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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…

Why Is Apple Scared To Push New MacBook Pro Technology? – Forbes

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The critically acclaimed MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has fragmented the macOS base. Is Apple serious about rolling out the new technology across the macOS range, or is the Touch Bar, TouchID and the associated secure enclave destined to be another dead-end for Tim Cook and his team? To be accepted the Touch Bar needs to avoid the fate of 3D Touch – a cute addition to iOS that can…

Should you buy a new MacBook Pro today? – Metro

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Should you splash out? (Picture: Apple) Apple announced an upgrade to the MacBook Pro earlier this month at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference. But is it enough to get you to buy a new laptop? Although it’s a small update, many people will be wondering if it’s enough to merit a laptop upgrade. Apple reveals details of its spectacular new iPhone The new MacBook Pro machines now come with Intel’s…

iMac Kaby Lake (2017) review: The iMac’s excellence continues on – Macworld (blog)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

It’s been nearly two years since Apple updated the iMac, which may not seem like such a big deal, especially for a desktop computer. So, understandably, if you bought an iMac in the past three or four years, maybe you aren’t looking for a new computer right now. But if your Mac is older than that, you’re probably looking to upgrade, and it’s hard to convince yourself to invest in…

Trump’s new foil: a silent Barack Obama – CNN

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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Serena Williams vs. John McEnroe: It’s game, set, match Serena with a nude Vanity Fair cover to boot – Washington Post

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Winning. (Annie Leibovitz / Vanity Fair) Serena Williams let John McEnroe have it in the best way possible Monday evening. Williams served up two flaming tweets that deftly singed McEnroe for saying “if she played the men’s circuit, she’d be like 700 in the world.” And, in case he missed her point about female empowerment, maybe McEnroe can pick up a copy of Vanity Fair, which features the nude and…

Senate health care state of play: ‘Hanging by a thread’ – CNN

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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Supreme Court allows part of Trump travel ban to take effect, and will consider full order this fall – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Kremlin is calling “unacceptable” a White House warning to Syria’s government that it would pay a “heavy price” if it carries out another poison gas attack against its own people. Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, also declared Tuesday there is no indication that a chemical weapons strike is in the works. The White House said late Monday night that activity had been detected similar to that preceding a…

White House says Syria’s Assad preparing another chemical attack, warns of ‘heavy’ penalty – Washington Post

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A man carries one of the symbolic coffins with pictures of Syrian victims and inscriptions which translates as “killer Assad” and “killer Putin” set up during a protest against Russia for its alleged role in a chemical attack in the Syrian province of Idlib, on April 7 in Ankara. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images) The White House issued an ominous warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday night, pledging that his…

Microsoft’s plan to stop thieves stealing laptops revealed by patent – The Independent

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Microsoft has filed a new patent designed to discourage potential laptop thieves. The document describes functionality that would bring the devices in line with smartphones, which users can remotely disable and wipe, in order to prevent thieves from re-selling them. Microsoft’s patent shows off a similar system for laptops, which remain a popular target for criminals. Users would be able to remotely disable a stolen laptop in much the same…

Syria Will ‘Pay a Heavy Price’ for Another Chemical Attack, White House Says – New York Times

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

While the White House’s motivation in releasing the highly unusual statement is uncertain, it is possible that Mr. Trump or his advisers decided a public warning to Mr. Assad might deter another chemical strike. Advertisement Continue reading the main story Any intelligence gathered by the United States or its allies — notably Israel, which keeps a robust watch on unconventional weapons in the Middle East — would by nature be…

This Alternative to the Laptop Ban Would Tighten Airport Security at … – Daily Signal

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

U.S. officials say they have uncovered evidence that the Islamic State was using Mosul University laboratories to develop bombs that could pass through airport screeners undetected. When the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, captured Mosul, it also took possession of the modern screening equipment at Mosul’s airport that would allow it to test its new bomb designs. This previously classified information is thought to be the reason that the Department of…

Microsoft’s plan to stop thieves stealing laptops revealed by patent – The Independent

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Microsoft has filed a new patent designed to discourage potential laptop thieves. The document describes functionality that would bring the devices in line with smartphones, which users can remotely disable and wipe, in order to prevent thieves from re-selling them. Microsoft’s patent shows off a similar system for laptops, which remain a popular target for criminals. Users would be able to remotely disable a stolen laptop in much the same…

Want a Laptop That Easy to Repair? Look Beyond Apple and Microsoft – Motherboard

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

If you’re in the market for a laptop and want at least a fighting chance of being able to repair it on your own you might want to steer clear of models made by Apple and Microsoft. That’s one takeaway from the just-published iFixit + Greenpeace Consumer Electronics Guide, a compilation of repairability scores ranking some of the most popular gadgets, from smartphones to tablets to laptops, in terms how…

Best tablets of summer: Microsoft Surface Pro and iPad Pro vie for … – Fox News

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Microsoft and Apple both released new tablets in June, offering two solid – and very different – choices for consumers. Apple’s redesigned iPad Pro is reaching stores now and Microsoft launched sales of the 2017 Surface Pro earlier this month. Which is best for you? Read on. 10.5-inch iPad Pro Apple has increased the screen size of its longstanding mainstream 9.7-inch iPad – which has been around…

Get a Lenovo 15.6-inch gaming laptop with GTX 1050 Ti for $750 – PC Gamer

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

It’s nice to dream of owning a sports car that can go 0-60 miles per hour in the blink of an eye, but most of us end up driving something a little more economical to fit our budget. The same is true when shopping for a gaming laptop. Sure, those $2,000 systems sure are nice, no doubt about that. But if your budget doesn’t stretch that high, then check out…