Microsoft delays tools for third-party Cortana integrations

From InfoWorld: Microsoft has delayed the release of its tools for connecting other services to the Cortana virtual assistant, a decision that could cause it to lose ground in a crowded industry.

StarCraft Remastered brings 4K graphics, modern audio, and more to the legendary RTS

From PC World: Nearly 20 years after its release and StarCraft is still one of the best real-time strategy games ever made. So good, in fact, that it’s retained a dedicated fan base even with a modern sequel—three modern sequels, really—released and ready to play. And so maybe it’s time for a remaster.

Blizzard thinks so. Late last night Blizzard unveiled StarCraft: Remastered, arriving sometime this summer. Here’s the brief, straight from Blizzard’s official site:

Apple beats Chinese company's copycat claim in Chinese court

From CNET: A Beijing court has overturned a previous ruling that Apple infringed a design patent of Chinese company Shenzhen Baili and has declared Baili's claims to be unfounded, reports the AFP.

Apple didn't have an easy time in China last year. In 2016 the Chinese government shut down Apple's Movies and iBook services on iTunes. Apple lost its exclusive right to the "iPhone" brand when a Beijing court ruled that a leather goods maker could also sell its products as "iPhone" last May. And the company saw its sales dip by 23 percent.

Google shuttering Talk, removing SMS support from Hangouts in new messaging shakeup

From PC World: Messaging has never been Google’s strong suit. Aside from the various messaging apps from Android phone makers, it also has its own problems, with numerous overlapping apps that all have similar functions: Allo, Android Messages, Hangouts, Duo, Google Voice, and Google Talk. Now, Google is taking some much-needed steps to consolidate its efforts.

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If you have ever paid attention in a university engineering lecture, you will notice there are always interesting things going on. By "interesting", I really do not mean what the professor is talking about -- honestly, deriving equations and solving them is of little interest to most people. What I do mean are the interactions between students. A few years ago, I was in a first year C++ programming class, and I overheard one female student talking to another male student. "Have you figured out the second assignment yet?" she asked. "Yes," the male student answered. "I can text message you the code. What is your number?" I kind of just chuckled a bit in the row behind, thinking to myself how awkward male engineering students can be. In the end, the guy only got the girl's university email address, and I do not believe he had much luck beyond that. More often than not, strategies are used to achieve certain goals. There are strategies that work, and there are ones that do not. For example, when gaming peripheral manufacturers got together to think of ways to get people to spend $100 rather than $30 on their next keyboard, they came up with the mechanical keyboard. To try to get people to spend $150 rather than $100 on their next mechanical keyboard, someone started to put in RGB backlights. These are strategies that worked in the past. But are there more ways to tread into waters that other people have not trod? AZIO thinks so. The MK MAC is a mechanical keyboard aimed for Mac users, complete with white backlighting and white bead-blasted aluminum finish. We know Apple users like to spend money on their accessories, will this convince them to spend $85 on their next keyboard? Read on to find out!

Scythe Mugen 5 Review (Page 1 of 4)

As a lab teaching assistant for first year undergraduate students in engineering, I occasionally get really interesting questions. In fact, I was asked a really good question during an electrical circuits lab a few weeks ago. The lab itself was pretty easy. Students just needed to build a bunch of simple circuits using only resistors. A guy came to me and asked, "Can you explain to me how a digital watch’s circuit works?" I found it was extremely hard to answer this question, despite how simple a digital watch’s circuit was to me. The reason was I did not think the student had enough knowledge to understand something of this level. A simple device, say a digital watch, has resistors, capacitors, transistors, crystal, diodes, operational amplifiers, and other electronic components of this nature. Therefore, I just told him to think about this question after the end of this term. At least by that time, he can have a better knowledge of electronic components. Fortunately, to review a CPU cooler, we do not need to know much in thermodynamics. There are some simple and straightforward criteria I use for evaluation. More specifically, my criteria includes the overall design of the cooler, installation experience, and of course, its cooling performance. Is today’s review unit, the Scythe Mugen 5, a good CPU cooler for these criteria? Let us find out.

Uber finally agrees to reveal diversity data

From InfoWorld: Uber Technologies has agreed to provide next month its diversity data, which it had earlier declined to make public.

Representatives of the ride hailing company will disclose the information at the PUSHTech2020 summit on April 19 in Silicon Valley.

The move comes at a time when the company has run into a number of controversies, including sexism charges leveled by a former employee, the exit of some key executives, and a lawsuit from self-driving car rival Waymo.

Twitter considers enhanced version of TweetDeck for professionals

From PC World: Twitter has started surveying users to check their interest in a new enhanced version of its TweetDeck product, raising the possibility that the company is considering a paid version of its service.

The move by Twitter comes in the wake of its almost flat revenue growth and a lackluster increase in the number of its users in the fourth quarter in comparison to the company's social networking peers like Facebook.

No network? No problem for Google Docs on Firefox

From CNET: If you use Google's G Suite apps and Mozilla's Firefox browser, good news: The two are going to get along much better.

The G Suite tools for word processing, spreadsheets, Gmail and other chores have worked better on Google's Chrome than on rival browsers in one important way: You can open and edit documents even when you don't have a network connection. That offline support is handy when you're on a plane or train or otherwise disconnected.


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