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Windows 10 update aims to help identify best photos, videos

Cortana should automatically realize that the users may want to continue their work when they move to another device and ask them if they want to do it. That's exactly what Microsoft is doing with the new Xamarin Live Player , which will allow iOS app developers to deploy, test and debug applications on any Windows PC running Visual Studio. Read More »

Amazon Echo Show Launched With Touch Screen Display

The Show can make video calls to other Show devices or to smartphones running the Alexa app, along with voice calls to other Echo speaker devices. Between now and November, Amazon will need to focus heavily on making sure IT managers see the value of Echo Show and to overcome their worries about the device's privacy and security, he said. Read More »

PC slump stymies growth of Microsoft's Windows 10

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Starting with what Microsoft had in store for the developers, the company introduced the new Azure Cosmos DB which it claims is "industry's first globally distributed, multi-model database service to deliver horizontal scale with guaranteed uptime, throughput, consistency and single-digit millisecond latency at the 99th percentile". Read More »

Windows 10 update appeals to iPhone users and makes video editing easier

The Microsoft Fluent Design System will deliver a better cross-device experience, making jumping from platform to platform, or device to device, much easier. Mr Myerson also announced that Apple's iTunes music store is to be made available on the Windows Store for the first time, and would include access to the Apple Music streaming service and full compatibility for the iPhone. Read More »

Emergency Update Patches Zero Day in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine

Microsoft tackled the Ormandy issue in a patch released late on Monday that promises to cover the gap in the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine (MsMpEng), Windows Defender and some other so-called security doodahs. "An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could execute arbitrary code in the security context of the LocalSystem account and take control of the system". Read More »

Microsoft just fixed a serious Windows Defender bug

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He went so far as to call it "crazy bad". Ormandy said that it could work against a default installation and could become wormable, which means it could replicate itself on a targeted machine and spread to other computers automatically. Read More »

Apple iPhone 5S tops premium smartphones in India

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Meanwhile, global smartphone shipments increased to 353.3 million units in Q1 2017 from 333.1 million units in Q1 2016. For the first quarter of 2017, Apple's iPhone 7 has grabbed the title of the world's best-selling smartphone . "Purchases over $300 (roughly Rs. 19,300) remain a small fraction of the market, but this is where Apple and Samsung dominate, as they do in more developed markets". Read More »

Microsoft takes on Google, Apple in education market with new Surface Laptop

The new Surface laptop weighs 1.25 Kg and it's 1.5 centimeters slim at the rear and 1 centimeter at the front. So, student, road warrior, professional or just computer aficionado with an eye for design, is this the laptop for you? As the BBC's British news network reports, Microsoft's goal with the release of the new Surface is to compete vigorously with Apple's Macbook Air. Read More »

Microsoft's new Cortana skills include Dark Sky and Domino's

Prior to the Build conference kicking off in Seattle, the company announced a Cortana Skills Kit SDK that will enable third-party developers to build specific skills for the platform. The Invoke will use far-field technology and seven microphones, meaning it will be able to pick up voice even in a noisy environment. Toward that end, Harry Shum, the company's executive vice president for A.I. Read More »

Facebook to hire 3000 extra staff to review crime videos

The company will also work with law enforcement and local community groups to help people who may harm themselves, or those who are in danger. In a statement published to Facebook on Wednesday, Zuckerberg says it is "heartbreaking" to see videos streamed or posted to the platform showing users "hurting themselves or others". Read More »

500 million devices running Windows 10

It now seems this will take a lot longer than 2018 for Microsoft to reach 1 billion Windows 10 devices. If so, what has kept you from installing the new feature updates? This has been Microsoft's big push from the beginning, and also a point of concern among those who fear that it's trying to turn Windows 10 into a walled garden. Read More »

Things To Know About This Year's May The Fourth Star Wars Day

Mark Hamill has given unsuspecting Star Wars fans the surprise of their intergalactic lives while re-enacting some of his most iconic scenes as Luke Skywalker. While the idea of May the 4th did not start with Lucasfilm , the film company that created Star Wars has fully embraced the spirit of fandom that makes the day so special. Read More »

