Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Air Force has decided to set aside its plans to retire the A-10 close air support aircraft, in the wake of the attack plane’s critical role in the U.S. bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State, according to DOD sources.Air Force officials say they still will need to retire the A-10 to pay for newer generation aircraft, but for now the service will shelve its plan in response to commanders’ request for the Warthog, reported Defense One.The Air Force will release a revised retirement plan next month when the administration submits its fiscal 2017 budget request to Congress.The service had proposed retiring the fleet in each of its last two budget requests in response to fiscal constraints, but each time lawmakers blocked the plan, arguing the A-10 is the most effective aircraft in the Air Force inventory at protecting ground troops.Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he welcomed the report that the Air Force plans to keep the Warthog through FY 2017. “With growing global chaos and turmoil on the rise, we simply cannot afford to prematurely retire the best close air support weapon in our arsenal without fielding a proper replacement,” McCain said.The report represents good news for Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., which is home to the nation’s largest contingent of A-10s, with more than 80 of the planes in three squadrons, reported the Arizona Daily Star.“It appears the administration is finally coming to its senses and recognizing the importance of A-10s to our troops’ lives and national security,” Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), a former A-10 pilot who flew combat missions in the 1990s, said in a statement. McSally’s district includes Tucson, where Davis-Monthan is located.
See It E3 press conferencesSaturday, June 8Electronic Arts — The game maker showed off 15 minutes of gameplay for its upcoming adventure game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It also announced new features for its free-to-download Apex Legends last-man-standing battle royale game, offering a new character and weapon to play with. The company also showed off a new paid update for The Sims 4, called Island Living, that brings the series to a tropical beach. Finally, the company did discuss drama over the mixed reviews for its Anthem action adventure game, saying it “learned a lot” and had more updates and features planned soon.Sunday, June 9Microsoft / Xbox — The gaming giant’s biggest news was Project Scarlett, its next-generation Xbox, coming in 2020. The new device is up to 4x more powerful, the company said, and like the next-gen PlayStation it’ll include a fast non-mechanical SSD hard drive, and it’ll be powered by custom innards built with the help of chipmaker AMD. The company also announced that Halo Infinite will launch alongside Project Scarlett next year. Meantime, Microsoft is starting public tests of its Project xCloud streaming service in October, promising people the ability to play high end games on their mobile devices while away from home. While fans wait, Microsoft announced an update to its Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 as well as a slew of new games. And action star Keanu Reeves, fresh off the success of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, was on stage to announce his involvement with Cyberpunk 2077, which is coming next year.Bethesda — 5:30 p.m. PT (8:30 p.m. ET)Monday, June 10PC Gaming Show — 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET)Ubisoft — 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET)Square Enix — 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET)Tuesday, June 11Nintendo (livestream only) — 9 a.m. PT (noon ET) Abt Electronics Post a comment $115 Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw reading • E3 2019: Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 brings Bluetooth, Scarlett compatibility Updated 12:09 p.m. PT: Scarlett compatibility confirmed. E3 2019: The most anticipated games of gaming’s most anticipated show Mentioned Above Microsoft Xbox Elite Controller Our first look at the new elite controller at E3 2019. James Martin/CNET At the Xbox-centric E3 press conference Sunday, Microsoft pulled back the curtains on an update to the Elite Controller: Series 2. An even more Elite controller with a slew of adjustments to bumpers, grips and thumbsticks that looks to iterate on and improve one of gaming’s best controllers. The short trailer showed off, in around 90 seconds, all the new features of the controller. In brief:Adjustable tension thumbsticksHigher precision controlNew trigger grip and redesigned bumpersWrap-around rubberized gripBluetooth connectivityThree profilesInternal rechargeable battery and dock with 40 hours per charge.The Series 2. Microsoft The controller will work on both Xbox One and PC and Series 2 program manager at Microsoft, Allan Carranza, confirmed the controller will also be compatible with Xbox Scarlett. Cool! The Elite Series 2 will be available from November 4, 2019 and you can already pre-order at xbox.com.You can watch the full reveal below: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 0 Share your voice See It Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Review • Xbox One Elite controller review: Luxury gaming and customization, at a price 17 Photos Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Preview • Xbox Elite Wireless controller lets you customize to your heart’s content E3 2019 Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Tags Microsoft Xbox Elite Controller • See All $149 E3 2019 $190 Walmart See it Gaming Accessories Microsoft Nintendo
