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OK, Google, let’s put the new voice ID everywhere

Google Home knows who’s talking.

When each recognized user speaks Home’s wake words — which are “Hey, Google” and “OK, Google” — Home now switches to that person’s account to give personalized information.

This is a huge deal, a technological marvel and a major leap forward in human-machine interaction.

It’s also a cautionary tale about the downside of overzealous concern about privacy.

How Google Home knows you’re you

Google Home is a virtual assistant appliance similar to the Amazon Echo that runs a version of the Google Assistant. Assistant is also available in Google’s Allo messaging app.

Google Home now supports up to six users for a single device.

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Apple’s Mac Pro gets crushed by new HP Zbook laptops

Apple’s Mac Pro has been ignored for so long that even Windows 10 mobile workstations are catching up on features and performance.

Take HP’s latest Zbook laptop workstations , which were announced on Friday. These heavy built laptops — which is why they are called mobile workstations — have comparable memory and storage capacity technology to the Mac Pro, but excel in other areas.

The laptops feature Thunderbolt 3 ports, DDR4 memory, Intel’s latest Kaby Lake-based Core and Xeon processors, and the latest GPUs from Nvidia and AMD.

By comparison the Mac Pro has Thunderbolt 2 ports, an old AMD GPU, DDR3 memory and Intel Xeon processors based on the Ivy Bridge architecture, which were released in 2013.

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IDG Contributor Network: At DockerCon, another one of those PR fail stories

Sometimes things get in the way of common sense and people inadvertently make bad decisions. But sometimes those bad decisions are an indication of core structural problems.I’ve been thinking about that distinction recently in light of a somewhat un…

IDG Contributor Network: When pure play isn’t: Mirantis releases Kubernetes distro

The vast majority of readers will know the Mirantis story. Lots of drama, the center of many an internet storm, intrigue and a singular focus on making OpenStack really break out and be a thing. Well much of that remains, but much doesn’t. Mirantis’ image as the bad-boy Russian tech company has changed since they consciously decided to move away from the Russian thing. They still no doubt party hard, but they’re no longer purely focused on OpenStack. (Oh, and one other thing has changed, and that is the departure of one of the better tech communications execs out there, Sarah Bennett, y’all should hire her, she’s ace.)

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Microsoft fixes Windows 10 upgrade tempo and timing to placate enterprises

Microsoft yesterday announced it will target March and September as the launch months for all upcoming Windows 10 feature upgrades, a return to regularity that has been demanded by enterprise customers.”We’ve … heard our customers want more predic…

Researchers build a microprocessor from flexible materials

Researchers have built a primitive microprocessor out of a two-dimensional material similar to graphene, the flexible conductive wonder material that some believe will revolutionize the design and manufacture of batteries, sensors and chips.To read …

Users’ orders: Make it easier to build hybrid clouds

A funny thing happened on the way to the hybrid cloud: Building the infrastructure was a pain in the neck.That’s what enterprise IT people in the Open Networking User Group have discovered. Last year, public cloud providers persuaded C-level executi…

How to create an automatically updating Google spreadsheet

Let your spreadsheet do the workImage by Screenshot of Google SheetsTracking basic data in a spreadsheet is pretty simple — it’s remembering to update your data each day, week or month that can be a problem. But why update manually when you can take a…

‘Millions’ in enterprises expected to buy Galaxy S8

Enterprise customers are expected to snap up the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ that hit store shelves today, given the phones’ strong focus on worker productivity as well as security.IDC analyst Bryan Bassett predicted that “millions” of enterprise cust…

75% off Lamicall S1 Cell Phone Dock – Deal Alert

Designed on a low center of gravity makes it stable. The extended hooks keep the phone in safety, and rubber cushions protect the phone from scratches and sliding. Suitable height, perfect angle of view when using Facetime and YouTube, makes it so easy to read message and emails. Compatible with iPhone and Android phones even when they have an added case.  The doc averages 4.8 out of 5 stars from over 4,500 reviewers on Amazon (86% rate a full 5 stars: see reviews), where its typical list price of $36.99 has been reduced 19% to $29.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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What happened when the Apple I team got together?

The Living Computers: Museum + Labs recently opened a permanent exhibition dedicated to the first two decades of Apple,  I caught up with the Museum’s executive director Lath Carlson to find out more.

