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US jury awards Apple $539 million in Samsung patent retrial

May 25, 2018

After nearly five days of deliberations, a U.S. jury on Thursday said Samsung Electronics Co Ltd should pay $539 million to Apple Inc for copying patented smartphone features, according to court documents, bringing a years-long feud between the technology companies into its final stages.

Holograms: are they still the preserve of science fiction?

May 24, 2018

The fragile apparition endured only long enough to say: “Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope” before flickering out. But R2D2’s 3D projection gave millions of young eyes, including mine, their first taste of holograms, and planted unrealistic expectations of a future playing dejarik, the gruesome game of holographic chess played on board the Millennium Falcon.

How China acquires 'the crown jewels' of U.S. technology

May 24, 2018

The U.S. government was well aware of China’s aggressive strategy of leveraging private investors to buy up the latest American technology when, early last year, a company called Avatar Integrated Systems showed up at a bankruptcy court in Delaware hoping to buy the California chip-designer ATop Tech. ATop’s product was potentially groundbreaking -- an automated designer capable of making microchips that could power anything from smartphones to high-tech weapons systems.

Mysterious 'Planet Nine' gets more evidence from weird space rock

May 23, 2018

The solar system just got a bit stranger. As astronomers continue their ongoing quest to find the elusive Planet Nine, a team found a space rock that lends credence to the idea that a huge super-Earth planet really exists in the outer reaches of our solar system.

Sally Ride Is Getting Her Own Forever Stamp

May 23, 2018

Sally Ride did not know it at the time, there is no way she could have, but a photo that she autographed 35 years ago would provide the inspiration for her portrait on a new U.S. postage stamp. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on Wednesday (May 23) is set to honor the late astronaut, who i n 1983 became the first American woman to launch to space. The Forever-denomination issue marks only the second time in the USPS's history that an astronaut has been commemorated in such a way.

NASA wrestles with what to do with International Space Station after 2024

May 22, 2018

In a pair of hearings before Senate and House panels, NASA’s manager in charge of human spaceflight activities, the agency’s inspector general, and independent experts testified on the future of the International Space Station, and the White House’s plans to discontinue government funding of the orbiting research laboratory.

Survey Shows Workers Aren't Worried About Tech

May 22, 2018

Are you worried that technology will make your job obsolete? A new survey says most Metro Detroit workers don’t feel that way. The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments conducted an online survey of people’s attitudes toward technology and new job skills.

How Technology Will Help Workers Learn The Skills They Need To Stay Employable

May 22, 2018

New technological developments continue to make certain roles in the workplace obsolete. Because these innovations are inevitable, the conversation is turning to training workers so that their skills remain relevant. At the 2016 World Economic Forum, a key takeaway was that learning environments would need to change -- and advances in technology could hold the key.

U.S. Army plans new, more complex battlefield robots

May 22, 2018

Over the next few years, the Pentagon is poised to spend almost $1 billion for a range of robots designed to complement combat troops. Beyond scouting and explosives disposal, these new machines will sniff out hazardous chemicals or other agents, perform complex reconnaissance and even carry a soldier’s gear.

Closing tech's gender gap will take decades

May 21, 2018

About one in three employees at Google, Facebook and Apple is a woman. That’s an imbalance that tech sector executives Sheryl Sandberg and Tim Cook say they want to change. Yet even if their companies set a target of just over half their new recruits being women, a Breakingviews calculator shows that closing the gender gap will take up to 15 years.

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