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Why Microsoft’s ‘Confirmed’ Surface Phone Shouldn’t Be A Phone – Forbes

Monday, July 24, 2017

The buzz around a new smartphone direct from Microsoft continues to build. Although Windows Phone has now reached the end of its life, Redmond is not finished with mobile technology. CEO Satya Nadella went as far as confirming that Microsoft will “make more phones, but they will not look like phones that are there today.” On the consumer side of things, Microsoft will continue to build up its cloud based…

Shark weak: Michael Phelps loses race to computer-generated great white – Washington Post

Monday, July 24, 2017

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Quest for AI Leadership Pushes Microsoft Further Into Chip Development – Bloomberg

Monday, July 24, 2017

Tech companies are keen to bring cool artificial intelligence features to phones and augmented reality goggles—the ability show mechanics how to fix an engine, say, or tell tourists what they are seeing and hearing in their own language. But there’s one big challenge: how to manage the vast quantities of data that make such feats possible without making the devices too slow or draining the battery in minutes and wrecking the user experience. Microsoft…

Russian Protesters Rally Against Internet Censorship – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Monday, July 24, 2017

MOSCOW — Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Moscow on July 23 to protest Internet censorship and demand the resignation of the head of Russia’s state media regulator. The protest came amid a broad crackdown on online speech in recent years that rights activists say is targeting legitimate dissent under the pretext of battling extremism. Organizers of the rally, which received official permission from Moscow authorities, called for…

Freeing the internet – Wicked Local Newton

Monday, July 24, 2017

For nearly two decades, the internet has been capitalism’s engine, driving the creation of the country’s largest and most successful companies. Amazon, Google, Uber, Airbnb, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and thousands of other companies wouldn’t exist without it. In fact, pretty much all of the 176 companies on Fortune’s list of unicorns (startups valued at $1 billion or more) wouldn’t exist without the internet. The internet…

Refurbished Apple MacBook Pro 2016 15-inch i7 2.6GHz: REVIEW … – Business Insider

Monday, July 24, 2017

This 2016 MacBook Pro was previously used, but when I reviewed it, it felt just like a new laptopAntonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider Apple has a gorgeous “mid 2017” MacBook Pro with fresh and powerful specs available to buy right now —  but if you like to save money, it might not be your best option. Me? I went for the 2016 model. And no, it’s not a brand new, unsold 2016 MacBook Pro…

The Unconventional Anthony Scaramucci – National Review

Monday, July 24, 2017

The news media are dismissing the new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci much the same way they derided Donald Trump. “A P.T. Barnum in a Ferragamo tie” is how the New York Times referred to Scaramucci after his appointment on Friday. The Times ridiculed his initial appearance before reporters, accusing him of being “over the top” for professing his love of Donald Trump and his administration and for…

Trump open to signing Russia sanctions legislation: official – Reuters

Monday, July 24, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Sunday that U.S. President Donald Trump was open to signing legislation toughening sanctions on Russia after Senate and House leaders reached agreement on a bill late last week. Congressional Democrats said on Saturday they had agreed with Republicans on a deal allowing new sanctions targeting Russia, Iran and North Korea in a bill that would limit any potential effort by Trump to…

Schumer: Democrats were ‘namby-pamby’ – Politico

Monday, July 24, 2017

“We were too cautious, we were too namby-pamby,” Sen. Chuck Schumer said on ABC’s “This Week | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo By Kevin Robillard 07/23/2017 11:22 AM EDT Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday promised a bolder economic message for the Democratic Party, including the potential for single-payer health care. “We were too cautious, we were too namby-pamby,” Schumer said on ABC’s “This Week.” “This is sharp, bold and…

9 people dead after at least 39 were found packed in a sweltering tractor-trailer in San Antonio – Washington Post

Monday, July 24, 2017

SAN ANTONIO — It began with a desperate request for water and a Walmart employee’s suspicions about a tractor-trailer parked outside. That led officials on Sunday to discover at least 39 people packed into a sweltering trailer, several of them on the verge of death — their skin hot to the touch, their hearts dangerously racing — and eight men already dead. Another would die later at a hospital. Authorities…

Here’s What Happened When Michael Phelps Raced a Great White Shark – Hollywood Reporter

