Computers

Microsoft’s first-ever desktop PC blows away the Mac – Business Insider

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Microsoft Surface Studio, with authentic terrible drawingDarren Weaver/Business Insider Computers are kind of boring, right? Whether you’re a Mac fan or a PC person, I can hand you any laptop in the world, you can log into your Facebook and Google accounts, and do probably 90% of what you need to do. It means that, for a lot of people, one computer is pretty much interchangeable with any other. But…

Here’s how to see the cheeky secret you never knew Google Chrome was hiding – The Sun

Sunday, March 19, 2017

THERE’S a cheeky secret hiding in Google Chrome’s mobile app which you probably never knew existed. The popular web browser has a fair few hidden secrets for users to come across, but this one is particularly tongue in cheek. The Google Chrome app features a tab counter in the top right corner When you open the Chrome app, you’ll see a counter in the top corner which keeps track of…

One year after Tay, Microsoft is still big on bots — and here is where it’s focusing now – GeekWire

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Xuedong Huang, Microsoft technical fellow of artificial intelligence, spoke at the AI NEXT conference in Bellevue, Wash., this weekend. (GeekWire Photo / Geof Wheelwright) Microsoft has learned a lot about chatbot technology since the unfortunate rollout of the short-lived “Tay” chatbot one year ago this week, when Internet users were able to teach Tay to make racist and misogynistic remarks. This weekend, the company offered insights on the lessons learned from that experience, as well as…

I Work At HipChat, But These Are Four Times I Stick With Email (For Now) – Fast Company

Sunday, March 19, 2017

But when it’s okay to wait, email still comes in handy. Not every issue requires escalation, an immediate reply, or any face time at all. And in fact, as instantaneous responses come to be more often expected, email’s less-urgent pace can still be a bit of a reprieve. 3. As A Public Front Door At Atlassian (HipChat’s parent company), we rarely use email to communicate internally. HipChat handles the bulk…

What Is the Internet of Things? — The Motley Fool – Motley Fool

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Defining the Internet of Things (IoT) can be simplified down to the connection of everyday things — like homes, industrial equipment, watches, etc. — to the internet, for the purpose of collecting data, tracking usage, and automating systems. While it encompasses many technological devices, it’s important to remember that the Internet of Things spans across all major sectors. The amount of connected IoT objects will reach 50 billion by 2020 and will…

Google Chrome browser – The 11 hidden tricks EVERY Chrome … – Express.co.uk

Sunday, March 19, 2017

9. Personalise Chrome Redecorate your Google Chrome web browser with a new look from the Chrome Theme store. Paste the following URL in your address bar, https://chrome.google.com/webstore?hl=en&category=theme 10. Cast To The Big Screen Fancy doing your web browsing on a bigger screen? The latest version of Google Chrome lets you share whatever is on your screen with a ChromeCast with just a few clicks. Navigate to the tab you’d like…

5 Email Marketing Tweaks to Double Your Business Revenue – Entrepreneur

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Email is the most powerful marketing channel of the 21st century. In fact, email is so powerful that the Direct Marketing Association says that you can get a return on investment (ROI) of $38 for every $1 you invest in email marketing. Similarly, research shows that email is responsible for driving 25.1 percent of all Black Friday sales in 2015, compared to just 1.6 percent of sales from social media. If…

What Is the Internet of Things? – Motley Fool

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Defining the Internet of Things (IoT) can be simplified down to the connection of everyday things — like homes, industrial equipment, watches, etc. — to the internet, for the purpose of collecting data, tracking usage, and automating systems. While it encompasses many technological devices, it’s important to remember that the Internet of Things spans across all major sectors. The amount of connected IoT objects will reach 50 billion by 2020 and will…

Google Chrome – The 11 hidden tricks EVERY Chrome users needs to know – Express.co.uk

Saturday, March 18, 2017

9. Personalise Chrome Redecorate your Google Chrome web browser with a new look from the Chrome Theme store. Paste the following URL in your address bar, https://chrome.google.com/webstore?hl=en&category=theme 10. Cast To The Big Screen Fancy doing your web browsing on a bigger screen? The latest version of Google Chrome lets you share whatever is on your screen with a ChromeCast with just a few clicks. Navigate to the tab you’d like…

