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TechNN Archive: Thursday, February 15, 2018


Computer Industry
  • "Researchers Find New Ways to Exploit Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities in Modern CPUs" Gizmodo UK 7:07 AM
  • "Windows 10 is adding an Ultimate Performance mode for pros: It's built for no-compromise work." Engadget 6:32 AM
  • "Microsoft's Windows 10 'Ultimate Performance' mode takes aim at high-end PCs: Now there's fast, and there's even faster" The Inquirer 6:46 AM
  • "Windows 10 is getting an 'Ultimate Performance' mode for power users: Only available in Windows 10 Pro for Workstations" The Verge 6:49 AM
  • "Windows 10 testers can now try beta apps without updating the entire OS" The Verge 6:48 AM
  • "Microsoft Pours Money Into Fast-Growing Brazil as Demand Booms" Bloomberg 7:42 AM
  • "This Person Wants Microsoft to Pay Him in Billions or Just Put Windows 7 Back on His Machine!" WCCFTech 7:36 PM
  • "Microsoft patents Surface Pen with touch-sensitive retention clip" MSPoweruser 7:36 PM
  • "PayPal, Microsoft partner to build-up digital workplaces" Gadgets Now 7:42 AM
  • "Microsoft Issues Updates for Surface Pro, Book, and the Surface Dock Updater" Thurrott 12:18 PM
  • "Microsoft Surface Pro Receives $200 Price Cut To Celebrate Its 5th Birthday" HotHardware 4:27 PM
  • "Microsoft and IBM in legal fight over diversity chief" Axios 7:43 AM
  • "Intel claims quantum computing 'breakthrough' silicon-based spin qubit chip: Could finally take quantum computing out of the research lab" The Inquirer 6:47 AM
  • "Intel claims breakthrough in quantum computing with spin qubits invention: Inventing a spin qubit fabrication flow using isotopically pure wafers" V3 7:07 AM
  • "Intel boosts bug bounty program in wake of Meltdown and Spectre flaws: $250,000 is up for grabs for researchers that can spot Spectre-like bugs" The Inquirer 6:46 AM
  • "With Intel's updated bug bounty program, you could earn big bucks for finding the next Meltdown" BetaNews 7:08 AM
  • "Intel Offers $250,000 for Side-Channel Exploits" SecurityWeek 7:07 AM
  • "Intel boosts bug bounty efforts" bit-tech 7:07 AM
  • "Intel roadmap includes hexa-core laptop processors" Hexus 7:08 AM
  • "Second Gen Ryzen not playing nice with some AM4 motherboards" Fudzilla 7:06 AM
  • "Nvidia could be planning 'Turing' crypto-mining chips to ease the strain on gamers: Bitcoin has been leaving gamers with no new chips" The Inquirer 7:19 AM
  • "Ruckus Networks to deploy wireless solutions under Dell EMC's brand name: The agreement is effective immediately and encompasses a range of sales, marketing, and customer support programs in international markets, including APAC," The Economic Times 7:00 AM
  • "Dell EMC's IoT revenue in APAC surpasses $1bn: The milestone in Dell EMC's internet of things revenue underscores the APAC region's rapid uptake of sensors and other IoT devices in industries and smart city projects" ComputerWeekly 7:01 AM
  • "HP's DaaS program now includes Apple devices" ZDNet 10:57 AM
  • "HP announces Device as a Service for Apple" Neowin 11:24 AM
  • "IBM, skill development ministry launch 'New Collar' curriculum at ITIs" sify finance 7:39 AM
  • "IBM Wants You to Know the Ways Blockchain Can Go Wrong" coindesk 7:40 AM
  • "IBM Retirement Fund Has $4.90 Million Stake in Intel Co. (NASDAQ:INTC)" Dispatch Tribunal 7:40 AM
  • "Oracle Lobbied Labor Amid Employment Case: The Influence Game" Bloomberg 7:44 AM
  • "Oracle buys DDoS software maker Zenedge" ZDNet 1:36 PM
  • "Cisco to Repatriate $67 Billion Under New Tax Law" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:04 AM
  • "Cisco Shocks With Its Sales Results and Wall Street Loves It: Cisco's fastest-growing product ever, an increase in capital returns and prospects for growth drove shares higher after Wednesday's close." TheStreet 7:50 AM
General Interest
  • "HTC's Viveport Subscription for VR games will get a price hike next month" Neowin 3:51 PM
  • "Google's Project Fi Get New Perks for Travelers" PC Magazine 1:47 PM
  • "Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 set to launch as 'world's first' 7nm SoC: But you're probably not going to see it until next year" The Inquirer 10:43 AM
  • "Nokia might give up on wearables: Nokia's digital health business is failing just two years after acquiring Withings." Engadget 8:43 AM
  • "Everything you need to know about the Huawei MediaPad M5: 3 new Huawei MediaPad M5s coming soon to remind you tablets still exist" Digital Trends 7:57 AM
