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KRACK Vulnerability Makes Wi-Fi Hacking Possible, Leaving Millions of Devices Exposed

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When you set up a new Wi-Fi network, you're probably conditioned by now to check the "WPA2" box. You may not specifically know when or why someone advised you to do this, but it was solid advice. Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 is the current industry standard that encrypts traffic on Wi-Fi networks to thwart eavesdroppers. And since it's been the secure option since 2004, WPA2 networks are absolutely everywhere. They're also, it turns out, vulnerable to cryptographic attack. A flaw in WPA2's cryptographic protocols could be exploited to read and steal data that would otherwise be protected, according to new research from security ... Read More
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Microsoft nominates 2 new board members: ex-Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson

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Microsoft has announced two new board of director candidates that it hopes will be voted in at the company’s next shareholders meeting on November 29, 2017. Up for nomination are Penny Sue Pritzker, the billionaire founder of private investment firm PSP Capital and spin-off Pritzker Realty Group, who also served as the 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President Barack Obama from 2013, and Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of hotel giant Marriott International. Sorenson is only Marriott’s third CEO in the company’s 90-year history and became the first from outside the Marriott fami... Read More
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Supreme Court agrees to hear government’s email dispute with Microsoft

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to take on a major dispute over the government’s authority to force American technology companies to hand over emails and other digital information sought in criminal probes but stored outside the U.S. The justices intervened in a case of a federal drug trafficking investigation that sought emails that Microsoft keeps on a server in Ireland. The federal appeals court in New York said that the emails are beyond the reach of a search warrant issued by an American judge. ... Read More
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Microsoft’s new tree houses are office spaces in the woods

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Microsoft's Redmond headquarters recently unveiled its latest perk: tree houses. The campus is surrounded by 500 acres of woods, so Microsoft added some beautiful massive tree houses for employees to work at. Following is the text of the video: Microsoft has created tree house offices for their employees. Microsoft's Pacific Northwest HQ is in Redmond, Washington surrounded by 500 acres of woods. The perfect spot for giant treehouses. To create its new meeting space it recruited Pete Nelson of "Treehouse Masters." Treehouse #1 has a skylight and a "gingerbread-house feel." The highest structure is called the Crow's Nest. The third lounge space will open later in 2017. There's Wi-Fi and electricity. It... Read More
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Xbox One fall update offers more personalization for gamers

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Microsoft has launched its fall update for the Xbox One’s user interface, offering more personalization for gamers and what they see when they log into the game console. Mike Ybarra, corporate vice president of Xbox platform engineering, said in a blog post that the team worked hard to deliver the update. Microsoft teased the fall update back in August, showing off the new Home, Guide and Community tabs. The company absorbed the feedback and it is delivering more personalization options for players. You can no... Read More
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The Xbox One is getting a major update today, including a faster dashboard

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Microsoft has been gradually improving its Xbox One dashboard to make the experience a lot faster to use. While the original Xbox One launched with Kinect and voice controls, much of the navigation with a controller was slow and clunky. Microsoft started addressing some of those performance issues with some updates earlier this year, but today’s Xbox One dashboard goes a step further. Microsoft is once again moving the guide so it’s ordered horizontally. You can switch between different sections using the Xbox controller bumpers or left thumbstick and d-pad. Sign-in, achievements, parties / ... Read More
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The good news and bad news about today’s massive Wi-Fi bug

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Today, researchers published details of a new attack against Wi-Fi encryption, which they dubbed “Krack.” Manufacturers have known about the issue for more than a month, but it still caught much of the industry off guard; major companies are still scrambling to deploy patches before an exploit code becomes available. It’s an unusual bug — both hard to exploit and hard to fix — and it’s already stretching vendor patching systems to their limit. Here’s what you need to know to keep your own devices safe. THE GOOD NEWS: IT’S HARD FOR HACKERS TO EXPLOIT The good news is Krack is a wide but shallow bug: nearly every d... Read More
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Microsoft Builds Treehouses For Employees

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The company wants their employees to connect with nature.Detected Closed Captioning: Build Three High-tech Treehouses At Its Washington Campus Yeah Allowing Employees To Also Connect With Nature the Wi-Fi Enabled Treehouses Are Used For Meetings And As Outdoor Workspaces Microsoft Says Being Outdoors Can Relieve Stress And Encourage Creativity Wow Just Take A Blanket Have A Good Afternoon ... Read More
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U.S. Supreme Court agrees to resolve Microsoft foreign email battle

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(Reuters) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to resolve a major privacy dispute between the Justice Department and Microsoft Corp. over whether prosecutors should get access to emails stored on company servers overseas. The justices will hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling last year preventing federal prosecutors from obtaining emails stored in Microsoft computer servers in Dublin, Ireland in a drug trafficking investigation. That decision by the New York-based 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals marked a victory for privacy advocates and technology companies that increasingly offer cloud computing services in which data is stored remotely. Microsoft, which has 100 data cente... Read More
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‘Safe Cities Index’ highlights paradox of tech advancement, cyber vulnerability

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The Economist Intelligence Unit released its 2017 Safe Cities Index, a biennial study that ranks 60 global cities using 49 indicators of safety across four categories, including digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security. Tokyo, Singapore, Osaka, Toronto and Melbourne top the global index using all four categories of indicators. At number 15, San Francisco ranked as the safest U.S. city, with Los Angeles (18), Chicago (19), New York (21) and Washington, D.C., (23) rounding out the U.S.‘s top... Read More
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Microsoft’s fight with the feds over foreign servers is headed to Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court will review whether US law enforcement can use search warrants on emails outside the United States, in a case with massive implications for US-based megacorporations that serve countries across the world. In US v. Microsoft, federal authorities served Microsoft a warrant under the Stored Communications Act (also called a “disclosure warrant”) for the emails of a foreign citizen that were stored on servers based in Ireland. The tech company refused, and in July 2016, an appeals court ruled in its favor, concluding that the Stored Communications Act did not apply to the communications stored overseas. ... Read More
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Tech Tip: How to Get Cortana to Keep Track of Your Favorite Teams

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Q. How do I make the Windows Cortana program on my PC collect news and scores for specific sports teams?A. You can set Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant for Windows 10 desktop and mobile systems, to keep track of your favorite teams — but you first need to tell the program which teams to follow. You can provide this information in the Cortana's Notebook. In addition t... Read More
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Justices to hear government’s email dispute with Microsoft

