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The PC Gaming Show returns for its fourth year as an offsite alternative to E3.

The scooters are coming, the scooters are coming.

Watch it live here: Monday, June 11: 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT.

One of the PlayStation's best-kept secrets is coming to Windows -- with 4K resolution and unlocked frame rates.

Steve Jobs' widow is running what The Washington Post describes as "the most influential product of Silicon Valley that you've never heard of."

We're expecting more details at Sony's E3 2018 event, but until then, here's everything to know about Hideo Kojima's next game.

A few months back, Steam found all of its community pages blocked in mainland China. A deal with Perfect World might bring it back.

Bye bye Bozoma.

From cute, yarn-based platformers to some old favorites, these are the games you won't have to wait years for.

Get your controllers ready because it's the biggest video game show of the year.

World Cup starts this week. What perfect timing for online gambling sites.

The French game maker said it's working with Nintendo to bring its popular Star Fox characters to a new game.

The sequel to the beloved Pixar superhero movie is here after a 14-year wait. Are you ready for opening weekend?

Become a Spartan on Oct. 5, 2018, as the Assassin's Creed series becomes even more of an RPG.

The social network received more than 2,000 questions.

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In May, we saw a host of bugs introduced by the Patch Tuesday '-'security'-" patches. By the end of the month, patches for those patches killed almost all of the bugs '-" even the inability of Win10 version 1803 to run on certain kinds of solid-state drives, including the one in some Surface Pros.

We also saw Microsoft push Win10 version 1803 onto machines that were specifically set to avoid it. I haven'-™t seen any official response to Microsoft'-™s inquiry into the reports, but we now have a sighting of a Win7 machine being pushed onto Win10, in spite of its settings.

Apple'-™s watchOS 5 plays to the strengths of Apple Watch and opens up some new and interesting ways to develop for and make use of the device. " 

The enterprise case for Apple Watch

Apple always says its goal with the Apple Watch is to deliver brief and meaningful interactions at exactly the right time.

This dedication to context and convenience means that when the company ships the next iteration of the OS, it will make its solution much more essential to anyone who needs to stay up to date while remaining focused on the matter at hand, or who needs to stay in touch while leaving the phone behind.

Over the last decade, Verizon Wireless has been a rapid growth engine. The iPhone and Android revolution gave them the chance to strengthen their competitive position and they saw success and growth. However, over the last several years as growth in this smartphone segment started to slow. Going forward, what path should Verizon take?

Watching the company over the last several years this question was real and growing. Verizon growth has not been as strong as it should have been. So, how could they continue to show growth? That'-™s what investors, workers and customers are looking for. They need to create the next growth wave to ride over the next decade.

are the newest intranet building block in Office 365. They are now available to all Office 365 customers, including enterprise, education, and government.

In the new flat world of modern SharePoint, each unit of work gets a separate site collection. Hub sites allow us to eliminate the inflexibility and governance limitations of '-'dreaded'-" subsites, while providing a way to replicate one of the key benefits of subsites '-” a way to create a shared experience among related sites. Hub sites can help kill subsites, but not without a little planning.

Microsoft'-™s in-unit PR staff continues to show its moxie, this time burying news about the demise of free tech support for a wide variety of products '-" covering half of all Windows customers, for starters '-" in a series of blog posts unveiled on Saturday morning.

Olga_Gh, a highly respected (if anonymous) Microsoft Agent posted the following message in six different Microsoft Answer forums:

This hospital's IT department lets employees spend time with people in other groups to get a better idea of how the rest of the department operates, according to a desktop support pilot fish there.

"The idea was that people who were curious about what we did were allowed to shadow us for a day," says fish.

"My boss selected me to be the shadowee for some reason. I decided that I'd make sure all of IT knew how Desktop Support ran everywhere.

"For the days when I was being shadowed, I picked out a lot of support tickets that required site visits but would be easy to explain and quick to do.

"I closed something like 15 tickets on those days. And the people shadowing me were all, 'Wow, you guys work hard...'"

All good things must come to an end, and the reign of Windows 7 as an actively supported, good-enough operating system is no exception. While it may feel like you just finished the heavy lifting of migrating your Windows XP machines to Windows 7, it turns out that Windows 7 is now almost nine years old, at least two and a half versions behind Windows 10 (depending on whether you consider Windows 8.1 to be a version of Windows all its own), and approaching end of Microsoft support in 2020.

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Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen famously said: "Software is eating the world."

That still rings true.

But there's some munching going on in the hardware world as well: Screens are eating our mobile devices. Smartphone makers are racing to be first to the zero-bezel smartphone finish line. And in the laptop market, companies are scrambling to figure out how to put screens on both sides of the clamshell.

