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TechNN Archive: Sunday, February 4, 2018


Computer Industry
  • "Report: Microsoft Replacing Windows 10 S with 'S Mode'/Instead of offering a dedicated version of Windows 10 that only allows users to run apps from the Windows Store, Microsoft is going to make this an option in Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise editions." PC Magazine 12:07 PM
  • "Windows 10 S is becoming Windows 10 S Mode" TechRadar UK 7:55 AM
  • "Dell considering options like merger with VMware or IPO" Infosurhoy 7:53 AM
  • "Intel spin-out could launch AR smart glasses this year: says reports" The Indian Wire 7:54 AM
  • "HP Spectre 13 (2017) Review" Thurrott 7:59 PM
  • "After GPUs, CPUs May Become The Next Go-To Hardware For Use in Cryptomining — AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs Can Pay For Themselves in Under a Year" WCCFTech 7:54 AM
  • "Microsoft Office 2019 will only run on Windows 10, and will begin previews next quarter: Not surprisingly, Microsoft is making Office 2019 synonymous with Windows 10." PCWorld 2/3
  • "Report: Microsoft will make Windows 10 S the default mode for five new Windows 10 versions/If Windows 10 S is the default Windows and gamers will have to pay more to upgrade to Pro, consumers are going to flip their lids." PCWorld 2/3
  • "Exclusive: New Windows 10 Consumer SKU Roadmap Revealed" Thurrott 2/3
  • "Windows 10 consumer SKUs to reportedly undergo changes" Neowin 2/3
  • "Microsoft to add new Windows 10 Home editions to its line-up" ZDNet 2/3
  • "The next version of Windows 10 might be called the Spring Creators Update" Neowin 2/3
  • "Microsoft's Surface Book 2 just got $300 cheaper, but there's a catch" BGR 2/3
  • "Build yourself a high-performance AMD Ryzen 7 PC" ZDNet 2/3
  • "What Silicon Valley tech VCs get wrong about consumer investing" TechCrunch 2/3
  • "Backblaze Hard Drive Reliability Report Shows HGST Drives Lead, Seagate Still Has Issues" HotHardware 2/3
General Interest
  • "Lloyds Bank bans Bitcoin purchases on its credit cards" BBC 9:30 PM
  • "Nokia 7 Plus specs leaked: 6-inch display, 3 ZEISS lenses, SD660, and more" Neowin 7:46 AM
  • "Hyundai's self-driving fuel cell cars complete a record highway trip: They're the first to drive at highway speeds for such a long distance." Engadget 7:36 AM
  • "TiVo flips 'SkipMode' around for Super Bowl ad fans: GameSkip edits out everything football haters don't want to see." Engadget 2/3
  • "Chrome OS 64 Updated With Features That Continue To Meld With Android For Larger Screen Devices" HotHardware 2/3
  • "Elon Musk: I'll dub my flamethrower 'Not a Flamethrower' to thwart customs" Ars Technica 2/3
  • "A critical Adobe Flash Player zero-day vulnerability is out in the wild... again" Neowin 2/3
  • "An Adobe Flash 0day is being actively exploited in the wild" Ars Technica 2/2
  • "Sprint eyes mobile 5G network launch for first half of 2019" ZDNet 2/2
  • "What you need to know about that big study on cell phones and cancer" ["Be smart: These rats were exposed to high levels of radiation over their entire bodies. This is not how humans are exposed to cell phone radiation. When asked in a press conference if he intends to change his cell phone use, or tell his children to do so, study author John Bucher said, unequivocally, 'no.'"] Axios 2/2
  • "Alexa can now control your HP printer" Engadget 2/2
  • "Here's why Alexa won't light up during Amazon's Super Bowl ad" The Next Web 2/2
  • "Google code reckons it's smarter than airlines, AI funding, and lots more" The Register 2/2
  • "Google builds out its data center estate, with added solar power" ZDNet 2/2
  • "Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs has a plan to bring order to the mobility chaos in our cities" The Verge 2/2
  • "Chrome OS update comes with Spectre fix and new screenshot shortcut" Engadget 2/2
  • "Google Chrome: Beware these malicious extensions that record everything you do" ZDNet 2/2
  • "Five Chromebook hacks that give your laptop surprising new talents" PCWorld 2/2
  • "YouTube will address 'egregious' acts by creators in new policies" Engadget 2/2
  • "YouTube working on stricter policies to punish creators who do 'significant harm' to the community" The Verge 2/2
  • "Brave YouTuber installs literal fast and slow lanes for traffic outside the FCC's headquarters" The Verge 2/2
  • "YouTube's live TV service is now available for Apple TV devices" The Verge 2/2
  • "YouTube labels news videos that have received government funding" Engadget 2/2
