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Apple CEO: New regulations 'inevitable'

November 28, 2018

"Generally speaking, I am not a big fan of regulation," Cook told Axios on HBO. "I'm a big believer in the free market, but we have to admit when the free market is not working. And it hasn't worked here." "I think it's inevitable that there will be some level of regulation," Cook said. "I think the Congress and the administration at some point will pass something."

Beam Us Up! Colliding Galaxy Clusters Look Like Starship Enterprise

November 28, 2018

A newly released composite photo of the galaxy cluster Abell 1033, which lies about 1.6 billion light-years from Earth, bears a striking resemblance to the Starship Enterprise from "Star Trek."

NASA lands explorer on Mars

November 27, 2018

NASA’s spacecraft that landed on Mars Monday has beamed back its first clear photo of the desolate Red Planet. “There’s a quiet beauty here. Looking forward to exploring my new home,” NASA tweeted late Monday, hours after its new InSight lander touched down.

Supreme Court wrestles with consumers' suit over Apple iPhone apps

November 27, 2018

The Supreme Court grappled Monday with whether to allow a consumer class action lawsuit to go forward against Apple over its alleged monopoly on iPhone applications. The liberal members of the court seemed to side with consumers, who argue they are being directly injured by having to pay more for iPhone apps that are sold exclusively through the technology giant’s App Store.

Science Is Getting Less Bang for Its Buck

November 27, 2018

The writer Stewart Brand once wrote that “science is the only news.” While news headlines are dominated by politics, the economy, and gossip, it’s science and technology that underpin much of the advance of human welfare and the long-term progress of our civilization. This is reflected in an extraordinary growth in public investment in science. Today, there are more scientists, more funding for science, and more scientific papers published than ever before.

One of the fathers of AI is worried about its future

November 26, 2018

Yoshua Bengio wants to stop talk of an AI arms race and make the technology more accessible to the developing world. Alongside Geoff Hinton and Yan LeCun, Bengio is famous for championing a technique known as deep learning that in recent years has gone from an academic curiosity to one of the most powerful technologies on the planet.

China 'has taken the gloves off' in its thefts of US technology secrets

November 26, 2018

“They want technology by hook or by crook. They want it now. The spy game has always been a gentleman’s game, but China has taken the gloves off,” said John Bennett, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Francisco office, which battles economic spies targeting Silicon Valley. “They don’t care if they get caught or if people go to jail. As long as it justifies their ends, they are not going to stop.”

Which Nations Really Lead in Industrial Robot Adoption?

November 26, 2018

Robots improve productivity and boost competitiveness, but the United States and Western Europe trail southeast Asia and parts of Eastern Europe in robot adoption, when controlling for wage levels. ITIF examined 27 nations and found the United States ranks 16th, with South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, China, and Taiwan ranking as the top five. To restore U.S. competitiveness, America needs policies that will accelerate robot adoption.

Local law enforcement using mysterious new tool to unlock cellphones

November 25, 2018

Law enforcement agencies are using a mysterious new tool to unlock criminal suspects’ cellphones and access their text messages, emails and voice messages. Some agencies around the country, concerned about security, are not even acknowledging use of the devices.

All systems go for Mars InSight landing: Here's how to watch online and in person

November 25, 2018

After a 300 million-mile, six-month interplanetary cruise, NASA’s Mars InSight robotic lander is heading for a plain-vanilla arrival at the Red Planet on Monday — and the team behind the mission couldn’t be more pleased.

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