Computers

Microsoft Adds Cloud Security to Keep Out Hackers — and Government Snoops – Bloomberg

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Microsoft Corp., working with chipmaker Intel Corp., is offering a cloud-computing service with more powerful encryption to secure data from hackers – and protect it from secret government data-gathering. Called Azure confidential computing, the technology encrypts data while it is in use – which is when most security breaches occur, according to Azure Chief Technology Officer Mark Russinovich. The new product works by placing customer information in a virtual enclave, essentially a…

Microsoft’s AI camera app Pix is now a business productivity tool – TechCrunch

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Microsoft Pix, the iOS camera app that leverages A.I. to help you take better photos, is venturing beyond being a tool for consumers with an update that now sees it able to assist with photos of business documents, whiteboards, post-it notes, and business cards. According to Microsoft, the additional support focused on office productivity made sense because people were already doing a lot of document scanning in the workplace, its…

Windows 10 in 2018: Microsoft offers new glimpse of life after Fall Creators Update – ZDNet

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Those in the Skip Ahead part of the Windows Insiders program’s fast ring are now getting a new Redstone 4 build. Image: Microsoft Microsoft has unveiled the second update to Redstone 4, the next version of Windows 10 after the Fall Creators Update. Microsoft has released the Redstone 4 Build 16362 to the portion of its testers who’ve opted in to the Skip Ahead part of the Windows Insiders program’s…

Martin Shkreli wanted to be an Internet supervillain. This time it cost him. – Washington Post

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Martin Shkreli is interviewed on the Fox Business Network on Aug. 15. (AP) For Martin Shkreli, the acts of ridiculing and trolling weren’t just a solitary hobby. They were a performance for the benefit of his small army of online fans, who loved watching their favorite Internet supervillain get away with it. This time it cost him. The former drug executive has taunted opposing prosecutors, mocked members of Congress and harassed journalists…

Quantum computer simulates largest molecule yet, sparking hope of future drug discoveries – Science Magazine

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A quantum computer has simulated beryllium hydride, lithium hydride, and hydrogen molecules (shown left to right), setting a world record. By Gabriel PopkinSep. 13, 2017 , 1:00 PM As molecules go, beryllium hydride is puny—just two hydrogen atoms tacked onto a single beryllium atom. But, for the moment, it’s a heavyweight champ: It’s now the largest molecule ever modeled on a quantum computer, an emerging technology that might someday solve…

​Linux gets blasted by BlueBorne too – ZDNet

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Google adds Play protect logo to certified Android devices The security company Armis has revealed eight separate Bluetooth wireless protocol flaws known collectively as BlueBorne. This new nasty set of vulnerabilities have the potential to wreak havoc on iPhones, Android devices, Windows PC, and, oh yes, Linux desktops and server, as well. While BlueBorne requires a Bluetooth connection to spread, once the security holes are exploited, a single infected device…

NFL Week 2 odds, picks, predictions: Advanced computer model loves Panthers – CBSSports.com

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The NFL’s second weekend, and first full slate of games, will attract bets from the average Joe to professional bettors. The New England Patriots are touchdown favorites in the Superdome against the New Orleans Saints after getting stunned by the Kansas City Chiefs in last Thursday’s opener. The Atlanta Falcons are 2.5-point favorites at home against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, and the New York Giants are 2.5-point…

The Voynich Manuscript and Truth on the Internet – The New Yorker

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Knowledge follows patterns of transmission. The old pattern of transmission regarding the Voynich manuscript would have flowed from academic research to peer review to publication to common knowledge (possibly via a TV program or two). This is not to say that Gibbs is wrong because he is a television researcher rather than a professor. He is wrong simply because he is wrong. But the journey taken by this odd exaggeration…

How the Internet Changed Porn – RollingStone.com

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Years ago, the author and filmmaker Jon Ronson reported on Parisian orgies: elaborate high-society fuckfests with beautiful people packed into palatial apartments. Today, Ronson has a reputation for sympathetically portraying outsiders in his work, like the George Clooney film The Men Who Stare at Goats (based on his book of the same name), Netflix’s vegetarianism parable Okja (for which he wrote the screenplay), books like So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed (about the…

Apple, Microsoft, Uber and other tech giants are rising to the defense of Dreamers – Recode

