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Wildfires Burn Out of Control Across Northern California; 15 Are Dead – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

“We always thought the alert system would give us time, but there was no notice, no warning,” said Maureen Grinnell, 77, who lived in the hills north of Napa with her husband, Sheldon, 89, who uses a walker. “I was watching a movie with my 19-year-old granddaughter and I smelled smoke, and I looked out the window to see flames approaching.” From that moment, they stayed with the house seven…

Supreme Court dismisses case against Trump’s expired travel ban – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Supreme Court on Tuesday night dismissed one of the challenges to a now-expired version of President Trump’s travel ban, and the legal battle over his latest efforts to ban some immigrants will need to start anew. There were no noted dissenters from the court’s decision not to hear arguments about the travel ban, although Justice Sonia Sotomayor would have left in place the precedent of the ruling by the…

Cop who forcibly arrested nurse for refusing to draw blood is fired – New York Post

Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah police officer who was caught on video roughly handcuffing a nurse because she refused to allow a blood draw was fired Tuesday in a case that became a flashpoint in the ongoing national conversation about police use of force. Jeff PayneAP Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown made the decision after an internal investigation found evidence Detective Jeff Payne violated department policies when…

For Trump, the Reality Show Has Never Ended – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mr. Trump, who hosted “The Apprentice” on NBC for 14 seasons, dismissed Mr. Corker on Tuesday by mocking his height and suggesting he had somehow been conned. “The Failing @nytimes set Liddle’ Bob Corker up by recording his conversation,” Mr. Trump wrote. “Was made to sound a fool, and that’s what I am dealing with!” In labeling Mr. Corker “liddle,” the president was evidently returning to a theme. He considered…

Microsoft Is Offering a $3.5 Million Prize for the Next Big AI Startup – Inc.com

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Microsoft, suffice it to say, is a very big company. But even with its vast resources, it can’t go out and talk to every developer working on the next big thing. “There are many great companies pushing the boundary of [artificial intelligence] that we can’t reach, even with our efforts,” Microsoft Ventures head Nagraj Kashyap tells Business Insider. That brings us to today, as Microsoft announces Innovate.AI, a global contest…

How Brad Pitt Threatened Harvey Weinstein After He Allegedly Harassed Gwyneth Paltrow – PEOPLE.com

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Brad Pitt threatened to beat up Harvey Weinstein after his then-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow told him that the movie mogul had sexually harassed her. Paltrow is one of dozens of women coming forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct, telling the New York Times that the movie mogul made unwanted advances towards her in a hotel room when she was 22. The encounter, which she says occurred after Weinstein hired her for the lead role in Emma, allegedly…

At least 15 dead as fires rage in Northern California – CNN

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Roger Goodell says NFL believes players should stand during national anthem – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dolphins players before a game this month in London (Henry Browne/Getty Images) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday that team owners will discuss a plan when they meet next week for dealing with the raging national controversy over players’ protests during the national anthem, adding that while the league respects the right of its players to express their opinions, it believes they should stand during the playing of the anthem….

Trump proposes ‘IQ tests’ faceoff with Tillerson after secretary of state calls him a ‘moron’ – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, right, listens as President Trump speaks at a luncheon during the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 21 in New York. (Evan Vucci/AP) President Trump proposed an “IQ tests” faceoff with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after the nation’s top diplomat reportedly called the president a “moron” and disparaged his grasp of foreign policy. In an interview with Forbes magazine published Tuesday, Trump fired a shot at Tillerson over the “moron”…

Donald Trump is acting like a fifth-grade bully – CNN

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Laptop scavenger hunt tests cybersecurity skills at FSU – Florida State News

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

You wouldn’t leave your laptop sitting in a coffee shop, return five hours later and expect it to still be there, would you? Yet in a sense, that’s what many of us are doing every day with our personal information when we don’t practice safe browsing habits or fail to set appropriate security controls. We’re leaving sensitive information exposed and an easy target for theft. This October, a new contest…

Samsung’s next laptop could have this seriously killer feature – TrustedReviews

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Samsung’s next laptop could have a killer feature in the form of in-air gestures, if it’s latest patent filing is anything to go by.  Towards the end of September, according to Patently Mobile, Samsung filed patent application with the US Patent & Trademark Office that show designs to a form of gesture recognition and control for its laptops. As the patent application is just that, an application, there’s no hard…

Here’s the 1 Priceless Lesson Inside Microsoft’s Decision to Axe Windows 10 Mobile – Inc.com

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Microsoft is known for its successes. (That little suite called Microsoft Office that thousands of businesses use comes to mind, for example.) But sometimes, even a heavy hitter like Bill Gates’ company can’t get any contact with the bat and strikes out horribly. That’s apparently the case with Windows 10 Mobile. The company’s Windows 10 chief, Joe Belfiore, announced earlier this week via Twitter that, while Microsoft still will support…

Microsoft Has Never Been A Serious Player In The Music Industry, Despite These Many Failed Tries – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pexels.com You really have to respect a company that, despite having failed several times at becoming a major force to be reckoned with in a certain industry, continues to try to get in on the fun in a number of ways. Some firms would call it a loss and move on, but Microsoft has continuously attempted to claim some bit of dominance in the field with different products and services,…

With the end of Windows on phones, how does Microsoft avoid being the next IBM? – Ars Technica

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

reader comments 129 For fans of the platform, the official confirmation that Windows on phones isn’t under active development any longer—security bugs will be fixed, but new features and new hardware aren’t on the cards—isn’t a big surprise. This is merely a sad acknowledgement of what we already knew. Last week, Microsoft also announced that it was getting out of the music business, signaling another small retreat from the consumer…

Microsoft is now rolling out Cortana inside of Skype – The Verge

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Microsoft is starting to roll out Cortana inside of Skype, letting its smart assistant jump into private and group chats to offer assistance in making plans and looking up information. Cortana will be available on both iOS and Android, but Microsoft says its assistant “will be gradually rolled out” starting in the US, so you might not have access yet. Image: Microsoft This Cortana integration was announced more than a…

Google Chrome users tricked into downloading fake ad blocker – The Independent

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Thousands of Google Chrome users have been tricked into downloading a fake adblocking extension, a security researcher has found. AdBlock Plus, created by a developer calling themselves Adblock Plus, managed to make its way past Google’s security checks and into the official Chrome Web Store, where it sat alongside the real program. The developer of the rogue software, which has now been taken down, deliberately designed it to look just…

Walmart sees the future and it is digital – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Walmart is all about online, anticipating digital sales next fiscal year will rise about 40 percent and that it will double the number of U.S. curbside locations for online grocery shoppers at its stores. But the world’s largest retailer continues to scale back new store growth in the U.S., with plans to open only 25 in its fiscal year 2019, which ends January 2019. That compares with opening 230 new…

SoftBank Leads $164 Million Bet on Digital-Mapping Startup Mapbox – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

As auto makers and tech giants rush to develop autonomous vehicles, SoftBank Group Corp. is placing a sizable bet on a startup offering the navigation needed to help these cars find their way. The Japanese investor, which has stakes in many ride-hailing services, is leading a $164 million investment in Mapbox Inc., a startup that provides mapping and location-search technology to a variety of companies including Snap Inc. and General Electric Co. …

This digital camera makes you wind it and insert fake film – The Verge

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

After a decade of silence, the classic camera company Yashica has returned with a new product — one that resembles its analog heritage, even if it doesn’t remotely begin to speak to it. The new product is a digital camera called the Y35 that looks just like Yashica’s old Electro 35 film camera. Except the Y35 has a distinctly modern twist: instead of using film, it uses “digiFilm,” which are…