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NASA Talking To Private Companies On Taking Over The International Space Station

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  by Tim Pearce NASA is putting together a coalition of private companies that can run the International Space Station as a commercial space lab, The Washington Post reports. The Trump administration plans on ending direct government funding of the ISS by 2025, according to documents uncovered in February. The federal government spends about $3 billion to $4 billion a ...

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If You Run A Facebook Page, You’re Responsible For User Data, Says EU Court

  by Eric Lieberman The top court in Europe ruled Tuesday that users who operate and organize a fan page on Facebook are responsible for safeguarding the involved data. The decision from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) could conceivably make page administrators — which are sometimes average users only overseeing a group with members in the single digits ...

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WATCH: SpaceX launches SES-12 into orbit using previously flown first stage

SpaceX successfully launched the SES-12 satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) on Monday, June 4, 2018, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket and its payload occurred at 12:45 a.m. EDT. The SES-12 satellite was deployed about 32 minutes after liftoff. Falcon 9’s first stage for the ...

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This amazing smartphone protector just went on sale 58% off!

I have had three Otterbox Defender phone protectors for my Samsung Galaxies over the years and I have never had to have a screen replaced, phone repaired or replaced since I’ve used them. That doesn’t mean I haven’t dropped my phone – several times, face down, especially getting out of my truck…  It just never caused any damage to the ...

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Google Ends AI Program With Pentagon After Employees Resign In Protest

  by Kyle Perisic Google was set to help develop an artificial intelligence program to help military drone strikes reduce the number of civilian casualties — that is, until 12 employees resigned from the company in protest and another 3,000 signed an open letter blasting the program as evil. Google had an employee meeting to discuss whether AI should be used ...

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Survey: Americans Believe Tech Makes Their Lives Better But Society Worse

The vast majority of Americans believe that smartphones and internet technology have improved their lives, yet consumers are extremely concerned about tech’s impact on society as a whole – especially in relation to data security, the growing gap between rich and poor, and job opportunities. Americans do not believe that policymakers are keeping up with the pace of technological change ...

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Nearly 40% of U.S. Broadband Households Own a Streaming Media Player

New research today shows that ownership of streaming media players has risen from about six percent of U.S. broadband households in 2010 to almost 40% at the beginning of 2018. Parks Associates’ consumer data indicates that Amazon’s share of streaming media players owned in U.S. broadband households has increased by 4% since last year, taking some of Google’s share of the ...

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Amazon Cloud Is Being Used To Harvest Cryptocurrency By Hackers

  by Kyle Perisic Hackers are using malware hosted on Amazon’s cloud service to harvest cryptocurrency, according to a security software company. The malware campaign, called “Xbooster,” has infected Windows operating systems and has harvested about $100,000 worth of the cryptocurrency Monero, according to Krishna Narayanaswamy, founder and chief scientist of Netskope — a U.S. company that helps companies use secure software-as-a-service (SaaS), ...

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Apple Says It Will Start Telling Public When Government Wants To Shut Down Apps

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  by Eric Lieberman Apple revealed Friday that it will start publishing reports on government requests to shut down apps on its software platform. The new policy, announced in its bi-annual transparency report, is potentially in response to intensified criticism Apple receives for sometimes capitulating to foreign officials’ commands. China, for example, has been trying to clamp down on certain technological capabilities that empower people with digital freedoms, ...

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Watch: That Time It Rained for Two Million Years

It rained for 2 million years

At the beginning of the Triassic Period, with the continents locked together from pole-to-pole in the supercontinent of Pangea, the world is hot, flat, and very, very dry. But then 234 million years ago, the climate suddenly changed for the wetter.

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Turns Out Amazon Alexa Really Is Listening To Your Private Conversations

Amazon Alexa

  by Kyle Perisic Since the rise of Amazon’s Alexa, tech junkies have speculated the device is secretly listening to private conversations. So-called tech experts often laughed at those claims, but it turns out the artificial intelligence device really does listen to people’s personal exchanges. A Portland, Ore., family discovered their Amazon Alexa recorded a private conversation and sent it to a Seattle ...

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Ultimate Drop Test Proves Which Smartphones are Toughest and Which Aren’t

Broken smartphone drop test Tom's Guide

Who makes the toughest smartphone? Tom’s Guide dropped 12 of the leading handsets as part of its first annual Drop Everything special report, and the Motorola Moto Z2 Force emerged as the world’s toughest phone. Thanks to its shatterproof display, it survived multiple drops on wood and concrete from 4 and 6 feet — as well as a plunge into a ...

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Google To Announce New Initiative Assisting Homeschoolers With Educational Services

  by Eric Lieberman Google is set to announce a new initiative Thursday in which its slate of services and products — known as G Suite, specifically G Suite Education — will be available for homeschools and their leaders for the first time ever. The software tools are valuable for fostering collaboration, productivity, and creativity in a system of education that is ...

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3 out of 5 Americans distrust social media

A new survey found that 3 out of 5 Americans distrust social media when it comes to protecting their privacy online. Despite increased use of social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat and use of smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home, most Americans have little or no trust that these platforms, or current laws, will protect them, according to the ...

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U.S. Consumers Will Buy More Than 485 Million Connected Devices in 2021

A new report released at CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference says that U.S. consumers will purchase more than 485 million connected consumer devices in 2021, including smart home, connected health, mobile, and connected entertainment products. By 2022, sales will exceed 520 million units. The event takes place this week in San Francisco, starting today with the opening keynote address “The Impact of Artificial ...

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