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Windows Update deferrals removed to “prevent confusion” for IT Pros

Windows Update deferrals removed to “prevent confusion” for IT Pros

Per Microsoft, deferrals will be removed from the Windows Update settings Advanced Options page starting with the update to Windows 10, version 2004. This update was made by Microsoft in light of changes made to update installation policies for Windows 10, as they began to only target devices running a "feature update version that is nearing end of service." They really, really want these devices updated as soon as possible.

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MIT SprayableTech turns any surface into a touchpad control

MIT SprayableTech turns any surface into a touchpad control

Researchers at MIT created a touch interface system they've called SprayableTech. This tech builds on the ideas of scientists and researchers like Mark Weiser of Palo Alto Research Center, Xerox, CA, USA, and his paper The Computer for the 21st Century, published in the year 1999. Back then, an idea was stirring. An idea that the world would one day have digital user interfaces so seamlessly integrated into our everyday lives, that buttons and controls and the rest of our physical environments would "indistinguishable from one another."

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COVID19 pushes investors to “stay at home” stocks like Netflix and Blizzard

COVID19 pushes investors to “stay at home” stocks like Netflix and Blizzard

The rising tide of novel coronavirus (COVID19) fear is generating an interesting effect on investor dollars. Where this week we've already seen major dips in oil prices* and the DOW Jones Industrial Average*, your average "stay at home" company seems to be fairing quite well. A note shared by investor company MKM Partners pointed toward companies such as Netflix, Facebook, Amazon, Peloton, Slack, and Zoom.

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Mobile World Congress 2020 cancelled: Coronavirus halts global tech conference [UPDATE]

Mobile World Congress 2020 cancelled: Coronavirus halts global tech conference [UPDATE]

After a wide array of cancellations of attendance from major companies for the worldwide tech conference, Mobile World Congress 2020 was cancelled outright. This was announced by the GSMA just says after a large announcement of enhanced measures made for the safety of all involved by companies still attending. "The GSMA knows that the Coronavirus has created disruption, in particular for exhibitors and attendees from around the world, including the 5-6,000 (5-6%) who have historically attended from China," wrote a GSMA representative. "Our sympathy goes to all those affected."

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Panasonic just made the world’s most powerful blue laser: Here’s why

Panasonic just made the world’s most powerful blue laser: Here’s why

In a demonstration in Osaka, Japan, Panasonic demonstrated the new world's highest brightness blue laser. They've done this with a couple of technologies/techniques, using wavelength beam combining (WBC) with a direct diode laser (DDL) to produce a single, highly powerful blue beam. With this technique perfected, beam quality remains the same while power increases as the number of laser sources grows. The laser power can be immense!

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IKEA FREKVENS limited-edition tech products revealed: Red, Yellow, Black

IKEA FREKVENS limited-edition tech products revealed: Red, Yellow, Black

Today the folks at IKEA revealed a limited-edition collection of products made in collaboration Teenage Engineering. Included in the mix of items is a speaker with subwoofer, a tripod, an LED spotlight, a bar stool, a serving set, a tote bag, a blanket - and a few other oddities. Just when you thought you'd never see a Cajon drum at IKEA, they make one available - neat!

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Sony 2×2 OCL: Why future cat photos are less blurry

Sony 2×2 OCL: Why future cat photos are less blurry

Sony's next camera sensor will improve your smartphone camera game in a big way. Compared to past tech, cameras will be twice as accurate when seeking focus. This system is enabled with the just-revealed Sony 2x2 On-Chip Lens Solution (OCL) for future mobile image sensors. If you're reading this article in the year 2019, bookmark it - when you get your first camera in the year 2020 or later and find yourself marveling over the lack of blurry photos, come back and read why that's happening, right here!

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Blizzard, NBA find China’s most powerful weapon is consumer potential

Blizzard, NBA find China’s most powerful weapon is consumer potential

Blizzard is one of several companies to fall into the trap that is state-run media in the nation of China in the year 2019. Blizzard hosts gaming tournaments in China - it's big business, and has the potential for big growth. China and Hong Kong are in the midst of political upheaval via a protest in Hong Kong that's been in play since June of 2019. Because China wants to stop the protest, they're pressuring all media (including Blizzard) to do away with any form of public protest on their network, lest they remove said media from China altogether.

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A 3D dashboard display could be the next big thing in car safety tech

A 3D dashboard display could be the next big thing in car safety tech

A 3D dashboard display that doesn't demand special glasses could make your next car a lot safer and more intuitive to drive, big-name automotive supplier Bosch is promising. The company has been showing off its new digital display technology for cars, which can use controllable depth of field to better communicate things like the distance to nearby vehicles and when the road situation might be getting dangerous.

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Good news: The best smartphone already exists

Good news: The best smartphone already exists

The best smartphone in the world was released in the last few years. It's already out there, and it's already relatively inexpensive. It's getting less expensive every day. I'm not going to tell you which model I'm thinking of, because the exact model is not as important as the idea: Smartphone tech innovation hit a brick wall and there's no good reason for you to buy a new device.

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US Commerce eases Huawei trade restrictions with mixed messages

US Commerce eases Huawei trade restrictions with mixed messages

Huawei's newest fate inside US borders was mentioned in a set of remarks delivered this week by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross. This set of remarks was made at the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Annual Conference on Export Controls and Security, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. In these remarks, it's made clear that Huawei's spot on the Entity List will remain written due to national security - but the reality of the situation is much simpler, it would seem. It's about that cash - that income.

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Female voice assistants are sexist argues new UN report

Female voice assistants are sexist argues new UN report

Obsequious, coy, and above all female virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri, and the Google Assistant are a widespread example of sexism, a new UN report argues, blasting gender bias coded into tech products. The use of default female voices for digital assistants, and their programmed reactions to insults and inappropriate requests, could be contributing to a growing gender gap, it's suggested.

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