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The factions of the mobile AR war

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Mark Zuckerberg’s “We’re making the camera the first augmented reality platform” was the most important step so far toward mass market AR. Where Pokémon Go gave many consumers their first taste of mobile AR, and Google Tango ushered in the race towards high end mobile AR phones, Facebook’s AR Platform now democratizes mobile AR r... Read More
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Microsoft Research’s new AR glasses are skinnier

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The Microsoft Research Team revealed  a new pair of augmented reality glasses today that offer an exciting form factor, even if their performance isn’t up to snuff. The new lenses were made known to the world in a research paper, “Holographic Near-Eye Displays for Virtual and Augmented Reality,” from Microsoft’s Andrew Maimone, Andreas Georgio and ... Read More
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Watch a working concept of a holographic Cortana assistant

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Antilatency lands $2.1 million for mobile VR positional tracking tech

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A startup named Antilatency with a positional tracking solution that recently impressed Upload has raised $2.1 million and is opening an office in the United States next month. According to the company, the seed investment comes from the Europe-based IIDF venture capital fund and will be used to accelerate the release of its “anti-latency tracker,” which goes by the name ALT. The company’s technology uses strips with infrared lights on them that are seen by a small camera you can attach to a mobile virtual reality headset. The solution is said to be expandable up to warehouse volumes for tracking VR headsets. ... Read More
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How chatbots will evolve over the next 5 years

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Bots hit the scene so quickly in 2016 that many people have started to wonder if they’re just a temporary fad that will give way to a new technology this year or next. What these people fail to realize is that bots never mattered. They didn’t matter when Microsoft announced its Bot Framework; they didn’t matter when Facebook announced its ... Read More
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Azure IoT Cloud enabled for Cisco Fog deployments

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Microsoft has announced a partnership with Cisco, to enable the Azure IoT suite to connect and interoperate with Cisco Fog deployments. The announcement, made at the Cisco IoT World Forum in London, is intended to extend the strengths of the Azure Cloud IoT Suite to the edge, to maximize IoT utility for clients of both companies. Connecting Azure to Cisco Fog is intended to benefit joint customers by allowing them to build and host applications for IoT devices in the Azure Cloud environment, then to extend those applications to the edge with Cisco Fog. Io... Read More
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Retailers help send indexes to records on 6th day of gains

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U.S. stocks are climbing for the sixth day in a row Thursday as strong quarterly results from retailers including Best Buy and PVH give consumer-focused companies a lift. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index and Nasdaq composite are trading at all-time highs. Stocks are stretching for their longest winning streak in three months. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 12 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,416 as of 12:45 p.m. Eastern time. It set an all-time high Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 76 points, or 0.4 percent, to 21,087. The Nasdaq composite jumped 45 points, or 0.7 percent, to 6,208, above the record it notched last week. The Russell 2000 index gained 1 points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,383.... Read More
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The Best Wi-Fi Hotspot

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Many people who need only occasional Internet access for their own laptop can simply tether to their phones as necessary, but Verizon’s Jetpack AC791L provides a more stable connection and can handle multiple computers and tablets for extended periods. It has been our pick since early 2016, and it remains our favorite because it gets almost 20 hours to a charge, supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and can even recharge your phone in a pinch. Those features put it ahead of newer models like the Jetpack MiFi 7730L, which gets only about 12 hours of run time. But it’s really the network that matters most here, and ... Read More
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Rackspace continues managed services pivot with TriCore acquisition

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Cloud services firm Rackspace is doubling down on its push to be a managed services provider with the acquisition of TriCore, a company that provides support and management services for applications like enterprise resource planning (ERP), business intelligence, and analytics systems. The deal is supposed to help Rackspace win more business from customers who want help running their critical applications. Prior to the acquisition, Rackspace wasn’t able to help those customers who wanted assistance managing applications like Oracle EBS, according to Matt Bradley, the company’s vice president of corporate development and strategy. Rackspace’s customers, however, are... Read More
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Samsung Galaxy Book review: one step forward, one step back

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Microsoft renames Beam to Mixer, adds new game streaming features

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Heads up: Augmented reality prepares for the battlefield

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Watch Panos Panay launch Microsoft’s new Surface Pro

