Science and Technology

For tax year 2018, the rules have changed on business cell-phone deductions, and they are completely wrong. The IRS is a dinosaur and it’s proving it with the changes to how cell-phones are deducted as a business expense in 2018. Prior to 2018, it was the cost of service and that’s it. Now, it’s a percentage
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Shipping companies are considering a modern version of a centuries-old concept to power tankers essential for international trade and travel, The Washington Post reports. Tech companies are pitching “rotor sails,” which look like spinning columns, to shipping companies who are beginning to test the motors on select ships. When enough wind is present, the columns
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  by Gavin Hanson Scientists still can’t agree on what caused a continuous and dull subterranean rumbling interrupted by regular bursts near Madagascar that shook every seismograph on Earth on Nov. 11 for 30 minutes, according to a Thursday Gizmodo report. (Article Continues Below Advertisement) For 30 minutes the Earth grumbled with a deep tremor that, besides enigmatically timely
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Next-Generation Machine Learning to Complement Entire BlackBerry Technology Portfolio Integrated BlackBerry Solutions to be First to Intelligently Protect Fixed and Mobile Endpoints Embeddable AI Technology to Accelerate Development of BlackBerry Spark EoT Platform BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to wholly acquire Cylance, an artificial intelligence and
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  by Gavin Hanson Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg reportedly directed his managing staff to use only Android phones, according to The New York Times. (Article Continues Below Advertisement) This order came after Apple CEO Tim Cook took aim at Facebook’s advertising-based business model, although Facebook denies it was a direct result of his comments. Tim
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  by Peter Hasson Republican women are “enablers,” according to Google search results. (Article Continues Below Advertisement) Google’s search results for the National Federation of Republican Women, the nation’s largest Republican women’s group, displays the organization’s name instead as the “National Federation of Republican Enablers.” Google screenshot taken Friday, November 9 at 10:23 pm Google
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  by Hanna Bogorowski Google Ads informed Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s campaign Tuesday that her advertisements including video footage of protestors interrupting her moment of silence for victims of the recent deadly mass shooting of a synagogue were disapproved because they contained “shocking content.” (Article Continues Below Advertisement) Google Ads, an online advertising platform, would not allow
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  by Gavin Hanson (Article Continues Below Advertisement) China’s first privately funded attempt to launch a satellite into Earth’s orbit failed during the final stage of its flight on Saturday around 4 a.m. EST, according to a Monday Quartz report. An “abnormality” in the third stage of the Zhuque-1 rocket failed to put the CCTV satellite,
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  by Gavin Hanson A “curious” plume-shaped cloud that appeared near Mars’s equator is growing and now casts a long trail from an alien volcano, Oct. 10 photographs from the European Space Agency (ESA) show. (Article Continues Below Advertisement) Photos from the ESA’s Mars Express Orbiter show a cloud extending from behind a massive Martian volcano named Arsia Mons.
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  by Gavin Hanson The next mission to Mercury is planned to launch at 9:45 p.m. ET on Friday night from Kourou, French Guiana. (Article Continues Below Advertisement) BepiColombo will take seven years to reach Mercury after leaving Earth and will make several planetary fly-bys including Earth, Venus and Mercury itself, before it slows enough to maintain an
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  by Jason Hopkins Another study has called into question the environmental benefits of electric vehicles, citing the amount of carbon pollution emitted when making lithium-ion batteries. (Article Continues Below Advertisement) Depending on where it is manufactured, an electric vehicle can emit more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than an efficient conventional car, according to data compiled
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  by Joshua Gill The booster for a rocket carrying American and Russian astronauts failed shortly after launch Thursday, forcing the astronauts into an emergency descent to Earth. The two astronauts, Nick Hague and Alexey Ovchinin, landed safely in a parachuted capsule 12 to 15 miles outside of the town of Zhezqazghan in Kazakhstan, 240 northwest of Russia’s
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  by Gavin Hanson Facebook unveiled a smart speaker with an integrated video screen and camera that automatically follows users, Monday in the company’s “newsroom.” (Article Continues Below Advertisement) The company announced it would be bringing an artificial intelligence (AI) camera, the Portal, designed for video chatting to stores and homes in November. “Thanks
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Three members of the Expedition 56 crew returned safely to Earth Thursday from the International Space Station, where they spent months providing hands-on support for scientific research in low-Earth orbit, working to keep the orbiting laboratory fully operational, and performing three spacewalks. NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos
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The Justice Department today filed a lawsuit against the state of California alleging that Senate Bill 822, an Internet regulation bill signed into law earlier today by Governor Jerry Brown, unlawfully imposes burdens on the Federal Government’s deregulatory approach to the Internet, announced Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio, Assistant
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  by Kyle Perisic A House committee is reportedly considering issuing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey a subpoena for the social media’s allegations of shadow banning conservatives. An unnamed staffer on the House Energy and Commerce Committee told Politico that it is considering issuing Dorsey a subpoena to testify before the panel after a “tense”
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  by Kyle Perisic PragerU tweeted on Friday that Facebook deleted some of its videos for violating the social media giant’s “hate speech” policies. PragerU also said that its past nine posts by the administrator who posted the deleted videos have been shadow-banned, reaching none of its followers. PragerU has fought big tech before.
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