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MacBook vs. MacBook Pro: how to pick between Apple’s two $1,299 … – The Verge

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I badly need a new computer. The last time I bought one was in the summer of 2011, not long after the MacBook Air’s first (and only) redesign. It was perfect timing: my last MacBook, the white plastic kind, had wiring literally sticking out of it after taking a spill. And Apple had just dropped the Air’s price down to $1,299 — the same price I believe my original MacBook…

How Microsoft Has Become the Surprise Innovator in PCs – New York Times

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Yet perhaps because it’s way behind Apple, Microsoft’s hardware division is creating products more daring than much of what has been coming out of its rival lately. The hybrid Surface Pro — the inheritor of that first Surface’s vision, the latest version of which was released in May — hasn’t just become a moneymaker for the company. It was also the clear inspiration for the Apple iPad Pro, which supports…

Inside Cuba’s DIY Internet Revolution – WIRED

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Before my visit earlier this year, I’d never been to Cuba, though Cuba had certainly been to me. The Miami of my ’80s childhood was a suburban reboot of prerevo­lutionary Cuba, filled with people who still toasted El año próximo en La Habana (“next year in Havana”) at important occasions. Everything from family letters to fresh-off-the-raft waiters kept us apprised of the increasingly desperate conditions. In Miami, even the dogcatcher…

A people-owned internet exists. Here is what it looks like – The Guardian

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Like many Americans, I don’t have a choice about my internet service provider. I live in a subsidized housing development where there’s only one option, and it happens to be, by some accounts, the most hated company in the United States. Like its monstrous peers, my provider is celebrating that Congress has recently permitted it to spy on me. Although it pretends to support the overwhelming majority of the country’s…

Long Live Microsoft Paint! It Helped My Blind Grandpa Keep Making Art – Fast Company

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My grandfather was always an artist in one shape or form. Professionally, he was a graphic designer long before computers did most of the work for us. He used his hands, pencil, and paper to create illustrations, maps, and fonts. So it was a surprise to him, decades later, that a computer mouse would be his paintbrush, helping him, pixel by pixel, create the same intricate landscapes he had made…

Microsoft Is Hustling Us with “White Spaces” – WIRED

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Microsoft recently made a Very Serious Announcement about deploying unused television airwaves to solve the digital divide in America. News outlets ate it up: “To Close Digital Divide, Microsoft to Harness Unused Television Channels,” said the New York Times on July 10, in a headline that could have been written by the PR folks in Redmond. The Washington Post pegged both a really big number and a year on the…

MacBook vs. MacBook Pro: how to pick between Apple’s two $1299 laptops – The Verge

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I badly need a new computer. The last time I bought one was in the summer of 2011, not long after the MacBook Air’s first (and only) redesign. It was perfect timing: my last MacBook, the white plastic kind, had wiring literally sticking out of it after taking a spill. And Apple had just dropped the Air’s price down to $1,299 — the same price I believe my original MacBook…

The Daily 202: Senate Republicans still face narrow path to pass health-care bill after procedural victory – Washington Post

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Republican Sens. John Cornyn (Tex.) and John Barrasso (Wyo.) leave the Senate chamber after Vice President Pence breaks a 50-50 tie to formally open debate on Republican health-care legislation. (Oliver Contreras For The Washington Post) THE BIG IDEA: Mitch McConnell is like a quarterback who has just converted on fourth and long. The Senate majority leader kept the drive to repeal Obamacare alive, but he’s still trailing by a…

Trump Says Immigrant Gang Members ‘Slice and Dice’ Young, Beautiful Girls – Newsweek

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

President Donald Trump compared America to a nation under wartime occupation that needs to be liberated from illegal immigrants during a “Make America Great Again” rally in Ohio Tuesday night. Trump said illegal immigrant gang members are like “animals” and that they’re not using guns to kill people “because it’s too fast and it’s not painful enough.” He claimed gang members will “take a young, beautiful girl, 16, 15 and…