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Meet the first 8 startups backed by AI studio All Turtles

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Last week former Evernote CEO Phil Libin announced plans to leave his job as managing director of investment firm General Catalyst to launch All Turtles, an AI startup studio. Libin and cofounders Jessica Collier and Jon Cifuentes call All Turtles an AI startup studio because they say they plan to take a Hollywood studio production approach to creating products that infuse AI. “We’re inspired by the modern generation of integrated content studios: HBO, Netflix, Amazon,” said Libin in a LinkedIn ... Read More
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New CardLinx Data Shows 50% Growth in Online-to-Offline Ads

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Loyalty Rewards Gain Share Versus Cash Back Offers Commerce Bots Promise to Drive Digital Advertising Dollars to New Offline Sales 95% of Participants Use Card-Linking as Main O2O Strategy SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 24, 2017– The CardLinx Association today released new data from the 2017 Card-Linking and O2O Industry Annual Survey. The new 2017 data is sourced from the largest merchants, payment companies, digital publishers and card-linked technology companies including CardLinx members Mic... Read More
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The Best Cheap Laptop

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That said, it’s difficult to make one firm recommendation for a cheap Windows laptop because laptop makers introduce and discontinue these models without notice and prices can change overnight. We hope our picks are still in stock at the time you’re reading this, but if not, we’ve also collected some tips on what to look for when shopping. Not sure what type of laptop you need? Check out “What Laptop Should I Buy?” Our pick ... Read More
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Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription service launches in June

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Microsoft reportedly acquires Israeli cybersecurity startup Hexadite for $100 million

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Microsoft has acquired Israeli cybersecurity startup Hexadite in a deal thought to be worth around $100 million, according to a report (in Hebrew) in local Israeli business publication the Calcalist. Founded in 2014, Hexadite is perhaps less about preventing cyberattacks than it is about identifying and addressing them swiftly when they occur. Its technology connects to existing cybersecurity detection systems, analyzing threats automatically using... Read More
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An Up-Close Look at the Notorious APT32 Hacking Group in Action

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In October 2016, a new client approached the threat intelligence firm Cybereason, worried that it had been compromised in some sort of breach. In fact, it had—by, Cybereason now says, one of the world’s most notorious hacking groups: APT32.At the time the client, a large international company based in Asia, didn’t know which of its devices and servers the hack had impacted, or even whether a hack had definitively occurred. “They had seen a lot of weird stuff on their network,” says Assaf Dahan, the director of advanced security at Cybereason. The company was already using security products like firewalls, network filters, and scanners, but none had detected an intrusion. When Cybereason investigated, though, it st... Read More

Twitter created an ad format to put bots in your DMs

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Today Twitter launched a new way for advertisers to promote a chat experience with Promoted Tweets. Direct Message Cards allow brands to reach users to start an experience with a bot directly in their Twitter feed. “Using a Direct Message Card, businesses can capture people’s attention with engaging image or video creatives, and include up to four fully customizable call-to-action buttons,” Twitter product manager Travis Lull wrote in a blog post today unveiling the new cards. ... Read More
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Chef’s compliance updates let developers move fast without breaking things

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Chef is making it easier for developers to continuously develop new features without breaking the applications they’re working on. To further that goal, the company today announced a set of new features aimed at streamlining the process of deploying secure and compliant code. The company’s Automate continuous integration platform gained support for automatically validating security and compliance policies. It’s a feature that’s supposed to make compliance easier by ensuring that developers’ work matches policies, like ensuring the use of specific software packages. It’s all based on InSpec, an open source project designed to allow companies to express their comp... Read More
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How TT Games is leveling up the open world of Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2

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Big game companies have gotten into the habit of releasing sequels that are much larger than the prior games. And that’s the case with Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, which is being developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. We played a preview of the game and sat down with game director Arthur Parsons of TT Games, who was also the leader on the previous game. He said this one features more playable characters (there were 180 of them in the last game), a bigger story in terms of minutes of game play, and a bigger world in the form of Chronopolis. In this story, the villain Kang wants to rule everything, so he pulls all of the realities together, and in doing so, he threatens to destroy the whole M... Read More
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Microsoft launches new Surface Pro with LTE, starting at $799 and shipping globally on June 15

