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Erm … don’t you mean ‘laptop’? Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 3 tablet today emphasizing, let me be clear, it’s only 9.1mm thick and 800 grams heavy. It also has a redesigned kickstand hinge that can hold almost any position up to a 150 degree angle. It also is bigger with a 12-inch screen and 2160 x 1440 resolution in a 3:2 aspect ratio. The new Surface Pro comes with a new stylus as well that is powered and connects by Bluetooth. MS also showed off a new type cover, too, with a redesigned trackpad and sturdier magnetic attachment. The new keyboard is $130. Five models of SurfacePro 3 range from $800 for one with a corei3, 64GB hard drive and 4 GB of RAM up to $1950 for a core i7 with 512GB hard drive and 8 GB of RAM. Pre-orders open on May 21, and retail availability begins on June 20 in the U.S. and to 26 additional markets by the end of August.
China h8s Windows 8: Reuters reports China’s Central Government Procurement Center issued a ban on installing Windows 8 on Chinese government computers, as part of a notice on the use of energy-saving products. The Xinhua news agency reported the ban was to ensure computer security after Microsoft ended support for Windows XP. Windows 7 is apparently still being installed according to Microsoft, which expressed surprise at the notice. Retaliation for pushing off XP? Retaliation for U.S. government accusations? Typo? Could be any of those.
No to Internet fast lanes? U.S. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler testified before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Tuesday. The FCC has used section 706 of the telecommunications act to justify its role in preserving the so-called ‘virtuous cycle’ between users searching for free-flowing information and companies investing in better networks. Wheeler told the committee, “If there is something that interferes with that virtuous cycle — which I believe paid prioritization does — then we can move against it.”
Google knows what you did last summer: CNET reports Google has introduced Google + Stories and Movies to the G+ social network. The feature automatically curates your photos and videos into so-called ’stories.’ The feature is especially designed for vacations to work as a travelogue. Users will find it on the desktop version of Google + under photos. The feature will come to the Android app later this week and iOS to follow soon.
Can I get a pizza with that update? Dan Rayburn at StreamingMedia.com reports Apple is negotiating paid interconnection deals with some of the largest ISPs in the U.S. in order to improve delivery of cloud-based services. Apple joins Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Pandora, eBay and other content owners who have created their own CDN-like delivery networks.
Snap that app: Skype announced an update to its Xbox One app finally enabling the Snap experience. Essentially, this means you can play a video game on part of the screen while conducting a Skype call at the same time on the rest of the screen. Previously, you could only Snap apps into Skype, now you can do the reverse and Snap Skype into other apps.
Math is hard: Remember all the way back to yesterday when reports circulated that Twitter was looking to buy music streaming site SoundCloud? According to The Verge, it appears the deal is dead, at least for now. The Wall Street Journal reports that Twitter was indeed interested in purchasing SoundCloud, but has backed out of talks because “the numbers didn’t add up.” SoundCloud had been negotiating with Twitter under a period of exclusivity, but now it sounds like the company is free to talk with anyone about a potential purchase.
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tekkyn00b submitted a Russia Today article that California is attempting to limit what the US NSA can do in its state. A bill in the state legislature would require the federal government to get a warrant if it wants cooperation form any California state officials in searching residents cellphone and computer records. The bill passed the California Senate on Monday with only one opposing vote. Similar bills have been introduced in 8 states.
metalfreak sent in the Help Net Security report that May is already a record month for trojans targeting Linux, according to researchers at antivirus maker Dr. Web. Different variants of three trojans seemed to have been created by one entity and mostly carry out denial of service attacks. Another sign of Linux’s rising popularity.
spsheridan sent in the CNET story that officials from 19 countries joined forces to stop 100 alleged hackers associated with malware known as BlackShades. Officials’ searched 359 houses and confiscated more than 1,100 data storage devices, along with cash, firearms and drugs. Blackshades is a Remote Access Tool giving attackers control over a target’s computer. the FBI unsealed an indictment on Monday against two men it’s claiming developed BlackShades — Swedish national Alex Yucel and US citizen Michael Hogue.
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Pick of the day: Arts & Letters Daily via Rich in Lovely Cleveland Today’s pick of the day comes Rich in Lovely Cleveland, (and it is also a long-time favorite of Producer Jennie’s) Rich says: “I had one pick of the day I wanted to share: Arts & Letters Daily. It’s a great place to go for really intriguing longform content, essays, book reviews and op-eds in general. I’ve long had an RSS feed for most of my more “literate” sources, but I enjoy the curation the site provides, while I don’t read every post they put up, in general I want to. The site could use a design overhaul, its barely better than a mediocre geocities site, but the content is excellent. I recommend for anyone that enjoys a good essay.
Wednesday’s guest: Josh Ong, US Editor at The Next Web