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Microsoft, capitulation and the end of Windows Everywhere

Tech culture is very fond of persistence, stubbornness, perseverance, and the idea that you should never give up. We're surrounded by stories of …

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Marc Benioff tried to buy LinkedIn even after it announced the deal with Microsoft

After LinkedIn officially announced that it had sold itself to Microsoft for $26.2 billion in cash last month, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, a rival bidder, didn't give up right away.<p>Instead he sent an email to cofounder and chairman Reid Hoffman and CEO Jeff Weiner that essentially said he would …

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Google's Android has gotten so out of control that $55 billion Salesforce had to take drastic measures

Google'sAndroid operating system has long suffered from a problem called "fragmentation."<p>Unlike with the Apple iPhone, it's up to smartphone manufacturers and not Google itself to push out updates to customers. So there's no guarantee that any given phone will get the operating system …

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Storage device writes information atom-by-atom

<b>The quest for storage devices that pack more information into a smaller space has reached a new limit, with memory that writes information atom-by-atom.</b><p>Dutch scientists developed rewritable memory that stores information in the positions of individual chlorine atoms on a copper surface.<p>The …

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DARPA wants to create autonomous, Agent Smith-like security software

What if finding and fixing security flaws were just as fast and automated as the computer systems they’re trying to protect? What if cyber defense protocols were as seamless, sophisticated, and scalable as the internet itself?<p>Those are questions at the heart of DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge, a …

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A New Reality

Imagine you’re on vacation in Mexico. A sunny beach looks perfect for swimming, but there’s a conspicuous sign on the sand, and you don’t know enough …

Augmented Reality

Pokémon Go Mayhem: Privacy, Muggings, Malware

Police and Security Experts Issue Related Warnings; Fixes on the Way Mathew J. Schwartz (euroinfosec) • July 12, 2016<p>The Pokémon Go smartphone app, …

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Microsoft just made a deal with IBM — and Apple should be nervous

Microsoft and IBM have formed a new partnership to develop new business applications for the Microsoft Surface tablets and Surface Book laptops aimed at IBM's roster of large enterprise customers.<p>If it sounds a lot like the landmark partnership that Apple and IBM signed back in 2014 to bring custom …

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Google’s full-disk encryption in Android can be hacked

We may have thought that Android is just as safe as the iPhone when it comes to encryption, but it looks like Google’s Android operating system has a …

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10 million Android devices reportedly infected with Chinese malware

A security software maker says that Chinese cybercriminals have gained access to millions of smartphones around the world.<p>At least 10 million Android …

Android News

Google-funded 60Tbps trans-pacific internet cable is ready

Google’s $300 million trans-pacific ‘FASTER’ cable is ready to use.<p>The cable, first announced about one year ago, brings up to 60Tbps (Terabits per second) Internet speed between Japan and the US. The cable will surface in Oregon and two posts in Japan: Chiba and Mie prefectures.<p>From those points, …

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Google Maps on mobile is adding support for multiple destinations

Google Maps is an incredibly useful smartphone app, and I use it every single day. But there are some things that it's still really <i>stupid</i> about. Sure, the Android and iOS app can tell you about gas, food, and other places to stop along your route from point A to point B. But what if you want to add …

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IBM's Watson may provide a shortcut to treating cancer

The tech giant's cognitive computer system will help oncologists with the data-intensive work of identifying mutations in DNA and finding specific …

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11 basic Excel tricks that will change your life

Microsoft Excel is an amazing piece of software, and even regular users might not be getting as much out of it as they can. Improve your Excel efficiency and proficiency with these basic shortcuts and functions that absolutely everyone needs to know.<p><b>1. Jump from worksheet to worksheet with Ctrl +</b> …

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Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26.2B in cash, makes big move into enterprise social media

Huge news today in the world of M&A in enterprise and social networking services: Microsoft has announced that it is acquiring LinkedIn, the social network for professionals with some 433 million users, for $26.2 billion, or $196 per share, in cash. The transaction has already been approved by both …

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How Banks Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Blockchain, Bitcoin's Underlying Tech

Bitcoin was going to disrupt the world's big banks. Instead, its technology is poised to save them billions of dollars.<p>When bitcoin first appeared a little over eight years ago, early adopters saw the potential to disrupt the big banks of the world.<p>It's all there in the very first line of the …

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MySpace Fallout: More Big Breaches to Come?

Underground Rumors Hint at Other Nine-Figure Breaches Jeremy Kirk (jeremy_kirk) • June 1, 2016<p>MySpace on Tuesday confirmed it is resetting accounts …

A Camera Lens Breakthrough Could See Smartphones Outperforming DSLRs

If you’ve ever held a high-quality camera lens, the first thing you notice is the weight. Thanks to layers and layers of thick glass hunks inside, …

Photography

Mary Meeker's stunning annual presentation on the state of the web

Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers puts together a fascinating and influential presentation each year on the state of the web.<p>The report, chock-full of insights and stats, delves into the biggest trends in digital.<p>She just released 2016's presentation at Vox Media's Code Conference, …

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​We're gobbling more mobile data, and Americans are the biggest pigs

Ericsson's newest assessment of phone network usage shows insatiable demand for data. And just wait till 5G networks get here.<p>North America may be a …

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That Cell-Phone Cancer Study isn’t Quite As Scary as it Seems

Its findings are less compelling, and more confusing, than the headlines suggest.<p>This week, the National Toxicology Program released partial results of a study that found an increased incidence of cancer in male rats exposed to radiation from cell phones. The possibility that cellphones cause …

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Two-year, $25M study finds positive effect of cell phone radiation on some cancers in male rats

A major study conducted by the National Toxicology Program has found a slight, but significant, positive correlation between radio-frequency radiation exposure (like that given off by phones) and certain cancers in rats — though only male ones.<p>The two-year, peer-reviewed study involved thousands of …

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America’s nukes are still controlled by 8-inch floppy disks

America's nuclear arsenal is still controlled by an ancient computer system that takes 8-inch floppy disks, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.<p>The title of the report on the government's information technology infrastructure - "Federal Agencies Need to Address Aging …

Malware for Virtual Skimming Is Getting Scarier

In 2009, malware called “Skimer” surfaced and security firms took notice. Skimer is essentially malware that gives hackers full access to an ATM …

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Why you shouldn't buy Amazon's programmable IoT Dash button

Last week, Amazon released a new kind of Dash button we’ve all been waiting for: one you can program to merge just about any internet-connected devices together.<p>It all sounds great in theory and seemingly affordable for $20 – until you realize that the battery is not rechargeable or replaceable, …

How this guy used Watson to tune out of conference calls

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> A 31-year-old California man has devised a way to tune out on conference calls while still appearing to participate.<p>Josh Newlan wrote a small piece of software he calls "Say What" that listens to meetings for him and alerts him if his name is called.<p>Newlan works for Splunk, a …

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Google’s Making Its Own Chips Now. Time for Intel to Freak Out

Google has built its own computer chip. And this won’t be the last.<p>The Internet’s most powerful company sent a few shock waves through the tech world …

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