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At an event in Shanghai earlier today, Microsoft officially unveiled the all-new Surface Pro. The launch comes five days after we exclusively gave a first glimpse of the refreshed Windows 10-powered tablet. A “refresh” is actually maybe something of an understatement. Compared to the previous version of the device — the Surface Pro 4 which launched back in late 2015 — Microsoft is touting 13.5 hours battery life with the new Surface Pro, which is 50 percent more than its predecessor. And it also comes with LTE built-in. There are also several versions of the device, all containing different Intel Core process... Read More
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Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is massive open world with chaotic fighting

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Marvel is riding high on a revival, and everyone is cashing in on the action. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, and Lego will be the next to do that with the unveiling of Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, which debuts on November 14 on the PC and consoles. In a preview event, Warner Bros. showed off the gameplay of the game, which takes place in Chronopolis, a city where all of the realities converge. A villain named Kang wants to rule everything, and in pulling everything together in one city, he threatens the whole Marvel Universe. That story becomes the reason why you can play hundreds of Marvel characters in the game in an effort to stop Kang. Warner Bros. is releasing the first full gameplay trailer today. It... Read More
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GameMaker Studio 2 gets an education edition

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YoYo Games has launched an educational edition of its cross-platform 2D game engine GameMaker Studio 2. The Windows and Mac game engine is now available in a convenient education package. Under the terms, any approved university or school affiliate will now have access to a free trial version with zero time restrictions or commitments and a simple option to upgrade to the full version. Educational institutions can buy licenses in bulk at $30 per account for a one-year license, with a minimum order of 10 licenses, and can be purchased from the YoYo Games website. Beginners with limited to no coding experience can use YoYo Games’ engine.... Read More
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Microsoft’s new Whiteboard app lets you draw in two-way conversations

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Microsoft has created a Surface USB-C dongle for ‘people who love dongles’

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Microsoft claims its new Surface Pen is the fastest in the world

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Microsoft’s new Surface Pro has 13.5 hours of battery life and LTE option

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Document management platform PandaDoc raises $15 million to help sales teams close deals

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PandaDoc, an all-in-one software platform designed to help sales teams create and manage quotes, proposals, and contracts, has raised $15 million in a series B round of funding led by Rembrandt Ventures Partners, with participation from Microsoft Ventures, HubSpot, EBRD, and Altos Ventures. Founded in 2013, San Francisco-based PandaDoc is geared toward helping organizations “close more deals” with a suite of tools that include document templates, editing, document tracking, and e-signature smarts, while integrating with customer relationship management (CRM) software such as Salesforce. ... Read More
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Microsoft will launch DNA data storage by 2020

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Microsoft has reportedly formalized a goal to have a working DNA data storage system inside a data center by 2020. Employees involved with the project confirmed the company’s plan to have an operational system using DNA to store data within a data center, ‘at least for a boutique application’ within the next three years. Microsoft first began serious exploration into the use of DNA for data storage last spring, when researchers from the University of Washington and Microsoft published an ... Read More
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Microsoft is helping restaurants cook up their own bots

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Microsoft has launched a service for businesses to quickly and easily create a FAQ bot customers can chat with inside Bing search results. The Bing Business Bot service begins by asking a business owner a series of basic questions about their business, like where parking is, how to make reservations, and handicap accessibility details. The service then creates a bot that draws on your answers as well as previously existing information for a Bing Places business listing data. If the bot doesn’t know the answer to a question, it will reach out to the restaurant owner — and remember the answer to the question for future customer... Read More
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Microsoft says this Chinese ‘gaming service’ company is hacking Xbox accounts

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How Shadow of War will test your skill in breaking fortresses

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For those who miss The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, Warner Bros.’ games based on the J.R.R. Tolkien universe of Middle-earth are the next best thing. In fact, I find that the stories in the Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War games are truly Tolkienesque in quality. And that’s why Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and its Monolith Productions studio are putting so much effort into the new Middle-earth: Shadow of War video game. This sequel to 2014’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor looks like it will be a worthy successor to perhaps the best Tolkien video game of all time. ... Read More
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Shadow of War: Hands-on assault of an Orc fortress in Mordor

