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A 'kill switch' is slowing the spread of WannaCry ransomware

Friday’s unprecedented ransomware attack may have stopped spreading to new machines -- at least briefly -- thanks to a "kill switch" that a security researcher has activated. The ransomware, called Wana Decryptor or WannaCry, has been found infecting machines across the globe . It works by exploiting a Windows vulnerability that the U.S. National Security Agency may have used for spying. The malware encrypts data on a PC and shows users a n...
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Surface Laptop vs. Surface Pro 4: We compare prices, features and more

Microsoft's Surface Laptop is aimed at supplanting the MacBook Air as a college-student favorite. The svelte, stylish clamshell also fills a middle ground between its cousins, the Surface Pro 4 tablet and Surface Book powerhouse 2-in-1, providing a third option that could appeal to many regular consumers.  We went  hands-on with the Surface Laptop  last week and plan to test it in advance of its June launch. Until then, if you're trying to ...
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Waymo, Uber dispute referred to US attorney for investigation

A lawsuit by Waymo, alleging the use by rival Uber Technologies of stolen trade secrets relating to autonomous vehicle technology, has been referred by a federal judge to a U.S. attorney, raising the possibility of a criminal prosecution. “This case is referred to the United States Attorney for investigation of possible theft of trade secrets based on the evidentiary record supplied thus far concerning plaintiff Waymo LLC’s claims for trade...
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FCC hit with DDoS attacks after John Oliver takes on net neutrality

Credit: IDGNS The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's website slowed to a crawl after comic and political commentator John Oliver urged viewers to flood the agency with comments in support of net neutrality, in what appeared to be a repeat of a 2014 incident. With the FCC headed toward a repeal of net neutrality rules it passed in early 2015, Oliver on Sunday echoed his "Last Week Tonight" commentary on the topic from three y...
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Dell backs the PC market yet again, and says a PC-as-a-service plan is coming soon

For the umpteenth time, Dell Technologies has reiterated that PCs are important to the company, and it won't quit the market. But PCs occupied only a few minutes of CEO Michael Dell's opening keynote at Dell EMC World in Las Vegas on Monday. PCs are the engine that keep enterprises chugging, he said. Instead, Dell spent time educating attendees about the new Dell Technologies and its products. It's been less than a year since the US$67 bill...
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Email dump hits French candidate Macron ahead of election

Credit: Michael Kan Another political campaign has been hit by an email dump. This time, the target is French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron. On Friday, his campaign said a massive and coordinated hack had breached the email inboxes of several staffers. This came after a mysterious user named “EMLEAKS” apparently dumped the stolen data through torrent files on text storage site Pastebin. It’s unclear if the informa...
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Qualcomm may consider asking U.S. to ban iPhone imports

Credit: Martyn Williams   Qualcomm, in a smartphone chip licensing spat with Apple, will reportedly ask a U.S. government agency to ban the import of iPhones into the country. Qualcomm plans to ask the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban imports of iPhones, which are built in Asia, according to a Bloomberg Technology report . The news report cited an unnamed person familiar with Qualcomm's strategy.  A Qualcomm spokesm...
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Facebook's text understanding AI is coming to a phone near you

Credit: Martyn Williams Developers have a new tool to help mobile apps understand text, thanks to a Facebook open source project update on Tuesday. The social networking company’s AI research group released a new version of FastText , a programming library that’s designed to make it easier for developers to deploy text-focused machine learning systems. Using a technique the researchers are calling FastText.zip , developers can c...
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NSA ends surveillance tactic that pulled in citizens' emails, texts

Credit: NSA The U.S. National Security Agency will no longer sift through emails, texts and other internet communications that mention targets of surveillance. The change, which the NSA announced on Friday, stops a controversial tactic that critics said violated U.S. citizens' privacy rights. The practice involved flagging communications where a foreign surveillance target was mentioned, even if that target wasn't involved in the conversati...
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Apple's Mac Pro gets crushed on features 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, Inte...
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67% off Tribe Premium Water Resistant Cell Phone Armband - Deal Alert

67% off Tribe Premium Water Resistant Cell Phone Armband - Deal Alert | PCWorld Shopping links may be manually or programmatically inserted into this content, and our site may receive payment for activity generated through them. They should not be interpreted as editorial endorsements. Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. ");});try{$("div.lazyload_blox_ad").lazyLoadAd({threshold:0,forceLoad:fals...
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Anyone can control these live, streaming bots through a chat room

Anyone can control these live, streaming bots through a chat room | PCWorld Users can control the robots' direction and LED lights . Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. Bay area start-up, Let's Robot, is letting anyone control it's robotic fleet using commands entered in a Twitch chat room. Anyone can command these live streaming bots via chat room (1:59) ");});try{$("div.lazyload_blox_ad").laz...
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Microsoft: Previous Windows patches fixed newly leaked NSA exploits

Credit: Stephen Lawson   Microsoft said it has already patched vulnerabilities revealed in Friday’s high-profile leak of suspected U.S. National Security Agency spying tools, meaning customers should be protected if they’ve kept their software up-to-date. Friday’s leak caused concern in the security community. The spying tools include about 20 exploits designed to hack into old versions of Windows, such as Windows XP and Windows Server...
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Leaked NSA exploits plant a bull's-eye on Windows Server

