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John P. Mello Jr.
Ask Siri if You Have the Coronavirus
03/24/20 4:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1059 Words

Team CDC and Microsoft
Also on Saturday, the CDC announced its Coronavirus Self-Checker , which is powered by Microsoft's Healthcare Bot service.

The chatbot is designed to screen Americans unsure about seeking medical care for COVID-19. In addition to...

Peter Suciu
The Tech Industry's Tectonic Shift
03/27/20 8:53 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1421 Words

Many trade show and conference organizers are opting to utilize a digital or virtual experience instead -- and companies such as Microsoft and Ubisoft already have announced plans to hold online-only events in place of their respective E3 press conferences.


Richard Adhikari
Instagram Combats COVID-19 Misinformation, Social Isolation
03/25/20 10:39 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1008 Words

Facebook, Google , LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit , Twitter and YouTube last week announced they would collaborate to combat misinformation about coronavirus.

However, their efforts might not be enough, suggested Miller. "Just today, on Facebook, I was served a sponsored ad...

Jack M. Germain
Concerns Grow That COVID-19 Could Take Down the Internet
03/24/20 12:13 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 2074 Words

It may not be a question of if but when the Internet will reach the breaking point under the strain of...

Richard Adhikari
Microsoft Leaves Necurs Botnet in Shambles
03/13/20 4:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1034 Words

There are 11 botnets under the Necurs umbrella, all apparently controlled by a single group, according to Valter Santos, security researcher at Bitsight , which worked with Microsoft on the takedown. Four of those botnets account for about 95 percent of all infections.

Jack M. Germain
Zorin OS Core Makes GNOME More Comfortable
03/20/20 11:05 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1310 Words

Since its debut in July 2009 Zorin OS cofounder Artyom Zorin has hawked his distribution as an ideal Microsoft Windows replacement. That description is a strong selling point for this easier-to-use computing platform, but anyone looking for a perfect Windows replacement will...

Peter Suciu
COVID-19 and Computer Security, Part 2: Shoring Up Systems for Remote Workers
03/19/20 4:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1065 Words

COVID-19 and Computer Security, Part 1: Telecommuting Risks: Shoring Up Systems for Remote Workers As companies send employees home in...

Jack M. Germain
Open Source Tech Rushes to Front Lines of COVID-19 War
03/18/20 12:50 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1798 Words

... Source software, once the scorn of Microsoft and profit-seeking software developers, is playing an active role in efforts to combat COVID-19's spread. Several open source projects are assisting health providers and helping people mitigate some of the hardships associated with the pandemic.

Rob Enderle
3 Things the Tech Industry Could Do to Mitigate Pandemic Problems
03/16/20 11:19 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1313 Words

Zoom needs a Zoom client, WebEx needs a WebEx client, Skype and Teams seem unable to interconnect despite the fact they both come from Microsoft.

If we are going to enable employees to work from home fully, we need to make...

Rob Enderle
COVID-19 and the End of Daily Life as We Know It
03/09/20 10:31 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1892 Words

I expect that tools like Microsoft's Yammer increasingly will be used to facilitate collaboration across large pools of remote employees.

The Death of Events
I'm about to call events effectively dead, at least for the near term future.

Peter Suciu
COVID-19 and the Bleak Outlook for the Tech Supply Chain
03/06/20 11:15 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 989 Words

... Foxconn, which is a key parts supplier for Apple, Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony, on Tuesday announced that its plants on mainland China would resume normal production by the end of the month. Numerous factories across China were forced to shut down...

Jim McGregor
Amid Disaster, COVID-19 Presents Opportunities
03/05/20 9:37 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1190 Words

Currently available collaboration tools have failed to meet users' full range of needs and cost expectations, which may account for why a start-up like Zoom was able to enter a market that should have been dominated by the likes of Microsoft, ...

Jack M. Germain
Tech Industry Occupies Front Line on Coronavirus Battleground
03/03/20 4:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 2089 Words

Closings and slowdowns in China had a nearly immediate impact on Microsoft's installation of its Windows software on laptops and Surface tablets.

The spread of the virus is affecting tech businesses -- both large and small -- that rely on...

Peter Suciu
The Dark Art of Turning Mountains of Stolen Data Into Cash
02/28/20 4:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1627 Words

In addition, Microsoft earlier this month said a data breach spanning 14 years exposed 250 million of its customer records.

Data breaches have become so common that experts agree it isn't a matter of if, but rather when a company will...

Jack M. Germain
Petitioners Demand Microsoft Release a Free Windows 7
01/28/20 12:03 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1092 Words

... Free Software Foundation wants Microsoft to keep Windows 7 alive as a free operating system. Microsoft stopped providing free security patches and support for Windows 7 earlier this month. Although the popular operating system reached its 10th birthday last fall, some 200...

John P. Mello Jr.
Microsoft Releases 'Mind Blowing' Xbox Specs
02/25/20 4:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1030 Words

Xbox Head Phil Spencer spilled the following details: A custom processor based on AMD's Zen 2 RDNA architecture, which delivers four times the processing power of the Xbox One and offers developers 12 teraflops of GPU performance -- twice the performance of an Xbox One X; Optimized Variable Rate Shading, which allows developers to use the full power of the Series X more efficiently by allowing them to prioritize individual effects on specific game characters or environmental objects without a loss of image quality; and Hardware-accelerated DirectX Raytracing, which Microsoft ...

Richard Adhikari
Microsoft Injects New AI Features Into Dynamics 365
02/20/20 9:41 AM PT | CRM Buyer | 1085 Words

The AI enhancements include first- and third-party data connections in Dynamics 365 Customer Insights, Microsoft's customer data platform (CDP).

"The work in AI and CDP is new and a key part of Microsoft taking their products to an AI-driven approach," noted...

Jack M. Germain
Linux-Powered Azure IoT Security Platform Arrives
02/25/20 10:38 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1269 Words

... several years of building and testing previews, Microsoft on Monday announced the general availability of its Azure Sphere secure IoT service. Microsoft first introduced Azure Sphere in 2018, opting to use its own version of a Linux operating system instead of Windows...

Jack M. Germain
Clock Runs Out for Windows 7 Holdouts: Upgrade or Replace?
01/14/20 9:48 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 2402 Words

... 10 years of fully supporting Windows 7, Microsoft ended its official support for the out-of-date Windows operating system on Tuesday. The popular classic Windows 7 OS still runs on some 200 million PCs around the globe, according to industry estimates. Users include...

Rob Enderle
Rumblings in the Cloud
02/10/20 11:15 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1690 Words

The general impression was that Amazon was first, Microsoft second, and Google third. However, both Google and IBM reported numbers this month -- and surprise. Google isn't third, IBM is.

That isn't the only thing I found interesting this month. IBM did...

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