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War is one of the most anticipated titles of the year for me the many millions of fans of the J.R.R. Tolkien universe of Middle-earth. The game comes out on August 22 in North America on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. I got a sneak peek at it last week during a preview event, where I was able to play through an entire battle, taking over an intimidating fortress in Mordor during an Orc civil war. Taking over such fortresses is the main object of the game, so you can push back the forces of Sauron, the Dark Lord, and win his followers over to your side. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment an... Read More
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HP’s Surface competitors are getting even better

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Microsoft teases new Surface Pro Type Covers

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Security in an interconnected cyber future – Counting the Cost (Lead)

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The "WannaCry" virus hit computers in at least 150 countries around the world last week, including Russia, the Ukraine and Taiwan. Some called it the beginning of a new era - an era in which hackers have become experts at finding weak spots in our online security.We need to be aware of the fact that we are more and more interconnected. The internet is no longer contained... we are more interconnected with third parties that provide our televisions, our fridges, our cars even... we need to be aware of this new ecosystem being put in place and apply good practices from a cyber security perspective.Stijn Vande Casteele, co-founder and CEO of Brussels-based Internet security company Sweepatic... Read More
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Why I quit whiteboard-style tech interviews

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Phred needed a job, and we were hiring, woohoo! Because we knew him through a mutual friend, the interview process began casually, with a “get to know you” cup of coffee. After the initial meeting, he submitted his resume — and it was anything but ordinary. Rather than using Microsoft Word or PDF format, Phred’s resume was in YAML, a text format that techies use for configuring computer environments. This sent a strong nerd-cred vibe that piqued our interest. Instead of giving Phred an arduous series of coding exercises at a whiteboard, as is all too common in my industry, we sent him home with a programming assignment. The task was to select and solve a few specific math problems in code. In Phred’s words: ... Read More
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Why I love the Detroit startup scene

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People often ask me, “Why did you move from San Francisco to, uh, Detroit?” The answer is easy. In 10 years, San Francisco will be as good as it is today, but Detroit will be a roaring city once again, defining a new technology hub at the intersection of steel and bits. When choosing to move to Detroit, a city that has been in a recent state of rebuild, many do so to roll up their sleeves, get to work, and make a difference. These attributes are what’s needed in an entrepreneur, which makes the city’s vibe appealing to early stage startups. When entrepreneurs make the pilgrimage to San Francisco to change the world with their ideas, they do so for the vast amount of resources present in the Valley. Detroit, too, has... Read More
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Windows 7, not XP, was the reason last week’s WCry worm spread so widely

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Windows 10 S: no command line apps, free Pro upgrades for assistive tech users

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Enlarge / The Windows 10 S default wallpaper is a rather attractive simplified version of the Windows 10 default wallpaper.Microsoft ... Read More
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Counting the Cost – WannaCry: A new era of cyber security – Counting the Cost

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When the "WannaCry" virus hit computers in at least 150 countries around the world, some called it the beginning of a new era - an era in which hackers have become experts at finding weak spots in our online security.There was also a kind of dawning realisation of how vulnerable organisations all over the globe are to cyber criminals.The WannaCry attack targeted Microsoft's Windows operating system using malicious software or "ransomware". It blocked access to computer systems and demanded that victims pay money via the crypto currency bitcoin.The world's biggest software maker was quick to point the finger of blame at the US government. But some experts say Microsoft is accountable too ... Read More
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Ransomware WannaCry causes fewer tears than feared

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It’s been a week since the WannaCry ransomware attack began infecting computers running Windows software. And things are strangely silent again. It’s almost as if the wake-up call that WannaCry set off was heard by global IT managers – and then those IT managers hit the snooze button. In a way, that’s not a bad thing. The cybersecurity community worked quickly and effectively to defuse the threat, while the kill switch demanded by digital kidnappers, ... Read More
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Linux distros won’t run on Windows 10 S after all

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Almost all WannaCry victims were running Windows 7

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ProBeat: Google is betting AI will succeed search

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This year’s I/O developer conference felt a little repetitive. Almost everything announced was an iteration on what Google showed off last year. But there was one theme that was particularly clear, especially on day one: Google is becoming more and more confident with its bet on AI. The consumer version of this is Google Assistant. Last year, Google Assistant was merely introduced, not even launched. This year, th... Read More
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Meet Blair Hanley Frank, VentureBeat’s new staff writer