Monday, July 24, 2017

Retired competitive swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with a total of 28 medals, took on a great white shark in a Discovery Channel special on Sunday night. Did he win? Phelps vs Shark: Great Gold vs Great White, which helped kick off Discovery Channel’s Shark Week programming, found Phelps and a group of scientists working to record the speed of, first, a hammerhead shark and…

Why Microsoft’s ‘Confirmed’ Surface Phone Shouldn’t Be A Phone – Forbes

Monday, July 24, 2017

The buzz around a new smartphone direct from Microsoft continues to build. Although Windows Phone has now reached the end of its life, Redmond is not finished with mobile technology. CEO Satya Nadella went as far as confirming that Microsoft will “make more phones, but they will not look like phones that are there today.” On the consumer side of things, Microsoft will continue to build up its cloud based…

Russians march against state internet crackdown – Phys.Org

Monday, July 24, 2017

Around 1,000 people demonstrated in Moscow against Russian government controls on the internet Around 1,000 people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to protest against the government’s harsh legislative controls on the internet. Demonstrators at the rally, which was authorised by city authorities, shouted slogans including “No to censorship, no to dictatorship!” and “Down with the police state!” Some adapted a popular slogan from opposition rallies against President Vladimir…

Reviewed: A used, year-old MacBook Pro from Apple’s Refurbished Mac store that saved me $450 – Business Insider

Sunday, July 23, 2017

This 2016 MacBook Pro was previously used, but when I reviewed it, it felt just like a new laptopAntonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider Apple has a gorgeous “mid 2017” MacBook Pro with fresh and powerful specs available to buy right now —  but if you like to save money, it might not be your best option. Me? I went for the 2016 model. And no, it’s not a brand new, unsold 2016 MacBook Pro…

Read Anthony Scaramucci’s old tweets. You’ll understand why he deleted them. – Washington Post

Sunday, July 23, 2017

New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci hasn’t always shared the political views of the administration he now serves. But shortly after taking on the new job, the Wall Street financier announced that he’s deleting old tweets, some of which praised Hillary Clinton and showed that he’s at odds with his new boss on issues such as gun control, climate change, Islam and illegal immigration. Scaramucci said Saturday that his…

8 dead, about 30 injured are found in hot semitrailer in Texas ‘human-trafficking’ incident – ABC News

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Eight people were found dead and close to 30 others injured inside a brutally-hot semitrailer parked in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas. Police described the incident as an apparent “human trafficking crime.” Authorities became aware of the truck overnight after a Walmart employee, who had been approached by someone who had been in the truck asking for water, notified police of the interaction, San Antonio Police Chief…

White House offers muddled message on Russia sanctions legislation – Washington Post

Sunday, July 23, 2017

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sunday that the White House supports a new Russia sanctions bill; White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, however, said the president has not made a decision. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sunday that the Trump administration supports new legislation to punish Russia for its meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its aggression toward Ukraine. Speaking on ABC’s “This…

In tweet storm, Trump decries ‘illegal leaks’ and asserts ‘all agree’ he has complete power to pardon – Washington Post

Sunday, July 23, 2017

NORFOLK — A defiant President Trump unleashed a flurry of nearly a dozen tweets Saturday morning, asserting that he has the “complete power to pardon” aides, family members and possibly even himself — an apparent response to the special counsel’s widening Russia probe — and decrying “illegal leaks” in the “FAKE NEWS.” The president also lashed out at a new Washington Post report of previously undisclosed alleged contacts between Attorney General Jeff Sessions — at…

The Navy’s put down a ‘significant bet’ on the $13 billion USS Gerald R Ford, which some say is a risky gamble – CNBC

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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8 Suspected Migrants Found Dead in Packed, Overheated Tractor Trailer in Texas – NBCNews.com

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Eight people were found dead and some 17 with life-threatening injuries in the back of a packed and overheated 18 wheeler in San Antonio, Texas, early on Sunday. A security guard at a Walmart in the southwest of the city received a tipoff from an unknown individual that a tractor-trailer in the store’s parking lot was full of migrants, said Joe Arrington, a spokesman for the San Antonio Fire Department….