Computers

Regulate the internet – The Week Magazine

Monday, October 23, 2017

Even though the motivations behind it are juvenile and paranoid, I cannot help but cheer for the bill introduced by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and, of course, America’s grandstander-in-chief, John McCain (R-Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood), to regulate the internet. The bill, an admirably specific piece of proposed legislation in the era of Graham-Cassidy Part XVII, would require websites with more than 50 million annual unique visitors to disclose…

Where Internet Orders Mean Real Jobs, and New Life for Communities – New York Times

Monday, October 23, 2017

Vast warehouses are being built, fueling a demand for lower-skilled workers and reviving areas that once relied on manufacturing. By NATALIE KITROEFFOCT. 22, 2017

Why Flash and Microsoft Silverlight frustrations just won’t go away – WBIR-TV

Monday, October 23, 2017

If you go to the right sites on the Web, it’s 2007 all over again. These special pages won’t land you back in the closing days of George W. Bush’s administration or have Prince once again alive, but they will expect you to use one of the major multimedia plug-ins of that earlier era. Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft Silverlight once vied for a spot in people’s browsers as the preferred…

Microsoft Explains Why Halo: Master Chief Collection Struggled – GameSpot

Monday, October 23, 2017

Halo: The Master Chief Collection had a very rocky launch in November 2014. An ambitious game that packages together four Halo games and their multiplayer modes, the game struggled mightily out of the gate, with matchmaking times proving extremely lengthy and in some cases not working at all. Microsoft was quick to address the issues and the experience has improved dramatically. Still, Microsoft sees the issues as a “black eye”…

Microsoft Targets MacBook Faithful With Stunning Surface Book 2 – Forbes

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Late last week Microsoft announced the next iteration of its own high-end fashionable laptop. The Surface Book 2 is arguably the third high-end laptop from Microsoft, following the Surface Book and Surface Book with Performance Base models. What is clear is that Microsoft continues to target the key demographics used by Apple’s MacBook Pro. Microsoft Corporate Vice President Panos Panay introduces the original Microsoft Surface Book (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty…

Why Flash and Microsoft Silverlight frustrations just won’t go away – WBIR-TV

Sunday, October 22, 2017

If you go to the right sites on the Web, it’s 2007 all over again. These special pages won’t land you back in the closing days of George W. Bush’s administration or have Prince once again alive, but they will expect you to use one of the major multimedia plug-ins of that earlier era. Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft Silverlight once vied for a spot in people’s browsers as the preferred…

Why Flash and Microsoft Silverlight frustrations just won’t go away – WBIR-TV

Sunday, October 22, 2017

If you go to the right sites on the Web, it’s 2007 all over again. These special pages won’t land you back in the closing days of George W. Bush’s administration or have Prince once again alive, but they will expect you to use one of the major multimedia plug-ins of that earlier era. Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft Silverlight once vied for a spot in people’s browsers as the preferred…

How Microsoft embraced ‘messy’ creativity with Windows Ink – Engadget

Sunday, October 22, 2017

In particular, Woodman credits Microsoft’s close partnership with Wacom, a company best known for its stylus tablets and displays, for the progress with Windows Ink so far. That allowed the two companies to build a sensor that “essentially allows you to go between pen protocols.” For computer makers, that’s helpful since it lets them choose between different pen protocols. Basically, it let Microsoft open up the market for styluses, just…

How Microsoft embraced ‘messy’ creativity with Windows Ink – Engadget

Saturday, October 21, 2017

In particular, Woodman credits Microsoft’s close partnership with Wacom, a company best known for its stylus tablets and displays, for the progress with Windows Ink so far. That allowed the two companies to build a sensor that “essentially allows you to go between pen protocols.” For computer makers, that’s helpful since it lets them choose between different pen protocols. Basically, it let Microsoft open up the market for styluses, just…

