Author: 0 Microsoft Cortana Skills Kit And Devices Now Available Via Public Preview

The announced a new developer tool called the Cortana Skills Kit which will allow developers to tap into Cortana past year - and it was supposed to release a public preview of the new kit in February. For instance, you can tell Cortana to enter a business meeting appointment at home, and once on the road, it can inform you about an accident that will make you late and notify attendees.

Author: 0 Half-billion Windows 10 devices, but PC slump stunts growth

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made the announcement at Microsoft's Build conference, which applies to devices as opposed to individual users. We expect a number of devices from manufacturers. Essentially, Nadella's Microsoft is not going to stop with its development of AI, but will take tech like computer vision, speech and text understanding to help more people use technology and participate in the economic developments it brings.

Author: 0 Surface Laptop release date and pre-order details prepare for June

Microsoft has made the Surface Laptop's color options a centerpiece of marketing thus far, but interestingly, you only have your choice of color in the Core i5/256GB model. In other words, Microsoft nearly seemed to be disguising this device, slipping it under the radar as an educational product, when it's really going to go right after Apple's Macbook.

Author: 0 Snap Shares Plummet on First Quarterly Earnings Report

The maker of the Snapchat app reported revenue growth of 286 per cent to $149.6m, but analysts had been expecting nearly $10m more than that, with the consensus hovering around $158m. The company added more users this quarter than it did during the fourth quarter of 2016, when it grew by just 5 million DAUs. It's planted those features into Instagram, which already has hundreds of millions of users, which may have stymied Snap's user growth.

Author: 0 Snap shares plummet as user growth slows, revenue misses

It saw EPS of -$2.31, while the expectation had been -$0.19. The company's chief strategist, Imran Khan, said on the conference call, "We made good progress this quarter improving the performance and quality of our Snapchat application, especially on Android , which has helped result in increased net user adds and engagement".

Electronics Eight killed in China quake
Author: 0 Eight killed in China quake

The quake struck at 5:58 am (local time) at a depth of about 8 km, and its epicentre was in the southeastern part of the Pamir plateau, state-run Xinhua news agency reported . Xinhua , the country's news agency, said in a microblog post 11 people were also injured. The region faced frequent aftershocks since morning. A moderate quake that struck close to the earth's surface killed at least several people, the region's natural disaster administration said.

Author: 0 Everything you need to know about Windows 10 S

The transition from full-fledged Win32 Office apps to Windows Store counterparts relies on Microsoft's Project Centennial, a toolset announced in April 2015 that allows developers to port existing Win32 apps and convert them into Universal Windows Platform (UWP) equivalents.

Author: 0 Snap user growth slows, revenue misses in first report after IPO

Instagram stories was launched only a few months ago. Confidence in Snapchat was also dented last month when Instagram revealed its Stories feature - similar to Snapchat's Story - had surpassed 200 million daily users, well ahead of Snapchat .

Author: 0 Samsung fans rejoice, Galaxy Note 8 confirmed

For the full year, Samsung said its components business such as memory chips and mobile-phone screens known as OLED will drive profits. Perhaps unsurprisngly, Samsung's mobile biz didn't fare quite so well as its chip-making division, and posted an operating profit of $1.8bn (£1.4bn) for the quarter, down 47 per cent compared to the previous year.

Author: 0 Microsoft unveils Surface Laptop, new version of Windows 10

The Surface Arc Mouse is designed without the bulk of traditional mice and is an ideal ultra portable companion for devices like Surface Laptop . The device starts at $999 for a model with an Intel (INTC) Core i5 main processor. Like the Surface Pro 4 before it, the screen supports both touch and pen input. "By ensuring apps can only be installed through the store it gives a very managed environment and ensures consistent performance".

Author: 0 Apple announces their Q2 2017 financial earnings, reporting $11 billion in profit

For the quarter, Apple hauled $52.9 billion in revenue, compared to $50.6 billion during the same period a year ago. He said he expects sales performance in China to improve in the current quarter. Apple's services business keeps growing too, with the firm reporting an 18 per cent increase in revenues to $7.04bn. Along with falling iPhone sales, iPad sales were also down by 8.9 million units year-on-year - marking a consistent trend of declining sales.

Author: 0 Tim Cook: Apple Watch Sales Doubled In the Last Quarter

Analysts on average had estimated iPhone sales of 52.27 million, according to financial data and analytics firm FactSet . Apple sold 50.76 million iPhones in its fiscal second quarter ended April 1, down from 51.19 million a year earlier.

