Microsoft Wins $22B Deal To Supply US Army With HoloLens AR Glasses

Microsoft Wins $22B Deal To Supply US Army With HoloLens AR Glasses

It's a supply contract potentially worth $21.9 billion over the next 10 years, Microsoft confirmed to CNBC .In its press release, the US Army confirmed its order of HoloLens AR headsets for its infantry and stated that the program is aimed "to deliver next-generation night vision and situational awareness capabilities to the Close Combat Force (CCF) at the speed of relevance."

AI Contract Spending Set to Grow in Federal Market

AI Contract Spending Set to Grow in Federal Market

Federal civilian and defense contract spending for artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) is likely to grow to $4.3 billion in fiscal year 2023, according to a recent report from Bloomberg Government.

Think Tank Calls for US Industrial Policy to Combat China's Quest for Tech Dominance

Think Tank Calls for US Industrial Policy to Combat China's Quest for Tech Dominance

If the United States wants to out-compete China in key technology markets, Congress and the Biden Administration must act now, maintained a Washington, D.C. think tank in a report released Monday.The industrial policy outlined in the ITIF report includes a doubling of the R&D tax credit.

Is 2021 the Year Cyberattacks Force Privacy Laws to Grow Some Teeth?

Is 2021 the Year Cyberattacks Force Privacy Laws to Grow Some Teeth?

"The massive migration of data to the cloud, the democratization of data within an organization, and the work-from-home environment have expanded the attack surface for data and make it extremely hard to operate an effective data protection program," said Chai.

NYC Surveillance Cameras Targeted in Amnesty International Crowdsource Project

NYC Surveillance Cameras Targeted in Amnesty International Crowdsource Project

"It also gives the citizens of New York, and more broadly people who are concerned about the issue of facial recognition, a sense of just how pervasive this kind of surveillance is," he told TechNewsWorld.

Facebook must be broken up, the US government says in a groundbreaking lawsuit

Facebook must be broken up, the US government says in a groundbreaking lawsuit

Wednesday's legal action makes Facebook the second global tech company to be taken to court by US and state government officials this year over antitrust concerns.

If you delete your Facebook account, you will lose all Oculus purchases and information

If you delete your Facebook account, you will lose all Oculus purchases and information

If you have linked your old Oculus account to Facebook or created a new one when you set up an Oculus Quest 2 and then decide you want to delete your Facebook account, you will also lose all of the purchases that you have made on the Oculus Store.

TikTok Enlists Oracle to Evade Trump's Executive Order

TikTok Enlists Oracle to Evade Trump's Executive Order

The plan submitted by ByteDance, which owns TikTok, calls for the company to enlist Oracle as a "trusted technology provider" in order to address national security concerns raised about the video-sharing software by the Trump administration.

The Case Against Full-Disk Encryption

The Case Against Full-Disk Encryption

Obviously, your computer will have to decrypt some data some of the time, but even then, because the encryption is implemented at the filesystem level, your file-based encrypted OS can do so more efficiently than the full-disk encrypted analog would.

Fighting California's future wildfires with revolutionary new VR technology

Fighting California's future wildfires with revolutionary new VR technology

It is revolutionary in the sense that through BadVR's augmented and virtual reality software, it empowers first responders with "data superpowers" that allow them to visualize and understand data in new and more effective ways, giving them an edge that's currently not possible with traditional computer screen technologies.

Cash Crunch Could Stymie Municipalities' Switch to EVs

Cash Crunch Could Stymie Municipalities' Switch to EVs

Municipalities throughout the United States have been switching from diesel- and natural gas-powered vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs), to cut costs and reduce damage to the environment, but the COVID-19 pandemic might slow that trend.

'New Normal' Security Era Begins for US Agencies, Cloud Providers

'New Normal' Security Era Begins for US Agencies, Cloud Providers

"Data security requirements will only continue to be more stringent as more and more data and services are migrated to the cloud," said Brent Hansen, federal chief technology officer at Thales.

Far-Right Spreads COVID-19 Disinformation Epidemic Online

Far-Right Spreads COVID-19 Disinformation Epidemic Online

Far-right groups and individuals in the United States are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to promote disinformation, hate, extremism and authoritarianism, according to a think tank report.For example, mentions of "corona-chan" -- a slang term popular with the extreme right -- are increasing significantly across mainstream and fringe social media platforms.

Uyghurs for sale

Uyghurs for sale

The ‘re-education’ campaign appears to be entering a new phase, as government officials now claim that all ‘trainees’ have ‘graduated’.15 There is mounting evidence that many Uyghurs are now being forced to work in factories within Xinjiang.16 This report reveals that Chinese factories outside Xinjiang are also sourcing Uyghur workers under a revived, exploitative government-led labour transfer scheme.17 Some factories appear to be using Uyghur workers sent directly from ‘re-education camps’.

Enjoying the View? How computer games can help evaluate landscapes

Enjoying the View? How computer games can help evaluate landscapes

Geographers from Staffordshire University are stepping into the virtual world of computer games to develop exciting new ways of assessing landscapes.The project involved digitally mapping 300 sites across Wales and sought feedback from the public on the visual quality of the landscapes.

