Mr. Trudeau has become a digital star many times over since his election as Canada’s prime minister in October. (Roll the video on quantum computing.)
Archive for April, 2016
The approvals create a broadband and cable television juggernaut at a time when consumers rely on the Internet as a utility.
One of the two JLENS aerostats on the ground at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Two aerostats make up a JLENS “orbit.”
The Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor (JLENS) system program has been savaged by the House Armed Services Committee in its markup of the Defense Department’s 2017 budget. The proposed cut in funding—from the $45 million requested by the Army to a mere $2.5 million—may signal the end of a program that was a source of controversy well before one of the program’s radar aerostats broke loose and drifted hundreds of miles. But that incident, which caused power outages and property damage as the wayward blimp dragged its broken tether from Aberdeen, Maryland, into central Pennsylvania, was likely responsible for the program finally being brought to heel.
JLENS was originally intended to be a collection of paired radar dirigibles, tethered to the ground while floating at altitudes of up to 10,000 feet. Of each pair, one aerostat would be equipped with a sensitive “look-down” phased array search radar; the other would have a targeting radar for tracking targets and guiding weapons to them.
The system was intended, as the program’s name suggests, to defend against submarine-launched and ship-launched cruise missiles, but it was also advertised as a way to spot low-flying aircraft, drones, swarms of small boats, and even some ground vehicles. Raytheon, the prime contractor for JLENS, and the Army tried to dispel concerns that JLENS could be used for domestic surveillance.
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Facebook doesn’t like the fact that most users don’t dwell in the social network; they just passively visit on a daily basis. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company may be looking to change this “bad” habit by developing a standalone camera app that would encourage creating and sharing photos and videos all within Facebook.
“People familiar with the matter” claim that Facebook’s “friend-sharing” team has developed a prototype for an app that would open to a camera and allow users not only to take and share photos but also to record video and start livestreams as well. If the app opens to a camera, it would make it much like Snapchat. Facebook has tried in the past to make a Snapchat-like competitor app called Slingshot that lets users share photos and videos that disappeared after 24 hours. Facebook also dabbled in photo editing and sharing apps—the company developed the aptly named Camera app only to abandon it and Slingshot when neither caught on with users.
Facebook-owned Instagram certainly doesn’t have a problem with users just passively visiting the app. That social network has become a place for the most manicured photos, but Facebook is focusing on spontaneous image and video capturing with this latest effort. While Instagram makes users go through multiple steps before posting an image (upload, crop, add filter, edit, write caption, etc), it’s likely that Facebook’s standalone camera app would encourage users to post without thinking twice.
Twitter provides several commands to control the tweets you see in your timeline and who can see your posts