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Microsoft pulls Windows Sets “tabbed windows” feature from next release

[embedded content] Windows Sets. Sets—a new Windows interface feature that was first previewed in November 2017 and will make every window into a tabbed window—has been removed from the latest Insider Preview build of Windows 10. Moreover, the Verge is reporting that the feature won’t be coming back in this year’s next major update, due […]

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Microsoft’s facial recognition service now less bad for nonwhites

Enlarge Microsoft Microsoft has improved its facial recognition system to make it much better at recognizing people who aren’t white and aren’t male. The company says that the changes it has made have reduced error rates for those with darker skin by up to 20 times and for women of all skin colors by nine […]

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Can This Wearable Get You to Stop Daydreaming and Focus?

In the Quantified Self movement, it’s not just about tracking the body, but training the mind for a world soon to be dominated by AI. Personally, I’m up for testing any “mind hacking” tool, from brain-machine interfaces to brain spas. I recently participated in an alpha trial of FOCI, a new wearable from Tinylogics, a […]

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Microsoft’s USB Type-C dongle for Surface Pro is finally here, and it’s huge

Enlarge / The dongle’s official name is the "Surface Connect to USB-C Adapter." Microsoft When the Surface Pro was refreshed last year we were surprised and disappointed to see that it joined the Surface Laptop in having neither USB Type-C nor Thunderbolt 3. Instead, Microsoft said that it would be shipping a USB Type-C dongle […]

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Hyperthreading under scrutiny with new TLBleed crypto key leak

Enlarge / A shiny wafer full of Kaby Lake refresh parts. Intel Last week, developers on OpenBSD—the open source operating system that prioritizes security—disabled hyperthreading on Intel processors. Project leader Theo de Raadt said that a research paper due to be presented at Black Hat in August prompted the change, but he would not elaborate […]

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Report: New AirPods, Apple noise-cancelling headphones pegged for 2019

Enlarge Valentina Palladino Apple reportedly has big plans for its audio device lineup in 2019. According to a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Debby Wu, the iPhone maker is working on an upgraded model of its AirPods earbuds, a new model of its HomePod speaker, and a new pair of over-the-ear noise-cancelling headphones, […]

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More details leak on “Snapdragon 1000,” Qualcomm’s chip for Windows 10 laptops

Enlarge Qualcomm Details of the SDM1000, tentatively named Snapdragon 1000, a new Qualcomm chip built for Windows 10 laptops, have started to trickle out. Microsoft’s development of Windows 10 for ARM has seen the company partner with chip company Qualcomm. The first Windows 10 on ARM machines use the Snapdragon 835 processor, with designs based […]

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Acer Chromebook Tab 10 review: Chrome OS revives Google’s tablet future

Enlarge / Hellllloooooo Chrome OS tablets. Valentina Palladino Chrome OS took over schools with clamshells, but now Google is shaking things up with slabs. After a spring announcement, Acer has built the first Chrome OS tablet, the $ 329 Chromebook Tab 10, to give teachers and students a more flexible device to use for schoolwork […]

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Apple launches service program to address MacBook keyboard woes

Enlarge / The keyboard on the 2016 Touch Bar MacBook Pro. Andrew Cunningham Apple has publicly acknowledged that the butterfly switch keyboards in some MacBook and MacBook Pro computers have given consumers some trouble, and it has launched a new repair service program that promises to fix problems with those keyboards for free, regardless of […]

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Google’s AR “Measure” app comes to all ARCore Android phones

Google Measure in action. Note the blue margin-of-error text below the measurement. Banana for scale. The instructions. Move the phone around, drag out a tool, and start measuring. Ron Amadeo You can pick from “Length” and “Height” tools, which are a bit clunky. Ron Amadeo The settings. Ron Amadeo Back when I tested Google’s first […]

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Apple’s AirPower charging mat delayed until fall due to “technical hurdles”

Enlarge / "AirPower" wireless charging mat. Alongside the debut of the iPhone X and iPhone 8 handsets, Apple talked about a wireless charging mat it would debut to complement those new devices. But the company has been incredibly quiet about the mat, dubbed AirPower, ever since. According to a report from Bloomberg, “technical hurdles” have […]

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigns over workplace relationship

Enlarge / Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. NYU Stern BHR Brian Krzanich has resigned as Intel CEO, the company announced this morning. The resignation was due to a “past consensual relationship with an Intel employee” that violated the company’s non-fraternization policy that managers are bound by. Krzanich is also leaving the company’s board of directors. Intel […]

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The Oppo Find X kills the smartphone notch with a motorized pop-up camera

The Oppo Find X. Here’s the front, and wow, that is a lot of screen. Oppo And here’s the back. Oppo Open the camera app and the whole top pops up, revealing a camera and a bunch of other stuff. Oppo There’s a whole 3D face-scanning system in the top part, along with the usual […]