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U.S. Army to start testing high-tech combat goggles

Oct. 12 (UPI) — Rollout and field-testing of the U.S. Army’s new targeting goggles — called the Integrated Visual Augmentation System — will begin next week, and they’ll be distributed across the branch starting next year.

The do-it-all equipment, nicknamed “Frankengoggle,” is designed to simulate the connected world of a fighter pilot in the sight picture of a combat soldier.

With a heads-up display and other technology, it is meant to bring situational awareness, normally found on fighter pilots’ goggles, to combat soldiers, Army officials have said.

The system will be unveiled at the Association of the U.S. Army conference next week, and then distributed to 40,000 soldiers across the Army starting in 2021.

The goggles, the product of a $128 million contract with CACI International Inc., were developed after prior attempts to replicate the fighter pilot experience were disappointments.

IVAS goggles tested by Army Rangers and Special Forces personnel

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Army’s ground combat center is developing new methods, formations for the next war

The focus of the Army is ground combat and the way the Army fights is through fire and maneuver.

So, it makes sense that the job of figuring out where technological advances, doctrine and tactics meet would be at the epicenter of innovations in ground combat — the Maneuver Center of Excellence in Columbus, Ga.

To see how the center brings those ideas together in a fast-changing force, Army Times talked with Maj. Gen. Patrick Donahoe, commander of MCOE, ahead of this year’s virtual Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, which begins Oct. 13.

While tech gets the headlines and cool videos, it’s how that technology is implemented by the service that makes the difference, Donahoe argued.

Some of that can produce fairly large-scale changes, and so soldiers are likely to see a rethinking of formations, such as the brigade combat team, that have been around for

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US unveils enforcement framework to combat terrorist, criminal cryptocurrency activities

US officials have outlined how criminal applications of blockchain technologies and cryptocurrency should be responded to through a new framework. 

While the possibilities of the blockchain are considered “breathtaking” prospects that could allow humans to “flourish,” the new “cryptocurrency enforcement framework” focuses on darker applications — such as the use of virtual assets in criminal enterprises. 

The US Department of Justice (DoJ), together with Attorney General William Barr, announced the public release of the framework on Thursday. 

The report is based on the efforts of the Attorney General’s Cyber-Digital Task Force, tasked with investigating “emerging threats and enforcement challenges associated with the increasing prevalence and use of cryptocurrency,” according to the department. 

The document outlines DoJ and law enforcement response strategies to blockchain and cryptocurrency-related crimes. Split into three main sections, the 83-page framework document (.PDF) first outlines the applications of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, ranging from smart contracts, wallets, Initial

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New Urban Combat Drone Is a Shotgun Toting Hexacopter

  • The United Kingdom has developed a new drone devoted strictly to battlefield combat.
  • The drone uses sensors and machine vision technology to detect targets.
  • Once located, the drone can blast away at the target with twin shotguns.

    The U.K. has developed a new fighting drone designed to help soldiers breach urban defenses. The i9 uncrewed aerial vehicle can navigate indoors, locate and identify targets, and then open fire with not one but two shotgun barrels. Like all weaponized drones, a human operator must make the decision to shoot or not shoot.

    The drone, revealed by the Times of London, was developed for the British armed forces. The drone is meant to act as a breaching weapon, flying into a small room or house occupied by enemy troops and neutralizing them from within.

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    B2Digital Announces Continued Success in Saturday’s Pinnacle Combat 32 Sold-Out Event

    Tampa, FL, Sept. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NewMediaWire — B2Digital Incorporated (the “Company” or “B2Digital”) (OTCMKTS:BTDG), the premier development league for mixed martial arts (“MMA”), is pleased to announce that its Pinnacle Combat 32 MMA event in Farley, Iowa, on Saturday, September 26, featuring a combination of top amateur and pro fights, was another successful venture with a solid pay-per-view (“PPV”) presence and sold out in-person attendance.

    Management notes that the event drove larger in-person revenue levels on a per-ticket basis due to an increased in-person attendance allowance. The event also generated higher overall margins on each attendee ticket sold than in the Company’s prior event in Alabama.

