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7 ways the U.S. government shutdown is impacting the tech sector

January 17, 2019

Going into the fourth week of the U.S. government shutdown, its impact goes beyond the some 800,000 federal employees who’ve been furloughed. It’s also having a huge impact on the tech sector in myriad ways, from layoffs to Super Bowl ads. Here are seven ways the shutdown is having an impact on the sector.

House Republicans question mobile carriers on data practices

January 17, 2019

Top House Republicans are pressing the telecommunications industry about its handling of customer data following a report earlier this month that detailed how companies sell user location data to third parties. The top GOP members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters to AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint on Wednesday asking for details about the companies’ data-sharing agreements.

Navy sets sights on AI-enabled 6th-gen F/A-XX fighter to come after F/A-18

January 16, 2019

The Navy is currently analyzing air frames, targeting systems, AI-enabled sensors, new weapons and engine technologies to engineer a new 6th-Generation fighter to fly alongside the F-35 and ultimately replace the F/A-18. The Navy program, called Next-Generation Air Dominance, has moved beyond a purely conceptual phase and begun exploration of prototype systems and airframes as it pursues a new, carrier-launched 6th-Gen fighter to emerge in 2030 and beyond, service officials explained.

January's 'super blood Moon' eclipse will be visible to millions: Where and how to watch the rare event

January 16, 2019

Millions of people across the world will witness a partially red-tinted night sky as a rare celestial event arrives this weekend: a "super wolf blood Moon" eclipse. North America hasn't had a decent view of this special scene in at least three years and another total lunar eclipse -- which occurs when the entire Moon enters Earth’s shadow -- isn't expected to happen again until 2021, NASA predicts.

The 5 most exciting defense stories to look out for in 2019

January 15, 2019

The U.S. military has been modernizing the armed forces in preparation for a potentially new era of warfare around the corner. 2018 was certainly a year jam-packed with defense headlines as the defense industry became re-energized across all sectors and innovation to meet the requirements of U.S. forces was reinvigorated. So as we kick off this new year, which defense stories should Americans be keeping an eye on?

America desperately needs fiber internet, and the tech giants won't save us

January 15, 2019

On the latest episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka, Recode’s Peter Kafka spoke with Harvard Law School professor Susan Crawford about her new book, Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution--And Why America Might Miss It. On the podcast, Crawford explained why nationwide access to high-speed fiber internet -- already standard in parts of Asia and Europe -- is important for everything from the future of work to the successful deployment of 5G wireless networks. She also talked about why Google’s ambitious attempt to compete with the telecom giants, Google Fiber, is all but dead.

U.S. Military Trusted More Than Google, Facebook to Develop AI

January 15, 2019

Facebook Inc. is among the technology companies leading the race to develop artificial intelligence. But Americans don’t trust it to do so responsibly, a survey from a U.K. think tank has found. More than two-thirds of those surveyed said they had either "no confidence" or "not too much confidence" in Facebook developing A.I., a report from the Center for the Governance of AI, part of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, said.

Here's how the record-breaking government shutdown is disrupting science

January 15, 2019

As the partial federal government shutdown enters its fourth week -- on January 12 becoming the longest in U.S. history -- scientists are increasingly feeling the impact. Thousands of federal workers who handle food safety and public health are furloughed. Countless projects researching everything from climate change to pest control to hurricane prediction are on hold.

A philosophy professor argues kids should use more technology, not less

January 14, 2019

If you’re a parent, you’ve probably despaired more than once at the sight of your kid indelibly glued to their smartphone. Philosophy professor Jordan Shapiro has a radical proposal: Don’t despair, rejoice. Better yet, join in. Kids aren’t losing themselves in their devices, but potentially finding themselves. What’s more, they’re doing exactly what generations of kids have long done: Immersing themselves in the toys and objects of the moment that reflect the society they inhabit, and which will help prepare them for the future.

Amazon's Ring Security Camera Let Employees Spy on Customers

January 14, 2019

The Internet of Things central promise is that by allowing internet and compute-enable products into your home, you can enjoy luxuries and conveniences like voice assistants, different colored light bulbs that change on command, and a really smart toaster. There are always going to be tensions between certain IoT devices and privacy.

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