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Why is there no US rival to compete with Huawei?

April 29, 2019

Huawei is the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker, with a 28 per cent market share -- according to Dell’Oro, the market research company -- and more 5G contracts around the world than any other company. Its closest rivals are Ericsson and Nokia, the European companies. But there is no US group that can build the equipment to transfer signals between mobile phones and the towers or sites that make up the network.

Merger of T-Mobile and Sprint won't help US win race to develop 5G technology

April 29, 2019

Approving the T-Mobile merger with Sprint will not help us win the race to 5G, even though T-Mobile and Sprint are touting 5G as the main reason their merger should be approved. The two companies claim that America needs their merger to win the 5G arms race. However, those same companies tell Wall Street that they are well positioned for 5G as standalone firms.

Why China Will Rival the U.S. in High Tech

April 29, 2019

Those who think China can’t catch up in innovation tend to base their arguments on abstractions: A rigid education system stifles creativity, they say, while heavy-handed industrial policies such as the “Made in China 2025” program encourage waste and inefficiency. Those skeptics are ignoring a far more concrete and relevant factor, however: the growing size and sophistication of China’s domestic market.

NASA Preps Mission to Most Interesting Asteroid in Our Solar System

April 26, 2019

The asteroid belt is composed of three types of asteroid: C-type (carbonaceous, ~75 percent of all asteroids), S-type (silicate-rich, ~17 percent of asteroids) and M-type (metal-rich), which are roughly 10 percent of the total population. The numbers, in this case, don’t add up to 100 percent because we aren’t sure of the exact ratios. 16 Psyche is an M-type asteroid made of iron-nickel. What makes it unusual is that it’s believed to be the now-exposed core of a protoplanet. It’s also estimated to be worth $10,000 quadrillion dollars, if anybody has a towing hitch handy.

How Congress Got Dumb on Tech - and How It Can Get Smart

April 26, 2019

Chuck Schumer, one of the most powerful people in Washington, uses a flip phone. The kind of phone with a tiny screen and real buttons, designed for making actual phone calls, not writing emails. But then, the Senate minority leader rarely emails, telling the New York Times a few years ago that he sends about one every four months. In case manufacturers stop making his favorite flip phone, Schumer has stockpiled ten of them.

The Pentagon is Investing in Space Robots to Repair Satellites

April 25, 2019

Today the U.S. has more than 400 military, government and commercial satellites circling the globe in geosynchronous Earth orbit, or GEO, a celestial path about 22,000 miles above the ground. These high-altitude satellites are ideal for telecommunications, meteorology and certain military applications, but when they break down, it’s nearly impossible to fix something far out in the cosmos.

Russians Will Soon Lose Uncensored Access to the Internet

April 25, 2019

The Russian government is one step away from essentially cutting its population off from the global internet. The controversial “sovereign internet law” passed last week by the legislature’s upper house needs only President Vladimir Putin’s signature to require online traffic to pass through servers run by the government’s internet regulation agency by 2021, allowing the Kremlin to much better observe and control what Russian citizens are doing.

Tesla: We'll Have Full Self-Driving by 2020. Robo-Taxis, Too.

April 25, 2019

A Breakthrough, or More Silicon Valley Hot Air? If we sound a bit cautious, we’ve been there before with Tesla. Other Tesla promises have come up short: start-of-production claims, production-quantity claims, technology. And yet, Tesla is by far the largest maker of EVs, this from a company that didn’t exist 15 years ago. And the Tesla Model 3, even if it failed to meet Tesla’s delivery and production claims, still was the best-selling luxury car in the US last year and outsold the next EV, the Nissan Leaf, by 8-1.

U.S. Government to Roll Out Facial Recognition Software in Most Airports in Four Years

April 25, 2019

This technology rollout was outlined in the department’s "Fiscal Year 2018 Entry/Exit Overstay Report." It states that in the next four years, CBP hopes to use biometric exit technology on more than 97 percent of commercial air travelers departing from the U.S.with the intent of catching people who have overstayed their visa.

Why are the US and China fighting over 5G domination

April 24, 2019

You know it must be nothing short of transformational when Washington goes on the offensive over Beijing getting ahead in a telecommunications standard. But what is this new 5G technology and why has it got the world’s two biggest economies at each other’s throats? Let’s just say it’s a lot more important than allowing you to download the latest high-definition episode of Game of Thrones on your smartphone in seconds. According to some experts, 5G could change the way we live forever.

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