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is intervening in a digital-age privacy dispute between the Trump administration and Microsoft over emails stored abroad. The justices said October 16 that they will hear the administration’s appeal of a lower court ruling in favor of Microsoft. The court held the emails sought in a drug trafficking investigation were beyond the reach of a search warrant because they were kept on a Microsoft server in Ireland. ... Read More
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KRACK Vulnerability Impacts Secure Wi-Fi Standard, Leaving Millions of Devices Exposed

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When you set up a new Wi-Fi network, you're probably conditioned by now to check the "WPA2" box. You may not specifically know when or why someone advised you to do this, but it was solid advice. Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 is the current industry standard that encrypts traffic on Wi-Fi networks to thwart eavesdroppers. And since it's been the secure option since 2004, WPA2 networks are absolutely everywhere. They're also, it turns out, vulnerable to cryptographic attack. A flaw in WPA2's cryptographic protocols could be exploited to read and steal data that would otherwise be protected, according to new research from security ... Read More
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Supreme Court to decide if US has right to data on world’s servers

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Enlarge / Front row from left, US Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, back row from left, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch pose for a group portrait in the East Conference Room of the Supreme Court.Alex Wong/Getty Images The S... Read More
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Microsoft has already fixed the Wi-Fi attack vulnerability

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Technology companies are starting to respond to a new Wi-Fi exploit affecting all modern Wi-Fi networks using WPA or WPA 2 encryption. The security vulnerabilities allow attackers to read Wi-Fi traffic between devices and wireless access points, and in some cases even modify it to inject malware into websites. Security researchers claim devices running macOS, Windows, iOS, Android, and Linux will be affected by the vulnerabilities. Microsoft says it has already fixed the problem for customers running supported versions of Windows. “We have released a security update to address this issue,” says a Mic... Read More
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Artificial intelligence to transform cloud market

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Artificial intelligence will have a transformative effect on the cloud market over the next decade, according to the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). ACCA Chairman Bernie Trudel gave a speech about the future of cloud markets at the Cloud Expo Asia conference in Singapore. He noted that the market for cloud-based AI is small, accounting for only 1% of the global cloud computing market. However, it is growing quickly, at a rate of 52% year over year and is expected to grow to 10% of the total cloud market by 2025. The major cloud suppliers do offer some services in cloud-based AI. Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers infrastructure tools, API... Read More
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Microsoft shows off its Fluent Design changes to Windows 10

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Microsoft first unveiled its Fluent Design language earlier this year, promising subtle changes to the company’s software in the future. The first part of Fluent Design will appear in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update release tomorrow, but Microsoft is preparing more in the coming months. Most of the existing changes include subtle additions like blur effects, which is a type of design we saw back with Windows Vista. All of the new design changes to Windows 10 are demonstrated in a new video from Microsoft. It’s a good showcase of how subtle the changes are, but it doesn’t te... Read More
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Microsoft is redesigning Outlook for Mac and Windows

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Microsoft is working on a big redesign for its Outlook for Mac and Windows apps. The software giant revealed teasers for the new design during an Ignite conference session last month, and the goal is to simplify the user interface on both Mac and Windows versions. A lot of the changes look very similar to the Outlook for iOS app, with a single-line ribbon and a smaller set of default commands. Reducing complexity is one of the key aims of the redesign, to make it easier for new and existing Outlook users to navigate the email app. A new customizable ribbon will let Outlook for Mac and Windows users control which buttons are available, ... Read More
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Oculus’ Nate Mitchell: VR ‘expectations got ahead of themselves’

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Nate Mitchell is one of the Oculus co-founders and continues to be a key leader at Facebook defining the product strategy for VR going forward. While he works closely with the Rift team, he’s also keenly aware of VR’s evolution over the last five years as he’s part of a small group of Oculus executives who helped create an enormous rush of interest in VR when they sold their startup to Facebook in 2014 for roughly $3 billion. This acquisition set off a wave of investment in VR that saw numerous startups funded alongside giants like Google and Microsoft dramatically stepping up efforts to build out VR headset strategies. This year, though, public... Read More
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China now rivals U.S. in VC investments

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Twenty years ago, China’s manufacturing-based economy was one-ninth the size of the U.S. economy. The gap has closed tremendously, driven in large part by the explosive growth in the nation’s mobile-connected middle class. How explosive? Even living and working in China, sometimes it is difficult to appreciate the speed at which the innovation ecosystem is growing here. China is the second-largest venture capital market in the world and has seen VC fundraising more than double in the last two years, fueled by the global aspirations of the government, entrepreneurs, and investors. A decade-long Chinese venture capital boom exploded in 2016, driving venture capital commitments above $50 billion, nearly matching the U.S. f... Read More
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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: What It Is and How to Get It

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On October 17, Microsoft drops a new version of Windows 10 called the Fall Creators Update. It’s packed to the brim with new features for everyday users and people who just like making cool stuff. Here's what you need to know before you click that big ol' update button. What You'll Get The Fall Creators Update gives you a neat new Photos app for all your organization and editing needs. There’s a new feature called Story Remix that makes it a breeze to throw together a few pictures and video clips for those post-v... Read More
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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with Cortana Collections and consolidated settings

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Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with Cortana Collections and some settings being consolidated. The Fall Creators Update, which ships next week, is now finalized, so all new builds are part of the next update (internally called RS4). Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was ... Read More
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Cortana’s new Collections feature will see and remember your browsing habits

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Microsoft's Cortana assistant can now remember what books, TV shows, movies, recipes, and restaurants you like and don't want to forget. The company just introduced its new Cortana Collections feature, which essentially works like a Pinterest board built into your Windows 10 device. Cortana pops up whenever a user is on a webpage that might have content worth saving, like on a page to buy a book. It'll ask the user to either create a list to save the content, add it to a favorites list, or dismiss the notification altogether. You can see how it works in this video from Mi... Read More
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Cuphead sales pass 1 million in two weeks

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The fiendishly difficult run-‘n’-gun Cuphead launched two weeks ago on September 29, and developer StudioMDHR announced today that it’s now sold more than one million copies. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you very much!!! Cuphead has sold over one million copies!https://t.co/nHSCe3oKMo — Studio MDHR (@StudioMDHR) October 13, 2017 StudioM... Read More
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Australian defense firm was hacked and F-35 data stolen, DOD confirms

