Computers

Hillary Clinton email scandal breeds voter distrust, sends poll numbers down – Washington Times

Friday, April 10, 2015

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s mother, Zubeidat, calls Americans ‘terrorists’ for convicting ‘best’ son

Lynda.com: A 60-Year-Old Earns Internet Glory – Wall Street Journal

Friday, April 10, 2015

At a time when some of the biggest deals in technology make overnight billionaires out of 20-something startup founders, the story of Lynda Weinman’s success may come as a welcome counterweight. A “mother of the Internet” and author of some of the earliest books on Web design, Ms. Weinman has spent two decades teaching scores of would-be Web experts through lynda.com, the e-learning site she co-founded with her husband, Bruce…

Dropbox Teams With Microsoft To Allow Anyone To Edit Documents Online – TechCrunch

Friday, April 10, 2015

Microsoft and Dropbox are expanding their already close partnership today with the reveal of a new integration that will now allow consumers to edit their Microsoft Office files, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents, in Dropbox using Office Online via the web. Previously, many of these edits would have taken place using Microsoft Office’s desktop applications – which also meant that you would have to be at a computer where the software was installed. The online…

This image perfectly sums up inequality in America, according to the Internet – Washington Post (blog)

Friday, April 10, 2015

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Building the Internet of Things is risky—and a great opportunity – Quartz

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Although most of us have come to anticipate boundless gains in cost, energy and human efficiency from the Internet of Things, there is one major hitch: it’s not here yet. The Internet of Things (IoT)’s disruptive potential has been deathly slow to realize, in large part because the commercial landscape is not ready for it. Much of the delay resides in linking the vast islands of digital data from sensors…

Update: Microsoft quietly seeds consumer PCs with Windows 10 upgrade ‘nag … – Computerworld

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Microsoft has seeded most consumer Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs with an automatic update that will pitch the free Windows 10 upgrade to customers. According to Myce.com, a March 27 non-security update aimed at Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows 8.1 Update — the latter, the April 2014 refresh — lays the foundation for a Windows 10 marketing and upgrade campaign. The update, identified by Microsoft as…

Microsoft Is Making a Stripped-Down Windows to Rival Linux – Wired

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Today, big Silicon Valley names like Google and Twitter run their online services across thousands of machines. And to efficiently execute their software with so much hardware in the mix, they use the open source Linux operating system and a technology called “containers.” What they don’t use is Windows. Microsoft’s flagship operating system operates quite differently from Linux—which could be a problem as containers become the preferred way of computing…

Microsoft’s ‘Redstone’: An update to Windows 10 due in 2016 – ZDNet

Thursday, April 09, 2015

There’s a new Windows codename on the roadmap: “Redstone.” Brad Sams at Neowin unearthed the existence of the Redstone codename on April 7, calling it the “next Windows update coming in 2016.” According to my sources, he’s right. Here’s how to think about Redstone, based on what I’m hearing. Windows 10, which was codenamed “Threshold,” will be released this summer, Microsoft execs have said. My sources say there will be…

Mozilla pushes out fix for Firefox opportunistic encryption flaw – ZDNet

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Mozilla’s Firefox has received a new update to patch a web encryption flaw which could allow malicious websites to bypass certificate verification checks. Last week, Mozilla introduced Firefox 37.0, which included support for HTTP/2, an Internet standard which allows for web connections to be encrypted even when HTTPS is not supported. One feature is HTTP Alternative Services — otherwise known as Alt-Svc — which forces end-to-end encryption between pages through…

Microsoft Surface 3 Review: The Tablet I Want At The Price I Don’t – Gizmodo

Thursday, April 09, 2015

I’m dancing on the grave of Microsoft’s original Surface tablet, and I feel no remorse. It’s hard to feel sad—it was a beautifully crafted ten-inch tablet that ran a crippled version of Windows. It was awful. Now it’s dead, and I’ve got a way better tablet. I’m so happy. What Is It? It’s a cheaper, 10-inch Microsoft Surface tablet—complete with pop-out kickstand, an awesome flip-out keyboard cover and real stylus…

Microsoft seeds Windows 7, 8.1 PCs with Windows 10 upgrade ‘nag’ notices – Computerworld