  • "YouTube will start labeling videos from state-funded broadcasters" The Verge 2/2
  • "To fight propaganda, YouTube will now label state-funded news broadcasts in the U.S." TechCrunch 2/2
  • "YouTube's CEO promises stronger enforcement in the wake of controversies" TechCrunch 2/2
  • "Sprint commits to launching mobile 5G nationwide in 2019, raising prices" VentureBeat 2/2
  • "DJI Mavic Air review: Aerial photography's next small thing" Engadget 2/2
  • "GoPro's holiday season was even worse than the company predicted" The Verge 2/2
  • "As Sony CEO Kaz Hirai steps down, the future of some products is in question" Ars Technica 2/2
  • "Sony CEO completes quest to make the company successful again" Engadget 2/2
  • "Sony CEO Kaz Hirai will step aside on April 1st" Engadget 2/2
  • "Kaz Hirai steps down as Sony CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida named as replacement" The Verge 2/2
  • "How to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang without cable" TechHive 2/2
  • "Tesla will sell solar panels and Powerwalls at Home Depot" Engadget 2/2
  • "8 lesser-known videoconferencing options for work" Computerworld 2/2
  • "Spotify will now show songwriter and producer credits for each track" VentureBeat 2/2
  • "Spotify debuts a new Songwriter Credits feature on desktop" TechCrunch 2/2
  • "Plextor M9Pe NVMe SSD review: Far faster than SATA and almost as affordable" PCWorld 2/2
  • "Firefox 59 will stop websites snooping on where you've just been" ZDNet 2/2
  • "Tencent will launch Arena of Valor's World Cup tournament" VentureBeat 2/2
  • "Razer announces a 'gold' Razer Phone that's gold in logo only" The Verge 2/2
  • "BMW's C evolution squeezes EV technology into a scooter" Engadget 2/2
  • "Ford's Chariot ride-sharing vans come to London" Engadget 2/2
  • "Airbus completes first test of its autonomous air taxi Vahana" VentureBeat 2/2
  • "A successful SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch gives NASA new options" The Verge 2/2
  • "People are digging the new 3D replay tech in PUBG" TechCrunch 2/2
  • "Fashion subscription service Le Tote ventures into China's competitive luxury retail market" TechCrunch 2/2
  • "Slite looks to build a new smarter notes tool for internal teams" TechCrunch 2/2
  • "Polish hackers create an indoor location system for disabled students" TechCrunch 2/2
  • "The Lucnt SRL1 is a smart bike light for smarter people" TechCrunch 2/2
  • "Die With Me is a chat app for sharing your phone's last gasp" TechCrunch 2/2
Press Releases
  • "IBM Research AI at the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence" IBM 2/2
  • "VMware Issues Statement on Dell Technologies SEC filing" Globe Newswire 2/2
  • "Valve's Gabe Newell responds to Microsoft acquisition rumors" MSPoweruser 6:41 PM
  • "Designer envisions a Windows Explorer with Fluent Design and it actually looks good" MSPoweruser 6:27 PM
  • "How to use Windows 10's new diagnostic desktop viewer" MSPoweruser 1:07 PM
  • "Final Fantasy XV Apparently Allows PC — Xbox One Crossplay If You Buy from Microsoft Store" WCCFTech 7:55 AM
  • "Microsoft Offers Cheaper Surface Laptops With Lesser Specs" PC Magazine 2/2
  • "Microsoft starts selling a $799 Surface Laptop" TechCrunch 2/2
  • "Microsoft adds new, lower-cost Surface models to its line-up" ZDNet 2/2
  • "Microsoft offers cheaper Surface laptops with lower specs" Engadget 2/2
  • "Do you still partition your drive? Paragon Partition Manager 16 Free makes partitioning a breeze" BetaNews 2/2
  • "Wake-On-LAN on Windows: The Best Feature You're Not Using" MakeUseOf 2/2
  • "How to Create a System Image to Back Up Windows 10 Fall Creators Update" Softpedia 2/2
  • "'Flickergate' issue hits Microsoft's Surface Pro 4" bit-tech 2/2
  • "Microsoft confirms Office 2019 will be for Windows 10 only" The Inquirer 2/2
  • "Microsoft extends Windows 10 support and makes Office 2019 a Windows 10 exclusive" BetaNews 2/2
  • "Office 2019 compatible only with Windows 10, Microsoft says" Inquirer.Net 2/2
  • "Microsoft Extends Support for Two Windows 10 Versions" Softpedia 2/2
  • "Microsoft is working on new features for its To-Do app" Neowin 2/2
  • "Microsoft Surface Phone Could Launch This Year with Windows Polaris - Report" Softpedia 2/2
  • "Microsoft establishes Cortana Intelligence Institute to work on next-gen capabilities for Cortana" MSPoweruser 2/2
  • "Microsoft Office 2019 Launches Later This Year, Will Run Only on Windows 10" Softpedia 2/2
  • "How to set up a mobile hotspot with Windows 10" TechRepublic 2/2
