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Apple And Qualcomm Spar In Court Over iPhone Import Ban, US 5G Leadership At Risk

June 19, 2018

"Qualcomm is selectively asserting its patents to target only Apple products containing Intel chipsets -- even though its patent infringement allegations would apply equally to Apple products containing Qualcomm chipsets -- in an attempt to use the ITC as another mechanism for perpetuating its ill-gotten monopoly position," Apple wrote.

Trump announces tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods

June 17, 2018

President Trump on Friday announced that the United States would impose tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese products, making good on a threat that has been months in the making. The White House's move is expected to ramp up trade tensions with Beijing and possibly risk a key cooperative partnership to help denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

5 biggest risks of sharing your DNA with consumer genetic-testing companies

June 17, 2018

There is nothing more private than your personal genetic information, and sending away for a personal genome kit means sharing your DNA with the testing companies. What do they do with it, beyond providing consumers with genetic and health assessments?

Lawmakers prep for coming wave of self-driving cars

June 15, 2018

Lawmakers at a hearing Wednesday grabbled with how to prepare the nation's infrastructure for the coming wave of self-driving vehicles. The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works heard from transportation experts on the work to be done to improve both roads, broadband as well as the safety technology behind autonomous cars.

Half of women in science have experienced harassment, study finds

June 14, 2018

More than half of female faculty members in the sciences have experienced harassment based on their gender, according to a study released Tuesday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).

Teleportation: will it ever be a possibility?

June 13, 2018

We are still working out how to teleport photons. Assuming somehow we discovered how to teleport atoms, then molecules - perhaps in the next decade, as upbeat pop physicist Michio Kaku has suggested - the amount of bits to record and transmit is unthinkable. Even an e coli bacterium contains 9×10 to the power 10 atoms; you are made of an estimated 32 trillion - or about 31.2tn more cells than there are stars in the known universe.

U.S. drone-strike policy threatens to backfire as other nations acquire technology

June 13, 2018

The rapid proliferation of military drone technology is reaching the point that other nations -- and even non-state actors such as Mexican drug cartels -- could engage in the kinds of deadly strikes that the U.S. pioneered more than a decade ago and has increased under presidents of both political parties.

US Navy leaders looking to light 'a fire in our gut'

June 13, 2018

Richardson addressed China’s and Russia’s exponential increases in maritime activity, adoption of new technologies and use of information. “How do we recapture that sense of, ‘We could lose this if we don’t get going?’” he said. The U.S. Navy needs to rediscover its momentum and “get a fire in our gut,” he said. Richardson added that he doesn’t want the Navy’s competitive advantage to narrow to the point where anyone else thinks they have a chance of winning.

New Horizons spacecraft wakes up to prepare for historic flyby of distant object

June 12, 2018

The spacecraft will now begin preparations for a New Year's flyby encounter with the farthest planetary encounter in history. The spacecraft is currently traveling more than 3.7 billion miles (6 billion kilometers) from Earth through the icy band of debris surrounding the solar system beyond Neptune called the Kuiper Belt, and it will spend the upcoming months preparing for its encounter with a small Kuiper Belt object, nicknamed Ultima Thule.

How much screen time is too much? Here are the limits 10 tech executives set for their kids

June 12, 2018

Before having kids, tech entrepreneur Nirav Tolia spent hours online each day catching up on his favorite sports teams, doing research, or scrolling through social media. Now the father of three young sons, Tolia, the co-founder and chief executive of neighborhood-based social network Nextdoor, goes out of his way to put his smartphone down so he and his wife can lead by example for their kids.

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