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EnlargeRoyal Australian Air Force The Australian Cyber Security Centre noted in its just-issued 2017 Threat Report that a small Australian defense company "with contracting links to national security projects" had been the victim of a cyber-espionage attack detected last November. "ACSC analysis confirmed that the adversary had sustained access to the network for an extended period of time and had stolen a significant amount of data," the ACSC report stated. "The ad... Read More
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Rosenberg: ‘Privatizing’ air traffic control needs marketing campaign

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You don’t need to be a passenger departing JFK to be concerned about whether New York’s air traffic controllers are on their game. You just need to be a Long Islander. At any given hour, there are thousands of lives speeding overhead, sitting in aircraft separated by invisible electronic boundaries that should keep airliners separated by adequate distance and height. Still, with all the technology baked into the process, it is up to the FAA air traffic controllers looking at radars in Westbury and Islip to keep everyone safe and safely separated in our region, whether you are in the air or beneath the final approach paths. That is why every Long Islander should be carefully listening to the current debate about whether ... Read More
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HappyOrNot raises $14.5 million to expand its ‘smiley’ feedback terminals

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HappyOrNot, the Finnish company behind the familiar feedback system that puts physical terminals in retail and other public locations, has raised $14.5 million in a Series A round of funding led by European VC firm and early Spotify investor Northzone, with participation from Australia’s AirTree. This represents the company’s first outside funding. You may have seen HappyOrNot’s quirky little terminals in the wild before. Founded out of Tampere, Finland in 2009, HappyOrNot claims around 4,000 clients globally, with 25,000 terminals spread across locations that include McDonald’s, IKEA, Microsoft, London’s Heathrow Airport, LinkedIn, and the Financial Ti... Read More
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The DeanBeat: Optimism and despair over VR at Oculus Connect

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Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, injected a dose of optimism into the crowd at the Oculus Connect event this week at the San Jose Convention Center when he set a goal of getting a billion people into virtual reality. That’s reassuring in a way, since the Oculus Rift, the Samsung Gear VR, and other virtual reality products haven’t set the world on fire since launching in the spring of 2016. Zuckerberg unveiled a $200 wireless Oculus Go headset, and showed that his company was doubling down on Oculus, which ... Read More
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What’s Up With All That Fabric On Your Gadgets?

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Earlier this year, when Microsoft showed off its new Surface Pro laptop, one part of the device stood out. The sleek tablet-PC hybrid was made, predictably, out of aluminum and glass, but its keyboard was covered in a soft-suede like fabric. Alcantara, specifically, the same material used in cars and designer handbags. “Everyone we showed had the same reaction: Whoa, that’s cool,” says Ralf Groene, head of industrial design for Microsoft devices. “And then some people got concerned. They said, you can't put fabric on laptops; no one puts fabric on laptops.” For the most part, that's been true. But recently, textiles have begun creeping into consumer electronics in a very real way. E... Read More
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Microsoft built tree houses for its employees

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Microsoft has built some tree houses for its employees. One sits in a Pacific Northwest Douglas fir, while another is 12 feet above the ground and features charred-wood walls and a high ceiling complete with a skylight. Microsoft describes it as having a “gingerbread-house” feel, which I’m guessing can only mean good things because it’s Christmas-y and Christmas is warm and fuzzy. There are three tree houses in total: two are open, and the third is a sheltered lounge space, which is due to be... Read More
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How to use Movies Anywhere to stream your film collection on every device

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Disney has created the buy once, watch everywhere movie service that consumers have always wanted. The company has managed to rally support from a number of major Hollywood film studios — Paramount and Lionsgate are the major holdouts — and the end result is Movies Anywhere, a new service that promises glorious cross-platform support for (almost) all the digital movies that you’ve ever purchased. You’re no longer stuck watching a movie with just the video app from the company you bought it from. With Movies Anywhere, your iTunes movies... Read More
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Alibaba Cloud to offer Red Hat open source

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Alibaba Cloud has joined the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider Program, the tech giant has announced. Through the partnership, Alibaba cloud will offer Red Hat open source solutions to Alibaba’s global customer base. Red Hat open source solutions will be available to Alibaba Cloud customers in the coming months, with Red Hat Enterprise Linux offered as a pay-as-you-go model in the Alibaba Cloud marketplace. In order to join the Red Hat Certified Provider Program, Alibaba had to meet testing and certification requirements validated by the team at Red Hat to confirm that th... Read More
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Director-General Irina Bokova on US withdrawal from UNESCO

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The United States said Thursday it is pulling out of the U.N.'s educational, scientific and cultural agency because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias and need for "fundamental reform." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel plans to follow suit.Watch CGTN LIVE on your computer, tablet or mobilehttp://america.cgtn.com/livenewsSubscribe to CGTN America on YouTubeFollow CGTN America:Twitter: @cgtname... Read More

Microsoft and Amazon unveil Gluon to help developers adopt machine learning

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Collaboration in the realm of artificial intelligence leads to some strange bedfellows in the tech world. That’s certainly the case today, when Microsoft and Amazon Web Services announced their collaboration on Gluon, a new programming library for machine learning. It works by providing a consistent interface for creating machine learning models using a variety of prebuilt and highly optimized components. Gluon, which is available as an open source project, will provide a shared set of building blocks that people can use with both Amazon and Microsoft’s preferred machine learni... Read More
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Riverdale’s total disregard for narrative sense makes it the most fun show on TV

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The first season of The CW’s Riverdale was like being handed a surprise bowl of that oatmeal that hatches candy dinosaur eggs when you microwave it: disgusting, delightful, and a possibility so bizarre, most people’s brains would never arrive there without help. Archie Comics’ chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was heavily involved in the process that turned Archie from a beloved comics series into a swoony suburban teen drama. Now it’s equ... Read More
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No. 248: Cancer, flu and Alzheimer’s progress, less Time and please squeeze from the bottom

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Happy Wednesday: Welcome new readers Bob, Craig, Gita, Phil and Elissa. Happy to have you all aboard. John Rand received a patent for the collapsible toothpaste tube on this day in 1841. “Saturday Night Live” premiered in 1975 with George Carlin as guest host. Happy birthday Henry John “57 Flavors” Heinz. Leave the driving to them: Entrepreneur Kevin Bowker was schlepping a vanload of pals to a craft beer event one day, when inspiration hit. Transportation. Today, Bowker’s Tapped Enterprises runs a growing fleet of buses that get beer and wine tourists there and safely back again. (Sure ... Read More
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CTA: Consumer tech spending will increase a modest 1% in Q4