Mike George, VP Alexa, Echo and Appstore for Amazon, speaks during the LG press conference at CES in Las Vegas, U.S., January 4, 2017.REUTERS/Rick WilkingA day ahead of Superbowl LII, Amazon has launched a new ad for its voice assistant Alexa. It shows Alexa losing her voice and the company trying to find a replacement.Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is then seen asking his employees whether the new team will be able to do its work and the employees assure him that there will be no problem with a confused expression.In the 90-second video, the first user asks Alexa, “How far is Mars?”. And singer Cardi B responds, “How far is Mars? Well, how am I supposed to know? I have never been there!”Later, British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay uses abusive language to explain a complicated recipe for a grilled cheese sandwich. And when Alexa is asked to play country music, Cardi B sings her hit track “Bodak Yellow”. LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 05: An Amazon Echo device is displayed at the Ford booth at CES 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ford is incorporating the voice operating device into its vehicles. CES, the world’s largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 8 and features 3,800 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 165,000 attendees.Photo by David Becker/Getty ImagesAnthony Hopkins also speaks with dramatic pauses and terrifies the Alexa owner. On a request to “set the mood”, Australian actress Rebel Wilson responds by talking dirty to guests at a dinner party.At the ending of the video, Alexa gets her voice back and thanks all the celebrity by saying “thanks guys, but I will take it from here”Amazon will broadcast three 15-second videos in the first three-quarters of the Super Bowl. In the videos, people will see the celebrities receiving their headsets to work as replacements to Alexa’s voice. Then in the fourth quarter, the full 90-second video will be aired.The video was aired by Amazon on January 31 but has now been deleted from its YouTube channel for reasons best known to them. Those interested can watch the video on GSM Arena.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read The new iPad’s brilliantly clear Retina display and its travel-friendly size help make this third-generation tablet one of the most useful mobile sales tools on the market. The reason is simple: Presentations pop on the high-resolution screen.But most users only scratch the surface when it comes to an iPad’s capabilities for delivering dynamic business presentations. From creating the most effective content to finding the right apps and tools, here are six tips to help you make better iPad presentations:1. Play to the iPad’s strengths.Keep presentations simple. For text, images and other content, bigger is usually better for getting the message across on the iPad screen, which is slightly larger than nine and a half inches across diagonally.If you really need to have highly-detailed slides, consider passing the device around the room to let your clients have a closer look. That way, you can take advantage of things that make the iPad unique — such as its portability and screen proportions.Related: With a Dazzling Display, the New iPad Will Be Attractive for Many Business Owners2. Use a projector for larger groups.iPads can be handy for one-on-one demos, but try using a projector for larger groups. ViewSonic, Dell, Optoma and other companies make portable projectors that are compatible with tablets.At $349, the ViewSonic PJD5123, can be worth the price because it combines high picture quality with portability. Some users, however, might find it heavy at five pounds. If a lightweight device is an absolute priority then the Dell M110 — which weighs less than a pound — might be worth the higher cost (about $540).You can also wirelessly stream a presentation on your iPad to an HDTV using Apple TV and AirPlay. All you need is to connect the Apple TV device ($99) to the TV, have access to a WiFi connection and work with the AirPlay app on your iPad.3. Try a remote.Flipping through slides by hand can be distracting to an audience. But by turning your iPhone into a remote, you can move around and give touch-free presentations.For basic presentations using Keynote — Apple’s version of Microsoft PowerPoint — it’s possible to use the iPhone as a remote with Keynote Remote, which is available for 99 cents from the iTunes App Store. For more advanced presentations, 2Screens Presentation Expert ($4.99 plus $2.99 for the 2Screens Remote app) can be used with an iPhone remote for viewing slideshows, documents or taking on-screen notes. It also can turn the iPhone into an on-screen laser pointer.Related: 5 Tips on How to Present Like Steve Jobs4. Go beyond PowerPoint.Microsoft PowerPoint, once the de facto standard for business presentations, is no longer the only tool to use. Two alternatives are Web-based slideshow apps Prezi and SlideRocket. Both include HTML5 presentation players built specifically for the iPad, including such features as multi-touch gestures.SlideRocket specializes in HD video and animations, while Prezi uses a unique visual approach to present “mind maps” that show how ideas are related. There are free versions of each, but paid subscriptions — which include more features such as improved branding tools and extra online storage — start at $24 per month for SlideRocket and $59 per year for Prezi.If you’re still tied to using PowerPoint, you can access Microsoft Office content on the iPad using apps such as Quickoffice Pro ($19.99), which also doubles as a presentation and editing tool.5. Add interactivity with a live whiteboard.Make staid PDFs, documents and simple presentations more interactive by turning the iPad into an electronic whiteboard. Apps such as Air Sketch ($9.99) and Power Presenter ($1.99) let users put notes on documents, websites and slideshows. It’s a way to record brainstorming sessions or get audience feedback.For more stylish notations, try using an iPad stylus such as the Pogo Sketch Plus ($14.95) from Ten One Design.Related: Using an iPad to Boost Productivity (Video)6. Master on-the-go design with improvised graphics. Due to a tablet’s smaller screen and the inability to switch between applications quickly, some professionals might find crafting a presentation easier on a laptop or desktop. But the iPad does include tools for drawing improvised presentations.For making quick, clean flowcharts and other presentation graphics, consider apps such as TouchDraw ($8.99) or the more richly-featured OmniGraffle ($49.99) which offers diagramming, templates and freehand drawing tools to illustrate business processes. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 20, 2012 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »