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Microsoft says its new laptops are twice as powerful as the MacBook Pro — here’s what that means – Business Insider

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Both Apple and Microsoft are making expensive pro-level laptops.Microsoft Microsoft is mounting a direct challenge to Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops. In recent years, Apple’s MacBook Pros have been the high-end notebook of choice for those who need a high-performance laptop.  Now, Microsoft wants its Surface Book to be that device. The company best known for Windows is making direct comparisons to Apple’s aluminum juggernaut.  Here’s how Microsoft’s corporate VP of devices Panos…

The new MacBook keyboard is ruining my life – The Outline

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I was in the Grand Central Station Apple Store for a third time in a year, watching a progress bar slowly creep across my computer’s black screen as my Genius multi-tasked helping another customer with her iPad. My computer was getting its third diagnostic test in 45 minutes. The problem was not that its logic board was failing, that its battery was dying, or that its camera didn’t respond. There…

Razer’s Blade Stealth laptop now packs a quad-core processor – Engadget

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The quad configuration is available now in North America (France, Germany and the UK get it later in the year) for $1,699 and ships with the usual 16GB of RAM, a 3,200 x 1,800 screen as well as a 512GB SSD. Razer clearly sees the more powerful chip as an upsell at this stage rather than an across-the-board upgrade for every model, and that price is perilously close to the…

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017: Best cheap laptop, Macbook and Chromebook deals – The Independent

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Laptops are a versatile gift. Whether it’s for work or play, they’re suitable for all ages. And with Christmas looming, finding a Black Friday deal on the laptop can leave more money for stocking fillers – or a little extra in your back pocket. Luckily, there are likely to be a significant amount of them. Chromebooks could drop as low as £100, bargain basement laptops could hit £150, while known…

Selling your MacBook Pro with Touch Bar? Apple recommends this step – 9to5Mac

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

If you’re selling (or generously handing down) your MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Apple recommends an extra step when erasing your data before parting ways with your machine. This step requires an obscure Terminal command that you wouldn’t assume and isn’t required on Macs without the Touch Bar. Sony A6500 It’s not exactly clear what Touch Bar data is stored and being erased (the Touch ID fingerprint reader is part…

Bipartisan senators reach small deal on health care – CNN

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Federal judge blocks Trump’s third travel ban – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A federal judge on Tuesday largely blocked the Trump administration from implementing the latest version of the president’s controversial travel ban, setting up yet another legal showdown on the extent of the executive branch’s powers when it comes to setting immigration policy. The decision from Judge Derrick K. Watson in Hawaii is sure to be appealed, but for now, it means that the administration cannot restrict the entry of travelers…

Trump: Ask General Kelly if he got a call from Obama when his son died – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

President Trump walks to Marine One from the Oval Office to depart for South Carolina on Monday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) President Trump renewed his claim Tuesday that former president Barack Obama failed to call families of fallen U.S. service members, adding “you could ask General Kelly” whether the White House chief of staff got a call when his Marine son was killed. “I think I’ve called every family of someone…

Trump takes credit for ISIS ‘giving up’ – CNN

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Casino company seems to be in touch with missing security guard Jesus Campos – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The company that owns the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino implied Tuesday that it was in touch with wounded security guard Jesus Campos, who seemingly vanished last week as questions mounted over the Las Vegas casino’s response to the Oct. 1 mass shooting. MGM Resorts International issued a statement on Campos’ behalf Tuesday after the Los Angeles Times submitted a request to interview the Mandalay Bay security guard. Campos was…

Microsoft already published a KRACK fix, Apple and Google are working on it – TechCrunch

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef publicly disclosed a serious vulnerability in the WPA2 encryption protocol yesterday that affects all devices that use WiFi. While we’ve listed many ways to protect yourself against KRACK, the best way to completely eradicate it from your network is to update all your WiFi devices. And some companies have been faster than others. First, you should update your WiFi access point. If you’re using your default ISP router, there’s not…

Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 has more power and a new 15-inch size – The Verge

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A spec bump and a size bump for a laptop should be the easiest story in the world to tell. For example: Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 has new processors, new graphics cards, slightly tweaked designs, and is now also available with a new 15-inch screen. Simple. But for Panos Panay, the head of Microsoft’s Surface division, nailing that story is a struggle. He can enthuse about the intricacies of the…

Microsoft looks to iOS and Android for its path forward in mobile – TechCrunch

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Between the release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Edition and the announcement of a new Surface Book, today’s Microsoft news was firmly focused on the desktop. But as the company works to build its future ecosystem, it’s keenly aware that no play in the space is complete without a mobile strategy. What shape that strategy will take, however, has been pretty unclear in the wake of Windows Phone’s long, drawn-out death….

Hackers stole information on Windows vulnerabilities from Microsoft in 2013 – Quartz

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Major software companies like Microsoft always have a long list of bugs to fix. They can range from benign cosmetic issues to critical flaws that make software like Windows vulnerable to hacking. Usually, engineers fix such flaws before hackers ever know they existed. In 2013, according to a new report from Reuters, hackers broke into Microsoft’s network and stole its database of bugs. The report is based on interviews with…

Trump: Ask Kelly whether Obama called after his son was killed in action – CNN

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Trump says drug czar nominee Tom Marino is withdrawing after Washington Post/’60 Minutes’ investigation – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

President Trump on Tuesday said his nominee to be the nation’s drug czar is withdrawing from consideration for the job — a move that comes in the wake of a Washington Post/“60 Minutes” investigation detailing how the lawmaker helped steer legislation through Congress that weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to go after drug distributors, even as opioid-related deaths continue to rise. On Monday, following the report, Democrats called on Trump to quickly discard Rep. Tom…

ISIS defeated in Raqqa as ‘major military operations’ declared over – CNN

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Trump fires back after McCain attacks ‘spurious nationalism’ – BBC News

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Image copyright Reuters US President Donald Trump has issued a warning to Senator John McCain a day after his fellow Republican delivered a thinly veiled attack in a speech. “People have to be careful because at some point I fight back,” Mr Trump told a Washington radio station on Tuesday. On Monday, the senator deplored “half-baked, spurious nationalism” in a perceived slight at Mr Trump’s so-called America First policy. A…

North Korea’s nuclear weapons program has grown with each Kim regime – Fox News

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

North Korea’s Kim dynasty: A timeline of nuclear weapons Leaders of North Korea’s dynastic regimes: Kim Il-Sung, Kim Jong-Il and now Kim Jong-Un, all understood possessing nuclear weapons gave the Hermit Kingdom clout; but how exactly do their approaches towards nuclear weapons policies differ? North Korea warned other countries this week that participating in military actions with the U.S. could result in retaliation, especially as a “nuclear war may…

Microsoft Surface Book 2 Puts Desktop Brains in a Laptop Body – WIRED

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Last time Microsoft released a Surface, it was the Surface Laptop, the mainstream computer in its lineup. For years, Microsoft has tried to introduce new categories into the PC market, with the Surface Pro, a tablet that’s also a laptop, and a Surface Book, a laptop that’s also a tablet. (They’re more different than they sound I swear.) The Surface Laptop was Microsoft’s recognition that lots of users don’t want…