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TechNN Archive: Sunday, March 4, 2018


Computer Industry
  • "Windows Phone 8.1 users are having trouble downloading apps from the Store" Neowin 7:13 AM
  • "Spotify app from Microsoft Store blocks Windows 10's System Restore" MSPoweruser 11:18 AM
  • "New Windows Insider preview build causes issues with Mixed Reality" Digital Trends 11:17 AM
  • "LIFX's smart lights now work with Microsoft's Cortana" The Verge 1:38 PM
  • "Microsoft is optimizing Skype for low-end Android phones" The Verge 4:19 PM
  • "Dorm Living for Professionals Comes to San Francisco" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:35 PM
  • "Windows 10 Redstone 4 Heads Toward the Finish Line" Thurrott 3/3
  • "Windows 10 Redstone 4 Now Feature-Locked as RTM Shows Up on the Radar: No new features are currently in the works for RS4" Softpedia 3/3
  • "Microsoft recently trademarked 'Mixplay,' which sounds a lot like a video editor for gamers: In mid February, Microsoft applied for the trademark 'Mixplay' for a 'Software-as-a-service (SaaS)' product, which sounds a lot like some kind of video editor for gamers." Windows Central 3/3
  • "Microsoft wants you to move on; ditch Windows Media player for Movies & TV" Neowin 3/3
  • "Official Microsoft HTML5 Remote Desktop Web client coming soon" MSPoweruser 3/3
  • "Latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build Breaks Windows Mixed Reality: Users in the Fast ring of the Insider Program might not want to update." VR focus 3/3
  • "Spectre has another evil sibling that compromises the safe zone created by Intel SGX" Neowin 3/3
  • "AMD Increased GPU Sales See Highest Owner Rates In 3 Years" eTeknix 3/3
  • "Dell Launches Inspiron 17 5000 Series Laptops With AMD Ryzen 5/3 Mobile Raven Ridge APUs" HotHardware 3/3
  • "Dell releases a fresh batch of AMD-powered Inspiron 7000 Laptops" Neowin 3/3
  • "Former Israeli Oracle CEO reportedly on national security adviser shortlist: General H.R. McMaster may leave his position as President Trump's national security adviser later this month, CNN reports; among 3 potential candidates is Oracle CEO Safra Catz, a former Israeli ranked one of the world's most powerful women by Forbes." ynet news 3/3
  • "Mini PCs can be mighty PCs. Here's what you need to build one" PCGamesN 3/3
General Interest
  • "Toyota Adds $2.8 Billion to Software Push for Self-Driving Cars" Bloomberg 9:34 PM
  • "Researchers believe aliens could send malware and destroy humanity" Neowin 11:17 AM
  • "Here's what you missed at MWC 2018: The Galaxy S9 and... Not a whole lot else" Engadget 8:51 AM
  • "LTE security holes could lead to fake emergency alerts: Others can spy on messages and track your location without consent." Engadget 7:13 AM
  • "Amazon offers free sound effects to Alexa skill creators: It has 14 categories, including cartoons and sci-fi." Engadget 7:11 AM
  • "Amazon and Google Are Back to Feuding, This Time Over Smart Homes and Nest" Gizmodo 3/3
  • "Cord-cutting just hit another record, and cable companies are in denial" BGR 3/3
  • "Google Maps mystery: UFO hunters claim this structure in Egypt is a secret alien base/GOOGLE Maps is a useful tool offering people satellite images of locations around the globe from the comfort of their own home. But every now and again strange and unexplainable sightings appear. UFO hunters claim one photograph taken of the desert in Egypt captures a secret alien base." Express UK 3/3
  • "Alexa lost her voice today, for real this time" Neowin 3/3
  • "MWC 2018: Nokia's Wi-Fi play" ZDNet 3/3
  • "Ethereum fixes serious 'eclipse' flaw that could be exploited by any kid: Hole made it possible to trick users into double spending and hack smart contracts." Ars Technica 3/3
  • "YouTube is replacing the green screen with an AI tool" Engadget 3/2
  • "Net neutrality killer Ajit Pai would rather not accept that NRA gun award" Mashable 3/2
