Can Facebook be trusted with a virtual assistant?

Can Facebook be trusted with a virtual assistant? Facebook is working on its third virtual assistant. That Facebook would pursue a voice-based, artificially intelligent interface is hardly surprising. A list of the world’s biggest eight companies by market cap contains the complete roster of seven major players in the virtual assistant market: Microsoft, Apple, […]

Windows 7 upgrade nag messages start to show up

Windows 7 upgrade nag messages start to show up Microsoft this week triggered a nag message in Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Ultimate to remind users that their operating system will drop out of support in a little less than nine months. A month ago, the Redmond, Wash. developer gave customers a […]

Review: Choetech's PowerDual 5 is 'a quality charger with limitations'

Review: Choetech’s PowerDual 5 is ‘a quality charger with limitations’ The new T535-S PowerDual 5 Coils Fast Wireless Charger pad is marketed as a breakthrough, especially since Apple finally cancelled its own AirPower wireless charger. But Choetech’s new charger only resembles the AirPower because of its oval form factor and overlapping, internal, copper charging coils. […]

IDG Contributor Network: The birth of the virtual window

IDG Contributor Network: The birth of the virtual window With the near-constant increase in display resolution – we’re now talking about 16K displays! – and the constant drop in display panel prices (I have a magnificent 49” display on my desk, for instance), I’ve long believed we could eventually replace the windows in our […]

Microsoft discounts consumer Office 365 by 30% under 'Home Use Program'

Microsoft discounts consumer Office 365 by 30% under ‘Home Use Program’ Microsoft now offers discounts of 30% on consumer-grade Office 365 subscriptions to employees of companies with “Home Use Program” agreements. The savings reduced Office 365 Home subscription to $69.99 yearly, and Office 365 Personal to $48.99. [ Related: How AI is changing office […]

Here's an easier way to block the IE XXE zero day security hole

Here’s an easier way to block the IE XXE zero day security hole The latest Internet Explorer XXE zero-day depends on you opening an infected MHT file. MHT is an old file format that’s almost always opened by IE — no matter which browser you’re using, no matter which version of Windows. Catalin Cimpanu […]

The massive Google shift you probably haven't noticed

The massive Google shift you probably haven’t noticed A funny thing is happening in the land o’ Googley matters right now. It’s actually a collection of smaller things that, taken by themselves, may not seem like much. But add ’em all together, and you’ve got quite the transformative trend a-cookin’. The trend, in short, […]

How your enterprise can help reduce e-waste

How your enterprise can help reduce e-waste Apple is quadrupling the reach of its iPhone recycling program, but admits the existing scheme has recycled millions of devices so far – e-waste is a huge problem, so what can your enterprise do with old kit? Apple extends global scheme Apple now offers a global recycling […]