Google, Tech Giants Threaten To Shut Down “Free Speech’ Social Site

Jamie White Infowars Search engine giant Google and other tech platforms have threatened to shut down free-speech social media site Gab in the name of fighting “hate speech.” Gab, a social media platform known as a free speech oasis, was just recently ordered to transfer their Australian domain elsewhere or face shutdown. “Gab’s domain registrar has given us 5 days to transfer our domain or … Continue reading Google, Tech Giants Threaten To Shut Down “Free Speech’ Social Site

North Korea threat prompts Japan evacuation preparations

Nikkei Asian Review TOKYO — As tensions on the Korean Peninsula reach new heights with Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test, Japan is planning for a possible mass evacuation of the nearly 60,000 Japanese citizens currently living in or visiting South Korea. “There is a possibility of further provocations,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a Monday meeting with ruling coalition lawmakers. “We need to remain … Continue reading North Korea threat prompts Japan evacuation preparations

Harvey floods left Houston water plant hours away from failure

CBS News Hurricane Harvey left hundreds of communities in southeast Texas without safe drinking water. At least 45 water systems are shut down, and 171 areas have issued boil water notices. But Houston is not on that list, despite significant flooding at one of its water plants. “The filters are the life blood of the plant. If you lose filtration, there’s nothing you can do,” said … Continue reading Harvey floods left Houston water plant hours away from failure

Hurricane Irma strengthens into category 5 storm

Daniel Dahm CBS 6 Orlando https://cdnapisec.kaltura.com/p/2028321/sp/202832100/embedIframeJs/uiconf_id/36216741/partner_id/2028321?iframeembed=true&playerId=media-preview_0_0_t9urmtc7&entry_id=0_t9urmtc7&flashvars%5BstreamerType%5D=auto ORLANDO, Fla. – Hurricane Irma, which has strengthened to a Category 5 storm packing winds of 175 mph, is expected to slam the Caribbean and possibly the U.S. mainland this week. The increasingly menacing storm would continue churning west in the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday, and meteorologists say Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands could begin to see its wrath by the … Continue reading Hurricane Irma strengthens into category 5 storm

Wary of robots taking jobs, Hawaii toys with guaranteed pay

CBS News HONOLULU — Driverless trucks. Factory robots. Delivery drones. Virtual personal assistants. As technological innovations increasingly edge into the workplace, many people fear that robots and machines are destined to take jobs that human beings have held for decades–a trend that is already happening in stores and factories around the country. For many affected workers, retraining might be out of reach —unavailable, unaffordable or inadequate. … Continue reading Wary of robots taking jobs, Hawaii toys with guaranteed pay

Palm Beach County residents stock up on supplies as Hurricane Irma heads west

Amy Lipman NBC5 West Palm Beach “There was nothing at Walmart,” said Bianca Rodriguez of Palm Beach Gardens. “Not even like one thing of water.” Emergency officials recommend people have one gallon of water per person, per day for at least five days in the event of a hurricane. Rodriguez found cases of bottled water at a Winn-Dixie on Military Trail in Palm Beach Gardens … Continue reading Palm Beach County residents stock up on supplies as Hurricane Irma heads west

Drones Play Increasing Role in Harvey Recovery Efforts

Andy Pasztor
The Wall Street Journal

For drone users, Hurricane Harvey is likely to be the event that propelled unmanned aircraft to become an integral part of government and corporate disaster-recovery efforts.

In the first six days after the storm hit, the Federal Aviation Administration issued more than 40 separate authorizations for emergency drone activities above flood-ravaged Houston and surrounding areas. They ranged from inspecting roadways to checking railroad tracks to assessing the condition of water plants, oil refineries and power lines. Continue reading “Drones Play Increasing Role in Harvey Recovery Efforts”

Secretive Apple Tries to Open Up on Artificial Intelligence

Tripp Mickle
The Wall Street Journal

The battle for artificial-intelligence expertise is forcing Apple Inc.AAPL 0.03% to grapple with its famous penchant for secrecy, as tech companies seek to woo talent in a discipline known for its openness.

The technology giant this year has been trying to draw attention—but only so much—to its efforts to develop artificial intelligence, or AI, a term that generally describes software that enables computers to learn and improve functions on their own.

Apple launched a public blog in July to talk about its work, for example, and has allowed its researchers to speak at several conferences on artificial intelligence, including a TED Talk in April by Tom Gruber, co-creator of Apple’s Siri voice assistant, that was posted on YouTube last month. Continue reading “Secretive Apple Tries to Open Up on Artificial Intelligence”

Washington DC’s role behind the scenes in Hollywood goes deeper than you think

Matthew Alford The Independent The US government and Hollywood have always been close. Washington DC has long been a source of intriguing plots for filmmakers and LA has been a generous provider of glamour and glitz to the political class. But just how dependant are these two centres of American influence? Scrutiny of previously hidden documents reveals that the answer is: very. We can now show that the relationship between US national security … Continue reading Washington DC’s role behind the scenes in Hollywood goes deeper than you think

North Korea claims its ‘hydrogen bomb’ can ‘wipe out the whole US territory’

Bombastic claim made by state-run media a week after declaring a successful test detonation of a hydrogen bomb. The Telegraph North Korea has declared that its recent nuclear test has given it the capability to “wipe out the whole territory of the US all at once”. The bombastic claim was made in a commentary released by state-run media on Tuesday, six days after what North Korea claims … Continue reading North Korea claims its ‘hydrogen bomb’ can ‘wipe out the whole US territory’