Communist China puts our technology and safety at risk every day

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American institutions are targeted by these sophisticated attacks daily as the CCP looks to steal our intellectual property, our state secrets and our personal information.

The coronavirus crisis, fueled by the CCP’s lies at the onset of the outbreak, has further exposed these threats. The CCP threatened to withhold medical supplies as well as certain pharmaceutical ingredients that are used to manufacture critical medicines Americans rely on and use regularly. And the Department of Homeland Security has caught Chinese-affiliated hackers attempting to steal U.S. research on a coronavirus vaccine.

While cases of this virus continue to grow across the country, Americans are eagerly looking toward our science and technology leaders for a solution. As researchers work on finding effective treatments and developing a coronavirus vaccine, the U.S. must protect this research from China and other bad actors across the globe.

China’s more recent technological power not only endangers America’s national

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The Internet Has Mixed Reactions To PS Plus Free Games For August

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Sony’s PlayStation Plus is a fantastic subscription service that offers the ability to play multiplayer games online, the option to chat in a party with your friends and two free games to download every month. And though that is one hell of a deal – whether you pay the full $60 a year for the membership or find it on sale during the holidays – it somehow never stops some people from complaining about the games they’re receiving for free. And unfortunately, that’s exactly the case with August’s recently announced offerings.

For some gamers, the prospect of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered and Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a real bummer. Many are upset that the remastered version of Modern Warfare 2‘s campaign is free so soon after its initial release, causing them to feel as though they wasted $20 when they bought it at launch,

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Open-Source Raspberry Tablet CutiePi Lets Developers Customize Hardware and Firmware

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The Taiwanese startup CutiePi recently launched its Raspberry Pi tablet on Kickstarter. CutiePi software and hardware design are entirely open-source, and thus can be customized at will. CutiePi self-describes as the first truly usable and thinnest Raspberry Pi tablet.

Phoebus Torralba, who initiated the project on Kickstarter, explained the motivation behind CutiePi’s tablet:

All Raspberry Pi developers know setting up a Pi development environment is never fun. It’s cumbersome and messy, requiring a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Before you know it, your desk is covered in peripherals and the development board.”_

[With the tablet, you can] liberate your Pi project from the desk, and start creating wherever an idea strikes you.

CutiePi runs a Linux- and open-source Qt-based stack on a custom quad-core, 1.2GHz open-source board based on Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+ Lite with 1GB RAM.

Unlike standard Raspberry Pi models, the Compute Module lineup is

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Applied Health Analytics Promotes Berevan Omer to Vice President of Information Technology

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Berevan Omer, former Director of Information Technology at Applied Health Analytics, has been promoted to Vice President of Information Technology. In his new role, Omer will continue to lead IT infrastructure and various technology initiatives, as well as take on an advanced role in supporting the company’s main platform, bIQ™ Population Health Management.

Berevan Omer, Vice President of Information Technology at Applied Health Analytics

Omer is a proficient network and systems engineer that provides in-depth, day-to-day support for Applied Health Analytics’ technology products and applications. He partners closely with the software development and account management teams to help deploy technology and manage infrastructure updates. Omer has attended Western Governors University where he completed numerous licenses and certifications. Prior joining Applied Health Analytics, Mr. Omer served in network and system engineering roles in the greater Nashville area.

“After three years with Applied

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These Kids Are Solving The World’s Problems With Their STEM Skills

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In a 2018 review by the National Science Board, on international assessment tests, 15-year-olds in the US scored below the global average in mathematics but have science scores at or slightly above the worldwide average. And according to Girls who code, 74% of middle school girls express an interest in engineering, science, and math. Still, only 0.3% choose computer science as a major in college.

In May 2020, twenty semifinalist teams with students aged four to 16, participated in a digital version of First LEGO League’s Global Innovation Awards. This year’s challenge was to identify a problem in the students’ community and identify a unique solution using Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills to make their community a better place to live.