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We’re thrilled to announce Blair Hanley Frank will join VentureBeat as a staff writer effective May 22, 2017. His areas of coverage will include artificial intelligence, big data, cloud infrastructure, and enterprise technologies. Above: Blair Hanley Frank joins VentureBeat as a staff writer covering AI, big data, cloud infrastructure, and enterprise. Blair comes to VentureBeat from IDG News Service where he served as a U.S. correspondent and provide... Read More
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Google Assistant voice apps arrive on Android and iPhone — here’s what they can do

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Google released its standalone Google Assistant iPhone app on Wednesday and made it possible for both Android and iOS smartphone users to access voice apps made by third-party developers. These changes were two of about a dozen major Google Assistant announcements made this week at I/O, Google’s annual developer conference.... Read More
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Latest WikiLeaks Vault7 release details CIA Windows spyware

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WikiLeaks has released a new set of documents in the CIA Vault 7 leak, detailing a CIA spyware project called ‘Athena/Hera’. The Athena malware targets computers running Windows XP to Windows 10, while the Hera variant was created for Windows 8 to Windows 10. Once installed, the Athena/Hera spyware acts as a remote beacon and loader on the target computer, allowing the machine to be controlled remotely. Using Athena, the agency could set up and delete malicious payloads, aimed at specific outcomes. The malware also allows for the retrieval of files and data, which can be copied, deleted, or sent to the remote command server. According to the ... Read More
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Microsoft’s renewed embrace of developers, developers, developers, developers

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New Surface Pro leak confirms Microsoft’s hatred for USB-C

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Salesforce beats estimates with Q1 deferred revenue growth of 26%

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(Reuters) — Salesforce.com Inc (CRM.N) allayed concerns about a slowing pace of growth after it reported quarterly deferred revenue that came above its estimate on Thursday. The company’s deferred revenue rose 26 percent to $5.04 billion in the first quarter ended April 30. In February, Salesforce had warned of a steeper drop in first-quarter deferred revenue, blaming seasonality as customers typically make purchasing decisions toward the end of the year. The metric is keenly watched by investors as subscription-based software companies such as Salesforce book revenue in stages rather than at the time of a sale. Analysts had expected deferred revenue of $4.93 billion, according to financial data a... Read More
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This is the Microsoft Surface Pro

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Microsoft is holding an event on Monday, May 23 in Shanghai, China where it will unveil a widely-anticipated refresh of its Surface Pro 4 laptop-class Windows 10-powered tablet, known as simply the Surface Pro. But you won’t have to wait until then to check out the new model from all angles. This is not a wholesale redesign, to be sure: it looks very much the same as its predecessor, first released in late 2015 ... Read More
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Facebook will live stream ESL video game tournaments

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Facebook wants its millions of users to watch the high-stakes world of competitive video gaming. The social networking giant said Thursday that it has partnered with ESL, formerly known as the Electronic Sports League, to live stream video game tournaments, also known as eSports. As part of the deal, Facebook will live stream upcoming ESL contests in which players battle each other in the firs... Read More
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Microsoft redesigned OneNote’s interface to be more consistent across devices

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Microsoft redesigned OneNote’s interface to be more consistent across devices - 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.... Read More
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A WannaCry Flaw Could Help Some Windows XP Victims Get Files Back

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Since the WannaCry ransomware ripped through the internet late last week, infecting hundreds of thousands of machines and locking up critical systems from health care to transportation, cryptographers have searched for a cure. Finding a flaw in WannaCry’s encryption scheme, after all, could decrypt all those systems without any ransom.Now one French researcher says he’s found... Read More
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Google: Daydream has ‘more than 150 apps’

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At Google I/O 2017 developer conference yesterday, the company announced a standalone Daydream VR headset in partnership with Qualcomm, with Lenovo and HTC slated to release commercial versions later this year. Today, the company shared more details, including what developers can expect in Daydream 2.0. Google also shared a small tidbit: Developers have built “more than 150 apps” for Daydream so far. Google ... Read More
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Our Favorite Camera Bags

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Rather than attempting to test every camera bag currently available, when possible we focused on bags from companies that we know and trust, models that look good enough for everyday carry and can hold a laptop, lunch, and an extra layer in addition to your core kit. For many photographers, that means choosing either the 20-liter Peak Design Everyday Backpack (also available in a larger, 30 L version) or the 15-inch Everyday Messenger, depending on you... Read More
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The ins and outs of Google I/O

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Can we just call them apps?

