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Fork it! Microsoft adds .NET Core 3.0 including Windows Desktop apps

The Register - May 7, 2018 - 9:10pm
Beginning of the end for Win-only .NET Framework?

Build At its Build developer event under way in Seattle, Microsoft announced .NET Core 3.0, coming in 2019, with support for Windows desktop applications.…

Microsoft to show off Your Phone app for Windows 10 at Build - CNET - News - May 7, 2018 - 8:57pm
We should see the new Your Phone app that (in theory) lets you seamlessly use your phone from Windows on the second day of Build.

James Gunn reveals what Groot said to Rocket in Infinity War - CNET - News - May 7, 2018 - 8:51pm
Grab your tissues, because the Guardians of the Galaxy director just made things more heartbreaking by translating one word.

Microsoft shows Alexa and Cortana working in smart harmony - CNET - News - May 7, 2018 - 8:35pm
It's still in beta, but Microsoft's progress-report demo of its integration of Alexa with Cortana at Build 2018 looks like it's coming along pretty well.

Automakers believe EPA boss Pruitt went too far with CAFE slash - Roadshow - News - May 7, 2018 - 8:32pm
Now with a massive lawsuit pending against the EPA, automakers say that they only wanted a more gradual ramp to the original Obama-era CAFE requirements for 2025.

That Drupal bug you were told to patch weeks ago? Cryptominers hope you haven't bothered

The Register - May 7, 2018 - 8:20pm
Cryptocoin malware outfit takes aim at 'Drupalgeddon' bug

A set of high-severity vulnerabilities in Drupal that were disclosed last month are now the target of widespread attacks by a malware campaign.…

Microsoft Layout lets HoloLens design your space - CNET - News - May 7, 2018 - 8:19pm
This new AR app lets you test-drive office, warehouse or factory designs in a headset.

Build 2018: Microsoft embraces its new platforms, Azure and Microsoft 365

Ars Technica - May 7, 2018 - 8:17pm

Enlarge / An oil platform moored in Scotland. It's not on fire. (credit: Berardo62 / Flickr)

SEATTLE—Windows isn't going away any time soon. A glance at Microsoft's financials makes clear that the Windows business is still important for Microsoft. But as the reorganization in March demonstrated, Windows is no longer central to Microsoft's vision in the way it once was. Instead, it's now part of a broader picture with two platforms: Azure and Microsoft 365.

Microsoft 365—the subscription service that includes Office, Windows, and a range of additional services on top—will be the focus tomorrow. Today was all about Azure.

The company's major focus is currently machine learning, bringing new services and expanding the reach of those services to make it easier to use machine-learning features in a wide range of applications. That expanded reach comes from running machine-learning models on endpoint devices rather than in the cloud, allowing low-latency, offline operation.

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Elon Musk says he'll turn trash from tunneling into homes - CNET - News - May 7, 2018 - 7:57pm
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO says his Boring Company tunnel-digging side project will use its waste to make bricks for low-income housing.

Four days at the wild, AI-filled Collision Conference—before it bails for Canada

Ars Technica - May 7, 2018 - 7:55pm

Nathan Mattise

NEW ORLEANS—From the parades strolling through the showroom floor on its final day to various official evening meet-ups at hallowed French Quarter hotel bars, the annual Collision Conference has increasingly embraced its New Orleans home over the past three years. The setting, combined with the conference's eclectic programming—featuring tech execs and developers, startups and investors, athletes and musicians, city planners and Hollywood types, plus Al Gore(?!)—has made Collision a unique and popular calendar addition. It's easy to believe in the organizing team's favorite moniker: "North America's fastest-growing tech conference."

But nearly as soon as the curtain rose on the 2018 Collision Conference, attendees learned things would be changing for 2019. Sparked by feedback and the experience of the event's international attendees, Collision's European-based organizers announced their decision to take things north to Toronto, Canada, moving forward.

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Avengers: Infinity War villain Thanos is invading Fortnite - CNET - News - May 7, 2018 - 7:52pm
Starting May 8, the Marvel villain is coming to Fortnite in the game's Battle Royale mode.

The next LG Watch just got confirmed by the FCC - CNET - News - May 7, 2018 - 7:49pm
A new LG Watch could give the brand's wearables a shot at redemption.

The world is becoming a computer, says CEO of worldwide computer company Microsoft

The Register - May 7, 2018 - 7:41pm
At Redmond's 2018 dev conference, it's all Azure and AI

Build At its Build 2018 developer conference in Seattle, Washington, on Monday, Microsoft showered attention on artificial intelligence, as it did last year, leaving Windows chatter for later.…

JBL Link Bar Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - May 7, 2018 - 7:37pm
JBL has partnered with Google on a sound bar that offers both voice control and Android TV streaming apps.

UK police say 92% false positive facial recognition is no big deal

Ars Technica - May 7, 2018 - 7:26pm

Enlarge / A police facial recognition van is seen at the UEFA Champions Festival at Cardiff Bay on June 2, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (credit: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

A British police agency is defending (this link is inoperable for the moment) its use of facial recognition technology at the June 2017 Champions League soccer final in Cardiff, Wales—among several other instances—saying that despite the system having a 92-percent false positive rate, "no one" has ever been arrested due to such an error.

New data about the South Wales Police's use of the technology obtained by Wired UK and The Guardian through a public records request shows that of the 2,470 alerts from the facial recognition system, 2,297 were false positives. In other words, nine out of 10 times, the system erroneously flagged someone as being suspicious or worthy of arrest.

In a public statement, the SWP said that it has arrested "over 450" people as a result of its facial recognition efforts over the last nine months.

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Black Panther 2: Release date, cast, rumors and theories - CNET - News - May 7, 2018 - 7:21pm
New villains, new love interests and more will likely liven things up in Wakanda when the Marvel sequel finally comes out.

You can now make Alexa your default assistant on Android - CNET - News - May 7, 2018 - 7:19pm
But the change only works for the home button -- you can't access Alexa directly by voice.

A rumored three-camera iPhone just got way more likely - CNET - News - May 7, 2018 - 7:15pm
Another report now claims the rumored triple-camera iPhone may release in the second half of 2019.

AT&T/Verizon lobby asks FCC to help raise prices on smaller ISPs

Ars Technica - May 7, 2018 - 7:05pm

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Jeffrey Coolidge)

A lobby group that represents AT&T, Verizon, and other telcos is asking the government to stop enforcing 22-year-old rules that let smaller network operators purchase access to the incumbents' networks at reasonable rates.

Although the Federal Communications Commission eliminated a range of line-sharing requirements in 2005, incumbent telcos are still required to make certain copper-based network elements available via wholesale at regulated prices. Smaller ISPs that buy wholesale access warn that eliminating the requirements would ultimately raise rates on home Internet users who subscribe to smaller ISPs.

These wholesale copper services are still offered by telcos such as AT&T, Verizon, and CenturyLink. The USTelecom lobby group, which represents all three of those carriers, petitioned the FCC on Friday to eliminate the wholesale requirements, which were implemented as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Read 29 remaining paragraphs | Comments's self-driving van heads to Texas - Roadshow - News - May 7, 2018 - 7:00pm
Launching in July, this will be the first on-demand autonomous shuttle program in the state of Texas.

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