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Roam free: A history of open-world gaming

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reader comments 0 Share this story Open-world video games bear the impossible promise—offering compelling, enjoyable open-endedness and freedom within the constraints of what is, by necessity of the medium, an extremely limited set of possible actions. These games provide a list of (predominantly violent) verbs that’s minuscule in comparison to the options you would face in identical real-life situations. Yet, we can’t get enough of them. In spite of their many obvious failings or limitations, we’ve been losing ourselves within open worlds for some 30-odd years. Today, nearly every big release is set in an open world. We delight in their unspoken possibility and shrug at their quirks. Those quirks, by the way, are not merely a consequence of current technology. The …

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China’s Baidu expands in Silicon Valley

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Chinese search giant Baidu is expanding its Silicon Valley footprint with a new office in Sunnyvale specifically for autonomous driving and AI research, the company announced today. With this expansion, company president and ex-Microsoft executive Ya-qin Zhang is taking on an additional title: chairman of Baidu USA. The company’s U.S. presence in part functions as a recruiting tool for computer scientists from top schools and startups. Baidu is so eager to bring AI talent to China that they’re reportedly offering scientists 15 percent raises to relocate there. However Baidu’s research team was recently dealt a noteworthy blow; Andrew Ng, the company’s chief scientist who joined from Google in 2014, is leaving the company.

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Clippy looms over Manhattan in this building design proposal

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Azure Service Fabric starts moving toward open source, with SDK published on GitHub

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Microsoft reader comments 0 Share this story Microsoft’s embrace of open source software continues, with Azure Service Fabric making the first tentative foray into the open world. Today, the SDK was (mostly) published to GitHub under the MIT license. The team behind the move described it as the “beginning stages” of a wider use of open source. Service Fabric, first revealed in 2015, grew out of the infrastructure Microsoft developed to build and run large-scale cloud services, including Azure SQL, Cortana, and Skype for Business. It provides scaling and fault tolerance for services, both stateless and stateful, running in containers across clusters of (virtual) machines. It runs in Azure, naturally, but the runtime is also freely downloadable and can be deployed across …

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T-Mobile kicks off industry robocall war with network-level blocking and ID tools

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T-Mobile is among the first U.S. telecom companies to announce its plans to thwart pesky robocallers. The move represents part of an industry-wide “Robocall Strike Force” set up by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year to combat the 2 billion-plus automated calls faced by U.S. consumers each month. Other key members of the group include Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Verizon. Above: T-Mobile: Scam Caller T-Mobile’s announcement comes 24 hours after the FCC voted to approve a new rule that would allow telecom companies to block robocallers who use fake caller ID numbers to conceal their true location and identities. The new suite of tools gives an interesting insight into the kinds of things that mobile users in the U.S. will soon be able …

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Microsoft engineer Rico Mariani is leaving after 29 years

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Microsoft veteran Rico Mariani today announced that he’ll be leaving the company after almost three decades. Mariani has worked on Edge, Internet Explorer, Sidewalk, and multiple releases of Visual Studio. He developed a following inside and outside Microsoft over the years through his blog, Performance Tidbits. The blog’s name points to his longtime focus on making software work faster. He came to be known as a performance preacher. Now he’s leaving. “My last day at Microsoft will be tomorrow, 3/24/2017,” he wrote today. “I’m not sure I will actually lose access to this blog because of the way authorization happens but I think it would be a bad idea for me to keep using it because of it’s strong affiliation …

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Facebook Messenger Finally Makes Group Chat Not a Total Hassle

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For all its virtues, Facebook Messenger works more like email than a group messaging app like GroupMe or Tango. If you want to talk with someone directly, no problem. But it hasn’t handled large groups effectively because it lacked some of the key elements that make group messaging fun. It was too simple. A pair of new features, called Reactions and Mentions, constitute part of Facebook’s bid to make Messenger more inclusive. You already know Reactions as the tool that lets you comment on status updates with a broader range of emotions than a simple thumbs up or down. Now that functionality comes to Messenger, letting you choose one of seven pre-baked replies for those times that you’re too busy or too lazy …

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Shielding MAC addresses from stalkers is hard and Android fails miserably at it

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Enlarge Christiaan Colen reader comments 9 Share this story In early 2015, architects of Google’s Android mobile operating system introduced a new feature that was intended to curtail the real-time tracking of smartphones as their users traversed retail stores, city streets, and just about anywhere else. A recently published research paper found that the measure remains missing on the vast majority of Android phones and is easily defeated on the relatively small number of devices that do support it. Like all Wi-Fi-enabled devices, smartphones are constantly scanning their surroundings for available access points, and with each probe, they send a MAC—short for media access control—address associated with the handset. Throughout most of the history of Wi-Fi, the free exchange of …

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The Clever ‘DoubleAgent’ Attack Turns Antivirus Into Malware

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Your antivirus software might come with some annoyances. It might slow your computer down, or pop up so many alerts that you can’t tell when something is actually wrong. But researchers have discovered a more sinister downside: A well-intentioned debugging tool found in many versions of Microsoft Windows can be used maliciously to gain access to vulnerable antivirus programs, and weaponize them. Discovered by researchers at the Israeli cybersecurity defense firm Cybellum, the so-called “DoubleAgent attack” takes advantage of the Microsoft Application Verifier, a tool used for strengthening security in third-party Windows applications, to inject customized code into programs. The approach could potentially manipulate any software target, but antivirus programs would be particularly appealing to an attacker since they have …

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The Battle for Top AI Talent Only Gets Tougher From Here

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Andrew Ng helped create two of Silicon Valley’s leading artificial intelligence labs. First, he built Google Brain, now the hub of AI research inside the internet giant. Then he built a lab in the Valley for Baidu, the company known as the Google of China. Ng was one of the primary figures behind the enormous and rapid rise of AI over the last five years as everyone from Facebook to Microsoft rebuilt themselves around deep learning. And on Tuesday night, he announced his departure from Baidu. He didn’t say where he was going. And he didn’t immediately respond to our request for comment. But odds are, he will show up at some other big name sometime soon. AI researchers are …

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Facebook Messenger adds support for reactions and @mentions

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Facebook is making conversations within Messenger more dynamic and interactive. Starting today, you’ll be able to post a reaction to specific messages and also receive notifications when someone mentions you in a chat. These features will also be available for teams using Facebook’s Workplace Work Chat service. More than 300 billion reactions have been shared a year after the social media company introduced them to the world. The idea was to provide users with additional ways to express themselves beyond always liking something because doing so with certain posts can always feel awkward. Facebook must have felt there was enough adoption since it’s now part of every conversation you’ll have on Messenger. To add a reaction, press and hold on …

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Microsoft's latest attempt to get into connected cars involves patents

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DataRobot raises $54 million to bring machine learning to predictive analytics

