Processing your passport application might not take so long after all

After months of near-­­paralysis and a long climb from a deep backlog, the U.S. State Department said its passport operations are nearing normal. Americans “can now apply for routine service and expect to receive a passport in 10-12 weeks,” the agency said this week.

“You also have the option of paying an additional $60 for expedited service to receive your passport in
4-6 weeks,” it added.

This marks a dramatic improvement over previous months, when the agency declined to estimate processing times and officials said they could
prioritize only “life-or-death” requests.

These new processing-time estimates apply to mail applications and those submitted in person “at an acceptance facility in your community,” officials said in a release Monday.

Many post offices, public libraries and court clerks serve as acceptance facilities; the State Department maintains a passport
acceptance facility search page. Federal officials
recommend that people apply by mail rather than in

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Airtel And Radware Partner to Offer Cloud Security Services to Businesses in India

MAHWAH, N.J., Sept. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Radware ® (NASDAQ: RDWR), a leading provider of cyber security and application delivery solutions, and Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s largest integrated telco, today announced a partnership under which Airtel will offer Radware’s Cloud DDoS Protection, Cloud WAF, and Bot Manager cloud security services to enterprise customers.

As part of the agreement, traffic from Airtel’s customers will be secured via a new India-based scrubbing service center, which is hosted by Airtel’s Nxtra Data. 

Harmeen Mehta, CIO & Head of Cloud and Security business, Bharti Airtel said, “As businesses undergo digital transformation, their security requirements are also evolving given the ever changing, increasingly complex threats. We are delighted to partner with Radware and offer their solutions to customers in India as part of our Airtel Secure portfolio. We are also happy to host Radware’s new scrubbing center in India and the facility will bring

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The Pentagon Is Powerful, But It Is Struggling To Kill The F-35’s Software Bugs

Here’s What You Need To Remember: While the F-35 continues to be an advanced fighter jet, there are times when it is clear that upgrading an old war bird like the B-52 is often a lot easier than working out the bugs in what should be a state-of-the-art fighter jet.

Introduced in the 1950s, the B-52 Stratofortress has remained in service thanks in part to the numerous upgrades it has received over the years. In fact, because it was introduced before the days of advanced computers, the B-52 has actually been at times much easier to update than more modern aircraft.

By contrast, the U.S. military’s highly advanced F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which was developed with the latest and greatest aviation computer systems and software, has had no shortage of problems and bugs to work out, while upgrades have been anything but easy.


Since its introduction, the F-35s

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IT Specialists Enhance Naval Supply Systems Command Communication > United States Navy > display-news

MECHANICSBURG, Penn. — Information Technology Specialists from Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Business Systems Center (BSC) completed a video-teleconferencing (VTC) system upgrade at NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville, Sept. 17, in Jacksonville, Fla.

The upgrade provided NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville with the capability to conduct VTC in a more secure, higher-quality environment, and is part of an ongoing effort to convert systems from Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) to Internet Protocol (IP).

“The VTC upgrade significantly enhances our ability to execute our mission to provide supply-support services to the warfighter through quick and reliable communications with all of FLC Jacksonville’s sites in the Southeast region. Enhanced communication infrastructure is a force multiplier for logistics,” said Capt. William Clarke, commanding officer, NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville.

NAVSUP BSC has upgraded 54 classified and unclassified VTC systems the past two years at NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, Fla.; NAVSUP FLC Pearl Harbor, Hawaii;

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How students can help save the environment

As the world gets warmer, weather events are becoming more intense and more frequent, sea levels are rising, prolonged droughts are putting pressure on crops and many plant and animal species are quickly becoming extinct. Global climate change impacts everyone, and it’s time for students to learn about what they can do to battle this.

“It’s important to think about what we can do individually as well as what we can do as a group, a force, because climate change can be so overwhelming and understood to be such a grand challenge,” said Miriam Gay-Antaki, an assistant professor in geography and environmental studies at the University of New Mexico. “It might make us think that we can’t do anything about it individually, but our individual decisions do matter.”

Gay-Antaki suggested students ask for alternatives in terms of UNM throwing away food in the dining halls and student housing, offering that

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Sonoma County, CA – Goes-Live On Oracle Cloud Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) With CherryRoad Technologies Inc.