  • "Microsoft extends Windows 10 support and makes Office 2019 a Windows 10 exclusive" BetaNews 2/2
  • "Windows 10 vs Windows 7: Has Microsoft's newest OS just reached a turning point?" ZDNet 2/2
  • "Windows 10's antivirus will start removing PC 'optimizer' scareware next month" The Verge 2/2
  • "Microsoft's new Surface Laptop is cheaper and slower at $799" The Verge 2/2
  • "Microsoft drops Surface Book 2 price to $1,199 with less storage" The Verge 2/2
  • "Quest to dominate self-driving cars is at the heart of Waymo v. Uber trial/Judge: case is about trade secrets, 'not whether or not Uber is an evil corporation.'" Ars Technica 4:52 PM
  • "Why cops won't need a warrant to pull the data off your autonomous car" Ars Technica 2/3
  • "Republicans and Democrats team up for net neutrality in Washington state" Seattle Times 2/2
  • "YouTube to Call Out Government-Funded News Videos" PC Magazine 2/2
  • "AT&T merger judge says 'no big issues' in trial preparations" Reuters 2/2
  • "FCC gets ready to kick off $2 billion rural broadband fund" TechCrunch 2/2
  • "Fewer than a fifth of enterprises have a notification plan in place for data breaches" BetaNews 2/2
  • "GDPR: These are the organisations which are least prepared" ZDNet 2/2
  • "How Facebook stole the news business" TechCrunch 2/3
  • "Steadicam Volt's cinematic smartphone stabilizer is a little fiddly: The setup takes time to learn, but the results are more natural than other options." Engadget 2/3
  • "The best eBook readers and Kindles you can buy" Telegraph 2/3
  • "Video cards are so expensive, you're better off buying an entire desktop PC" Digital Trends 2/2
  • "Technology can't save football players' brains" Engadget 2/2
  • "How 5G will impact the future of farming and John Deere's digital transformation" ZDNet 2/2
  • "Bitcoin falls under $8,000 -- crypto market down to $360bn" BetaNews 2/2
  • "Bitcoin value drops below $8,500" The Verge 2/2
  • "Mnubo raises $16.5M Series B from Munich Re/HSB Ventures, White Star Capital, McRock Capital and other investors" VentureBeat 2/2
  • "Figma raises $25 million to take on Adobe with a browser-based interface design tool" VentureBeat 2/2
  • "Startup Europe 2017: More funding, fewer exits offer mixed picture of entrepreneurial progress" VentureBeat 2/2
  • "Science, the L.A.-based incubator, just closed on $75 million for its first real venture fund" TechCrunch 2/2
Tech Stocks
  • "S&P 500 on track for worst weekly decline in 2 years: Dow drops more than 400 points" MarketWatch 2/2
  • "Dow Gets Walloped, Falls 450 Points as Bond Yields Spike: Stocks plunge and Treasury yields spike after the U.S. adds 200,000 jobs to payrolls in January and wages increase." TheStreet 2/2
  • "Tech companies lead stocks sharply lower in morning trading" Associated Press 2/2
  • "Dow Set for Its Biggest Weekly Fall in Two Years: Blue-chip index falls sharply as disappointing earnings reports and a selloff in government bonds weigh on markets" [Paid Membership Required] 2/2
  • "Earnings worries weigh on Asian markets; China suffers worst week since 2016: Stock indexes in Japan and South Korea suffered earnings-related hits Friday, with Samsung Electronics falling more than 4% after rival Apple's latest quarterly financial results." MarketWatch 2/2
  • "DAX drops below 13,000 after Deutsche Bank logs a hefty loss: European stocks dropped for a fifth straight session on Friday, with the German market leading the charge south after Deutsche Bank posted a bigger-than-expected loss in the fourth quarter." MarketWatch 2/2

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  • "How Retail is Advancing AI, IoT"
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  • "#10YearChallenge: Harmless Trend or Boon to Facial Recognition Technology?"
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PC Magazine (Updated 8:30 PM CST)
  • "Future Coders Get a Peek Behind the Curtain at Warner Bros. Studios"
  • "AR Trial Wants to Give Juvenile Offenders a 'Second Chance'"
Reuters (Updated 8:30 PM CST)
  • "EU tax on big digital companies could be struck by March: French minister"
  • "Austrian data privacy activist files complaint against Apple, Amazon, others"
  • "Philippine financial service firm flags data breach affecting 900,000 clients"
ZDNet (Updated 8:30 PM CST)
  • "Websites can steal browser data via extensions APIs"
  • "adidas Originals winter 2018 iPhone case collection: Iconic branding with style and protection"
  • "Amazon Fire TV Recast review: A prime example of how over-the-air DVRs should work"

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