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Microsoft's new Skype Meetings tool makes video conferencing dead simple

Microsoft is launching a free tool to simplify video conference calls. Called Skype Meetings, it’s largely similar to using the traditional Skype app, but with few features that make it easier to set up video calls and collaborate with your coworkers.<p>The person initiating the meeting is the only …

Moore's Law is on the verge of collapsing

Moore's Law is simple. Formulated by Intel cofounder Gordon Moore in 1965, it says that as technology improves, the number of transistors that can be fitted on a given integrated circuit will double every two years or so — and accordingly, computing power doubles too.<p>It has held true for the last …

Moore's Law

15 new features in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Windows' latest operating system has just received its first major update in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, so-called because it dropped right around the OS' one-year anniversary.<p>The Anniversary Update is free for all Windows 10 users (Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users had until July 29 to upgrade to …

New discoveries about photosynthesis may lead to solar cells of the future - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

For the first time, researchers have successfully measured in detail the flow of solar energy, in and between different parts of a photosynthetic …

Yahoo 'screws it up,' writes down $482 million of Tumblr

Marissa Mayer may be ending her tenure at Yahoo on a sour note.<p>Yahoo is writing down the value of its Tumblr acquisition by $482 million, citing lower projections for the social network's future performance, the company announced Monday.<p>This comes after Yahoo (YHOO) took a $230 million similar …

Advertising

Satya Nadella is making a double-or-nothing bet to rebuild Microsoft

Not only did the company whiff on its last earnings in April, but slow growth in its all-important cloud computing business left many investors skeptical. The result: a cratering stock price from which it's only now starting to recover.<p>Now, with the pressure on, all eyes are going to be on …

Satya Nadella

Architects claim this 3D-printed house is earthquake-proof

While we've been hearing a lot about 3D-printed structures, this two-storey villa located in Beijing, China, is impressive if it lives up to its …

​Open-source Microsoft protocol aims to be a programming standard

Codenvy, Microsoft, and Red Hat have announced they are adopting a universal Language Server Protocol for integrated development …

Samsung's Notebook 7 Spin is a folding Windows 10 convertible

Samsung has announced the Notebook 7 Spin, a convertible laptop with a folding design reminiscent of Lenovo's Yoga line. The Notebook 7 Spin is available with either 13.3-inch or 15.6-inch 1080p LCD touchscreens; the smaller model is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor and integrated graphics, …

GitMarket is a Git-powered marketplace for buying and selling code

<i>BetaList features the newest startups. Today, we take a closer look at GitMarket, a marketplace for code. Submit your startup to get featured too.</i><p><b>What is GitMarket?</b><p>GitMarket is the world’s first platform for buying and selling code using private Git repositories. Developers can monetize any code …

Android apps have landed on the first Chrome OS device

Got an Asus Chromebook Flip? Lucky you<p>As promised by Google last month, Android apps and games have begun to arrive on Chrome OS. The first device to get them is the Asus Chromebook Flip, and according to Google's François Beaufort "more devices will follow very soon."<p>Flip owners who want to access …

Microsoft's Massive LinkedIn Corp Acquisition in 10 Metrics

<b>Microsoft</b> and <b>LinkedIn</b> both surprised investors Monday when they announced the software giant had agreed to purchase the social network for professionals in what is Microsoft's largest acquisition in history. Nearly tripling its next largest acquisition, the acquisition of LinkedIn represents …

Why Microsoft Buying LinkedIn For $26B Is A Smart Move

LinkedIn could help Microsoft stave off Google and Amazon in the battle to rule the enterprise market.<p>Microsoft’s announced plan to acquire LinkedIn for a heaping $26.2 billion gives the tech giant access to tons of data about LinkedIn’s 433 million users–and a spate of professional tools such as …