Author: 0 Microsoft Surface Laptop Takes Aim At Apple MacBook Business

By emphasizing such features, Microsoft is clearly taking aim at Google, whose cloud-centric Chromebooks have taken a growing chunk of the classroom computing market in the USA, as well as at Apple, whose laptops are popular among college users.

Author: 0 Google Docs scam reported

If you receive an email from someone asking you to open a Google Doc - don't open it. However, there are ways for users to be proactive while Google figures out a plan. He said he did not know why they were doing it, but added that accounts that had been hacked could be used to reset passwords for online banking accounts or provide access to sensitive financial and personal data.

Author: 0 Amazon.com Announces Alexa-Powered Echo Show

Or as Amazon's new (kinda wonky) tagline puts it: "Now Alexa can show you things". Pricing is set at $229.99, but users who purchase two Echo Shows in the same order can save $100 with the promo code SHOW2PACK. Just recently, Echo Look was released, featuring a camera to help you make styling decisions through the use of artificial intelligence, and this week brings about another Echo device, this one being called the Echo Show .

Author: 0 Amazon set to announce touchscreen version of Echo speaker today

Watch video flash briefings and YouTube , see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, and more . Echo Show is shipping on June 28. Last week leaked images showed the Amazon Echo Show in black and white - and those pictures turned out to be real. Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa , and now she can show you things.

Author: 0 Microsoft's Surface Book has a fabric keyboard

The stripped-down version of Microsoft's operating system created to avoid taxing low-cost hardware is aimed at schools, with laptops running the software priced as low as $189. The flagship Laptop from Microsoft costs $999 and features the Windows 10 S as its core operating system. It basically functioned as a watered-down version of Windows 8 that was not able to run traditional software.

Author: 0 Amazon unveils $230 'Echo Show' touch-screen device and Alexa voice calling

It's now unclear how many units of its upcoming Internet of Things (IoT) gadget is Amazon planning to produce, but initial quantities will likely be somewhat limited, as evidenced by the fact that the company is planning to restrict pre-orders to four units per customer, according to the newly leaked listing of the device.

Author: 0 Microsoft fixes remote hacking flaw in Windows Malware Protection Engine

Late Monday, the company issued a fix for a bug in its anti-virus scanner that could be manipulated to remotely control Windows computers. Microsoft has patched the flaw and is now rolling out updates after being alerted to the issue by Google Project Zero team members Natalie Silvanovich and Tavis Ormandy .

Author: 0 Amazon officially launches new Echo Show speaker

Now a new report claims that we may get to officially meet the device tomorrow. According to a leaked screenshot the Echo Show will then ship on 28 June. The current Echo is also available in black and white, so this is entirely plausible. According to new data released by research firm eMarketer , Amazon now has a commanding lead on the home speaker space with a 70% share of the market.

Author: 0 Microsoft's Surface Laptop is ridiculously expensive in the UK

After that, an upgrade will cost $49, according to CNET . Fortunately The Verge has found out that Surface Laptop owners will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free . Similarly, you won't be able to change the default search engine on Windows 10 S . That means you'll be Googling with Bing while you're inside Windows 10 S , rather than, well, Google.

Author: 0 NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Now you can ask Alexa to show and tell

The device offers video calling to other Echo devices and to those who have downloaded the Echo app on their smartphone. This morning, Amazon introduced its next-generation Amazon Echo device, the Echo Show . The Echo Show integrates with compatible home security cameras like Ring and Arlo to beam the video feed to the integrated screen. Obviously, you both need to have Alexa access for this to work, but Amazon plans to make this feature available to owners of the Echo devices as ...

Electronics Is #1 at the Box Office
Author: 0 Is #1 at the Box Office

The film's ensemble cast-led by Chris Pratt and co-starring Dave Bautista , Zoe Saldana and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper-all reprised their roles in the sequel. After the Ravagers pull a mutiny against Yondu for, time after time, letting Peter Quill off the hook, we finally find out why Yondu always lets Peter off the hook.

Electronics Apple acquires sleep-tracking app 'Beddit'
Author: 0 Apple acquires sleep-tracking app 'Beddit'

Apple has acquired sleep tracking app maker Beddit . "Your personal data will be collected, used and disclosed in accordance with the Apple Privacy Policy." it reads. The tracker also looks at all the important elements of your sleep and summarizes them into one simple number - the SleepScore. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 50 million to 70 million adults in the United States who suffer from a sleep or wakefulness disorder such as sleep apnea.

