Computers

Firefox Update Will Kill This Sneaky Tracking Technique – Forbes

Monday, January 16, 2017

There are all kinds of ways that advertisers try to track you online. You already know about cookies, but did you know you can be identified by the fonts that are on your computer? Image: Pexels It’s a form of what’s known as browser fingerprinting. By probing your browser for various bits of information — like your screen resolution, time zone, interface language, what plug-ins you have installed — you…

Microsoft is finally rebuilding the Xbox One dashboard for speed – The Verge

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Xbox One dashboard was built with Kinect in mind, from the overall user interface to the basic fundamentals that assign system resources accordingly. Microsoft has slowly been walking back some of those decisions with improvements focused on quick access to features with the controller, but there are still some inherent problems with dashboard performance. It appears that Microsoft is finally about to address the Xbox One dashboard issues. In…

Microsoft is finally rebuilding the Xbox One dashboard for speed – The Verge

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Xbox One dashboard was built with Kinect in mind, from the overall user interface to the basic fundamentals that assign system resources accordingly. Microsoft has slowly been walking back some of those decisions with improvements focused on quick access to features with the controller, but there are still some inherent problems with dashboard performance. It appears that Microsoft is finally about to address the Xbox One dashboard issues. In…

Microsoft patent reveals foldable phone that turns into a tablet – The Verge

Monday, January 16, 2017

Microsoft is attempting to patent a device with a flexible hinge and display that would transform a phone into a tablet. Patent filings discovered by MSPoweruser reveal that Microsoft is, at least, experimenting with this type of concept for a future mobile device. Accompanying notes and diagrams detail what looks like a large smartphone that can fold over and transform into a tablet form factor or even the tent mode…

Microsoft patent reveals foldable phone that turns into a tablet – The Verge

Monday, January 16, 2017

Microsoft is attempting to patent a device with a flexible hinge and display that would transform a phone into a tablet. Patent filings discovered by MSPoweruser reveal that Microsoft is, at least, experimenting with this type of concept for a future mobile device. Accompanying notes and diagrams detail what looks like a large smartphone that can fold over and transform into a tablet form factor or even the tent mode…

When home Internet service costs $5000—or even $15000 – Ars Technica

Monday, January 16, 2017

reader comments 11 When Cathy Corman bought a house in 1998, she didn’t mind that it had no cable service. Corman was finishing a dissertation, her husband was starting a new job, and they were raising five-year-old triplets—they didn’t spend much time watching TV. And to get on the Web, all they needed was a phone line and a dial-up Internet subscription. But years passed and dial-up Internet became a…

When home Internet service costs $5000—or even $15000 – Ars Technica

Monday, January 16, 2017

reader comments 11 When Cathy Corman bought a house in 1998, she didn’t mind that it had no cable service. Corman was finishing a dissertation, her husband was starting a new job, and they were raising five-year-old triplets—they didn’t spend much time watching TV. And to get on the Web, all they needed was a phone line and a dial-up Internet subscription. But years passed and dial-up Internet became a…

Microsoft’s Nadella Warns Against ‘Hubris’ Amid AI Growth – Bloomberg

Monday, January 16, 2017

Microsoft Corp. and its competitors should eschew artificial intelligence systems that replace people instead of maximizing their time, Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said in an interview Monday. “The fundamental need of every person is to be able to use their time more effectively, not to say, ‘let us replace you’,” Nadella said in an interview at the DLD conference in Munich. “This year and the next will be the…

Microsoft’s Nadella Warns Against ‘Hubris’ Amid AI Growth … – Bloomberg

Monday, January 16, 2017

Microsoft Corp. and its competitors should eschew artificial intelligence systems that replace people instead of maximizing their time, Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said in an interview Monday. “The fundamental need of every person is to be able to use their time more effectively, not to say, ‘let us replace you’,” Nadella said in an interview at the DLD conference in Munich. “This year and the next will be the…

Microsoft Buys AI Startup Maluuba – Investopedia

Monday, January 16, 2017

With 12% returns in 2016, which topped the 9.55% rise in the S&P 500 (SPX) index, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) was without a doubt one of 2016’s best performers. And the software giant seems determined to duplicate if not surpass that feat in 2017. To that end, it’s spending cash left and right. On Friday, Microsoft acquired artificial intelligence (AI) startup Maluuba, which specializes in deep learning and reinforcement learning. Aside…

