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Two Britons arrested over Microsoft hack – BBC News

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The hack attacks targeted internal customer information Two men have been arrested for their part in an alleged plan to hack into Microsoft’s network. A 22-year-old from Sleaford and a 25-year-old from Bracknell were detained by police on Thursday. It is believed that the men were involved in repeated attempts to infiltrate the Microsoft network between January and March this year. Both were charged under…

Microsoft Dictate Types While You Talk – Small Business Trends

Thursday, June 22, 2017

If there is one word synonymous with digital technology, it is efficiency. And the folks at Microsoft Garage have released a new tool which will make you more efficient over typing on a keyboard, Dictate. Meet Microsoft Dictate As the name implies, Dictate is an add-in designed to convert speech to text by letting you speak what you need to type. On the company blog, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced…

How the government can read your email – Politico

Thursday, June 22, 2017

With Congress focused on reforming the tax code and replacing Obamacare—plus keeping the government open—there’s little oxygen for other policy issues. But one big issue is sure to get some attention because it expires at the end of September: the government’s surveillance authority. Government surveillance has been this big issue for 11 years, and much of the current debate boils down to one obscure-sounding but crucial corner of the law….

Microsoft: 250M devices infected with Fireball is ‘overblown’ – CNET

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Microsoft argues that Fireball’s spread might be overblown. Afp / AFP/Getty Images Researchers are warning that a virus has spread like wildfire, but Microsoft argues it’s a lot of smoke and mirrors. Earlier this month, security company Check Point said it discovered a Chinese operation that infected more than 250 million computers with Fireball, which can take over your computer’s browser. Fireball spread through software bundling, by hiding  downloads from…

New 27-Inch iMac Has Up to 80% Faster Graphics at Compute … – Mac Rumors

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Earlier this month, Apple launched new iMac models with Intel’s seventh-generation Kaby Lake processors and improved AMD Radeon Pro discrete graphics options at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. Early benchmark results for the new 27-inch iMac have already surfaced on Geekbench that suggest the 2017 models are up to 15% faster in multi-core CPU performance compared to last-generation models. Apple’s new high-end 27-inch iMac stock configuration with a 3.8GHz quad-core…

Senate, Mosul, NBA Draft: Your Thursday Briefing – New York Times

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Photo Al Nuri Grand Mosque and its leaning minaret in Mosul, Iraq, in 2014. The mosque, which was destroyed by the Islamic State this week, is pictured on Iraq’s 10,000-dinar bank note. Credit European Pressphoto Agency (Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. Here’s what you need to know: • Unveiling the health bill. Senate Republican leaders plan to make public today their legislation to…

Tropical Storm Cindy comes ashore in southwest Louisiana – ABC News

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Gulf Coast states were in for a third day of rough weather as Tropical Storm Cindy sloshed ashore early Thursday in southwestern Louisiana. Already blamed for one death in Alabama, Cindy was expected to keep churning seas and spin off bands of severe weather from eastern Texas to northwestern Florida. The storm’s maximum sustained winds had decreased to near 40 mph (64 kph) Thursday morning with additional weakening expected, the…

Five things to watch in Senate GOP’s ObamaCare repeal bill – The Hill

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A draft of the long-awaited Senate healthcare bill, crafted behind closed doors, will be publicly unveiled on Thursday. Just a day before the bill’s scheduled release, some senators said they still didn’t know the details of some key provisions, creating uncertainty as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSpecial election sweep boosts Trump agenda Five things to watch in Senate GOP’s ObamaCare repeal bill McConnell courts GOP centrists for health bill MORE…

Latest: Officials: Suspect a dual citizen of Canada, Tunisia – Washington Post

Thursday, June 22, 2017

FLINT, Mich. — The Latest on the stabbing of a police officer at the Flint, Michigan, airport (all times local): 10:25 p.m. A published report says the man accused of stabbing a police officer at an airport in Flint, Michigan, is a dual citizen of Canada and Tunisia. The Flint Journal, citing court officials, says Amor Ftouhi has lived in Montreal for the past 10 years with his wife and…