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Consumer tech spending is expected to increase only 1 percent to $96.8 billion in the fourth quarter, according to the Consumer Technology Association, the trade group that puts on the annual Consumer Electronics Show. But Steve Koenig, senior director of market research at the CTA, said in an interview with VentureBeat that there is a bright side to that sales figure, as it represents a new record and is coming off of a very strong holiday season in 2016. “On the surface, it sounds pretty weak, but we saw 3.8 percent holiday growth in 2016,” Koenig said. “That’s a tough act to follow. It’s hard to post 3 percent to 4 percent growth rates year afte... Read More
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Discord launches verified servers for Minecraft, Squad, and more

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Discord is already hosting dozens of Minecraft-related communities on its service, but it wants to give you an easy way to tell if you’re joining the Minecraft community. To help developers better reach out to their audiences, Discord is rolling out verified servers today. This will put a Twitter-like check mark on more than 100 official developer communities that are working with Discord. Verified servers are critical to creators and players because more studios and publishers are using Discord to reach out directly to their fans, and strong communities are crucial ... Read More
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Microsoft Windows might get easier to navigate with new Cortana Follow Me

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Noted Microsoft watcher WalkingCat has spotted a really nifty upcoming feature for Windows called Follow Me, that uses the Cortana for guided navigation. WalkingCat posted a one minute video on Twitter showing the Cortana voice assistant guiding a user with visual prompts on the screen. In the example given, the user wants to connect a Bluetooth device and a blue circle shows which menus to click to get to the appropriate settings. The user can quit the navigation at any time using the ESC key. Earlier this year Microsoft demonstrated Cortana’s ability to set up your PC ... Read More
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AR/VR Weekly: Seeking a virtual reality tabletop

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This week, a friend of mine said he wanted to be able to play games like Dungeons & Dragons at a virtual table. Oh, no problem, I said — check out Roll20, an app that helps people gather for role-playing games online. But then he said, “No, I mean virtual as in virtual reality.” Well, duh, I thought. I should’ve known that. But my friend has a point — role-playing experiences could be a killer app for VR. But how would it look? Experiment 7 is working on translating board games to VR with its Magic Table system — it’s done chess and is now gearing up for ... Read More
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Apple’s Tim Cook prefers augmented reality to VR

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Apple's chief executive has suggested he is not very enthusiastic about virtual reality.Tim Cook said that he felt that the technology could isolate users and voiced a preference for augmented reality instead.AR involves mixing graphics and real-world views together rather than solely filling a person's view with computer-generated images.One expert suggested Mr Cook's view was becoming more popular in tech circles.Mr Cook expressed his opinion at an event hosted by the University of Oxford, in response to a stude... Read More
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Kaspersky’s Alleged Russia Ties Highlight the Risks of Antivirus

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So far this week, separate reports have indicated that Russia exploited software from Kaspersky Lab to traul US systems for classified data—in at least one case, successfully—and that North Korea hacked into classified South Korean military files. (It’s only Wednesday.) The common culprit? Antivirus software. While antivirus... Read More
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Businesses ask Supreme Court to take gay rights case

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Some of America’s most well-known companies are urging the Supreme Court to rule that a federal employment discrimination law prohibits discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation, a position opposite of the one taken by the Trump administration. The 76 businesses and organizations — including American Airlines, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Starbucks and Microsoft — filed a brief Wednesday encouraging the high court to take up the issue. They want the court to take a case out of Georgia in which a gay woman who worked as a hospital security officer says she was harassed and punished for dressing in a male uniform and wearing her hair short. Jameka Evans, who worked at Georgia Regional Hospital at Savannah from ... Read More
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Jony Ive’s creativity pales compared to Apple’s App Store lawsuit defense

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EnlargeJony Ive, Apple's chief design officer, might want to take a lesson in creativity from Apple's lawyers. The iPhone is beautiful, and we all know that. But Apple's response to an App Store antitrust lawsuit brought by consumers may take your breath away. Cupertino argues that it should not have to face a class-action lawsuit that accuses the iPhone maker of overcharging consumers for iOS apps in the Apple App Store (a monopolistic environment, the suit claims). The core argument in Apple's defense is so creative that the Supreme Court on Tuesday asked President ... Read More
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‘Crypto Anchors’ Might Stop the Next Equifax-Style Megabreach

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Firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and even encryption haven't kept hackers out of hoards of data like the ones stolen in the catastrophic breaches of Equifax or Yahoo. But now, some Silicon Valley firms are trying a deeper approach, building security into the basic design of how data moves between a company's servers. The method aims not to seal intruders out of sensitive systems, but to tighten the ri... Read More
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Attivo Networks raises $21 million to thwart cyberattacks using the art of deception

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Attivo Networks, a startup that specializes in thwarting cyberattacks using deception technology, has raised $21 million in a series C round of funding. The round was led by Trident Capital Cybersecurity, with participation from eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s VC firm Omidyar Technology Ventures and Bain Capital Ventures. Founded out of Fremont, California in 2011, Attivo is one of a number of cybersecurity startups in the deception technology realm, using defensive “hall of mirrors” techniques that consist of lures and traps designed to trick attackers into revealing themselves. In effect, the underlying technology automatically sets decoys that are integrated into a co... Read More
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Nimble Selected By Microsoft to Join Its Seattle Accelerator Portfolio of Innovative, Enterprise-Ready Startups It Wants to Help Scale

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Unprecedented Access to Top Microsoft Partners and Customers, Technical Knowledge, Premier Engineering, Go-To-Market and Co-Sales Support SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–October 11, 2017– Nimble today announced it has been selected to join ... Read More
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Russian organizations procure Microsoft software despite sanctions

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(Reuters) — Software produced by Microsoft has been acquired by state organizations and firms in Russia and Crimea despite sanctions barring U.S-based companies from doing business with them, official documents show. The acquisitions, registered on the Russian state procurement database, show the limitations in the way foreign governments and firms enforce the U.S. sanctions, imposed on Russia over its annexation of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. Some of the users gave Microsoft fictitious data about their identity, people involved in the transactions told Reuters, exploiting a gap in the U.S. company’s ability to keep its products out of their hands. The products in each case were sold via t... Read More
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Alibaba launches research arm for AI, quantum computing, and other emerging tech

