Technology

Oculus, Vive Headsets Are Taking Israel’s Army Underground

In a refurbished building on a military base in central Israel, soldiers are training in underground combat using headsets made by Oculus, the virtual reality headset maker owned by Facebook, and Vive, owned by HTC. While it’s not unusual for a military to use virtual reality – Britain’s Ministry of Defense has been using it in training simulations for more ... Read More »

Grant to pay for PTC technology on Poughkeepsie train lines

In the early morning hours of December 1, 2013, a Metro-North passenger train derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx, killing four and injuring 61. The National Transportation Safety Board has said the crash, in which a train conductor fell asleep as the train barreled through a curve at 82 mph, could have been avoided if positive train controls (PTC) ... Read More »

Trump FY18 request offers plus-up for technology programs

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon’s fiscal year 2018 budget requests $574.5 billion in base funding with another $64.6 billion in wartime supplemental funding, with a focus on near-term readiness over long-term modernization. The budget is largely in line with work that begun under the Obama administration, a result of both logistics – budget planning began more than a year ago for ... Read More »

Windows Store to Get iTunes; Fedora, SUSE Linux, and Ubuntu Are Coming as Well

HIGHLIGHTS Ubuntu is already available on Windows Store iTunes is coming soon Fedora and SUSE Lunux will arrive eventually Microsoft’s Build conference is underway, and the company is announcing a bunch of interesting things. Microsoft highlighted all the big features that are arriving with the Windows 10 Creators Update in the fall. One fresh big announcement includes the addition of ... Read More »

Conservative group takes credit for anti-net neutrality comments

A conservative group took credit for a barrage of anti-net neutrality comments posted on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s website this week, but it denied generating fake activism. The Center for Individual Freedom said it did not use a bot to generate comments after news reports raised questions about the legitimacy of the posts. Between Monday and early Wednesday afternoon, the ... Read More »

Technology leap: ‘5G to usher in higher speed, reliability’

All operators, in one way or the other, will start to provide data that consumers are asking for. Source: Thinkstock Ericsson’s Head of 5G & Radio Access Network Architecture JOAKIM SORELIUS tells what the latest technology holds for India. Excerpts: It appears that 5G has more of a B2B (business to business) angle with internet-of-things (IoT) and machine-to-machine communications being ... Read More »

Technology: Robot Fighting Invasive Species

In many parts of the world invasive species contribute to destruction of local ecosystems, already threatened by climate change. One of the most pervasive is the lionfish, a voracious predator from Asia that is depleting native coral reef fish in the Caribbean. Now, a new underwater robot is showing off a way that technology can help on the front line ... Read More »

A shortage of women in technology Not in Russia

If you’re part of the technology industry in the United States, then you’ll no doubt agree it’s a man’s world. TechCrunch reported last year on the “pipeline problem” created because a mere 18 per cent of undergraduate computer science degrees and 26 per cent of computing jobs are currently held by women. In the corporate world, only five per cent ... Read More »

For golf instructors, a technology debate rages on

The lesson tee at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas is one of the most comfortable places to be in all of golf. Randy Smith works the back of the club’s double-sided range with the easy good humor and expertise that has made him a popular and indispensable coach for major-championship winners, club champions, nationally ranked juniors and plain old ... Read More »

Technology is great, but are we prepared for the consequences

Our dependence on these gadgets has dramatically changed how we communicate and interact, and is slowly eroding some of our core principles, said Michael Bugeja, professor and director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University. Bugeja is not advocating against technology — in fact, he relies on it for his work and personal life — ... Read More »