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Carla Fendi, Fashion Pioneer, Dies at 79 – New York Times

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Soon after the company moved to a site near the Spanish Steps in 1965, Fendi bags, furs and scarves became beloved by Hollywood, European royalty and the global glitterati. In the next decades, Carla, affectionately nicknamed the General (her official title was house president), became central to the march of the Fendi brand, particularly regarding its North American operations, and to cementing its position as a patron of Italian heritage…

Amazon Launching Try-Before-You-Buy Clothing Service – Hollywood Reporter

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

You’ll never have to leave your house again! Anyone who has ever shopped for clothes online knows that the worst part of the whole experience is discovering that — surprise! — whatever you ordered looks infinitely better on the model — that person whose entire profession is based on their natural knack for looking good in clothes — than it will ever look on you. Then comes the dreaded return…

Republican Karen Handel defeats Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District – Washington Post

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. — President Trump’s hopes of steadying his presidency and his agenda on Capitol Hill were given a lift Tuesday when a Republican won a special congressional election in the Atlanta suburbs. Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, retaining a seat that has been in GOP hands since 1979 after a grueling, four-month campaign that earned the distinction of being the most expensive…

Release of Castile slaying video shocks, angers many anew – Washington Post

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota police officer who pulled over Philando Castile politely told the black driver that his brake lights were out and calmly instructed him not to pull out his handgun before suddenly drawing his own weapon and firing seven rounds into the car, a video showed. The dashboard camera footage taken from St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez’s squad car illustrated how a simple traffic stop shifted in…

GOP Rift Over Medicaid and Opioids Imperils Senate Health Bill – New York Times

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The emerging Senate bill, like the one approved narrowly by the House in early May, would end Medicaid as an open-ended entitlement program and replace it with capped payments to states, Republicans said. But starting in 2025, payments to the states would grow more slowly than those envisioned in the House bill. Advertisement Continue reading the main story Republican senators from states that have been hit hard by the opioid…

Cindy’s winds pick up as the Gulf Coast — including New Orleans — braces for flooding – Miami Herald

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

National Hurricane Center forecasters warned people on the Gulf Coast to brace for heavy rain and dangerous flash floods as Tropical Storm Cindy came closer Tuesday night and its winds picked up. In their 11 p.m. advisory Tuesday, forecasters said the storm, located about 230 miles south of Morgan City, Louisiana, was packing sustained winds of 60 mph, up from 45 mph. The storm extended 275 miles as it moved…

Lenovo laptop concept flexes like a yoga mat – Engadget

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical. Although flexible screens are certainly a reality, concepts like this have a habit of either dying on the vine or translating to prototypes that aren’t as exciting as the 3D renders. Lenovo itself is clearly counting on “advanced materials” and “new screen technologies” to make this work, which signals that any possible real-world version is years away. Having said this, it’s important…

I need the right KnowHow to fix my son’s laptop – The Guardian

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Back in January 2016 I bought a HP laptop for my son from Curry’s/PC World for £440. Since then I have been paying £5.50 a month for its KnowHow service agreement. When, after six months, it stopped working I took it in for repair. It came back wiped of all his schoolwork – the repair docket stated the problem was caused by a corrupted operating system. Three months later the fault…

Microsoft Surface Laptop SHOCK – Ultimate Windows 10 PC impossible to repair, say experts – Express.co.uk

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Surface Laptop costs between £979 and £2,149. It launched last week alongside the Surface Pro and Surface Studio. The Surface Laptop is a lightweight notebook that is designed to compete with the MacBook Air. According to Microsoft, “this Surface perfectly blends fabric and function, power and portability, beauty and performance. “It does all of this without compromising on the things we know are important to higher education students: battery…

Microsoft’s latest experimental app adds voice dictation to Office – The Verge

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Microsoft is using Cortana’s speech recognition smarts to bring dictation to the company’s Office suite. The new app is simply named Dictate, and it’s the latest project to come from Microsoft Garage, which is the company’s experimental software outfit. Dictate is more of an add-on than app since you really need Office to even use it. But once you install it, you’ll be able to talk aloud in Word, Outlook,…

How Microsoft Is Stealing Apple’s Cool Factor – TIME

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

“If we’re going to be able to create magical experiences with software, then the hardware will be the thing that people buy to go experience that,” Microsoft corporate VP of devices Panos Panay told TIME during a recent interview. We were discussing his company’s decision to release its first true laptop after years of selling hybrid computers, namely the Surface Laptop, which began shipping on June 15. “And [when] those…

Microsoft, Baidu Pledge to Use AMD’s New Server Chips – Bloomberg

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Advanced Micro Devices Inc., trying to re-enter the lucrative server chip market, will get the help of Microsoft Corp. and Baidu Inc. who have committed to using its new Epyc product in their data centers. “This is just the beginning of the engagement. You’ll see much more from us,” said Chief Executive Officer Lisa Su. “AMD at its best was a very strong player in the data center.” Epyc, which…

Amazon is trying to chip away at brick-and-mortar clothing stores’ last big advantage – Washington Post

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

An image from an Amazon.com video about the company’s newest service, Prime Wardrobe. Clothing companies for years have struggled to curb costly online returns, as customers send back piles of ill-fitting jeans, too-tight dresses and shoes that don’t look quite as expected. Now Amazon.com is encouraging customers to try clothing — and return it — with abandon. The company’s newest feature, called Prime Wardrobe, allows Prime members to pick from more than 1 million…

Next for Amazon: more food companies or a clothing brand, analysts say – CNBC

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Don’t tell Apple: AirBar turns your MacBook Air into a touchscreen laptop – Mashable

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Spend enough time using a touchscreen — any touchscreen — and you’re sure to try using gestures on every screen you encounter, even ones without touch. I use a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 for work, an iPad Pro at home and the iPhone in my pocket. I live in a touch world, except when I use a Mac. Apple will never make a touchscreen Mac because, as they told me…

Shares of newspaper publisher McClatchy fall more than 7% amid broader media selloff – MarketWatch

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Shares of McClatchy Co. MNI, -6.92% were down more than 7% on Tuesday amid a broad selloff in media stocks. On Monday McClatchy, along with Tribune Media Co. TRCO, -0.88% …

I need the right KnowHow to fix my son’s laptop – The Guardian

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Back in January 2016 I bought a HP laptop for my son from Curry’s/PC World for £440. Since then I have been paying £5.50 a month for its KnowHow service agreement. When, after six months, it stopped working I took it in for repair. It came back wiped of all his schoolwork – the repair docket stated the problem was caused by a corrupted operating system. Three months later the fault…

Lenovo shows off an absurd laptop concept with a flexible screen – The Verge

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Lenovo has some wild ideas to share. At an event in New York today, the company showed off its idea of the future of personal computing with an image of a bendable laptop with a flexible display; a built-in keyboard; and even the signature ThinkPad pointing stick, or mouse nub — whatever you want to call it. With this concept, most of the interaction would happen over voice commands or…

Microsoft’s Dictate uses Cortana’s speech recognition to enable dictation in Office – TechCrunch

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dictate, a new project from Microsoft’s experimental R&D group, Microsoft Garage, is launching today to offer a way to type using your voice in Office programs including Outlook, Word and PowerPoint. Available as an add-in for Microsoft’s software, Dictate is powered by the same speech recognition technology that Cortana uses in order to convert your speech to text. This is also same speech recognition and A.I. used in Microsoft Cognitive Services, including…