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Daily News Roundup: Stories From the Weekend (and Beyond)

Kaspars Grinvalds/Shutterstock The interesting thing about Monday morning is that, well, there was probably a lot that happened over the weekend. The good news is that now you can catch up on everything you missed from March 23rd-25th  all in one spot. Apple News: Today’s the Day Apple is expected to announce its long-rumored streaming TV and news services at a 10:00 AM PT event today. We’ll be covering all the details here at HTG when it happens, but here’s what we “know” so far (based ...


2-Pack Of TP-Link HS103P2 Wi-Fi Smart Plugs For $24.99 Shipped From BH

2-Pack Of TP-Link HS103P2 Wi-Fi Smart Plugs For $24.99 Shipped From BH -Clip the 28% coupon above the add to cart button. Remotely Turn On/Off Two Devices 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi Connectivity Scheduled Usage Away Mode Kasa App for iOS and Android Works with Alexa and Google Assistant Works with Microsoft Cortana No Hub Required
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Hackers conquer Tesla’s in-car web browser and win a Model 3

A pair of security researchers dominated Pwn2Own, the annual high-profile hacking contest, taking home $375,000 in prizes including a Tesla Model 3 — their reward for successfully exposing a vulnerability in the electric vehicle’s infotainment system. Tesla handed over its new Model 3 sedan to Pwn2Own this year, the first time a car has been included in the competition. Pwn2Own is in its 12th year and run by Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative. ZDI has awarded more than $4 million over the life...
Tags: Automotive, TC, Transportation, Apple, Bounty, Computer Security, Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Pwn2own, Software, Tesla, Trend Micro, Vmware, Web browsers


The new CEO of Intuit says the rise of artificial intelligence will be as big a challenge as the company's shift to cloud computing (INTU)

Sasan Goodarzi stepped up as CEO of Intuit — the company behind products like Intuit and TurboTax — in January, replacing 11-year chief exec Brad Smith.  Smith gets a ton of credit from parties inside and outside Intuit for helping the company successfully navigate to a largely cloud-based, subscription-based software model.  To prepare to replace such a prominent figure, Goodarzi spent much of last year shadowing leaders like NFL legend Steve Young and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, trying to g...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Washington Post, Satya Nadella, NFL, San Francisco, Trends, Smith, Intuit, Young, Stewart Butterfield, Joe Montana, Brad Smith, Hewlett Packard Enterprise


Microsoft Says the FCC 'Overstates' Broadband Availability In the US

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Microsoft this week was the latest to highlight the U.S. government's terrible broadband mapping in a filing with the FCC, first spotted by journalist Wendy Davis. In it, Microsoft accuses the FCC of over-stating actual broadband availability and urges the agency to do better. "The Commission's broadband availability data, which underpins FCC Form 477 and the Commission's annual Section 706 report, appears to overstate the extent to which bro...
Tags: Fcc, Microsoft, US, Tech, Commission, Wendy Davis


Xbox Woos Mobile Developers With Xbox Live Functionality

At this year’s Game Developers Conference, Microsoft is making a case to mobile game developers that they should use Xbox Live for their games. As it turns out, it’s about more than achievements and friend lists. Xbox’s upcoming development tools to implement Xbox Live on non-Xbox, non-Windows platforms is currently limited to iOS and Android […]
Tags: Ios, Android, Microsoft, Features, GDC, Xbox Live, GDC 2019


Walmart is reportedly considering taking on Google and Microsoft with a video game streaming service (WMT, GOOG, GOOGL, MSFT)

Walmart is considering creating its own video game streaming service, according to a new report from US Gamer. The report comes just days after Google announced Stadia, an upcoming video game streaming service that aims to remove the need for expensive video game consoles. According to US Gamer, Walmart has entered preliminary talks with developers and publishers, and discussed video game streaming at this year's Game Developers Conference, where Stadia was announced. Walmart is the latest co...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, US, Trends, Walmart, Netflix, Wall Street Journal, MGM, GDC, Samsung Galaxy, Netflix Hulu, VUDU, Walmart CTO Jeremy King, San Francisco Stadia


Nokia Firmware Blunder Sent Some User Data To China

HMD Global, the Finnish company that sublicensed the Nokia smartphone brand from Microsoft, is under investigation in Finland for collecting and sending some phone owners' information to a server located in China. From a report: In a statement to Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, the company blamed the data collection on a coding mistake during which an "activation package" was accidentally included in some phones' firmware. HMD Global said that only a single batch of Nokia 7 Plus devices wer...
Tags: Microsoft, China, Nokia, Tech, Finland, Helsingin Sanomat, NRK