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Internet Archives Fires Back in Lawsuit Over Covid-19 Emergency Library

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In a brief filed in a New York district court on Tuesday night, the Internet Archive fired back in response to a lawsuit brought against it by five of the world’s largest publishers. The lawsuit seeks to shut down an online National Emergency Library started by the Internet Archive during the Covid-19 pandemic and levy millions of dollars in fines against the organization.

“The Internet Archive does what libraries have always done: buy, collect, preserve, and share our common culture,” the brief said. “Contrary to the publishers’ accusations, the Internet Archive and the hundreds of libraries and archives that support it are not pirates or thieves. They are librarians, striving to serve their patrons online just as they have done for centuries in the brick-and-mortar world.”

Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, John Wiley & Sons, and Penguin Random House filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Internet Archive in

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Nvidia and Google claim bragging rights in MLPerf benchmarks as AI computers get bigger and bigger

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Nvidia and Google on Wednesday each announced that they had aced a series of tests called MLPerf to be the biggest and best in hardware and software to crunch common artificial intelligence tasks.

The devil’s in the details, but both companies’ achievements show the trend in AI continues to be that of bigger and bigger machine learning endeavors, backed by more-brawny computers.

Benchmark tests are never without controversy, and some upstart competitors of Nvidia and Google, notably Cerebras Systems and Graphcore, continued to avoid the benchmark competition.

In the results announced Wednesday by the MLPerf organization, an industry consortium that administers the tests, Nvidia took top marks across the board for a variety of machine learning “training” tasks, meaning the computing operations required to develop a machine learning neural network from scratch. The full roster of results can be seen in a spreadsheet form.

The second phase of machine learning,

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Strata Decision Technology to Acquire EPSi From Allscripts

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CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Strata Decision Technology (Strata), a pioneer and leader in the development of cloud-based financial planning, analytics and performance tools for healthcare, today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire EPSi from Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX) for $365 million. EPSi is a leading provider of financial decision support and planning tools for hospitals and health systems.

“By bringing these two outstanding companies together, we believe that we can build one of the most important companies in helping to solve the biggest problem in healthcare – the cost of it,” said Dan Michelson, Chief Executive Officer of Strata. “Our focus will be to accelerate innovation to provide broader and deeper solutions to help our customers, deliver the highest service levels in the industry, and create the very best place to work in healthcare.”

Hospitals and healthcare delivery systems were already under significant financial pressure with margins rapidly

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EdX Advisory Council Calls for Short-Term Credential Programs, Industry-Aligned Curricula — Campus Technology

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EdX Advisory Council Calls for Short-Term Credential Programs, Industry-Aligned Curricula

Learning platform edX recently convened the first (virtual) meeting of its MicroBachelors Program Skills Advisory Council, a group launched in early 2020 that brings together foundations, corporations and academic institutions to “solve shared challenges around reskilling and upskilling in order to address the demands of the future workplace.”  

Attendees included leaders from academic institutions offering MicroBachelors programs on edX; representatives from American Student Assistance, Walmart and Boeing (all funders of the MicroBachelors program initiative); and guests from IBM, ZipRecruiter, Raytheon and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Discussions in the meeting centered on two key areas: credentials and content. There is a real market need for short-term programs that offer immediate payoff to students and companies,” the council asserted. “It is important to foster collaboration between corporations and academic institutions to evaluate the quality and rigor of credential

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Woz Enterprise Launches Federally Recognized Technology Apprenticeship with University of Phoenix

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Transformative workforce development program to drive acceleration of careers for high-potential community college graduates

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Woz Enterprise – a division of Woz U – and University of Phoenix are bringing the technology and education sectors together to launch a U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program to address the widening technology skills gap and put Americans to work. This world-class, transformative technology apprenticeship program trains community-college graduates in STEM fields with day-one skills and places them in entry-level apprenticeship jobs, while setting them on a path to earn a bachelor’s degree in an in-demand field.

“We have all heard about the tech talent gap. Hundreds of companies have been trying to address it, yet here we are in 2020, and the gap remains,” said Chris Coleman, President of Woz Enterprise. “Truly offering relief to this talent-starved industry, at scale, requires collaboration from

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