Microsoft Issues Warning to 800 Million Windows 10 Users

System restore warningYour “backup” might not exist.

By Rick Richardson

Microsoft’s Windows 10 OS has been facing multiple problems in recent months. In the latest development, Microsoft has now released an important new Windows 10 warning to 800 million users.

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The company has identified a serious and long-running bug on its OS platform.
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Microsoft and Oracle Join Cloud Forces to Take on Amazon

Illustration of companies working togetherWho are they targeting? Large business and government customers.

By Rick Richardson

Microsoft and Oracle recently said they reached an agreement to make their two cloud computing services work together with high-speed links between their data centers, targeting significant business users and uniting against cloud computing leader Amazon Web Services.

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The two companies said the high-speed link between their data centers would start with facilities in the eastern United States and spread to other regions. They will also work together to let joint users login to services from either company with a single user name and get tech support from either company.
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Front-Facing Display Puts DJI Osmo Action Ahead of GoPro

Photo of the cameraThe company is an expert at EIS.

By Rick Richardson

Following its release of a pocket-sized handheld camera late last year, DJI – the Shenzhen-based tech company best known for its drones – has recently launched its first action camera, the Osmo Action.

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While the new camera is a latecomer to the game, it should compete well with similar products, such as the GoPro.
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Breaking Up Big Tech Will Be Really Hard to Do

Illustration with big tech company names imbedded in broken glass... but that doesn't mean the government won't try.

By Rick Richardson

Regulators in the U.S. have taken a big step toward bringing antitrust suits against American tech giants, but they face a long road ahead.

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Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook are facing unprecedented scrutiny in their own backyard. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are preparing antitrust investigations into the companies, and plan to divvy up the work. As the news emerged, the firm’s share prices were hammered, a clear signal that Wall Street believes the feds mean business.
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Salesforce Buys Data Visualization Company Tableau

Infographic about company purchase“Data is the foundation of every digital transformation.”

By Rick Richardson

On the heels of Google buying analytics startup Looker for $2.6 billion, Salesforce last week announced a huge piece of news in a bid to step up its own work in data visualization and tools to help enterprises make sense of the sea of data that they use and amass: Salesforce is buying Tableau for $15.7 billion in an all-stock deal.

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The deal creates a data-mining giant on the leading edge of artificial intelligence.

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What Your Car Will Know About You

Illustration of car interiorShould we be concerned?

By Rick Richardson

Cars will soon be able to recognize you by your eyes, skin, gait and even your heartbeat.

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This enables a host of personalized experiences but raises troubling privacy questions, as well.
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New Translator Gadget Could Be a Traveler’s Best Friend

Photo of ONE Mini deviceHave a full conversation with someone whose language you don't know.

By Rick Richardson

If you’re lucky enough to get to travel abroad, you know it’s getting easier and easier to use our phones and other gadgets to translate for us. So why not do so in a way that makes sense to you?

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This little gadget seeking funds on Kickstarter looks right up my alley, offering quick transcription and recording – plus music playback, like an iPod Shuffle with superpowers.
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Flying Taxis Could Beat Cars for Efficiency

Illustration of flying taxiDistance and capacity matter.

By Rick Richardson

Flying cars do sound cool, but whether they’re a good idea is up for debate.

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Fortunately, they do seem to have some benefits, among them, improved efficiency – at least on long trips.
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How to Beat the Online Sales Tax

logosIs a special card the answer?

By Rick Richardson

Nobody likes to pay sales tax and until recently, most of us shopped online to avoid our local sales tax.

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Nearly one year ago, the Supreme Court ruled that out-of-state retailers must collect sales tax on internet sales.
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New TSA Tech Will Let You Keep Laptops, Liquids in Bags

Agent using scannerThe scanners are in use now at 14 U.S. airports.

By Rick Richardson

Travelers might finally be getting a break from the ever-frustrating airport security rules.

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Thanks to the introduction of new carry-on baggage scanners called CT (computed tomography), travelers won’t have to take electronics or liquids out of their bags. The Transportation Security Administration announced the rollout of this new technology, which would ultimately cut down on long security lines and make the airport experience much smoother.
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How to Fix Coffee-Shop Wi-Fi

Screenshots of computer setting control panels

Step by step for Windows and Macs.

By Rick Richardson

When you’re on the road, Starbucks’ "third space" idea can become compelling. You might want to get out of your hotel room for a change of atmosphere, or you might need a better cup of coffee.

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And you probably still need to get online with something other than your phone, and coffee shops mean Wi-Fi as much as caffeine.
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Amazon+Satellites=Faster, Cheaper Web for Millions

Illustration of connectivityIs 95% satisfactory?

By Rick Richardson

Amazon has plans to establish a constellation of 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit to patch up areas with poor or no internet connectivity.

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Amazon's planned push into satellite-delivered broadband is taking shape under Project Kuiper, details of which appear in three documents filed with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) last month. Kuiper Systems LLC filed the reports.
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The Technology that Helped Hikers Survive 5 Days in Mountains

Photo of LifeStrawHydration made a difference.

By Rick Richardson 

Two hikers missing for five days on California’s Mount Baldy were found alive after rescuers tracked their footprints to their camp, according to authorities.

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Eric Desplinter and Gabrielle Wallace had gone hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains in San Bernardino County, California, on April 6 and were expected to return that night. But when the two hadn't returned by 8 p.m., friends reported the two missing.
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