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Washington state House committee approves internet privacy … – The Seattle Times

Saturday, April 15, 2017

OLYMPIA — Despite opposition this week from the telecommunications lobby, state lawmakers passed out of committee a bill intended to protect customers’ internet privacy, such as web browser history. In a strong showing of bipartisanship, lawmakers Friday approved a version of HB 2200 in the House Technology and Economic Development Committee HB 2200, sponsored by Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, passed by a vote of 15-2. One lawmaker who voted…

Microsoft is fighting about browser battery life with Google again … – The Verge

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Battery life is an inherently squishy topic. It’s hard to be precise when measuring, because there are so many variables at play. That said, battery life is hugely important, and it’s worth optimizing anything that can be optimized to get more hours and minutes out of our laptops. Specifically, browsers are huge RAM hogs that drain most of a laptop’s battery on a given day, and the major vendors are…

Hackers Warn of ‘Microsoft Apocalypse’ After Latest NSA Leaks – Fortune

Saturday, April 15, 2017

A group known as the Shadow Brokers chose Good Friday to publish a sweeping set of confidential hacking tools used by the NSA to exploit software vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows software. The leak is the latest and, according to security experts, the most damaging set of stolen documents published by the Shadow Brokers, which is widely believed to be tied to the Russian government. Experts say the document dump—which is…

Hackers Warn of ‘Microsoft Apocalypse’ After Latest NSA Leaks – Fortune

Friday, April 14, 2017

A group known as the Shadow Brokers chose Good Friday to publish a sweeping set of confidential hacking tools used by the NSA to exploit software vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows software. The leak is the latest and, according to security experts, the most damaging set of stolen documents published by the Shadow Brokers, which is widely believed to be tied to the Russian government. Experts say the document dump—which is…

Microsoft officially ends support for a bunch of Windows phones – Ars Technica

Friday, April 14, 2017

reader comments 3 Microsoft has just released a couple of new Windows Insider builds for people on the fast ring, one for PC and one for mobile. The builds are surprisingly divergent. For PC, the build is numbered 16176; it’s another Redstone 3 build, though as with the first Redstone 3 build, it doesn’t change a whole lot. It adds access to serial ports from the Windows Subsystem for Linux,…

The Republican Plan to Kill the Open Internet – Gizmodo

Friday, April 14, 2017

Protesters rally in favor of net neutrality at the FCC in 2015. Getty. New FCC chair Ajit Pai has been clear that he intends to take a “weed whacker” to net neutrality regulations, but he’s been very reluctant to open up about how exactly he’s going to go about slicing them to bits. Last week, several outlets reported that Pai is finally gearing up for the fight, but no matter…

Apple vs Google vs Microsoft: who will get to the future of PCs first? – The Verge

Friday, April 14, 2017

It feels like a long time since we’ve had a great big knock-down, drag-out operating system battle. Windows vs. Mac shook out in the ’90s. iOS vs. Android is mostly settled. But another one is starting this summer if you know where to look. It’s not in classic PCs, where the relative qualities between Mac and Windows have remained stable for some time now. It’s not in phones, where the…

Kendrick Lamar is releasing another album on Sunday, according to internet sleuths – The Verge

Friday, April 14, 2017

Kendrick Lamar’s new album Damn. dropped last night. Anticipation was high, and Kendrick’s fans reacted to the album the way the internet has taught them to: by dissecting it for clues. Clues about what?, you, a person who is merely content to have this album, might ask. Clues about another album, the internet would respond. According to a theory floating around and rapidly growing, Lamar is going to release another…

Meet the new Microsoft Edge: 5 key improvements with the Creators Update – PCWorld

Friday, April 14, 2017

Microsoft Edge’s improvements with the Windows 10 Creators Update may finally make it a browser worth talking about. It debuted to shrugs with the original Windows 10 and saw incremental improvements with the Anniversary Update. Edge is still catching up to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, but the browser now offers a few welcome new additions, as well as one significant change that can’t be beat on Windows 10, at least not…

Here’s When You Can Expect Microsoft to Unveil the New Xbox – Fortune

Friday, April 14, 2017

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Here’s When You Can Expect Microsoft to Unveil the New Xbox – Fortune

Friday, April 14, 2017

All products and services featured are based solely on editorial selection. FORTUNE may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Quotes delayed at least 15 minutes. Market data provided by Interactive Data. ETF and Mutual Fund data provided by Morningstar, Inc. Dow Jones Terms & Conditions: http://www.djindexes.com/mdsidx/html/tandc/indexestandcs.html. S&P Index data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. Terms…

Firefox ‘performance’ tab will curb its RAM hunger – Engadget – Engadget

Friday, April 14, 2017

Firefox plays better than most browsers with third-party add-ons, but as the developers have pointed out before, some of those can slow your machine significantly. As such, they’re working on an “optimize Firefox” button that kills all extensions after you restart the browser (below). That alone could make things work a lot better, and “you can always enable them again later,” the developers say. Another potential new feature is “content…

Microsoft will unveil the most powerful gaming console it’s ever made on June 11 – CNBC

Friday, April 14, 2017

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Firefox ‘performance’ tab will curb its RAM hunger – Engadget – Engadget

Friday, April 14, 2017

Firefox plays better than most browsers with third-party add-ons, but as the developers have pointed out before, some of those can slow your machine significantly. As such, they’re working on an “optimize Firefox” button that kills all extensions after you restart the browser (below). That alone could make things work a lot better, and “you can always enable them again later,” the developers say. Another potential new feature is “content…

Microsoft publishes first National Security Letter in transparency … – TechCrunch

Friday, April 14, 2017

Microsoft’s biannual transparency report was just released and, like many other major tech companies that have been putting out their reports recently, the company has revealed its first National Security Letter. The FBI uses NSLs to secretly obtain from tech companies investigative information about their customers. The letters do not require judicial approval and are often accompanied by gag orders that prevent companies from ever speaking about the legal process,…

Microsoft will unveil the most powerful gaming console it’s ever made on June 11 – CNBC

Friday, April 14, 2017

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Firefox ‘performance’ tab will curb its RAM hunger – Engadget

Friday, April 14, 2017

Firefox plays better than most browsers with third-party add-ons, but as the developers have pointed out before, some of those can slow your machine significantly. As such, they’re working on an “optimize Firefox” button that kills all extensions after you restart the browser (below). That alone could make things work a lot better, and “you can always enable them again later,” the developers say. Another potential new feature is “content…

Microsoft will unveil the most powerful gaming console it’s ever made on June 11 – CNBC

Thursday, April 13, 2017

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Firefox ‘performance’ tab will curb its RAM hunger – Engadget

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Firefox plays better than most browsers with third-party add-ons, but as the developers have pointed out before, some of those can slow your machine significantly. As such, they’re working on an “optimize Firefox” button that kills all extensions after you restart the browser (below). That alone could make things work a lot better, and “you can always enable them again later,” the developers say. Another potential new feature is “content…

Microsoft to offer self-service refunds for digital games – Engadget

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Other conditions include the fact that you can’t return the title in the first day of purchase, nor more than 14 days afterward. Oh, and DLC, Season passes and certain, as-yet unnamed Windows 10 apps are not included in the deal. Plus, Microsoft reserves the right to boot anyone who it thinks is abusing the system and taking too many refunds. That’s pretty much the same terms and conditions that…