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Microsoft May Dial Down The Bot Hype At Build 2017 – Fast Company

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

The focus of Build 2017, which will take place in Seattle on May 10-12, will likely be closely related, but not identical. The conference will feature keynote addresses on the 10th and 11th, in which we may hear new product or service announcements. The rest of the days will be filled with developer training sessions on Microsoft tools and how to use them. Based on the items in the session agenda,…

Comey misstated key Clinton email evidence at hearing, say people close to investigation – Washington Post

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

FBI Director James B. Comey overstated key findings involving the Hillary Clinton email investigation during testimony to Congress last week, according to people close to the inquiry. In defending the probe, Comey offered seemingly new details to underscore the seriousness of the situation FBI agents faced last fall when they discovered thousands of Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s emails on the computer of her husband, Anthony Weiner. “Somehow, her emails were…

Microsoft doesn’t think USB-C is ready for the mainstream – The Verge

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

While everybody else is worried about whether the Alcantara fabric on the deck of the Surface Laptop will hold up over time, I have a different concern: why no USB-C plugs? I’ve been engaged in a love / hate relationship with the port for the past couple years now. Sometimes it’s amazing, allowing me to carry a single charger for all my devices. Other times it’s awful, making me deal…

Three Reasons Why I Deleted Your Mass Email – Fast Company

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Listen, I appreciate that writing individual, personalized emails is hard work, and in a lot of business situations it just isn’t possible. So, if you must send me a mass email, write it as though you’re a living, breathing, thinking human being. So many of the messages I get seem to be generated by the same robot, one that cares only about open rates and click-throughs, but not humanity. No one…

Google: Microsoft’s Windows Security Could Be Hacked With One Unopened Email – Forbes

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Windows 10 was carrying a nasty bug that allowed for remote hacks via a single email (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) As bad flaws go, this one was particularly nasty. Google found a flaw in a security tool used in all modern Windows systems, known as the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine, that allowed total remote control over a vulnerable PC by just sending an email. It didn’t even need opening,…

Microsoft Monday: Surface Laptop, Windows 10 S, Smartphone Plans, Invoke Smart-Home Speaker – Forbes

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

The new Microsoft Surface Laptop, which was announced on May 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Microsoft Monday is a weekly column that focuses on updates in regards to the Redmond giant. This week, Microsoft Monday includes details about Windows 10 S, the Surface Laptop, new Minecraft: Education Edition features, the new Microsoft Surface Arc Mouse, a Microsoft Teams app update, Satya Nadella’s stance on…

John Oliver begs Internet users to save net neutrality: ‘We need all of you’ – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

HBO’s John Oliver isn’t about to let the tough net neutrality rules he helped get enacted be erased without a fight. Three years ago, a 20-minute net neutrality segment on his HBO show “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” went viral. It helped spur an outpouring of public comments that led the Federal Communications Commission to enact tough regulations protecting the free flow of online content. Now, with current FCC…

This Is Microsoft’s Response to Amazon Echo and Google Home – Fortune

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Microsoft is ready to challenge Amazon and Google in the battle of Internet-connected speakers. The technology giant teased a few more details on Monday about its upcoming Invoke speaker, created in partnership with audio company Harmon Kardon. The new speaker will debut in fall, Microsoft said in an announcement. The Invoke, which Microsoft (msft) first announced in December, will compete against Amazon’s (amzn) Echo and Google’s (goog) Home. Like those…

Microsoft heads to class Company announces new devices, software targeted for use in education – Northwest Herald

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

This photo provided by Microsoft shows the company’s Surface Laptop, aimed at students. The Surface Laptop is the first Surface device without a detachable keyboard. (Courtesy of Microsoft via AP) Microsoft just held a big launch in New York, but it didn’t show off flashy new software or a pricey new piece of hardware for the average consumer. Instead, it gathered media and analysts together to talk about going back…

Microsoft’s Surface chief says ‘there’s no such thing as a Surface Pro 5’ – The Verge