The reason is obvious: While physical keyboards are superior for typing, screens are superior for every other kind of interface. By adding a second screen to a laptop, you transform what it is, how it works and what you can do with it.

How are you empowering your workforce? It'-™s a question worth asking, and if you aren'-™t asking it, then your employees almost definitely are. According to an Ultimate Software survey, 92% of employees say that having technology necessary to do their job efficiently affects their satisfaction at work. More pressing, about one out of three said they would quit if the tech was too outdated. It'-™s not hyperbole to say that, to the modern worker, tech equals empowerment.

Luckily, evidence shows the shift is reaching the c-suite, too. In CIO'-™s State of the CIO 2018 survey, 88% of CIOs say their role is becoming more digital and innovation focused. Compare this data to State of the CIO 2015 when only 13% of CIOs were labeled as '-'business leaders'-" (lagging behind service provider at 38%, business partner at 30% and, most concerning, cost center at 18%). Leadership is synonymous with vision, which stakeholders inside and outside of IT now expect of the CIO.

PC technology trends toward cheaper and stronger, the proverbial more bang for your buck, but money is still the biggest concern. In a recent study by Dell and Vanson Bourne, tech leaders cited lack of budget and resources as the number one barrier to digital progress. This is above in-house talent, c-suite buy-in and even having the latest technology.

The tension goes beyond just managing hardware and software cost. According to CIO'-™s State of the CIO 2018 study, the three top CIO priorities are upgrade IT and data security to avoid cyber attack (36%), help reach specific goal for corporate revenue growth (35%) and leading digital business initiatives (35%). Each of these benefit from having the latest, greatest tech. Reduce IT spending was a top priority of only 20% of the CIOs interviewed, showing that growth and security are currently overtaking frugality.

Apple earlier this week issued previews for this year's upgrades to iOS and macOS, its two most popular operating systems, at the firm's annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

The betas of iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 - the latter was labeled with another California place name, "Mojave" - have been delivered only to registered developers so far, but by the end of the month anyone who wants to run the rougher code will have the chance.

Apple operates its beta programs differently than Microsoft, the enterprise king. The Cupertino, Calif. company's processes cant, as its overall business strategy does, toward individuals, not collectives. To corporate IT, the whole iOS/macOS preview situation must seem ad hoc and fly-by-the-seat-of-one's-pants.

The launch of a big Microsoft Windows 10 update like the April 2018 Update isn'-™t the end of a process '-” it'-™s really just the beginning. As soon as a major update is released, Microsoft quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.

Here we'-™ve summarized what you need to know about every Windows 10 update being released to the public. First come updates to the currently shipping version of Windows 10 '-” version 1803, known as the April 2018 Update '-” with the most recent updates on top. (Note that the April 2018 Update is on a phased rollout, so you may not have received it yet.) Below that are updates to version 1709, known as the Fall Creators Update, and below that updates to version 1703, known as the Creators Update. For each build, we'-™ve included the date of its initial release and a link to Microsoft'-™s announcement about it.

Apple'-™s focus on the image isn'-™t just about marketing; it'-™s about unleashing whole new ways of interacting with devices as the company quietly moves to twin machine intelligence with computer vision in a host of new ways.

What has Apple done?

WWDC 2018 saw numerous OS improvements with this in mind. These enhancements extend across most of its platforms. Think about:

  • Core ML: Apple'-™s new machine learning framework that lets developers build computer vision machine learning features inside apps using very little code. Supported features include face tracking, face detection, landmarks, text detection, rectangle detection, barcode detection, object tracking, and image registration.
  • ARKit 2: The capacity to create shared AR experiences, and to allow others to also witness events taking place in AR space, opens up other opportunities to twin the virtual and real worlds.
  • USDZ: Apple'-™s newly revealed Universal Scene Description (USDZ) file format allows AR objects to be shared. You can embed USDZ items in a web page or share them by mail. You'-™ll see this evolve for use across retail and elsewhere.
  • Memoji:" More than what they seem, Memoji'-™s capacity to respond to your facial movements reflects Apple'-™s gradual move to explore emotion sensing. Will your personal avatar one day represent you in Group FaceTime VR chat?
  • Photos:" Apple has boosted the app with the capacity not just to identify all kinds of objects in your images, but also by developing a talent to recommend ways to improve an image and/or suggesting new image collections based on what Siri learns you like. CoreML and improved Siri mean Google Lens must be in Apple'-™s sights.
  • Measure:" Apple'-™s new ARKit measurement app is useful, but it also means that AR objects can begin to offer a much more sophisticated ability to scale, and it provides the camera sensor (and thus the AI) with more accurate information pertaining to distance and size.