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Uber each are providing legal aid to employees affected by President Donald Trump’s decision to unwind a federal program that spares undocumented young adults from deportation. In addition, Amazon and Microsoft have joined court cases challenging the White House’s move to end DACA, as its known, while Uber said it’s currently in discussions about ways it can be involved in legal battles going forward. Recode…

How To (Finally) Regain Control Over Your Messy Email Inbox – Forbes

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

(Photo: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images) What tips do you have for clearing your inbox and to-do list every night before bed? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Sharon Feldman Danzger, Productivity Consultant, CEO of Control Chaos, on Quora: Managing emails should be integrated with both your to-do list and your calendar. So let’s…

How To (Finally) Regain Control Over Your Messy Email Inbox – Forbes

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

(Photo: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images) What tips do you have for clearing your inbox and to-do list every night before bed? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Sharon Feldman Danzger, Productivity Consultant, CEO of Control Chaos, on Quora: Managing emails should be integrated with both your to-do list and your calendar. So let’s…

The Email Enemy: Kicking The Addiction That Society Encourages – Forbes

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Shutterstock It’s never been easier or more difficult to be productive. Such a paradox makes sense when you consider an event that happened just 10 years ago: the introduction of the smartphone. This revolutionary step forward in communication was simultaneously a mammoth step backward for our mental health. It also became the bane of existence for my client, Kelly. When Kelly and I began working together, she had been facing…

Microsoft Monday: Xbox One Keyboard And Mouse Support, Surface Event Rumors, Guest Support For Teams – Forbes

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Microsoft EVP of the Windows and Devices Group Terry Myerson giving a keynote speech at the IFA Consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany (Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg) “Microsoft Monday” is a weekly column that focuses on all things Microsoft. This week, Microsoft Monday includes details about the new LinkedIn Audience Network program, keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One, the Windows 10 S upgrade extension, Halo backward compatibility, a strategic…

Prof Shows How Your Internet Activity Is Being Watched – Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

While news of data leaks and malware attacks seem to be on the upswing, there are forms of web surveillance that reveal just as much data, only they are completely legal and receive much less publicity. On Sept. 5, Cornell’s Department of Computing and Information Science kicked off the first of a series of talks that aims to discuss the importance of technological advancements and the law in exploring surveillance,…

Microsoft’s custom Chainsmokers Xbox One S is designed for your inner EDM bro – The Verge

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

In the event that you happen to be in the market for an offensive piece of living room electronics, Microsoft has teamed up with DJ duo The Chainsmokers to design a one-of-a-kind Xbox One S console that turns sound into an “ever-changing dynamic light show.” In the true spirit of edgier-than-thou game industry accessorizing, the device is tackier than the most egregious light-up Razer peripheral. Microsoft used 60 miniature pixels…

Microsoft’s custom Chainsmokers Xbox One S is designed for your inner EDM bro – The Verge

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

In the event that you happen to be in the market for an offensive piece of living room electronics, Microsoft has teamed up with DJ duo The Chainsmokers to design a one-of-a-kind Xbox One S console that turns sound into an “ever-changing dynamic light show.” In the true spirit of edgier-than-thou game industry accessorizing, the device is tackier than the most egregious light-up Razer peripheral. Microsoft used 60 miniature pixels…

Microsoft’s custom Chainsmokers Xbox One S is designed for your inner EDM bro – The Verge

Monday, September 11, 2017

In the event that you happen to be in the market for an offensive piece of living room electronics, Microsoft has teamed up with DJ duo The Chainsmokers to design a one-of-a-kind Xbox One S console that turns sound into an “ever-changing dynamic light show.” In the true spirit of edgier-than-thou game industry accessorizing, the device is tackier than the most egregious light-up Razer peripheral. Microsoft used 60 miniature pixels…

Microsoft launches Office 365 toolbar for macOS – The Verge

Monday, September 11, 2017

Microsoft is launching a special Office 365 toolbar for macOS, providing quick ways to access documents, calendar items, and more. My Workspace is the result of Microsoft’s Garage program that encourages employees to create apps in their spare time. The latest macOS app is designed to sit in the toolbar area and includes a quick overview of calendar items to let you join Skype meetings or RSVP to events. Just…