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Microsoft’s ‘Play Anywhere’ program fails to attract big game studios – Seattle Times

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A year in, Microsoft’s bid to link personal computer and Xbox gaming is still a work in progress. At the E3 trade show a year ago, Microsoft introduced “Play Anywhere,” a program that lets people buy a game digitally through the Xbox store, and play it on both a console and a PC. The aim was to add a consumer-friendly link between Windows, the home for most PC gaming, and…

We’re one step closer to getting cheaper, faster internet from space – The Denver Post

Sunday, June 25, 2017

For many, it’s been a years-long pipe dream: Ultra-fast, lag-free internet that comes to your PC or smartphone via satellite instead of a wire into your home. Facebook, Google and even SpaceX have explored the idea, partly in hopes of selling broadband access to a growing market with enormous potential – the developing world. But now, a former Googler and friend of Elon Musk has beaten them all to the…

The Internet has jacked up the price of Eiffel Tower tours – New York Post

Sunday, June 25, 2017

More like Eiffel sour. The digital age has ruined yet another old world charm — a quick trip up Paris’s iconic Eiffel Tower, the Sunday Times of London reported. Now, 80 percent of all tickets will be sold online and on-the-spot purchases will cost about $9 more, increasing from roughly $19 to $28. “It’s still below the average price of monuments worldwide, like the Empire Sate Building,” said the deputy…

US Asks Supreme Court to Take Up Microsoft Fight Over Email Privacy – KTLA

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Microsoft logo is illuminated on a wall during a Microsoft launch event to introduce the new Microsoft Surface laptop and Windows 10 S operating system, May 2, 2017 in New York City. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) The Microsoft logo is illuminated on a wall during a Microsoft launch event to introduce the new Microsoft Surface laptop and Windows 10 S operating system, May 2, 2017 in New York City….

British Parliament Hit by Cyberattack, Affecting Email Access – New York Times

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Photo Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Charles in the House of Lords on Wednesday. Credit Arthur Edwards/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LONDON — The British Parliament was the target of a cyberattack that left many legislators unable to connect to their email on Saturday as remote access to accounts was disabled as a security measure. Legislators were made aware of the problem on Friday night, and Chris Rennard, a…

Apple’s MacBook Air Needs To Be Killed Off – Forbes – Forbes

Sunday, June 25, 2017

In case you missed it, Apple updated the venerable MacBook Air during WWDC. While all the focus was on the iPad Pro and the draw of AR in mobile technology, the laptop picked up the least amount of love possible with a bump on Intel’s fifth generation chipset from 1.6 GHz to 1.8 GHz. For all the talk of the iPad Pro being able to replace a laptop and be…

I Found a 15-inch Laptop That’s Not a Total Pain – Gizmodo

Sunday, June 25, 2017

All images: Alex Cranz/Gizmodo I sat down on the train, two laptops, a tablet, and an e-reader crammed in my purse. There was a moment of relief—I’d managed to snag a seat on a rush hour train—and then, I felt a moment of sheer terror. My purse felt unusually light despite being full of gadgets. Certainly too light for a purse containing a 15-inch laptop. Those are giant unwieldy monsters…

Review: 2017 MacBook Pro fulfills the promise of the line’s redesign – AppleInsider (press release) (blog)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

At the WWDC, Apple took the opportunity to toss the new Kaby Lake i7 processor into the the redesigned 2016 MacBook Pro chassis. If you liked the 2016 but didn’t jump, you’ll be even happier with the 2017. The latest MacBook Pro models are internally Apple’s 13th generation MacBook Pro, but they effectively represent the fourth major body redesign. The new design leans heavily on techniques used for the Retina…

Senate health-care bill faces serious resistance from GOP moderates – Washington Post

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A small group of moderate Republican senators, worried that their leaders’ health-care bill could damage the nation’s social safety net, may pose at least as significant an obstacle to the measure’s passage as their colleagues on the right. The vast changes the legislation would make to Medicaid, the country’s broadest source of public health insurance, would represent the largest single step the government has ever taken toward conservatives’ long-held goal…