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DataRobot, a machine learning platform that helps enterprises build predictive models at speed, has raised $54 million in a Series C funding round led by existing investor New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Founded out of Boston in 2012, the DataRobot platform features hundreds of open-source machine learning algorithms and harnesses best practices and knowledge from “the world’s leading scientists,” enabling users of all skill levels to build predictive models for their companies. Users upload their data, select their target variables, and DataRobot “automates, trains, and evaluates” multiple predictive models. Though it can be used to help data scientists work more quickly and at scale, DataRobot is targeted at anyone within the enterprise who’s looking to tinker with artificial intelligence to see whether it can improve their …

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Microsoft to license its patents for internet-connected cars to Toyota

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Microsoft has agreed to license its patents for Internet-connected cars to Toyota, its first such deal with an automaker and a signal that it may be willing to partner with others. The tech giant, which announced the deal on Wednesday afternoon, holds a treasure trove of patents that include car operating systems, Wi-Fi, motion sensors, voice recognition, and navigation. Cars are increasingly morphing into computers with wheels, and Microsoft sees the same opportunity that a number of other tech companies do, including Intel, Google, Qualcomm, and NXP. “The connected car represents an enormous opportunity for the auto industry, and at the core it’s a software challenge,” Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development at Microsoft, said in a statement …

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Floyd is a startup betting the world needs Heroku for deep learning

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A startup called Floyd has developed a cloud service for deep learning, a trendy type of artificial intelligence that entails training artificial neural networks on data and then getting them to make inferences about new data. Yesterday Floyd’s founders talked about their product onstage at Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator’s demo day. Floyd is seeking to build out a marketplace rich with data sets and algorithms. But at its core, it’s a managed service for training neural networks and then running machine-learned models on an ongoing basis. In that sense, it competes with existing machine learning services from public clouds like Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and of course the market-leading Amazon Web Services (AWS), on which Floyd is itself …

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After a bumpy start, stocks manage gains Wednesday

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U.S. stocks shook off a shaky start and finished mostly higher as technology and industrial companies rose. Apple rose 1 percent Wednesday and Microsoft gained 1.3 percent. The modest gains came a day after the market had its biggest drop this year. Banks continued to fall along with bond yields, which forces interest rates on loans lower. Wells Fargo dropped 1 percent. Sears plunged 12 percent after the struggling retailer said it was doubtful it would be able to keep operating. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index edged up 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,348. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 6 points, less than 0.1 percent, to 20,661, dragged down by a big drop in Nike. The Nasdaq …

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Microsoft is moving Power BI custom visuals to the Office Store, killing gallery on April 30

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Microsoft today announced a change in the way that people will find additional tools for its Power BI business-intelligence (BI) app. Rather than going to Power BI’s existing gallery for custom data visualizations, including those from third-party developers, Microsoft has started directing people to a new area in the Office S9tore. Microsoft launched its Power BI custom visuals gallery in 2015, when it became generally available as a freemium service, Microsoft Power BI program manager Tzvi Keisar wrote in a blog post. Currently Microsoft is in the process of migrating existing visuals from the gallery to the Office Store, Keisar wrote. In the Office Store, you can sort visuals by category, watch videos for visuals before downloading, and see ratings …

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Tech stocks lead US indexes mostly higher midday Wednesday

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U.S. stock indexes are turning mostly higher at midday Wednesday as technology companies rise and investors react to another drop in bond yields by buying high-dividend utility companies. Energy companies are declining with the price of oil. However more stocks are down than up as the market comes off its biggest loss in five months. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index picked up 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,348 as of noon Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 10 points, or 0.1 percent, to 20,657, dragged down by a steep fall in Nike. The Nasdaq composite rose 21 points, or 0.4 percent, to 5,815. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies sank 5 points, or …

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The Xbox One is struggling because video game exclusives still matter

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Google Maps already tracks you; now other people can, too

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SAN FRANCISCO – Google Maps users will soon be able to broadcast their movements to friends and family via the app — the latest test of how much privacy people are willing to sacrifice in an era of rampant sharing. The location-monitoring feature will begin rolling out Wednesday in an update to the Google Maps mobile app, which is already installed on most of the world’s smartphones. It will also be available on personal computers. Most Popular Google believes the new tool will be a more convenient way for people to let someone know where they are without having to text or call them. The Mountain View, California, company has set up the controls so individuals can decide with whom …

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Google Maps now lets you share your location

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Google today is announcing the launch of location sharing right within Google Maps. Once the feature goes live on Android and iOS, Google Maps will let you share your location only for a set period of time, like a half-hour. You can turn off location sharing for a specific person at any given time. And while you’re going somewhere you can opt to share your location — and then stop sharing it once you’ve arrived at your destination. Plus, if someone is sharing their location with you, you can make it go away. In any case, the app will always let you know when you’re sharing your location information, and your sharing will be reflected on your My Activity dashboard …

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6 ways to invest in augmented reality

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Augmented reality is generating a lot of excitement, particularly with rumors that Apple will enter the market sometime soon, alongside others such as Microsoft and Google. Digi-Capital, a tech advisor, believes that the combined market for AR and virtual reality could be $108 billion by 2021. 2016 was a critical year for AR, with new device announcements, major acquisitions and massive adoption by consumers and enterprises alike. Super Ventures has sorted out the landscape of AR startups, and it has come up with six areas of opportunity for both AR hardware and software, where investment dollars could make a big impact. You can download a high-resolution version of the AR landscape here. The AR ecosystem is complex with multiple device categories, inputs …

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Forget Bitcoin. The Blockchain Could Reveal What’s True Today and Tomorrow

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As far back as the 1880s, people stood on the curb outside the New York Stock Exchange taking bets on political elections, and newspapers would report the odds as a way of predicting the results at the polls. In the years since, economists refined the concept, and more recently, prediction markets have tapped into the wisdom of the crowds via the internet, forecasting everything from presidential races to sporting events to stock prices. The concept took a hit in 2012 when a major site shutdown amid financial irregularities and pressure from US regulators. But Silicon Valley hasn’t given up on the idea. It now sees a new way of building markets that predict the future: the blockchain. The blockchain is …

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LinkedIn launches trending news section

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LinkedIn is launching trending topics, highlighting what’s most popular and relevant to your professional world. Officially called Trending Storylines, it’s an additional feed you can access showing you curated and interest-based content, pulled from your network, publishers, and human editors within LinkedIn. This is not going to replace your existing news feed, but complements it. Available on both mobile and on the web, Trending Storylines will show you what stories are developing, meaning that you can look up stories that your network is talking about or you may have missed. For me, currently my connections are talking about the Google’s Android O, so tapping on that will show me a summary of the issue, likely written by a human editor, …

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Atlassian launches Trello integrations for Bitbucket, Confluence, HipChat, Jira

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Enterprise software company Atlassian today is announcing several integrations between task management app Trello, which it acquired earlier this year, and four of its existing apps: Bitbucket, Confluence, HipChat, and Jira. All of those except one are adding tools for Trello. In the case of HipChat, it’s going the other way around: a richer Trello integration is arriving in HipChat. That’s because HipChat already offers a Power-Up for Trello. “There is now the ability to discuss cards and easily hop into Trello to get the big picture. Or, even better, turn a back-and-forth brainstorming session into actionable items in Trello by creating cards from HipChat messages,” Atlassian said in a blog post. With the new Trello add-on for HipChat it’s …