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Microsoft’s devices chief, Panos Panay, has strongly hinted that the company isn’t ready to launch a Surface Pro 5. In an interview with CNET, Panay says Microsoft will launch the Surface Pro 5 when it has achieved enough “meaningful change” to make it a new product. “Meaningful change isn’t necessarily a hardware change, which is what a lot of people look for,” explains Panay. “They’re like, ‘Where’s the latest processor?’…

This Is Microsoft’s Response to Amazon Echo and Google Home – Fortune

Monday, May 08, 2017

Microsoft is ready to challenge Amazon and Google in the battle of Internet-connected speakers. The technology giant teased a few more details on Monday about its upcoming Invoke speaker, created in partnership with audio company Harmon Kardon. The new speaker will debut in fall, Microsoft said in an announcement. The Invoke, which Microsoft (msft) first announced in December, will compete against Amazon’s (amzn) Echo and Google’s (goog) Home. Like those…

John Oliver begs Internet users to save net neutrality: ‘We need all of you’ – Los Angeles Times

Monday, May 08, 2017

HBO’s John Oliver isn’t about to let the tough net neutrality rules he helped get enacted be erased without a fight. Three years ago, a 20-minute net neutrality segment on his HBO show “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” went viral. It helped spur an outpouring of public comments that led the Federal Communications Commission to enact tough regulations protecting the free flow of online content. Now, with current FCC…

Microsoft’s Surface chief says ‘there’s no such thing as a Surface Pro 5’ – The Verge

Monday, May 08, 2017

Microsoft’s devices chief, Panos Panay, has strongly hinted that the company isn’t ready to launch a Surface Pro 5. In an interview with CNET, Panay says Microsoft will launch the Surface Pro 5 when it has achieved enough “meaningful change” to make it a new product. “Meaningful change isn’t necessarily a hardware change, which is what a lot of people look for,” explains Panay. “They’re like, ‘Where’s the latest processor?’…

Microsoft’s Surface chief says ‘there’s no such thing as a Surface Pro 5’ – The Verge

Monday, May 08, 2017

Microsoft’s devices chief, Panos Panay, has strongly hinted that the company isn’t ready to launch a Surface Pro 5. In an interview with CNET, Panay says Microsoft will launch the Surface Pro 5 when it has achieved enough “meaningful change” to make it a new product. “Meaningful change isn’t necessarily a hardware change, which is what a lot of people look for,” explains Panay. “They’re like, ‘Where’s the latest processor?’…

What can the UN do if your country cuts the internet? – Aljazeera.com

Monday, May 08, 2017

It has been almost a year since internet access was declared a human right, yet infringements continue. Between January and March 2017, internet in two English-speaking regions of Cameroon was cut off for almost 100 days following protests over an attempt to force the use of French in schools and courtrooms. In late April, the government blocked social media in India-administered Kashmir on the grounds that it was “being misused…

Microsoft is trying desperately to get into schools—but Google has already won this fight – Quartz

Monday, May 08, 2017

Microsoft recently and dramatically unveiled what it says it is “the complete solution to education.” The company’s bundled launch last week included an education-specific version of the Windows 10 operating system, a handful of new programs and applications to be distributed to schools as teaching materials, and a “buttery”, classroom-friendly laptop. Clear was the message: Microsoft wants in on the exploding education technology market. Less clear is whether or not…

This is Microsoft’s answer to the Amazon Echo – CNBC

Monday, May 08, 2017

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Why your next Echo command should be: ‘Disconnect me from the internet’ – Sacramento Bee

Monday, May 08, 2017

Dr. Herbert Lin, one of the nation’s pre-eminent thinkers on cybersecurity policy, shuns the internet-connected devices that fill some American homes. He’ll have nothing to do with “smart” refrigerators, hands-free home speakers he can call by name, intelligent thermostats and the like. “People say to me, ‘How can you have a doctorate in physics from MIT and not trust in technology?’ And I look at them and say, ‘How can…