor Faces 200+ Year Sentence for Smuggling Tech to China

July 14, 2019

Former University of California professor Yi-Chi Shih has been found guilty on 18 federal charges for funneling American military technology to China. The 64-year-old electrical engineer has been found guilty of handing stolen U.S. military technology to the Chinese government. Now he faces several lifetimes’ worth of time in a federal prison. Shih’s co-defendant, Kiet Ahn Mai, already pleaded guilty to smuggling charges in December 2018.

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