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LinkedIn Tries to Do Trending News in a Non-Disastrous Way

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You’d think internet companies would want to stay far, far away from “trending” news, given one Menlo Park-based social giant’s unfortunate history. But LinkedIn has decided to try. The Microsoft-owned company doesn’t criticize Facebook directly. But its pitch for its new feature clearly telegraphs that it intends to avoid the pitfalls into which Facebook stumbled. LinkedIn’s Trending Storylines will start appearing in the US today and to international users soon after. A new “trending” tab will appear on mobile homescreens and on the top right-hand side of the LinkedIn homepage. As befits a social network that specializes in professional connections, the links will focus on business news—technology, health care, and finance to start. Facebook’s troubles really began after disgruntled contractors …

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: This great iPad Pro competitor is worth $600

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Samsung has introduced the latest generation of its Galaxy Tab device, evolving it to now include the bells and whistles you’d get from its Galaxy smartphone lineup. The 9.7-inch Tab S3 is focused around productivity and entertainment, being akin to the Android version of the iPad Pro. But with a price tag of nearly $600, is this flagship tablet really worth it? Compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S3 contains a better camera, improved processor, support for a detachable keyboard and S Pen stylus, and more. One way to view it is that the device is a tablet version of the Galaxy Note7, minus the exploding battery part. While the $600 price tag could catch people off guard, it’s …

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Intel’s Bold Plan to Reinvent Computer Memory (and Keep It a Secret)

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Intel just unleashed a new kind of computer memory it believes will fundamentally change the way the world builds computers. But it won’t tell the world what’s inside. The company calls this new creation 3D XPoint—pronounced “three-dee cross-point”—and this week, after touting the stuff for a year-and-a-half, Intel finally pushed it into the market. You can think of the new technology as a computer building block that can serve more than one purpose—a single thing that can replace several others. But the new tech also serves as a way for Intel to shift multiple markets in its favor. That’s probably why it won’t say what the memory is actually made of. Certainly, Intel doesn’t want others duplicating the technology, which …

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Baidu chief scientist Andrew Ng is stepping down, Haifeng Wang will lead expanded AI group

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Andrew Ng, who joined Chinese search company Baidu as its chief scientist after contributing to the creation of Google’s Google Brain artificial intelligence (AI) research group, today announced that he will be leaving Baidu. The company will consolidate existing research groups under a new leader, Haifeng Wang. “Baidu’s AI is incredibly strong, and the team is stacked up and down with talent; I am confident AI at Baidu will continue to flourish,” Ng wrote in a Medium post. “After Baidu, I am excited to continue working toward the AI transformation of our society and the use of AI to make life better for everyone.” Very grateful to Baidu, Robin Li, Lu Qi, Lin Yuanqing, Adam Coates, many others, including everyone …

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How AI startups and tech giants collaborate to do good deeds

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AI startups have discovered there’s value to partnering with tech giants like Intel, Google, and IBM. Entrepreneurs bring the domain expertise, ingenuity, and passion, while large enterprises provide the unparalleled compute and storage capabilities critical to building modern AI systems. “Ninety percent of the world’s supercomputers run on Intel technology,” Diane Bryant, who leads Intel’s Data Center Group, told me at SXSW. “And 95 percent of artificial intelligence solutions run on Intel Xeon and Xeon Phi processors.” Graphics processing units (GPUs), once popular mainly with gamers chasing visual performance, inside computers represent images as matrices. Turns out the deep neural nets that power our current AI craze also depend heavily on matrix operations, making GPUs suddenly very useful for AI research. Nvidia’s stock …

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Hybrid cloud storage company Avere Systems raises $14 million from Google, Western Digital, others

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Avere Systems, a hybrid cloud data storage company based in Pittsburgh, has closed a $14 million series E round of funding from new investor Google, in addition to existing investors Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital, and Western Digital Capital. Founded in 2008, Avere Systems helps enterprises establish a system that blends on-premises and public cloud data storage, and offers a mix of software and hardware-based services. While countless companies have already migrated to the cloud, enabling a scalable data storage system that grows and contracts based on demand, there are benefits to keeping some things “in-house” — it enables faster data-transfer speeds, for starters, and it can often be better for privacy. So with “hybrid,” some tasks can be …

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Xbox unveils Wireless Controller Tech Series

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Xbox, Skype, Outlook, and more knocked offline again by Microsoft Account issues

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Xbox Live is down for many — Microsoft is working on a fix

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You may have trouble playing games or signing onto Xbox Live. Microsoft’s online gaming service is down across Xbox One, Xbox 360, and other devices, according to the Xbox Live Status site. On social media, dozens of people are complaining that they cannot access certain games, apps, and other content on their Xbox devices. While some people are encountering errors attempting to get logged in at all, others are having issues specifically booting up games. This downtime is also preventing video apps like Netflix, Amazon Video, and Hulu from working. On the Xbox Live Status page, Microsoft confirms that core services are down as well as purchases and content usage. At 10:45 a.m. Pacific time, the company noted that it …

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Red Flag Windows: Microsoft modifies Windows OS for Chinese government

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reader comments 0 Share this story China has long been both a huge lure and a thorn in the side for Microsoft. Massive piracy of Windows XP, a decade-long effort to replace Windows entirely with a home-grown Linux variant called Red Flag and an OpenOffice variant called RedOffice, and a ban on Windows 8 following the leak by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden of information on National Security Agency spying all have combined to hinder Microsoft in the Chinese market. But now Microsoft—in partnership with the state-owned China Electronics Technology Group (CETC)—is preparing to reboot its relationship with Beijing, thanks to a modified version of Windows produced specifically for China, Dow Jones Newswires reports. CETC, which develops technology for the Chinese government and …

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Microsoft provided Tim Cook with a Surface Pro 4

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Apple’s app for learning to code, Swift Playgrounds, launches in French, Chinese, and 5 new languages

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Apple has announced that Swift Playgrounds, an iPad app designed to teach people how to code with Apple’s Swift programming language, is now available in five new languages. First unveiled at WWDC in San Francisco last summer, Swift Playgrounds features a range of interactive puzzles and programming lessons designed to teach the fundamentals of coding. It strives to do so by bringing “fun” to the table, with users tapping the screen and instantly seeing the results of their action in a video on the right-hand side. There’s also an enhanced virtual keyboard for those seeking more advanced functions. Now, in addition to English, Swift Playgrounds supports Japanese, German, Simplified Chinese, French, and Latin American Spanish. “The Swift Playgrounds app has helped …

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Azure and Adobe announce joint cloud offerings

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Microsoft has announced the first set of cloud services to be offered in partnership with Adobe. The services will be unveiled at the Adobe Summit in Las Vegas today and are available immediately. The new cloud services include the integration of Adobe Campaign and Microsoft Dynamics 365, which will allow companies to combine customer input for marketing initiatives. Further marketing data will be available to clients with the combination of Adobe Analytics with Microsoft Power BI, which will create a gateway for an enterprise to visualize the impact of marketing and advertising campaigns to better measure their effectiveness. Also, the partnership between the two companies will make Adobe Experience Manager available through the Azure cloud platform, increasing the effectiveness of brand …

