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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Microsoft Tells Devs to Talk to the Bots

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and members of his leadership team, speaking to developers Wednesday at the Build 2016 conference, introduced their vision to infuse human speech and machine learning into the company’s consumer and enterprise businesses, positioning Microsoft as a major player in the cloud services and artificial intelligence space. Nadella and Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows ... Read More »

Firm Wins Patent for Novel Way to Detect Spearphishing

Hackers in recent weeks have stepped up their efforts to steal employee tax information from companies in all kinds of industries. Typically, the information contained on IRS form W-2 is used to file false tax returns or steal someone’s identity. The situation has become so bad that the IRS earlier this month issued an alert to human resources and payroll ... Read More »

Stakes High as Tesla Gets Ready to Pull the Wraps Off Model 3

Tesla fans around the world queued up to add their names to a reservation list in anticipation of Tesla Motors’ planned Thursday night unveiling of its Model 3. The long-awaited new addition to the Tesla line is a more affordable sedan that targets not just early adopters, but a larger audience of luxury car owners. Company founder Elon Musk has ... Read More »

DC Healthcare Provider Limps On After Malware Attack

Despite its computer systems being infected with malware since Monday, MedStar Health, which operates 10 hospitals and more than 250 outpatient facilities in and around Washington, D.C., has continued to provide patient care at near normal levels, according to several updates released this week. Since the malware attack occurred, MedStar Health has treated an average of 3,380 patients a day ... Read More »

The Hololens Academy: How I Became a Novice Wizard

At last week’s Microsoft Build conference, I attended the Hololens Academy — a whirlwind effort to turn me into a master programmer able to create things out of thin air. It failed. Apparently it takes longer than an hour to teach someone who hasn’t coded in decades to be a master programmer — go figure. However, by the end of ... Read More »

HP Debuts Skinniest Laptop Ever

HP on Tuesday unveiled its latest challenger to Apple’s laptops at the International Luxury Conference in Versailles, touting it as the thinnest laptop in the world. At 10.4 mm, the HP Spectre’s chassis is as thin as a triple-A battery, the company noted. The Spectre is powered by Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and weighs in at 2.45 pounds. ... Read More »

Gadget Ogling: Food Frenzies and Rollerblade Off-Roading

Hello friends, and welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that plays a chess game with the latest gadget announcements, knocking off the pawns to get to the kings and queens. In our entirely unplanned mostly food-focused edition this week are a smart pressure rice cooker, a cold-pressed juicer, a connected refillable wine bottle — and rollerblades for rough ... Read More »

WhatsApp Encryption Ups Privacy Ante

WhatsApp on Tuesday told its 1 billion users that their communications would be better protected from prying eyes with end-to-end encryption. The company always has made data and communication security a priority, according to Jan Koum and Brian Acton, the founders of WhatsApp, which Facebook bought for US$19 billion in 2014. “From now on when you and your contacts use ... Read More »