WEEKLY Top Tech News_29 Sept 2016

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Vladimir Putin Says Goodbye to Microsoft Outlook, Clippy May Be Next

On Tuesday, Moscow announced that it would begin transitioning the email software on 6,000 of its government computers away from Microsoft and toward a state-run system.

Bloomberg reports that the pronouncement came from Artem Yermolaev, Moscow’s head of information technology, who added that the new software may soon find its way to 600,000 computers and servers. He also said that the city may get rid of Windows and Office. (source)

Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft come together to create historic Partnership on AI


The world’s largest technology companies hold the keys to some of the largest databases on our planet. Much like goods and coins before it, data is becoming an important currency for the modern world. The data’s value is rooted in its applications to artificial intelligence. Whichever company owns the data, effectively owns AI. Right now that means companies like Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet, IBM and Microsoft have a ton of power. (source)

Your Samsung washing machine is going to explode!

Samsung washing machines are breaking apart, according to a report published today by ABC News.

The report says multiple plaintiffs are stepping forward and suing Samsung in New Jersey federal court. According to the plaintiffs’ attorney, Jason Lichtman, a defective support rod is causing washer tubs to separate, potentially launching wires, nuts and other parts. (source)

Google Pixel XL Press Image Leaks, Shows Off Design And Confirms Redesigned Android 7.1 Nougat On Board

Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL event is taking place on Oct. 4, and information pertaining to both devices is flowing at a rapid rate. What appears to be an official press image of the 5.5-inch Pixel XL has been published by a reliable source.

Tech Times earlier reported that an image of the Google Pixel was posted online by Evan Blass, who has a solid track record of reporting smartphone news. Now, the same source has followed up and published what appears to be an official press image of the Pixel XL ahead of Google’s unveiling. (source)

What should Apple call next year’s iPhone? iPhone 8, or something else?

With next year’s iPhone expected to be a major redesign, you can put good money on it that it won’t be called the iPhone 7s. We’ve been tending to use iPhone 8 as a shorthand reference to the 2017 iPhone, and a sketchy report today suggested that some of Apple’s employees may be using the name in the same way, but that’s by no means the only possibility. (source)

WhatsApp says Indian court’s ruling ‘has no impact’ on its policy changes

Last week, the Facebook-owned company was ordered by the Delhi High Court to delete data of users who opt out of WhatsApp’s privacy policy changes before Sept. 25. WhatsApp was also asked to not use any data of users collected before Sept. 25.

But WhatsApp has told Mashable India that it is sharing information with Facebook as planned. The company said the Delhi High Court’s directive hasn’t impacted its planned changes in WhatsApp’s terms and privacy policy, which came into effect past Sunday. (source)

Skype’s latest iOS app update lets you make calls with Siri


Microsoft is fast taking advantage of a key new feature in Apple’s iOS 10 update. Today the company released a new version of Skype for iPhone and iPad, and deeper Siri integration is its biggest new addition. You can now ask Siri to place a Skype call to any of your contacts without launching the Skype app first. This is limited to the regular consumer version of Skype for now; Microsoft says it will be available in the company’s Skype for Business iOS apps in October. (source)




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