High Tech Warfare – This Is Not Your Fathers Military

The philosophy and basic strategies are still the same but the days of Sun Tzu and Carl von Clausewitz are out the window as the modern battlespace takes shape. Sure there are still tactics such as use of decoys, deception and the element of surprise, but today the SAM sites, mobile missile launchers and anti-aircraft systems are some of the most sophisticated technologies on the planet. But then again so are our stealth fighters.

Indeed, all this maybe new to you, but it is all too familiar with me due to my upbringing as the son of a US Naval Aviator, Captain, Commanding Officer of a Squadron. Thus I should thank my father for his many stories about his 250 combat missions in an A-4 in Vietnam, while I was growing up. My father also taught me how to fly in our family private aircraft propelling my fascination in aeronautics and thus my interest in all aircraft, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs.

Today, it is fascinating how things have changed in that short 3-decade period. And it has changed quite a bit since my Grandfather (DK Winslow) made his contributions in research working with on the cutting edge technologies of his day: Radar, Ultrasound, Infrared, Microwave, Acoustic Transducers, etc. with more than 70 research papers in all.

Currently my brother is a Pilot in Command of a C-130 in the USMC and thus my thoughts on his safety and our Nations Security are constant. The future of robotic warfare comes next and it is coming fast too. Robots killing robots and unmanned vehicles seeking out enemy combatants and killing them – high tech war is every bit as serious as it has ever been, its just now the high-tech capabilities are out of this world.

Ten of the Best Free Android News Apps

One of the most logical and useful groupings of applications are the Android news apps. It just makes sense to have one or more of these free apps on your phone so you can get the news you want when you want. Typically, all the bigger news sources provide their applications free of charge making these free news apps an even bigger no-brainer. This leaves everyone with one big decision to make: which one(s) to download. A secondary concern you should also consider is whether you want a local news app. Again, these are almost always free to download; however, the quality of these varies tremendously and it’s really a market-by-market issue. Of course, the bigger the market the better their Android news apps should be and this line of thinking usually holds true.

Regarding which of the many free Android news apps to download, the only way to figure it out is to learn more about them. Here is some periphery information about 10 of the best Android news apps:

FOX News

Like the TV channel and programming, this free Android app tends to provide its news from the more conservative point of view and spectrum. FOX News provides users with the latest news and updates from the people behind the FOX News Network. You can control the number of feeds and the type of news items you receive!

Tech Buzz Widget

Want to know the latest about technology, including any and all news about the Android OS, gaming, and mobile gadgets? If so, this free Android news app is the right app for you.

Phandroid

This is another app providing news on the mobile technologies niche. This one is more specialized toward information, news and rumors on all the latest about the Android OS and the Android Market.

Pulse News Reader

This Android news app will basically make you want to use your Android phone more and more for the sake of gathering news information. Its goal is to make reading your favorite news sources easier and more efficiently. It takes your favorite news sites and separates and orders them into a completely different look that’s easier to read and browse through. It really is a great app to have.

NYTimes for Android phone

This is one of the apps that nothing should need to be said about. It’s from one of the most trusted and popular news sources in the world. Now, you can read the famous NY TIMES articles without paying for the paper!

AP Mobile

This is one of the favorite free Android news apps of tens of thousands of users. AP Mobile gives you exclusive access to all Associated Press news feeds – the same source that provides news to every news outlet throughout the world.

BBC News

This app provides the latest headlines from one of the most trusted news sources in the world. It’s very compact and convenient; you will never miss an important world news event again with BBC News on your Android phone.

Express News

One of the most worthwhile free Android news apps around, Express News gives you instant access to more than 300 news providers all over the world. From the AFP and Associated Press to more localized sources like the Canadian Press. This list goes on and on and is great for those who like to take in the news from a multitude of sources.

USATODAY

The official USA Today app is definitely one of the best free Android news apps around. Get the latest news (current events, sports, weather, society and more) from one of the mot circulated newspapers in the United States.

