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China could overtake US air superiority using hacked American technology

January 01, 2017

The technology that went into China’s new J-20 jet fighter was stolen and diverted from export licenses the Commerce Department issued over a decade ago despite Defense Department objections, former Pentagon official Michael Maloof told RT’s Ed Schultz. The US, Russia and China are in an expensive technological race to achieve global air superiority.

Virtual assistants expected to top virtual reality in holiday sales

December 22, 2016

Two years after Amazon.com Inc introduced the Echo, a $179.99 hands free speaker with AI-powered virtual assistant Alexa, the virtual home assistant category is poised to beat out virtual reality and possibly a few other high tech competitors, according to the Consumer Technology Association. Oppenheimer analyst Andrew Uerkwitz estimated nearly 10 million to 12 million Amazon Echo and Google Home virtual assistants could sell during the holidays.

The top 10 PC technologies and trends to watch in 2017

December 21, 2016

Though some critics love to knock PCs as dinosaurs, laptops and desktops have gotten sexier, faster and even smarter. For every blue screen of death, there are droves of technological enhancements driving PCs into the era of virtual reality, 4K video and 5G connectivity. Here are the top 10 PC technology and trends to watch next year.

Dear President Trump: Here's How to Make Space Great Again

December 20, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump often says that Americans no longer dream and must do so again. Nowhere can dreams be more inspiring and profitable than in space. But today, expanding space enterprise is not foremost on the minds of Americans or military strategists. As a recent CNN special showed, defense thinkers feel embattled in space, focused on protecting our existing investments rather than developing new ones that seize strategic advantage.

Drone Deliveries in US Stalled by More Regulations

December 20, 2016

Amazon completed its first drone delivery Wednesday in the U.K. and not in the U.S., marking the debut of its comprehensive unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) shipping service. This was a direct manifestation of America’s burdensome regulations, which seem to be forcing Amazon, and other businesses, to take their drone technology abroad.

How Artificial Intelligence Will Usher in the Next Stage of E-Government

December 19, 2016

The defining feature of the perceptive stage will be that the work involved in interacting with government will be significantly reduced and automated for all parties involved. This will come about principally from the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) -- computer systems that can learn, reason and decide at levels similar to that of a human -- into government services to make it more insightful and intelligent.

Amazon makes its first Prime Air drone delivery to a customer

December 19, 2016

Amazon has completed its first customer delivery by drone. The company made the used its Prime Air service for the first time to deliver goods to a customer in Cambridgeshire on December 7. Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos confirmed the delivery in a tweet.

U.S. proposes requiring vehicles to 'talk' to each other to avoid crashes

December 15, 2016

The U.S. Transportation Department on Tuesday proposed requiring all new cars and trucks to be able to "talk" to one another using short-range wireless technology to potentially avoid tens of thousands of crashes annually. Regulators, which first announced plans to pursue requiring the technology in early 2014, are proposing to give automakers at least four years to comply from the time it is finalized and would require automakers to ensure all vehicles "speak the same language through a standard technology."

Trump meets with tech titans as Bezos lauds 'productive' session

December 15, 2016

A confab of tech titans had a "productive" meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Wednesday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told CNBC, as Trump moved to mend fences with Silicon Valley before taking office in January. Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Intel, Oracle, IBM, Cisco and Tesla were among the C-suite executives in attendance, with Apple CEO Tim Cook and Tesla CEO Elon Musk expected to get private briefings, according to transition staff.

What Trump Should Do With Air Force One

December 14, 2016

Air Force One today is a bit of a disappointment. Donald Trump's own plane is more distinctive, more advanced, more efficient, and likely far more comfortable to fly in. It's newer, so it likely is also a better representation of what the U.S. can do than the official presidential plane. The plane is hardened against nuclear attack -- something very likely in Reagan's time but not at all very likely now -- but it is not hardened well against cyberattack. Given that it uses really old tech, that currently may not be a huge problem.

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