  • "Princeton University is one step closer to silicon-based quantum computing: Researchers developed a device demonstrating the potential to use light as a messenger to connect quantum 'bits' of data" V3 7:56 AM
  • "Amazon is bigger than Microsoft for the first time" Business Insider 7:43 AM
  • "Google Chrome launches default ad-blocker" BBC 8:43 AM
  • "Google introduces its own ad blocker to Chrome: here's how it will work" Telegraph 7:03 AM
  • "Facebook accused of using 2FA to persuade users to log back in: Facebook slammed for undermining two-factor authentication in a bid to drive users back" V3 7:56 AM
  • "Facebook launches Messenger Kids app on Android" Neowin 6:47 AM
  • "Samsung teases Galaxy S9 features in new videos" Neowin 6:47 AM
  • "Galaxy S9 release date, price and specs: Official videos confirm slow-mo video, 3D Emoji/Samsung hypes the S9's 'reimagined' camera ahead of 25 February launch" The Inquirer 6:46 AM
  • "Social networks 'too slow' on rights changes" BBC 6:32 AM
  • "Fujifilm's X-H1 camera adds top video chops to X Series still shooting prowess" TechCrunch 6:48 AM
  • "Founded by Lexar alumni, ProGrade Digital is building a better memory card" Digital Trends 7:57 AM
  • "Panasonic has an industry-first global-shutter organic sensor that shoots 8K" Digital Trends 7:57 AM
Press Releases
  • "Dell EMC Next Generation Converged Infrastructure Makes Data Center Modernisation Even Simpler" Al Bawaba 7:01 AM
  • "IBM and SpaceBelt Collaborate on Innovative Architecture for Secure Cloud Management and Storage in Space: How Data Architectures Are Evolving Beyond On-Premises and Classic Cloud to Add Another Dimension of Data Security" PRNewswire 7:39 AM
  • "Tech Data Adds Oracle Cloud to StreamOne Cloud Marketplace: Now available in the Americas and Europe" PRNewswire 7:42 AM
  • "Oracle Honors Change Agents of Finance at Oracle Modern Finance Experience: Awards recognize organizations using modern cloud technologies to drive business transformation" PRNewswire 7:43 AM
  • "Microsoft's latest app moves photos from phones to PCs over WiFi: No cords, no hassle, as long as you use Windows 10 Photos." Engadget 2:07 PM
  • "Windows 10 Pro Ultimate Performance mode is what power users were waiting for" SlashGear 9:32 AM
  • "New Windows 10 'Ultimate Performance' Mode Is Meant For Power Users" UberGizmo 9:32 AM
  • "Bill Gates Warns Sillicon Valley of Technology's Dangerous Potential" Futurism 9:33 AM
  • "Microsoft's new photos app for iOS and Android lets you quickly transfer pictures to a PC" The Verge 6:49 AM
  • "New Mexico man sues Microsoft for $600 million after botched Windows 10 upgrade" Neowin 6:48 AM
  • "Microsoft is once again offering PUBG for free with Xbox One X purchases" Neowin 2:07 PM
  • "FCC wants to know if changes Pai pushed aided Sinclair-Tribune merger: He relaxed the agency's rules weeks before the deal was announced." Engadget 2:54 PM
  • "Robot cars will kill London jobs — but only from 2030, say politicans: London Assembly report shines light on's auto auto plans" The Register 7:58 AM
  • "US intelligence warn Senate over Huawei and ZTE smartphones and networking equipment: US spooks claim that Chinese made smartphones and networking equipment could be used for eavesdropping on telecoms networks" V3 7:57 AM
  • "UK accuses Russia of 2017"s NotPetya ransomware attacks" TechCrunch 11:23 AM
  • "UK blames Russia for 'malicious' NotPetya cyber-attack" BBC 6:32 AM
  • "CloudBerry Backup Review" Thurrott 11:42 AM
  • "Most Android Security Scares Are Bullshit" ExtremeTech 10:23 AM
  • "How (and why) to buy a desktop in 2018: Gamers, artists and families still have plenty of reasons for choosing a desktop PC over a laptop. Here's why." CNET 10:19 AM
  • "Fitbit Ionic review: Fitbit Ionic is the Apple Watch-Pebble hybrid you always wanted" CNET 10:18 AM
  • "Bitcoin: Big in investing, but still lousy for buying a sandwich/Cryptocurrencies so far haven't lived up to their promise as digital cash for buying goods and services. Whether that happens someday is anyone's guess." CNET 10:17 AM
  • "Samsung Notebook 9 Pen Review: Too Light For Its Own Good/Samsung's new premium 2-in-1 feels more like a cheap Chromebook" The Verge 11:58 AM
  • "Samsung Notebook 9 Pen review: Solid stylus, so many compromises/It sounds great on paper, but the reality is far from perfect." Engadget 10:08 AM
  • "Samsung Notebok 9 Pen review: Samsung adds a touch of the Galaxy Note to this 2-in-1 laptop" CNET 10:17 AM
