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Boeing unveils brand new military aircraft

Boeing prototype for Navy MQ-25 refueling drone competition

Boeing showed for the first time an unmanned refueling aircraft designed to fuel aircraft operating from U.S. Navy carriers. Revealed and ready! #BoeingMQ25 #UAS future @USNavy tanker will extend the range of combat aircraft from the flight deck to the fight! RELEASE: https://t.co/tkDt0R84zB #MQ25 #PhantomWorks pic.twitter.com/gSgS8xmIRR — Boeing Defense (@BoeingDefense) December 19, 2017 The Navy is holding a competition dubbed ...

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Boeing to reveal new aircraft design Tuesday

Boeing PhantomWorks mystery plane

Boeing Defense said that it will reveal a new aircraft Tuesday that will change the future of air power. “Robust? Check. Ready? Check. Changing future air power?” Boeing tweeted along with a black cloth-covered image of the new craft. “Check it out! See the reveal 12/19! #PhantomWorks” Robust? Check Ready? CheckChanging future air power? Check it out! See the reveal 12/19! #PhantomWorks ...

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One in Three Americans Have Broken a Phone in Past Year

With the convenience of having a computer in our pocket to access email, listen to music, post on social media, and purchase anything within seconds, we are addicted to our phones now more than ever. With about three-quarters of U.S. adults owning a smartphone*, Batteries Plus Bulbs, the nation’s only battery, light bulb, and phone repair franchise, sought to uncover the ...

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More Than 20% of U.S. Broadband Households Plan to Buy a Voice-Controlled Smart Speaker With Personal Assistant

AI assistants

22% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy a voice-controlled smart speaker with a personal assistant in 2017. Consumer interest in voice innovations continues to grow as the voice-first ecosystem expands into new categories, products, and interactions. The international research firm will explore this key IoT market trend when it hosts the 12th-annual CONNECTIONS™ Summit: IoT and the Smart Home on January 9 at ...

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Survey: Parents and kids worlds apart on social media

Common Sense and SurveyMonkey, the world’s leading People Powered Data platform, released the results of a survey of parents and teens on the subject of social media that finds a major disconnect between what parents feel they know about their kids’ online activities and how kids view their parents’ awareness of what they are actually doing. The “Social Media Disconnect” survey ...

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Watch Live: SpaceX takes Budweiser on Next Step to Be First Beer on Mars

Falcon 9 launch Koreasat-5A SpaceX

update: The launch has been postponed until Friday at 8:46 a.m. PST. Live Stream will start at 7:30 a.m. PST. Taking additional time for the team to conduct full inspections and cleanings due to detection of particles in 2nd stage fuel system. Now targeting CRS-13 launch from SLC-40 on Dec. 15. Next launch opportunity would be no earlier than late ...

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Watch: Trump Signs Directive to Return Men to the Moon, Mars and Beyond

Donald Trump NASA signing

President Donald Trump will sign his first space policy directive, which is widely expected to include manned missions to the moon, in a ceremony Monday. The signing ceremony is to be held on the 45th anniversary of the last manned lunar mission, Apollo 17, in 1972. Trump signed an executive order in June creating the National Space Council (NSC). Vice ...

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PlayStation 4 Sales Surpass 70.6 Million Units Worldwide

Playstation 4

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) today announced new sales milestones for PlayStation®4 (PS4™) computer entertainment systems, PlayStation®VR (PS VR) virtual reality systems, and PS4 and PS VR games – all expected to be high on many consumer’s Christmas lists. PS4 has cumulatively sold through more than 70.6M units to consumers worldwide as of December 3, 2017*1. More than 617.8 million copies*2 of PS4 games have been sold ...

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Smartphone Addiction Creates Brain Imbalance

Researchers have found an imbalance in the brain chemistry of young people addicted to smartphones and the internet, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 46 percent of Americans say they could not live without their smartphones. While this sentiment is clearly hyperbole, ...

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Having trouble sleeping? A.I. might have the answer

obamacare smokers

A British health insurer turned to artificial intelligence for a solution after a poll showed that a majority of respondents struggled to get a good nights rest. An RSPH poll of 2,000 adults revealed that 54% felt increased stress due to lack of sleep, and over the course of a week, people lose a full night’s sleep. To help people ...

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NOAA’s JPSS-1 finally launches

ULA Delta II with JPSS-1 weather sat

NASA launched a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket with NOAA’s JPSS-1 satellite early Saturday morning after three previous launch attempts had been scrubbed. “Launching JPSS-1 underscores NOAA’s commitment to putting the best possible satellites into orbit, giving our forecasters — and the public — greater confidence in weather forecasts up to seven days in advance, including the potential for ...

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Killer robots? Not yet, but imagine trying to get away from these [video]

Atlas doing backflip

Futurists and technology leaders have warned that robots with artificial intelligence will take over most human jobs in coming years. Others have warned that once the robots no longer have a need for humans, they may see them as little more than pets or pests, neither sounding particularly pleasant. Boston Dynamics is at the forefront of building intelligent robots with ...

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Postponed: SpaceX to launch super secret ‘Zuma’ payload

SpaceX Falcon 9 Echostar 105 SES-11

Update 11/17/17: The launch will be rescheduled for some future date.  Update 11/16/17: SpaceX has scrubbed Thursday night’s launch while they review the results of a fairing test. There are backup launch windows Friday at 8 p.m. EST and Saturday at 1 p.m. EST but a go decision has not yet been made for either window. Update 11/17/17: The mission ...

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