Microsoft Ships Antivirus For macOS as Windows Defender Becomes Microsoft Defender

Microsoft is bringing its Windows Defender anti-malware application to macOS -- and more platforms in the future -- as it expands the reach of its Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) platform. From a report: To reflect the new cross-platform nature, the suite is also being renamed to Microsoft Defender ATP, with the individual clients being labelled "for Mac" or "for Windows." macOS malware is still something of a rarity, but it's not completely unheard of. Ransomware for the platform was ...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Tech


Daily Crunch: The new iPad mini, reviewed

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Review: Apple’s new iPad mini continues to be mini Matthew Panzarino tried out Apple’s new tablet with Apple Pencil support, and he says the experience is “aces.” His only caveat: After using the brilliant new Pencil, the old one feels greasy and slippery by comparison, and lacks the flat edge against ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Ipad, Hardware, Microsoft, Tech, Ipad Mini, Airbnb, Moviepass, Matthew Panzarino, Apple Pencil, Brooks, Koby, Guesty, Daily Crunch, Amify


Apple just blew past Microsoft to become the world's most-valuable public company (AAPL, MSFT)

Apple has surpassed Microsoft to reclaim its title as the world's most-valuable public company with a market cap of $916 billion. Its shares have risen in anticipation of the company releasing a Netflix-style video-streaming service. Watch Apple and Microsoft trade live. Apple has breezed past Microsoft to reclaim its title as the world's most-valuable public company. Shares of the consumer-electronics titan rallied close to 4% Thursday, giving Apple a market cap of about $916 billion — surp...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Japan, Microsoft, Trends, Linkedin, Netflix, Greater China, Watch Apple, AAPL MSFT, AirPods


Daily News Roundup: iPad Mini Reviews, AT&T CEO Gets a Robocall, and More

Apple just announced the updated iPad Mini and new Air at the beginning of the week, but the reviews are already starting to roll out. We take a look a those and more in today’s news briefing for March 21, 2019. Apple News Apple has announced a new product per day for the first three days of the week, but not today. Instead, we got a handful of reviews for the new iPads. Rene Ritchey from iMore had a good take on the Mini (and threw some thoughts on the new Air in there too). [iMore] Further...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Microsoft, Washington, Facebook Messenger, Air, Dyson, Google Maps, Gizmodo, Engadget, Nilay Patel, Russell Holly, Randall Stephenson, Apple News Apple, Rene Ritchey


Xbox One S is reportedly getting a disc-free version in May

The writing has been on the wall for physical media for a while now. In May, Microsoft is reportedly set to hammer another nail into that coffin with the launch of the Xbox One S All-Digital. As advertised, the latest version of the console will drop the Blu-Ray drive, in favor of an all downloadable experience. Rumors about the XOSAD have been floating around since last year — when the console still went by the decidedly Top Gunny name of “Maverick.” A new report from Window Central offers more...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Microsoft, Tech, Blu Ray, Top Gunny, Minecraft Forza Horizon


Windows Virtual Desktop is now in public preview

Last year, Microsoft announced the launch of its Windows Virtual Desktop service. At the time, this was a private preview, but starting today, any enterprise user who wants to try out what using a virtual Windows 10 desktop that’s hosted in the Azure cloud looks like will be able to give it a try. It’s worth noting that this is very much a product for businesses. You’re not going to use this to play Apex Legends on a virtual machine somewhere in the cloud. The idea here is that a service like...
Tags: TC, Enterprise, Microsoft, Cloud Storage, Cloud Computing, Office 365, US, Tech, Windows 10, OneDrive, Microsoft Windows, Operating Systems, Microsoft-office, Virtual Machine, US Central Azure


Microsoft Defender comes to the Mac

Microsoft today announced that it is bringing its Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to the Mac. Previously, this was a Windows solution for protecting the machines of Microsoft 365 subscribers and assets the IT admins that try to keep them safe. It was also previously called Windows Defender ATP, but given that it is now on the Mac, too, Microsoft decided to drop the ‘Windows Defender’ moniker in favor or ‘Microsoft Defender.’ “For us, it’s all about experiences that follow ...
Tags: Microsoft, Mac, Office, Tech, Spataro, Jared Spataro, Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection ATP


