Computers

Adobe wants to bring its AI smarts to email marketing campaigns – TechCrunch

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Adobe announced a number of new capabilities for its Adobe Campaign email marketing tools. Most of these are available now (better dashboards, new email templates, better support for multilingual campaigns), but the most interesting new features the company showed me during a briefing earlier this week are still a while out. It’s worth stressed that these upcoming features are currently in internal testing at Adobe Labs. They may see the…

Stormfront: ‘murder capital of internet’ pulled offline after civil rights action – The Guardian

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

One of the oldest and largest neo-nazi sites on the internet, the white supremacist chatroom Stormfront, has been thrown off the open web by its hosting provider.Stormfront has been described by the anti-hate group Southern Poverty Law Center as the “murder capital of the internet”. The group pointed out that “registered Stormfront users have been disproportionately responsible for some of the most lethal hate crimes and mass killings since the…

What Minecraft and Dell Have to Do With Microsoft’s Virtual Reality Push – Fortune

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Microsoft and several of its big tech partners are hoping virtual reality will be a hot seller during the holidays. Microsoft said on Monday that HP Inc. (hpq), Lenovo, Dell, and Acer would introduce virtual reality headsets based on Microsoft’s Windows operating system in time for the busy holiday shopping season. Additionally, Microsoft (msft) said it had created its own motion controllers that are compatible with those upcoming headsets. It…

What Minecraft and Dell Have to Do With Microsoft’s Virtual Reality Push – Fortune

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Microsoft and several of its big tech partners are hoping virtual reality will be a hot seller during the holidays. Microsoft said on Monday that HP Inc. (hpq), Lenovo, Dell, and Acer would introduce virtual reality headsets based on Microsoft’s Windows operating system in time for the busy holiday shopping season. Additionally, Microsoft (msft) said it had created its own motion controllers that are compatible with those upcoming headsets. It…

How to Mute Tabs in Google Chrome – Lifehacker

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Image credit: Christiaan Colen/Flickr Your favorite technology company, Google, is working on an upcoming feature that could put the kibosh on autoplaying videos for good. Soon you’ll be able to silence the worst offenders permanently, saving you the headache of searching for a mute button over and over again. The muting feature is still under development, but you can try it out yourself right now. You’ll need to install Google…

Google accidentally broke the internet throughout Japan – Engadget

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The problem occurred around noon on Friday. A mistake on Google’s end made it appear as if a large chunk of IP addresses were available for internet traffic to be routed through Google. However, those IP addresses actually belonged to Japanese internet service providers. So a large amount of traffic that was meant for Japan was suddenly sent towards Google by major internet service providers like Verizon. But Google isn’t…

Study tracks what smart home activity can be seen by internet providers – TechCrunch

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

We’ve mostly moved past the point where our Internet of Things devices leak private information to anyone watching via unsecured connections, but that doesn’t mean you can stop being afraid. Never, ever stop being afraid. To top up your paranoia reserves, a new study finds that internet providers can, if they so choose, monitor all kinds of things from your smart home’s traitorous metadata. The paper, from a team at…

Microsoft Monday: No More Forced Windows Upgrades, Original Xbox One Discontinued, Valve Partnership – Forbes

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Microsoft signage displayed in the exhibition hall during the Microsoft Inspire partner conference Photo Credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg “Microsoft Monday” is a weekly column that focuses on all things Microsoft. This week, Microsoft Monday includes details about virtual reality headset plans, no more forced Windows upgrades, a Skype and Office Lens update, the Age of Empires IV announcement, GigJam being shut down, Bill Gates’ investment in Memphis Meats, Xbox One X…

Microsoft’s ‘mixed reality’ headsets are a bit of a mixed bag – TechCrunch

Monday, August 28, 2017

About ten months ago, Microsoft promised the VR industry a shot in the arm and an update to PC-tethered systems by way of their “mixed reality” platform and OEM partner-crafted headsets which would boast inside-out tracking, lower system spec requirements, 1440p per eye displays and a much lower price point, with headsets starting at just $299. Many of the headsets will be arriving this fall with full details being shared…

Microsoft: FPGA Wins Versus Google TPUs For AI – Forbes

Monday, August 28, 2017

Microsoft The Microsoft Brainwave mezzanine card extends each server with an Intel Altera Stratix 10 FPGA accelerator, synthesized to act as a “Soft DNN Processing Unit,” or DPU, and a fabric interconnect that enables datacenter-scale persistent neural networks. At the recent Hot Chips conference, three of the world’s largest datacenter companies detailed projects that exploit Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) as accelerators for performance-hungry datacenter applications, particularly for Machine Learning….