  • "Ex-Google CEO is relatively certain robots aren't going to kill us for another decade or two" The Next Web 3/2
  • "Wi-Fi Alliance allegedly axed army reservist for being called up. Now the Empire strikes back" The Register 3/2
  • "Report: Snap Working on New Smart Specs" PC Magazine 3/2
  • "Now you can Chromecast your Arlo camera feeds with Google Assistant" The Verge 3/2
  • "Google expands snippets to answer more questions right in the search results" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "Dropbox partners with Google Cloud for integration with Docs, Gmail and Hangouts Chat" BetaNews 3/2
  • "Google Song Maker adds a music suite to your browser" Engadget 3/2
  • "Google's Song Maker experiment makes making songs easy" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "Amazon faces criticism for being 'complicit' with counterfeiters" Engadget 3/2
  • "How to take Amazon's Alexa with you in the car" ZDNet 3/2
  • "eBay joins Amazon in battle with Wish with launch of an 'Under $10' storefront" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "Alexa has literally lost her voice as users report outages and unresponsiveness" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "Equity podcast: Spotify's anti-IPO, Dropbox is going public, Amazon's $1B doorbell, and more money for DoorDash" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "Facebook's wider Kremlin Brexit ad sweep draws a blank" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "Facebook admits its News Feed experiment was a failure and pulls Explore Feed" BetaNews 3/2
  • "Alibaba rival posts first annual profit as a public company" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "Snap is reportedly working on a new version of Spectacles" The Verge 3/2
  • "Snap reportedly working on new Spectacles, including two-camera version" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "Kasko2Go uses military-grade tech to drive its blockchain-based car insurance" VentureBeat 3/2
  • "Twitter is now specifically focusing on increasing black, Latinx and female representation" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "The Samsung Galaxy S9+ camera bumps the Pixel 2 for DxOMark's top spot" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "RED and Sharp team up on 8K monitor technology" Engadget 3/2
  • "New LTE attacks can snoop on messages, track locations and spoof emergency alerts" ZDNet 3/2
  • "5G's secret weapon will be low latency, empowering next-gen VR and gaming" VentureBeat 3/2
  • "Hidden Instagram code hints at voice and video call feature" Engadget 3/2
  • "Instagram's code reveals potential voice and video calling features" The Verge 3/2
  • "Motorola's Moto G6 Play leaked in regulatory filing" The Verge 3/2
  • "Lighthouse AI's security camera knows who you are, and when you're home" The Verge 3/2
  • "The team behind TunnelBear VPN announce new password manager, RememBear" BetaNews 3/2
  • "Cyberdyne's therapeutic cyborg legs arrive in the US" Engadget 3/2
  • "The Rylo 360-degree video camera now works with Android" Engadget 3/2
  • "Rylo brings its cool little 360 camera to the world of Android" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "MIT study shows how much driving for Uber or Lyft sucks" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "Despite Uber debacle, HackerOne's CEO argues why every company should work with hackers" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "GM expands Maven Gig into Austin with all-electric rental fleet" Engadget 3/2
  • "Maven Gig, GM's car-sharing service for Uber and Lyft drivers, comes to Austin" The Verge 3/2
  • "Maven brings its Maven Gig service for on-demand economy workers to Austin" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "The self-driving car war between Arizona and California is heating up" The Verge 3/2
  • "Add a luxury Volvo to your list of monthly subscriptions" Engadget 3/2