11 insane laptop designs you never knew existed – Business Insider

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Asus “I need a laptop for writing emails and social media.” If that sounds like you, the laptops in this list aren’t designed with you in mind. Nay, the laptops in this list are designed for eccentric and/or rich people who have very specific needs, like intense gaming or carrying around an abridged version of the internet. Take a look at the weirdest laptops we’ve ever seen:

Microsoft’s Dictate uses Cortana’s speech recognition to enable dictation in Office – TechCrunch

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dictate, a new project from Microsoft’s experimental R&D group, Microsoft Garage, is launching today to offer a way to type using your voice in Office programs including Outlook, Word and PowerPoint. Available as an add-in for Microsoft’s software, Dictate is powered by the same speech recognition technology that Cortana uses in order to convert your speech to text. This is also same speech recognition and A.I. used in Microsoft Cognitive Services, including…

How Microsoft Is Stealing Apple’s Cool Factor – TIME

Thursday, June 22, 2017

“If we’re going to be able to create magical experiences with software, then the hardware will be the thing that people buy to go experience that,” Microsoft corporate VP of devices Panos Panay told TIME during a recent interview. We were discussing his company’s decision to release its first true laptop after years of selling hybrid computers, namely the Surface Laptop, which began shipping on June 15. “And [when] those…

On ‘OK Computer,’ Radiohead Saw the Future: Ours – New York Times

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Photo Thom Yorke of Radiohead at Madison Square Garden in 2016. Credit Ebru Yildiz for The New York Times It all came true. Twenty years after Radiohead released “OK Computer,” capitalism’s tech overlords have inexorably cultivated a work force and customer base of wish-they-were-androids. Using algorithms that ruthlessly tabulate every available metric, they are determined to maximize efficiency, and they see no profit in human downtime, imperfection or ideals. On…

Engineering Internet For All of San Francisco – SF Weekly

Thursday, June 22, 2017

It is not your imagination that internet service sucks in San Francisco. Our coverage has improved somewhat since an embarrassing 2014 report from the Open Technology Institute that showed tech-centric San Francisco had the slowest download speeds of any major U.S. city. But newer analyses still show San Francisco internet providers deliver much slower average speeds than Seattle, Austin, Phoenix, and other cities that are not particularly known…

How you move a computer mouse may reveal if you’re lying – CNNMoney

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The smallest things we do can give away our biggest secrets. According to researchers at the University of Padova in Italy, how a person moves a mouse when answering questions on a computer may reveal whether or not they’re lying. The finding has the potential to identify everything from fake online reviews and fraudulent insurance claims to pedophiles and terrorists, the team suggests. The researchers used an artificial intelligence algorithm…

Apple iMac (27-inch, 2017) review: – CNET

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Apple dusts off its veteran 27-inch iMac all-in-one, updating it just enough to bring it up to 2017 standards for speed and features, as well as to brighten its 5K display and give it the ability to simulate more colors. In practice, that means Apple incorporated 2017 versions of Intel processors and AMD graphics, added support for Bluetooth 4.2, and replaced the old Mini DisplayPort connectors with two Thunderbolt 3-capable…

Abortion Adds Obstacle as Republicans Plan to Unveil Health Bill – New York Times

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The changes being considered in Congress could “amount to a 25 percent shortfall in covering the actual cost of providing care to our nation’s neediest citizens,” the top executives of 10 insurance companies wrote this week. “These amounts spell deep cuts, not state flexibilities, in Medicaid.” Advertisement Continue reading the main story As senators struggle to develop a health care bill, their handiwork appears to be too moderate for some…

In Iowa, Trump rallies base, celebrates GOP resilience – Washington Post

Thursday, June 22, 2017

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Struggling to advance his agenda in Washington, President Donald Trump traveled to the Midwest on Wednesday for a raucous rally with his loyal supporters — the kind of event he relished before winning the White House. Trump touched down Wednesday evening in rainy Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and headed to a local community college, where he got a look at agriculture technology innovations before leading a campaign…

House Dems pressure WH on Kushner, Flynn security clearances – Washington Post

Thursday, June 22, 2017

WASHINGTON — Democrats on a House committee are pressuring the White House to release a wide array of documents about the security clearances granted to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top aide. In a letter Wednesday, 18 members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said they have “serious concerns” about how the White House is handling classified information and…