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Microsoft apologizes, explains Tay chat AI’s deviant behavior

Microsoft apologizes, explains Tay chat AI’s deviant behavior

Tay isn't the first chatbot in history but it became the most prominent because of its ties with Microsoft. Then it became one of the most notorious chatbot in less than 24 hours after it switched from well-meaning teen to offensive, pro-Nazi, anti-feminist rebel. Naturally, Microsoft shut it down, "putting it to sleep", so to speak. Now the company has come out with a statement clarifying that Tay's words do not reflect the company's principles and values at all. They do own up to the "slight" oversight in protecting Tay from attacks.

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Microsoft’s huge, expensive Surface Hub finally starts shipping

Microsoft’s huge, expensive Surface Hub finally starts shipping

After several delays last year, Microsoft says it has now begun shipping its Surface Hub to business customers. Essentially a wall-mounted tablet, the huge display comes in two versions, a 55-inch HD model and the impressive 84-inch 4K version. They're priced at $9,000 and $22,000, respectively, so it's unlikely they will ever be offered to anyone but business and enterprise customers.

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LG 34UC98 Curved UltraWide and 27UD88 4K monitors launch

LG 34UC98 Curved UltraWide and 27UD88 4K monitors launch

LG has unveiled a pair of new monitors that are aimed at folks wanting high resolution and all the space they can get for apps and programs. The new monitors include the 34UC98 Curved UltraWide monitor and the 27UD88 4K monitor. Both of these displays were first spied during CES earlier this year and both are now available in stores for fans to purchase.

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Microsoft extends Windows 7, 8.1 on Skylake deadline to 2018

Microsoft extends Windows 7, 8.1 on Skylake deadline to 2018

At the beginning of the year, Microsoft made an unsurprising but unpopular stance regarding support for older Windows versions on newer hardware. It is no secret that it wants everyone to use Windows 10 as soon as possible, but forcing users, especially traditionally slower adopting ones like enterprises, was bound to backfire. It previously stated that Come July 17, 2017, Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 running on Intel's Skylake processors will no longer be supported. It has softened that stance, however, and has extended the date to 2018.

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Rowhammer vulnerability still threatens RAM, even DDR4

Rowhammer vulnerability still threatens RAM, even DDR4

When we speak of security exploits, we usually refer to software that take advantage of vulnerabilities in other software. Rowhammer, however, is a rare breed. Discovered almost exactly a year ago, it involved software exploiting vulnerability in hardware, in this case, dual in-line memory modules or DIMMs, in order to affect a change in software. The exploit had chip makers scrambling to get the latest DDR4 chips out the door. But apparently, the security comforts they offered were based on a presumption that researchers are now proving to be false.

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TeslaCrypt 3 might be the most dangerous ransomware in the wild

TeslaCrypt 3 might be the most dangerous ransomware in the wild

Software developers usually, or at least should, quickly work to patch up security holes that could be exploited to the detriment of their users. It seems almost ironic but also expected that the very same mentality and process would be used by those who write malware in order to plug up the holes in their own software. The end result is, of course, a more robust malware that is even harder to crack and fight. That does seem to be the case with TeslaCrypt 3, the latest version of a ransomware that is now proving to be impossible to crack.

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Encrypted ProtonMail opens service to public, mobile apps ready

Encrypted ProtonMail opens service to public, mobile apps ready

The fight between Apple and the Justice Department over the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone has once again put the spotlight on security, privacy, and encryption. The last time that was a hot topic was nearly 3 years ago at the height of the "Snowden Files". Born out of that very same controversy, Swiss encrypted email provider ProtonMail has seen it fit to finally open up its service to the general public, removing the invite-only barricade for individuals and groups to sign up for an end-to-end encrypted secure e-mail service.

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Samsung’s TabPro S price brings tablet wars to iPad Pro

Samsung’s TabPro S price brings tablet wars to iPad Pro

Samsung's TabPro S, the sleek Windows 10 slate which the company hopes will claw would-be iPad Pro buyers away from Apple Stores, will be priced at $900, Samsung has announced today. The 12-inch tablet will go up for sale tomorrow, March 18th, in the US, Samsung says, offering up to 10.5 hours of runtime on a single charge.

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Intel’s latest partnership could pave the way for Siri on Macs

Intel’s latest partnership could pave the way for Siri on Macs

Siri has always been a great help on iPhones and iPads, so naturally Apple fans want her to be everywhere. So far, however, the company has not budged to make Siri available on the desktop. Perhaps it's just waiting for the proper hardware pieces to fall in place. If so, then maybe Intel's new partner could very well make those wishes finally come true. With Sensory's TrulyHandsfree speech recognition, any Intel current and future Intel system-on-chip could, in theory, have always-on speech recognition.

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Razer Core Thunderbolt 3 graphics enclosure goes into pre-order

Razer Core Thunderbolt 3 graphics enclosure goes into pre-order

At CES 2016 earlier this year, Razer put gaming desktops on notice, sort of. While the Stealth Blade ultrabook that it unveiled isn't exactly a gamer's laptop, considering the lack of a dedicated GPU, it had a trick up its sleeves. Or in this case, inside a box. It also announced the Razer Core which isn't just your regular external graphics card enclosure that is getting popular these days. It is also the world's first external graphics enclosure that uses a single Thunderbolt 3 connection to deliver power, graphically and literally, to a mobile computing package like the Blade Stealth.

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Intel’s new Skull Canyon NUC is targeting gamers

Intel’s new Skull Canyon NUC is targeting gamers

While it practically dominates the PC CPU market, Intel's graphics chips are considered passable at best, at least for an integrated graphics chip. NUC, or Next Unit of Computing, kits are mostly seen as reference devices and mini PCs than serious computing hardware. At GDC 2016, Intel is attempting to change that perception. Its most poweful NUC yet, Intel has unveiled the Skull Canyon NUC, model number NUC6i7KYK, as a competitive portable machine for both gaming and multimedia work, whether by itself or with a friend, like a Razer Core graphics enclosure.

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Wozniak talks FBI, Apple Watch in Reddit AMA

Wozniak talks FBI, Apple Watch in Reddit AMA

Steve Jobs, and now Tim Cook, might be the biggest personas in Apple, but Steve "Woz" Wozniak isn't that far behind. Co-founder and former Apple employee, Wozniak left the company twice in the 80s, not out of spite as some drama might paint, but in an attempt to live a "normal" life, as normal as forming startups can be. Although long out of the big tech picture, some have come to see Wozniak as some calmer voice close to Apple that, as shown in his Reddit AMA, isn't that shy from sharing what he thinks Apple might be doing wrong.

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