NewsRob (Google Reader / RSS)

This free Android app is an RSS/Atom newsreader that syncs the most recent articles and content from feeds. It is auto-synced with Google Reader and allows for partial feeds in case you want to read the articles offline. Easily said, it’s one of the very best RSS/Atom readers available.

Canadian Immigration Statistics Are Increasingly in Favor of Tech Professionals

We recently heard of Canada’s big and better immigration plans for 2018. From a strong desire to allow a million newcomers by 2020 to a promise of huge funding in immigration, Canada elaborated on its exciting initiatives. It also did tell about the growing opportunities it has in store for various professions. But, with so many professions from various nations in the rate race of Canada immigration, don’t you think there has to be a profession which has “the best chance” for Canada? A particular sector to whom immigration can be easy as abc! Certainly, there is. It’s the IT Profession.

Canada is home to a vibrant and diverse tech sector and often a nation ranked in top numbers of countries with best IT and technical scope. Unfortunately, with all good tech scope and ever-green job market, the nation falls behind in justifying the vacancies with right IT skills. “New applications are creating jobs that were unimaginable just years ago. Ten years ago, there were no smartphone app developers, or cloud computing engineers or social media managers” said the Governor of Bank of Canada, Stephen Poloz in a speech at the Queen University in Kingston-Ontario. “Immigrants have a key role to play in helping grow the Canadian economy and off-setting the country’s growing shortage of skilled labour“, he added, signifying the crucial role of immigration today in bringing right talent to the desks of Canadian tech companies.

Growing numbers in Canadian IT hub come as good news to Tech professionals

Biggest sector: The Information Technology sector of Canada is by far the biggest sector, employing nearly 900,000 professionals annually, for all its domains. The country in the recent years invested over $9.1 billion on innovation and technological growth. Having grown faster than any other sector on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) since 2013, the Tech sector of Canada is now valued at a $250 billion.

Increasing firms: Since many tech companies in Canada are relatively new startups, there is potential for significant revenue growth within Canada’s tech industry. On a rough estimate, there are nearly 71,000 firms in Canada solely in its Tech sector. This accounts to nearly 6.1% of all Canadian businesses.

Employment prospects: Of the total employment in Canada, 5.6% comes from its Tech sector. While there are over 488,000 professionals already employed in IT jobs, majorly in fields of project management, software development, data analysis, information security, etc. the shortage is still huge. By 2020, a vacancy of over 216,000 tech professionals is to be filled in all its domains. This means that till 2020, Tech professionals will remain a guaranteed favorite of Canada immigration.

Average income: Immigrants in the Tech sector earn more than any of the professionals that work in Canada. Tech professionals earn a salary as high as $66950 on an average, whereas the national average of other sectors is approximately $48,000.

Looking through this lens, Canada’s tech sector is much bigger than our current definitions are able to capture.

Stumbling blocks of Canada become stepping stones to ITians worldwide

One of the biggest hurdles of Canada’s IT sector is a soon-to-retire staff. Of the total employees in Canada, nearly 5,000,000 Canadians will soon retire. A large proportion of this number represents the IT sector. While the Canadian government has introduced several programs and courses to train the younger generation for its sector, the success seems a long journey. With an unprepared youth and an increasing skills gap, Canada needs more ITians through immigration.

LMIA has been an equal hurdle for employers in hiring new talent for their high-tech companies. With increasing constraints and restrictions of LMIA, work permits have become an old-fashion now for employers, and instead, they choose PR visas. As neither a job offer nor LMIA is mandatory in the processing of PR visas, this option has gained more preference than any other pathways to Canada.

From Indian to Canada ITian-in 6 to 12 months

While IT is a favorite profession of Canada, India is marked as a favorite nation. In 2016 and again in 2017, the highest numbers of Canada PR visas were issued to Indian nationals. Canada believes that India has talent and skills that rightly justify the requirements of Canada’s economy. Among the many-many initiatives taken by the Canadian government to invite a large number of Indians and professionals from worldwide in the least span of time, a reducing CRS, tech specific provincial nominations and Global Skills Strategy are prominent ones.