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Weekend tech reading: Microsoft's comeback, Apple spaceship HQ timelapse, Zelda map 3d printed

By Julio Franco ยท 5 replies
Dec 18, 2016
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  1. How Microsoft emerged from the darkness to embrace the cloud After suffering through a decade of product delays, missed opportunities and lackluster stock performance, Microsoft found a rebirth of sorts through cloud computing. Seattle Times

    Look Who’s Back! Microsoft, Rebooted, Emerges as a Tech Leader After years of missteps, the software giant is among the few titans of the 1990s to figure out the post-desktop world. WSJ

    Facebook, you're a media titan. So deal with it. Facebook has always preferred to be a tech company first, a media power never. Facebook's role is to "build the tools...not produce any content," founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in August. But with 1.8 billion people signing on monthly to share and revel in videos, pictures and news stories, Facebook has grown into a publisher of unparalleled scale. Cnet

    The Witcher developer awarded $7 million for seamless multiplayer, city creation research CD Projekt Red has come into quite a bit of money to help it research several areas of video game development. The Polish government gave the developer the biggest portion of its 116 million PLN ($27 million USD) fund that was granted to it by the National Center for Research of Development. PC Gamer

    Original The Legend of Zelda Map Gets Printed In 3D The Legend of Zelda on NES had a sprawling world by the standards of 1980s console games. While decades ago people used to draw their own maps to try and keep track of where each dungeon and secret, alternative methods now exist. Like, for instance, 3D printing a replica of the game’s entire overworld. Kotaku

    Florida court rules Americans must turn over passwords to the cops A Florida court has ruled that police can compel individuals to hand over the passcode to their phones. The judgment has serious implications in how the Fifth Amendment is applied to mobile devices. The Daily Dot

    LinkedIn is sending emails to users about a Lynda.com data breach LinkedIn has begun informing Lynda.com users of a data breach, emailing customers to say that "an unauthorized third party breached a database that included some of your Lynda.com learning data, such as contact information and courses viewed." Neowin

    How Digital Nomads Went From Niche to Normal When GitHub launched in 2008 as a digital repository of code for programmers, its handful of employees communicated mostly through instant messenger. There was no office. “Chat was our office,” GitHub founder and former CEO Tom Preston-Werner said in a 2013 interview with PandoDaily. Backchannel

    LG Display reportedly partnering with Apple on foldable OLED for upcoming iPhones Following a report in October claiming Samsung and LG were both attempting to win orders for OLED displays to be used in future iPhones, a new report today says Apple has partnered with LG Display for a foldable OLED panel of sorts. 9to5mac

    League of Legends hits streaming deal with Major League Baseball Word spread on Friday that BAMTech, MLB's video streaming arm, will pay around $300 million to Riot Games for streaming rights to its immensely popular League of Legends. The deal, first reported by The Wall Street Journal and later confirmed by Riot, gives BAMTech "exclusive rights to stream and monetize 'League of Legends' competitions" through 2023. Cnet

    Redditor Signs Up For Secret Santa, Gets Bill Gates A few days ago, user Aerrix posted on Reddit that she had won Secret Santa. That’s because she had taken part in Reddit’s annual gift exchange, and instead of receiving a nice holiday gift from just any old stranger on the Internet, she got a package in the mail from the richest person in the world: Bill Gates. Kotaku

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  2. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,473   +1,046

    Seems more inefficient to go from 1 department to another with such a wide disc shape...
    Reehahs likes this.
  3. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,083   +3,629

    I don't know if you can call Microsoft "back" yet. Sure they've had a surge in cloud computing but that's only one aspect of their business. They still haven't cracked mobile, they are losing the console war to Sony, and they haven't "gotten" what their windows customer want since 7. The Surface has worked out well for them but they still have a long way to go in nearly all respects.
    Lurker101 likes this.
  4. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,935   +2,257

    Really? No one cares about the court rulling you have to turn over your phone's password? Depending on what you do on your phone, they could gain access to your email, face book, or anything you do that you save your password on.

    NEVER SAVE YOUR PASSWORDS!!!! Our rights are being taken away at an accelerating rate and as long as we have Facebook and TV everyone seems fine with that.
    Lurker101 and Evernessince like this.
  5. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,235   +691

    No one cares because the US Supreme court already recognizes that handing over your password would/could be tantamount to self-incrimination, and thus is prevented by the 5th amendment. This will be overturned the second the challenge hits a federal court.

    The real issue is that there are a few states that are trying to pretend that biometrics aren't a form of password, and thus not protected in same way. I.e. you can be compelled to unlock your device if you use a fingerprint in these states.
    wastedkill and Reehahs like this.
  6. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe Banned Posts: 837   +441

    LMAO @ the time-lapse.

    Really? Is that how you do it?
    Jeff Re likes this.

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