  • "Toyota creates a new advanced research company fo focus on self-driving" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "Toyota starts a new $2.8 billion company to develop self-driving software" The Verge 3/2
  • "Toyota to form $2.8 billion autonomous vehicle research venture" ZDNet 3/2
Press Releases
  • "Amazon to stop sales of all Nest products as battle with Google intensifies" AppleInsider 3/3
  • "Cisco and Portugal's Government Announce Collaboration to Accelerate Country Digitization" Globe News Wire 3/2
  • "Here's how you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade" ZDNet 6:40 PM
  • "Hands-On: Xbox One X + 1440p Support" Thurrott 3/3
  • "Microsoft revamps Healthcare NExT unit with more AI-powered services to lure doctors - Video" ZDNet 3/2
  • "Surprise! Microsoft releases Windows 10 Spring Update Build 17112 for the Fast ring" BetaNews 3/2
  • "Game influencers Jessica Chobot and Greg Miller share their secret: authenticity" VentureBeat 3/2
  • "Newegg's selling a 15.6-inch Asus laptop with a potent Core i5 processor for under $500" PCWorld 3/2
  • "Majority of Steam Gamers Play On Windows 7 Systems" CDR Info 3/2
  • "Windows 7 Still Gamers' Favorite Operating System" Softpedia 3/2
  • "Microsoft Gives Devs More Open Source Quantum Computing Goodies" Linux Insider 3/2
  • "Microsoft now offering $100 free Azure credit to students, no credit card needed for signing up" MSPoweruser 3/2
  • "Did You Know Windows 10 Has a Hidden Currency Converter?" MakeUseOf 3/2
  • "Microsoft donates PC to Ghanaian teacher after photo goes viral" Neowin 3/2
  • "Microsoft to give Ghana teacher new computer & access to educational services" OnMSFT 3/2
  • "Microsoft's new Soundscape app helps the visually impaired navigate cities" Irish Independent 3/2
  • "Microsoft's Soundscape app helps blind people get around town with 3D audio cues" The Next Web 3/2
  • "Microsoft Goes All-In on Foldable Devices with Flexible Display Idea" Softpedia 3/2
  • "New Microsoft patent shows another way to turn a flexible tablet into a mini-laptop" MSPoweruser 3/2
  • "Microsoft Soundscape helps the visually impaired hear the world" SlashGear 3/2
  • "Xbox One tests spring update with controller sharing via Mixer" Engadget 3/2
  • "Survival arena brawler 'Darwin Project' launches March 9th" Engadget 3/2
  • "Privacy: Xbox One gamers upset after Microsoft reveals their real names" BetaNews 3/2
  • "Corsair MM1000 review: A wireless charging mousepad with strings attached" PCWorld 3/2
  • "FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn reiterates need to fight for open internet" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "FCC's Clyburn urges net neutrality supporters to keep fighting" Axios 3/2
  • "Video game companies unaware of Trump's summit on video game violence" The Verge 3/2
  • "ESA hasn't received an invite to discuss video games with Trump" Engadget 3/2
  • "The DeanBeat: President Trump — guns are the problem, not games" VentureBeat 3/2
  • "Social media handed 'one-hour rule' for terrorist takedowns in Europe" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "Have I Been Pwned is now used by governments to check for data breaches" BetaNews 3/2
  • "UK and Australian governments now use Have I Been Pwned" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "The best photo inkjet printer: We've narrowed the options to Epson and Canon." Engadget 11:56 AM
  • "How To Enable Snap Package Support On Linux Mint" AddictiveTips 9:01 AM
  • "How the Nintendo Switch finally turned me into a gamer" The Verge 3/3
  • "In Wi-Fi routers, you get what you pay for in reach, strength" Seattle Times 3/2
  • "Testing LG V30S ThinQ's hit-or-miss camera tricks: LG's interim 'creators' phone isn't a huge leap forward, but it's not without its charms." Engadget 3/2
  • "Another small business complains of counterfeiters on Amazon" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "Employees lack awareness of cyber security policies and threats" BetaNews 3/2
  • "Yes, startups can flourish in rural America" VentureBeat 3/2
