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Google Chrome has a cheeky hidden message for people who watch too much PORN – Express.co.uk

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Google Chrome is a treasure trove of hidden messages, subtle nods and winks. The world’s most popular web browser has a number of hidden features – including an incredibly addictive video game. Google has also included a tongue-in-cheek message to people who use Incognito Mode, which allows users to browse the web without the Google Chrome saving your web history or form data. If you reach 100 tabs on the…

A VPN can stop internet companies from selling your data — but it’s not a magic bullet – The Verge

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Earlier this week, the Senate voted to repeal privacy measures that would stop internet service providers from sharing their users’ internet activity with third parties. Those rules were passed in October, but not only does this vote undo them, it prevents the FCC from reinstating similar rules in the future. This is great for broadband companies, but if you’re one of these companies’ users, what are you supposed to do?…

How Apple can silence the haters, crush Google and Microsoft, and build a thousand-year empire – Business Insider

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Apple CEO Tim CookGetty/Justin Sullivan It was only last summer that Apple CEO Tim Cook declared his vision for a company that lasts one thousand years. But Cook’s far-reaching calendar already seems to be in trouble, with an ever-growing list of rivals and weaknesses threatening to undermine the Apple empire. Just consider: Google’s homebuilt Pixel phones are innovating where iPhone stagnates. Microsoft is now building PCs and tablets that turn more heads than…

Bill Gates and Paul Allen had a business before Microsoft, and this engineer was their partner – GeekWire

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Paul Gilbert with the original computer that he built for Traf-O-Data, the company that Bill Gates and Paul Allen started before they founded Microsoft. (Photo Courtesy George Sammit) Microsoft is one of the most successful and influential companies in the world, but did you know that Bill Gates and Paul Allen launched an earlier venture as high school students in Seattle? It was called Traf-O-Data, a startup in the 1970s that aspired…

Microsoft is forcing upgrades now for older versions – Komando

Saturday, March 25, 2017

If you’re a Windows user, you know Microsoft hasn’t been shy about pressuring you to switch to its Windows 10 operating system. When Windows 10 first rolled out for free almost in 2015, Microsoft plastered your computer screen with warnings and alerts to make the switch, sometimes with comical results. The good news is that many people who’ve downloaded Windows 10 to about 400 million devices like it. It’s faster,…

No network? No problem for Google Docs on Firefox – CNET

Friday, March 24, 2017

If you use Google’s G Suite apps and Mozilla’s Firefox browser, good news: The two are going to get along much better. The G Suite tools for word processing, spreadsheets, Gmail and other chores have worked better on Google’s Chrome than on rival browsers in one important way: You can open and edit documents even when you don’t have a network connection. That offline support is handy when you’re on…

Congress Moves to Strike Internet Privacy Rules From Obama Era – New York Times

Friday, March 24, 2017

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Microsoft’s CEO Just Joined Starbucks Board; Big Deal or Little Deal? – Barron’s

Friday, March 24, 2017

Starbucks and Microsoft have always shared Seattle-area roots, but now the companies are sharing something else: Satya Nadella. Nadella is Microsoft’s CEO, but, as of Wednesday, he’s also a member of Starbucks’ Board of Directors. Nadella was first nominated by Starbucks in January. Shareholders made it official during the company’s annual meeting yesterday. A major tech name joining Starbucks’ board might not sound particularly compelling for a coffee company until…

Senate Republicans Just Voted to Kill Internet Privacy – Vanity Fair

Thursday, March 23, 2017

From health-care coverage to environmental protections, Republicans are moving quickly to erase Barack Obama’s presidential legacy. The latest Obama-era policy to be rolled back are guidelines protecting consumer Internet privacy. Last year, the Federal Communications Commission, under the direction of former Democratic chairman Tom Wheeler, mandated that broadband providers get their customers’ permission before selling or giving their data to advertisers and other third parties. On Thursday, the Senate voted…

Creativity and the Internet – New York Times

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Things I Managed to Do With the $250 Computer From Hell – Gizmodo

