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​Microsoft releases its first Linux product

For the first time, Microsoft has released its own Linux kernel in a new Linux-based product: Azure Sphere.<p>read this<p>After testing the waters for …

Linux

Microsoft wants to stuff Linux, not Windows 10, into Internet of Things devices

Microsoft introduced Azure Sphere during the RSA security conference in San Francisco. It’s essentially a platform connecting microcontroller units …

Princeton University

OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong

It was supposed to be the laptop that saved the world.<p>In late 2005, tech visionary and MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte pulled the cloth cover off a small green computer with a bright yellow crank. The device was the first working prototype for Negroponte’s new nonprofit One Laptop Per …

Laptops

Electric-car buyers want same things as all car buyers, research shows

It should come as no surprise to readers of this site that people who buy electric cars are normal people.<p>A new study by Simon Frasier University in …

Electric Vehicles

What I Learned About Working Parenthood After My Kids Grew Up

There are so many articles about the challenges and stresses of being a working parent. But this is an article about joy.<p>Let me just, for a moment, shine a light on the pleasures that await you once your kids have grown up and left home – it comes faster than you think.<p>You’ve probably heard of the …

Parenting

Leaked Apple memo details efforts to stop leaks

Apple issued a stern warning to employees this week about leaking confidential information to the media.<p>In a leaked memo detailing Apple’s efforts to stop leaks, the company says it caught 29 leakers in 2107. Of those caught, 12 were arrested. Apple told employees that they are “getting played” by …

Security

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Rare Earth

Web apps are only getting better

Slack is a web app. Trello is a web app. Google Docs. Gmail. Even Twitter.<p>The web started out as a collection of hyperlinked documents. The “Web 2.0” hype in the mid-2000s was about how the web was becoming interactive. At first we were just commenting and upvoting on hyperlinked documents, but …

Apps

An open letter to that useless Facebook friend who shared your data

Commentary: Here's to the 0.017 percent of the population that ruined it for the rest of us. Congratulations. You're Patient Zero.<p>The Facebook scandal has taught me a valuable lesson this week. When the inevitable zombie-virus apocalypse hits us, the whole world will be infected because a few …

Cambridge Analytica

GDPR and the End of the Internet’s Grand Bargain

In May the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect, two years after passage by the European Parliament. This radical new privacy law, which covers any business that processes information about EU residents, will dramatically affect the way data is collected, stored, and …

Privacy

How Apple Watch could shape up for fitness at WWDC [Mockups]

When it comes to fitness apps on Apple Watch, sometimes it feels like Cupertino is running before it can walk. Fancy new features like Heart Rate Recovery are very welcome, but a few of the basics remain missing.<p>Apple could make major strides when it releases watchOS 5. So in the second of three …

Smartwatches

Driving a converted electric car from Holland to Australia, relying on gifts

What do you do when the year you planned for your round-the-world trip in an electric car turns into two—and you still haven't reached your …

Electric Vehicles

The End of Scale

For more than a century, economies of scale made the corporation an ideal engine of business. But now, a flurry of important new technologies, …

Innovation

Microsoft’s next act

CEO Satya Nadella talks about innovation, disruption, and organizational change.<p><b>In 2014, Satya Nadella was appointed CEO of Microsoft,</b> making him …

Innovation

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Copyright

Half of Australia's roofs suitable for solar, research suggests

The research, prepared for the Australian Photovoltaic Institute (APVI), takes into account not just hours of sunshine, but variables such as the …

Solar Power

Seven Technologies Remaking the World

by: Albert H. Segars<p>1<p>Introduction<p>Once upon a time, business leaders could leave technology to the technologists. But today, we are at the starting …

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery hits iOS, Android on April 25

No, not the Pokemon Go-like Harry Potter game. This one's an RPG.<p>If you've wanted to play a modern video game set in J.K. Rowling's world of magic and muggles, you won't have long to wait -- the first fruits of a recent deal to make lots of Harry Potter video games will arrive on April 25.<p>It's …

Film Industry

Here is why nobody has succeeded at running IoT on the blockchain

From the permissioned blockchain networks of IBM to the newly introduced Hashgraph technology, some of the largest technology and financial conglomerates have been testing the applicability and potential of blockchain with the Internet of Things (IoT) market since the beginning of 2016.<p>Yet, with …

Blockchain

Microsoft ‘excited’ about its secret hardware built for artificial intelligence

A.I.-driven hardware produced by Microsoft is on the horizon according to Harry Shum, executive vice president of the company’s A.I. and Research …

Artificial Intelligence

MicroLED vs. TFT and OLED: Why Apple is interested in new display tech for future iPhone or Apple Watch

Reports suggest that Apple is getting closer to implementing MicroLED in its future product releases, including the Apple Watch, with the display …

Televisions

Microsoft pledges $5B Internet of Things investment over 4 years

Microsoft said Wednesday it plans to invest $5 billion in the complicated-but-exciting world of Internet of Things over the next four years.<p>In a blog …

Internet of Things

Can Microsoft Become Bigger Than Amazon in the Cloud?

Amazon needs to be wary of Microsoft's smart strategies in the cloud computing space.<p>IDC estimates that global spending on public cloud services will …

Investing

Google now purchases more renewable energy than it consumes as a company

Google announced in a blog post that it now purchases more renewable energy than it consumes as a company. Google began these efforts in 2017, with the goal of purchasing as much renewable energy as it uses across its 13 data centers and all of its office complexes.<p>To be clear, Google is not …

Renewable Energy

iOS 11.3 makes updating foreign apps easier than ever

Apple has made it easier to update apps and games purchased from foreign App Stores in iOS 11.3. Users no longer have to switch to the App Store they originally downloaded the title from, making the update process a whole lot quicker.<p>Some apps can only be obtained from foreign App Stores. Others …

Apps

Bored of selfies? New iPhone X app creates impressive 3D face scans

The 3D sensing technology behind Face ID is reportedly two years ahead of Apple’s rivals, and developers are keen to take advantage of it. A new app, created by the Silicon Valley computer vision company Bellus3D, uses Apple’s TrueDepth camera to create detailed three-dimensional selfies.<p>Called …

Apps

Birds Can See Earth's Magnetic Fields, And We Finally Know How That's Possible

Whoa, evolution. Just... whoa.<p>The mystery behind how birds navigate might finally be solved: it's not the iron in their beaks providing a magnetic …

Biology

Apple Just Poached Google's AI Chief. Now Maybe Siri Will Get Smarter

Not long after Google confirmed that early employee Jeff Dean was taking over from senior vice president of engineering John Giannandrea, it became …

Artificial Intelligence

Spotify and the Triumph of the Subscription Model

In 2011, when Spotify launched its streaming music service in the U.S., the future of digital media lay squarely in the realm of advertising. Sure, …

Profit

Watch These 5 Big Disruptive Trends

Interested in the long-term investment opportunities that might arise from disruption? Watch these emerging trends in the coming decade, says Morgan …