Computers

Microsoft’s autonomous gliders seek out thermal updrafts to stay aloft – TechCrunch

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Microsoft wants to build autonomous tech for aircraft that require little to no power to fly. It just completed tests in the Nevada desert of gliders equipped with self-guidance systems that help them track regions of rising hot air and predict their movement, with the aim of staying up in the air for as long as possible. These tests showed that Microsoft’s system for riding the wind holds a lot…

Review: System76’s Galago Pro solves “just works” Linux’s Goldilocks problem – Ars Technica

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

reader comments 83 The Linux world has long maintained a very specific rite of passage: wiping the default operating system from your laptop and plugging in a USB stick with your favorite distro’s live CD. Some of us get a little, dare I say, giddy every time we wipe that other OS away and see that first flash of GRUB. Of course, rites of passage are supposed to be one-time…

Google Chrome under attack: Have you used one of these hijacked extensions? – ZDNet

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The compromised extensions aim to switch out legitimate ads with malicious ones on the victim’s browser. Image: Proofpoint Kafeine Attackers have been phishing developers as a way of compromising Chrome extensions into spreading affiliate program ads that scare victims into paying for PC repairs. Proofpoint researcher Kafeine has identified six compromised Chrome extensions that have been recently modified by an attacker after phishing a developer’s Google Account credentials. Web Developer…

Microsoft Teaches Autonomous Gliders to Make Decisions on the Fly – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

It was also a way of pushing the boundaries of the mathematical techniques that control a machine in a relatively safe but still very real environment. “With a glider, you can test these algorithms with minimal risk to people and property,” Mr. Kochenderfer said. Advertisement Continue reading the main story In building their algorithms, Mr. Kapoor and his team relied on techniques that date back decades — something called Markov…

Microsoft acquires Cycle Computing – TechCrunch

Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Cycle Computing, a twelve-year-old Connecticut-based company that focuses on helping enterprises orchestrate high-performance computing jobs, large data workloads and other “big computing” jobs in the cloud. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. While Microsoft plans to use the company’s expertise to improve its Azure service for these kind of high-end workloads, Cycle Computing’s flagship CycleCloud service always supported a wide…

Samsung takes on Google Chrome, expands browser reach – Business Insider

Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

BI Intelligence See Also This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. An update to Samsung’s mobile browser, Samsung Internet, could threaten Google’s mobile browser dominance. Last Thursday, Samsung opened up access to its mobile internet browser to all users on Lollipop (Android 5.1) and later, according to ZDNet, meaning the browser is now available to nearly 75% of Android devices globally. Initially, Samsung’s web…