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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 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…

Microsoft gets dinged by hardware — this time, it’s Surface – USA TODAY

Thursday, April 27, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talks to USA TODAY’s Marco Della Cava about his three years at the helm of the iconic tech company. Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Satya Nadella, 49, took over as Microsoft CEO three years ago this month. He has pushed a major cultural shift at the tech giant, and in the coming years must deliver on big bets ranging from a LinkedIn…

Hackers used Microsoft Word bug ‘for months’ – BBC News

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Image caption The bug was found in Microsoft Office software – and went unfixed for months A bug in Microsoft Word was exploited by hackers for months before it was eventually fixed, according to security researchers. The flaw allowed attackers to take control of a computer via malicious document files. The zero-day, or previously undetected, vulnerability was patched earlier this month. However, it has since emerged that Microsoft was told…

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…

Why Microsoft’s profit boom is just beginning, according to Credit Suisse – CNBC

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Hackers used Microsoft Word bug ‘for months’ – BBC News

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Image caption The bug was found in Microsoft Office software – and went unfixed for months A bug in Microsoft Word was exploited by hackers for months before it was eventually fixed, according to security researchers. The flaw allowed attackers to take control of a computer via malicious document files. The zero-day, or previously undetected, vulnerability was patched earlier this month. However, it has since emerged that Microsoft was told…

Microsoft calls takesies-backsies on Windows update – CNET

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Software bugs are messing with the latest major Windows 10 update. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images Microsoft released a major update for Windows 10 about two weeks ago but will temporarily block access to the update for people who haven’t yet downloaded it, according to a company blog post this week. The problem? Apparently not all the bugs have been worked out. Computers using certain types of Bluetooth radios, for instance, haven’t…

Google launches in Cuba as first foreign internet company – Telegraph.co.uk

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Google has become the first foreign internet company to launch a service in Cuba, raising hopes of reform in one of the world’s most cut-off countries.  The internet giant opened a new data centre in Cuba yesterday where it will store information such as popular YouTube videos. In a move that indicates Cuba is opening its doors to modernisation and greater access to information, the on-island servers will make it easier for Cuban people to…

House panel seeks charges for company in Clinton email case – Fox News

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A congressional committee on Thursday asked the Justice Department to consider criminally prosecuting a technology services company that was involved in maintaining a private email server for Hillary Clinton. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee accused Colorado-based Platte River Networks and its chief executive, Treve Suazo, of withholding documents demanded under subpoena and obstructing the committee’s investigation “at every turn.” The allegations were made in a referral…

Microsoft Word flaw took so long to fix that hackers used it to send fraud software to millions of computers – Telegraph.co.uk

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A flaw in Microsoft Word took the tech giant so long to fix that hackers were able to use it to send fraud software to millions of computers, it has been revealed. The security flaw, officially known as CVE-2017-0199, could allow a hacker to seize control of a personal computer with little trace, and was fixed on April 11 in Microsoft’s regular monthly security update – nine months after it was…

Hackers exploited Word flaw for months while Microsoft investigated – Telegraph.co.uk

Thursday, April 27, 2017

FireEye probed further, found the earlier Russian-language attacks, and warned Microsoft. The company, which confirmed it was first warned of active attacks in March, got on track for an April 11 patch. Then, what counts as disaster in the world of bug-fixers struck. Another security firm, McAfee, saw some attacks using the Microsoft Word flaw on April 6. After what it described as “quick but in-depth research,” it established that…