    “Iowa was a huge success that dramatically exceeded our expectations despite the headwinds presented by the difficult context,” commented Greg P. Bell, Chairman & CEO of B2Digital. “That success was driven by strong organic growth as our brand continues to

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    Local governments use new ‘dry fog’ technology to help combat spread of COVID-19

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – A new invention to help fight the spread of COVID-19 is on the market, and both the Warren County and Bowling Green City governments are taking advantage of it.



    a person standing in front of a window: New technology helps fight spread of COVID-19.


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    New technology helps fight spread of COVID-19.

    “The technology not only disinfects the surfaces, but it is also capable of disinfecting the air that we breathe and that’s what makes it revolutionary,” Bobby Rabold, a Path-Guard distributor, said.

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    The device is portable and easy to use. You hold it as you would a gun, and when you pull the trigger, the dry fog comes out and saturates the air with non-toxic disinfectants.

    “That means when it gets down in the water table eventually it is not going to pollute the water table at all because it is non-toxic,” Rabold explained.

    Because it uses dry fog, there is no

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    TikTok Asks 9 Social Media Companies To Help Combat Suicide Content After Viral Video

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    TikTok has asked other social media platforms to join it in establishing a partnership to better combat content depicting self-harm and suicide after clips from a Facebook livestream of a man taking his own life circulated around TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and more for weeks earlier this month.

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    The August 31 Facebook livestream of Ronnie McNutt, a 33-year-old veteran, taking his own life remained on Facebook for nearly three hours after his death, and quickly went viral on other social media platforms, which struggled to keep up with accounts reposting clips of his death, sometimes disguised as videos of cute animals. 

    On TikTok, where an estimated 18 million daily users are 14 or younger, teens and their parents complained that videos were recommended on the “For You” discovery page, with

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    This Tech Start-Up That’s Using AI To Combat Counterfeit Merch Online

    Stopping the e-commerce sales of knockoff T-shirts and other memorabilia on Amazon, eBay and other major platforms is a game of whack-a-mole, but CounterFind, which was co-founded by former Dallas Cowboys safety Darren Woodson, has become an effective hammer for the music industry

    When a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured hundreds following an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in England in May 2017, the singer and her agent wasted no time in setting up a June 4 One Love Manchester benefit concert — with a lineup that included Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Miley Cyrus — to aid the victims and their families. And counterfeiters wasted no time in knocking off the merch that was sold as part of the fundraiser.

    Bootlegged T-shirts, hats, stickers and other products bearing Grande’s trademarked “One Love” logo were offered for sale online, prompting the merchandise company manufacturing the

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    Aerial moves will revamp ‘Monster Hunter Rise’ combat

    The Nintendo Switch is getting another “Monster Hunter” game, but this one looks to be an entirely original endeavour. “Monster Hunter Rise” was the headliner of Thursday’s Nintendo Direct Mini, and it looks like Capcom went all out with this entry.

    From first glance, it looks like this chapter is built on the gameplay of the highly successful “Monster Hunter World” with major changes. The most obvious is the Wirebug, a new creature that allows players to perform grappling-based actions. As the trailer shows, it’s a move that adds a new level of maneuverability to hunters.

    That change coincides with the new mountainous locale. Players set up shop in Kamura Village, and the main story appears to focus on understanding the secrets behind “Rampage” events. The new base looks influenced by Japanese architecture and that style extends to the rest of the world as seen in the Shrine Ruins and

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    The Technology that Helps Combat Learning Loss

    Picking the Right Tools to Assess Students’ Knowledge

    Just south of Seattle in Washington state, educators at Highline Public Schools worked intensely this summer in collaboration with the nonprofit TNTP to prepare for “distance learning 2.0,” says Rebekah Kim, the district’s executive director of teaching, learning and leadership.

    Highline, which enrolls about 19,000 students, trained teachers on four core platforms: Zoom for daily live instruction, Screencastify for asynchronous learning, Seesaw as an elementary learning platform and Google Classroom for secondary students. All four will be used together for simple formative assessments: Younger students can watch a recorded session on Screencastify and submit a reflection in their Seesaw journals, for example. In addition, tracking student attendance on Zoom is considered another form of assessment, Kim says.

    READ MORE: Find tips for teaching pre-K–6 students online.

    The district is prioritizing ongoing student assessments and a diagnostic test conducted with the program i-Ready,

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