Trump lashes out at Obama over latest report on Russian election meddling – Washington Post

Sunday, June 25, 2017

President Trump on Saturday called out Obama administration officials for not taking stronger actions against Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, contradicting his past statements and suggesting without proof that they were trying to help Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. His tweets came after The Post revealed Friday that the Obama White House had received reports as early as August 2016 regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin’s direct involvement in the cyber campaign with instructions to defeat…

Retirement Rumors Ramp Up For Influential Supreme Court Justice – HuffPost

Sunday, June 25, 2017

This new round of speculation was sparked by a private reunion of Kennedy’s former clerks in Washington D.C, according to the reports. The reunion date was moved up one year, AP reported, sparking talk among former clerks that it would be the last time they see Kennedy while he is on the bench.

2 toddlers died after mom left them in hot car to teach ‘a lesson,’ police say – Washington Post

Sunday, June 25, 2017

On the day her two children were found dead, Cynthia Marie Randolph recounted for investigators a mother’s nightmare: She had been folding laundry and watching television while her young daughter and son, ages 2 and 16 months, played in an enclosed sun room on the back porch. Randolph, 24, went to check on her children after about a half-hour — but they were “gone,” she told police. She said that…

UK parliament hit by cyber attack – The Hill

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The British parliament was hit by a cyber attack Friday night that left members and staffers unable to access emails as hackers attempted to exploit weak passwords and gain access to accounts. Multiple news agencies reported Saturday that the U.K. parliament was hit by a “sustained and determined” effort by hackers, a report which was confirmed on Twitter by multiple members of parliament. “Sorry no parliamentary email access today –…

It’s now easier to get Purism’s security-focused laptops – Engadget

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The company says it works with hardware manufacturers to make sure its components can’t be used to infiltrate your system. For instance, its laptops have a kill switch that turns off their mic and camera, so you can make sure nobody’s spying on you through your webcam, which unfortunately can happen to anyone. Another kill switch disables their WiFi and Bluetooth in an instant to prevent unauthorized connection to your…

I Found a 15-inch Laptop That’s Not a Total Pain – Gizmodo

Sunday, June 25, 2017

All images: Alex Cranz/Gizmodo I sat down on the train, two laptops, a tablet, and an e-reader crammed in my purse. There was a moment of relief—I’d managed to snag a seat on a rush hour train—and then, I felt a moment of sheer terror. My purse felt unusually light despite being full of gadgets. Certainly too light for a purse containing a 15-inch laptop. Those are giant unwieldy monsters…

Schools let students take laptops home to stop the ‘summer slide’ – 89.3 KPCC

Sunday, June 25, 2017

When principal Kelli Hoffman ran into her students at a McDonald’s during summer break, she knew they weren’t there for the McNuggets. The two rising eighth-graders at French Middle School had invested in a Coke to unlock a bigger prize: free Wi-Fi. They sat logged into their school-provided Chromebooks studying exercise ideas from their sports coaches. Hoffman’s district, Topeka Public Schools in Kansas, is one of…

Microsoft’s ‘Play Anywhere’ program fails to attract big game studios – Seattle Times

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A year in, Microsoft’s bid to link personal computer and Xbox gaming is still a work in progress. At the E3 trade show a year ago, Microsoft introduced “Play Anywhere,” a program that lets people buy a game digitally through the Xbox store, and play it on both a console and a PC. The aim was to add a consumer-friendly link between Windows, the home for most PC gaming, and…

Apple’s MacBook Air Needs To Be Killed Off – Forbes

Saturday, June 24, 2017

In case you missed it, Apple updated the venerable MacBook Air during WWDC. While all the focus was on the iPad Pro and the draw of AR in mobile technology, the laptop picked up the least amount of love possible with a bump on Intel’s fifth generation chipset from 1.6 GHz to 1.8 GHz. For all the talk of the iPad Pro being able to replace a laptop and be…