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Apps are everywhere. Everywhere. Everywhere you look, you’ll find apps. It wasn’t always that way. On Windows, apps were “programs.” On a Mac, they were “applications.” When Microsoft took up the term, following Apple’s App Store — THE App Store — Apple fans cried foul: They should be “progs,” they said, because Windows has programs, they said, and Mac has applications. On gaming consoles, apps were once games, or discs, or cartridges. Music used to be CDs, or tapes, or vinyl. Cameras used to be cameras, but now they’re apps. Everything is an app. Social networks are camera... Read More
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Microsoft adds Shoulder Tap emoji feature in latest Windows 10 Insider preview

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Building the virtual reality experiences and worlds of the future

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Pretty soon, real life will be stranger than fiction when it comes to bringing the great inventions of science fiction and games into real world technology. Kim Pallister, director of Intel’s virtual reality center of excellence, moderated a fireside chat about that topic with science fiction writer Austin Grossman at our recent GamesBeat Summit 2017: How games, sci-fi, and tech create real-world magic. They dwelled on the future of virtual reality experiences and building worlds like the Metaverse in Neal Stephenson’s 1992 sci-fi novel Snow Crash. Given the advances of VR, ... Read More
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Microsoft beats Google and Amazon to announce first African data centers, kicking off in 2018

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Microsoft has announced a milestone moment for its cloud aspirations with the news that it’s launching its very first data centers in Africa. Arriving in 2018, Microsoft will operate its range of cloud services — including Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365 — from data centers located in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The one overarching benefit of offering a local data center infrastructure is lower latency — customers in the region should experience much faster cloud services, as the data has less distance to travel between a customer’s premises and the data center. Microsoft has been slowly transitioning into becoming a cloud company, and its ... Read More
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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with more My People features, only broadcast game audio option

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Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs. This is the second build of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which is slated to arrive later this year (likely in September). New features include more My People additions, . Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was ... Read More
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I/O 2017: Everything coming to Google Assistant

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Today was hands-down the biggest day in updates and changes to Google Assistant since the intelligent assistant was announced a year ago. Here are the Assistant updates on the way that we’ve spotted thus far at I/O, from free Google Home phone calls and a standalone Google Assistant iPhone app to an App Directory and payments for Google Assistant voice apps. Google Assistant now on 100 million devices That number is likely to rise as Google Assistant becomes available later on Android phones in Portuguese, Japanese, German, and French. In addition to being available on Pixel sma... Read More
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AR/VR Weekly: Keep your stinkin’ corporate hands off the metaverse

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The Metaverse™, as brought to you by Big Bad Mega-Conglomerate®. It’s one of Tim Sweeney’s big nightmares for the future of virtual reality. The Epic Games CEO spoke about this at our recent GamesBeat Summit. He worries that the major platforms will want to lock down key advanc... Read More
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Information Security Buzz

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Following the news that the suspicious emails / phishing is unlikely to be cause of the global, WannaCry cyber attack, IT security experts from Corero Network Security, Nexsan, Commvault, FalconStor, Alert Logic, ... Read More
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Microsoft and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds join E3’s PC Gaming Show

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PC gaming isn’t ceding the Electronic Entertainment Expo tradeshow to consoles, and it is even getting some of the biggest names in the industry to fill out its stage presentation. Xbox and the popular Battle Royale-like online shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds are joining the PC Gaming Show at E3. At 10 a.m. Pacific time on Monday, June 12, PC Gamer (a magazine and website that covers computer gaming) will take over The Theater at the Ace hotel in Los Angeles for an event that will feature news from Intel, Arma developer Bohemia Interactive, and more. This shows how Microsoft is attempting to further its presence in the PC-gaming space.... Read More
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Frame raises $16 million to bring your desktop to the cloud