To America, It Looks Like Chaos. For Trump, It’s Just Tuesday. – Politico

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

It started Monday morning with Donald Trump calling his own attorney general “beleaguered.” It continued with an Air Force One flight to West Virginia and a rambling, partisan speech to thousands of hollering Boy Scouts. And it kept going with another manic jag of tweets on Tuesday, as the president took a second shaming swipe at Jeff Sessions, delegitimized the acting director of the FBI, urged senators to “step up…

Trump’s disdain for the rule of law – CNN

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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Listen to Rick Perry Get Pranked by the Jerky Boys of Russia – Gizmodo

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Rick Perry had a phone call with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman last week. Well, at least he thought it was the Prime Minister of Ukraine. It was actually two Russian pranksters known locally as the Jerky Boys of Russia. And Perry, as Secretary of Energy, wound up talking to them for a full 22 minutes. Rick Perry, it should be noted, is in charge…

MacBook vs. MacBook Pro: how to pick between Apple’s two $1,299 … – The Verge

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I badly need a new computer. The last time I bought one was in the summer of 2011, not long after the MacBook Air’s first (and only) redesign. It was perfect timing: my last MacBook, the white plastic kind, had wiring literally sticking out of it after taking a spill. And Apple had just dropped the Air’s price down to $1,299 — the same price I believe my original MacBook…

Microsoft is keeping its Paint program after an outpouring of fan support – The Denver Post

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Microsoft Paint isn’t going anywhere after all. After an outcry of longtime aspiring digital artists, Microsoft had a change of, umm, art, and said it would not discontinue the classic program. Instead, the company said an app version would be available in the Windows store. “MS Paint is not going away,” Calli Rose, Microsoft spokesperson said in an email. “In addition to the new 3D capabilities, many of the MS…

Videos of Syrian Life Pulled from Internet in Protest Effort – New York Times

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Photo In a 2015 photo, Charif Kiwan, Abounaddara’s spokesman, watches an earlier video from the group, “The Old Man and Jihad.” Credit Chang W. Lee/The New York Times Abounaddara, the Syrian video art collective that earned international acclaim for its documentation of Syrian life, has removed the vast majority of its videos from the internet, in response to what it said was their improper use by a Milan art museum….

Microsoft confirms it’s not killing off Paint after outpouring of support – CNBC

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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House panel wants Google, Facebook, AT&T CEOs to testify on internet rules – Reuters

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday asked chief executives from companies representing the two sides of the net neutrality debate, including Alphabet, Facebook, AT&T and Verizon, to testify at a Sept. 7 hearing. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is considering tossing out 2015 Obama administration net neutrality rules that reclassified internet service like a public utility. The current rules bar providers…

MacBook vs. MacBook Pro: how to pick between Apple’s two $1,299 … – The Verge

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I badly need a new computer. The last time I bought one was in the summer of 2011, not long after the MacBook Air’s first (and only) redesign. It was perfect timing: my last MacBook, the white plastic kind, had wiring literally sticking out of it after taking a spill. And Apple had just dropped the Air’s price down to $1,299 — the same price I believe my original MacBook…

Chrome plays nicely with your MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar – Engadget – Engadget

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

If you have one of the more recent MacBook Pro laptops with a Touch Bar, Google Chrome has long played second fiddle. Despite early hints of support, you’ve had to spend months surfing the old-fashioned way where Safari had the fancy (if sometimes gimmicky) context-specific commands. At last, Chrome is receiving equal treatment. Google has released Chrome 60, which officially introduces Touch Bar support. It’s a familiar experience with navigation…

What are the best MacBook Pro alternatives? – The Guardian

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

It used to be that if you wanted a premium, powerful but relatively small and light laptop, there weren’t many good options apart from Apple’s MacBook Pro. These days that certainly isn’t the case with loads of excellent options from the world of Windows 10 PCs. With Apple’s new 13in MacBook Pro not being everyone’s cup of tea, here are some of the best 13in alternatives, all with high-resolution screens,…