Computers

Cyber attack sweeps globe, researchers see ‘WannaCry’ link – Reuters

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

MOSCOW/KIEV/WASHINGTON A major global cyber attack on Tuesday disrupted computers at Russia’s biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms with a virus similar to the ransomware that last month infected more than 300,000 computers. The rapidly spreading cyber extortion campaign underscored growing concerns that businesses have failed to secure their networks from increasingly aggressive hackers, who have shown they are capable of shutting down critical infrastructure and crippling corporate…

Ransomware virus hits computer servers across the globe – Reuters

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

MOSCOW/KIEV A ransomware attack hit computers across the world on Tuesday, taking out servers at Russia’s biggest oil company, disrupting operations at Ukrainian banks, and shutting down computers at multinational shipping and advertising firms. Cyber security experts said those behind the attack appeared to have exploited the same type of hacking tool used in the WannaCry ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers in May before a British…

Surface Devices Could Lead To Upside For Microsoft – Forbes

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Microsoft recently rolled out its Surface Pro and Laptop to 25 markets. While the new convertible Windows 10 tablet, Surface Pro, starts at $799 and costs $2,699 for the highest configuration, the Surface laptop starts at $999 and goes up to $2199. These launches closely follow the successful launch of Surface Book in 2016. With these launches, Microsoft is targeting the premium segment of the PC market. However, the company…

Microsoft offers employees four weeks of paid family caregiver leave – Seattle Times

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Microsoft is tacking on a new paid leave benefit, offering up to four weeks of time away from work for employees who need to take care of an ailing family member. That offer was available for U.S. employees beginning on Tuesday, the company said. Microsoft employees in 22 countries already have the new benefit, and a broader rollout in the coming months is expected to cover the rest of Microsoft’s…

Microsoft debuts ‘Sports Performance Platform’ to help teams make data-driven decisions – GeekWire

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Via Microsoft. Microsoft is making more moves in the sports arena. The tech giant today debuted its “Sports Performance Platform,” a new product born out of Microsoft Garage, the company’s internal incubator. The customizable platform, which is already being used by teams like Seattle Reign FC and Cricket Australia, uses a trio of Microsoft services: Power BI, Azure, and Surface. It crunches athlete performance data taken from disparate sources —…

Box deepens partnership with Microsoft and turns its attention to AI and machine learning – TechCrunch

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

When I spoke to Box CEO Aaron Levie last year at the Boxworks customer conference, I had to ask the obligatory machine learning question. Surely Box was of sufficient size with enough data running through its systems to take advantage of machine learning. All he would say was they were thinking about it. Today, the company announced a deepening relationship with Microsoft in which Box will take advantage of Redmond’s…

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube launch anti-terrorism partnership – The Verge

Monday, June 26, 2017

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube have launched a partnership aimed at combating terrorists online. The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism builds on several existing initiatives, which are designed to scrub terrorist recruitment material from the internet and promote counter-narratives to potential recruits. The forum is supposed to make it easier for its members to cooperate with each other, as well as with governments, smaller companies, and non-governmental organizations. The…

Microsoft Monday: Windows 10 Source Code Leak, Digital IDs For The Undocumented, Dictate For Outlook – Forbes

Monday, June 26, 2017

A Microsoft logo glowing at the Computex Show in Taipei (Photo credit: SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images) Microsoft Monday is a weekly column that focuses on updates in regards to the Redmond giant. This week, Microsoft Monday includes details about a digital ID program for the undocumented, a new video streaming service, the Microsoft Dictate add-in for Outlook and a portion of the Windows 10 source code leaking. Microsoft And Accenture Are…

Gmail to end ad-targeting email scans – BBC News

Monday, June 26, 2017

Image copyright Microsoft Image caption Microsoft had attacked Google’s email scans claiming they were an invasion of privacy Google’s decision to stop scanning Gmail users’ emails in order to target them with personalised adverts has been given a qualified welcome by privacy campaigners. The tech firm revealed the change in a blog at the end of last week. Google promised to make the move before the year’s end to bring…

Amazon Echo Show vs. Apple iPad: which is the better kitchen computer? – The Verge

