Microsoft built a trio of treehouse for its employees on its Washington campus

According to research, people can gain more focus and creativity by being exposed to outdoor settings. So Microsoft has builtbuilt treehouse workspaces for its employees, aspart of the company’s growing “outdoor districts.”

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/10/16/microsoft-built-trio-treehouse-for-its-employees-on-its-washington-campus.html

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Hackers use security utility to lock Macs in blackmail scheme

The “Find My X” service for Apple’s various devices is being co-opted by hackers to lock various systems and handsets in order to demand a Bitcoin ransom payment for their unlocking.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/09/21/hackers-use-security-utility-to-lock-macs-in-blackmail-scheme.html

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Artificial Intelligence, Smart Speakers and You


The AI speaker war is now being waged, and it is escalating. Today you can choose between Amazon Echo and Google Home. Harman Kardon’s Invoke is coming this fall. By the end of the year, Apple’s HomePod will be competing in the market, and Samsung has indicated it will join the fray as well. With all these choices, how can you determine which smart speaker is right for you? Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home are the first generation of products in this new smart speaker and AI marketplace. They both do a good job — some of the time.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84827.html?rss=1

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iPhone cases found to cause chemical burns spark massive recall

There’s a price to pay for being fashionable, and dozens of iPhone owners learned that the hard way after their protective cases gave them chemical burns.

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Google Street View will now let you wander about the International Space Station like you're an astronaut

A lot of people dream of being an astronaut but never make it. Fear not though — Google has your back.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/07/20/google-street-view-will-now-let-wander-about-international-space-station-like-youre-astronaut.html

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Petya cyberattack: Ukraine software firm may face charges, official says

The small Ukrainian tax software company that is accused of being the patient zero of a damaging global cyberepidemic is under investigation and will face charges, the head of Ukraine’s CyberPolice suggested Monday.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/07/03/petya-cyberattack-ukraine-software-firm-may-face-charges-official-says.html

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Hovering Over Links Can Install New Malware

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Even when you think you’re being careful, clever online villains might still be able to hack you. Security firm Trend Micro says a new method of delivering malware has popped up that doesn’t require you to even click on anything.

The post Hovering Over Links Can Install New Malware appeared first on ExtremeTech.

The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/250793-hovering-links-can-install-new-malware?source=Computing

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To drink coffee in space, NASA astronauts have to 'suck the balls'

As if being in space wasn’t hard enough on an astronaut’s body, they’re forced to drink coffee in a ghastly manner. By making balls and then sucking on them.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/06/09/to-drink-coffee-in-space-nasa-astronauts-have-to-suck-balls.html

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Best Software for Malware Removal and Protection

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Now more than ever, our security is being threatened by malware. Ransomware and botnets are big business these days, and targeted attacks have become commonplace. In response, anti-malware apps are broadening in scope. And to help you pick, we’ve assembled six of the best anti-malware solutions on the market.

The post Best Software for Malware Removal and Protection appeared first on ExtremeTech.

The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/248593-best-malware-removal?source=Computing

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Blind boy thanks Nintendo for making a video game just for him

Despite having the unfortunate handicap of being blind, a fifth-grader in Japan sent a letter to Nintendo thanking them for making the video game series “Rhythm Heaven,” allowing him to play video games.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/05/24/blind-boy-thanks-nintendo-for-making-video-game-just-for-him.html

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Microsoft Surface head claims there’s ‘no such thing’ as a Surface Pro 5

Microsoft's Surface has gone from a proof of concept into the spearhead of Microsoft's hardware business

Microsoft’s VP of devices recently said there’s ‘no such thing’ as Surface Pro 5, but the remarks are being taken somewhat out of context.

The post Microsoft Surface head claims there’s ‘no such thing’ as a Surface Pro 5 appeared first on ExtremeTech.

The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/248934-microsoft-surface-head-claims-theres-no-thing-surface-pro-5?source=Computing

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Raspberry Pi enthusiasts can use Cortana in the Creators Update for Windows 10 IoT Core

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Microsoft’s embedded Windows 10 operating system, Windows 10 IoT Core, is being updated to support Cortana with full voice functionality as well.

The post Raspberry Pi enthusiasts can use Cortana in the Creators Update for Windows 10 IoT Core appeared first on ExtremeTech.

The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/247560-embedded-devs-raspberry-pi-enthusiasts-can-use-cortana-creators-update-windows-10-iot-core?source=Computing

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Laser-firing underwater drones protect Norway's salmon supply by incinerating lice

Currently being employed in the North Sea fjords in Norway, a smart underwater drone has been deployed to fire highly targeted laser blasts to help deal with the problem of salmon-munching sea lice.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/03/23/laser-firing-underwater-drones-protect-norways-salmon-supply-by-incinerating-lice.html

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