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TechNN Archive: Saturday, December 7, 2019


Computer Industry
  • "The PC was supposed to die a decade ago. Instead, this happened: Back on January 27, 2010, a very Big Thinker declared the PC dead. A decade later, the PC is very much alive, although a time traveler from 2010 might not recognize it. Here's how this endangered species evolved and survived." ZDNet 9:14 PM
  • "Microsoft president Brad Smith says work on JEDI continues" CNBC 7:07 PM
  • "Hack Could Allow Windows 7 to Get Updates for Three More Years" Softpedia 7:07 PM
  • "Can I keep a feature from Windows 7 while upgrading my computer?" Seattle Times 9:19 AM
  • "The Surface Book 3 might come with a secondary display" MSPoweruser 9:20 AM
  • "Microsoft redesigns flagship Office apps for mobile productivity" SlashGear 9:20 AM
  • "Microsoft Announces the End of Microsoft Office on Windows Phones" Softpedia 7:07 PM
  • "Inside Intel's billion-dollar transformation in the age of AI" Fast Company 7:08 PM
  • "Intel Markets Their 9th Gen Core CPUs Better Than 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen" WCCFTech 7:08 PM
  • "Haswell is back: Intel reverses decision to discontinue 22nm Pentium CPUs" TechSpot 7:08 PM
  • "Google, Intel, MIT, and more: a NeurIPS conference AI research tour/The 32nd annual NeurIPS conference on artificial intelligence kicks off in Vancouver this weekend. Check out some of the research highlights in this selective review." ZDNet 8:25 PM
  • "How the end of Moore's Law will usher in a new era in computing" Telegraph 12/6
  • "Microsoft Found 44M Accounts Using Breached Passwords" PC Magazine 12/6
  • "Microsoft Finds Password Security Problem Affecting 44 Million Users" Forbes 12/6
  • "Microsoft is forcing Windows 10 November 2019 Update on people" BetaNews 12/6
  • "Windows 10 1809 user? Microsoft has started herding you to 1909 update: The process is 'phased', says Microsoft, but it's starting five months before Windows 10 version 1809 support ends." ZDNet 12/6
  • "IBM installs new supercomputer at Rensselaer as part of $2 billion AI Hardware Center" The Business Review 12/6
  • "Rensselaer focuses IBM's AiMOS supercomputer on machine learning" VentureBeat 12/6
  • "A top IBM Research executive outlines the 3 critical steps organizations pursuing enterprise-wide AI need to take" [BI Prime] Business Insider 12/6
  • "Amid takeover talk, HP Inc. betting big on Vancouver, 3D printing" The Columbian 12/6
  • "HP, cutting elsewhere, floats major new site in Vancouver" The Oregonian 12/6
  • "Was HP Wrong to Reject Xerox's Takeover Offer?" Market Realist 12/6
  • "HP's Envy x360 13 Wood Edition w/ AMD Ryzen Now Available" AnandTech 12/6
  • "AMD has to increase hardware prices to maintain its stellar growth" PCGamesN 12/6
  • "AMD Zen 4 Will Leverage TSMC's 5nm Node with a Higher Core Count: Report" TechQuila 12/6
  • "Intel Comet Lake CPU benchmarks leak teasing an early 2020 release" PCGamesN 12/6
  • "Michael Dell's Money Managers Change How His Wealth Is Invested" [Paid Membership Required] 12/6
  • "DOL's $400M pay-discrimination suit is unconstitutional, Oracle argues: The feds are calling 20+ witnesses in a case Oracle says is against federal law." Ars Technica 12/6
  • "Oracle Shareholders Get Rare Doc Rights In $9.3B Tie-Up Row" Law360 [Paid Membership Required] 12/6
  • "How Oracle SD-WAN Simplifies Migration to Multi-cloud" eWeek 12/6
  • "Cisco Systems Shareholders Have Enjoyed A 61% Share Price Gain" Simply Wall St. 12/6
General Interest
  • "PS5 could take virtual reality gaming to the next level with this brilliant device" BGR 12:26 PM
  • "Google is ending support for the Explorer Edition of Glass: It's rolling out a final update for the wearable." Engadget 6:40 AM
  • "Reddit bans 61 accounts linked to 'suspected campaign from Russia': It uncovered 'a pattern of coordination.'" Engadget 6:26 AM
  • "Amazon to open new office in Manhattan in 2021" Reuters 12/6
  • "Chrome Canary will soon let you send webpages to your phone via QR code" Android Central 12/6
  • "Chrome working on QR code-based page sharing, featuring the offline dino" Android Police 12/6
