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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,…

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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Microsoft urges PhD-grade devs to play Minecraft for money – 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 Bursts into Atlassian’s Market: Raymond James Examines – Barron’s (blog)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

By Tiernan Ray Raymond James’s Michael Turits this afternoon weighed in on the entrance by Microsoft (MSFT) into the so-called collaboration software market, where Atlassian (TEAM) is a well-known name inside  companies, and also private outfits such as Slack, with something called “Microsoft Teams,” announced yesterday. The product is offered to those subscribing to Microsoft’s online hosted version of its Office productivity suite, Office 365. Turits, who has a Strong Buy rating on Microsoft…

Microsoft fires up storage-optimised Azure instances – The Register

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Microsoft’s decided Azure needs virtual machines optimised for storage, so has given us all the new L-series to play with. They’re all running Xeon E5 V3 CPUs and go from four cores, 32 GiB of RAM and 678 GB of local SSD up to 32 cores, 356 GiB RAM and “over 5.6 TB of local SSD.” Microsoft says the new instance type is for “workloads that require low latency, such…

Microsoft fixes record number of flaws, some publicly known – PCWorld

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Microsoft’s batch of security patches for March is one of the largest ever and includes fixes for several vulnerabilities that are publicly known and actively exploited. The company published 17 security bulletins covering 135 vulnerabilities in its own products and one separate bulletin for Flash Player, which has its security patches distributed through Windows Update. Nine bulletins are rated critical and nine are rated as important. The affected products include…

7 tips for lowering your internet bill – MarketWatch

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet. Even if you’re happy with your current internet service, you might be paying too much for it. Here are ways to check if you’re getting good value for your money and tips for lowering your monthly internet bill. 1. Test your speed This will help you make sure you’re getting what you…

Russian Spies Charged in Massive Yahoo Email Hack – NBCNews.com

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Justice Department announced charges Wednesday against two Russian spies and two hackers behind the 2014 theft of data connected to half a billion Yahoo accounts, which officials called one of the largest known data breaches in American history. The four men together face 47 criminal charges, including conspiracy, computer fraud, economic espionage, theft of trade secrets and aggravated identity theft, the Justice Department said in a news release. One…

Microsoft close to finalizing the Windows 10 Creators Update – The Verge

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Microsoft will distribute the final version of the Windows 10 Creators Update to testers by the end of the month, sources familiar with the company’s plans tell The Verge. The software giant is currently in the final phases of development, but has not publicly revealed a date for when the Creators Update will be made available broadly. Internally, the company is targeting early April for fully compatible devices, with a…