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Report: Internet of Things To Hit 25 Billion Units, $264 Billion by 2020

Defined by Gartner as "the network of dedicated physical objects (things) that contain embedded technology to sense or interact with their internal state or external environment," the Internet of Things comprises an ecosystem that includes things, communication, applications and data analysis" that " has become a powerful force for business transformation" with effects that will be felt across all industries and areas of society.

Internet Society of New York Event Surveys Broadband Landscape at Home and Abroad

Karr said that households with $100,000 or more in annual income have high-quality broadband while 20 million Americans cannot get it at any price. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, a 500 Mbps connection costs residents $25 per month, he said.

U.S., China reach historic deal to end tech tariffs

The United States and China reached a historic agreement late Monday that would eliminate tariffs on the global trade of $1 trillion in high-tech products in a development that could support up to 60,000 new U.S. jobs.

NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Arrives at Launch Pad, Hoisted onto Rocket Ahead of its First Spaceflight

NASA’s new Orion spacecraft now is at its launch pad after completing its penultimate journey in the early hours Wednesday. It arrived at Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 3:07 a.m. EST, where the spacecraft then was lifted onto a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket in preparation for its first trip to space.

Don't discount human spaceflight

With respect to the costs and benefits of humans vs. robots in space, it need not be an either-or question. To explore space, we need both. Human spaceflight is more costly, but its inspirational benefits and productivity are unsurpassed.

Rocket accidents favor unmanned spaceflight

The accidents demonstrate that private rockets, just like government ones, can go awry. They also should prompt skepticism about claims made by many in the private space industry that they can dramatically reduce the costs of accessing space and allow for a much more robust presence.

Democrats line up behind Obama in net-neutrality battle

Democrats are falling in line behind President Obama’s call for federal regulators to treat the Internet like a public utility. GOP leaders of both the House and Senate have said that aggressive rules would hurt the economy and have lambasted the idea of reclassifying the Internet under a law that was written decades ago.

Making the case for space science as a national priority

Understanding how national priorities have affected the resources available to federal organizations in the past demonstrates an often-unappreciated aspect of the budgetary challenges faced by the space science community, while also suggesting a possible strategy for addressing those challenges.

Computer Scientists Say Copyright on APIs Will Stifle Innovation

In a dispute between Oracle and Google, the 77 scientists argue that the free and open use of the application programming interfaces has been both routine and essential in the computer industry since its beginning, and depended on the "sensible assumption" that APIs and other interfaces were not copyrightable.

House panel to hold net neutrality hearing

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will examine federal regulators’ attempt to write new net neutrality rules next month, it announced on Wednesday. The Dec. 10 session is likely to offer Republican committee leaders the chance to grill Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officials on the expected new rules.

Feds lift export ban on commercial satellites

The aerospace industry can now begin exporting commercial satellites. In a final rule published in the Federal Register on Monday, the Department of Commerce removed commercial communications satellites from its list of military technology.

Obama thrills left with Web fight

Obama on Monday released an unusual video statement urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to enact the toughest possible rules on Internet service providers, thrilling liberal activists who have long pushed him to take a firmer stand on net neutrality. Net neutrality — the principal that all traffic on the Internet should be treated the same — was a plank of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and appears to be taking on added significance as he enters the twilight of his term.

New Pentagon Innovation Strategy Coming in Days

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will roll out an “innovation initiative” later this week, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said Wednesday. The Pentagon has been working on a new “offset strategy” that would put the US military on a path to developing and fielding a new generation of technologies to counter the advances being made by China, and to a lesser extent Russia, officials have said.

From earphones to jet engines, 3D printing takes off

Many manufacturers are at an early stage of discovering the benefits of 3D printing, but one of the clearest strengths is customization. After three decades in relative obscurity, 3D printing, which employs lasers to "print" objects from metals or plastics according to a digital design, has suddenly become one of the hottest areas of technology.

U.S. Pilots Say New Chinese Stealth Fighter Could Become Equal of F-22, F-35

Many suspect the J-31 is designed using technology stolen from the Pentagon’s nearly $400 billion Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. “They sure look like F-35 and F-22s don’t they?” one Air Force operational test pilot told USNI News.

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