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Microsoft’s Cortana assistant now available on iOS and Android – The Verge

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

After months of testing and feedback, Microsoft is bringing its Cortana digital assistant to iOS and Android today. It’s the latest part of the company’s Windows 10 push, combined with an increased focus on cross-platform services and apps. Microsoft originally launched Cortana exclusively for Windows Phone last year, but the service has now evolved into a new way to connect Windows 10 PCs and smartphones running Android or iOS. That connection…

Yahoo may be about to become Internet history – CNET

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Yahoo is is dropping its plans to spin off its stake in Alibaba. Julie Jacobson/AP/Corbis Well more than a decade past its heyday as an Internet pioneer, Yahoo will spin off its core business after failing to convince people that its products are still worthwhile. The Sunnyvale, California, company said Wednesday it will scrap its plans to spin off its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, worth more than $30…

Google, NASA: Our quantum computer is 100 million times faster than normal PC – Ars Technica

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Two years ago Google and NASA went halfsies on a D-Wave quantum computer, mostly to find out whether there are actually any performance gains to be had when using quantum annealing instead of a conventional computer. Recently, Google and NASA received the latest D-Wave 2X quantum computer, which the company says has “over 1000 qubits.” At an event yesterday at the NASA Ames Research Center, where the D-Wave computer is…

Xi Jinping, Leader of World’s Largest Online Censor, to Address World Internet … – TIME

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

More Beijing’s First-Ever Pollution ‘Red Alert’ Was Long OverdueBeijing Issues Its First Red Alert For Smog, Closing School and Grounding CarsWhy India Has a Point at the Paris Climate Talks The modestly titled second World Internet Conference, to be held on Dec. 16-18 in the canal-lined eastern Chinese town of Wuzhen, will boast a prominent keynote speaker: Chinese President Xi Jinping. Although the Chinese Internet is one of the world’s…

Mozilla shutters Firefox OS, gives up on smartphones – Computerworld

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Mozilla confirmed Tuesday that it was halting development on Firefox OS in its current incarnation, putting an end to more than four years of work building a browser-based, smartphone operating system. “Firefox OS proved the flexibility of the Web, scaling from low-end smartphones all the way up to HD TVs. However, we weren’t able to offer the best user experience possible and so we will stop offering Firefox OS smartphones…

MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15 head-to-head review – IT PRO

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

While Apple has long had a reputation of making laptops that loads of people drool over, PC makers have held onto making big lumps of tin for business travellers. Not anymore. Dell’s XPS 15 takes the fight to the Mac. That said, Apple has a reputation for leaving a long time between iterations of its flagship Macbooks and although that usually means hot new features are crammed into their super-sleek chassis…

Google’s Pixel C tablet is sturdy like a laptop – CNNMoney

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Sturdy with hard edges and brushed aluminum, the Pixel C is a subdued entry into the growing hybrid tablet market. The 10.2-inch Pixel C is the first Android tablet designed and made entirely by Google. Built for productivity, its key feature is a hard cover that doubles as a keyboard. At just over two pounds with the keyboard, it feels surprisingly heavy. That heft is either one of Pixel C’s…

Investigators believe Syed Farook may have planned attack prior to San … – Fox News

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Federal investigators believe San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook may have planned an attack prior to last week’s assault on a social service center that left 14 dead and 21 others injured, Fox News has learned. It was not immediately clear when the attack was planned or what its target was. CNN, citing two U.S. officials, reported earlier Tuesday that Farook and another unidentified individual may have conspired to carry out…

Media sharpen Trump coverage after candidate calls for Muslim ban – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

The media are taking a tougher stance against Republican front-runner Donald Trump after his campaign promise to keep Muslims out of the country as a means to stop the terrorist threat of ISIS. Trump’s high poll numbers have survived the fire he has drawn for making inappropriate statements on Mexican immigrants, questioning the heroism of Sen. John McCain as a prisoner of war, and suggesting that Fox News anchor Megyn…

FBI to expand system for tracking police shootings – fox2now.com

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The shooting death of Michael Brown set off a wave of protests in St. Louis and across the nation as frustrated citizens demand transparency from law enforcement using deadly force. Gathering information on fatal police shootings can be extremely difficult not only for the public demanding answers, but also for news outlets and surprisingly, even for the FBI. It’s a situation a senior official calls a…