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J., Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — CherryRoad Technologies Inc., a leading integrator of public sector software and digital technology solutions and a member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) has announced today that Sonoma County, CA has successfully gone live and is thriving in Oracle Cloud Enterprise Performance Management (EPM).

As part of a modernization strategy, Sonoma County partnered with CherryRoad to implement and integrate their largest, to date, enterprise-wide application into the Cloud.  Recognizing that flexibility and transparency in the planning and budgeting processes across the enterprise are key to the execution of next phase strategic business initiatives, Sonoma County successfully migrated their on-premise Hyperion application to Oracle Cloud EPM. Partnering with CherryRoad, the project took just 12 weeks and lays the foundation for Sonoma County to continue to automate complex processes and increase efficiency in their budget development process.

“We enjoy our strong partnership with Sonoma County

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Keysight Technologies Bolsters Technical Support Services in Response to Growing Customer Demand for Test and Measurement Expertise

SANTA ROSA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep 9, 2020–

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS), a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, today announced it has expanded the company’s KeysightCare program to provide a growing customer base with fast, reliable access to priority technical support.

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Keysight Technologies today announced it has expanded the company’s KeysightCare program to provide a growing customer base with fast, reliable access to priority technical support. (Photo: Business Wire).

KeysightCare is a scalable and comprehensive support model offering best-in-class test and measurement expertise through a dedicated, proactive single point of contact for instruments, software, application measurements and test. This integrated support model is now available with five tiers to meet the specific hardware, software and technical support needs of customers.

On August 24, 2020, Keysight released the

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New Pueblo business owner finds success during global pandemic with leap of faith, affirmative mantras – News – The Pueblo Chieftain

Starting a new business in the wake of a pandemic may seem unfathomable, but for Katie Pickerel it’s a reality she can’t quite put into words.

Pickerel a Pueblo native, oversaw marketing for Pueblo Academy of Arts when she decided to open a comprehensive creative and design company called RUTH Productions early this year.

Within weeks of opening, the coronavirus outbreak hit the nation.

For Pickerel’s budding business, an opportunity arose within the chaos.

“I couldn’t ever have imagined what we’ve experienced this year,” Pickerel said. “But initially – one of my favorite mantras that I build my life off of is, ‘Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.’”

RUTH Productions began to provide the community with photography, video production, marketing, graphic design, and other multimedia production; but quickly adapted to the circumstances thrust upon small businesses around Pueblo.

“How it started was,

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics gives your gaming PC wings


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New graphics cards bring opportunity. For better gaming, faster performance and expensive hardware sales. But they also bring challenges, with driver issues, design challenges and often supply shortages. 

As delivered by GeForce RTX 3080-based graphics cards, the latest version of the company’s GPU architecture achieves playable frame rates in games which use fancy RTX-specific features like ray-tracing and global illumination. Its AI-based upscaling feature, DLSS, lets you finally play in 4K at (frequently) better-than bare-minimum frame rates without visible degradation in quality. The GPU also lifts performance over predecessors in games that don’t take advantage of the whizzy features by about 20%-40% on average, which is really most games. 

But the 30-series of GPUs Nvidia launched at the beginning of September, powered by the new  Ampere architecture, has already run into problems. There’ve been reports of instability with some third-party 3080-based cards because of capacitor design, as well

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New OPPO smartphone with three rear cameras spotted on FCC

New OPPO smartphone with three rear cameras spotted on FCC

04 Oct 2020: New OPPO smartphone with three rear cameras spotted on FCC

A new handset, by Chinese smartphone maker OPPO, codenamed CPH2185 has been spotted on the FCC database. As per the listing, it will run on ColorOS 7.2 and pack a 4,100mAh battery.

The device will share its design with the Realme Narzo 20, featuring a triple camera setup and a fingerprint reader on the rear.

Here are more details.

Design and display: OPPO CPH2185: At a glance

The OPPO CPH2185 should have an edge-to-edge screen with a waterdrop-shaped notch, and a significant bottom bezel. On the rear, there will be a triple camera setup, and a physical fingerprint reader, for secure authentication of biometric data.

The smartphone might sport a 6.5-inch HD+ (720×1600 pixels) LCD screen with an aspect ratio of 20:9.

Fact: For the shutterbugs

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