  • "Magic Leap Two headset reportedly 'years away from launch'" The Verge 12/6
  • "Report: Magic Leap's early device sales aren't looking good" TechCrunch 12/6
  • "Arm Server CPUs: You Can Now Buy Ampere's eMAG in a Workstation" AnandTech 12/6
  • "Google's Sundar Pichai Can Boost Alphabet's Stock. These 4 Things Should Help." Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12/6
  • "Sundar Pichai: Alphabet's cautious new helmsman" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 12/6
  • "MIT researchers use shadows to create a video of what happens off camera" Engadget 12/6
  • "Why kids don't trust Alexa: We tend to think of children as blindly trusting of whatever information comes their way. They're not." MIT Technology Review 12/6
  • "Google Assistant gets a big note-taking revamp, with support for several apps: You can create and add to shopping lists in Google Keep,, AnyList, and Bring." Ars Technica 12/6
  • "Google Assistant now supports Google Keep and other notes/lists services" Android Central 12/6
  • "Hallelujah! Notes and lists are finally coming to Google Assistant" PCWorld 12/6
  • "Google announces Assistant integration with Keep to-dos and lists, for the fifth time" Android Police 12/6
  • "A Google Branded Smartwatch Could Bring In About $4 Billion To Google's Top Line By 2023" Forbes 12/6
  • "Google Maps may soon highlight well-lit streets for walkers" Engadget 12/6
  • "If You Have An Amazon Echo Or Google Home, The FBI Has Some Urgent Advice For You: You might have to do a little work with your Internet Of Things devices to stay secure." Inc. 12/6
  • "Why You Should Wait Until 2021 to Buy a 5G PC: Qualcomm-powered 5G PCs will go on sale early next year, likely at very low prices. Intel 5G laptops won't happen until much later, but they could be worth the wait." PC Magazine 12/6
  • "New ransomware attacks target your NAS devices, backup storage" ZDNet 12/6
  • "How a senior technician future-proofed himself with VR" ZDNet 12/6
Press Releases
  • "IBM Named a Leader in IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Support Services 2019 Vendor Assessment" Associated Press 12/6
  • "AEGEAN Airlines selects IBM to Deliver Innovative Customer Experiences" Associated Press 12/6
  • "Intel Customer Spotlight: Live Discussion With ExxonMobil" Intel 12/6
  • "KPMG expects to invest US$5 billion in digital strategy and expand Microsoft alliance to accelerate professional services transformation" Microsoft 12/6
  • "Oracle Ranks First in all Four Use Cases for Oracle Database in Gartner's Critical Capabilities for Operational Database Management Systems Report" Oracle 12/6
  • "How to push Devices and drives to the top in This PC on Windows 10" AddictiveTips 12/6
  • "Microsoft releases Windows 10 20H1 (2004) Build 19037 and makes Windows PowerShell ISE a 'Feature on Demand'" BetaNews 12/6
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made a whopping $42.9 million this year — here's how his compensation breaks down and how it compares to other CEOs like Elon Musk, whose pay package could be worth billions even though he took nothing home last year" Business Insider 12/6
  • "The Sams Report: Insider Stadia, Microsoft's new Password" Thurrott 12/6
  • "If You Use Venmo the Good Way, Your Life Will Improve: A while ago, a friend sent me 25 cents on Venmo. My relationship to the platform has never been the same." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12/6
  • "Microsoft Office mobile apps Fluent redesign may not be skin deep only" SlashGear 12/6
  • "Bernie Sanders vows to break up huge ISPs and regulate broadband prices: Sanders would regulate broadband as utility and spend $150 billion on networks." Ars Technica 4:52 PM
  • "Ericsson to pay over $1 billion to resolve U.S. corruption probes" Reuters 6:21 AM
  • "Shutterstock's Image Censoring in China Sparks Employee to Resign" PC Magazine 12/6
  • "Ericsson agrees to pay over $1 billion to resolve U.S. corruption probes" Reuters 12/6
  • "State AGs look to head off T-Mobile-Sprint deal in court" Associated Press 12/6
