The biggest names in tech, including Google, Amazon, and Apple, spent more this quarter attempting to influence the U.S. government than ever before, according to public lobbying records. The tech giants spent more than $15 million lobbying between April 1 and June 30, with Google topping the list at $5.93 million.
Alphabet Inc.’s Google gets about 77 percent of U.S. search advertising revenue. Google and Facebook Inc. together control about 56 percent of the mobile ad market. Amazon takes about 70 percent of all e-book sales and 30 percent of all U.S. e-commerce. Taplin pegs Facebook’s share of mobile social media traffic, including the company’s WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram units, at 75 percent.
Glass Enterprise Edition (EE) -- an augmented-reality device targeted mainly to hands-on workers. Glass EE is an improved version of the “Explorer Edition” -- an experimental 2013 corporate version of the original Glass product. On January 2015, the Enterprise team in X quietly began shipping the Enterprise Edition to corporate solution partners like GE and DHL.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Thursday that he has received verbal approval from the "government" to build a "Hyperloop" connecting New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Musk said a trip between New York and Washington, D.C., which now takes roughly three hours by train, would last only 29 minutes.
It’s challenging to track the breathless pace and breadth of all the emerging technology making it increasingly easy and exciting to collect and share information and images about ourselves, each other and the world we experience. But if you are taking note of the rapid growth, you might well wonder: Where are we heading? How will life change?
Launched in clusters, some staying in orbit just a year or two, the satellites would provide coverage necessary to execute a new military contingency plan called “Kill Chain.” It is the first step in a new strategy to use satellite imagery to identify North Korean launch sites, nuclear facilities and manufacturing capability and destroy them pre-emptively if a conflict seems imminent.
Florida is now the fourth state in the U.S. to pass a law which allows unmanned delivery robots on both sidewalks and crosswalks. The law, which goes into effect July 1, 2017, states that authorized operation "of personal delivery devices within a county or municipality [are permissible] under certain circumstances.
It's difficult for many Americans to shake their mental image of Chinese knockoffs peddled on street corners. And for years that described Chinese technology, too. Local companies set up shop by copying eBay, Google, Apple and other foreign technology companies. But China has moved way past its knockoff phase.
President Trump on Thursday vowed to cut back on "job-killing" regulations on the tech industry in a meeting with business executives. Trump met with leaders from the drone and broadband industries at the White House, the latest event in the administration's "tech week." “We want to remain number one in certain areas,” Trump said. “We’re going to give you the competitive advantage that you need."
The White House is bringing together drone makers, wireless companies and venture capitalists on Thursday to look at ways government can help speed new technologies to the marketplace. President Donald Trump will meet with the chief executives of General Electric Co, Honeywell International Inc and AT&T Inc AT&T Inc, major drone industry firms and venture capitalists in the latest effort by the White House to focus on innovative technologies as a way of spurring job growth.