Here's why analysts think Google may want to 'put the brakes' on Pixelbook innovation (GOOG, GOOGL)

Last week, Business Insider learned that Google had moved dozens of employees out of its laptop and tablet division, scaling back the size of its in-house hardware group. On Tuesday, Ben Bajarin, Principal analyst with Creative Strategies, told Business Insider that the employee cutbacks could mean Google's innovation with Pixelbook — the company's homegrown Chromebook product — is winding down.  “It could be that they feel like the goal of the Pixelbook has done what it needed to do and now i...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Trends, Chromebook, Jeff Bezos, Chromebooks, Business Insider, Moorhead, Patrick Moorhead, Milanesi, Ben Bajarin, Bajarin, Creative Strategies, Carolina Milanesi, Pixelbook


'Energizing Times': Microsoft To 'Go Big' at E3 in Response To Google Stadia

Microsoft announced its Xcloud game-streaming service last August, with the ambition of streaming console-quality games to gamers wherever they are. Yesterday, Google made its foray into the space with the announcement of Stadia. Google promises that Stadia will be "coming [in] 2019," potentially stealing a march on Xcloud, which is due only to enter public trials this year. But in an internal email sent to rally the troops, Phil Spencer, Microsoft's gaming chief, seemed unsurprised and apparent...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Tech, GDC, Phil Spencer Microsoft, Stadia Google


New Funding for Workplace Software Firms Skedulo and Scope AR

Two young San Francisco companies on Wednesday announced fundraisings to bolster their online services aimed at improving workforce efficiency.—Skedulo, which helps managers schedule assignments for field service personnel, says it raised $28 million in a Series B funding round led by M12, Microsoft’s corporate venture arm. Joining in the round were previous investors Blackbird, a venture capital firm based near Sydney, Australia, and Palo Alto, CA-based Costanoa Ventures. M12 principal Priya S...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Mobile, Microsoft, Workplace, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Unilever, Web, It, Vc, Software


Hands-on with the Oculus Rift S: the ‘S’ stands for Subpar

The Oculus Rift S is a bit of an odd one. Three years after the Rift’s initial launch, Oculus has released a product that feels like a lateral move rather than a leap forward. It’s better in a few ways and worse in a few ways. After spending some time playing with it and spending a lot more time thinking about it, it’s not super clear to me why Oculus made it. The best reason I can think of is that Facebook sees standalone VR as the area where it should be completely ignoring profits to achie...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Microsoft, Tech, Htc, Oculus, Virtual Reality, Lenovo, Brendan Iribe, Google Oculus


VCs are investing hundreds of millions into quantum computing startups even as they're bracing for a 'quantum winter'

Investors are putting upwards of $400 million into quantum computing startups, but many experts believe there will be a "quantum winter." Right now, experts say there is much hype around quantum computing, but it will be years before quantum computers outperform traditional computers. VCs who invest in quantum computing startups have to take into account that it will take at least five to ten years before quantum computers start becoming more mainstream. Matthew Kinsella, managing director a...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Trends, Gartner, Ibm, Pacific Northwest, Forrester, Kinsella, Microsoft Intel, Maverick Ventures, Matthew Kinsella, Matthew Brisse, Brisse


Microsoft warns Windows 7 users of looming end to security updates

Microsoft has rolled out a patch that will warn Windows 7 users that security updates will soon come to an end. The patch rolled out Wednesday warning users of the impending deadline, January 14, 2020, when the software giant will no longer roll out fixes for security flaws and vulnerabilities. The deadline comes some 10 years after Windows 7 first debuted in 2009, more than half a decade before Microsoft’s most recent operating system Windows 10 was introduced. Microsoft’s move to stop issui...
Tags: Security, Apps, Microsoft, Tech, Ransomware, Cybercrime, Windows 10, National Security Agency, Windows 7, Operating System, Microsoft Windows, Windows Xp, Operating Systems, Cyberattacks


The Three Things Google Stadia Needs to Conquer the Gaming Industry

Google Yesterday Google announced its long-anticipated streaming game platform, Stadia. In the news post we called it an “invasion” of gaming: this combination platform and delivery service has the potential to compete with consoles, PCs, and mobile games, all at once. Google’s ambition is huge, but it’s appropriate to the task. The game industry as we know it is stagnating in terms of innovation, but its biggest corporate players are well-entrenched and experienced. If Stadia is to compet...
Tags: Chrome, Google, Amazon, Crafts, Verizon, Microsoft, EA, Sony, Nvidia, Nintendo, Ubisoft, GDC, Havok, Raymond, Sony Microsoft, Jade Raymond