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Facebook’s Epic Data Blast Is Good for Everyone—Especially Facebook

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Engineers recently tested a new way of sending information across a trans-Atlantic internet cable, showing it could push two-and-a-half-times more data through this pipe than current methods. They claim the tests set a record for this kind of intercontinental connection, a key component of the modern internet. But the record isn’t as interesting as who ran the test: Facebook. Using hardware designed by researchers at Bell Labs—the iconic R&D shop now owned by Nokia—Facebook ran these tests across optical fiber it owns inside an undersea cable called America Europe Connect, which stretches from New York to Ireland. “Experiments commissioned by Facebook are setting records. That’s something new,” says Jonathan Kahn, a Stanford University engineering professor who specializes in optical communications. …

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Microsoft finalizes its custom version of Windows 10 for China

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LinkedIn’s Sales Navigator gets an enterprise plan, CRM syncing, and PointDrive integration

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LinkedIn is sprucing up its Sales Navigator offering with new tools designed to increase and improve the reach of salespeople. The Microsoft-owned company is launching a new plan for those seeking to tap into a larger network in order to connect with prospective buyers. Salespeople will also receive access to PointDrive along with some added features and more support for their favorite Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. Prior to today, LinkedIn offered two plans for Sales Navigator, professional and team edition. The former was geared towards individuals while the latter is for a group of salespeople. But what happens when you want to reach more people every month? That’s where the Enterprise Edition could be useful — salespeople will receive …

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Microsoft releases sixth Windows 10 preview in a row with only bug fixes and improvements

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Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs — the sixth build in a row with no new features. The focus is on bug fixing ahead of the company’s upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, which is slated for release in “early 2017” (likely to arrive next month). In fact, the release today may indeed be the final Windows 10 Creators Update. Microsoft is, however, not saying one way or another. Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was built in a very different way than its predecessors so it can be regularly updated with not just fixes but new features, too. While Microsoft has released many such updates, the Creative Update will be a major one and follows …

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Xbox One update takes players into the Arena with custom gamerpics

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Microsoft is continuing to work on a series of upgrades to the Xbox One interface, and now it is testing new multiplayer and profile features as well. Xbox Live is getting competitive gaming features this month in the form of the Arena, which is a portal where players can find and sign up for tournaments for free-to-play shooter World of Tanks. Other games will use the Arena in the future. Microsoft’s online gaming service will now also finally enable players to add their own custom images as their identifying gamerpics. The company is also improving how it is sorting games and apps for Xbox One owners. These features will roll out to select people who are participating in the Xbox Insider Program for …

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IBM launches a cold storage service 5 years after AWS

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At its Interconnect conference in Las Vegas today, IBM announced the launch of IBM Cloud Object Storage Cold Vault, a service for storing data that only needs to be served up occasionally. The service is available now. A cold storage service with “pay as you use” pricing, called IBM Cloud Object Storage Flex, will become available in the second quarter of this year, IBM said in a statement. The thing is, these services are becoming available nearly five years after the biggest public cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), introduced a cold storage service. Amazon Glacier arrived in August 2012. The No. 2 public cloud, Microsoft Azure, added a Cool Blob storage option last year. Google, who operates the No. 3 …

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Xbox Live will soon allow custom profile pics

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Microsoft's new tool helps you easily migrate your stuff from Mac to Surface

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Microsoft and Nvidia introduce hyperscale GPU framework for the AI-driven cloud

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Microsoft has revealed blueprints for a joint project with Nvidia that is intended to bridge the conceptual and practical gap between GPU-based computing and the cloud, and to open up new possibilities for machine learning programs to run in more generic and commercialised workloads than are currently common. The HGX-1 hyperscale GPU, a prototype of which was on display at Microsoft’s stand at the Open Compute Summit at Santa Clara, is intended to form part of Microsoft’s Project Olympus, which recently made headlines by committing to ARM CPUs, in a radical departure from Intel X86. The two companies have compared the advent of HGX-1 to the revolution that ATX brought to the PC motherboard market, claiming that the ability to …

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Microsoft Bookings launches globally with new Android and iOS apps in tow

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Nine months after first introducing the service to North America, Microsoft has announced that its Bookings app is to start rolling out to Office 365 Business Premium subscribers globally. Above: Microsoft Bookings App Microsoft Bookings is a web-based Office 365 app that businesses can use to manage appointments made by their customers, and is designed to make it easier to track clients, create new appointments, assign employees to specific appointments, set up reminder emails, and more. At the time of the original launch, Microsoft said that mobile apps would follow in the future. That future is now here with apps available for iOS and Android. The apps enable users to book and check appointments, as well as contact customers and get directions to meetings, directly from their smartphone. Under …

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Outlook 2016 for Mac now supports the Touch Bar

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Microsoft today announced that its desktop email and calendar app Outlook 2016 for Mac now supports the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar display. Office 365 subscribers and Office 2016 for Mac customers can use the new feature on compatible devices. Microsoft added Touch Bar support in preview earlier this month. This comes after Microsoft brought Touch Bar support to Skype, and before that, to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Microsoft committed to integrating with Apple’s Touch Bar back in October following the introduction of the 2016 MacBook Pro. “The Touch Bar in Outlook intelligently provides quick access to the most commonly used commands as you work on email and manage your calendar. When composing a new mail or meeting request, the Touch …

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A simple command allows the CIA to commandeer 318 models of Cisco switches

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reader comments 34 Share this story Cisco Systems said that more than 300 models of switches it sells contain a critical vulnerability that allows the CIA to use a simple command to remotely execute malicious code that takes full control of the devices. There currently is no fix. Cisco researchers said they discovered the vulnerability as they analyzed a cache of documents that are believed to have been stolen from the CIA and published by WikiLeaks two weeks ago. The flaw, found in at least 318 switches, allows remote attackers to execute code that runs with elevated privileges, Cisco warned in an advisory published Friday. The bug resides in the Cisco Cluster Management Protocol (CMP), which uses the telnet protocol to deliver …

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Meet Lorek, the Robot That Communicates in a Remarkable Way

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You can’t have a conversation with your microwave or refrigerator—unless, of course, you’re on acid. And that’s all right, because these machines serve their purpose just fine as-is. They can afford to be shy. But the robots that will one day move into your home can’t. To be truly useful, they’ll need to speak human language and understand human gestures. Which makes a repurposed Baxter industrial robot renamed Lorek all the more remarkable: It not only recognizes an object a human being is pointing at and talking about, but asks questions to clarify what they mean. Lorek is limited to trafficking in specific objects, sure, but the robot is a big deal for the budding field of human-robot interaction. The …

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Samsung officially unveils Bixby, its new AI assistant for mobile and IoT