  • "Silicon Valley made Peter Thiel billions, now he leaves it for LA: Well-known investor reportedly now finds Bay Area 'intolerant.'" Ars Technica 9:28 AM
  • "Is it worth buying a refurbished PC for under £150? Mark needs to replace a 10-year-old desktop computer on a budget. Is a refurbished model a good option?" The Guardian 7:00 AM
  • "Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa fans will appreciate the extra functionality a screen brings to the Echo" The Inquirer 6:45 AM
  • "Google acquires LogMeIn's Xively IoT platform for $50 million" ZDNet 9:20 PM
  • "RealWear raises $17M for industrial augmented reality headgear" GeekWire 1:47 PM
  • "CommonSense Robotics raises $20 million Series A funding for automated grocery fulfillment centers" ZDNet 12:21 PM
  • "LimeBike raises $70 million as the bike-sharing battle rages on" TechCrunch 11:23 AM
  • "Unsplash raises $7.25M to bring cryptocurrency to its free, curated photo platform" TechCrunch 11:23 AM
  • "Beyond the BS of Singularity U's $32M raise to teach trendspotting" TechCrunch 11:23 AM
  • "Roostify Closes $25 Million Series B To Fund Expansion" VentureBeat 11:23 AM
  • "Miso scores $10 million to bring its hamburger-flipping robot to more restaurants" TechCrunch 7:18 AM
  • "DroneBase raises $12M in Series B funding, announces enterprise AR tool" TechCrunch 7:19 AM
  • "Chat app Kakao's games business lands $130M from Tencent and others ahead of IPO" TechCrunch 6:48 AM
  • "VMware snaps up cloud startup CloudCoreo" ZDNet 6:47 AM
Tech Stocks
  • "Dow Jumps Over 300 Points, Posting Its Fifth Straight Day of Gains: The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq all finish higher on Thursday." TheStreet 4:53 PM
  • "Gun stocks are rallying (as they usually do after a mass shooting)" USA Today 4:53 PM
  • "What Happened in the Stock Market Today" Motley Fool 4:54 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Extend Rebound in Broad Rally: Dow, S&P log biggest five-session percentage gain since December 2011" [Paid Membership Required] 4:55 PM
  • "Asian stocks leap before Lunar New Year holiday gets underway" MarketWatch 7:52 AM
  • "European stocks charge higher as Airbus, commodity shares advance" MarketWatch 7:53 AM

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InformationWeek (Checked 5:50 PM; no changes since 12:25 PM CDT)
  • "The Robots are Coming: Safeguard Your Job Commentary"
  • "Don't Be Afraid to Reboot Your Cloud Architecture"
New York Times (Updated 5:50 PM CDT)
  • "When Reporting on Defcon, Avoid Stereotypes and A.T.M.s"
  • "Charles Kao, Nobel Laureate Who Revolutionized Fiber Optics, Dies at 84"
  • "Get in Bed With Skynet"
  • "Why the Internet Wants Your Baby to Fail"
PC Magazine (Updated 5:50 PM CDT)
  • "The Best iPhone XS Cases"
  • "This Bug Can Crash Firefox by Forcing Repeated Downloads"
  • "Twitter Urges Users to #BeAVoter"
  • "The 10 Most Pirated Movies"
  • "How Data Science at Netflix Turned Hollywood on its Head"
  • "10 MacOS Mojave Features We Can't Wait to Try"
  • "CineStill TCS-1000 Brings Sous Vide Tech to Film Development"
  • "Autonomous Vehicles Won't Be Speed Demons at First"
  • "Lab Report Shows iPhone XS Max Screen Is Terrific"
  • "Want to Earn Cash in the Gig Economy? Try Airbnb, Not Uber" ...
Reuters (Updated 5:50 PM CDT)
  • "Avvo settles New York probe, to reform lawyer ratings"
  • "The night a Chinese billionaire was accused of rape in Minnesota"
  • "Tesla is making its own car carriers"
  • "Walmart, Sam's Club to put food products on blockchain"
  • "Snapchat ties up with Amazon for point-and-buy"
  • "UK watchdog considers fining Tesco Bank over cyberattack: Sky News"
  • "Facebook not protecting content moderators from mental trauma: lawsuit"
  • "Apple completes deal to buy Shazam"
  • "Ride-hailing firm Careem purchases Commut app"
  • "Uber's strongest growth comes in depressed Argentina -- minus commissions"
ZDNet (Updated 5:50 PM CDT)
  • "SHEIN fashion retailer announces breach affecting 6.42 million users"
  • "Expandable ads are hacker's new backdoor into commercial websites"
  • "Maker Faire New York 2018 shows the play's the thing"
  • "Walmart implements IBM's blockchain for food traceability"
  • "Enter to win* a fully-equipped hybrid for pros!"
  • "Microsoft to bring multi-user virtualization to Windows and Office with Windows Virtual Desktop service"
  • "US ISP RCN stores customer passwords in cleartext"
  • "Slack buys Astro, eyes tighter email integration on its platform"

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