Computers

Rejoice, for Linux 4.11 has been delivered! – The Register

Monday, May 01, 2017

Linus Torvalds has given the world version 4.11 of the Linux kernel. “So after that extra week with an rc8, things were pretty calm,” Torvalds posted to the Linux Kernel Mailing List, adding “I’m much happier releasing a final 4.11 now. So what do we get this time around? Among other things, Linux is now better at hot-swapping solid state disks and can now do journaling on RAID 4/5/6 volumes….

Tech Times | Microsoft’s profit jumps by 28 per cent with shift to Web-based software – Jamaica Gleaner

Monday, May 01, 2017

SEATTLE (TNS): Microsoft reported a jump in quarterly earnings, reflecting continued progress in the company’s shift toward Web-based business software. Revenue during the three months that ended March 31 was up eight per cent from a year earlier, and net income surged 28 per cent, as the company boosted sales of its profitable package of on-demand software and processing power. Microsoft, headquartered outside Seattle, has retooled its operations in recent…

There’s no way to win at email—so we just need to relax our standards – Quartz

Monday, May 01, 2017

I have 2,937 unread emails in my personal inbox. Some of those emails are newsletters and Lyft ride receipts and discount offers from the Gap. But some of them—an amount I do not want to ponder—are real emails meant for me specifically. There are notes from friends and long-lost classmates; young people starting out in journalism attempting to arrange coffee and chat. I have read these emails and marked them…

Microsoft’s Little Victories Add Up As Surface Revenue Falls – Forbes

Monday, May 01, 2017

Microsoft’s Q3 17 earnings (representing the first calendar quarter in 2017) were announced this week, and it shows a fall in revenue from the Surface division of 26% year-on-year to $831 million. Microsoft should not be too disappointed by this. More sales would be great but for the Surface team sales are not everything. The current strategy around the Surface hardware is not necessarily about selling multiple millions of units…

Better Buy: Microsoft vs. Oracle – Bloomington Pantagraph

Sunday, April 30, 2017

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On Email Debt Forgiveness Day, let us all forgive ourselves for being disasters – Quartz

Sunday, April 30, 2017

I have 2,937 unread emails in my personal inbox. Some of those emails are newsletters and Lyft ride receipts and discount offers from the Gap. But some of them—an amount I do not want to ponder—are real emails meant for me specifically. There are notes from friends and long-lost classmates; young people starting out in journalism attempting to arrange coffee and chat. I have read these emails and marked them…

Your next computer could be in a data center – TechCrunch

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Computers have become more powerful and more portable, letting you execute some compute-intensive tasks on your laptop. But internet connections have also become incredible faster, making it much easier to outsource some tasks to servers sitting in a data center. Most of the apps on your phone already rely on a server component to store and process your data. When you post a video on Facebook, it gets re-encoded into…

Microsoft wants to school Google’s Chromebook – CNET – CNET

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Enlarge Image Can Microsoft make the grade? Getty Images Pop quiz: Which tech company is the most popular in schools? Answer: Google, by a mile. And Microsoft hopes to change that. The software giant is planning to hold an event in New York on Tuesday at which it’s expected to talk about new software for schools, and even a new low-cost PC designed to compete on price with machines from…

Tech and politics clash in Cameroon as government restores internet – TechCrunch

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The government of Cameroon ended its internet blackout of parts of the country last week, according to news reports and confirmation from the country’s Ambassador to the U.S. The three month outage forced the hand of Africa’s largest telecom, halted operations of its leading e-commerce startup, and created digital refugees. The disruption also prompted a grassroots #BringBackOurInternet campaign that could serve as a global model for countering government internet meddling….

The internet FAQ for cord-cutters – Allentown Morning Call

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The spinning wheel of death. That’s how I refer to one of the most annoying complications associated with streaming TV: buffering. The problem is scary enough to keep you glued to your cable TV provider, and rightfully so. After all, if you love TV, you’re not going to want to tolerate slow program load times or all-out freezes. Thankfully, most of the streaming services out there have fixed whatever early…

How Microsoft’s artificial intelligence helps make the perfect Twizzler and sell you underwear – Business Insider

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. REUTERS/Jim Young It’s true. Artificial intelligence can be used to make better Twizzlers. And sell more underwear. And ship goods around the world. And improve a bunch of other non-digital tasks that have been around for decades or centuries. That was the message from Microsoft last week during its “Digital Difference” event in New York highlighting a bunch of new partners that have adopted the company’s…

Microsoft gears up to retake the classroom – CNET

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Enlarge Image Can Microsoft make the grade? Getty Images Pop quiz: Which tech company is the most popular in schools? Answer: Google, by a mile. And Microsoft hopes to change that. The software giant is planning to hold an event in New York on Tuesday during which it’s expected to discuss new software for schools, and even a new low-cost PC designed to compete with other computer makers on price…

Microsoft Should Copy Nintendo And Make An Xbox Switch – Forbes

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Credit: Nintendo Now just imagine this screen with ‘Halo’ or ‘Dark Souls.’ Microsoft needs to fight back against the juggernaut that is the PlayStation 4. After all, the Xbox One is playing second fiddle and has been for some time. One way the Xbox team is planning to do that is by releasing “the most powerful console ever” in the Xbox Scorpio this holiday season, though we still don’t know…

NSA To Limit Some Collection Of Internet Communication – NPR

Friday, April 28, 2017

The National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption toggle caption Patrick Semansky/AP The National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. Patrick Semansky/AP The National Security Agency is scaling back the way it spies on some communications over the Internet. The NSA says it discovered what it called “lapses” in compliance with U.S. law. They’re called “about” communications: The NSA not only watches…

Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 preview lets you pin contacts to the taskbar – The Verge

Friday, April 28, 2017

Microsoft was supposed to ship contact integration with its Windows 10 Creators Update, but the software maker mysteriously delayed the feature. While we’ve been waiting to see when it would appear, Microsoft is now testing it with its latest preview build of Windows 10 (16184). The My People feature allows Windows 10 users to pin contacts to the taskbar, and access chat apps and conversations easily. It’s a major change…

I just tried Microsoft’s new VR system, and it’s like stepping into Windows – CNBC

Friday, April 28, 2017

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Microsoft dips after revenue misses expectations – CNBC

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Microsoft’s Revenue Falls Short of Estimates – Fortune

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Microsoft on Thursday reported quarterly revenue that slightly missed analysts’ estimates, as robust demand for its cloud computing services failed to offset weak growth in its personal computing division. Shares of the world’s largest software company fell 1% to $67.62 in trading after the bell. Under CEO Satya Nadella, who took the helm in 2014, Microsoft has sharpened its focus on the fast-growing cloud computing unit to counter a prolonged…

It Took Microsoft Nine Months to Fix That Word Bug – Fortune

Thursday, April 27, 2017

To understand why it is so difficult to defend computers from even moderately capable hackers, consider the case of the security flaw officially known as CVE-2017-0199. The bug was unusually dangerous but of a common genre: it was in Microsoft software, could allow a hacker to seize control of a personal computer with little trace, and was fixed April 11 in Microsoft’s regular monthly security update. But it had traveled…

Thanks to Google, Cubans Are Getting a Much Faster Internet – NBCNews.com

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Google is about to change the internet browsing experience in Cuba in a big way. On Wednesday, the technology giant became the first foreign internet company to set up servers in the island nation. While it won’t do much to boost internet access in the country, it will speed up the experience for those who are already online. Google’s Cuban servers will be able to store popular content locally, making…