Google CEO Adds His Voice to AI Regulation Debate

Google CEO Adds His Voice to AI Regulation Debate

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and parent company Alphabet, on Monday called for government regulation of artificial intelligence technology in a speech at Bruegel, a think tank in Brussels, and in an op-ed in the Financial Times .

Grabbing the Cybersecurity and Privacy Problems by the Horns: ECT News Roundtable, Episode 3

Grabbing the Cybersecurity and Privacy Problems by the Horns: ECT News Roundtable, Episode 3

"Companies need to provide security awareness training for their end users to make them aware of the latest email phishing scams, CEO fraud, malware, ransomware, and viruses that are making the rounds," she said.

Leaked Audio Reveals Zuckerberg Spinning Hard

Leaked Audio Reveals Zuckerberg Spinning Hard

The leaked audio reveals a man who is trying to put a confident and positive spin on the company's prospects in the face of negative press coverage, lawsuits, government fines and investigations, and consumer concerns, observed Donata Kalnenaite, president of Termageddon.

Cybersecurity 2020: The Danger of Ransomware

Cybersecurity 2020: The Danger of Ransomware

"Ransomware has not only continued to grow over the years, but it has also attracted more organized criminals who have begun targeting specific industries," said Javvad Malik, security awareness advocate at KnowBe4.

China's Tech Ban Could Have Grave Long-Term Consequences

China's Tech Ban Could Have Grave Long-Term Consequences

The White House this summer banned all federal agencies from doing business with Huawei, ZTE, Hytera, Hikvision and Dahua over fears that the companies could plant surveillance devices and gather sensitive information -- including U.S. trade secrets -- and supply that information to the Chinese government.

Edward Snowden says Facebook is just as untrustworthy as the NSA

Edward Snowden says Facebook is just as untrustworthy as the NSA

The former NSA systems engineer said to better protect people from being exploited by the data collection of major tech companies, the US should have software liability laws.

Social Media, Crafters, Gamers and the Online Censorship Debate

Social Media, Crafters, Gamers and the Online Censorship Debate

"Over the last few years, concerns about freedom of speech, censorship, and social media's role in political communication have come to the forefront," noted Ohio University's Foehl.

The HoloLens 2 Has Launched, What’s Changed?

The HoloLens 2 Has Launched, What’s Changed?

However, the Hololens was clearly a prototype device, despite Microsoft selling to whoever was willing to fork out the $10K asking price. So don’t think of the new Hololens as a competitor to the consumer-grade VR and MR devices we know today.

Peaky Blinders: players will join Tommy Shelby and other cast members in new virtual reality game due to launch in 2020

Peaky Blinders: players will join Tommy Shelby and other cast members in new virtual reality game due to launch in 2020

Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “Success stories like award-winning Wallace and Gromit and BAFTA-winning Peaky Blinders are part of the reason why our creative industries are truly world-leading – attracting audiences both here in the UK and internationally and helping create a sector already worth some £100bn to our economy.

With More Than 8 Billion Things, Where Are the IoT Privacy Laws?

With More Than 8 Billion Things, Where Are the IoT Privacy Laws?

So, for the third time in three years, the Senate has proposed a new law, the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019, which actually would apply to IoT products -- but only those purchased by the U.S. government.

China's virtual reality arcades aim for real-world success

China's virtual reality arcades aim for real-world success

The profits to be made from headsets, equipment, games and other products, means it's little wonder that augmented-reality and virtual-reality industries are excited about China AFP/MATTHEW KNIGHT. The government is pushing hard for China to become a world leader in next-generation technologies, including virtual reality AFP/MATTHEW KNIGHT.

How to Rein In Powerful Companies Without Ruining the US Tech Industry

How to Rein In Powerful Companies Without Ruining the US Tech Industry

Elizabeth Warren is running for the U.S. presidency, and one of her key campaign issues is to break up large technology companies to reduce their power. The problem is an imbalance of power between large tech companies and the U.S. government, caused in large part by several things.

US Government Forging Ahead With Airport Facial Recognition Plans

US Government Forging Ahead With Airport Facial Recognition Plans

"There are legitimate concerns of a mass surveillance state developing, whereby an individual's biometric data is obtained without a legitimate purpose." The two fundamental arguments consistently heard over the years against the use of biometric methods of identification -- not just facial recognition -- have focused on governmental abuse of power and the inherent risk of compromise, noted Matan Scharf, senior security solutions manager at Synopsys .

Defense Tech Startup Founded by Trump’s Most Prominent Silicon Valley Supporters Wins Secretive Military AI Contract

Defense Tech Startup Founded by Trump’s Most Prominent Silicon Valley Supporters Wins Secretive Military AI Contract

A startup founded by a young and outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump is among the latest tech companies to quietly win a contract with the Pentagon as part of Project Maven, the secretive initiative to rapidly leverage artificial intelligence technology from the private sector for military purposes.

FTC v. Qualcomm: What Really Is Going On

FTC v. Qualcomm: What Really Is Going On

The fact that they used the impeachable expert, gave one of their least-capable attorneys responsibility for the close (really, she performed like a first-year associate), and made no real attempt to organize their evidence in a hierarchy that would allow the judge to decide more easily in their favor, makes me think there is a rebellion in the FTC and that they want to lose this thing.