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Trump’s 2018 budget slashes funding from healthcare and science
The proposed 2018 US budget has been described as “cruel”JIM LO SCALZO/EPA/REX/ShutterstockBy Chelsea WhytePresident Donald Trump’s Administration plans to gut funding to healthcare and medical research,...
Trump budget would let NASA "keep innovating"
The Trump administration's fiscal 2018 budget request includes $19.1 billion for NASA, a $561 million decrease over previously enacted levels that would reduce the number of Earth science missions, eliminate...
US science budget gets some breathing room ahead of Trump cuts
Science budget safe for nowJohn Greim/LightRocket via Getty ImagesSCIENCE has dodged a bullet, for now. US government science spending will stay mostly unchanged for the rest of 2017 despite extreme cuts...
Fear of Trump's proposed budget cuts is already hurting medical innovation
President Trump's proposed budget may not make it through Congress, but his effort to slash funding for the National Institutes of Health is nonetheless having an impact on biotechnology start-ups and...
Intel’s Optane Memory has a catch with budget processors
Intel launched its Optane Memory – which acts as a small turbocharging cache for a traditional hard disk for an SSD-like speed boost – earlier this week, but a caveat we were unaware of has emerged: the...
Trump flips science the bird with new budget
Enlarge / WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 13: US President Donald J. Trump (C) delivers brief remarks before signing an executive order entitled, 'Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch', beside...
Moto G5 and G5 Plus: Metal finish, larger cameras boost these budget Androids
reader comments 10 Share this story Moto G5 Plus Moto G5, non-plus Andrew Williams Lenovo has announced the Moto G5 and G5 Plus, the next generation of its budget G-series phone line. The angle is the...
Budget breakup: HTC is done with entry-level phones, for now
HTC is getting out of the entry-level phone business this year, focusing instead on mid-range premium and flagship devices that it hopes bring in profits. The phone maker made the announcement on an earnings...
Business News Roundup, Dec. 13
The federal government’s deficit jumped sharply in November, but for the first two months of the budget year is running 10 percent lower than a year ago. [...] that improvement mainly reflects calendar...
Moto G4 Play
Update: Just because the Moto G4 Play is affordable, don't count it out for an update to Android Nougat.Motorola has confirmed that, along with its Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus friends, the latest version...
Searching Google Drive just became much, much easier
Have you got a weighty Google Drive account loaded with all manner of files? Ever have trouble finding something in that sprawl? Well, Google just made searching for stuff much easier in Drive with the...
White House warns Congress not to kill net neutrality and cable box rules
Pro-net neutrality rally at the White House.Joseph GruberThe White House has urged Republican lawmakers to give up efforts to strip the Federal Communications Commission of regulatory powers and tens...
GOP budget bill would kill net neutrality and FCC’s set-top box plan
Aurich Lawson / ThinkstockHouse Republicans yesterday released a plan to slash the Federal Communications Commission's budget by $69 million and prevent the FCC from enforcing net neutrality rules, "rate...
The NBN is running out of money
The NBN will need to raise around $20 billion from the private sector to complete the rollout. PUBLIC funds allocated for the country’s broadband infrastructure are fast running out. Contained in the 2016/17...
Brazilian science and technology ministry sees 2016 funding disappear
The Brazilian Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (MCTI) is suffering a massive budget cut as part of the government's decision to slash more than R$21bn ($5.8bn) off public spending.The latest...
Oil tax breaks in UK’s budget criticised by climate campaigners
Given a fresh tax breakBloomberg via Getty ImagesClimate campaigners are up in arms today after the UK chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, offered new tax breaks to the North Sea oil and gas...
Driverless lorries get UK trials
Driverless lorries and cars will be trialled in the UK, the government has confirmed in its Budget. Earlier in March, The Times suggested trials would take place on a "quiet stretch" of the M6 motorway...
Budget 2016: Airbnb 'micro-entrepreneurs' to get tax break
Airbnb hosts and "micro-entrepreneurs" will get tax breaks from the UK government, chancellor George Osborne has announced.As part of the March budget Osborne said individuals who sell services or rent...
Driverless cars to be tested on UK motorways in 2017
The government's latest budget will include new measures and incentives to support the growth of autonomous car technology in the UK.Unveiling the budget on Wednesday, chancellor George Osborne will announce...
Budget 2016 gives Major boost to Department of Space
NEW DELHI: In a boost to the Department of Space (DoS), the Union budget 2016-17 allocated Rs 7509 crore to the department, an increase of around Rs 550 crore as compared to the last budget. Of the Rs...
Karbonn Quattro L50 HD #ExpressReview: Perfect second phone
Comments Written by Karthekayan Iyer | Published:February 16, 2016 4:28 pm Karbonn Quattro L50 HD is the latest smartphone in the Quattro series of devices Every other day a smartphone is launched, aiming...
$19 billion NASA budget for 2017 still not enough to get to Mars
NASA administrator Charles BoldenNASAThe numbers are in. On Tuesday, the Obama administration unveiled details of its requested budget for 2017, including about $19 billion for NASA – a $260 million decrease...
Nasa's gorgeous travel posters reflect soaring ambition, budget battles
Nasa has unveiled a gorgeous new set of travel posters advertising the most exciting sights in the universe, just as it unveiled a $19 billion budget request designed to fund a manned mission to Mars.By:...
NASA budget proposal widens divide between White House and Congress
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden delivers his "State of NASA" speech at Langley Research Center on Tuesday.NASAEach year President Obama submits a budget for NASA to Congress, and each year the House...