Monday, June 26, 2017

Amazon’s new Echo Show is shipping this week, giving yet another platform for Alexa to exist on. The Echo Show is a lot like prior Echo devices in that you can control it entirely with your voice and it can hear you from across the room. But the Show is the first Amazon Alexa device with a screen, giving it a number of new capabilities. You can read our full…

The 25 Most Influential People on the Internet – TIME

Monday, June 26, 2017

When the NPR host and producer dropped his first podcast, S-Town, in March, it was essentially billed as the next Serial — a twisty tale that would have listeners guessing and theorizing for weeks on end. And while it did kick off with a murder mystery, it quickly transformed into something far more fascinating: an in-depth exploration of one man’s life — and death — in Woodstock, Ala. (the titular…

How I tried to get Microsoft to turn me away from MacBooks – CNET

Sunday, June 25, 2017

 Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. I wanted to be sold. I really did. Sarah Tew/CNET I’m vulnerable. I look at my MacBook Air and think it a little dowdy.  It works just fine, but there are those times when you want to believe there’s something better out there.  So when I heard that Microsoft had released its Surface Laptop, I…

We’re one step closer to getting cheaper, faster internet from space – The Denver Post

Sunday, June 25, 2017

For many, it’s been a years-long pipe dream: Ultra-fast, lag-free internet that comes to your PC or smartphone via satellite instead of a wire into your home. Facebook, Google and even SpaceX have explored the idea, partly in hopes of selling broadband access to a growing market with enormous potential – the developing world. But now, a former Googler and friend of Elon Musk has beaten them all to the…

VC Justin Caldbeck raised funding in email to accuser ahead of scandal breaking – TechCrunch

Sunday, June 25, 2017

TechCrunch has reviewed an email allegedly sent by VC Justin Caldbeck, of Binary Capital, to one of the female founders who have accused him of inappropriate behavior — which suggests he tried to use his influence as an investor to encourage the woman to drop the allegations against him. The email, dated June 8 — although we have not yet been able to independently verify the year it was sent…

How to delete yourself from the internet – Fox News

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Data breaches. Identity theft. Bank fraud. It seems like every week we read a fearsome new headline about cybercrime … about reputable services falling victim to anonymous hackers … about ransomware holding random computer users’ files hostage. And then there are those websites that track your every move, targeting you with personalized advertisements. If you’ve considered the unthinkable — removing yourself from the internet — well, there’s bad…

Hackers attack UK parliament’s email system – Financial Times

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hackers attack parliament’s email system

Microsoft’s ‘Play Anywhere’ program fails to attract big game studios – Seattle Times

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A year in, Microsoft’s bid to link personal computer and Xbox gaming is still a work in progress. At the E3 trade show a year ago, Microsoft introduced “Play Anywhere,” a program that lets people buy a game digitally through the Xbox store, and play it on both a console and a PC. The aim was to add a consumer-friendly link between Windows, the home for most PC gaming, and…

We’re one step closer to getting cheaper, faster internet from space – The Denver Post

Sunday, June 25, 2017

For many, it’s been a years-long pipe dream: Ultra-fast, lag-free internet that comes to your PC or smartphone via satellite instead of a wire into your home. Facebook, Google and even SpaceX have explored the idea, partly in hopes of selling broadband access to a growing market with enormous potential – the developing world. But now, a former Googler and friend of Elon Musk has beaten them all to the…

Microsoft’s ‘Play Anywhere’ program fails to attract big game studios – Seattle Times

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A year in, Microsoft’s bid to link personal computer and Xbox gaming is still a work in progress. At the E3 trade show a year ago, Microsoft introduced “Play Anywhere,” a program that lets people buy a game digitally through the Xbox store, and play it on both a console and a PC. The aim was to add a consumer-friendly link between Windows, the home for most PC gaming, and…

US Asks Supreme Court to Take Up Microsoft Fight Over Email Privacy – KTLA

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Microsoft logo is illuminated on a wall during a Microsoft launch event to introduce the new Microsoft Surface laptop and Windows 10 S operating system, May 2, 2017 in New York City. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) The Microsoft logo is illuminated on a wall during a Microsoft launch event to introduce the new Microsoft Surface laptop and Windows 10 S operating system, May 2, 2017 in New York City….