Microsoft Office

Microsoft to buy LinkedIn in $26.2 billion deal

LinkedIn just got one heck of a professional endorsement.<p>The networking site for white-collar workers will be acquired by technology titan Microsoft for $26.2 billion in an all-cash deal, the companies said Monday.<p>LinkedIn Chief Executive Jeff Weiner will continue at the helm of the company but …

Millions Of Twitter Passwords Leaked Online

You might want to update your information now.<p>If you've ever used Twitter, now might be a good time to change your passwords.<p>"Tens of millions" of Twitter credentials are being traded on the dark web, data research group Leaked Source reported Wednesday.<p>The group says it's obtained a data set …

Dark Web

What happens when anyone can code? We’re about to find out

We may be moving into an era when everyone can make computer programs, even though they don’t know how to code — at least not in the way we think …

Microsoft algorithm predicts semi-final heartbreak for England at Euro 2016

If you were thinking of following England at Euro 2016, don't bother: Microsoft have already revealed the results of the tournament and it doesn't end well for England.<p>Microsoft's search engine Bing has predicted the outcome of the entire tournament using a combination of social media analysis, …

Where's the edge of the universe?

We all know that the universe is expanding, right? Well, if you weren't aware, now you are. We live in an expanding universe: Every galaxy is flying away from every other galaxy. This naturally leads to a common question: If the universe is expanding, what's it expanding <i>into</i>? More universe? …

A new wave of demand for gold could come from this unlikely source

Sharia law, which guides the personal and financial lives of many of the world's Muslims, has its origin in the Koran. Over the centuries, Sharia law has evolved under the guidance of Islamic scholars, in part to take into account evolving financial instruments.<p>Under Sharia law, paying or earning …

Investing

Exclusive: As Iran's oil exports surge, international tankers help ship its fuel

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - More than 25 European and Asian-owned supertankers are shipping Iranian oil, data seen by Reuters shows, allowing Tehran to ramp up exports much faster than analysts had expected following the lifting of sanctions in January.<p>An Iranian military fighter plane flies past an oil …

How Mark Zuckerberg Led Facebook’s War to Crush Google Plus

In Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg built not just a business, but a company culture with the fervor of a messianic sect. So, in June 2011, when Google launched Google Plus, Zuckerberg put his company into lockdown. In an adaption from his new book on Silicon Valley, former Facebook employee Antonio …

Saudi Arabia is expanding its anti-Iran strategy far beyond the Middle East

Since Salman came to power early last year, and Tehran struck a nuclear deal with world powers, Riyadh has adjusted its strategy for countering the efforts of its Shi'ite Muslim rival to build influence in Africa, Asia and even Latin America.<p>Most notably, the Sunni power has used Muslim networks to …

South Asia

The Shocking Secret About Static Types

The popularity of TypeScript has really exploded recently. I like TypeScript, and I like static types. I don’t use TypeScript, but as type systems …

JavaScript

Ransomware Sites Have Increased By 3500 Per Cent In Just Three Months

“There has been a seismic shift in the ransomware threat."<p>In the last three months there has been a 3500 per cent increase in the number of domains …

Hiring a programmer? Ditch the coding interview and get back to basics

10 articles from the Basecamp archives focused on common sense hiring practicesThis week was going great…until I saw yet another article coaching …

Employment

AnyPixel.js from Google allows web developers to build giant interactive displays [Video]

AnyPixel.js is great example of a Google experiment becoming an actual product. The open source software and hardware library — available on GitHub — allows anyone to use the web to build “big, unusual, interactive displays” with any component.<p>The project was born out of the Creative Lab designing …

Scientists Develop 'Bionic Leaf' That Turns Sunlight Into Liquid Fuel

The days of drilling for oil are numbered.<p>Westend61 via Getty Images<p>Scientists at Harvard University have found a way to create liquid fuels using …

Watching a SpaceX Rocket Land on a Drone Barge Never Gets Old

We usually see rocket launches and landings from above. But there’s something about seeing the whole thing happen from the ground-up that’s just so …