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Microsoft announces the Surface Laptop

The Microsoft Surface Laptop features the latest 7th generation Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 and i7 processors. The Redmond company also claims it has pushed the storage envelope forward by mounting the PCIe SSD directly on the motherboard for the first time on a laptop. 

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Apple reports surprise decline in iPhone sales

A pple reported an unexpected decline in iPhone sales on Tuesday night, although its profits rose slightly as it managed to sell more expensive versions of its smartphone.

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WSJ: Facebook rejects female-authored code more often than male

Female engineers also apparently have to wait 3.9 percent longer for submitted code to be approved and their work saw 8.2 percent more comments and questions from superiors. An engineer at The Social Network compiled five years of approval logs showing the data, which was then presented to CEO Mark Zuckerberg during an employee-only town hall meeting. Zuckerberg reportedly responded that gender bias was "an issue." A spokeswoman said the reason for the gendered code rejection is because there "aren't enough" women at senior engineering levels, not just at Facebook, but across tech as a whole -- directing the blame away from her employer. Meaning, if there were more women in those roles, the amount of rejected code would organically be lower. She added that the study was derived from an "incomplete and inaccurate" data set. That's one way to spin this story. "In an internal post published a month later, Jay Parikh, Facebook's head of infrastructure, attributed any gap in rejection rates to an engineer's rank, not gender," WSJ writes. Parikh's internal post from October used data of its own that appears to be unavailable to general staff members and resulted in different findings.

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Cleveland Browns get ready to WHOOP it up

Campbell believes that taking care of his body is extremely important. At 24 years of age, this third-year pro’s role may continue to grow with the Browns.  The 5-foot-11, 208-pound strong safety puts a lot of focus on working out and staying in shape, which is why his interest in technology revolves around devices that help him to better recover.

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Apple Reports Second Quarter Results

This press release contains forward-looking statements including without limitation those about the Company’s estimated revenue, gross margin, operating expenses, other income/(expense), tax rate, and plans for return of capital. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ. Risks and uncertainties include without limitation the effect of competitive and economic factors, and the Company’s reaction to those factors, on consumer and business buying decisions with respect to the Company’s products; continued competitive pressures in the marketplace; the ability of the Company to deliver to the marketplace and stimulate customer demand for new programs, products, and technological innovations on a timely basis; the effect that product introductions and transitions, changes in product pricing or mix, and/or increases in component costs could have on the Company’s gross margin; the inventory risk associated with the Company’s need to order or commit to order product components in advance of customer orders; the continued availability on acceptable terms, or at all, of certain components and services essential to the Company’s business currently obtained by the Company from sole or limited sources; the effect that the Company’s dependency on manufacturing and logistics services provided by third parties may have on the quality, quantity or cost of products manufactured or services rendered; risks associated with the Company’s international operations; the Company’s reliance on third-party intellectual property and digital content; the potential impact of a finding that the Company has infringed on the intellectual property rights of others; the Company’s dependency on the performance of distributors, carriers and other resellers of the Company’s products; the effect that product and service quality problems could have on the Company’s sales and operating profits; the continued service and availability of key executives and employees; war, terrorism, public health issues, natural disasters, and other circumstances that could disrupt supply, delivery, or demand of products; and unfavorable results of legal proceedings.

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About.com Changes Its Name to Dotdash

The new title, Dotdash, will effectively be a corporate trade name, Mr. Vogel said, and won’t be consumer focused. The name is partly a homage to the “dot” that appeared in the About.com logo, with the dash representing forward motion. He also noted that in Morse code, “Dot-Dash” translates as the letter A.

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Windows 10 S won't let you change the default browser or switch to Google search

Microsoft introduced its Chrome OS competitor, Windows 10 S , at a special event in New York City today. The software maker was quick to reveal only Windows Store apps will run on Windows 10 S, and Windows chief Terry Myerson even revealed the new OS “will run any browser in the Windows Store.” While it’s true Windows 10 S can run any browser from the Store, Microsoft is restricting users from altering the default browser on this new OS.