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Alibaba Group announced today that it’s launching a new research organization aimed at tackling emerging technologies like machine learning, network security, the internet of things, and quantum computing. It’s called the Academy for Discovery, Adventure, Momentum and Outlook (referred to as the DAMO Academy for short), and Alibaba plans to recruit 100 researchers to staff labs around the globe. The company plans to open two labs in China, both in the tech giant’s home city of Hangzhou as well as Beijing. In addition, the Chinese ecommerce and technology titan will open labs in... Read More
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Why Microsoft finally admitted Windows 10 Mobile is dead

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You might not know this, but Bill Gates — the famed cofounder of Microsoft — recently admitted that he uses an Android phone. And a high-ranking official at Microsoft admitted that the Windows Mobile phone is pretty much dead. Nokia, the company Microsoft once owned, is slipping off into the dark night... Read More
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Siri’s forgetfulness gives Alexa and Google Assistant a key advantage

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You ever been mid-sentence while speaking with Siri or Google Assistant and you get cut off? Just like when you’re speaking to a human, sometimes when you’re in the middle of a conversation with an AI assistant, you get interrupted by another person talking, or by an important push notification on your phone, or you just forget what you wanted to ask and your phone goes to sleep. This happens all the time. When it happens and you’re using an app or web browser on a smartphone, you typically just pick up where you left off — but that’s not always possible with AI assistants. This is where Siri falls short compared to major competitors like Google Assistant and Alexa. Let’s say you want to use Siri t... Read More
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Microsoft launches Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK, rebrands Windows Store as Microsoft Store

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During its Windows Developer Day event today, Microsoft today launched the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update software development kit (SDK). Developers can download the new SDK now from developer.microsoft.com/windows. At the same time, Microsoft has confirmed that the Windows Store has been rebranded as the Microsoft Store. Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was ... Read More
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Microsoft ends support for Windows 10 November Update and Office 2007

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Microsoft’s support for Windows 10 November Update (version 1511) ends today. The company’s support for Office 2007 ends today as well. The fact both of these software releases are no longer being supported on the same day isn’t a coincidence. Microsoft releases regular patches on Patch Tuesday, the second Tuesday of every month, and we’ve reached that time of the month again. Microsoft supports its products for a predetermined amount of time (usually years), depending on the software and when its updates are released. October 10, 2017 happens to be the last Patch Tuesday for both products, meaning if security holes are found after today’s date, they won’t be plugged. For reference, Mainstream Support inc... Read More
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Microsoft Ventures launches $3.5 million contest for AI startups

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Look out, artificial intelligence startups: Microsoft Ventures has a new $3.5 million contest that opens today to try to find the best of you. Today, the tech giant’s venture arm announced Innovate.AI, a new competition that’s designed to provide a bundle of funding to some of the top companies using AI around the globe. The competition is open to firms from North America, Europe, and Israel. Each region will have its own pitch-off, where 10 finalists will pitch their businesses to judges before a single grand prize winner is named. Each regional winner will receive a $1 million investment from Microsoft Ventures, plus $500,000 in credits for the tech titan... Read More
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Microsoft reaches agreement with GE to use wind power for data centres

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Microsoft has reached an agreement with GE to purchase all of the energy from its wind farm in County Kerry, Ireland, as it looks to increase the use of renewable energy in its data centres. The companies have agreed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) which Microsoft states will support growing demand for its cloud services in Ireland. The move is part of Microsoft’s aim of committing to powering its data centres through renewable energy. The firm has set itself the target of producing 50% of its data centre energy requirements through green sources by 2018. The agreement for the energy created at the 37MW Tullahennel wind farm in County Kerry Ireland will also help both companies understand energy storage... Read More

Puppet and Google Cloud partner on cloud infrastructure management

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Google and Puppet announced today that they’re working together to provide enterprises with a better way to build and deploy applications in the cloud, including those that began their lives in private data centers. Both firms have worked to make Puppet Approved modules for the infrastructure-as-code system, so customers can use the same tools in the cloud that they’re familiar with from deploying apps on-premises. In addition, Google has built tools internally to ensure that as users’ cloud services change, it should be... Read More
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Windows Phone was a glorious failure

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This past weekend, Microsoft made official what was already known for years: the Windows Phone mobile operating system is dead. There’ll be no further development, no miraculous Windows 10 Mobile revivals, and no further attempts to compete with the overwhelming duopoly of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. The new Microsoft, led by Satya Nadella, prefers collaboration over competition — or at least that’s the choice the company tells itself it has made in abandoning its thwar... Read More
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Microsoft is now rolling out Cortana inside of Skype

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Microsoft is starting to roll out Cortana inside of Skype, letting its smart assistant jump into private and group chats to offer assistance in making plans and looking up information. Cortana will be available on both iOS and Android, but Microsoft says its assistant “will be gradually rolled out” starting in the US, so you might not have access yet. ... Read More
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Nokia Technologies to halt Ozo VR development and focus on digital health and licensing

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Nokia has announced plans to “halt” development of its Ozo VR camera, citing “slower-than-expected” virtual reality adoption in the digital media realm. It was back in July 2015 that Nokia first announced the Ozo VR camera, a device that sportd eight synchronized shutter sensors and microphones for stereoscopic three-dimensional video. With a starting price of $60,000, the camera was aimed squarely at the professional filmmaking fraternity, however the price later dropped to a more palatable... Read More

Star Control II developers working on ‘direct sequel’ 25 years later

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The brains behind Star Control II are resurrecting the series a quarter of a century after the last real entry in the sci-fi series. Creators Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III announced today that they are coming back to do a legitimate sequel. The project doesn’t have a release date, platform, or pricing info yet, but it does have a name: Ghosts of the Precursors. Star Control II is a beloved PC game. It debuted for Microsoft DOS in 1992, and it enabled players to explore a galaxy as part of a story-heavy adventure. Ghost of the Precursors is still early in development, and Ford and Reiche haven’t expressed how they’ll adapt the c... Read More
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How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics

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“This is cultural hacking,” said Jonathan Albright, research director at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. “They are using systems that were already set up by these platforms to increase engagement. They’re feeding outrage — and it’s easy to do, because outrage and emotion is how people share.”All of the pages were shut down by Facebook in recent weeks, as the company conducts an internal review of Russian penetration of its social network. But content and engagement metrics for hundreds of posts ... Read More
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Microsoft brings Cortana to Skype

