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A top Microsoft exec on working with Apple, competing with Google’s Chromebooks, and the future of Windows – Business Insider

Friday, May 19, 2017

Microsoft Corporate VP of Windows Joe Belfiore on stage at Build 2017 in Seattle, Washington. Microsoft Microsoft has been busy lately. At its Build developer conference last week, the software giant announced Windows 10 would be getting new integrations with Android and iPhone. Earlier this month, it unveiled a new Surface Laptop along with a new version of its flagship operating system — dubbed Windows 10 S — to power it. Oh, and next week Microsoft is expected…

The End of the Internet As We Know It: FCC Votes to Dismantle Net Neutrality – The Root

Friday, May 19, 2017

Proponents of net neutrality protest against Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outside the American Enterprise Institute (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted Thursday to dismantle Obama-era regulations on Internet service providers (ISP), otherwise known as otherwise known as net neutrality rules, which have kept cable and telecom companies under strict FCC oversight since 2015. Advertisement The vote was 2-1 along party lines, with FCC Republicans looking…

Microsoft will soon open its first two data centers in Africa – TechCrunch

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Microsoft today announced that it will soon open two data center regions for its cloud-based services in Johannesburg and Cape Town South Africa. This marks Microsoft’s first data center expansion into Africa, and the plan is to get these new regions online in 2018. Like most of its other data centers around the world, these new regions will offer both Azure’s suite of cloud computing tools for developers as well as productivity tools…

Microsoft redesigned OneNote’s interface to be more consistent across devices – The Verge

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Microsoft announced an update for OneNote today across Windows 10, Mac, iOS, Android, and the web, featuring an overhauled design meant to offer improved accessibility and a more consistent feel across the various platforms. Navigation has been vastly simplified in the new app. Microsoft has moved all controls to be located on the left side of the screen in a series of nested menus, making it simpler to switch between…

Microsoft Build 2017: All About Embrace And Extend – Forbes

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella opens the US technology titan’s annual Build Conference in Seattle on May 10, 2017 with a focus on a future rich with artificial intelligence that follows people from device to device.  GLENN CHAPMAN AFP Last week was a busy one for tech industry analysts—I started out at Dell EMC World in Las Vegas, attended Microsoft Build 2017 in Seattle and then went back to Dell…

Theresa May Wants To Regulate The Internet – BuzzFeed News

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Buried at the very end of the Conservative election manifesto is a line of text that could have an enormous impact on how Britons use the internet in the future. “Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet,” it states. “We disagree.” When the manifesto was unveiled by Theresa May in Halifax on Thursday morning, news bulletins understandably focused…

Is ‘Internet Addiction’ Real? – NPR

Thursday, May 18, 2017

When her youngest daughter, Naomi, was in middle school, Ellen watched the teen disappear behind a screen. Her once bubbly daughter went from hanging out with a few close friends after school to isolating herself in her room for hours at a time. (NPR has agreed to use only the pair’s middle names, to protect the teen’s medical privacy.) “She started just lying there, not moving and just being on…

Is ‘Internet Addiction’ Real? – NPR

Thursday, May 18, 2017

When her youngest daughter, Naomi, was in middle school, Ellen watched the teen disappear behind a screen. Her once bubbly daughter went from hanging out with a few close friends after school to isolating herself in her room for hours at a time. (NPR has agreed to use only the pair’s middle names, to protect the teen’s medical privacy.) “She started just lying there, not moving and just being on…

Microsoft to Open Africa Data Centers to Seek Edge in Cloud Push – Bloomberg

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Microsoft Corp. will offer cloud-computing services from data centers in Africa for the first time, seeking an edge over rivals in targeting local customers. The software maker said Thursday it plans to open two data centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town as part of an expansion that stretches across 40 regions globally. Previously companies in Africa had to rely on Microsoft’s European data-center hubs such as Ireland and the Netherlands….

Microsoft adds Shoulder Tap emoji feature in latest Windows 10 Insider preview – The Verge

Thursday, May 18, 2017

We’ve known it was coming for a while, but Microsoft has added Shoulder Tap to the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build. Originally planned for the Windows 10 Creators Update, Shoulder Tap will cause a giant, animated version of an emoji to pop up over your taskbar if one of your pinned contacts sends you one through Skype. You can see how the feature works in the above GIF via…

Is ‘Internet Addiction’ Real? – NPR

Thursday, May 18, 2017

When her youngest daughter, Naomi, was in middle school, Ellen watched the teen disappear behind a screen. Her once bubbly daughter went from hanging out with a few close friends after school to isolating herself in her room for hours at a time. (NPR has agreed to use only the pair’s middle names, to protect the teen’s medical privacy.) “She started just lying there, not moving and just being on…

Diary Of An Ex-Microsoft Intern – Fast Company

Thursday, May 18, 2017

On The Qualities That Helped Him Score A Microsoft Internship I was really fortunate to get the internship, and there were three qualities that I think made me successful in the interview process. The first was that I had experience working closely with developers. This is a critical feature for this role given that your entire internship would be working with five developers to hit weekly milestones. The second quality was…

Microsoft Takes Lead In Moving The Public Cloud Towards The Edge – Forbes

Thursday, May 18, 2017

At Build 2017, Microsoft has outlined its plan to take Azure beyond the public cloud towards the edge. Branded as Azure IoT Edge, this offering exploits the growth in enterprise IoT and industrial automation. During the early days of Cloud Computing, the key differentiating factor of the providers was the number of regions followed by the breadth of services. With the global presence and a comprehensive set of services, Amazon…

The Weird Thing About Today’s Internet – The Atlantic

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The world’s biggest tech companies might be bigger than you think.

Microsoft held back free patch that could have slowed WannaCry – Financial Times

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Microsoft held back free patch that could have slowed WannaCry

WannaCry cyberattack may spark wave of Windows upgrades, lifting Microsoft’s stock – CNBC

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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A 2000-year-old computer called the Antikythera Mechanism helped the ancient Greeks understand their universe – The Verge

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The world’s oldest known computer lay submerged for more than 2,000 years off the treacherous coast of the Greek island of Antikythera. Beneath the weight of the water, the sand, and the wrecked ship that once carried it, the ancient astronomical computer’s bronze gears and mechanical parts slowly warped and rusted. At the turn of the 20th century, a group of fishermen happened upon the wreck and its decaying treasures…

An open letter to everyone who uses the internet – TechCrunch

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The free and open internet as we know it is at risk. Tomorrow, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote to initiate a process to repeal the strong net neutrality rules that have been in place since 2015. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.), U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.), U.S. Senator Tom…

The state of the car computer: Forget horsepower, we want megahertz! – Ars Technica

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

reader comments 106 If I asked you “how many computing devices do you own?” your mind will probably first jump to your PCs and laptops at home, and then to your smartphones and tablets. The more tech savvy might include smartwatches, TVs, and video game systems. But there’s one computing device that not many people think about as a computing device: the car infotainment system. Like everything else, infotainment systems are…

WannaCry cyberattack may spark wave of Windows upgrades, lifting Microsoft’s stock – CNBC

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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