Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Sunday, September 3, 2017
Windows is doomed
new Microsoft is nearly unrecognizable. Years ago, when Windows was dominant and the smartphone era had yet to arrive, Microsoft was often the epitome of all that is wrong with a powerful company: They were accused of monopolistic tendencies, their arrogance made them miss the mobile era, and they stagnated for years while coasting on their most lucrative products.
But Microsoft is now born again, adaptive, forward-looking, and with products like its augmented reality HoloLens, occasionally almost cool. So when it was recently announced that Microsoft is entering into a deal to make its Cortana voice assistant work with Amazon's Alexa, barely an eye was batted. Once famously closed off, Microsoft now tries to be as open as possible, putting Office on the iPad, its Outlook email app on iPhones and Androids, and making its storage and note-taking services, OneDrive and OneNote, available on basically everything. Coupled with a growing cloud business, record highs for its stock, and still-growing revenues and profits, you might think things were on the up and up for the Redmond giant.
Saturday, September 2, 2017
10 THINGS TO KNOW FOR TODAY
As floodwaters receded and rescuers searched waterlogged neighborhoods for more potential victims, Houston officials began turning their attention to the city's long-term recovery, which will take years and billions of dollars.
As Houston confronts challenges following Harvey, New Orleans' difficulties after the devastation of Katrina could prove instructive.
Russia on Friday promised a "tough response" to the United States' decision to shut its consulate in San Francisco in the latest round of a diplomatic tit-for-tat.
Muslims around the world are celebrating the Eid al-Adha holiday on Friday as some 2 million Muslim pilgrims carry out the final rites of the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia.
The country is bracing for another round of protests and violence as the Supreme Court overturns the re-election of President Kenyatta, citing irregularities.
AP recently confirmed Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya's last known location was Taiwan. But, the trail has since gone cold as the statute of limitations on his hit-and-run charge is set to expire.
Federal and state officials are warning residents, volunteers and officials in flood zones they could be targeted by storm-related scams, contract corruption, document fraud, identify theft and other crimes.
Muslims from the U.S. traveling to Saudi Arabia for the hajj pilgrimage say they have never been more anxious traveling abroad than now.
The Vatican's efforts to heal a decades-long rift with China appear to have stalled, with an agreement on the status of controversial bishops still elusive.
For the first time, Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher face each other this weekend in a showdown between the No. 1 Crimson Tide and No. 3 Seminoles.
Brazilian citizens deserve elections now
31 August marks one year since Dilma Rousseff’s removal as President of Brazil, when 61 senators trampled upon the political will expressed at the ballot box by the 54 million Brazilians who had elected her.
Since then, the illegitimate Michel Temer-led government has shown its true colours with hardline austerity policies. Despite having no mandate, the government has reversed social programmes that took 40 million people out of poverty.
Its policies have plunged the economy into deeper crisis, damaged public services such as healthcare, and hurt the living standards of millions of working and poorer people.
It is perhaps not surprising therefore that Temer’s approval ratings are in single figures – we stand with the millions of Brazilians demanding elections now.
Friday, September 1, 2017
Russia promises tough response to US diplomatic retaliation
US orders Moscow to close its consulate in San Francisco and buildings in Washington and New York
The Russian government said on Friday it would respond harshly to any measure of the United States designed to undermine it after the United States ordered Moscow to close its consulate in San Francisco and buildings in Washington and New York.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was warned and Russia said it was studying a reaction to the US measure that would require it to close two US trade missions and the consulate until September 2.
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