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The Daily White House Briefing: ‘Must-See TV’ With An Uncertain Future – NPR

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

White House press secretary Sean Spicer departs after a briefing at the White House on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Win McNamee/Getty Images White House press secretary Sean Spicer departs after a briefing at the White House on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Win McNamee/Getty Images Presidential spokesman Sean Spicer held an on-camera briefing at the White House Tuesday, his first in eight days and…

GOP Rift Over Medicaid and Opioids Imperils Senate Health Bill – New York Times

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The emerging Senate bill, like the one approved narrowly by the House in early May, would end Medicaid as an open-ended entitlement program and replace it with capped payments to states, Republicans said. But starting in 2025, payments to the states would grow more slowly than those envisioned in the House bill. Advertisement Continue reading the main story Republican senators from states that have been hit hard by the opioid…

Lenovo shows off an absurd laptop concept with a flexible screen – The Verge

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lenovo has some wild ideas to share. At an event in New York today, the company showed off its idea of the future of personal computing with an image of a bendable laptop with a flexible display; a built-in keyboard; and even the signature ThinkPad pointing stick, or mouse nub — whatever you want to call it. With this concept, most of the interaction would happen over voice commands or…

Microsoft Surface Laptop SHOCK – Ultimate Windows 10 PC impossible to repair, say experts – Express.co.uk

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Surface Laptop costs between £979 and £2,149. It launched last week alongside the Surface Pro and Surface Studio. The Surface Laptop is a lightweight notebook that is designed to compete with the MacBook Air. According to Microsoft, “this Surface perfectly blends fabric and function, power and portability, beauty and performance. “It does all of this without compromising on the things we know are important to higher education students: battery…

I need the right KnowHow to fix my son’s laptop – The Guardian

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Back in January 2016 I bought a HP laptop for my son from Curry’s/PC World for £440. Since then I have been paying £5.50 a month for its KnowHow service agreement. When, after six months, it stopped working I took it in for repair. It came back wiped of all his schoolwork – the repair docket stated the problem was caused by a corrupted operating system. Three months later the fault…

Microsoft’s latest experimental app adds voice dictation to Office – The Verge

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Microsoft is using Cortana’s speech recognition smarts to bring dictation to the company’s Office suite. The new app is simply named Dictate, and it’s the latest project to come from Microsoft Garage, which is the company’s experimental software outfit. Dictate is more of an add-on than app since you really need Office to even use it. But once you install it, you’ll be able to talk aloud in Word, Outlook,…

How Microsoft Is Stealing Apple’s Cool Factor – TIME

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

“If we’re going to be able to create magical experiences with software, then the hardware will be the thing that people buy to go experience that,” Microsoft corporate VP of devices Panos Panay told TIME during a recent interview. We were discussing his company’s decision to release its first true laptop after years of selling hybrid computers, namely the Surface Laptop, which began shipping on June 15. “And [when] those…

Microsoft, Baidu Pledge to Use AMD’s New Server Chips – Bloomberg

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Advanced Micro Devices Inc., trying to re-enter the lucrative server chip market, will get the help of Microsoft Corp. and Baidu Inc. who have committed to using its new Epyc product in their data centers. “This is just the beginning of the engagement. You’ll see much more from us,” said Chief Executive Officer Lisa Su. “AMD at its best was a very strong player in the data center.” Epyc, which…

Touching a MacBook Air screen isn’t such a bad experience, after all – Mashable

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Spend enough time using a touchscreen — any touchscreen — and you’re sure to try using gestures on every screen you encounter, even ones without touch. I use a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 for work, an iPad Pro at home and the iPhone in my pocket. I live in a touch world, except when I use a Mac. Apple will never make a touchscreen Mac because, as they told me…

I need the right KnowHow to fix my son’s laptop – The Guardian

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Back in January 2016 I bought a HP laptop for my son from Curry’s/PC World for £440. Since then I have been paying £5.50 a month for its KnowHow service agreement. When, after six months, it stopped working I took it in for repair. It came back wiped of all his schoolwork – the repair docket stated the problem was caused by a corrupted operating system. Three months later the fault…