Microsoft Buys AI Startup Maluuba – Investopedia

Monday, January 16, 2017

With 12% returns in 2016, which topped the 9.55% rise in the S&P 500 (SPX) index, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) was without a doubt one of 2016’s best performers. And the software giant seems determined to duplicate if not surpass that feat in 2017. To that end, it’s spending cash left and right. On Friday, Microsoft acquired artificial intelligence (AI) startup Maluuba, which specializes in deep learning and reinforcement learning. Aside…

Microsoft’s Peggy Johnson reflects company’s shift on business dealings – The Seattle Times

Monday, January 16, 2017

Peggy Johnson was less than a day into her new job at Microsoft in 2014 when a daunting assignment landed on her desk. “I want to say (it was in) the first hour,” she recalls. “It was like, ‘Hey, we have something we want you to focus on.’ ” That task: brokering peace with Samsung, the giant South Korean electronics maker. Peggy Johnson Title: Microsoft’s executive vice president of business development…

Microsoft’s Peggy Johnson reflects company’s shift on business dealings – The Seattle Times

Monday, January 16, 2017

Peggy Johnson was less than a day into her new job at Microsoft in 2014 when a daunting assignment landed on her desk. “I want to say (it was in) the first hour,” she recalls. “It was like, ‘Hey, we have something we want you to focus on.’ ” That task: brokering peace with Samsung, the giant South Korean electronics maker. Peggy Johnson Title: Microsoft’s executive vice president of business development…

Microsoft’s Peggy Johnson reflects company’s shift on business dealings – The Seattle Times

Monday, January 16, 2017

Peggy Johnson was less than a day into her new job at Microsoft in 2014 when a daunting assignment landed on her desk. “I want to say (it was in) the first hour,” she recalls. “It was like, ‘Hey, we have something we want you to focus on.’ ” That task: brokering peace with Samsung, the giant South Korean electronics maker. Peggy Johnson Title: Microsoft’s executive vice president of business development…

Microsoft Admits Windows 10 Has A Serious Problem – Forbes

Sunday, January 15, 2017

There’s the thing about Windows 10: you give up control. Control over updates (especially poor Windows 10 Home users) and control over privacy, but has finally admitted the latter is a serious problem and is taking action… In a blog post Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, said the words millions have been waiting to hear: “Many of you have asked for more control…

Microsoft HoloLens Review: Winning The Reality Wars – Forbes

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Like many, I followed the coverage of CES from the Las Vegas Convention Center as the world’s tech giants showed off the principles and ideas that will be driving the industry forwards over the next year and beyond. The rise of various realities – be they mixed, virtual, actual, augmented or otherwise – stood out, although many of the solutions on show were leaning towards demonstrations of techniques and hardware. To…

Microsoft confirms Game Mode coming in Windows 10 Creators Update – Digital Trends

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Windows 10 gaming was one of the areas of improvement that Microsoft highlighted at the Creators Update event in October. And if anyone was concerned that the company’s productivity focus meant that PC gaming would take a back seat, then Creators Update should have allayed some of those fears. Microsoft didn’t go into that much detail at their event, but it was clear that Windows 10 gaming will be up…

Cubans find Internet, like change, is slow to come – CNN

Saturday, January 14, 2017

By Ray Sanchez, CNN Updated 2:47 PM ET, Fri January 13, 2017 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what’s happening in the world as it unfolds. Havana, Cuba (CNN)Havana’s bustling nightlife went dark and silent as Cuba embarked on the post-Fidel Castro era. MUST WATCH

Microsoft is serious about better gaming in Windows 10 Creators Update – Digital Trends

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Windows 10 gaming was one of the areas of improvement that Microsoft highlighted at the Creators Update event in October. And if anyone was concerned that the company’s productivity focus meant that PC gaming would take a back seat, then Creators Update should have allayed some of those fears. Microsoft didn’t go into that much detail at their event, but it was clear that Windows 10 gaming will be up…

Microsoft Acquires Artificial-Intelligence Startup Maluuba – Wall Street Journal

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Microsoft Corp. on Friday said it acquired a Montreal startup that focuses on artificial intelligence, giving the software giant another tool as it competes against rivals such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Salesforce.com Inc. The startup, Maluuba, was launched in 2010 by students at the University of Waterloo. It creates programs that use…