Tropical Storm Harvey: Is Twitter becoming the new 911?

Rescue efforts in natural disasters have traditionally started with a 911 call. But now as the state of Texas deals with the devastation of Tropical Storm Harvey, live-saving situations are often being handled in 140 characters or less.

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Robocall scams get craftier as tech industry tries new ways to block practice

Federal agencies are stepping up their efforts to combat robocalls nationwide.

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Microsoft’s $999 Surface Laptop Is a Blatant Windows 10 Store Push

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Microsoft’s previous hardware efforts have always made good sense if you were in a niche whose needs they were designed to meet. The new Surface Laptop takes everything good about previous Surface products and flushes it.

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Apple wants you to know that it loves AI more than you realize

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Tired of getting sand kicked in its face by high-profile AI efforts from Google and Facebook, Apple opens the kimono to reveal that it is using AI technologies throughout its product line

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Apple Might Need to Think Different About TV


Apple’s tough negotiating stance apparently has hobbled its efforts to bring entertainment industry companies on board with its planned streaming TV service. Talks with Disney, 21st Century Fox and CBS reportedly have fallen through. Had the entertainment and cable TV industry given in, Apple’s demands would have turned current practices topsy-turvy. For example, Apple reportedly wanted a multiyear freeze on the monthly per-viewer rate it would pay for Disney Channel licenses, whereas the standard practice is to increase rates annually.

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Federal Agencies Seek Cyberdefenders


The U.S. government is in the process of hiring a small army of IT specialists to bolster its efforts to protect data held at federal agencies from cybersecurity threats. The feds hired 3,000 new cybersecurity and IT professionals in the first six months of the current fiscal year. In addition, the government is “committed to a plan by which agencies would hire 3,500 more individuals to fill critical cybersecurity and IT positions by January 2017,” said Shaun Donovan, director of the OMB.

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75 years after it was first deployed, will US Army bring back the 'jeep'?

Were it not for efforts by the U.S. military to develop a lightweight, unarmored, all-terrain vehicle for the battlefield there might not be a market for SUVs today.

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Music Industry Boos Google's Antipiracy Performance


Google on Wednesday released an update of its online antipiracy efforts. YouTube has generated more than $2 billion to content copyright holders by monetizing user-uploaded content through its Content ID rights management system, Google said, adding that more than 90 percent of all Content ID claims result in monetization. YouTube also paid out more than $3 billion to the music industry, which has monetized more than 95 percent of its claims, Google said, adding that more than 90 percent of all Content ID claims result in monetization.

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Leveraging IoT to Redefine Your Business


While most businesses are focusing their efforts to capitalize on the Internet of Things in areas that will generate immediate cost-savings and operating efficiencies, a number of IoT pioneers already are leveraging a new generation of connected products to fundamentally change their business models. There is no question that the safest bet in today’s IoT environment is targeting narrowly defined deployments aimed at producing quick results. In most cases, this means adding sensors to existing products.

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White House Opens More Doors for Open Source


The U.S. government is picking up the pace in its efforts to use open source software as much as possible. Federal CIO Tony Scott last month released details of a proposed policy designed to allow customized software created for one agency to be openly available to other agencies as well. Industry and government professionals may comment on the proposal by Monday. “This policy will require new software developed specifically for, or by, the federal government to be made available for sharing and reuse across federal agencies,” Scott said.

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Apple Music for Android update introduces home screen widget

Article Image In continued efforts to improve its flagship Android app, Apple pushed out an update to Apple Music on Thursday that, among other improvements, builds in a home screen widget for playback control.

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US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks out for strong encryption

Article Image The Pentagon wholeheartedly supports strong encryption and opposes efforts to add back doors to secure software, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at a cybersecurity conference on Thursday.

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Apple TV adds new app categories, advertises Tim Cook's ABC interview in tvOS App Store

Article Image As part of continued efforts to build out the nascent tvOS platform, Apple on Thursday flipped the switch on new Apple TV App Store categories, while touting CEO Tim Cook’s recent interview with ABC concerning the company’s legal fight against FBI data decryption requests.

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Apple takes on new PR rep for video content as former PR exec heads to Twitter

Article Image Apple on Monday hired a former VP at AMC, Bernadette Simpao, to take charge of its PR efforts for apps and content on the Apple TV, along with several categories of iTunes media. Separately, Twitter officially hired former Apple PR executive Natalie Kerris to head its global communications team.

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Harvard study says Apple's Tim Cook was right: encryption bans, backdoors wouldn't work

Article Image Efforts by the FBI and certain lawmakers seeking to ban Apple and other U.S. companies from selling products with real encryption will not be effective, note researchers in a study citing 865 encryption products already available in 55 countries–two thirds of which originate outside the U.S.

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Farm run by robots will churn out 30K heads of lettuce a day

“Robot-obsessed Japan” is how Phys.org describes a country bent on automation, and its latest agricultural efforts seem to back that claim up.

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Apple considering original TV shows to boost 'cable-like' streaming coming in Sept. – report

Article Image In continuing efforts to launch a streaming TV service, Apple is now trying to pitch studios and producers on investing in exclusive TV shows, according to a Friday report.

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AOL Buys AlephD to Boost Publisher Support


AOL on Monday announced that it has agreed to purchase AlephD as it ramps up efforts to boost its key assets: its global content brands, millennial-focused over-the-top content, original video content, and programmatic advertising platforms. AlephD’s algorithms focus on publisher analytics and price floor optimization. They let publishers control and optimize the pricing and packaging of their inventory to maximize revenue. The company also helps publishers find the optimal price for deals.

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