Living Computer Museum is now Living Computers: Museum + Labs! For more on LCM+L, go to https://t.co/ity89EFabC. #ComeInGeekOut pic.twitter.com/vItXZB3c7q

— Living Computers (@LivingComputers) October 25, 2016

Steve, meet Paul

The show opened in early April 2017 with a VIP preview night, to which the museum invited some of the amazing people who first created the personal computer, shaping the early days of the industry.

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Heck, if you do it that way, ANYTHING would work!

Big network hardware company has a donation program for schools in the 1980s, and part of this pilot fish’s job is following up with each school after a few months to see how things are going with the new equipment.”One local school reported that ou…

12 tips to curb data usage in Android

At a time when a great deal of business is conducted on the go using smartphones, it’s become even more important to be conscious of how much data you’re using. Whether you’re using your own phone or one issued by your company, mobile data is money …

67% off Tribe Premium Water Resistant Cell Phone Armband – Deal Alert

Tribe’s armband cell phone holder regularly lists for $29.99, but with this 67% discount you can buy it now for just $9.98. It averages 4.5 stars out of 5 from over 11,600 people on Amazon (read reviews).

Tribe’s band is designed for activity. It’s water-resistant, ultra-light, and made of high quality neoprene so it can flex, twist and bend without stretching or losing its shape. It features a key holder, as well as a reflective strip for increased outdoor visibility. Your touchscreen remains fully functional and accessible through the band’s plastic cover. The armband accommodates just about any arm size from 8 to 16-inches. Phone support as follows: Apple iPhone SE, 6/6S (4.7″), 5/5s/5c, Samsung S4, S3, S2, HTC.

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Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds

Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 Creative Update was rolled out, the company began work on the next major update to Windows 10, code-named Redstone 3. 

As it did with the Creators Update, Microsoft has been releasing public preview builds to members of Microsoft’s Insider Program via a series of public preview builds.

What follows is a list of every preview build of Redstone 3, starting with the most recent. (Note: This covers only previews for the PC version of Windows 10, not the phone version.) For each build, we’ve included the date of its release and a link to Microsoft’s announcement about it.

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23% off HDMI Cloner Box for Gaming or HD Video Stream Capture, No PC needed – Deal Alert

Here’s a device any gamer or video enthusiast may want to have on hand. Connect a game console, DVD, or any video source to this gadget via its HDMI input, and with the push of a button it captures and saves the video stream to any attached USB flas…

Congress takes another swing at ending warrantless reading of emails

Legislation that aims to put a stop to warrantless reading of emails got a fillip Wednesday with bills introduced both in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives to amend the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.
The bipartisan “Electroni…

Health insurer Anthem discloses customer and employee data breach

Anthem, one of the largest U.S. health insurers, said Wednesday one of its IT systems was breached, resulting in the loss of customer and employee information including income data.
The insurer, which set up a special web page on Wednesday addressi…

Adobe rolls out patches for latest Flash flaw

Adobe Systems has started distributing an update for the latest Flash security flaw, which is already being exploited in malicious advertising attacks.
The fix repairs a vulnerability, CVE-2015-0313, which could potentially allow a hacker to take c…

Update: Silk Road case ends in guilty verdict for Ulbricht

After little more than three hours of deliberation, a Manhattan jury found Ross Ulbricht guilty Wednesday on all counts related to running the notorious Silk Road online market.Ulbricht was found guilty of narcotics conspiracy, engaging in a continu…

Next iPhone chip will reportedly be made by Samsung

Samsung may be one of its biggest competitors, but Apple is again turning to the South Korean company to get chips made for the iPhone, according to a report.
Samsung will make Apple’s next chip, which will likely be called the A9, in its newest fa…

Microsoft said to acquire calendar app Sunrise

Microsoft is said to be acquiring Sunrise Atelier, maker of a hip calendar application that could aid in jazzing up Microsoft’s own software.
Microsoft is acquiring the company for at least $100 million, TechCrunch reported Wednesday. A Microsoft s…

Apple’s iOS edges Android in Q4, takes top smartphone OS spot in the US

Strong iPhone 6 sales helped Apple iOS reclaim the top smartphone operating system spot in the U.S. in the fourth quarter, after ceding the title to Android two years ago.
However, Apple’s market share edge was incredibly thin: 0.1 percent, accordi…

Silk Road case ends in guilty verdict for Ulbricht

After a little over three hours of deliberation, a jury in Manhattan on Wednesday found Ross Ulbricht guilty on all counts of conspiracy related to running the notorious Silk Road underground online marketplace.
For his work on the Silk Road websit…

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