White House announces funding to tech, science projects ahead of conference

The White House on Thursday announced millions of dollars in commitments to tech and science-related initiatives. The announcement comes on the same day as a tech conference being hosted by the White House in Pittsburgh. In total, the administration said the value of the funds — from public and private sources — amounted to more than $300 million. The Department of Transportation, for example, will commit $65 million in grants “to deploy smart city technologies in communities across the country.” The money will go to San Francisco; Los Angeles; Denver; Houston; Marysville, Ohio; and Pittsburgh. Some of the funds will also go to health research, with $70 million being committed by the National Institutes of Health to “help researchers better understand the brain and, ultimately…

Meet the kids suing the government over climate change SEATTLE — Eight children asked a judge to find Washington in contempt for failing to adequately protect them and future generations from the harmful effects of climate change, part of a nationwide effort by young people to try to force action on global warming. The petitioners, between 12 and 16 years old, asked a state judge Tuesday to step in and require the state Department of Ecology to come up with science-based numeric emissions reductions. The state argued that it has complied with the court’s prior orders and there’s no basis for finding the Department of Ecology in contempt. After hearing arguments Tuesday afternoon, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill said she needed more time and would rule at a later date. The case is part of...

23 Essential Gifts for PlayStation Fans The Best Gift for a PlayStation Fan Whether you're brand new to PlayStation or you've been a fan since the PlayStation 1, there's a lot to be excited about from Sony this holiday. From great games like Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and FIFA 17, to the sleek, new PS4 Pro, to a PlayStation Plus membership that keeps on giving all year long, you're sure to find something here for the PlayStation gamer on your list. So have no fear, seasonal shopper: these are the 23 best PlayStation gifts of the year. Grip-iT Analog Stick Covers It’s a sad truth of gaming that when you play for long enough, sometimes your controllers’ thumbsticks take quite a beating. With a pack of Grip-iT Analog Stick Covers, you can make old...

BlackBerry DTEK70: Keyboard-toting 'Mercury' smartphone appears in spy shots THE SO-CALLED BlackBerry DTEK70, codenamed 'Mercury' and tipped to be the firm's final smartphone to be made in-house, has appeared in spy shots online. The images (above) surfaced on Chinese social network Weibo (where else?) and shows off the BlackBerry Priv look-a-like in all its glory. No further information was leaked alongside the image, but the shots confirm that BlackBerry will bring another keyboard-equipped smartphone to market, and one that packs a huge front-facing camera sensor. It also confirms that the device will arrive running Android, although it's not clear which version of the OS the DTEK70 is packing.  While this is the first time we've seen a non-blurry image of the smartphone, likely to launch as the BlackBerry...

“Mars”: How humans may explore the Red Planet “Mars,” a new series on the National Geographic Channel, marries the documentary form (incorporating interviews with people on how travel to Mars may become a reality) with a fictionalized account of a manned mission to the Red Planet in 2033. The series follows the six-person crew of the Daedalus encountering mission mishaps as they become the first humans to set foot on the Martian surface. John Grunsfeld, a former NASA astronaut and one of the show’s experts, told “CBS This Morning” that what he loves about the series is that “it feels real.” “It matches the documentary side with experts on space exploration, people who’ve been in space, with a great science fiction story that draws you in and makes you believe it can really...

Here’s the best SSD deal for Cyber Monday Hard drive space is precious, even moreso when you’re dealing with a speedy, costly solid state drive. Around the $100 mark, you can usually find a solid state drive offering about 240GB of space to work with, but for Cyber Monday only, you can pick up the Crucial MX300 with a whopping 525GB at Amazon for $99. If you need it spelled out for you, this is an unprecedented deal for this much solid state storage. Heck, at 525GB, this SSD will be spacious enough for many to be a full-on replacement for their older (and much slower) spinning drives. Even if you already have an SSD, the Crucial MX300 will make a perfect addition to your rig, giving you a massive amount of space to...

The 10 best NAS devices 2016 TechRadar Pro NAS (Network Attached Storage) essentially connects a hard drive to your router via an Ethernet cable (often fast Gigabit Ethernet), therefore creating a storage share that can be accessed by your desktop PC, your tablet and sometimes even remotely. They tend to be platform-agnostic, able to work with almost any device you connect to your wireless network – including DLNA-compatible devices (a standard for sharing media) such as smart TVs. Think of them as supercharged external hard drives; mini servers, if you like. Indeed, many small businesses are now using NAS drives as an alternative to the expensive, power-hungry server they used to need to have in the cupboard. 1. WD My Cloud Personal Simple, yet fast Capacity: 2TB, 3TB or 4TB | Interface: USB...

Killing Floor 2 Review Killing Floor 2 wears its heart on its sleeve—a bold move considering there’s no ace stuffed up there. The few things it does, it does boldly and unabashedly well. It’s a fast, fun co-op shooter with cool classes, satisfying guns, and aggressive, grotesque enemies, all doused in fitting heavy metal music. However, zoom out from the gorefest a bit and you’ll see Killing Floor 2 is also an online shooter with only two modes, two boss battles, and some unnecessary time sinks. It’s not a buffet though; it’s comfort food, meant to be eaten again and again and again. With that mindset clearly front and center for developer Tripwire, Killing Floor 2 delights on the back of its great gameplay. Killing Floor’s 10 classes, awkwardly referred to in-game as...