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The best way for the U.S. to enable a 5G future

January 21, 2018

Fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks promise to blow away existing 4G connections. According to the U.S. government, the new systems will deliver 1,000 times more traffic, with far superior reliability and faster response times. Movies will glisten in ultra-high definition, while cities become smart, autonomous cars safe, and the Internet of Things ubiquitous. Mobile broadband may out-perform fiber optics, as The Economist notes, putting “your phone on steroids.”

Apple Plans To Create 20,000 Jobs In The U.S.

January 21, 2018

Apple (AAPL) said it will build a second corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers in a $350 billion, five-year commitment to the U.S. economy. Apple, the world's biggest company by market capitalization, said Wednesday it will contribute $75 billion of that amount through investments in American manufacturing, planned capital expenditures and what it called a "record" tax payment after it repatriates overseas profits.

Multiple Implications Of Apple's Move Back Toward The U.S.

January 21, 2018

AAPL may now be joining its most famous and influential shareholder in again becoming more US-centric. The catalyst: the tax bill. The US has joined most of the rest of the world with a humble tax policy. When AAPL earns money in the EU, or Brazil, it now pays no tax penalty for its foreign subsidiary to pay a dividend to the parent. This money can now go to shareholders, or it can be invested in the US.

Poll: Majority of Americans worried about sharing roads with driverless cars

January 18, 2018

A recent poll found that a majority of Americans are worried about operating cars on the same roads as driverless vehicles. Sixty-four percent of those surveyed said they are concerned about sharing the streets with driverless vehicles, according to a poll from Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety.

How to stop 'extremely disruptive' AI from harming society

January 18, 2018

Artificial intelligence (AI) could be the biggest challenge facing the jobs market and even humanity itself, according to Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller. However, the Yale University professor told CNBC that he had a radical idea that could be implemented to mitigate AI's potential harm to society.

Apple Accelerates US Investment and Job Creation

January 18, 2018

Combining new investments and Apple's current pace of spending with domestic suppliers and manufacturers -- an estimated $55 billion for 2018 -- Apple's direct contribution to the US economy will be more than $350 billion over the next five years, not including Apple's ongoing tax payments, the tax revenues generated from employees' wages and the sale of Apple products.

Apple To Create 20,000 Jobs At Expanded U.S. Data Centers And New Campus

January 18, 2018

iPhone maker Apple announced today that it is making immense investments in the U.S. economy including building a new campus at an as-yet unnamed location and hiring 4,000 new workers a year for the next five years, many of whom will be employed at existing data centers.

Is This Science Hacker a Heroine or a Villain?

January 17, 2018

In 2011, 23-year-old Alexandra Elbakyan did something radical: She created Sci-Hub, a digital repository housing copies of 64.5 million scientific journal articles. That might seem, on its face, ho-hum. But Sci-Hub was radical because it was free to anyone with an internet connection, threatening to disrupt the research publishing industry, which holds its copyrighted material behind a paywall.

Should Apple do more to limit children's screen time?

January 17, 2018

Eye problems, bad posture, carpal tunnel syndrome, social disconnection, depression, insomnia. All of these are symptoms of excessive screen time, and Apple has recently responded to a request by shareholders for the company to address youth screen time issues.

Trump Administration Moving Forward on Self-Driving Vehicles

January 16, 2018

The hope among industry attendees at CES was that the new guidelines will put more states on the same page when it comes to self-driving regulations, whether those regulations relate to cars, trucks or trains. "What we are trying to do is to reduce the number of regulations that are hampering the growth of technology in this area," Chao said during a Q&A session.

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