Budget “bow wave” causes Air Force to cut 45 F-35s from purchase plans
The F-35 program will be cut by 45 aircraft over the next 10 years as the Air Force struggles with its spending priorities, according to an Air Force document.A prematurely posted copy of the US Air Force's...
Coolpad Note 3 Lite #ExpressReview: Redefines the budget benchmark
Comments Written by Debashis Sarkar | Published:February 7, 2016 1:01 pm Coolpad Note 3 Lite is the new budget smartphone which costs Rs 6999 and is an Amazon exclusive device. Here’s our review. Coolpad...
Intex LED-5010 FHD TV review: This 48-inch LED TV is a budget delight
Comments Written by Debashis Sarkar | Published:February 7, 2016 8:58 am Intex LED-5010 FHD TV is all okay for its price of Rs 39,990 and stands at par with other budget offerings in the market. Everyone...
GOP-led Congress unlikely to OK Obama's new clean energy bid
In an unusual twist in Obama's final year in office, the Republican leaders of the House and Senate budget committees have said they will not hold a customary hearing on the president's budget proposal...
LeEco Le 1s first impressions: Budget disrupter gets metal this year
Comments Written by Karthekayan Iyer | New Delhi | Updated: February 4, 2016 9:48 am Le 1s is the budget smartphone from new Chinese entrant LeEco. It is exclusively available on Flipkart at Rs 10,999...
How to pick the perfect TV for Super Bowl
A holiday shopper browses the electronics section against a backdrop of televisions at a Target store in Newport, Ky.(Photo: John Minchillo, AP) In case you haven’t heard, this year’s Super Bowl is a kind...
Budget Hotel Platform RedDoorz Bags $1.4M To Expand Across Southeast Asia
It’s looking like 2016 will be a big one for budget accommodation in Southeast Asia. Which is great news for business travelers, and my expense claims. RedDoorz, one of a number of companes...
Hands-on review: LG K7
LG K7 is a budget phone that didn't make the cut at the company's CES press conference. However, this low-key Android did show up on the Las Vegas convention floor.It's an Android smartphone with a palmable...
Hands-on review: CES 2016: LG K10
The LG K10 is shaping up to be a competitive budget phone that runs Android. While Motorola has impressed us the most before, this K Series entry for 2016 has a smoother design and rocks a large, 5.3-inch...
10 (Ten) by Kult #Expressreview: New budget option, but nothing extraordinary
Comments Written by Shruti Dhapola | Published:January 4, 2016 10:14 am 10 (Ten) by Kult is a budget smartphone that was recently launched in India. 10 (Ten) by Delhi-based Kult is the latest budget smartphone...
Science fares relatively well in new budget agreement
UMass Medical CenterYesterday, Congressional negotiators released a budget agreement that is likely to be signed by the president if it could pass both houses. The overall outlines of the deal—tax breaks...
Small businesses should care about security and here's why
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are faced with a growing number of multi-vector challenges as they vie to adapt to today's new style of doing business where change is the only constant. Ever changing...
Nasa's 2016 budget would make it illegal not to land on Europa
Nasa's plans to send humans back to the Moon and possibly even further have received a huge boost after the US CongressÂ decided to fund the space agencyÂ with an "extraordinary" budget for 2016.By: Michael...
Final NASA budget bill fully funds commercial crew and Earth science
NASA's commercial crew program, and its first four astronauts, were big winners in the agency's final budget.NASAFor the first time since 2011, Congress has fully funded NASA's commercial crew program,...
UK to buy 9 Boeing patrol planes in $18 billion defense budget boost
As part of a set of defense decisions that British Prime Minister David Cameron described as delighting President Barack Obama, the British government announced plans to purchase nine P-8 Poseidon long-range...
Malaysia Budget 2016 favours ICT for citizens but offers less for enterprise ICT
The Malaysia Budget 2016 is generally viewed as a positive step for the country’s development, but it could contain greater support for enterprise ICT, according to industry experts. A “more holistic approach”...
Budget bill rider would allow student debt collectors to robocall your cellphone
The House budget deal includes a provision that would let companies robocall Americans’ cellphones to collect any money owed to the government. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) Tucked into the congressional budget...
HP updates one of the best budget laptops, the Stream 11
One of our favorite low-cost laptops is getting a welcome update. The HP Stream 11, a no-frills, $199 11-inch laptop, won our admiration last year by offering a full version of Windows 8 in a simple plastic...
Nvidia CEO shrugs off Google's efforts to undercut its growth engine
In a blog post Wednesday, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang emphasized that his company has an ongoing collaboration with Google, while also indirectly belittling part of Google's tensor processing unit (TPU) initiative....
Google can now track your offline purchases
Google runs the world's largest and most profitably online ad network, but the lion's share of ad dollars still go to TV. The search giant is looking to change that by associating online ads with purchases...
The race to $1,000 – Alphabet and Amazon hit new record highs
Amazon and Alphabet both hit new record highs on Wednesday, as shares of both companies race to $1,000 a pop. Shares of Alphabet are trading up about half a percent, likely on the tail of the company's...
Google’s AlphaGo is playing the world Go champ in China, but nobody can watch it there
WUZHEN, China -- China is hosting a hotly anticipated tournament of Go – a complex, ancient Chinese board game – against a powerful Google computer program, but nobody inside the country can watch. Ke...
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