Leaked Microsoft Memo Reveals High Return Rates on Surface Hardware

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Last week, Microsoft claimed Consumer Reports’ decision to yank recommendations for its laptops was based on bad data. A leaked memo has revealed this as a lie; Microsoft’s rate of return on some products has been quite high.

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Instagram's New Algorithm Promises Most Favorable Sorting


Instagram on Tuesday announced plans to dump chronological posts in favor of algorithmic recommendations. Users miss about 70 percent of the content that flows through their feeds, which the company attributed to its growth and its system for ordering content. The new algorithm, which will begin rolling out in the coming months, will weigh the content by relevancy to the user — the relationship an individual has with the poster. Everything still will be in the feeds but in a different order, the company stated.

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Facebook Takes On Yelp, Angie's List


Facebook recently launched a service for members that provides recommendations and ratings on shops and service providers, a move that puts it in direct competition with Yelp. The tool provides star ratings on local service providers, including doctors, veterinarians, event planners, health spas and auto repair shops. Users can leave references on the site detailing their experiences with certain merchants or service providers. Maps also are available.

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FAA recommends registering drone pilots instead of individual drones

Article Image A U.S. Federal Aviation Administration task force has issued a set of recommendations for registering unmanned drones, looking to manage the increasingly popular technology.

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Google, Amazon and Walmart invited to help shape drone registry rules

Determined to hit its November 20 deadline for recommendations regarding a new registration system for drones, the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday announced the members of a task force charged with helping to shape the government initiative.

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Watch Band Guidelines Good News for Apple Accessory Makers


The guidelines make recommendations for accessory makers interested in making bands for the new smartwatch. “A well-designed band will securely attach to Apple Watch while not interfering with its operation,” the guidelines explain. To be compatible with the watch’s heart rate sensors, bands should “provide sufficient adjustability for the user to achieve a snug, yet comfortable, fit that prevents movement of Apple Watch relative to skin,” the guidelines also say.

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