  • "A new satellite will help Alaska, Hawaii, and the West Coast spot storms and wildfires" The Verge 3/2
  • "Potential for oil revenue influenced decision to shrink Bears Ears National Monument" The Verge 3/2
  • "GDPR and the cloud: What you need to know" InfoWorld 3/2
  • "The world's largest DDoS attack took GitHub offline for less than tens minutes" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "Happy anniversary: Snap up $1 from its IPO price" Reuters 3/2
  • "UiPath raising around $120M at $1B+ valuation for its 'software robots' for internal business tasks" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "Microchip to buy chip rival Microsemi for $8.35 billion" VentureBeat 3/2
  • "BGF Ventures leads ticket search engine TickX's £3M Series A" TechCrunch 3/2
Tech Stocks
  • "Dow falls for 4th day on trade fears; major indexes post big weekly drops: McDonald's drop takes a 50-point bite out of Dow" MarketWatch 3/2
  • "Dow Tumbles Amid Fears of Global Trade War; S&P 500 and Nasdaq Finish Higher: The Dow closed lower on Friday as investors reacted to Donald Trump's plans to impose strict import tariffs on steel and aluminum." TheStreet 3/2
  • "Stocks claw back as trade concerns ease" FOXBusiness 3/2
  • "U.S. Stocks Trade Lower: Mounting investor anxiety over trade protectionism hits stocks world-wide" [Paid Membership Required] 3/2
  • "Asian stocks drop sharply in wake of Trump's tariff plan: Asian stocks fell sharply Friday, weighed down by greater fears of an escalation of trade protectionism after U.S. President Donald Trump announced steel and aluminum tariffs." MarketWatch 3/2
  • "DAX sinks 2.3% as Trump tariffs spark trade-war worries: European stocks slid Friday, with shares of steelmakers among those hit hard. The losses came after President Donald Trump said he's imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the U.S., sparking worries that a global trade war could break out." MarketWatch 3/2

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InformationWeek (Checked 9:00 PM CDT; no changes since Friday)
  • "Device-as-a-Service Will Power the Access Economy"
New York Times (Updated 9:00 PM CDT)
  • "News Site to Investigate Big Tech, Helped by Craigslist Founder"
  • "Want to See What's Up Amazon's Sleeve? Take a Tour of Seattle"
  • "App-Only Banks Rise in Europe and Aim at Traditional Lenders"
PC Magazine (Checked 9:00 PM CDT; no changes since Friday)
  • "Twitter Bug May Have Exposed Direct Messages"
  • "Data on Millions from Unwiped Servers Sold Over Craigslist"
  • "18 Apple Watch Accessories Worth Buying"
  • "PayPal Bans Infowars Over Hate Speech"
  • "Instagram's IGTV Recommended Exploitative Child Videos"
  • "Tap Demos Its Wearable Keyboard and Mouse"
  • "Hands On With Amazon's New Echo Dot, Plus, Input, and More"
  • "PS Now Subscribers Can Now Download Games"
  • "China Blocks Twitch"
  • "Canon vs. Nikon vs. the Rest: Choosing the Right Camera System" ...
Reuters (Updated 9:00 PM CDT)
  • "Key companies to attend White House quantum computing meeting"
  • "Global spending on digital marketing nears $100 billion: study"
  • "Global advertising expenditure to grow 4.5 percent in 2018: Zenith"
  • "Dell revisits IPO option amid tracking stock deal pushback -sources"
  • "Siemens CEO pushes plans to boost Iraqi power infrastructure"
  • "Asian firms shuffle production around the region as China tariffs hit"
ZDNet (Updated 9:00 PM CDT)
  • "CSIRO directs space agency away from humans and towards commercialisation"
  • "Telstra unveils Connected Workplace"
  • "Startup Kindred brings sliver of hope for AI in robotics"
  • "Amazon to open more robotics fulfillment centers before the holidays"
  • "New iPhones get lukewarm reception in China"
  • "ANZ kicks off smartphone and wearable-based cash withdrawals at ATMs"
  • "Firefox bug crashes your browser and sometimes your PC"
  • "The race to ruin the internet is upon us"

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