Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., joins Yahoo News Senior Political Correspondent Jon Ward on “The Long Game” podcast to discuss a much-anticipated hearing in the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee. On Monday, the CEOs of the four biggest technology companies will testify: Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Sundar Pichai of Google and Tim Cook of Apple.
Ask people what their most hated font is and you’re likely to receive one unanimous answer: Comic Sans. Talking to The Guardian, typographer Vincent Connare and Microsoft Program Manager Tom Stevens said that it is the improper use of Comic Sans that rubs people up the wrong way, citing CERN scientists using it to announce the discover of Higgs Boson as one such “inappropriate” use. Things like the slideshow at Cern, where they announced the Higgs boson in Comic Sans, that was inappropriate,” Stevens said.
Despite selling up to Microsoft in 2014, Nokia has announced that 2017 will see them make a return to the mobile phone market. The Finnish company sold their device business to the computer giant two years ago but they are set to launch a range of smartphones in the first half of next year. Rajeev Suri, Nokia’s chief executive, is set to make a keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress in February, where the company are expected to reveal their new tech.
Apple’s Siri is not, it’s safe to say, the world’s most obvious sex symbol - ‘she’ is a disembodied, lifeless computer assistant built into iPhone.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade will cease to be free as of tomorrow, so users who have not yet taken advantage of the deal need to act quickly. The tech giant first unveiled its biggest software update yet a year ago and offered it as a free update to those already using Windows 7 or Windows 8 - but only for a limited time. Windows users who don’t take advantage of the free upgrade before the deadline will have to pay £99.99 for Window 10 Home if they want the firm’s latest software - or £189.99 for the Pro version.
Tech giant Microsoft has been subjected to ridicule after a cringe-worthy email, allegedly sent by one of the firm’s recruiters, was posted on Twitter. Posted by design student Patrick Burtchaell, the email was supposedly sent to his roommate and gets off to a shaky start with a subject that reads: “HEY BAE INTERN <3”, making use of a term of endearment not usually utilised by professional recruiters. The excruciating email is an invite for an after-party at the tech company’s annual Internapolooza event for future tech professionals and is peppered with slang in a misguided attempt at appearing hip. “There will be hella noms, lot of dranks, the best beats and just like last year, we’re breaking out the Yammer beer pong tables,” promises the message.
Many people haven’t been overjoyed about Microsoft’s recent policy of forcibly upgrading users to Windows 10 - but one woman fought back. The supposed ‘upgrade’ slowed her computer to a crawl, leaving it nearly unusable - and Microsoft technical support failed to help. Microsoft now offers a guide on how to control when (and if) Windows 10 installs to your machine.
Tech giant Microsoft has teamed up with a Californian start-up company that tracks the sales of legalised marijuana. Kind Financial, which has been in business for three years, sells marijuana tracking software to businesses and governments. Microsoft is the first major tech company to invest in the rapid legalisation of cannabis in the U.S.
Facebook has teamed up with tech giant Microsoft to introduce the highest capacity subsea cable ever to cross the Atlantic. The idea is that the cable will provide higher speeds with more reliability for Facebook fans and people who use Microsoft’s cloud computing services including including Bing, Office 365, Skype and Xbox Live. “This marks an important new step in building the next generation infrastructure of the Internet,” said Frank Rey, director, global network acquisition at Microsoft.
Bad news if you’re the person who still relies on classic passwords such as ‘123456’ or ‘password’ - Microsoft is about to stop you. From now on, Microsoft simply won’t allow weak passwords - or at least not ones which are commonly used on hacked accounts. Microsoft is using ‘dynamic bans’ - which look at the most commonly used passwords in lists of hacked accounts leaked by cybercriminals, and block people from choosing them.
Microsoft introduced a chat robot designed to interact in the style of a “teen girl” on Twitter, and it went rogue almost immediately, spouting racist opinions, conspiracy theories and a fondness for genocide. The artificial intelligence (AI) named “Tay” - @Tayandyou on Twitter - was intended chat to with 18-24 year olds with the idea being that she would learn from each tweet and get progressively smarter. Clearly Microsoft had forgotten that Twitter is home to a huge amount of trolls, racists and general troublemakers who jumped at the chance to ‘teach’ the teenaged AI about life.
Ever wondered how big tech companies like Sony got their names? While some are named after the goods they sell, and others are the results of long-forgotten company mergers, some of the world’s biggest tech brand names are just completely made up. Founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in 1976 to develop home computers, Apple only started making smartphones and tablets much later on.
The picture - known as ‘Bliss’ - was the default computer wallpaper of the Microsoft Windows XP operating system, and if you ever owned a PC over the past few years, then you will have seen it the first time you ever booted it up. The man behind the shot is National Geographic photographer Charles O’Rear, who was taking a drive through the Napa Valley in San Francisco in 1996 to meet up with his girlfriend Daphne - who would later become his wife.
Microsoft has announced that it will allow Xbox One, PS4 and PC gamers play together. Xbox One and PC gamers will be able to compete against each other in the game Rocket League, the company said. In a blog post, Microsoft ID@Xbox director Chris Carla wrote: “In addition to natively supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 games that use Xbox Live, we’re enabling developers to support cross-network play as well.
Microsoft was one of the first companies to launch its own web presence in 1994 - launching when there were just a few thousand sites on the World Wide Web. The site had just two employees when it launched, and updates for the site usually arrived on 3.5-inch floppy disks, according to Microsoft engineer Mark Ingalls. When ‘TheFacebook’ first went live on February 4th 2004 in Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard University, it was VERY different.
A lot of PC users are going to see Windows 10 suddenly appear on their machines this week. Windows 10 has been changed to a ‘recommended’ upgrade - from an optional one. Microsoft says that users still have the choice of whether to upgrade, according to a report in The Register.
YOU may already be reading this on Chrome or Safari or Microsoft Edge. Microsoft is ending support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 next Tuesday. This means these older versions will no longer receive security updates or technical support, making users much more vulnerable to hackers, The Verge reports.