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Musician robbed of laptop, dragged to death in Oakland – Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017

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Consumer Reports’ Surface Laptop flap is based on data from past Surface models – PCWorld

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017

When Consumer Reports stopped recommending the Microsoft Surface Laptop and latest Microsoft Surface Book, it did so based not on those specific products’ reliability. Rather, the company used reliability surveys of earlier Surface devices (including Surface 3, Surface Pro 3, and the early Surface Book), according to a report the publication released Thursday. In addition to removing its “recommended” rating from four Microsoft Surface devices, Consumer Reports stated it wouldn’t recommend any…

Windows 10 on MacBook Air clone? Latest Chuwi budget laptop is Apple lookalike – ZDNet

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017

Chuwi hasn’t yet released LapBook Air pricing but it’s made a name for itself by delivering laptops and 2-in-1s with decent specs at budget prices. Image: Chuwi Since Apple doesn’t seem interested in updating the MacBook Air, a Chinese clone specialist is having a crack at it, albeit in a laptop running Windows 10. Chuwi, the company behind a number of Microsoft’s Surface brand lookalikes, is launching the LapBook Air,…

Consumer Reports’ Surface Laptop flap is based on data from past Surface models – PCWorld

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017

When Consumer Reports stopped recommending the Microsoft Surface Laptop and latest Microsoft Surface Book, it did so based not on those specific products’ reliability. Rather, the company used reliability surveys of earlier Surface devices (including Surface 3, Surface Pro 3, and the early Surface Book), according to a report the publication released Thursday. In addition to removing its “recommended” rating from four Microsoft Surface devices, Consumer Reports stated it wouldn’t recommend any…

How Do You Tell Stories In Digital? – Forbes

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017

Shutterstock In the digital world, marketing messages are tested, measured and optimized. High-performing messages survive, and underperformers die. Users vote with their clicks – and they don’t vote for long-winded copy very often. This world has real advantages for marketers: the ability to spend small, targeted amounts and receive immediate feedback on what potential customers care about. But it’s not a world conducive to storytelling. Stories connect one thing with…

Cyberattack leaves millions without mobile phone service in Venezuela – Phys.Org

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem devised a method enabling computers to mine databases of patents, inventions and research papers, identifying ideas that can be repurposed to …

The LG Gram Is One Beautifully Light and Simple Laptop – Gizmodo – Gizmodo

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017

All image: Sam Rutherford/Gizmodo There’s a never-ending list of things you can do on a laptop, but at their core, they are pretty simple devices. More often than not, it’s feature bloat and things you never even wanted to use that cause a system to go haywire. Instead of gussying up systems with magical touchbars and ridiculous expandable screens, laptop makers should take a page from LG’s playbook and keep…

The LG Gram Is One Beautifully Light and Simple Laptop – Gizmodo

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017

All image: Sam Rutherford/Gizmodo There’s a never-ending list of things you can do on a laptop, but at their core, they are pretty simple devices. More often than not, it’s feature bloat and things you never even wanted to use that cause a system to go haywire. Instead of gussying up systems with magical touchbars and ridiculous expandable screens, laptop makers should take a page from LG’s playbook and keep…

Musician killed in Oakland while trying to retrieve stolen laptop – SFGate

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017

Caption Close He was a musician living in Oakland who reminded friends of an experimental Bob Dylan, with a raspy voice and an aptitude for throwing singer-songwriter conventions to the wind in the pursuit of his art. Dave Deporis was killed in the middle of the day Wednesday in Oakland when he ran after the getaway car of the robber who took his laptop and ended up being dragged and…

Consumers Reports pulls Microsoft laptop recommendation – CNBC

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017

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FaceApp forced to pull ‘racist’ filters that allow ‘digital blackface’ – The Guardian

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Popular AI-powered selfie program FaceApp was forced to pull new filters that allowed users to modify their pictures to look like different races, just hours after it launched it. The app, which initially became famous for its features that let users edit images to look older or younger, or add a smile, launched the new filters around midday on Wednesday. They allowed a user to edit their image to fit…

3 Things You Need To Know About Latin American Digital Consumers – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Latin America is in the early stages of its digital commerce story with the tale being woven by the earliest of adopters in the region, who tend to be both younger and more affluent. In fact, wealth and youth are more highly concentrated among digital consumers in Latin America as compared with their non-digital counterparts. Latin American digital consumers are more tightly concentrated in the 25-34 age bracket than other regions….

FaceApp forced to pull ‘racist’ filters that allow ‘digital blackface’ – The Guardian

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Popular AI-powered selfie program FaceApp was forced to pull new filters that allowed users to modify their pictures to look like different races, just hours after it launched it. The app, which initially became famous for its features that let users edit images to look older or younger, or add a smile, launched the new filters around midday on Wednesday. They allowed a user to edit their image to fit…

Bitcoin retreats from all-time high even as Fidelity debuts digital-currency tracking – MarketWatch

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bitcoin saw a modest pullback from its recent record run on Wednesday, but the cryptocurrency enjoyed some upbeat news on the session, with Fidelity Investments announcing that it would start tracking the digital unit for its clients. A single bitcoin was valued at $3,393.76, off by about 2.5%, based on levels from late Tuesday in New York, according to digital-currency research…

EFF To Court: Border Agents Need Warrants to Search Contents of Digital Devices – EFF

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017

New Orleans, Louisiana—Searches of mobile phones, laptops, and other digital devices by federal agents at international airports and U.S. land borders are highly intrusive forays into travelers’ private information that require a warrant, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said in a court filing yesterday. EFF urged the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to require law enforcement officers at the border to obtain a warrant before performing…

Modius: Could This Wearable Wellness Gadget Really Help You Lose Weight Without Dieting? – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Neurovalens The Modius headset being worn. Are you looking for a magic bullet? A pill that will restore your hair, perhaps? Or a gadget that zaps wrinkles perfectly? Or a device that makes the body fat dwindle? In which case, you might like to know about Modius, a headset which you wear for 45 minutes a day. That, the makers claim, will be enough for the wearer to lose weight…

What you should know about buying a laptop for college – CNET – CNET

Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Sarah Tew/CNET It’s August, and that can mean only one thing: Winter is coming. Also school. (Sorry, totally caught up in “Game of Thrones” season 7.) With a new school year often comes the need for a new laptop, and for college students in particular, it can be tough to pick the right model. How much should you (or, more likely, your parents) plan to spend? How much horsepower do…

EFF files court brief urging warrants for digital device searches at borders – TechCrunch

Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The EFF has filed a court filing pressing for warrants be required for searches of mobile phones, laptops and other digital devices by federal agents at international airports and U.S. land borders — describing these as “highly intrusive forays into travelers’ private information”. It’s urging that searches of digital devices should only be possible when a border agent has obtained a signed warrant from a judge. Such searches are currently allowed…

Fidelity allows clients to see digital currencies on its website – CNBC

Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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