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T-Mobile plans to launch a national 5G network by 2020

While it's true that you should be wary of anyone promising public 5G access in 2017, it's not as if competing carriers aren't planning true 5G networks of their own. AT&T hopes to have some form of it up and running as soon as late 2018, for instance. And no, they aren't just going to lean on millimeter wave spectrum (which has limited reach compared to lower frequencies) to make 5G a reality. As they gradually shut down their legacy networks , they'll reuse some of the newly freed airwaves for 5G service.

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IBM warns of malware on USB drives shipped to customers | ZDNet

In the case of the code shipped on the USB drives, the malware gets onto the system when the Storewize initialisation tool is launched from the drive, copying the malicious code into a temporary folder: ' %TMP%\initTool' on Windows systems or '/tmp/initTool' on Linux or Mac systems.

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iPhone sales are flat leading up to the iPhone 8

Of course, all of this is in the lead up to the iPhone 8, a massive product for Apple as it marks 10 years of iPhone. Customers who haven't purchased the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus are holding off until Apple's next smartphone goes on sale (Cook said so himself on the company's earnings call), and sales in Q3 2017 will no doubt be even lower as everyone waits for the new iPhone.

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Tata makes worker safety wearable available to competitors

Other industrial companies will be able to purchase Tata Group’s own wearable for factory workers, in a new move to boost the Indian giant’s hardware sales.

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Red Hat beefs up its OpenShift containerization platform

The biggest news, as far as Red Hat is concerned, is that it will offer native access to AWS from within OpenShift Container Platform later this year. That will make it possible for enterprises to configure AWS services from within the same interface they use to create and deploy containerized applications.

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Windows 10 S: What You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Lightweight OS

If you’re in school or work at a school, this is a big deal, as it will make it easy to standardize computer use across a campus (the bulk of today’s announcement presentation was focused on teachers and IT workers in schools). If you’re not in education, Windows 10 S is probably going to be a bad deal. But we won’t know until we start seeing computers with Windows 10 S built in. If the hardware is good enough and cheap enough, it could be a descent hobbled OS competitor to Chrome OS, and at least it will run the full Microsoft Office suite .

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Amazon gives away free Prime membership to promote Manchester by the Sea

Each house in the area will be receiving a box containing a gift card and the three packs of Amazon's Wickedly Prime popcorn this week – so you don't have enough time to move to the area in order to get in on the deal unfortunately. 

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iPhone sales continue their slow and steady slide

Apple's third major product category, the iPad, once again failed to turn around sales that have slumped for more than three years now. The company sold 8.9 million tablets, down nine percent from the 10.25 million it sold a year ago. But Apple's services business keeps growing -- revenues of $7.04 billion marked an 18 percent increase year-over-year. CEO Tim Cook said that App Store revenue grew 40 percent year-over-year and hit a quarterly high, and Apple Music also hit double-digit growth.

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Apple, Google Call On California To Change Self-Driving Tests

Apple, Tesla, Google and Uber have all asked for specific changes to California’s self-driving test policy. The letters come a few weeks before the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reviews new regulation proposals.

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Apple hits a speed bump in Q2 after its stock soared in the past year

Of course, even a 1 percent drop in Apple’s shares (what happened after the earnings report came out) can mean billions of dollars in value for the company’s market cap — now above $750 billion — can vanish in a few minutes. But again, looking back at that chart, it appears pretty clear that Apple is starting to figure out how to not only diversify beyond its main driver, but also sell that story to Wall Street.

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Is it for students or executives? Microsoft's Surface Laptop is gorgeous, but confused

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This Is What a Modern-Day Witch Hunt Looks Like

But it’s quite clear from her own words Tuvel doesn’t believe it’s an apt comparison to make Breitbart-y arguments about Dolezal and trans people. Here’s what she says in her very first endnote: “Importantly, I am not suggesting that race and sex are equivalent. Rather, I intend to show that similar arguments that support transgenderism support transracialism. My thesis relies in no way upon the claim that race and sex are equivalent, or historically constructed in exactly the same way.” She is making a very specific, narrow argument about identity in an academic philosophy setting, all while noting, every step of the way, that she believes trans people are who they say they are, and that they should be entitled to the full rights and recognition of their identity. This pile-on isn’t even close to warranted.