  • "Bernie Sanders Says Internet Service Should be a Human Right: The Vermont senator and presidential candidate proposed a $150 billion plan to expand broadband, including regulating rates for internet service." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12/6
  • "Bernie Sanders: We Need to Break Up Broadband Monopolies/'With no incentive to innovate or invest, these conglomerates charge sky-high internet prices to reap profits from consumers,' the Democratic Presidential candidate said in unveiling his 'high-speed internet access for all plan' on Friday." PC Magazine 12/6
  • "Google accused of illegally firing workers to block unionization" Engadget 12/6
  • "Heavy fine for Chinese firm over unlicensed game" BBC 12/6
  • "OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren unboxing and first impressions" Neowin 2:53 PM
  • "Hands on with the reborn Motorola razr" Neowin 11:00 AM
  • "Five tips for stress-free tech travel: If you are traveling over the holidays, or you have business or leisure trips planned for 2020, here are a selection of tips to help make your travel as stress-free and painless as possible." ZDNet 6:22 AM
  • "We all could use an unbreakable Tesla Cyberphone" Yanko Design 12/6
  • "How to schedule a Google Hangout using Google Calendar" Business Insider 12/6
  • "How LG's G8X ThinQ evolves the dual-screen smartphone: LG put a flagship smartphone in a case with a second display, but does a second display make a case for a flagship smartphone?" ZDNet 12/6
  • "Podcast: What Qualcomm's new chips tell us about next year's gadgets" Engadget 12/6
  • "Dell Latitude 5400 Review: A capable business laptop with a few downsides" LAPTOP Magazine 12/6
  • "Dell XPS 13 (late 2019) review: the one with six cores" The Verge 12/6
  • "Adobe buys VR creative tool Oculus Medium" ZDNet 12/6
  • "Used car marketplace Vroom nabs $254M to take its growth up a gear" TechCrunch 12/6
Tech Stocks
  • "Dow industrials post best day in 2 months after better-than-expected November jobs report: U.S. economy adds 266,000 jobs and unemployment falls to 3.5%" MarketWatch 12/6
  • "Stocks Finish Higher on Strong Jobs Report, Trade Deal Optimism: Stocks finish higher Friday, driven by a positive jobs report and continued optimism about a trade agreement between the U.S. and China." TheStreet 12/6
  • "Stocks jump on jobs data, trade optimism" [Video Report] FOXBusiness 12/6
  • "Stocks, Bond Yields Climb on Strong Jobs Report: U.S. stocks and government-bond yields rose Friday after a surprisingly upbeat monthly jobs report signaled strength in the U.S. economy, offsetting some of the jitters about trade that rattled investors earlier in the week." [Paid Membership Required] 12/6
  • "Asian markets inch up ahead of U.S. jobs report: Nikkei, Hang Seng advance as China offers reassurance that trade talks are on track" MarketWatch and Associated Press 12/6

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InformationWeek (Checked 8:00 AM CST; no changes since Friday)
  • "Artificial Intuition Takes Pattern Recognition to a New Level"
  • "Moving AI Forward: Why You Need to Slow Down Now to Scale Later"
New York Times (Checked 8:00 AM CST; no changes since Friday)
  • "Cellphone Carriers Face $200 Million Fine for Not Protecting Location Data"
  • "The Capital That Ate Wellness Is Going to Eat Your Mushrooms"
PC Magazine (Checked 8:00 AM CST; no changes since Saturday)
  • "Resident Evil 3: The System Requirements Needed to Contain the Zombie Outbreak"
  • "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Targeted by Activist Investor"
  • "YouTube TV Temporarily Restores Sinclair's Regional Sports Networks"
  • "Lady Gaga Shot 'Stupid Love' Music Video on iPhone 11 Pro"
  • "Surface Duo Release Might Happen Sooner Than You Think"
Reuters (Checked 8:00 AM CST; no changes since Saturday)
  • "South Korea's Samsung Electronics closes mobile device plant after coronavirus case confirmed: Yonhap"
  • "Toyota plans new $1.2 billion EV plant in Tianjin with FAW: document"
  • "Elliott targets Twitter, seeking CEO Dorsey's removal: sources"
ZDNet (Updated 8:00 AM CST)
  • "Verizon says it hates extra fees. Then I looked at a phone bill"

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