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NASA seeks extra $1.6 billion to boost its return to the Moon

NASA seeks extra $1.6 billion to boost its return to the Moon

In order to meet the Trump administration's desire to return to the Moon by 2024, NASA will seek another $1.6 billion for its fiscal year 2020, it has been revealed. The deadline is a revision of the previous 2028 goal of returning humans to the lunar surface; Vice President Pence declared the new 2024 goal during the National Space Council meeting held earlier this year.

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Secret Service reveals plan to test facial recognition tech at White House

Secret Service reveals plan to test facial recognition tech at White House

The US Secret Service (USSS) plans to test facial recognition technology at the White House, the agency revealed in a newly published document. The USSS released a statement detailing its plan, which includes testing the technology on employees as a stepping stone toward potential deployment as a new security feature. The test has raised concerns among some biometric security critics.

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AP, video experts confirm White House’s CNN ‘assault’ video doctored to deceive

AP, video experts confirm White House’s CNN ‘assault’ video doctored to deceive

This week the White House released a video showing CNN reporter Jim Acosta at a press event. In the video documenting the original event, as broadcast on C-SPAN, a White House intern approached Acosta and attempted to remove a microphone from Acosta's hand. The point in question happened during this exchange. In an edited set of video clips shared by the White House, it would appear that Acosta swiftly chopped downward at the arm of the intern to stop her from removing his microphone. The video shared by the White House was doctored to make this action appear violent.

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White House bans government use of Huawei and ZTE hardware [Update]

White House bans government use of Huawei and ZTE hardware [Update]

The White House has officially banned the government use of hardware made by Chinese companies ZTE and Huawei, including smartphones, routers, and similar devices. The move follows years of debate over the two companies and the potential national security risk their hardware may present. The ban is part of a $716 billion defense policy bill newly signed by President Trump.

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White House reveals big AI plans with vow to remove regulatory barriers

White House reveals big AI plans with vow to remove regulatory barriers

The White House has announced plans to develop a new committee on artificial intelligence, a move underscoring its focus on AI technology and the ways it can improve lives. The Trump administration has vowed to remove "regulatory barriers" that could get in the way of innovation, as well as prioritize funding for the initiative.

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Melania Trump BE BEST initiative releases anti-cyberbullying guide

Melania Trump BE BEST initiative releases anti-cyberbullying guide

Melania Trump has launched an awareness campaign called 'BE BEST' that aims to promote healthy development in children. The White House explained in its announcement today that BE BEST wants to help teach kids "about the importance of social, emotional, and physical health." First on the agenda? A new information guide designed for parents to help their children deal with cyberbullying.

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White House bans personal staff and guest phones from West Wing

White House bans personal staff and guest phones from West Wing

The White House has proceeded with a ban against personal cell phone use, preventing its staffers from using their own handsets while at work on the premises. A rumor of the ban surfaced weeks ago, proving controversial as staffers worried that they'd be cut off from family and friends under such a restriction. Despite those worries, the Trump administration has decided to implement the ban, citing security concerns.

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White House calls 5G network rollout a national security priority

White House calls 5G network rollout a national security priority

The White House has listed 5G network rollout as a national security priority in the US. The detail comes from the newly released National Security Strategy Report for December 2017, specifically from "Pillar II: Promote American Prosperity." In a section called "Improved American Infrastructure" found on page 19, the White House says that 5G Internet will be deployed across the nation in order to "improve America's digital infrastructure."

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White House may ban staffers from using personal phones at work

White House may ban staffers from using personal phones at work

The White House is considering a ban on personal mobile phone usage, a move that will prevent staffers from using their own handsets during work. The ban, should it happen, would be a cybersecurity move, according to officials, who claim it doesn't have anything to do with leaks to media organizations. The idea is that a staff member's own smartphone probably isn't as secure as one issued by the government.

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White House report examines AI and its expected economic effects

White House report examines AI and its expected economic effects

The era of AI-driven automation is coming, and it'll bring great benefits for some and big drawbacks for others. The White House is expecting major economic impacts as artificial intelligence and automation become more ubiquitous, and today, it's outlining something of a plan of attack. Specifically, the White House has listed what it believes will be five economic impacts of AI-based automation, and three strategies policymakers can implement to address them.

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The White House is hosting a game marathon later today (yes, really)

The White House is hosting a game marathon later today (yes, really)

Gaming marathons are nothing new, but would you believe that the White House is hosting one later today? Believe it: at 1 PM Pacific, the White House will kick off a gaming marathon livestream on Twitch, complete with appearances from some of today's popular Twitch streamers. On top of all of that, Shaq's going to be there, and yes, I was confused at first too.

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White House ‘1600’ AR app makes a dollar bill come alive

White House ‘1600’ AR app makes a dollar bill come alive

The White House has launched a new augmented reality app called ‘1600,’ and it works by overlaying a 3D version of the White House over the images printed on a dollar bill. The app is simple to use — you just pull up the camera and point it at any dollar bill you have available. The app takes care of the rest, raising a tiny White House on the front of the dollar until it is full size. A helicopter zooms in, people carrying flags appear, and more.

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