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Obama Steps Back Into Public Life, Trying to Avoid One Word: Trump – New York Times

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

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Microsoft’s Nadella banks on LinkedIn data to challenge Salesforce – Reuters

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is rolling out upgrades to its sales software that integrates data from LinkedIn, an initiative that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told Reuters was central to the company’s long-term strategy for building specialized business software. The improvements to Dynamics 365, as Microsoft’s sales software is called, are a challenge to market leader Salesforce.com (CRM.N) and represent the first major product initiative to spring from Microsoft’s $26…

What’s wrong with Microsoft To-Do: 8 things lacking in Wunderlist’s replacement – PCWorld

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

Last week, Microsoft made the inscrutable decision to retire Wunderlist, the beloved to-do list app it acquired in 2015, and replace it with a new offering called Microsoft To-Do. Wunderlist isn’t going away yet, but it’s no longer getting feature updates, and its long-term fate is sealed. In a blog post, Microsoft said it will retire the app after incorporating “your valued feedback and the best elements of the Wunderlist experience…

Digital Life: ‘Nobody’s got to use the internet.’ Let’s at least debate that – Kansas City Star

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

“Nobody’s got to use the internet.” That’s an interesting notion. U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican, made the statement to a constituent pounding him for letting the companies that sell internet connections collect web surfing data from customers — most profitably for sale to advertisers. Yet the congressman’s declaration that internet use falls below the level of necessity is worth pondering at least as much as the debate over…

There Will Always Be Limits to How Creative a Computer Can Be – Harvard Business Review

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

Jennifer Maravillas for HBR Artificial intelligence is disturbing the workforce, and will continue to do so as its capabilities increase. Inevitably, “artificial intelligence will soon be able to do the administrative tasks that consume much of managers’ time faster, better, and at a lower cost.” But, when it comes to more complex and creative tasks such as innovation, the question still remains whether AI can do the job better than…

Linux 4.11 delayed for a week by NVMe glitches and ‘oops fixes’ – The Register

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

The Register hasn’t needed to spend much time covering Linux 4.11 because hiccups haven’t happened and Linux daddy Linus Torvalds’ comments have been sparse and measured, other than a slightly terse lesson on how to Pull properly. But today he’s posted that this version of Linux has hit a speed bump in the form of “NVMe power management that apparently causes problems on some machines.” “It’s not entirely clear what…

Taiwan’s "hacker minister" reshaping digital democracy – ABC News

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

Taiwan’s “digital minister” Audrey Tang, a computer prodigy and entrepreneur who taught herself programming at age 8, says she’s a “civic hacker,” who like a locksmith uses specialized skills to help rather than harm. Appointed by leaders hoping to better connect with young voters who helped sweep independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen into office last year, 35-year-old Tang is using her expertise to more directly involve the public in policymaking, and…

Now Another Country Is Considering a Laptop Ban for Travelers – Fortune

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

New Zealand is considering restrictions on laptops and other large electronic devices on flights from some Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East, the country’s prime minister said on Monday. The new rules would follow similar measures introduced last month by the United States, Britain, and Australia. The New Zealand leader elaborated on comments made by transport minister Simon Bridges, who told Reuters in an interview in Dubai on Sunday that…

Lenovo adds $279 Flex 11 to its Chromebook laptop lineup | ZDNet – ZDNet

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook Lenovo has expanded its lineup of Chromebooks with the introduction of the Flex 11, a 2-in-1 laptop that may have a slightly higher price tag than competing models, but brings plenty of extras to justify the added cost. CNET Chromebooks compared: New and upcoming Chrome OS laptops Read More As with other Flex convertibles, this Chromebook version features a 360-degree hinged design that allows the 11.6-inch…

Digital devices snub Icelandic language, which is a problem for Iceland – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