Apple iPhone 7 world's best-selling smartphone in Q1

According to Strategy Analytics , the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus covered approximately 76.5 percent of the Mac maker's smartphone revenue in Q1. Guenveur explained: "While Chinese vendors are enjoying growth in places like EU5, Latin America, and India, the same can not be said in the USA, which remains dominated by Apple (39%), Samsung (30%), and LG (12%)". Read More »

Korea's leader willing to visit North, talk to US, China

Moon accepted Trump's invitation to visit at an "early date". "I will not waste my time and will do whatever is necessary for lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula", he said in inauguration speech at the National Assembly. PM Lee wrote in his letter to Mr Moon that his election reflects the confidence of the people of South Korea in his leadership and vision for the country. Read More »

Sinclair Broadcast to acquire Tribune Media for United States dollars 3.9 bln

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In the US, local stations get paid by cable and satellite companies for the rights to air their channels, and then pass along some of that revenue to network owners like Fox. Tribune Media has 42 TV stations and WGN radio, and reaches more than 43 percent of the nation. Financial Times said last week that the two companies were working on a joint deal in an effort to fend off Sinclair ( also read: Tribune Media Stock Spikes on Joint 21st Century Fox-Blackstone Bid ). Read More »

Illinois School District Warns Nationwide of 'Google Docs' Email Phishing Scam

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Upon clicking the "Open in Docs" button on the standard Gmail pop-up, users are invited to click on the link to open the document, which also redirects them to a legitimate Google sign-in page. Early this afternoon, a new type of phishing attack popped up targeting Google Docs/Gmail users and spread like insane. Experts say the phish was convincing and sophisticated. Read More »

Snapchat parent company set for big loss

Snapchat , however, has already been more than eclipsed by Instagram Stories. Traders gather at the post where Snap Inc.is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York , March 6. By tapping the scissors tool and the stars icon, users can erase something in a photo snap - like a stray piece of trash on the ground. More than 158 people worldwide use Snapchat daily (a 50 per cent rise on the number of users it had at the end of 2015), with 53m of those based ... Read More »

What you need to know about Microsoft's new, sleek Windows

Australian pricing is yet to be released, but in the United States, the Surface Laptop starts at US$999 (A$1324) for a Core i5 processor system with 4GB memory and 128GB solid state storage. Windows 10 S can also manage UWP apps more aggressively, rather like Android does. And it's a clear effort by Microsoft to step up competition with Google and its low-priced Chromebooks in the classroom, where the latter has made major inroads. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 blasts off with $145M debut

Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana , Dave Bautista , Vin Diesel , and Bradley Cooper among many others, Guardians 2 is an escape thriller that also earned more than $100 million in worldwide ticket sales from an earlier opener, too. It has now waltzed away with almost $1.2 billion globally to become the top earning film of the year so far, according to Box Office Mojo . That will also include a domestic box office haul around an estimated $350 million or more. Read More »

Here's how it differs from regular Windows 10

Microsoft said manufacturers like Samsung, Toshiba, HP and Dell will begin selling Windows 10 S devices this summer, starting at $189. As confirmed by the announcement today, those are, indeed, the four colors in which Surface Laptop will be available for users, and it'll weigh less than under 3 pounds, as it was claimed by the Twitter user that leaked the images. Read More »

Microsoft Introduces Skills Kit to Make Cortana Smarter

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Cortana's skills are also immediately available without the addition of another application. Microsoft is infusing all of its products and services with AI, and enabling those who develop on its platform to imbue creations with customized capabilities, according to executive vice president of artificial intelligence and research Harry Shum. Read More »

Analysts Viewpoints: Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP)

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Yelp has largely resolved the salesforce productivity issues that plagued the company in Q4, and consumer metrics were mostly positive in the most recent three-month period, but its new problem is client retention. Many analysts are providing their Estimated Earnings analysis for Yelp Inc. and for the current quarter 27 analysts have projected that the stock could give an Average Earnings estimate of $-0.08/share. Read More »