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Apple gave us Siri, Microsoft gave us Cortana, Amazon gave us Alexa, Google gave us, um, Google, and now Samsung has officially introduced its new AI-powered assistant to the world. After months of speculation that its new mobile assistant would be called Bixby, Samsung has now confirmed that it will indeed be called Bixby, which Samsung says is “fundamentally different” to the myriad voice-powered assistants already out there, according to a press release. It says Bixby is different because it will be able to support “almost” every task that the app is capable of through normal means, i.e. through the touchscreen. This does of course make sense, given that it can be confusing knowing which commands are voice-enabled, though the fact that …

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Magic Leap, the virtual reality backlash and the arc of technology

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Magic Leap has drawn more than $1.4 billion in investment. There’s also some troubling reports regarding demos and delays that are getting a lot of press. I know a game designer who works there, and I still believe they could pull it off. But when a Google search for “magic leap fail” turns up about 670,000 results, one has to admit that the prospect of failure exists. It’s not just Magic Leap who faces failure. The total shipments in 2016 for VR gear has disappointed a number of people in and outside the sector. Why all the press?  Think about NASCAR automobile racing.  The most popular answer to the Quora question “Why do people watch NASCAR?” is: “Crashes, mostly. I know that …

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When beauty is in the eye of the (robo)beholder

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Enlarge Beauty.AI reader comments 0 Share this story For over a year, I worked as a beauty editor, writing and researching about the products, trends, and people that make us want to look a certain way. And as research for many of the stories I wrote, I consulted with dermatologists, plastic surgeons, makeup artists, aestheticians, and more trying to answer a simple question—how can I make myself more conventionally attractive? “Beauty is confidence,” they’d always say, prefacing the real answer. Inevitably, these experts would eventually tell me that you feel more confident, and thus more beautiful, when you look blemish- and wrinkle-free. (Pending on the product they were promoting, this could also incorporate being tanner, or more contoured, or thinner, …

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Intel still beats Ryzen at games, but how much does it matter?

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Enlarge / What’s all this gaming blather about Ryzen? Let us explain. Mark Walton reader comments 194 Share this story The response to AMD’s Ryzen processors with their new Zen core has been more than a little uneven. Eight cores and 16 threads for under $500 means that they’re unambiguously strong across a wide range of workloads; compute-bound tasks like compiling software and compressing video cry out for cores, and AMD’s pricing makes Ryzen very compelling indeed. But gaming performance has caused more dissatisfaction. AMD promised a substantial improvement in instructions per cycle (IPC), and the general expectation was that Ryzen would be within striking distance of Intel’s Broadwell core. Although Broadwell is now several years old—it first hit the market …

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Virtual machine escape fetches $105,000 at Pwn2Own hacking contest [updated]

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Enlarge Heather Katsoulis reader comments 73 Share this story Contestants at this year’s Pwn2Own hacking competition in Vancouver just pulled off an unusually impressive feat: they compromised Microsoft’s heavily fortified Edge browser in a way that escapes a VMware Workstation virtual machine it runs in. The hack fetched a prize of $105,000, the highest awarded so far over the past three days. According to a Friday morning tweet from the contest’s organizers, members of Qihoo 360’s security team carried out the hack by exploiting a heap overflow bug in Edge, a type confusion flaw in the Windows kernel and an uninitialized buffer vulnerability in VMware, contest organizers reported Friday morning on Twitter. The result was a “complete virtual machine escape.” …

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Blocking Windows 7, 8.1 updates for Kaby Lake, Ryzen chips appears imminent

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Enlarge / A Kaby Lake desktop CPU, not that you can tell the difference in a press shot. Intel reader comments 349 Share this story A recently published Knowledge Base article suggests that Microsoft is going to block Windows Updates for owners of the latest Intel and AMD processors if they try to run Windows 7 or 8.1. Last year, Microsoft announced a shift in the way it would support Windows. Going forward, new processors, including Intel’s Kaby Lake and AMD’s recently-released Ryzen, would require the newest version of Windows. Users of Windows 7 and 8.1 would be out of luck, with Microsoft having no plans to support the new chips on the old operating systems. Skylake was originally going …

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Microsoft’s silence over unprecedented patch delay doesn’t smell right

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Enlarge Alachua County reader comments 128 Share this story Last month, Microsoft took the unprecedented step of canceling Patch Tuesday, the company’s monthly release of security fixes for its large stable of software products. The move meant that customers had to wait 28 days to receive updates that fixed vulnerabilities that allowed hackers to completely hijack computers and networks. The last-minute move was all the more unusual because Microsoft made it a few days after exploit code for a Windows 10 flaw was released into the wild. In the nine days that followed the cancellation, technical details for two more serious vulnerabilities—one in Windows and the other in the Edge and Internet Explorer browsers—were also disclosed. Microsoft’s security team almost certainly …

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WordStar: A writer’s word processor

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Enlarge Robert J. Sawyer reader comments 150 Share this story This essay was written in 1990 and updated in 1996 by Robert J. Sawyer, the sci-fi author writer behind such novels as Flashforward and more recently Quantum Night. 27 years later, he’s still using WordStar. As recently as 2014, George R. R. Martin, of A Song of Ice and Fire fame, used a DOS-based version of WordStar, and probably still does today. I’m not sure why they don’t just use Emacs or something. Enjoy this walk down memory lane… Many science fiction writers—including myself, Roger MacBride Allen, Gerald Brandt, Jeffrey A. Carver, Arthur C. Clarke, David Gerrold, Terence M. Green, James Gunn, Matthew Hughes, Donald Kingsbury, Eric Kotani, Paul Levinson, …

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Microsoft’s Teams is almost an excellent Slack-killer, and it’s now live for O365

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Enlarge / Teams looks good, but is unfortunately its chat is quite bulky in a vertical direction. Microsoft reader comments 90 Share this story After being in beta since November, Microsoft Teams is now available to anyone with a suitable Office 365 subscription. Teams is a group messaging application organized around chatrooms. Slack has become the darling of media and software development types, with its modern, Web-based take on what is actually an old-fashioned mode of computerized communication. Slack is text-heavy and line-oriented, much like the IRC that it mimics. Slack arguably brought IRC into the 21st century and added such niceties as persistent message storage so that you can see what happened before you even joined a particular channel. …

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Our new (mixed) reality: Early adopters have become HoloLens believers at work

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Enlarge / Increasingly, businesses are adding this ol’ thing to their workflow. Luka Kojima St-Laurent / Finger Food reader comments 78 Share this story It’s been roughly two years since Microsoft unveiled its augmented/mixed reality (AR/MR) HoloLens headset and about one year since the first publicly available dev kits went on sale. But ever since launching this impressive piece of tech, Microsoft has instead seemed content with letting Virtual Reality (VR) take the limelight. Take its recent Creators Update presentation in October as an example. Microsoft revealed tons of upcoming 3D functionality to benefit both VR and AR, but the headlines came when the company announced hardware OEMs like HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer would be making VR headsets of …

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Advertising in Windows has reached an exasperating new low