Author: 0 Microsoft Unveils Windows 10 S To Compete With Google Chromebooks

Devices running the latest OS will start shipping at $189 this summer. In addition, Microsoft announced that the operating system that runs on the new laptop will be Windows 10S, which is designed with the main focus on the students. Microsoft has unveiled its latest arsenal for battling the Macbook Air - the Surface Laptop . If you are a Windows 10 user or have used the new OS at least once, you must have noticed the Windows Store lacking most of the renowned apps.

Electronics BioWare's new project has been delayed until at least spring 2018
Author: 0 BioWare's new project has been delayed until at least spring 2018

Bioware has been providing us with games for a number of years now, whether it is based on existing properties like Star Wars or branching out into their own original games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age . The delay isn't a response to criticism of BioWare's latest, Mass Effect: Andromeda, EA also confirmed. "The reality is, we have a creative process-as a company, creativity and pioneering is really important for us".

Electronics Andhra Pradesh: Minister P Narayana's son Nishit dies in road accident
Author: 0 Andhra Pradesh: Minister P Narayana's son Nishit dies in road accident

They were driving at over- speed of more than 100 kmph to dash the metro pillar, tell onlookers who also heard deafening sound from the accident spot. The police are yet to ascertain the reason for the accident, and are investigating if the duo was drunk at the time. The Minister, who was on a visit to London, is rushing back.

Electronics India leads the world with 50 million minutes per day
Author: 0 India leads the world with 50 million minutes per day

WhatsApp video calling feature, which went live in November 2016, has gained tremendous growth globally over the last six months with Indians topping the chart as the most to use the video calling feature. WhatsApp has now revealed that users are making more than 55 million video calls, spending more than 340 million minutes of their day on the app. WhatsApp has been working on introducing features to enhance engagement on the platform.

Author: 0 Samsung confirms 'new flagship' coming later this year

However, looking ahead to the second quarter, the company is putting aside the past and being positive expects to achieve growth with improved earnings from the mobile business following the global rollout of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Consensus estimates now suggest that Samsung will report record earnings for 2017 as a whole. Around 300,000 recalled Note 7s are set to be repurposed and resold according to the report.

Author: 0 Do you see a Surface Laptop in your future?

During Microsoft's event yesterday, the company unveiled the new Surface Laptop that's a pretty standard laptop but with Surface-like features including a touchscreen, a fabric-coated keyboard, and Surface Pen support . Along those same lines, you're limited to the Microsoft Edge browser on Windows 10 S , at least until other companies like Google choose to list their browsers in the Windows Store.

Electronics Injustice 2 is getting its own Championship Series
Author: 0 Injustice 2 is getting its own Championship Series

This one is geared towards amateurs and those not participating in the Injustice 2 Pro Series . For anyone not competing in the Injustice 2 Pro Series , these open online qualifier tournaments will be operated by the ESL and begin on June 4.

Author: 0 Amazon's Echo Show is Alexa with a touchscreen

A unique feature of the Show is access to video and voice calls, so you can call people with an Echo or who have downloaded the Alexa app . Amazon's Echo Show allows you to make voice and video calls, with video calling resembling FaceTime.

Electronics I hope Siri Speaker is more Amazon Echo and less Echo Show
Author: 0 I hope Siri Speaker is more Amazon Echo and less Echo Show

On Tuesday, Amazon introduced the latest model in its expanding family of Echo products, the Echo Show , which has a 7-inch touch screen and a video camera that let people place video or voice calls to each other over a Wi-Fi connection. The built-in display adds plenty of new functionality to the incumbent voice-only Echo. However, Amazon does stress that all of its Echo devices will have support.

Author: 0 Google's mysterious new Fuchsia OS gets a user interface

Of course, even if there is no button dedicated to multitasking, it does not indicate that this option is not present in Google Fuchsia, since it can be activated by pressing one card and combining it with another. Most users should get satisfaction using the ultra basic version of Google's new OS. A Fuchsia developer, however, publicly stated that Fuchsia "isn't a toy thing, it's not a 20% project, it's not a dumping ground of a dead thing that we don't care about anymore".