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Microsoft has seeded most consumer Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs with an automatic update that will pitch the free Windows 10 upgrade to customers. According to Myce.com, a March 27 non-security update aimed at Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows 8.1 Update — the latter, the April 2014 refresh — lays the foundation for a Windows 10 marketing and upgrade campaign. The update, identified by Microsoft as…

Report: Russian hackers accessed White House email – PCWorld

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Hackers working for the Russian government were able to access President Obama’s email system inside the White House, CNN reported Tuesday, indicating that an earlier breach may have been more serious than previously thought. The State Department and the White House said late last year they had seen suspicious activity in their networks, though the White House said at the time only unclassified systems were affected. That may have been…

Microsoft is bringing live, over-the-air TV to Xbox One in North America – The Verge

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Microsoft’s not done with its TV plans on Xbox One; today the company announced that the console will soon support reception of over-the-air TV networks in the United States and Canada. This will allow Xbox One owners to watch live programming from broadcast networks like CBS, FOX, NBC, and PBS without a cable subscription. Microsoft has already launched this feature elsewhere in the world, but Xbox customers in North America…

Microsoft Is Making A Super-Slim Windows to Rival Linux – Wired

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Today, big Silicon Valley names like Google and Twitter run their online services across thousands of machines. And to efficiently execute their software with so much hardware in the mix, they use the open source Linux operating system and a technology called “containers.” What they don’t use is Windows. Microsoft’s flagship operating system operates quite differently from Linux—which could be a problem as containers become the preferred way of computing…

Square Brings Accountability To Email Marketing – TechCrunch

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Square is in the process of building up a series of products and services that use its payments platform as a foundation. The latest, launching today, is an email marketing tool gives physical businesses the same advantages of online stores. Square Marketing is a set of tools that lets brick and mortar businesses act more like online retailers when it comes to setting up — and tracking the effectiveness of…

Microsoft launches a pilot program for hiring autistic workers – Washington Post (blog)

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

(EPA/ZOLTAN MATHE) Microsoft is looking to recruit yet another type of diverse employee. The Redmond, Wash.-based technology giant said Friday that it is piloting a program focused on hiring people with autism for full-time positions in the company’s headquarters. The program was announced in a blog post by Mary Ellen Smith, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for worldwide operations. Smith wrote that in addition to the general advantages of a more diverse workforce, Microsoft is getting…

Read Bill Gates’ letter to Microsoft employees for company’s 40th anniversary – BGR

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Over the weekend, Microsoft, somewhat quietly, celebrated its 40th anniversary. Co-founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen back in 1975, Microsoft, of course, would eventually go on to become the de-facto standard in computer software thanks to the 1-2 punch of Windows and Microsoft Office. In commemoration of Microsoft’s 40th year, Bill Gates recently penned a letter to Microsoft employees which touched on what the company has accomplished while also…

Microsoft Launches Pilot Program To Hire People With Autism – Huffington Post

Monday, April 06, 2015

Microsoft is making big strides in creating an inclusive workplace. The company said it will launch a pilot program in May to hire people with autism for full-time positions at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft expects to kick off the program with 10 candidates, a company spokesperson told The Huffington Post. “Microsoft is stronger when we expand opportunity and we have a diverse workforce that represents our customers,” Mary…

Bill Gates’ 40th anniversary email: Goal was ‘a computer on every desk’ – CNNMoney

Monday, April 06, 2015

It’s been 40 years since Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft. To mark the anniversary, Gates sent an email to Microsoft employees Friday, which CNNMoney was able to independently confirm. The message, which made the rounds on Twitter, invokes the origin of Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30), which opened it doors on April 4, 1975. “Early on, Paul Allen and I set the goal of a computer on every desk and…

RIP Internet Explorer: Microsoft Corporation Kills Off One of Its Signature … – Motley Fool

Monday, April 06, 2015

American business history is full of beloved products that were sadly missed after being discontinued. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Internet Explorer browser will not be one of them. There were few teary-eyed eulogies last month when the software giant confirmed long-standing rumors that it would replace IE with a new default browser packed into its Windows operating system. Rather, the dominant emotion…