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AT&T's new 5G mobile network underwhelms US users

January 07, 2019

Users within the coverage area of AT&T's new 5G network, which has been launched across 12 major US cities, have taken to social media to share their displeasure with the new network's mediocre speeds, with many noting that it's not much faster than 4G LTE.

What to expect from CES 2019

January 06, 2019

The timing is… less than ideal. Just as the industry is recovering from a holiday-induced hangover, we’re thrust into the country’s largest consumer electronics show. The timing, of course, is not coincidental. The show is intended to offer a preview for the tech year to come.

White House advisor Kudlow says Apple technology may have been 'picked off' by China

January 06, 2019

Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, said Friday that Apple's technology may have been stolen by the Chinese. "I don't want to surmise too much here, but Apple technology may have been picked off by China and now China is becoming very competitive with Apple. You've got to have rule of law," Kudlow said in an interview with Bloomberg. "There are some indications from China that they're looking at that, but we don't know that yet. There's no enforcement; there's nothing concrete."

The 3 Biggest Challenges for Tech in 2019

January 04, 2019

If you thought 2018 was a bad year for tech, 2019 might turn out to be even worse. This year was filled with revelations about privacy, security and cyberwarfare. Next year, the consequences of those revelations will unfold. And we should be very worried about what the future holds.

In China's Push For High-Tech, Hackers Target Cutting-Edge U.S. Firms

January 04, 2019

To understand China's espionage goals, U.S. officials say, just look at the ambitious aims the country set out in the plan "Made in China 2025." By that date, China wants to be a world leader in artificial intelligence, computing power, military technology, as well as energy and transportation systems. And that's just a partial list. "It's guidance to the rest of government and the rest of their companies and to their people, that this is what we want to be the best in class at, and therefore you should organize your activities, whether they're legal or illegal...

Lamar Smith: As I retire, here's my advice for the new Science Committee members

January 03, 2019

As a retiring member and the outgoing chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I can no longer set that agenda, but I can recommend the issues that still need Congressional attention and action. Headlines claiming that Congress is making a “return to science” are ignoring years of progress on policies advancing research, STEM education, and space exploration. America’s continued success in technology, innovation, and energy development depends on a Science Committee that commits to working toward these goals.

Four Ways Government Shutdown Hampers U.S. Science Students Now

January 03, 2019

Students across the United States are starting to feel in the impacts of the shutdown right now. From my lens as an atmospheric sciences professor at a major university and as a former president of the American Meteorological Society, here four ways (at least) that students are being affected.

AI Competition Is the New Space Race

January 03, 2019

It’s been another year of relentless artificial-intelligence hype and incremental AI achievement. Machines still beat humans only in carefully constructed environments or at narrow tasks. The good news is that, as the technology progresses, the race for leadership is still wide open, and even Europe, where politicians fret that the continent is lagging behind China and the U.S., is still quite competitive.

U.S. Senate confirms Kelvin Droegemeier to lead White House science office

January 03, 2019

ASTRA is pleased to announce that recently-resigned ASTRA Vice-Chairman Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Wednesday night to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Droegemeier will be the White House’s top science and technology adviser, filling a critical administration role that had been vacant for nearly two years under President Trump. The position guides federal research spending and informs the government’s policies in areas such as artificial intelligence, climate change, precision medicine and online privacy. 

Dr. Droegemeier's nomination and subsequent confirmation comes after many months of extensive advocacy by the scientific and engineering community -- including ASTRA board member visits to every Member of the U.S. Senate...

NASA's New Horizons Just Made the Most Distant Flyby in Space History

January 03, 2019

A NASA spacecraft 4 billion miles from Earth yielded its first close-up pictures Wednesday of the most distant celestial object ever explored, depicting what looks like a reddish snowman. Ultima Thule, as the small, icy object has been dubbed, was found to consist of two fused-together spheres, one of them three times bigger than the other, extending about 21 miles in length.

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