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Day: January 9, 2018

  • After smart speakers, smart displays, and a bunch of other gadgets, Amazon is bringing its Alexa smart assistant to Windows 10 PCs. The company is partnering with some of the biggest Windows device makers, including the likes of Lenovo, HP, Asus, and Acer, to bring Alexa to new Windows 10 devices this year. Alexa will come pre-installed as an app on devices with support for the smart assistant. Lenovo, HP, Asus, and Acer are building new Windows 10 devices–some of which are getting unveiled at CES this week–with far-field microphones that will let users activate Alexa with its hotword. Alexa will present responses to questions with visuals on Windows 10, just like Cortana. Thurrott I love Cortana but this is a great move by Microsoft.
  • Shares of action sports camera maker GoPro slammed to earth on Monday after the embattled company announced yet another turnaround effort that included plans to pink-slip one in five of its workers. Staring at an all-time low share price of $5.09, Chief Executive Nick Woodman went on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and hinted at the beginning of a sales process. NYPost They also announced they are getting out of the drone business.
  • Microsoft has added a new and very important detail on the support page describing incompatibilities between antivirus (AV) products and the recent Windows Meltdown and Spectre patches. According to an update added this week, Microsoft says that Windows users will not receive the January 2018 Patch Tuesday security updates, or any subsequent Patch Tuesday security updates, unless the antivirus program they are using becomes compatible with the Windows Meltdown and Spectre patches. The way antivirus programs become compatible is by updating their product and then adding a special registry key to the Windows Registry. Bleeping Computer It’s interesting to see Microsoft do this they are really flexing their power again. Microsoft has a lot riding on Windows 10 and wants nothing to mess it up.
  • Following reports that its Spectre and Meltdown fixes were leaving some AMD systems unbootable, Microsoft has stopped the patches from rolling out to certain devices. The company is blaming AMD’s failure to comply with “the documentation previously provided to Microsoft to develop the Windows operating system mitigations to protect against the chipset vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown.” Beta News Kind of shocked to see Microsoft doing this to AMD.
  • Facebook M, the text-based virtual assistant that used human workers to train an artificial intelligence system, is ending the human-assisted part of the service after two and a half years. The human-enhanced version of M, which was available through a bot on Facebook Messenger, only ever became available to about 2,000 people living in California. The final day of the M virtual assistant will be January 19th, Facebook said, and contractors who worked on it will be offered other jobs at the company. The Verge Surprisingly I like Cortana on Skype but never cared for the Facebook bot.
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