Friday’s release of suspected NSA spying tools is bad news for companies running Windows Server. The cyberweapons, which are now publicly available, can easily hack older versions of the OS.   The Shadow Brokers, a mysterious hacking group, leaked the files online, setting off worries that cybercriminals will incorporate them in their own hacks.   “This leak basically puts nation-state tools into the hands of anyone who wants them,” said Ma...
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Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition is the definitive way to play this cult-classic RPG

Planescape: Torment is one of the best Infinity Engine games and, by consensus, one of the best RPGs ever made. It’s a game/philosophical treatise/bizarre meditation on life and death that deserves to be played at least once by everyone. And up until this week that took some doing. I should know—I just replayed Planescape in January, using a copy I bought in some D&D anthology a few years ago. Oh, plus about a half-dozen mods. This is t...
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Joe Biden’s passionate plea at SXSW: ‘We need your help’

Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot is a personal mission, one he’s forging ahead with after leaving office. A year after President Barack Obama took the South by Southwest stage , Biden and wife Dr. Jill Biden arrived in Austin to appeal to the festival’s technology entrepreneurs, developers, and engineers: “You’re the future,” Biden said. “You can make a gigantic impact. We need your ingenuity. We need you to help us reach people t...
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Every custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card revealed so far

You can’t discern tiny facts like that from  Zotac’s heavily obscured teaser image . It’s not totally devoid of info, though. Zotac’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti sticks to the company’s beloved yellow hue, with what appears to be an RGB logo on the side. The image shows two heatsinks connected by a copper pipe, while airflow’s handled by a triple fan configuration. UPDATE: Zotac's revealed not one, not two, but four GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards on its...
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Microsoft updates Cortana for iOS with a fresh look

Microsoft updates Cortana for iOS with a fresh look | PCWorld The virtual assistant’s app gets a redesign to match its Android counterpart Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. Credit: Blair Hanley Frank Microsoft gave its Cortana app for iOS a facelift Friday, replacing its old black and blue aesthetic with a new look that puts the assistant’s key features at users’ fingertips. The app now featu...
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Ghost Recon: Wildlands review: 400 square kilometers of emptiness, but it sure is pretty

Ghost Recon: Wildlands is a technological marvel. I said it Monday in PCWorld's initial PC performance impressions piece, and it’s worth reiterating now. This is a game where you can spend 10 to 15 minutes crossing the map by helicopter without hitting a single load screen. In a car? I don’t even want to estimate how long it’d take to cross this fictional Bolivia. A maddening amount of time, no doubt. It's stunning—and yet therein lies the ...
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Watch us unbox the Microsoft Surface Studio

The ultimate Windows All-in-One comes in a very big box. Open it with us.   Credit: Adam Patrick Murray   Microsoft’s Surface Studio is the ultimate Windows All-in-One, the showcase for Windows 10’s biggest innovations—especially some of those coming in the Creators Update.  We just received our Surface Studio loaner and couldn’t wait to open the box. The very big box. Watch as we unwrap everything and talk about the specs. T...
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WikiLeaks looks at helping tech vendors disarm CIA hacking tools

WikiLeaks has attracted plenty of haters over its controversial disclosures. But the site may be in a unique position to help tech vendors better secure their products. That’s because WikiLeaks has published secret hacking tools allegedly taken from the CIA, which appear to target smartphones, smart TVs and PCs. Companies including Apple and Cisco have been looking through the stolen documents to address any vulnerabilities the CIA may have...
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Google's Neural Machine Translation engine learns three new languages, with more on the way

Late last year, Google announced a breakthrough in translating. Dubbed Neural Machine Translation, it let Google’s AI-powered engine tackle full sentences instead of just words, giving translations a more natural feel. Now Google is expanding it to a several more languages. Back when it launched, Google’s new translator was available for English and just eight other languages, including French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese...
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IBM's new Q program to include a 50-qubit quantum computer

Characters named Q in film and TV have been portrayed as being exceptional. Q in the James Bond movies served up futuristic gadgets, and Q in Star Trek was omnipotent. A new quantum computing program called Q at IBM will be remarkable in its own right. In a few years, IBM plans to create a quantum computer with more than 50 qubits, which should push conventional computers one step closer to the trash heap. IBM Q will deliver paid quantum co...
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20% off When you Pre-Order Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands - (XBOX ONE, PS4) - Deal Alert

20% off When you Pre-Order Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands - (XBOX ONE, PS4) - Deal Alert | PCWorld Shopping links may be manually or programmatically inserted into this content, and our site may receive payment for activity generated through them. They should not be interpreted as editorial endorsements. Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. Credit: Amazon ");});try{$("div.lazyload_blox_ad")....
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The Microsoft Store is selling a 1TB Xbox One with 'The Division' for $229

The Microsoft Store is selling a 1TB Xbox One with 'The Division' for $229 | PCWorld It's got a lot of storage and a great game, and the Xbox One can even share some content with your Windows 10 gaming PC. Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. Credit: Microsoft ");});try{$("div.lazyload_blox_ad").lazyLoadAd({threshold:0,forceLoad:false,onLoad:false,onComplete:false,timeout:1500,debug:false,xray:f...
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