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Frame raised $16 million to help build out a cloud-based platform that hosts desktop workspaces capable of handling data-intensive applications. Microsoft Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, and In-Q-Tel participated in the round, along with previous investor CNTP. Companies like VMWare pioneered desktop virtualization, hosting a desktop operating system in a data center and paving the way for ubiquitous cloud-based services. But the experience was not always as smooth for users as applications run on a high-powered desktop, especially for intensive tasks like video editing. Newer platforms like Frame’s are trying to fix that. Frame built from scratch a platform t... Read More
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What should you expect from Microsoft at E3? GamesBeat Decides

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The Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show grows ever closer, and we must face it with brave, determined resolve. This week on the GamesBeat Decides podcast, co-hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti determine whether the outlook for Microsoft’s showing at E3 is bright or bleak. We know the company is going to focus heavily on its updated Xbox One Scorpio, but it’s a lot more difficult to figure out which games it will bring onto the stage. The crew also invited on Bob Gardner, who works at Intel as an evangelist, on fo... Read More
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Google Rattles the Tech World With a New AI Chip for All

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In a move that could shift the course of multiple technology markets, Google will soon launch a cloud computing service that provides exclusive access to a new kind of artificial-intelligence chip designed by its own engineers.CEO Sundar Pichai revealed the new chip and service this morning in Silicon Valley during his keynote at Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference. This new processor is a unique creation designed to both train and execute deep neural networks—machine learning systems behind the rapid evolution of everything from ... Read More
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Android passes 2 billion monthly active devices

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Google revealed a handful of milestones today during its I/O 2017 developer conference, but the biggest was undoubtedly that Android now powers on 2 billion active devices. The milestone was passed in the past week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said onstage. “It’s a privilege to serve users on this scale,” he declared. Let’s put that into context. That’s more than the 1.5 billion PCs that Microsoft estimates are running Windows worldwide. It’s also more than Facebook’s 1.94 billion monthly active users. ... Read More
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After WannaCry, a new bill would force the NSA to justify its hacking tools

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SAP Cloud now compatible with AWS, Google and Azure

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SAP has announced that the Cloud Foundry-based SAP Cloud Platform is now compatible with the three foremost cloud providers: Amazon, Google and Microsoft. With this announcement, SAP has positioned itself as the first end-to-end digital enterprise platform to allow customers to choose between the major infrastructure-as-a-service providers. SAP will provide full multi-cloud support for the cloud platform, and all cloud actions can be controlled by the client through a simple, unified command center. Customers may select infrastructure powered by SAP, or by Amazon Web Services. Microsoft Azure ... Read More
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Google IO 2017: Watch Live Video of Google’s Big Show Right Here

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Every year, thousands of Google developers gather at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California for Google IO, the company’s biggest developer show of the year. Google executives take the stage to show the latest tools, features, and updates coming to all of the company’s products. The keynote address starts at 10 am Pacific (1 pm Eastern) on Wednesday, May 17. The video player at the top of this page will start showing the live feed about an hour before the keynote address begins. We’ll also be running a liveblog filled with commentary and analysis—join in. What should you expect? Lots of t... Read More
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Google Cloud releases IoT Core for device and data management

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Google Cloud Platform has launched a new Internet of Things (IoT) Core service which aims to support businesses in securely managing their IoT data and devices at scale. According to Google, the new tool uses machine learning and advanced analytics techniques to deliver insights which can help businesses improve efficiency, predict problem areas and design models for optimisation. Transportation or logistics companies could, for example, use the IoT Core to collect data from connected vehicles and process this data with information gathered from weather or traffic sensors – and consequently, be able to better plan their routes. While t... Read More
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Group linked to NSA spy leaks that led to WannaCry threatens sale of fresh tech secrets

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(Reuters) — A group that took credit for leaking NSA cyber spying tools – including ones used in the WannaCry global ransomware attack – has said it plans to sell code that can be used to hack into the world’s most used computers, software and phones. Using trademark garbled English, the Shadow Brokers group said in an online statement that, from June, it will begin releasing software to anyone willing to pay for access to some of the tech world’s biggest commercial secrets. In the blog post, the group said it was setting up a “monthly data dump” and that it could offer tools to break into web browsers, network routers, phone handsets, plus newer exploits for Windows 10 and data stolen from central ba... Read More
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Sea of Thieves is getting a tiny technical alpha test on Windows 10