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Enlarge / Advertisements? In my Explorer? It’s more common than you think. A reddit user with a name that’s frankly distasteful in and of itself. reader comments 344 Share this story I don’t know what triggers OneDrive advertisements in Explorer. I don’t know if they appear in Windows 10 stable builds or just Insider Previews as a taste of things to come. I don’t know that I even care any more. But come on. Nobody in Redmond thought, “Gosh, that’s a little distasteful”? I mean, “Let’s just turn our operating system into a billboard!” offends nobody? Yes, you can turn the ads off—but it seems that you can only do so as collateral damage from killing off all notifications from …

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WebVR isn’t sexy, but it will change the game for VR this year

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Events have taken a dramatic turn since I published an article last September on how WebVR, the JavaScript API that allows immersive VR experiences to be played straight from your web browser, will make virtual reality massively available. Back then the only big player that was generating some appreciable degree of buzz was the pioneer itself, Mozilla, with their WebVR open source library, A-Frame. But in the past several months news began to roll out from the likes of Google, Samsung, Microsoft, and Oculus, each giant announcing advances in powering up their browsers with WebVR. “We are now capable of creating VR content that is available on the most widespread medium in existence by simply sharing a URL,” Diego Gonzalez, …

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Germany’s Flawed Plan to Fight Hate Speech by Fining Tech Giants Millions

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The way tech companies deal with online harassment and abuse is broken. YouTube allows anti-Semitism to stay live. Twitter waffles as targeted harassment runs rampant. Facebook takes down an iconic photo that shouldn’t be banned. Now one German politician is tired of letting platforms make excuses. Heiko Mass, Germany’s minister of justice and consumer protection, said this week that he will propose a law that would fine social media companies up to €50 million ($53 million) for not responding quickly enough to reports of illegal content or hate speech. The law would require social media platforms to come up with ways to make it easy for users to report hateful content. Companies would have 24 hours to respond to “obviously …

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Microsoft releases fifth Windows 10 preview in a row with only bug fixes and improvements

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Microsoft today released yet another preview build of the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update with no big features — just bug fixes, really. Build 15061 appears just one day after build 15060. Today there appear to be just four changes. Some virtual private network (VPN) connections weren’t showing up in Settings > Network & Internet > VPN, but now they all should be there, Dona Sarkar, a software engineer in Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, wrote in a blog post. In certain cases .mp4 videos appeared to be distorted while people were watching them in the stock Movies and TV app, but now that’s fixed, Sarkar wrote. When some people were going through the Windows 10 out-of-box-experience (OOBE) to set …

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Nintendo stock price surges as company doubles Switch production

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Nintendo Switch sold faster in its first two days than the company’s last red-hot hit, the Wii, and while that is not necessarily an indicator for long-term success, the publisher is treating it that way. The price of Nintendo shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange jumped 425 yen, or 1.69 percent, to 25,580 yen on Friday from its Thursday close of 24,860 yen. While the Switch had a strong launch, investors are now reacting to the news that Nintendo plans to manufacture 16 million Switch systems in the fiscal year beginning April 1, which is double its previous forecast. The company confirmed that it will have at least 2 million Switch systems in the global retail channel before the end …

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How Adobe used its huge data bank to build Sensei, an AI tool for creatives

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There’s mounting competition over AI and bots among the tech giants. Amazon touts Alexa, Google has its Assistant, Microsoft has Cortana. But at Adobe, an often overlooked player in this contest, it’s all about Sensei. Launched last fall, Sensei is a series of AI services and a voice-powered virtual assistant being added to more than 30 Creative Cloud (formerly Creative Suite) apps and services like Photoshop and Premiere. Some Sensei services are already available, like the ability to change a facial expression with Face Aware Editing in Photoshop, while others, like the ability to control Photoshop with your voice, are still prototypes. Sensei will be able to talk you through how to edit photos and videos like a pro because Adobe has tracked millions of photo and video …

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The DeanBeat: Experiential Technology event shows how far VR has to go

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I attended the Experiential Technology Conference (XTech) in San Francisco this week to hear talks about creating virtual experiences that truly immerse you in another world. It showed me that virtual reality has only scratched the surface. I liked the event, curated by Zack Lynch of Jazz Venture Partners, because it reminded me of the long view of VR and how much of a role that research and development still has to play in it. VR has made our eyes feel like we’ve gone to someplace else, but that’s only one of our senses. We have 3D sound as well, but we need more than that to achieve real immersion, said Tal Blevins, head of media at UploadVR, in a …

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Microsoft is infesting Windows 10 with annoying ads

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Microsoft is infesting Windows 10 with annoying ads – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14720581″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:microsoft:editorial:tech”,”Author”:”Tom Warren”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-17 08:30″,”Hour of Update”:”08″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-17 08:30″,”Hour of Publish”:”08″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:microsoft:editorial:tech”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Tom Warren”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”friday”,”Hour of Day”:”08″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + 365); document.cookie = “umbel_api_key=lrjhazrpqbgtnrij; …

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Microsoft releases fourth Windows 10 preview in a row with only bug fixes and improvements

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Microsoft today started rolling out a new Windows 10 preview build for people participating in the fast ring of the Windows Insider Program. Build 15060 arrives just two days after Microsoft released build 15058. This is the fourth consecutive preview build with no big new features. There are only bug fixes. And there are, naturally, known issues here. Microsoft has been getting ready to roll out the Windows 10 Creators Update, and many of its features, like Game Mode and Paint 3D, have already become available to Insiders. With the release of this build, if you’ve pinned the Settings icon to the start menu, the icon won’t be greyed out after you click on it for the first time, Dona …

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How natural language interfaces can solve workflow problems

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If you’ve ever worked in a big company, you carry the scars of processes and workflows. Even in the most advanced companies, most processes are not what I would consider delightful. When presenting about UX, I ask the audience “Who here likes to do their expense reports?” — I get laughter, but no one raises their hands. Processes like expense reporting should be delightful — you paid for something and now the company pays you back! Magic! And it’s the same for many other processes — from vacation requests to promotion approvals, they should all be delightful … and yet most of them suck. In this article we will discuss why these processes are a pain, and the great opportunity that …

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Microsoft's Surface Book 2 could be a regular laptop and arrive next month

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Digital Realty invests $22M in data centre expansion

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Digital Realty, the international data center solutions provider, has announced plans to expand its Atlanta data center offerings with a new facility, representing a $22 million USD investment. The new facility will comprise 18,000 square feet of raised floor space, located near the company’s primary data center campus in Atlanta. The two locations will communicate through a high-speed fiber connection. The dual-campus model will provide customers with access to 150 cloud, IT, infrastructure and network providers, helping to provide clients with a supported transition to cloud services. Digital Realty also boasts a Service Exchange, which may be utilized to access Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services in any existing zone in the United States from the Atlanta facility. The Digital Realty …

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Sony dominates console market with 57% share worldwide