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Nintendo details "Zelda: Breath of the Wild's first DLC pack, "The Master Trials" http://on.forbes.com/601385qPZ  pic.twitter.com/kCSnplWOJ4

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Apple Watch sales have nearly doubled since last year

Sales of the Apple Watch have nearly doubled year over year, CEO Tim Cook announced on the company’s earnings call today. So far, Apple has refused to give out exact sales numbers for the Apple Watch, as it does for its iPhone and iPad, and has instead bundled the wearable device into its “other devices” category that includes Beats products, AirPods, Apple TV, and accessory sales.

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Senate Republicans introduce anti-net neutrality legislation

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai introduced his own plan last week to curb significant portions of the 2015 net neutrality rules that Lee’s bill aims to abolish. Pai’s more specific tack is focused on moving the regulatory jurisdiction of broadband providers back to the Federal Trade Commission, instead of the FCC, which currently regulates them.

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Um guys, did Melania Trump just brutally troll her husband on Twitter?

Um guys, did Melania Trump just brutally troll her husband on Twitter?

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This Gorgeously Animated Neil Gaiman Poem Examines a Disturbingly Modern Problem

The Visible Poetry Project aims to make poetry more accessible by lifting words off the page and transforming them into short films. The colorful Hate for Sale , from Dutch animator Anna Eijsbouts, is from an original poem about the seductive power of hate by Neil Gaiman. It’s read in perfectly droll tones by Peter Kenny.

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Hampton Creek CEO Fires Top Execs After Fundraising Struggles

The venture-backed vegan food company has brought in a fraction of the funding it’s been trying to raise for the better part of a year, a slowdown from the rapid pace at which it was able to lure cash from investors in its early years as a startup. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer Josh Tetrick is looking to cut costs and fired several of his deputies, while a handful of other senior managers have exited the company in recent months, showing a lack of stability in Hampton Creek’s leadership ranks.

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Accreditor's rules about faculty members spark debate at Wayne State College and among philosophers

“Since I arrived at [the college], I have learned that English and philosophy have much in common. Both disciplines emphasize effective and clear communication, critical thinking, and the analysis and interpretation of texts,” said Rodney Cupp, a trained ethicist who has been teaching English courses since 2006 at Wayne, where he is chair of the joint department of language and literature. “I believe that teaching builds expertise, because preparing to teach a course is a scholarly activity. All of us on the full-time faculty know how to do scholarship, so we know how to build expertise, at least in similar fields.”

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Upgrading Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro a 'one-way switch'

"It's a one-way switch," Belfiore said. "Once you switch to Pro, if you install applications from the internet, there's an unpredictable effect those applications will have. Plenty of applications are well behaved, but plenty others add code into the boot or login path of Windows, and it's not reversible once you've done it without affecting those applications."

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Here Are Your 2017 Eisner Award Nominees

For some people, this is just early May. But for us, it’s time to run down the list of Eisner award nominees—and to remind ourselves that San Diego Comic-Con, where the winners will be announced, is just a few short months away.

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American Gods Examines the Hidden Cost of Immigrating to the United States

Schreiber expounded on the idea his character represents. “The tension there is because there is a letting go of that culture. And some people want to hold on really, really tight to make sure it doesn’t go away. But there has been a letting go, there’s been a releasing,” Schreiber said of the immigration themes of the show. “A lot of that is sort of written into the code of what it means to be American. And if you’re going to come here, you can be proud of what you were, but you have to leave some of that behind in order to be American. You have to pray to the new gods of America. To this idea of the American Dream. Commercialism. Buying Things. all of these things are our new things to worship. And the old ideals that we brought become less important.”

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How to make working with docker containers easier with Simple Docker UI - TechRepublic

Managing docker containers from the command line is actually very simple. Even so, there are many admins who much prefer a GUI tool to handle every task. No judging here. But when you need a GUI for your docker containers, where do you turn? One particular GUI tool is Simple Docker UI. This originally started as a Chrome App, but since Google announced it would be deprecating Chrome Apps, the developer opted to migrate this handy tool to a GUI that can be installed on Linux, Mac, and Windows.

