technology

November 14, 2018

Prominent U.S. technology companies are backing an international cyber agreement that would limit the use of certain cyber weapons, even after the Trump administration declined to sign onto the non-binding declaration this week. The United States was one of just several Western countries that chose not to sign the "Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace," which French President Emmanuel Macron released on Monday during the Paris Peace Forum.

November 14, 2018

As Amazon dangled the prospect of 50,000 jobs and economic transformation, virtually every major city in the country jockeyed to win an economic development race for the ages. But cities such as Chicago, Denver, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Miami and Los Angeles were ultimately left empty-handed. Did those cities get played? Did they ever have a legitimate shot at winning this race?

November 13, 2018

Zion Market Research predicts that the smart home technology industry will be worth $53.45 billion by 2022. Security, lighting, entertainment, and climate control are four features of smart home technology that are particularly growing in popularity. But smart homes aren’t just for adults.

November 13, 2018

In the wake of Tuesday’s power-shifting midterm elections, the White House plans to stay the course in tech policy and may even work with Democrats on beefing up the nation’s broadband infrastructure, a trio of Trump administration officials said today. “We’re on the biggest IT transformation of all time,” said Chris Liddell, a former Microsoft executive who currently serves as White House deputy chief of staff for policy coordination.

November 12, 2018

In addition to beefing up oversight of regulators they believe have been too lax on the tech and telecom industry, Democrats are also making it a top priority to craft internet privacy rules. There has been increasing bipartisan support for a national privacy law in recent months following a string of massive data scandals and breaches at major companies.

November 11, 2018

No jobs are safe from automation -- not even reading the news on TV. China’s state media agency Xinhua just revealed the first “AI anchor” that can talk, move, and act like a real human news anchor. It also revealed an English version of its new AI anchor.

November 07, 2018

The mockup of China’s CH-7 combat drone unveiled at Zhuhai Airshow this week looks a lot like one the U.S. Navy was developing -- until it dropped the project, allowing China to position itself to beat the U.S. and other allies in fielding a long-range, high-altitude combat drone. That’s despite the fact that--in the words of one expert—the United States had a “ten-year head start.”

November 07, 2018

As websites and web apps have grown in complexity, so have their demands: They want access to your webcam to make video calls, they want to know where in the world you are to serve up local information, and so on. In fact, websites now ask for almost as many permissions as the apps on your phone do, though you might not be as familiar with how to manage them. We'll show you how.

November 07, 2018

Phone makers promise "all-day battery life." Sure, and you haven't stolen any of the kids' Halloween candy. If you recently bought a new flagship phone, chances are its battery life is actually worse than an older model.

November 06, 2018

While the International Space Station (ISS) is a technological marvel, it has not traditionally had a lot of onboard processing capacity. That changed last year when NASA delivered a supercomputer to the station. It was only there for a test run, but now the agency plans to use it for processing data and running experiments. Eventually, NASA and manufacturer HP hope to understand why some parts of the computer work well in orbit and others don’t.

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