Computers

Microsoft Is Cool. Maybe Too Cool. – Bloomberg

Monday, July 17, 2017

This will be an odd sentence to read for people who remember the debacles of Microsoft’s Zune and Windows Vista: Investors have grown too infatuated with Microsoft. Yes, Microsoft. The longtime king of the bumbling tech nerds is now … the cool kid in school. Its chief executive wears fashionable $500 sneakers and quotes Urdu poetry. For the first time in ages, Microsoft is on the cutting edge in personal computers, a range…

Adding New Fonts to the Computer – New York Times

Monday, July 17, 2017

Q. I want to buy a new font online for my Mac, but how do I get it on my system? A. The Mac operating system includes a utility called Font Book that you can use to add, remove and organize the fonts on your computer. You can find the program in your Mac’s Applications folder. Photo The Font Book utility program, included with the Mac operating system, can be…

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop is great, once you upgrade Windows 10 S – TechCrunch

Monday, July 17, 2017

I’ve talked to a number of people on the Surface team over the last few months, and the decision to hinder their beautiful new piece of hardware still boggles the mind. The Surface Laptop is really nice — in fact, it’s quite possibly the best piece of hardware to carry the Surface name. But for some reason Microsoft saw fit to use the product to showcase Windows 10 S, a stripped-down…

Somalia’s internet returns after 3-week outage caused outcry – ABC News

Monday, July 17, 2017

Somalia’s internet has returned after an outage of more than three weeks cost the Horn of Africa nation about $10 million a day, authorities said Monday. Hormuud Telecom, the country’s largest telecom company, announced the restoration of service in a message to subscribers. The loss of internet service sparked anger across Somalia and affected the central and southern parts of the country including the capital, Mogadishu. The government called it…

Microsoft: The New Adobe? – Seeking Alpha

Monday, July 17, 2017

A lot of things have changed at Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) since former CEO Steve Ballmer left the company in February 2014. Under their new CEO, Satya Nadella Microsoft has evolved into a different company with a new vision. In Nadella’s first statement as Microsoft CEO, he made it a point to use the words “software and services company”. Microsoft has been doing just that, refocusing its efforts from a single…

This may shock you, but email isn’t broken – Mashable

Monday, July 17, 2017

You may remember the great tech crisis of 2014: Email was broken! We were getting so overwhelmed by the deluge of messages flooding our inboxes that we were missing more of the important ones. Our inboxes had evolved from helpful, at-times-cheery (“You’ve got mail!”) tools into overstuffed lockers of digital dread. I’m not talking about about spam, either. That problem was more or less solved in the late 2000s with…

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop is great, once you upgrade Windows 10 S – TechCrunch

Monday, July 17, 2017

I’ve talked to a number of people on the Surface team over the last few months, and the decision to hinder their beautiful new piece of hardware still boggles the mind. The Surface Laptop is really nice — in fact, it’s quite possibly the best piece of hardware to carry the Surface name. But for some reason Microsoft saw fit to use the product to showcase Windows 10 S, a stripped-down…

Internet outage in violence-plagued Somalia is extra headache for businesses – Reuters

Monday, July 17, 2017

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A severed marine cable has left Somalia without internet for weeks, triggering losses for businesses, residents said, and adding a layer of chaos in a country where Islamist insurgents are carrying out a campaign of bombings and killings. Abdi Anshuur, Somalia’s minister for posts and telecommunications, told state radio that internet to the Horn of Africa state went down a month ago after a ship cut an…

Three Microsoft Outlook patches unpatched, users left to DIY – The Register

Monday, July 17, 2017

Microsoft has withdrawn at least three of the patches released at the end of June and early July, but left it to users to find out for themselves. The three patches – KB 4011042, KB 3191849 and KB 3213654 – fixed the same file-handling bugs in Outlook’s 2010, 2013 and 2016 editions. Attachments containing “…” (ellipsis) or exclamation points were blocked; e-mails with unsafe file extensions in the subject, ditto;…

Microsoft reveals first Windows Server Insider Build – The Register

Monday, July 17, 2017

Microsoft’s revealed the first fruits of its plan to deliver twice-yearly updates to Windows Server by revealing the first-ever Insider build of the OS. Available here for users who register with a corporate Active Directory credential, Windows Server Insider Preview Build 16237 adds plenty of features that emphasises Microsoft’s current mania for microservices, software-defined-everything and containers. Among the additions The Register imagines users may find interesting are new features to…