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AI assistant Cortana is now available on Skype, Microsoft announced today. Cortana on Skype can chat either one-on-one, like you would with any friend, or be summoned into conversations to handle tasks like scheduling events, finding nearby restaurants, or sharing IMDB movie reviews. Cortana for Skype will begin to roll out today for iOS and Android users in the United States, according to a blog post. Cortana will now appear as a permanent contact in ... Read More
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Microsoft almost made a bezel-less Windows Phone in 2014, and it looked great

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Microsoft almost beat Apple, Samsung, and Google to the punch when it comes to bezel-less, full-screen smartphone displays. Windows Central happens to have in its possession a rare Windows Phone prototype device, codenamed “Vela,” that was an early iteration of what would eventually become the uninspired Lumia 435. The device sports the now nearly ubiquitous edge-to-edge display style now being used by Apple’s iPhone X, the Sa... Read More
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CEO Tim Cook and French president talk education, taxes, and Apple’s plans to join Station F

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In a 45-minute meeting, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook and French president Emmanuel Macron discussed a wide range of issues as the company sought to smooth over increasingly tense relationships with Europe’s leaders. Apple is currently facing a $15 billion bill after the European Union ruled that its Irish tax scheme violated its competition laws. In addition, Macron, while generally seen as pro-tech and pro-entrepreneur, is among those leaders on the continent pushing hard for new rules to ensure that U.S. tech giants can’t use Europe to duck taxes. Details of the meeting were reported on Twitter by Europe1 reporter Grégoire Martinez. His tweets (in French) are be... Read More
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Facebook’s Messenger Lite is actually really good

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If you’ve ever read praise for Facebook products on The Verge, it won’t have come from me. I’m baffled by the design of the company’s website, aggravated by the pushy data-thirsty ways of its apps, and unimpressed by the contrived niceness of its founder and boss. In short: Vlad Savov, not a Facebook fan. But, for the first time, I am a fan of a particular offshoot of Facebook and that’s the Messenger Lite chat application that recently rolled out to Android phones in the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland. It’s good. Shockingly good. Internet mes... Read More
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Microsoft gives up on Windows 10 Mobile

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Microsoft appears to have abandoned its smartphone operating system ambitions.The company's Windows 10 chief has tweeted that developing new features and hardware for the Mobile version of the OS was no longer a "focus".Joe Belfiore added that he had also switched to Android himself.Windows 10 Mobile tried to attract users by letting them run the same "universal apps" on both their PCs and handsets, but the concept failed to catch on.The OS accounted for just 0.03% ... Read More
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Facebook Quietly Enters StarCraft War for AI Bots, and Loses

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In the distant Koprulu Sector of the Milky Way, Facebook’s Zerglings lingered in a restless swarm outside the enemy’s base. After the commander ill-advisedly opened the gate, the social network’s alien horde stormed in and slaughtered forces stationed inside, in a battle fought on the frontiers of artificial-intelligence research. The bloody incident was part of an annual competition of the videogame StarCraft for AI software bots that wrapped up Sunday. Facebook quietly entered a bot called CherryPi designed by... Read More

Microsoft inks 15-year deal to buy energy from GE’s new wind farm in Ireland

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Microsoft has inked a 15-year agreement with General Electric (GE) to purchase the entirety of all wind energy produced from a new 37-megawatt wind farm in County Kerry, on the southwestern corner of Ireland. The tie-up will also see the duo delve into energy storage solutions that will look at ways to harness excess energy it captures and distribute it back into the national grid. “This will better enable intermittent clean power sources like wind energy to be added to the Irish grid,” Microsoft said in a press release, noting that this will be the first major implementation of batteries into wind tu... Read More
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Microsoft finally admits Windows Phone is dead

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In a series of tweets, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has revealed that the software giant is no longer developing new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile. While Windows Phone fans had hoped Microsoft would update the platform with new features, it’s now clear the operating system has been placed into servicing mode, with just bug fixes and security updates to support it for existing users. “Of course we'll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates,” says Belfiore. “But building new features/hw aren't the focus.” During the recent Windows 10 Fall Creators Update development phase, it has been obvious Microsoft is no longer working on the mobile experience. The software make... Read More
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Cloud Expo Asia Singapore 2017: Tune into the livestream for exclusive event footage

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Cloud Expo Asia Singapore kicks off this Wednesday at the Marina Bay Sanda Expo and Convention Centre, alongside co-located events Data Centre World, Cloud & Cyber Security Expo, Big Data World and Smart IoT Singapore. Expecting to welcome over 15,000 business leaders from across the APAC region, the technology event stack will offer a unrivalled conference agenda packed with expert case studies, panel discussions and roundtables. You can still register for your free pass here, or join our... Read More
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Microsoft mixed reality guru Alex Kipman believes communication will be VR’s killer app

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When Microsoft announced its Windows Mixed Reality platform last week, it talked about how the combination of virtual reality and augmented reality (which Microsoft calls mixed reality) would create a new era in computing. Alex Kipman, technical fellow at Microsoft and the researcher behind Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset, went on stage at an event in San Francisco and answered questions from a group of journalists. He did his entire presentation while wearing a new Samsung HMD Odyssey mixed reality headset, and he predicted that communications would be the killer app for mixed reality. That’s why Microsoft acquired ... Read More
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BBC is launching an interactive radio show for Echo

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The future of entertainment is here. The BBC, in collaboration with Rosina Sound, is working on an interactive radio play for artificial intelligence-enabled home chatbots like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home. The production will be the first of its kind — the first to use this kind of technology and to function in this way. It plans to release this futuristic, high-tech play by the end of the year. ... Read More

Halo Recruit brings Microsoft’s most important franchise into VR

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A few weeks back, UploadVR caught wind that Microsoft’s iconic Halo franchise would be coming to its new line of Windows 10 virtual reality headsets, which are made by partners such as Asus and Dell, though we didn’t know in what form. Today, Microsoft revealed all. Halo Recruit is coming to all Windows VR headsets at launch on October 17. It will be a free, albeit brief experience designed to introduce players to the possibilities of Halo in VR. It’s developed by 343 Industries, the team behind Halo 4 and Halo 5, and it will offer you a glimpse of your favorite characters in VR. Halo Recruit will also be at retail demo stations i... Read More
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Cuphead review — a uniquely beautiful and worthwhile challenge

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Cuphead is hard, but it’s not unfair. Like the run-and-gun games that inspired it (Contra, Metal Slug, and so on), you’ll need some skill and quick reactions to win. But most importantly, you need patience. Every death in this Xbox One and PC title is a learning experience. Winning is often just a matter of persistence. But Cuphead isn’t just a mechanically fun sidescroller. Its visuals make it stand out as one of the most interesting indie games ever. ... Read More
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Go Update Your Mac ASAP To Fix Some Serious Vulnerabilities