Microsoft’s Mixed Reality controllers work like Oculus Touch — without the cameras – The Verge

Monday, August 28, 2017

Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality headsets recently started shipping to developers, but they won’t really feel complete until people can get their hands on the accompanying motion controllers, which go on sale this holiday. Microsoft first revealed these controllers in May, and we finally got to check them out a little bit last week, in advance of a public appearance at the IFA electronics show. They’re not the most elegant hardware,…

Google Chrome to let users permanently mute annoying video ads that play sound automatically – The Independent

Monday, August 28, 2017

Google has developed a tool that lets you permanently mute websites that automatically play videos with sound. It’s an extremely irritating problem, and the new option will be welcomed by the majority of internet users. Videos – often ads – that play with sound can be distracting, especially if you’re trying to watch or listen to something at the time. 11 hidden Google Chrome features you didn’t know existed 1/11 Easter Eggs There are…

Email and Calendar Data Are Helping Firms Understand How Employees Work – Harvard Business Review

Monday, August 28, 2017

Using data science to predict how people in companies are changing may sound futuristic. As we wrote recently, change management remains one of the few areas largely untouched by the data-driven revolution. But while we may never convert change management into a “hard science,” some firms are already benefiting from the potential that these data-driven techniques offer. One of the key enablers is the analysis of email traffic and calendar metadata….

China orders internet comments linked to real identities – Engadget

Monday, August 28, 2017

The timing of this identity requirement, the VPN restriction and other crackdowns (such as an investigation into internet giants for allowing material that “harms the social order”) isn’t coincidental. China’s ruling party has its next national congress later in 2017, and it has a habit of ramping up censorship around these gatherings to discourage criticism of party policies. The difference versus previous years, as an anonymous lawyer tells the Financial…

These are the 5 worst Google Chrome extensions on the internet – TNW

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sometimes the best isn’t good enough. Instead of giving you a treasure trove of useful information that could help you increase your productivity, make millions of dollars, and find true-love, we’re taking a different tact: let’s bring out the worst in Google’s Chrome internet browser. Seriously, don’t try this at home, this is a list of some of the worst Chrome extensions we could find, some are actual threats to…

Google Chrome could soon let you mute annoyingly noisy websites – TechCrunch

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Websites that auto-load videos with sound may soon be a thing of the past — or, at least, your days of having to put up with them could be. That’s because Google is testing a new option that lets users permanently mute a website within the Chrome Browser. Noisy websites have long been a pain. Chrome introduced an indicator to flag guilty tabs a couple of years ago — it…

Taylor Swift’s internet rulebook – The Verge

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Long before Taylor Swift was the subject of serious ire and scrutiny, she was interested in laying out puzzles and being the sole keeper of the key. Her album liner notes have always had hidden clues, as complicated as a Zodiac cypher, put there obviously enough for fans to figure out but never quite so obviously as to be confirmable. She’s known for naming names, but more often than not…

Microsoft stops selling the original Xbox One – The Verge

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Microsoft is no longer selling its original Xbox One in the US. The software giant only offers retail versions of the Xbox One S and Xbox One X at its online store, with just $199 refurbished models of the original Xbox One available. Kotaku UK reports that while the original Xbox One has vanished from the US store, Microsoft’s UK store simply lists the old console as “sold out.” The…

Google Chrome makes it easy to mute annoying auto-play audio – CNET

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Google is making it easier to silence that annoying auto-play audio from a website for good. Google Sometimes the best advances are the simplest. Google Chrome is testing a feature to make it easier than ever to mute audio from websites. The new feature is available in Google Chrome Canary, a version of Chrome aimed at developers and early adopters. Google Chrome team member François Beaufort shared the news Friday…

Blame Taylor Swift’s New Song on the Internet – WIRED

Saturday, August 26, 2017

From the very beginning, Taylor Swift‘s songs were all about us. Her self-titled debut album, released in 2006, was bolstered by a pair of warm-blooded singles—the sprightly “Our Song” and the love-worn “Tim McGraw”—that instantly established Swift as both confessor and confidante; she let listeners in on all of her secrets, while also giving them permission to sing along. In the decade that followed, even as her audience got bigger,…