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Photos: Alex Cranz/Gizmodo I’ve never been to hell, but I imagine it’s a lot like going to work and using an abysmally slow computer. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the past two weeks, as I’ve plodded along in my own personal nightmare using a tiny, $250 PC built for emerging markets. Advertisement The Mission One comes from Endless, a company that spent the last five years selling cheap…

Microsoft’s Plan to Dominate Connected Cars – Fortune

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Microsoft has agreed to license its patents for Internet-connected cars to Toyota, its first such deal with an automaker and a signal that it may be willing to partner with others. The tech giant, which announced the deal on Wednesday afternoon, holds a treasure trove of patents that include car operating systems, Wi-Fi, motion sensors, voice recognition, and navigation. Cars are increasingly morphing into computers with wheels, and Microsoft sees…

Make sure you’re not replaced by a machine: Microsoft US chief marketer – CNBC

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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10 Things I Managed to Do With the $250 Computer From Hell – Gizmodo

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Photos: Alex Cranz/Gizmodo I’ve never been to hell, but I imagine it’s a lot like going to work and using an abysmally slow computer. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the past two weeks, as I’ve plodded along in my own personal nightmare using a tiny, $250 PC built for emerging markets. Advertisement The Mission One comes from Endless, a company that spent the last five years selling cheap…

Senate Republicans Are Preparing to Kill Internet Privacy – Vanity Fair

Thursday, March 23, 2017

From health-care coverage to environmental protections, Republicans are moving quickly to erase Barack Obama’s presidential legacy. The latest Obama-era policy on the chopping block may be guidelines protecting consumer Internet privacy. Recode reports that Congress could imminently vote to roll back privacy rules imposed during the end of Obama’s tenure as president. Last year, the Federal Communications Commission, under the direction of former Democratic chairman Tom Wheeler, mandated that broadband…

5 tips for writing a great cold email from a guy who got Mark Cuban to reply in 20 minutes – CNBC

Thursday, March 23, 2017

<!– –> VISIT CNBC.COM VISIT CNBC.COM Home Entrepreneurs Leadership Careers Money Specials SHOWS How to Win in Business How to Win in Business 4 Hours AgoCNBC.com Sending a cold email to someone you don’t know can feel like a long shot, and if the person you are reaching out to is famous, it can feel even almost like a waste of time. But for Adam Lyons, the founder of insurance…

Microsoft’s Plan to Dominate Connected Cars – Fortune

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Microsoft has agreed to license its patents for Internet-connected cars to Toyota, its first such deal with an automaker and a signal that it may be willing to partner with others. The tech giant, which announced the deal on Wednesday afternoon, holds a treasure trove of patents that include car operating systems, Wi-Fi, motion sensors, voice recognition, and navigation. Cars are increasingly morphing into computers with wheels, and Microsoft sees…

Microsoft’s Plan to Dominate Connected Cars – Fortune

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Microsoft has agreed to license its patents for Internet-connected cars to Toyota, its first such deal with an automaker and a signal that it may be willing to partner with others. The tech giant, which announced the deal on Wednesday afternoon, holds a treasure trove of patents that include car operating systems, Wi-Fi, motion sensors, voice recognition, and navigation. Cars are increasingly morphing into computers with wheels, and Microsoft sees…

Softcat purrs as customers buy early to dodge Microsoft hikes – The Register

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Microsoft UK price rises that kicked in at the start of this year weren’t bad news for everyone in the country – IT reseller Softcat saw software sales swell as customers purchased licences early to avoid the hefty hike. Back in October, Microsoft said the cost of on-premises and cloud services would rise by 13 and 22 per cent respectively from 1 January, claiming depreciation of the UK pound had forced…

This $100M email scam tripped up two big US tech companies – CNET

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Lithuanian man allegedly scammed $100 million from two major tech companies through email. Getty Images/EyeEm An email scam tricked two major US tech companies out of millions of dollars until investigators caught up with the alleged thief. The Department of Justice and the FBI have charged a Lithuanian man with committing fraud that netted more than $100 million. “This case should serve as a wake-up call to all companies…