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This week saw a tragic start, when late Sunday night a man named Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more in Las Vegas. Hoaxes and conspiracy theories flooded the internet in the immediate aftermath, as did questions—since answered—around how Paddock was able to fire at automatic speeds. We also took a look at gun-control tech—but didn't find much that's promising. There's at least a little l... Read More
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AverMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus adds 4K passthrough support to a great capture card

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The PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X are a headache waiting to happen for people who capture a lot of gameplay footage off of consoles. That’s because those systems support Ultra HD 4K resolution, and that can cause errors for most of the recording equipment on the market right now. But AverMedia has stepped up with a product that solves this problem whether you’re recording at home or at an event. The ... Read More
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Rivals of Aether developer asks Twitter if they would buy a Switch version of his fighter

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Dan Fornace, the independent game developer behind Rivals of Aether, asked his followers on Twitter today via a poll if they’d be interested in a Switch version of the game. Rivals of Aether is a fighting game that takes inspiration from Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series. Would you purchase / repurchase Rivals of Aether for the Nintendo Switch if we could bring it to the platform? — Dan... Read More
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Save on a Samsung 4K TV, a Dell Laptop, and More This Weekend

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If you're in the market for a speedy new laptop or a 4K TV, we might be able to help you save some money. Thanks to our friends at TechBargains, we have fresh offers for you this Indigenous Peoples' Day weekend. Grab a Dell Inspiron 15 5566 laptop with an Intel Core i7-7500U dual-core processor and 1 TB hard drive for only $469.99 (use code: 330SAVE - list price $799.99). Upgrade you... Read More
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Don’t Get Too Comfortable at That Desk

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Privacy is also good, particularly for tasks that require intense concentration, the thinking goes. That doesn’t mean a return to the glory days of private offices, but it does mean workers have more space and more places to seek solitude than in the neo-Dickensian workbench settings. The new designs often include “isolation rooms,” soundproof phone booths, and even lounges where technology is forbidden.And it’s meant to be tweaked as needs change. “This continues to be iterated,” said Frank Cuevas, who is working on a major redesi... Read More
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This cute, crowdfunded dial accessory was designed for creatives and has 10 programmable buttons

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Rev-O-mate is a no-click unlimited dial with 10 programmable buttons that’s just been launched on Kickstarter. The gadget is made for creatives, so any keystroke, mouse click, joystick button, or multimedia key can be assigned to each of its 10 buttons, including those with multiple functions. Bit Trade One, the company behind the device, says these functions can include scaling, rotation, and brush size. The dial works with apps including Photoshop, SAI, and C... Read More
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Microsoft starts letting Windows 10 users control smart home devices from their PC

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Windows 10 users are going to be able to treat their PCs more like smart home hubs. Windows Central reports today that Microsoft has added a "connected home" section to Cortana. From this new menu, users can sign into smart home services, thereby giving Cortana control. It's currently compatible with Wink, Insteon, Nest, SmartThings, and Hue. Windows Central notes that it's seen the connected home menu on both Windows 10 desktop and mobile, so it's likely rolling out now. The Verge's Tom Warren reported earlier this year that Microsoft ... Read More
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Master Chief is hidden inside the Xbox One X riding a scorpion

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Microsoft has hidden a tiny Easter egg inside the Xbox One X that most owners are unlikely to find: an etching of Halo’s Master Chief riding on top of a scorpion. The image is nice homage both to the character that helped propel the Xbox to success and to the One X’s code name, Project Scorpio. It’s also a nice play on words, since the tanks that Master Chief occasionally rides in Halo are known as Scorpions. While it’s a cool touch, hopefully most Xbox owners won’t be in a position to find it. The image is on the console’s circuit board, which means you’ll have to crack open the Xbox — or find yourself with a cracked-open Xbox — before it’s visible.... Read More
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HP is ditching the last serious Windows phone

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HP has canceled plans to build out a line of Windows phones due to Microsoft’s general disinterest in continuing to battle Google and Apple on mobile. Nick Lazaridis, president of the EMEA regions at HP, told The Register that HP decided “it doesn't make sense” to continue making Windows phones because Microsoft “decided on a change in strategy” and is now “less focused” on Windows mobile. Last year, HP waded into the Windows phone world with a high-end device called the E... Read More
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AI could be driving a new digital divide

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The “digital divide” usually refers to the gap between those who have access to good internet connections and technology and those who do not. For example, students in rural schools that lack bandwidth and who don’t have access to high-speed internet at home do not perform as well academically as students who have access do. The digital divide is improving, but it isn’t quite gone yet. Currently, 85 percent of the country has access to broadband internet (25 Mbps or faster). The other 15 percent, unfortunately, suffers the effects of the digital divide. There may be a new digital divide forming, however, and it isn’t students who are affected... Read More
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Google Home Max vs. HomePod and Google Home Mini vs. Amazon Echo Dot: battle of the smart speakers

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On Wednesday, Google unveiled two new versions of the Google Home speakers: the Mini, which is priced to compete with the Amazon Echo Dot, and the Max, which is positioned at the luxury end of the market, similar to Apple’s HomePod. Both the Max and the HomePod are set to come out in December. So how do these smart speakers stack up against each other? With most of these products still unavailable in retailers until November or December, we can’t determine the best sma... Read More

Google Cloud instances can now use 96 vCPUs and 624GB of memory

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Google Cloud customers now have access to much more powerful compute instances, the company announced today. It’s possible for users to rent virtual machines with up to 96 virtual CPUs and 624GB of RAM. They’re based on Intel’s Skylake Xeon Scalable processors, and customers can purchase three prebuilt virtual machine shapes with 96 processors and varying amounts of memory. In addition, users can adjust the amount of memory available using Google’s custom machine types feature. The top-end instance, with 624GB of RAM, has been certified for use with SAP’s HANA database software for scale-up deployments, ... Read More
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Amazon’s big content shift includes more kids’ shows about science — and science fiction

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Early in September, Amazon canceled two pricey original dramas: Z: The Beginning of Everything (about Zelda Fitzgerald) and The Last Tycoon (based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel). The cancellations are part of a new programming shift at Amazon Studios, bent on emphasizing television series with “global appeal” — that is, finding the next Game of Thrones hit. But while Amazon Studios seems to be almost flailing with finding a cohesive programming slate, one aspect of the service is plugging along nicely: Amazon Studios’ children’s programming.... Read More
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Harman’s Cortana speaker appears in Microsoft’s store for $199

