NASA's 'blue collar robot' may help astronauts colonize Mars

What if we could trim that extra weight, launch with minimal resources, and collect the rest of what we need from along the way? That type of travel is called ‘massless’ and it’s likely the future of space exploration.

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White House Proposes $3B IT Update Fund


The Obama administration is seeking $3.1 billion for a fund to update federal IT resources that need to be replaced with more efficient systems. The fund would bolster the government’s annual spending on IT, which is set for a modest increase to $89.8 billion in the administration’s fiscal 2017 budget proposal. Upgrading older systems has been a concern for some time, but the administration chose to present the IT fund idea as part of a separate $19 billion cybersecurity initiative within the 2017 budget, perhaps to generate more support.

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Rumor claims new electric car maker Faraday Future is front for Apple

Article Image A mysterious electric car maker called Faraday Future — backed by large resources — could be a front for Apple, a report speculated on Friday.

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Amazon to forego future phone development following Fire Phone failure

E-commerce behemoth Amazon has reportedly begun to draw down engineering resources in its mobile phone team, shedding jobs and re-focusing efforts on tablets and other home electronics in the wake of the Fire Phone’s dismal showing.

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IBM, Box Team Up to Conquer the Cloud


IBM and Box have entered a global partnership to combine the two companies’ best-in-class technologies and resources to transform work in the cloud. The two will offer customers IBM analytics and social solutions, IBM security technologies, the IBM cloud, and Box’s cloud content collaboration platform. They will develop joint content management solutions and incorporate Box technology into select IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps. Further, IBM will enable enterprise devs to integrate Box APIs in the IBM Bluemix developer cloud.

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New report slams Xbox One and PS4 power consumption: Inefficiencies still abound

PS4, in pieces [Image credit: iFixit]
A new report from the National Resources Defense Council breaks down console power consumption across the new generation — and slams the Xbox One for its high usage in stand-by and while watching television.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/182829-new-report-slams-xbox-one-and-ps4-power-consumption-inefficiencies-still-abound

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Network Upgrades Key to Federal IT Agenda


The U.S. government could save billions of dollars in the management of IT resources by significantly improving outdated and overworked networks. Federal agencies are making progress on five key IT initiatives: data consolidation, virtualization, cloud computing, remote access and infrastructure diversification. However, they could save an additional 24 percent of their IT budgets — or approximately $19.7 billion annually — by fully exploiting the savings that these initiatives potentially can generate.

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