Man shot in Brussels rail station amid bomb belt claims – BBC News

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Media captionPolice arrive after explosion in Brussels central train station A man has triggered a small explosion in Brussels Central Station, a spokesman for the Belgian federal police told the BBC. The man was shot by soldiers inside the station and no-one else is believed to have been injured. Police say the situation is under control. The station and the city’s Grand Place were evacuated. In March 2016, 32 people…

White House to Republicans: Trump reserves the right to throw all of you under the bus – Washington Post

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Senate Republicans are confronting a potentially career-altering decision: whether to vote for a health-care bill that polls show is vastly unpopular and could backfire stupendously. And on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer had a chance to provide them some reassurance that President Trump wasn’t going to throw them under the bus if things go sideways. Instead, he basically shrugged his shoulders. Reports in recent days have quoted Trump, in…

The Latest: Official: Georgia House voting going smoothly – Washington Post

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ROSWELL, Ga. — The Latest on Georgia’s 6th District Congressional race (all times local): 3:35 p.m. An election official says voting has been moving smoothly at polling sites in Georgia’s closely-watched House election. Richard Barron, director of Fulton County’s registration and elections, says the state’s most populous county is on pace to have around 36,000 people come through when polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday. He says about 16,500 people…

The Sickening Attack on Otto Warmbier Is Symbolic of the Left’s Hate Problem – National Review

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Yesterday, as news of Otto Warmbier’s sad and tragic death spread across the Web, a number of people on Twitter recalled and reposted a series of leftist hot takes on Warmbier’s initial arrest and imprisonment. Let’s just say that they did not age well. Comedy Central’s Larry Wilmore was one of the chief offenders, launching one of his shows with an eight-minute festival of mockery that accepted the North…

Syria troops position themselves at heart of war on IS – Washington Post

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

BEIRUT — Syrian government troops and their allies have steadily positioned themselves in key areas on the flanks of the U.S.-led coalition battle for the Islamic State’s self-declared capital of Raqqa. They are attempting to become an indispensable player in uprooting the extremists from Syria entirely. That presents a major challenge for the coalition, which so far has shunned any cooperation with President Bashar Assad and has partnered instead with…

I need the right KnowHow to fix my son’s laptop – The Guardian

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Back in January 2016 I bought a HP laptop for my son from Curry’s/PC World for £440. Since then I have been paying £5.50 a month for its KnowHow service agreement. When, after six months, it stopped working I took it in for repair. It came back wiped of all his schoolwork – the repair docket stated the problem was caused by a corrupted operating system. Three months later the fault…

Microsoft’s Dictate uses Cortana’s speech recognition to enable … – TechCrunch

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dictate, a new project from Microsoft’s experimental R&D group, Microsoft Garage, is launching today to offer a way to type using your voice in Office programs including Outlook, Word and PowerPoint. Available as an add-in for Microsoft’s software, Dictate is powered by the same speech recognition technology that Cortana uses in order to convert your speech to text. This is also same speech recognition and A.I. used in Microsoft Cognitive Services, including…

How Microsoft Is Stealing Apple’s Cool Factor – TIME

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

“If we’re going to be able to create magical experiences with software, then the hardware will be the thing that people buy to go experience that,” Microsoft corporate VP of devices Panos Panay told TIME during a recent interview. We were discussing his company’s decision to release its first true laptop after years of selling hybrid computers, namely the Surface Laptop, which began shipping on June 15. “And [when] those…

I need the right KnowHow to fix my son’s laptop – The Guardian

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Back in January 2016 I bought a HP laptop for my son from Curry’s/PC World for £440. Since then I have been paying £5.50 a month for its KnowHow service agreement. When, after six months, it stopped working I took it in for repair. It came back wiped of all his schoolwork – the repair docket stated the problem was caused by a corrupted operating system. Three months later the fault…

The Daily 202: Most Republicans in the Georgia special election are willing to give Trumpcare a chance – Washington Post

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Republican candidate Karen Handel greets diners yesterday during a campaign stop at Old Hickory House in Tucker, Ga. (David Goldman/AP) With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve THE BIG IDEA: CHAMBLEE, Ga.—Obamacare has been front and center in Republican campaign commercials for the past four election cycles, but it’s been absent from the airwaves ahead of today’s special election in Georgia’s Sixth District. Most of the GOP spots have focused on…