Frenchman who left for Syria identified as third Bataclan attacker – CTV News

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

PARIS – The third gunman who terrorized Paris’ Bataclan concert hall before being killed last month in the attack was identified Wednesday as a Frenchman who left for Syria in 2013. The development came after his mother received a text message announcing his death and gave a DNA sample to police. The news was further confirmation that the deadly Paris attacks were carried out largely, if not entirely, by Europeans…

Google’s super-fast Internet service could come to Los Angeles – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Internet providers used to battle one another for access to a city, agreeing to a host of demands that often included assurances that the provider would serve the poorest neighborhoods. Then came Google Fiber and its brand cachet, which turned the tables by asking city governments what they were willing to do to be chosen for the tech giant’s ultra-fast Internet. More than a thousand cities have obliged. Los Angeles…

Xi Jinping, Leader of World’s Largest Online Censor, to Address World Internet … – TIME

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

More Beijing’s First-Ever Pollution ‘Red Alert’ Was Long OverdueBeijing Issues Its First Red Alert For Smog, Closing School and Grounding CarsWhy India Has a Point at the Paris Climate Talks The modestly titled second World Internet Conference, to be held on Dec. 16-18 in the canal-lined eastern Chinese town of Wuzhen, will boast a prominent keynote speaker: Chinese President Xi Jinping. Although the Chinese Internet is one of the world’s…

Google’s Pixel C tablet is sturdy like a laptop – CNNMoney

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Sturdy with hard edges and brushed aluminum, the Pixel C is a subdued entry into the growing hybrid tablet market. The 10.2-inch Pixel C is the first Android tablet designed and made entirely by Google. Built for productivity, its key feature is a hard cover that doubles as a keyboard. At just over two pounds with the keyboard, it feels surprisingly heavy. That heft is either one of Pixel C’s…

World Reaction to Donald Trump’s Proposal Banning Muslims: Befuddlement – New York Times

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

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Online loan may have helped couple fund their terror arsenal in San Bernardino … – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

In the weeks before the San Bernardino massacre, the husband-and-wife assailants obtained a $28,500 loan — an advance that authorities believe may have helped them acquire last-minute firearms, ammunition and components to build explosives, two federal officials said Tuesday. The loan offers investigators a key new detail as they try to unravel how Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik plotted the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. The…

FBI Plan to Track All Police Shootings Still on Schedule: Report – NBCNews.com

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

The Justice Department’s plan to more aggressively track shootings involving police remains on track for deployment by 2017, a top FBI official was quoted as saying Tuesday. The Washington Post reported that the plan has been approved by an advisory board of police representatives and awaits vetting by FBI lawyers. It quoted Stephen Morris, the FBI’s assistant director of criminal justice information services, as saying the plan would be in…

US Justice Department to investigate Chicago police – 7Online WSVN-TV

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

By DON BABWIN and ERIC TUCKERAssociated Press CHICAGO (AP) – Responding to deepening mistrust of one of the nation’s largest police forces, the federal government opened an investigation Monday into the Chicago Police Department, and authorities announced they would not charge an officer in the death of a 25-year-old black man who was shot in the back last year. The Justice Department investigation was to look into patterns of…

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ brings together ‘family’ of fans – Mashable

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Don’t call them Star Wars fans, call them a Star Wars family. Carrying light sabers, foldable chairs, tents and endless amounts of snacks, over one hundred people began lining up as early as 12 p.m. on Saturday for “Star Wars: The Line Awakens,” a tradition through LiningUp.net. The 12-day event entails standing, sitting and hanging out in line ahead of the film’s opening night at the TCL…

Google’s Pixel C tablet is sturdy like a laptop – CNNMoney

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Sturdy with hard edges and brushed aluminum, the Pixel C is a subdued entry into the growing hybrid tablet market. The 10.2-inch Pixel C is the first Android tablet designed and made entirely by Google. Built for productivity, its key feature is a hard cover that doubles as a keyboard. At just over two pounds with the keyboard, it feels surprisingly heavy. That heft is either one of Pixel C’s…