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The White House is unsure about Trump's idea of a separate Space Force

The White House does not appear to be certain on how it will implement Space Force. White House officials were reportedly still mulling the possibility of Space Force operating under the wings of the Air Force. President Donald Trump touted the Space Force as an independent military branch in numerous statements and campaign speeches.

The White House does not appear to be certain on how it will implement Space Force, President Donald Trump's highly anticipated sixth branch of the military, and was still mulling the possibility of it operating under the wings of the Air Force, according to memos reviewed by Defense One.


Mazda just rolled out the stunning and innovative new Mazda3 right as Ford and GM bails on small cars

Mazda introduced the new 2019 Mazda3 at the 2018 LA Auto Show on Wednesday. The Mazda3 will be available as both a sedan and a hatchback. The Mazda3 is available with five different four-cylinder engines including a diesel and mild hybrid.  The new Mazda3 goes on sales in early 2019. 

Mazda introduced the new 2019 Mazda3 at the 2018 LA Auto Show on Wednesday. Even as Ford and General Motors announced their plans to exit the passenger car market, Mazda has unveiled one of the most striking and innovate compact cars in recent memory. 


BMW is showing off a new SUV to compete with the Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS

BMW will release its new X7 SUV in March 2019. The vehicle will start at $74,895 and will allow BMW to compete against Audi's Q7 SUV and Mercedes-Benz's GLS SUV. The X7 will be capable of a maximum 479 pound-feet of torque, 456 horsepower, and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 5.2 seconds, BMW says. Driver-assistance features include lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, assisted parking, blind-spot detection, lane-departure warning, rear and frontal collision warning, pedestrian warning, and rear cross-traffic warning, according to BMW.

BMW will release its new X7 SUV in March 2019. The vehicle will start at $74,895 and will allow BMW to compete against Audi's Q7 SUV and Mercedes-Benz's GLS SUV.


Facebook is expanding its local news feature 'Today In' to more than 400 US cities (FB)

Facebook is expanding "Today In," its local-focused news hub, to more than 400 cities. Today In shows users news, posts, and events from their local area. But it also provides a new avenue through which misinformation and fake news could spread.

Facebook is widely rolling out a new feature for local news and events, a tool intended to engage users with their local communities that also opens up a new front in the company's battle against fake news and disinformation.

On Wednesday,


The FTC will investigate whether a multi-billion dollar business model is getting kids hooked on gambling through video games

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will investigate the use of loot box micro-transactions in video games at the request of U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire. Hassan and other critics of the digital goods have compared loot-box transactions to gambling and have expressed concerns that the business model introduces children to addictive behavior. The move follows a September statement from European regulators promising to explore the connection between loot boxes and gambling.

Video game loot boxes are facing a fresh round of scrutiny from United States officials as the Federal Trade Commission prepares to launch an investigation into the increasingly popular business model at the request of Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire.


The US is only a leader in tech because of foreign workers. Silicon Valley could have happened anywhere if it weren't for one crucial visa.

Silicon Valley, a vital part of America's economic edge, is the global center of the digital revolution. But back in the late 1970s, the center of technology revolution wasn’t guaranteed to occur in the US. H-1B visas and skilled foreign workers changed that.  After the US repealed immigration quotas in 1965 and the H-1B visa was created in 1990, US companies could recruit globally, leading the country to become destination for global science, math, and computer science talent. President Trump's administration is discouraging foreign workers from applying to work legally in the US, and that could lead the US to lose its status as a leader in the tech world. 

Amazon is offering a rare $380 discount on Apple's ultra-thin and lightweight MacBook right now

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Apple rarely holds sales. But Amazon has them all the time. And right now you can buy a certified refurbished 12" MacBook for $819 on the site — that's $380 cheaper than buying one brand new. The

Audi just revealed a new electric concept car that puts Tesla's Model S to shame

Audi unveiled its e-tron GT electric sedan concept on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The automaker says it will begin delivering the production version of the vehicle in early 2021. The e-tron GT concept has an over 90 kWh battery that provides a range of over 248 miles, as well as 590 horsepower and the ability to accelerate from 0-60 mph in around 3.5 seconds. Audi did not announce a price for the production version of the e-tron GT concept, but it will likely compete against Tesla's Model S sedan, which starts at $78,000.

 

Audi unveiled its e-tron GT electric sedan concept on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The automaker says it will begin delivering the production version of the vehicle in early 2021.


I was going to write about my most anticipated game of 2018, but I played 136 hours of "Red Dead Redemption 2" instead

I was highly anticipating "Battlefield V," the newest entry in my favorite game series, and I've had a copy for weeks now.  But "Red Dead Redemption 2," this year's blockbuster Wild West game, stole its thunder — at least for me.  "Battlefield V" is still a great game, but it's competing for my precious time with "Red Dead Redemption 2." And let me tell you that it takes a lot to drag me away from my beloved "Battlefield."

I’m probably the biggest “Battlefield” fan in the office, and yet, I’ve neglected "Battlefield V," the latest entry in the war-gaming franchise, since I got an early copy ahead of its November 20th launch. 


Jeep just jumped into the pickup truck game to take on Ford, Chevy, and Toyota with the 'most capable mid-size truck ever' (FCAU)

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck just made its world debut at the 2018 LA Auto Show.  The Gladiator draws heavily upon new JL Series Jeep Wrangler. The mid-size Gladiator will be a rival for the