Stocks edge lower ahead of Federal Reserve policy decision

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged lower in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday ahead of the latest interest rate policy decision by the Federal Reserve. Health care and technology companies led the market lower as investors favored safer holdings in the utilities and real estate sectors. Microsoft and Apple edged lower, dragging other […]
Tags: Apple, Business, New York, News, Microsoft, Ap, Nation, Federal Reserve, Federal Reserve Health


Here’s When a Dark Theme Can Save Battery Power

Dark themes are becoming more and more popular. On some devices, they can even save battery power. It all depends on what type of display your device have—only devices with OLED displays can reap the power-saving benefits. Devices With OLED Displays Only You’ve probably heard of OLED displays, especially if you’ve been on the market for a new TV in the last year or so. OLED screens differ from LCD and LED displays typically found in electronics in that OLEDs don’t have a backlight layer: each...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Microsoft, Samsung, Chromebook, Microsoft Office, Lenovo


When to use Longform vs Shortform Video in Brand Marketing

The effects of technology and social media on our collective attention spans have been well documented. One such study by Microsoft indicating that the average human attention span has reduced from 12 seconds in 2000 to just 8 seconds in 2015 – less than that of a goldfish. With just a few seconds to capture the attention of your audience, it can be tempting to assume that focusing exclusively on the production of short-form video content will help you to communicate core marketing messaging and...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft, Marketing, Sales, Shortform Video, Social Media Short


Skedulo raises $28M for its mobile workforce management service

Skedulo, a service that helps businesses manage their mobile employees, today announced that it has raised a $28 million Series B funding round led by M12, Microsoft’s venture fund. Existing investors Blackbird and Castanoa Ventures also participated in this round. The company’s service offers businesses all fo the necessary tools to manage their mobile employees, including their schedules. A lot of small businesses still use basic spreadsheets and email to do this, but that’s obviously not the ...
Tags: Startups, Business, Enterprise, Microsoft, Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Economy, Sydney, Brisbane, Machine Learning, Mobile App, Fairhurst, Recent Funding, Castanoa Ventures, Matt Fairhurst


Full moon patents: Uber’s pick-up AR, Microsoft’s crime scene AI, and Boeing’s toilet

Ugh, the Gregorian calendar is so boring. That’s why we’re disrupting monthly series with a lunar cycle-based series about the best patents of the last synodic month, picked by the PatentYogi team. Get ready when that moon gets gibbous, y’all. This March-ish roundup lands on the icky Worm Moon ! Since my last post, the US patent office issued over 13,028 patents and published over 13,113 patent applications. Each patent asset adds a little something new to the human knowledge base. As I cannot l...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, US, Tech, Boeing, PatentYogi, AR Microsoft


EU Hits Google With $1.7 Billion Fine For Abusing Online Ads Market

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union regulators have hit Google with a 1.49 billion euro ($1.68 billion) fine for abusing its dominant role in online advertising. It’s the third time the commission has slapped Google with an antitrust penalty, following multibillion-dollar fines resulting from separate probes into two other parts of the Silicon Valley giant’s business. The EU’s competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, announced the results of the long-running probe of Google’s AdSense advertising...
Tags: Google, News, Microsoft, Tech, Eu, European Union, World news, Ap, Silicon Valley, Brussels, Margrethe Vestager, Vestager, EU Commission, Cristina Cabrera, AP story


Google takes a page from Microsoft of old and revives browser ballot on Android

There's no place like Chrome, but... here are the other guys Google has offered to remind Android users in Europe that Chrome isn't the only game in town – similar to the "Web Browser Ballot" measure imposed on Microsoft a decade ago as part of a competition remedy.…
Tags: Google, Europe, Microsoft, Software


Google Will Implement a Microsoft-Style Browser Picker For EU Android Devices

Back in 2009, the EU's European Commission said Microsoft was harming competition by bundling its browser -- Internet Explorer -- with Windows. Eventually Microsoft and the European Commission settled on the "browser ballot," a screen that would pop up and give users a choice of browsers. Almost 10 years later, the tech industry is going through this again, this time with Google and the EU. After receiving "feedback" from the European Commission, Google announced last night that it would offer A...
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, Europe, Microsoft, Tech, Eu, Ars Technica, European Commission, Google Search Google, European Commission Google, EU Android Devices



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