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Technology Guru Bill Joy Is Betting on a Bulletproof Battery

The answer to Joy’s solid-state battery questions came via Mike Zimmerman, a Tufts University professor and Bell Laboratories veteran who was already working on the technology and founded Ionic Materials in 2011. Joy sponsored an initial Kleiner Perkins investment that year. He has since invested personally in the company and sits on its board. “My major commitment right now is helping with Ionic,” Joy said.

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LIVE: Apple Q2 earnings

On Tuesday, Apple reported earnings per share that beat Wall Street expectations, but its revenue was short, and down on a year-over-year basis.

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Robin Williams' Last Movie Is Finally Getting a US Release

The bad news: the movie is actually rather terrible. The good news: Williams is probably the best thing about it.

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Blablacar Tackles Commute, Grows Ride-Share Challenge to Uber

Blablacar , the car-sharing application that lets drivers split the cost of long-distance trips with passengers, is expanding into short-distance routes by tending to daily commutes to work and back.

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Starbucks strikes again with new 'Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino'

The Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino will be coming to U.S. and Canada store locations starting May 2. The drink is made of extra-dark, coffee-blended cocoa that has been mixed with mint sugar crystals, and there's a layer of whipped cream both in the middle of the drink and on top.

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Mistreatment is main reason people leave tech jobs, costing companies $16B per year - TechRepublic

Unfair treatment is the largest reason people voluntarily leave tech jobs, according to a first-of-its-kind study. Here are ways your company can improve retention.

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The 2017 DDoS tsunami will cost companies millions - TechRepublic

The world generates about 2.5 quadrillion bits of data, Neustar said, and data itself can be weaponized. "Neustar isolates certain elements and analyzes, simplifies, and edits them to make precise and valuable decisions that drive results," the company spokesperson said. "We know when someone isn't who they claim to be, which helps stop fraud and denial of service before they're a problem."

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55 The mysterious recycling company led by 2 Tesla execs
56 New Elevation Lab BatteryPro charging kit contains integrated Apple Watch charger
57 This Unbelievable Mr. Nancy Scene Is Why Everyone Needs To Be Watching American Gods
58 Twilio stock plummets as major client Uber distances itself
59 Wesley Snipes Battles Aliens in the Crazy-Looking Scifi Action Film The Recall
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61 Surface Laptop hands-on: Microsoft transforms the Surface Pro 4 into a mainstream laptop
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67 Sarah Paulson absolutely lost her mind when she saw Madonna at the Met Gala
68 Google Maps and Amazon discontinue Apple Watch apps, but that's not a bad thing
69 How cybersleuths decided Russia was behind US election hack
70 Notes of interest from Apple's Q2 2017 conference call
71 Workplace by Facebook: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic
72 Apple kills off support for its final plastic MacBook
73 The Gunslinger and the Man in Black Reveal the First Two Snippets from The Dark Tower
74 Apple is giving another $50 billion back to shareholders after a lackluster quarter
75 Apple in Q2: Sold fewer iPhones than last year, but also made more money
76 Why On Earth Would You Fast Every Other Day?
77 Apple’s earnings show modest growth, but iPhone sales are flat
78 The 25 highest paying internships in the US in 2017
79 Gizmodo on Twitter
80 Hundreds of popular Android apps have open ports, making them prime targets for hacking - TechRepublic
81 The 40 Best Cloud Services for SMBs of 2017
82 Incredible Slo-Mo Footage of the Tiny Lightning Produced When You Crush a Wintergreen Candy
83 Bloomberg Technology on Twitter
84 Orbital Insight closes $50M Series C led by Sequoia
85 GIPHY serves up the best GIFs to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
86 Motherboard on Twitter
87 Apple’s iPhone 8 could be delayed until 2018
88 As challenges mount, FBI issues fewer secret subpoenas
89 Cassini discovers a whole lot of nothing in Saturn dive
90 H-1B visa powerhouse pledges lots of jobs -- for Americans
91 Young 'Stranger Things' cast members say season 2 will be 'a lot darker'
92 Melissa McCarthy Will Star in Puppet Noir Movie The Happytime Murders
93 ​Google to auto-migrate some users to 64-bit Chrome | ZDNet
94 App Store Earns Another Quarterly Record as Revenue Increases 40% Year-Over-Year
95 Windows 10 S will fuel Microsoft’s Chromebook competitors