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Sony dominated the game console hardware, software, and service market in 2016, capturing a total of 57 percent share, or $19.7 billion of spending by gamers, according to market researcher IHS Markit. Sony is expected to continue this run in 2017 with overall sales expected to rise above $20 billion thanks to growth of digital console games. But IHS noted that the overall console game market shrank in 2016, and Nintendo is newly competitive this year with the launch of the Switch game console on March 3. Microsoft is also expected to rebound from a decline in 2016 with more digital sales and the launch of Project Scorpio by the end of 2017. The overall console market hit $35 billion …

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Livongo raises $52.5 million to expand its digital health platform for people with chronic conditions

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Consumer digital health company Livongo has raised $52.5 million in a growth round of funding led by General Catalyst and Kinnevik, with participation from Microsoft Ventures, EDBI, and American Investment Holdings. Founded in 2014, Livongo combines technology and coaching to help people manage diabetes, providing its members with real-time personalized data and support to make diabetes management easier. For example, the company makes a little connected meter that automatically uploads blood glucose readings to the cloud, with Livongo able to offer insights and coaching through the meter and associated mobile app to help users make improvements. Above: Livongo Livongo doesn’t just target individuals, it also targets big companies and health plans looking to optimize their healthcare spending. The California-based startup has now raised a whopping $142 million since its inception, …

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Makeblock raises $30 million for education robots

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Chinese robotics startup Makeblock has raises $30 million in a second round of funding to invest in robotics with an educational twist. Evolution Media China and Shenzhen Capital Group led the financing for Shenzhen, China-based Makeblock, which has created a variety of robots from aerial drones to manufacturing robots to toy robots. To date, Makeblock’s total funding is $36 million. The funding supports Makeblock’s expansion into new markets, as well as further product development and diversification of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education hardware, software and curriculum resources for educators, children and hobbyists. With the infusion of capital, Makeblock will expand its global offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, North America, Japan, and the Netherlands. Currently, Makeblock is available in more than 140 countries with …

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At SXSW, Tech Reckons With the Problems It Helped Create

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Hangovers are a fixture of South by Southwest. Free branded booze abounds, turning late nights into too-early mornings filled with product demos and repetitive panels. But determined marketers and wide-eyed founders pitch on through the pain, in the unbridled belief they might just be SXSW’s next breakout star. Or at the very least, its next Meerkat. But this year, the conference itself feels a lot like a hangover. It’s as if the coastal elites who attend each year finally woke up with a serious case of the Sunday scaries, realizing that the many apps, platforms, and doodads SXSW has launched and glorified over the years haven’t really made the world a better place. In fact, they’ve often come with wildly …

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Rally in Washington Square Park planned; Trump suffers second travel ban defeat

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HONOLULU — A federal judge blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban hours before it was to take effect, marking the second time courts have thwarted Trump’s efforts to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations. The move comes during a “week of resistance” in New York, organized by Faith in New York and supporters. At 6 p.m. Thursday, a rally is planned at Washington Square Park with a group of religious leaders. Afterwards, 20 protesters plan to shut down the street as a form of civil disobedience as they march to 201 Varick St. The faith leaders involved represent 90 congregations and more than 25 faith-based organizations. The march and rally are part of Faith …

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It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

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Igor Mordatch is working to build machines that can carry on a conversation. That’s something so many people are working on. In Silicon Valley, chatbot is now a bona fide buzzword. But Mordatch is different. He’s not a linguist. He doesn’t deal in the AI techniques that typically reach for language. He’s a roboticist who began his career as an animator. He spent time at Pixar and worked on Toy Story 3, in between stints as an academic at places like Stanford and the University of Washington, where he taught robots to move like humans. “Creating movement from scratch is what I was always interested in,” he says. Now, all this expertise is coming together in an unexpected way. Born …

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Ransomware authors burying payloads deeper in installer packages

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According to new research from Microsoft’s security labs, ransomware creators are becoming more innovative in their determination to bury malicious payloads inside what appear to be regular and valid installer mechanisms. According to Microsoft, the malware authors are obscuring malicious content by mimicking apparently benign installer components – elements which lie far deeper in an installer assembly than has been the trend in recent years, and which are likely to be increasingly resistant to the efforts of anti-virus or other heuristics-based procedures designed to attempt to identify malware. Authors use Nullsoft Scriptable Install Systems (NSISs) to deploy malware, but Microsoft note one particularly radical development in their methodology of late: ‘The most significant change,…is the absence of the usual randomly …

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Microsoft is adding game chat transcription to Xbox One and Windows 10

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Rally in Washington Square Park planned after Trump suffers second travel ban defeat

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HONOLULU — A federal judge blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban hours before it was to take effect, marking the second time courts have thwarted Trump’s efforts to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations. The move comes during a week of resistance in New York, organized by Faith in New York and supporters. At 6 p.m. Thursday, a rally is planned at Washington Square Park with a group of religious leaders. Afterwards, a march to 201 Varick St., is planned where 20 protesters plan to shut down the street as a form of civil disobedience. The faith leaders involved represent 90 congregations and more than 25 faith-based organizations. The march and rally are part …

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Microsoft confirms Azure storage issues around the world

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Microsoft today disclosed that the storage tier from its Azure public cloud is facing issues in data center regions across the globe. Other services are also having issues as a result of the storage errors. “Starting at 22:42 UTC on 15 Mar 2017, customers using Storage may receive failure notifications when performing service management operations – such as create, update, delete – for resources hosted in this region,” Microsoft said on its Azure status page. “Other services that leverage Storage may also be experiencing impact. Retries may be successful. In addition, a subset of customers in East US may be unable to access their Storage accounts. Engineers have identified a possible fix for the underlying cause, and are applying mitigations …

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Judge in Hawaii puts Trump's revised travel ban on hold

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GREENBELT, Maryland — Hours before it was to take effect, President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban was put on hold Wednesday by a federal judge in Hawaii after hearing arguments that the executive order discriminates on the basis of nationality. The ruling came as opponents renewed their legal challenges across the country, asking judges in three states to block the executive order that targets people from six predominantly Muslim countries. More than half a dozen states are trying to stop the ban, and federal courts in Maryland, Washington state and Hawaii heard arguments about whether it should be put into practice early Thursday. U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson decision prevents the executive order from going into effect, at least …

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Larry Ellison talks smack about AWS again, claims Oracle cloud is faster and cheaper

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Oracle cofounder, chairman, and chief technology officer (CTO) Larry Ellison is back at it, saying negating things about Amazon Web Services (AWS), the undisputed leader of the public cloud infrastructure market. Today in Oracle’s quarterly earnings statement, in which the company claimed that cloud revenues including cloud infrastructure totaled $1.2 billion, up 62 percent year over year, Ellison’s canned quote is mostly just shit talking AWS: Both our SaaS and PaaS businesses are doing great, but I’m even more excited about our second generation IaaS business. Our new Gen2 IaaS is both faster and lower cost than Amazon Web Services. And now our biggest customers can run their largest and most demanding Oracle database workloads in the Oracle Cloud — …

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Why former Xbox cofounder Seamus Blackley is diving into instant 3D printing