Salome Sigurjonsdottir, 10, tests a voice-controlled television in an electronics store in Reykjavik. Sales assistant Einar Dadi said none of his TVs understood Icelandic. (Egill Bjarnason/Associated Press) If you want to change the default language on your iPhone, you have many options to choose from, such as Turkish, Dutch, Catalan and both the Brazilian and Portuguese dialects of Portuguese. If you speak Icelandic though, you’re out of luck. The same is…

The first brick hasn’t been set, and Trump’s border wall is already going south on him – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2017 Mexico won’t pay for it. Democrats hate it. Border-state Republicans don’t like it. Congressional Republican leaders would rather not undertake it. There could be an avoidable government shutdown over it. And yet President Trump’s budget director is…

After French vote, European leaders come out against Le Pen. But what if she wins? – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

BERLIN — With the future of Europe in French hands, the continent’s leaders have cast aside their tradition of staying out of each other’s elections and weighed in with some unsolicited advice: Pick the candidate who wants to make the European Union stronger, not the one who wants to blow it up. Hearty endorsements of independent centrist Emmanuel Macron — and the stinging dismissals of her far-right rival, Marine Le…

A short history of presidents’ complicated relationship with the 100-day milestone – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

  President Trump is closing in on his 100th day in office. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo) On Friday morning, Donald Trump had something to say about his first 100 days. In a tweet, he wrote “no matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!” That tweet, which appears to recognize his nomination of Neil Gorsuch…

Xi urges restraint on North Korea in phone call with Trump – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

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The inside story of why Tim Cook almost kicked Uber off the App Store – BGR

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

Uber’s willingness to openly disregard Apple’s App Store guidelines almost prompted Tim Cook to kick the popular ridesharing app off the App Store altogether, according to a new report from The New York Times. In a fascinating profile of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, a controversial figure to say the least, we learn that Kalanick in late 2014 instructed his software engineers to develop a way for the company to identify specific iPhones even when individuals deleted…

Linux 4.11 delayed for a week by NVMe glitches and ‘oops fixes’ – The Register

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

The Register hasn’t needed to spend much time covering Linux 4.11 because hiccups haven’t happened and Linux daddy Linus Torvalds’ comments have been sparse and measured, other than a slightly terse lesson on how to Pull properly. But today he’s posted that this version of Linux has hit a speed bump in the form of “NVMe power management that apparently causes problems on some machines.” “It’s not entirely clear what…

Taiwan’s "hacker minister" reshaping digital democracy – ABC News

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

Taiwan’s “digital minister” Audrey Tang, a computer prodigy and entrepreneur who taught herself programming at age 8, says she’s a “civic hacker,” who like a locksmith uses specialized skills to help rather than harm. Appointed by leaders hoping to better connect with young voters who helped sweep independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen into office last year, 35-year-old Tang is using her expertise to more directly involve the public in policymaking, and…

10 changes Apple should make to put the Pro back in MacBook Pro – TechRepublic

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

Image: iStockphoto.com/Anil Bolukbas As an IT professional, you’re constantly bombarded with questions regarding the latest smartphones, computers, and devices. Your opinion, largely based on your experiences, is highly sought after—and it should be. After all, your work exposes you to equipment that the average user has no need for, such as high-end workstations and cutting-edge servers. But there’s also a lot of, shall we say, obsolete equipment you come across…

Macron vs. Le Pen: The key storylines in France’s presidential runoff – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today’s WorldView newsletter. On Sunday, French voters proved that the pollsters do get it right sometimes. With ballots still being counted, independent centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen, the pair that led in pre-election polls, were projected to face each other in…

Linux 4.11 delayed for a week by NVMe glitches and ‘oops fixes’ – The Register

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

The Register hasn’t needed to spend much time covering Linux 4.11 because hiccups haven’t happened and Linux daddy Linus Torvalds’ comments have been sparse and measured, other than a slightly terse lesson on how to Pull properly. But today he’s posted that this version of Linux has hit a speed bump in the form of “NVMe power management that apparently causes problems on some machines.” “It’s not entirely clear what…