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I know how the song goes, but I’m not sure that a pirate’s life is really for me. It seems exciting, but I think sailing the seven seas would eventually leave me hankering for amenities like Wi-Fi and The Cheesecake Factory. So I think I’d rather go with something like Microsoft’s Sea of Thieves instead. The Rare game studio responsible for the online multiplayer pirate simulator is planning a small test for the Windows 10 version this weekend. This is part of an effort to ensure Sea of Thieves will run well when it arrives later this year. On Saturda... Read More
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Long live the laptop. Long live the Apple-Microsoft rivalry

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There may yet be life in the laptop market. A few weeks after Microsoft launched its long-promised, fully fledged Surface Laptop, Apple is reportedly planning to refresh its Macbook lineup. Apple’s anticipated announcement followed last fall’s update of the Macbook Pro, which left many enthusiasts underwhelmed. Apple will upgrade the Macbook Pro and the 12-inch Macbook with faster processors, Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed sources. In par... Read More
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India’s outsourcing industry must adapt quickly to survive

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The Indian outsourcing industry is being hit hard as markets stagnate and U.S. visa restrictions erode profits. “Carnage in Indian IT,” one headline called it. India’s IT industry generated almost $150 billion in revenue last year but is facing an existential crisis largely of its own making because it became complacent and overconfident even as technologies and markets changed. It can survive only if it exits the business that has brought it success and reinvents itself. India’s outsourcing boomed during the Y2K crisis of the late ’90s because t... Read More
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3 reasons AI isn’t ready to replace human sales reps just yet

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According to a study by Oracle, almost 80 percent of businesses have already implemented or are planning to adopt AI as a customer service solution by 2020, and a recent report by Deloitte and Oxford University suggests telesales could be the next to go. Other experts are ambivalent about whether AI is really advanced enough to take over the role of a talented sales representative. AI i... Read More
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Most stocks fall, but Nasdaq sets record Tuesday

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Stocks are closing mostly lower on Wall Street, but gains in some technology companies nudged the Nasdaq composite to another record high. Utilities, phone companies and real estate companies fell more than the rest of the market Tuesday, and most industries were lower. Technology bucked the trend, and chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices soared 11.6 percent. Microsoft increased 2 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 1 point, or 0.1 percent, to 2,400. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 2 points, less than 0.1 percent, to 20,979. The Nasdaq composite increased 20 points, or 0.3 percent, to 6,169. More stocks fell than rose on the on the New York Stock Exchange. Bond prices rose. T... Read More
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UN, Microsoft announce $5M partnership on human rights

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Microsoft announced Tuesday that it intends to contribute $5 million over five years to the United Nations human rights office, assistance the Geneva-based agency called a “landmark partnership” that could prod other big private-sector donors to follow suit. The Redmond, Washington-based company plans to develop and use technology to help the U.N. rights office “predict, analyze and respond to critical human rights situations” at a time of arbitrary killings, rapes, detentions without trial and other abuses around the world. “As a global company that sees the problems of the world, we believe that we have a responsibility to help solve them,” Microsoft President Brad Smith said. The partnership was launch... Read More
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Veridium’s New Software Biometric Authentication Solution is now Verified as Citrix Ready®

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VeridiumAD, with new Citrix Connectors, is a unique biometric authentication solution for organizations with Microsoft Active Directory and Citrix environments seeking to enhance security by eliminating passwords enterprise-wide QUINCY, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 16, 2017– Veridium, a leader in biometrics-based authentication, today announced that ... Read More
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DocuSign’s customer email database accessed by hackers after phishing scam

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(Reuters) — Electronic signature service DocuSign said on Tuesday hackers had temporarily gained access to a database containing customer emails following a surge in phishing emails sent to its users. The company, which has about 200 million users, said the emails imitated the DocuSign brand to trick recipients into opening a Microsoft Word document containing malicious software. The breach comes amid heightened concerns over the security of computer networks around the world, after the WannaCry “ransomware” cyber attack infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries since Friday. DocuSign’s service is widely used by big banks and insurers for keeping track of financial transactions, with 12 o... Read More