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Seamus Blackley was one of the renegades at Microsoft who created the original Xbox game console, launched in 2001. (Somebody I know wrote a book about that). He went on to a long career in games and as an agent at Creative Artists Agency. More recently, he cofounded a mobile game company called Innovative Leisure, to release games made by former Atari classic arcade game designers. That company didn’t quite make it, though Blackley still has some games that could potentially be launched at some point in the future. Then Blackley returned to his original career: doing research related to high-energy physics. He met with Brian Mullins, CEO of augmented reality firm Daqri. Now Daqri is acquiring Blackley’s research lab and …

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Uber revamps navigation for drivers, now includes in-app navigation on Android, night-themed maps, more

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Uber is unveiling a brand new driver app today, one with navigation at its core. Though the company’s ride-hailing app has offered drivers in-app navigation for a while, it has been restricted to iPhone users. Moving forward, those with Android devices will also be able to receive navigation and directions to a pickup without switching between apps. Above: Android Navigation: Uber Additionally, those with iPhones will notice redesigned navigation and maps, including lane guidance, route previews, real-time traffic data, and a dark-themed interface for nighttime driving. “We focused on features to help drivers feel prepared throughout their trip,” noted Uber in a blog post. Uber uses mapping data from multiple sources, including TomTom, and has bolstered its in-house navigational smarts …

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Xbox cofounder Seamus Blackley takes R&D post at augmented reality firm Daqri

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Seamus Blackley, the cofounder of the Xbox, has teamed up with augmented reality startup Daqri to run a new research and development for them. The initial work will focus not on AR. Rather, it will look into the commercial applications related to an instant 3D printing technology that Daqri makes possible. Daqri is working with Blackley, who was originally a theoretical physicist before he started making games, and his team of physicists at Heat Engine in Southern California to explore applications of optics and holography in something that Daqri calls Software Defined Light. This involves manipulating light in a way to create more powerful holograms, which in turn can be used for instant 3D printing. Blackley’s physics think tank will …

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Microsoft close to finalizing the Windows 10 Creators Update

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Microsoft close to finalizing the Windows 10 Creators Update – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14696959″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:microsoft:tech”,”Author”:”Tom Warren”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-15 07:42″,”Hour of Update”:”07″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-15 07:42″,”Hour of Publish”:”07″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:microsoft:tech”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Tom Warren”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”wednesday”,”Hour of Day”:”07″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + 365); document.cookie = …

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What if Quantum Computers Used Hard Drives Made of DNA?

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You’ve heard the hype: The quantum computer revolution is coming. Physicists say these devices will be fast enough to break every encryption method banks use today. Their artificial intelligence will be so advanced that you could load in the periodic table and the laws of quantum mechanics, and they could design the most efficient solar cell to date. And they’ll be here soon: Writing in Nature earlier this month, Google researchers said they anticipate the first commercial quantum computers in five years, and the company wants to build and test a 49-qubit—that’s “quantum bit”—quantum computer by the end of this year. Some experts say that a 50-qubit computer could outperform any conventional computer. But there’s a big problem: By its …

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Google is improving Chrome battery life by throttling background tabs

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How to take AI far beyond gaming

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Venture capital investments in artificial intelligence (AI), one of the biggest technological trends these days, are booming. The year 2016 saw almost ten times more funds invested in the space than 2012 did. Virtual and augmented reality (AR/VR), sometimes associated with the creative side of AI, also became a hot topic: More than $1.8 billion was invested in AR/VR, compared with just $86 million in 2012. Applying AI to solve tasks normally considered creative has historical precedent. For example, procedural generation has been used to draw textures, produce 3D models, and automatically generate large amounts of content in video games since the 1980s. Moreover, gaming has contributed significantly to the whole AI landscape. Revenues generated by game developers allowed chip makers …

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Microsoft releases third Windows 10 preview in a row with only bug fixes and improvements

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Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs – the third build in a row with no new features. The focus is on bug fixing ahead of the company’s upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, which is slated for release in “early 2017” (likely to arrive next month). Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was built in a very different way than its predecessors so it can be regularly updated with not just fixes but new features, too. While Microsoft has released many such updates, the Creative Update will be a major one and follows the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, released in August 2016. As pointed out by Thurott, Microsoft is now promoting the Creators Update in the …

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Things to Know: 'Bathroom bill' poised to clear Texas Senate

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AUSTIN, Texas – (AP) — A North Carolina-style “bathroom bill” in Texas won preliminary approval Tuesday in the state Senate over the objections of big businesses including Amazon and American Airlines, celebrities such as Lady Gaga and warnings from the NFL and NBA. But the bill, which requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate, still faces big obstacles that could ultimately derail the proposal in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Here’s where the hot-button measure stands and what’s ahead: ___ AN EARLY SENATE VOTE Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who was the Texas chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign last year, has put what he calls “The Texas Privacy Act” at the top …

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Ethics Documents Suggest Conflict Of Interest By Trump Adviser

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Enlarge this image White House Director of Strategic Initiatives Christopher Liddell (from left) with Dell CEO Michael Dell and General Dynamics CEO Phebe Novakovic during a meeting with President Trump on Feb. 23. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption toggle caption Evan Vucci/AP Federal records indicate that a key adviser to President Trump held substantial investments in 18 companies when he joined Trump in meetings with their CEOs. The investments of Christopher Liddell, the president’s director of strategic initiatives, totaled between $3 million and $4 million. Among the companies in Liddell’s portfolio, and whose CEOs were in the meetings: Dell Technologies, Dow Chemical, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed Martin and Wal-Mart. When Trump conferred with the chiefs of Ford, General Motors …

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Popular Xbox One controller charging station recalled over burn hazard

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Microsoft won’t bring Word Flow keyboard to Android, will add the tech to SwiftKey instead

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Microsoft has changed its mind about what to do next with the SwiftKey virtual keyboard apps for Android and iOS, which became property of Microsoft as a result of an acquisition last year. At the time, Microsoft said that in the months to come it would talk more about how it would “integrate SwiftKey technology with our Guinness World Record Word Flow technology for Windows. Some people took that to mean it would integrate SwiftKey’s technology right into Word Flow, a perfectly good virtual keyboard app that’s available on iOS and debuted as a feature for Windows Phone. But this week a Microsoft spokesperson told VentureBeat that it’s basically the other way around — Word Flow’s bits will go to …

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Intel’s 15 Billion Reasons Why an AI Chip Revolution Has Arrived

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AI isn’t just changing internet services, cars, robotics, and healthcare. It’s changing the computer chip market too. This shift was underlined on Monday when Intel said it would pay $15.3 billion to acquire Mobileye, an Israeli company that makes chips and cameras for cars and trucks, including the self-driving variety. The purchase will be Intel’s second largest ever, following its $16.7 billion billion acquisition of chip-maker Altera in 2015. The Altera buy was also driven, in part, by the recent rise of machine learning, where machine learn can discrete tasks on their own. These are enormous acquisitions in many respects. After acquiring Mobileye, Intel will move its autonomous driving team to the Mobileye’s headquarters, not vice versa. In other words, …

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Microsoft is celebrating Pi Day with a 31.4 percent discount on select laptops

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