Electronics Magical Spray Paint Turns Almost Any Surface Into A
Author: 0 Magical Spray Paint Turns Almost Any Surface Into A "Touch Sensor"

Electrick is able to detect the location of a finger touch to an accuracy of one centimeter, meaning it can sense virtual buttons, sliders and other controls can be sensed. In an explanatory video , they demonstrate different ways Electrick can enable touch interaction with everything from walls - covered in conductive paint, they can then be used to turn lights on and off with one touch - to an electric guitar, whose touch-sensitive body can then serve the function of traditional pedals.

Electronics Apple Beats Fitbit for the Top Wearables Spot
Author: 0 Apple Beats Fitbit for the Top Wearables Spot

Even though Tim Cook won't disclose exact Apple Watch sales numbers, the company has been crowned the new top dog of wearables, pushing Fitbit off its throne. Now in the number two spot worldwide is Xiaomi , which sold 3.4 million wearables in Q1 2017, a decrease of around 10.5 percent compared to the first calendar quarter a year ago.

Electronics Lions still on the loose
Author: 0 Lions still on the loose

SANParks spokesperson Rey Thakhuli said that rangers suspected they might have split up due to disturbances by people and were roaming in the sugarcane fields in the area. "We urge people to refrain from taking photographs of these animals as they are unsafe predators. and believed to have already killed a cow", he added.

Author: 0 Prey - The game review / Prey Game Review

He owns a really cool rice cooker. "In Prey , you awaken aboard Talos I, a space station orbiting the moon in the year 2032", the game's official synopsis reads. We've taken the time to find some of the game's fabrication plans to hopefully make your time on the Talos 1 the most action-packed it can be. But Prey gives you the tools to make these fights so much more engaging.

Electronics LG X power2 begins to roll out with its giant battery
Author: 0 LG X power2 begins to roll out with its giant battery

LG advertises that on "normal" usage, it can last 26 hours of talk time, 18 hours of video binging, or 9 hours of surfing the web. The first markets to receive the mid-range smartphone will be North America, followed by Asia, Europe, Latin America and the other regions.

Electronics Snapchat with Latest Update Supports Limitless Snaps
Author: 0 Snapchat with Latest Update Supports Limitless Snaps

Prior to this change, you had up to 10 seconds to enjoy a photo or video that was sent to you. Mahaney is expecting the company added 7 million daily average users in the March quarter, and anything above 8 million would be a positive for the company, while anything below 6 million would be negative.

Author: 0 Microsoft races out patch for unsafe Windows anti-malware flaw

The Redmond company has been praised for the speed at which it released the patch . The out of band patch comes just three days after Google Project Zero vulnerability researchers Tavis Ormandy and Natalie Silvanovich reported the flaw to Microsoft.

Author: 0 Apple announces $1B fund to create advanced manufacturing jobs in the US

Apple's Mac sales, which saw 4.2 million sold also reportedly adhered to analysts' expectations. CEO Tim Cook said during that call that Apple's wearable business is now "the size of a Fortune 500 company". However, now that it has released news of a surprise fall in iPhone sales in Q2, could its share price now struggle to match year-to-date gains? Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today that the iPhone maker will be putting $1 billion of its roughly $256 billion cash hoard into a USA ...

Author: 0 Apple Inc. iPhone 8 On Schedule For October Release

However, a new report has suggested that the device is "on track" for the scheduled October release . So the sooner Apple can get out its new iPhones, especially the premium OLED iPhone 8, the sooner the company can potentially return its iPhone business to solid unit, revenue, and ultimately profit growth.

Electronics Investors Catching Stocks Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK)
Author: 0 Investors Catching Stocks Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK)

The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link . This value ranks stocks using EBITDA yield, FCF yield, earnings yield and liquidity ratios. SunTrust upgraded Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK ) on Monday, July 27 to "Buy" rating. The correct version of this news story can be accessed at https://www.themarketsdaily.com/2017/05/09/fmr-llc-sells-2491044-shares-of-chesapeake-energy-co-chk-updated-updated.html.

Author: 0 Microsoft executive defends decision to nix USB-C in Surface Laptop

Microsoft said that Windows 10S will be available this summer, but didn't give a specific date. According to experts, the Surface is a potential market leader, since its features and design are ahead of the models now on the market. There's a flurry of conflicting rumors around the Surface 5, including the name. But we all know how that went. Windows 10, the Surface Studio, and the Surface Laptop are all admissions of failure to unite the mobile and desktop worlds in a single operating system.