16 Oct 2017

China congress: How authorities censor your thoughts

“What they’re looking out for are key words and expressions popping up in social media. Anything signalling an intention to protest or ridiculing the country’s senior political figures will be blocked and potentially see a user reported to the authorities. For example, a message featuring the name of this country’s

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11 Oct 2017

China and Japan take rivalry into orbit with GPS offensives

“Japan and China are rivals in many ways, but their latest competition is on a decidedly higher level: outer space. Both countries are determined to upgrade the precision of their respective equivalents of the Global Positioning System, hoping to reap benefits in defense and business alike.” Source: China and Japan

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11 Oct 2017

FCC Approves Google’s Project Loon to Go to Puerto Rico

“Puerto Rico is still struggling to get its communications up after being hit by Hurricane Maria. Monday’s Federal Communications Commission report said around 80 percent of all cell sites on the island were still out of service.” Source: FCC Approves Google’s Project Loon to Go to Puerto Rico – Nextgov.com

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10 Oct 2017

The Army is pushing for more interoperability between its robots

“The Army is pushing defense companies that specialize in robotics for software that will work across all platforms.” Source: The Army is pushing for more interoperability between its robots

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10 Oct 2017

Israeli Air Force eyes 3-D printing as a hedge against wartime disruptions

“In a country steeped in political controversy and surrounded by strategic threats, military planners in Israel are looking to 3-D printing to bolster wartime self-sufficiency in the event of embargoes or supply chain disruptions.” Source: Israeli Air Force eyes 3-D printing as a hedge against wartime disruptions

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10 Oct 2017

SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites

“Ten new satellites for Iridium Communications Inc. have been carried into orbit by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from California.” Source: SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites

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22 Sep 2017

Putin reveals fears that robots will one day ‘eat us’

“Vladimir Putin has expressed his fears over artificial intelligence by asking Russia’s largest technology firm how long it will be until smart robots ‘eat us’. The Russian president was speaking to Arkady Volozh, chief of internet firm Yandex, during a tour of the company’s Moscow headquarters.  Volozh was discussing the

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21 Sep 2017

Distrustful U.S. allies force spy agency to back down in encryption fight

“An international group of cryptography experts has forced the U.S. National Security Agency to back down over two data encryption techniques it wanted set as global industry standards, reflecting deep mistrust among close U.S. allies. In interviews and emails seen by Reuters, academic and industry experts from countries including Germany,

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19 Sep 2017

First Bitcoin-Only Real Estate Transaction Completed in Texas

“In a new and interesting twist, an entire real estate transaction has taken place via Bitcoin. In other words, you can now buy your house with Bitcoin…at least in Texas. The transaction was for the purchase of a newly built custom home, and the full purchase price was transferred to the

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07 Sep 2017

US Air Force’s next drone to be driven by data

“The U.S. Air Force’s future model for developing and acquiring unmanned aerial vehicles will likely be much different than how it has conceptualized drones in the past, with less emphasis on the platform and sensors and more attention to the data a UAV collects and how it is analyzed and

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