Other features '-” such as Continuity Camera (which lets you use your iPhone to scan an item for use by your Mac) and Siri'-™s new Shortcuts feature '-” make it easier for third-party developers to contribute to this attempt.

The Always Connected PC was a joint Microsoft-Qualcomm effort to create a laptop product that was better than the iPad Pro. [Disclosure: both companies are clients of the author.] At the heart of this effort was the realization that those using a tablet like the iPad pro as a laptop likely wanted a laptop in the first place.

Initial reviews of the two Always Connected PCs in the market (Asus/HP) have been less than glowing, but I think that'-™s because reviewers are thinking of this like a regular laptop and not an iPad Pro alternative. Thus, I took the best of the Always Connected PCs '-" the Asus NovaGo TP370QL'-" on the road for a month.

Apple users got their first peek at iOS 12, macOS Mojave and watchOS 5 on Monday at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, with Apple highlighting the features and functions that will be included when the platforms are updated this fall. The target audience, naturally, is developers.(Insider Story)

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BYTE is starting a new series, to bring back the issues you loved in print from 1975 to 1998. Initially we have the first two issues and four others from 1984, 1985 and 1986.

Security experts urge companies to implement two-factor authentication, VPNs, and graduated permission levels to better protect customer data from hackers.

Microsoft admits that it doesn't encrypt all server-to-server communications, opening the way for the NSA and others to access the data flow.

Affordable Care Act site has faced a relatively low volume of attacks, compared with other federal websites.

Google's Gmail app for iPad and iPhone gets new features and iOS 7's design language.

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels announces PostgreSQL database service, new instance types, use of solid state disk to speed I/Os.

As software eclipses hardware, it's dawning on enterprises that they need API programs. Here's where to begin.

Authors Guild's claim of copyright infringement gets shot down in a surprise ruling.

The goal is allow home monitoring devices and mobile health apps communicate more easily healthcare providers.

Google's personal assistant software gets upgraded to better manage owners' lives and understand natural language requests.

Android smartphones owners can now pay for goods and services by tapping their device to Isis terminals at 1.3 million locations nationwide.

LinkedIn pushes customized content with the integration of news curation app Pulse for desktop and mobile versions.

Hacker grabbed 860,000 passwords for fun, but promises not to leak or use them to harm people.

VMware wants to move into cloud computing? Guess what, Amazon's moving into desktop virtualization.

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CES 2018 had more than its fair share of wacky items and compelling gadgets, but one of the biggest trends to emerge, once again, from the popular tech expo was voice-enabled devices. And, of course, it was all about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Here are seven items at CES 2018, some of which address legitimate use cases and some of which may be closer to mad-scientist territory.

At CES 2018, Sennheiser announced two new products that focus on recording or playing back 3-D audio.

Honda wants to change your perception of robots. And it's hoping to do so with four new concept robots.

At CES 2018, Ford announced it is working with a city in which it will operate its self-driving cars. The automaker wouldn't identify the city but did say how autonomous vehicles can change the way people live.

Intel is betting that Volocopter 2X will be one of the first passenger-carrying drones to operate in the U.S. A prototype of the pilotless two-seat helicopter-like drone was shown off at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

AMD CEO Lisa Su told Yahoo Finance that the Austin, Texas-based computer and graphics chip company is quickly working to resolve and address a recently-discovered security flaw that affects AMD computer chips.

Nvidia rolled out a slew of updates for its GeForce line of gaming products at CES 2018 including massive computer screens and cloud game streaming.

It's hard to figure out which of the connected household devices on display at CES 2018 is worth buying, but it's even more difficult to know if they are secure from hackers. A security expert visits exhibits and tries to help.

Nicomi Stewart, a mother in Rochester, New York, is '-'disgusted'-" after an automated call sent to her phone from the city'-™s school district mispronounced her daughter'-™s name as a racial slur.

You may soon get to say a lot more on Twitter. The social media giant announced it is testing a longer character limit. The change will extend the current 140 characters to 280 for all languages except Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Users won'-™t see this change right away, though. Only a small percentage will be testing it at first, and according to the company, it is just a test and there is no guarantee this change will be available to everyone. Via Business Insider:" http://www.businessinsider. ...

Mac OS High Sierra (macOS 10.13)." As the new name suggests, it'-™s just a refinement of last year'-™s Mac OS Sierra. In fact," you" could sum up what's new in an article about as short as" this one.

Want to add some cool sound effects or music to your YouTube video (or any video)?

Apple is expected to include wireless charging as a core feature in the iPhones it launches on...

Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone is nearly upon us. Here's everything we expect from what could be Apple's most important product in years.

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