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How messaging technology is helping fuel global protests

How messaging technology is helping fuel global protests

Technology
When a friend shared a Facebook post with Michelle Burris inviting her to protest in downtown Washington, D.C., last Saturday, she knew she had to go. So she bought a Black Lives Matter mask from a street vendor before marching the streets of the district with a “No Justice, No Peace" sign. After that march ended, she pulled up details on Instagram for a car caravan demonstration just a few blocks away. “It was extremely powerful, not only Facebook but Instagram,” Burris said. “It was very easy to mobilize.” Protesters are using a variety of technology tools to organize rallies, record police violence and communicate during the marches sweeping the U.S. and other countries following the death of George Floyd. Some of that involves secure messaging services like WhatsApp, Signal and Telegr
Army solicits bids for wearable technology to detect COVID-19 in early stages

Army solicits bids for wearable technology to detect COVID-19 in early stages

Business
May 9 (UPI) -- The Army is requesting bids for a $ 25 million contract for wearable sensors to detect early symptoms of COVID-19. "There is a dire and urgent need for development of rapid, accurate wearable diagnostics to identify and isolate pre-symptomatic COVID-19 cases and track/prevent the spread of the virus," said the request for proposals issued this week. The RFP does not specify where on the body the device should be worn, and companies bidding for the contract were encouraged to make use of existing technology as much as possible. The RFP was issued by the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium, which collaborates with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command. The device would allow military services to isolate service members with early symptoms so they can be...
Team decision-makers to use different technology, approaches in virtual NFL Draft

Team decision-makers to use different technology, approaches in virtual NFL Draft

Sports
April 23 (UPI) -- Some NFL teams will embrace technology, while others plan to use a minimalist approach when general managers and coaches make picks from home for the 2020 virtual NFL Draft on on Thursday night. The unique version of the annual selection process starts at 8 p.m. and will air on ESPN, NFL Network and ABC. Viewers also can stream online or through apps. NFL franchises typically gather in war rooms, or designated areas at their facilities filled with front office decision makers. But that all changes this year because the league has closed team facilities due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, teams will communicate with prospects through video conferences and submit draft choices electronically while personnel are separated to adhere to social distancing guidelines. A...
BAE to develop analytics technology to detect WMDs

BAE to develop analytics technology to detect WMDs

Business
Feb. 12 (UPI) -- BAE Systems announced Wednesday that it has received funding from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop advanced analytics technology to help detect and deter weapons of mass destruction. According to BAE, this technology is the first of its kind and will include data fusion, adversary modeling, pattern matching and machine learning to detect and identify chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats. "Our technology aims to help analysts close the loop between the analysis of information and the collection of new information to fill in the gaps and provide a comprehensive picture of a potential threat," Chris Eisenbies, product line director autonomy, controls, and estimation BAE Systems, said in a press release. "Most importa...
Tech 2019: Our biggest technology stories

Tech 2019: Our biggest technology stories

Technology
As 2019 splutters to a close, it's time for our annual lookback at our most-read tech stories, and to ask: "What happened next?".Facebook and its family of apps dominates this year's list with four entries - it probably won't be a surprise that none of them were particularly brand-enhancing. The Chinese viral video app TikTok makes the cut for the first time. And many of the other "big tech" names are there too in one form or another.But there are a few notable exceptions. Neither Elon Musk nor Tesla made it, despite the window-smashing launch of the Cybertruck and plans to hack our brains. Google's co-founders were originally on the list after deciding to give up day-to-day control of their empire, but were squeezed out just before publication.Video gam...