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U.S. Army Considers AR Goggles for Its Military Mutts

Dogs deployed by the U.S. Army could soon be fitted with augmented reality (AR) goggles.

The equipment would allow dog handlers to communicate commands from a distance while performing tasks such as searching for explosive devices and hazardous materials, or carrying out search and rescue operations.

The specially designed headset, which like regular AR goggles overlay specific information on a real-world image, are being developed by Seattle-based Command Sight in a project managed by the Army Research Laboratory (ARL)

Currently, army dogs receive commands from their handlers via physical gestures or laser pointers, but this means the animal has to be visible to the handler throughout. Commands can also be delivered remotely via an audio system, but the setup isn’t always reliable.

Fitting a canine with a pair of AR goggles would offer more freedom during activities in the field as the dog could then venture far beyond the current,

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Twitter Considers Changing Misinformation Labels

Twitter  (TWTR) – Get Report is reassessing how its misinformation labels appear and reach users, the microblogging site’s head of site integrity told a news service.

The San Francisco social-media company currently attaches small blue notices to false tweets.

It is assessing how to make these signals more “overt” and “direct,” Twitter’s Yoel Roth told Reuters.

Roth made no mention of whether the changes would be implemented before the Nov. 3 U.S. election.

The changes will include testing a reddish-magenta color that is more visible, Roth told the news service.

Twitter reduces the reach of tweets that it labels for false content by limiting their visibility and not recommending them in search results, Reuters reported.

Feedback from users tells the company that they want to know whether an account has been repeatedly labeled, Roth said. Twitter will consider whether to flag users who constantly post false information, he

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Ohio City Council Considers $47,000 Technology Upgrade

(TNS) — Whether it’s a cellphone, laptop or computer, there’s no greater motivation to upgrade technology than the inability to receive any future operating system or software updates.

It turns out to be the latter for North Olmsted, Ohio, regarding a proposed $47,000 ordinance for the purchase of more than 275 new computers city council is expected to pass next month.

“We have the tools and resources to better serve the community, so we’re making sure that we are up to date and up to speed and current with technology,” North Olmsted Network Architect Eric Lundberg said. “The city is currently running an old infrastructure with Dell computers that are roughly five to seven years old.

“One of the biggest issues is the end of Windows 7 support. We’re going to a new Windows server 2019 network architecture that will offer greater benefits running Windows 10. That’ll be better security,

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VW Considers Bugatti Sale to Croatian Electric Supercar Maker

(Bloomberg) — Volkswagen AG is considering a sale of its Bugatti division that would give the maker of 16-cylinder performance vehicles a new lease on life in the electric age, according to a person familiar with the discussions.


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To help finance the potential deal, VW’s Porsche unit could boost its 15.5% stake in Rimac Automobili to as much as 49%, said the person, who asked not to be identified because no final decision has been made. CAR Magazine reported on the talks between VW and the Croatian producer of battery-powered supercars earlier Thursday.

VW’s supervisory board hasn’t approved the deal and the talks are fluid, the person said. Representatives for the Wolfsburg, Germany-based company and Zagreb-based Rimac declined to comment.

Bugatti, which sold 82 vehicles last year, has long been viewed as a prime example of VW’s engineering extravagance. In 1998, it was revived under former Chairman Ferdinand

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U.S. considers blacklisting China’s largest chipmaker as tech tensions escalate

Integrated circuits on a circuit board. The semiconductor industry has been in focus during the U.S.-China trade war.

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The Trump administration is considering imposing export restrictions on Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, China’s largest manufacturer of semiconductors, according to a Defense Department spokesperson. 

The Department of Defense is in discussions over whether SMIC should be added to the Commerce Department’s entity list, which essentially restricts those companies from receiving specific goods made in the U.S. 

“DoD is currently working with the interagency in assessing available information to determine if SMIC’s actions warrant adding them to the Department of Commerce’s Entity List,” a Defense Department spokesperson said. “Such an action would ensure that all exports to SMIC would undergo a more comprehensive review.” 

The administration’s move is part of a continued effort to put pressure on China’s technology firms and would mark a major escalation in

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