How Microsoft embraced ‘messy’ creativity with Windows Ink – Engadget

Saturday, October 21, 2017

In particular, Woodman credits Microsoft’s close partnership with Wacom, a company best known for its stylus tablets and displays, for the progress with Windows Ink so far. That allowed the two companies to build a sensor that “essentially allows you to go between pen protocols.” For computer makers, that’s helpful since it lets them choose between different pen protocols. Basically, it let Microsoft open up the market for styluses, just…

Why and how you should switch to Linux | Popular Science – Popular Science

Saturday, October 21, 2017

What are the benefits? For a start, Linux is free and open source, which means you can add it to a computer or laptop you already own—or a machine you’ve built yourself—without paying anything. The system also comes with similarly-available software, including a web browser, media player, image editor and office suite, so you won’t need to fork out extra cash just to work on photos or documents. And of…

Microsoft HR exec says you should apply to jobs in these 2 industries – CNBC

Saturday, October 21, 2017

<!– –> VISIT CNBC.COM Home Entrepreneurs Leadership Careers Money Specials PRIMETIME Leadership Leadership 16 Hours AgoCNBC.com There’s also been an influx of jobs in both industries, especially at Microsoft. An “artificial intelligence” keyword search on the company’s career page brings up 469 results (and that’s in the U.S. alone). Plus, they’re not all technical roles. A quick skim of the most recent positions shows openings for a financial analyst in…

Microsoft’s Answer to Amazon Echo Will Be Available Soon – Fortune

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Harman Kardon Invoke, Microsoft’s answer to Amazon Echo and Google Home, will be available October 22, the companies said Friday. That’s not a moment too soon. Microsoft msft is playing catchup to Amazon’s two-year-old Echo, which as of last month has sold an estimated 15 million units, and Google Home, a distant second in sales. Invoke gets its voice recognition smarts from Microsoft Cortana. With Cortana also embedded in…

Microsoft and the Green Bay Packers Form $10 Million Partnership to Boost Entrepreneurship in Wisconsin – Inc.com

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Wisconsin is about to score a touchdown. Microsoft and the Green Bay Packers have teamed up to create a $10 million venture effort to spur innovation in the state. Through the partnership, called TitletownTech, Microsoft and the Packers will each contribute $5 million to the initiative to invest in Wisconsin startups, according to a statement from Microsoft on Thursday. The TitletownTech facility will be located next to the team’s Lambeau Field, and the…

Alphabet balloon project to provide limited internet in Puerto Rico – Reuters

Saturday, October 21, 2017

(Reuters) – Experimental communications balloons provided by Alphabet Inc in collaboration with AT&T Inc will allow some of the carrier’s customers in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico to send texts and access critical information on the internet, Alphabet said on Friday. Alphabet said the “Project Loon” balloon project would deliver limited internet connectivity to LTE enabled phones in the hardest-hit areas of Puerto Rico. The island’s wireless and broadband communications networks were…

Why and how you should switch to Linux – Popular Science

Friday, October 20, 2017

What are the benefits? For a start, Linux is free and open source, which means you can add it to a computer or laptop you already own—or a machine you’ve built yourself—without paying anything. The system also comes with similarly-available software, including a web browser, media player, image editor and office suite, so you won’t need to fork out extra cash just to work on photos or documents. And of…

Microsoft and the Green Bay Packers want to score some innovation via a $10 million venture effort – Recode

Friday, October 20, 2017

In an unusual pairing of a giant tech company and a football team, Microsoft and the Green Bay Packers are trying to spur innovation in Wisconsin by forming a $10 million partnership that will make investments, give workspace to startups and encourage innovation among local businesses. Called TitletownTech and located next to the Packer’s Lambeau Field, it will include an 18-week accelerator for companies, a venture capital fund that will…

Microsoft quietly added an anti-cheat game feature to Windows 10 – The Verge

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Microsoft started rolling out the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to PCs earlier this week, complete with features like Windows Mixed Reality and people integration for the taskbar. While most of the new additions are obvious, Microsoft quietly added an anti-cheat feature for games. The software giant first revealed the feature in a Windows 10 Insider build back in July, promising to share more information. VG247 reports that Microsoft is…