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop is great, once you upgrade Windows 10 S – TechCrunch

Monday, July 17, 2017

I’ve talked to a number of people on the Surface team over the last few months, and the decision to hinder their beautiful new piece of hardware still boggles the mind. The Surface Laptop is really nice — in fact, it’s quite possibly the best piece of hardware to carry the Surface name. But for some reason Microsoft saw fit to use the product to showcase Windows 10 S, a stripped-down…

Democrats steer clear of new Internet privacy bill in Congress – Washington Examiner

Monday, July 17, 2017

When Republicans used the Congressional Review Act this year to roll back Internet privacy regulations drafted during the Obama administration, they found themselves on the receiving end of attacks from Democrats, constituents, and even late-night TV hosts. The regulations proposed by the Federal Communications Commission would have required Internet service providers to obtain consent from users before they collected and used their information to sell advertising. GOP lawmakers were accused…

Blackstone warns of internet impact on US shopping malls – Financial Times

Monday, July 17, 2017

Blackstone warns of internet impact on US shopping malls

China Moves to Sharply Limit Outside Internet Availability – VOA Learning English

Monday, July 17, 2017

Embed code Copy and paste the embed code below. The code has been copied to your clipboard. https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/3942790.html Pop-out player China has asked the country’s three top internet providers to prevent cell phone users from getting access to online material that it does not control. Reports say the telecommunications companies China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom have been told about the policy. The goal appears to be to keep…

The Internet Is Roasting Sexist ‘Doctor Who’ Fans And It Is Just Magnificent – Junkee

Monday, July 17, 2017

TV “Doctor Who just won’t be the same without The Doctor going on about his dick all the time.” The BBC has just announced that the new Doctor Who will be a woman, and fans are mostly very happy about it. The casting of Jodie Whittaker is a fantastic move – not only is it great from a representation standpoint, but after 50 years as a white dude, it kind…

Microsoft Must Keep Working On New Windows 10 Smartphones – Forbes

Sunday, July 16, 2017

As reported last week on Forbes, Windows Phone has passed its ‘end of support’ date and the Windows NT-based mobile platform is now dead. That does not mean that Microsoft is out of the mobile game, but it does mean that the focus can be placed elsewhere. Microsoft’s consumer focus for mobile is now built around its cloud based services. With productivity tools including Outlook and Office 365 available for…

Eyeing Specialty Contractors As Microsoft Addresses The Rural Broadband Problem – Forbes

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Trainee engineers from BT Openreach, a unit of BT Group Plc, carry out work at the top of telegraph poles at the company’s training facility at West Hanningfield, U.K., on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. The U.K.’s communications regulator, seeking to spur a roll-out of fiber broadband to homes and businesses, is proposing changes to BT Group Plc’s network to ease access for competitors. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg While some may grumble,…

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook are racing to kill it – Markets Insider

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Thomson Reuters These are the quiet times. From April to June, tech’s biggest companies all held their annual mega-events, laying out their grand visions for the next 12 months or so.  Facebook kicked it off in late April with its F8 conference, followed by Microsoft Build, then the Google I/O conference, and Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference finished things off. Amazon doesn’t really hold events, but it unveiled two new Amazon Echo smart…

Who is Rob Goldstone, whose email to Trump Jr. on Russia caused a sensation? – Washington Post

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The email to Donald Trump Jr. described an intricate back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign that could provide incriminating information about Hillary Clinton — and its emergence in the past week has cast a spotlight on its writer, the publicist who portrayed himself as the emissary in this sensitive task.  Publicist Rob Goldstone is a colorful figure, friends and former associates said, a bon vivant who posts…

California is facing a major battle over internet privacy – The Verge

Saturday, July 15, 2017

When the Congress voted in March to overturn landmark FCC privacy rules, consumers and advocacy groups were incensed by the decision. The FCC rules that were set to go into effect would have forced internet service providers to get permission from customers before selling their data to third parties. The vote seemed to be a bow to the telecom industry, with few redeeming qualities for internet users. In the outrage…