technology

August 22, 2018

We’ve known for years that Steve Jobs hated multi-button mice, but based on the peripherals the man developed, I’m not sure Steve Jobs didn’t just hate mice, period. It’d be a touch ironic, considering he’s generally credited with introducing the GUI to mainstream personal computing, but I think it’s possible that the Apple USB Mouse was actually Jobs’ angry revenge against all the people who wanted a two-button Apple mouse.

August 22, 2018

When the satellite Cosmos 2519 was launched into space by Russia last year, the world did not know why. Now, a US diplomat warned a global arms control conference in Geneva on Aug. 14 that “we are concerned with what appears to be very abnormal behavior by a declared ‘space apparatus inspector.’ We don’t know for certain what it is, and there is no way to verify it.”

August 22, 2018

A new study by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has uncovered a source of error in an industry-standard calibration method that could lead microchip manufacturers to lose a million dollars or more in a single fabrication run.

August 21, 2018

Labor Department investigators recently concluded that Cisco Systems Inc. discriminated against U.S. workers by favoring immigrant visa holders for job openings, sources familiar with the probe tell Bloomberg Law. The DOL’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs determined that the technology firm secured visas for foreign workers instead of hiring U.S. citizens for certain jobs and paid the visa holders at a lower rate than their American counterparts, according to the sources.

August 21, 2018

Quantum computing has the potential to tackle problems conventional computers can’t handle, such as discovering how diseases develop and creating more effective drugs to treat them. It exploits fundamental laws of physics to solve complex computing problems in new ways that are not well served by classical computers. The potential of its massive, parallel-computing power has driven academia, government and private companies alike in a race to invent it.

August 20, 2018

When your team works in the belly of an aircraft or inside a computer design, they all having the same sci-fi daydream: Augmented reality (AR) that can layer information onto the job to cut out their frustration and inevitable errors. Being able to walk through a design in three-dimensional space can make it easier to identify flaws that are hard to see in two dimensions.

August 19, 2018

New fifth-generation “5G” network technology will equip the United States with a superior wireless platform, unlocking transformative economic potential. However, 5G’s success is contingent on modernizing outdated policy frameworks that dictate infrastructure overhauls and establishing the proper balance of public-private partnerships to encourage investment and deployment.

August 19, 2018

Lockheed Martin is raking in billions of dollars for advanced weapons sought by the Pentagon -- this week scoring deals for missile-warning satellites and hypersonic missiles. In the past four months, the firm has won three Air Force contracts totaling up to $4.3 billion:

August 19, 2018

With all the focus on Russian hacking, Russian ambition, and Russian threats to U.S. national economic security, another Red Threat continues seemingly unabated:  China’s ongoing effort to compete as a global economic power equal to, if not exceeding, the United States. China has the population and the economic ability to compete, and has made its ambitions crystal clear with its Made in China 2025 plans.

August 16, 2018

U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia said in a statement to the AP that if a Google user disables the setting, called Location History, it is "perfectly reasonable for that person to expect that apps will not continue tracking their location." Warner said the fact it does not is a "frustratingly common" experience for technology users.

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