Microsoft Admits Forcing More Users Onto Windows 10 – Forbes

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Microsoft Windows 10 desktop logo Microsoft is blocking Windows 7 and 8 updates on Intel’s seventh generation Core i3, i5 and i7 (Kaby Lake), AMD’s Ryzen (Bristol Ridge) and Qualcomm’s 8996 processors. Devices powered by these processors must update to Windows 10 in order to receive updates from Microsoft. The problem will manifest only when you try to run Windows Update, when you’ll see an error message: “Windows could not…

Microsoft Is Making Those Annoying Windows Updates a Thing of the Past – Motley Fool

Friday, March 17, 2017

For decades, owning a PC meant putting up with inconvenient Windows updates that always seemed to take over your computer when you needed it most. The updates were necessary as they delivered security patches along with feature updates, but they were time-consuming and users had no control over when they happened. The update process was one that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) created in the days it dominated the computer market, before it…

Microsoft is infesting Windows 10 with annoying ads – The Verge – The Verge

Friday, March 17, 2017

I’ve sat back and witnessed the development of Windows 10 and appreciated the speed of new feature releases, but it seems there’s a price to pay for this new “Windows as a service” world. Microsoft has gradually been infesting Windows 10 with annoying ads. The first emerged on the lock screen as “tips,” and then there was the bundling of Candy Crush with the OS, and now Microsoft has started…

Microsoft Makes Windows 10’s Worst Feature Worse – Forbes

Friday, March 17, 2017

Windows 10 keeps improving and next month it will take a major step forward, but unfortunately seems determined to make by far and away its worst feature even worse…  At its heart Windows 10 suffers from a fundamental lack of user control. It executes Microsoft’s belief that an up-to-date operating system is more important than a user’s right to control what their PC installs. Until now a users’ best defence…

Microsoft Is Finally Pulling the Plug on Windows Vista – Fortune

Thursday, March 16, 2017

One of Microsoft’s most despised operating systems will finally be laid to rest soon. Microsoft (msft) will stop supporting Windows Vista after April 11, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. That means users will no longer receive security updates and will not have access to Microsoft’s support team to address their troubles. “Microsoft has provided support for Windows Vista for the past 10 years, but the time has…

Someone Copied The Wrong Person On An Email, And It Just Might Destroy Uber – Huffington Post

Thursday, March 16, 2017

On Dec. 13, an employee at Waymo, a self-driving startup founded by Google, was accidentally copied on an email from one of its vendors. Where was the email supposed to go? Why, to Uber ― or, more specifically, to Uber’s newly acquired startup Otto.

Pa. universal internet law needs update (editorial) – York Daily Record/Sunday News

Thursday, March 16, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share Shera Peck has researched internet options for her rural home in Fawn Township, but can’t get DSL, cable or satellite internet to work there. Chris Dunn, York Daily Record Buy Photo Braydn Peck, 9, uses his school-issued tablet to complete math exercises in the Pecks’ Fawn Township home. Shera Peck, whose family lives not far from several South Eastern schools, has been unable to get…

Microsoft urges PhD-grade devs to play Minecraft for money • The … – The Register

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Microsoft wants PhD researchers to pitch their bots into a Minecraft landscape, but it’s not some simple “robot wars” remake: to win, your AI will have to learn to co-operate with humans. And you don’t get to choose who you co-operate with: in Project Malmo, the other players your code works with will be randomly assigned. There are three maximum US$20k prizes at stake in the competition, which will happen…

Microsoft is killing Windows Vista: Here’s what you should do – CNBC

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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Judge Rejects Google Deal Over Email Scanning – Fortune

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A federal judge in San Francisco on Wednesday slammed a legal settlement that proposed to pay $2.2 million to lawyers, but nothing to consumers who had the contents of their email scanned by Google without their knowledge or permission. In a 6-page order, Judge Lucy Koh told Google (goog) and class action attorneys the proposed settlement was insufficient, in part because it failed to clearly tell consumers what the search…

Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 could be a regular laptop and arrive next month – The Verge

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Microsoft surprised everyone with its unveiling of the Surface Book laptop with a detachable display, but the software maker might not bring this tablet feature to its Surface Book 2. DigiTimes reports that Microsoft’s new Surface Book has entered mass production and could be unveiled by the end of the month or April. The timing is hardly surprising given persistent rumors about the Surface Book successor over the past year,…