European Union slaps Google with $2.72 billion fine for manipulating search results

From PC World: Google abused its dominant position in the search engine market to illegally promote its comparison shopping service, the European Union's top antitrust authority ruled Tuesday, slapping the company with a €2.42 billion ($2.72 billion) fine.

The consequence could be still greater differences in the ways Google presents search results to users in the U.S. and to those in the EU.

Progressive web apps challenge native mobile apps

From InfoWorld: Native mobile apps have generally had the edge when it comes to user experience over web-based apps. But the tide is turning, with progressive web apps — a technology spearheaded by Google and Mozilla—catching on at major web properties and developer tools becoming available.

“We’re starting to see a lot of large companies come back to the web because of its low friction,” said Addy Osmani, an engineering manager on Google’s Chrome team. He cited Lyft and Twitter as examples.

Qualcomm loses bid to squash FTC antitrust lawsuit

From CNET: Qualcomm's legal battle with the Federal Trade Commission will carry on.

A US federal judge ruled against Qualcomm's motion to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit filed by the FTC, the Wall Street Journal reported late Monday. The suit alleges that Qualcomm used its power and position in the industry to extract high royalties from phone manufacturers and to weaken rivals. Qualcomm argued that the suit didn't have merit and that the agency's claim lacked evidence.

Pandora CEO Tim Westergren reportedly will step down

From CNET: Tim Westergren, who co-founded Pandora 17 years ago and who's been serving his second round as CEO for the past year, plans to step down, Recode reported Sunday.

Pandora started as a vanguard of music streaming with its digital version of radio, but it has lost steam over the last five years to faster-growing rivals like Spotify and Apple Music. Earlier this month, Pandora agreed to sell a 19 percent stake in the company to SiriusXM in exchange for a $480 million infusion.

Google open-sources TensorFlow training tools

From InfoWorld: Over the past year, Google’s TensorFlow has asserted itself as a popular open source toolkit for deep learning. But training a TensorFlow model can be cumbersome and slow—especially when the mission is to take a dataset used by someone else and try to refine the training process it uses. The sheer number of moving parts and variations in any model-training process is enough to make even deep-learning experts take a deep breath.

Anthem agrees to pay record $115M to settle data breach suit

From CNET: Anthem, the largest health insurance company in the US, has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit over a 2015 data breach for a record $115 million.

The settlement still has to be approved by US District Court Judge Lucy Koh, who is scheduled to hear the case on August 17 in San Jose, California. And Anthem isn't admitting any wrongdoing or that "any individuals were harmed as a result of the cyberattack."

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Edifier S1000DB Review (Page 1 of 4)

Although I have been living in Canada for as long as I could remember, I could hardly understand -- let alone speak -- a lick of French. This nation's official bilingualism, to many people in the country, does not mean too much in daily life. The only thing I know is it is practically impossible to survive in Quebec by only knowing English; the same goes for living in the rest of the country being Francophone. That said, thanks to those bilingual food labels and government building signs -- after all, we are still a bilingual country officially -- I could at least read and understand limited French. A few weeks ago, I was in Montreal looking for a place to park my car. After circling the area for about ten minutes, I came across a sign that read "stationnement gratuit". Recalling my extremely limited understanding of the language, "stationnement" is "parking", and "gratuit" is "free". Free parking! Who knew reading food labels and government building signs after all these years could save me seven dollars at a parking meter? Being able to look at something and understanding what it means can go a long way. When I first requested the Edifier S1000DB, I had the impression they were small desktop speakers no more than 20cm in height. As it turned out, they were massive units standing 34.3cm tall and weighs nearly 20 pounds each. Just speaking from experience, seeing something of this size puts them in a totally different performance grade than I first expected. But will it perform according to what we expect of its class? Well, I will be happy to be your Edifier S1000DB size-to-performance interprète today.

SilverStone Primera PM01-RGB Review (Page 1 of 4)

When it comes to hobbies, you may already know I quite enjoy playing on my instruments, video gaming, and watching anime. However, one thing I recently started doing more of is photography. For the longest time, I have been shooting with a basic dSLR in the form of a Canon Rebel T3i, otherwise known as the EOS 600D outside of North America. While it has been a capable shooter, I noticed some things it was holding me back in. This was most apparent in the auto-focus and shutter speed department. As Canon's camera sale comes around once a year, and with the possible prospect of taking on some wedding photography over the summer, I decided it was time to take a step up. I purchased an EOS 80D and then bought a 24-105 f/4L lens to complete the package. I did think about moving to a different system altogether, such as a mirrorless camera, but I decided to stick with Canon. While I think I could have kept working with what I had, I really wanted something that would not hold me back and offer me better endurance and battery life. Hopefully the images you see here on APH Networks will also keep getting better, haha. When it comes to my computer case, I have been using the venerable Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX for almost two years now. While I praised that case for its ease of use to work in and excellent quality overall, I also felt like it was time for a new one. SilverStone recently revealed their Primera PM01-RGB, a rework on the original Primera PM01, with the trending features of tempered glass and RGB lighting. After using the Enthoo EVOLV ATX for so long, is the SilverStone Primera PM01-RGB an upgrade worth moving to, or will I be left a bit disappointed? Read on to find out!

Steam's Summer Sale kicks off with a $15 Steam Link, game discounts galore, and digital stickers

From PC World: School’s out, and you know what that means: Time to draw the blinds and catch up on the games you’ve missed this year. Or, if you’re a working adult...well, business as usual I guess. But hey! The Steam Summer Sale is back for yet another year of discounts, running from today until July 5 at 10 a.m. Pacific.


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