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It’s time to admit digital assistants are overrated – Markets Insider

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Google CEO Sundar Pichai introducing Google Assistant last October. AP Photo/Eric Risberg It was a good week for Sears. On Thursday, its stock skyrocketed at least 20% on the news that it would start selling Kenmore appliances that can be controlled by Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant on Amazon.com. Sears, which has struggled to transform its image in recent years as it closes stores and flirts with bankruptcy, finally found the…

Apple Loop: New iPhone 8 Design Leaks, Latest MacBook Pro Secrets, Apple’s Risky iPhone 7S Decision – Forbes

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes an exclusive look at the leaked iPhone 8 designs, Apple’s gamble over replacing Touch ID, the importance of the iPhone 7S, how to find the best MacBook deals, the problematic bugs in iOS 10.3.3, changes in iOS 11’s latest beta, App Store blocking ad blockers, and Apple research papers on machine learning. Apple Loop…

Laptop ban from six Middle Eastern countries set to be lifted – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

A ban on passengers carrying laptops and iPads in hand luggage on flights to the UK from the Middle East is set to be lifted, The Daily Telegraph understands. Travellers flying from Tunisia, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Lebanon have been banned from carrying electronic devices larger than a smartphone in cabin bags since March. The ban was introduced in response to intelligence about terrorists developing bombs that could…

Apple Loop: New iPhone 8 Design Leaks, Latest MacBook Pro Secrets, Apple’s Risky iPhone 7S Decision – Forbes

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes an exclusive look at the leaked iPhone 8 design, Apple’s gamble over replacing Touch ID, the importance of the iPhone 7S, how to find the best MacBook deals, the problematic bugs in iOS 10.3.3, changes in iOS 11’s latest beta, App Store blocking ad blockers, and Apple research papers on machine learning. Apple Loop…

With my cell-phone number, a private eye found 150 pages on me – USA TODAY

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE USA Today columnist Kim Komando guides you on how to test your computer’s security. Read between the lines before entering your cell phone number online.(Photo: Getty Images) Our cell phone numbers are increasingly used for identity theft, the modern-day linchpin to most personal data. Now I know that first hand. After reporting on how phone number identity theft had doubled last year, and warnings about…

Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

“I think there’s been, at times, a disconnect between the way we see the president and how much we love the president and the way some of you perhaps see the president,” Mr. Scaramucci said during a news conference that kicked off with his announcement of Ms. Sanders’s new job. Photo Anthony Scaramucci at Trump Tower last year. Mr. Scaramucci, who founded the global investment firm SkyBridge Capital and is…

Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, US intelligence intercepts show – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Russia’s ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by the embattled attorney general, according to current and former U.S. officials. Ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s accounts of two conversations with Sessions — then a top foreign policy adviser to Republican candidate Donald Trump — were intercepted by U.S….

Minneapolis Police Chief Forced Out After Fatal Shooting of Australian Woman – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Officer Noor has declined to speak with investigators, and the authorities have provided no explanation for why he shot Ms. Damond. Neither Officer Noor nor his partner had turned on their body cameras. Photo On Friday night at City Hall, protesters interrupted Mayor Betsy Hodges’s news conference, at which she announced the resignation of Police Chief Janee Harteau of Minneapolis and the appointment of Assistant Police Chief Medaria Arradondo as…

Former Obama spy chiefs upbraid Trump for his remarks about his intelligence agencies – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

ASPEN, Colo. — Two former senior Obama administration intelligence officials on Friday expressed anger at President Trump’s statements disparaging the intelligence community and disbelief at his embrace of Russia. In remarkably strong terms and in their first extensive remarks on the topic since leaving office on Jan. 20, former CIA director John Brennan and former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. let loose on Trump, who before taking office…

USC moves to terminate former dean, citing evidence of drug activity – USA TODAY

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

The University of Southern California is taking steps to terminate a former dean who is said to have engaged in illicit drug use during his tenure at the university, the administration announced in two letters on Friday. Carmen Puliafito, who served as dean of the Keck School of Medicine for almost a decade, is now suspended from his position as a faculty member at the university and is barred from…

Microsoft is challenging Amazon for cloud throne – MarketWatch

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Move over Amazon.com Inc., Microsoft Corp. is coming for your throne in the sky. Microsoft MSFT, -0.58%   beat fourth-quarter earnings expectations Thursday, helped by a $1.8 billion tax credit it received for its Windows Phone business. But…

Microsoft Sags: Buy the Cloud, Says FBN; Canaccord So Close to a Buy – Barron’s

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Shares of Microsoft (MSFT) are down 40 cents, or half a percent, at $73.82, after the company yesterday afternoon beat fiscal Q4 expectations but forecast revenue this quarter below consensus. Despite a 1% drop in Microsoft’s unit that sells PC software, “More personal computing,” the unit was actually the star of the show, doing better than analysts feared, leading to upside in the report. For the bulls, a big part…

Inside the 24 hours that broke Sean Spicer – Politico

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sean Spicer came to the White House on Thursday completely unaware President Donald Trump was planning to meet with Anthony Scaramucci, a longtime Wall Street friend, and offer him the job of communications director. Other top aides including Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon also had no clue. But in Trump’s White House, where rumors of staff shake-ups loom for months, it all happened quickly. By Friday morning, above the strenuous…

In revised filing, Kushner reveals dozens of previously undisclosed assets – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Jared Kushner failed to disclose dozens of financial holdings that he was required to declare when he joined the White House as an adviser to President Trump, his father-in-law, according to a ­revised form released Friday. A separate document released Friday also showed that Kushner’s wife, presidential daughter Ivanka Trump, had been paid as much as $5 million from her outside businesses over an 84-day span this spring around the…

Minneapolis police chief forced out in wake of shooting death of an unarmed Australian woman by officer – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Minneapolis chief of police Janeé Harteau has resigned Friday, forced out by the city’s mayor after a police officer fatally shot an Australian woman in a case that has drawn international scrutiny and criticism. Harteau is at least the fourth chief of a major police department forced out amid  controversy over a deadly police shooting or a fatal encounter with officers. Mayor Betsy Hodges said in a statement that, “I’ve lost confidence in the…

Yes, Trump Could Pardon Himself. Then All Hell Would Break Loose – Politico

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

This week’s eye-popping constitutional question: Can President Trump pardon himself for criminal wrongdoing? With the Russia scandal swirling more intensely around the White House every week, the Washington Post reported Friday morning that the president might be considering pardoning himself and members of his family as a way of fending off legal consequences for whatever special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation turns up. A self-pardon would be something new in American…

Florida teens who recorded drowning man will not be charged in his death – CNN

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

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Microsoft scrambles to become player in new game of sports analytics – Seattle Times

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

The Seattle Reign’s win against their archrival early this month was the product of conditioning. And the singular talent of Megan Rapinoe. The U.S. women’s national soccer team star struck first with a 30-yard sprint that caught a Portland Thorns center back off guard, intercepting a lazy pass for a tap in goal. In the second half, Rapinoe, who just turned 32, outran a younger defender to get on the…