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Harman Kardon officially unveiled its Cortana-powered speaker earlier this year, and it appears it will be making its way to stores soon. An early Microsoft Store listing has been spotted by WalkingCat on Twitter, and it prices the speaker at $199. If the pricing is accurate, then Microsoft... Read More
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Why Microsoft thinks customization is the secret to a better Xbox One dashboard design

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Microsoft’s broader Xbox strategy for the last few years has involved a strong focus on hardware, resulting in last year’s cheaper Xbox One S and the upcoming release next month of the more powerful Xbox One X. But another long-term focus within the Xbox division, one that can’t be solved with faster components, is making the device easier and more pleasant to use. That’s the job of software and an ever-changing user interface, and it’s what Chris Novak, Microsoft’s head of Xbox design, spends his days thinking about. “When you talk to customers and as... Read More
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Microsoft’s Edge browser arrives on iOS and Android in beta

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Microsoft is finally bringing its Edge browser to iOS and Android. It’s the next logical step in Microsoft’s new approach to mobile: make Android and iOS work better with Windows. If you’re an Android or iOS user, you’ll be able to use Microsoft Edge mobile to push webpages to a PC and resume where you left off. This “continue on PC” functionality is at the center of Edge for iOS and Android, and it’s useful for when you hit a mobile website that just doesn’t work right, or if you want to continue with a big screen and keyboard. Beyond continue on PC, Microsoft Edge for iOS and An... Read More
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Microsoft’s new Android launcher lets you connect your phone and PC

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Microsoft quietly released its own Android launcher more than two years ago. It was the basic, functional Arrow Launcher for Android devices, built by an employee as part of the company’s Garage experiment. That experiment is getting a big upgrade today with the release of Microsoft Launcher. While iPhones don’t let you customize what happens when you push on the home button, Android devices include launchers that dictate the homescreen experience. Microsoft is taking advantage of that in a big way to bridge the gap between mobile and PC. Microsoft Launcher will let Android users continue viewi... Read More
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Microsoft brings Edge to Android and iOS, relaunches Arrow Launcher as Microsoft Launcher

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If you want more proof that Microsoft is embracing Android and iOS, boy, do we have it for you today. The company has launched Edge for iOS in preview, promised Edge for Android is coming soon, and launched Microsoft Launcher for Android in public preview. Edge for iOS preview is available via Apple’s TestFlight and is limited, per Apple’s rules, to 10,000 users. Microsoft is inviting Windows Insiders in the U.S. to sign up here. Android users can also sign up at that same link — the preview will hit the Google Play Store in the coming weeks. Microsoft is hoping to release Edge for Android and iOS out of preview “later this year.”... Read More
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The Pixel’s missing headphone jack proves Apple was right

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When it launched the iPhone 7 a year ago, Apple confidently declared the headphone jack obsolete technology that we could learn to live without. I disagreed with the necessity of its removal then, and I disagree with it now, but with Google joining the ranks of jack-less phone makers, I think it’s time to accept the inevitability of the 3.5mm port’s demise. According to the two towering US giants of mobile tech, the future is wireless (or, in emergencies, dongle-shaped) and even though that will make our lives less convenient and our tech less compatible, we should all just come along for th... Read More
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AR/VR Weekly: Microsoft charges in

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Well, well, well, look who is today’s hero in virtual reality world. No, it’s not Facebook. It’s not HTC or even Sony. It’s … Microsoft, and it signals that one of the other big megacorps in tech is ready to dive deeper into the emerging scene around VR, augmented reality, and mixed reality. Tuesday, Microsoft announced ... Read More
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Mozilla will completely drop Firefox for Windows XP and Vista in June 2018

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Mozilla today announced that it will completely drop support for Firefox on Windows XP and Windows Vista in June 2018. Firefox users on those two platforms can expect security updates until then, but they should make an effort to upgrade Windows sooner rather than later. When Mozilla released Firefox 53 in April 2017, it no longer supported Windows XP and Windows Vista. Instead, XP and Vista users were moved to the Firefox Extended Support Release (... Read More
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Google’s Pixel Buds could finally bring the real-time translating Babel Fish to life

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Of all the things that Google announced today at its hardware event, the Pixel Buds seemed the most magical to me. That’s because these wireless earbuds can do real-time translation in 40 languages. On stage, Google showed how the $159 earbuds could translate in real time from Swedish to English and from English to Swedish. To me, that brings up memories of the Babel Fish, the fictional translator from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The science fiction novel by Douglas Adams used the Babel Fish idea to solve the problem of alien races communicating across the galaxy. And it has inspired tec... Read More
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Google’s Pixelbook is the first high-end Chromebook in years

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Chromebooks mostly exist in two camps. The first is the education market, where an entire generation of students have been using cheap, low-end laptops to get their schoolwork done. The second camp is the direct-to-consumer market, where manufacturers like Samsung and Asus have been introducing higher-end models that creep up into the $500 range, but don't have the power or flexibility of a proper Windows or Mac laptop. Now, for the first time since Google discontinued the Chromebook Pixel last year, it’s back in the top end of the market wit... Read More
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FogHorn raises $30 million to provide IoT edge computing analytics

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FogHorn, which provides data analytics software for industrial and commercial Internet of Things (IoT) applications, announced today that is has secured $30 million in funding. Intel Capital and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures co-led this round, with new investor Honeywell Ventures joining in. All previous investors also participated, including March Capital, GE, Dell, Bosch, Yokogawa, Darling Ventures, and The Hive. “In the industrial application of IoT, such as manufacturing facilities, oil and gas production sites, and transportation systems, there are often hundreds or thousands of physical and video/audio sensors continuously producing a massive amount of hig... Read More
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Watch Microsoft demo and explain Windows Mixed Reality

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Microsoft held a special Windows Mixed Reality event in San Francisco yesterday, to launch its range of new VR headsets. While Microsoft refers to its entire platform as “mixed reality,” the new headsets that will be available on October 17th are simply virtual reality ones for now. The mixed reality platform is designed to include headsets like the HoloLens with its augmented reality implementation, and Microsoft hopes that one day we’ll see headsets that combine virtual and augmented reality. We’ve previously covered exactly what Windows Mixed Reality looks like, but Microso... Read More