Biz & IT

Microsoft beat expectations with strong Windows revenue, but Xbox had a rough quarter

Enlarge / The 13.5-inch Microsoft Surface Laptop 3. Microsoft beat analyst expectations in its quarterly earnings report, achieving $33.06 billion in revenue in the start of its first 2020 fiscal quarter (which ended September 30) compared to a projected $32.23 billion. That’s a 14% increase over the same quarter the prior year. Much of the …

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White House kicks infosec team to curb in IT office shakeup

Enlarge / The White House is kicking its information security team to the curb. An internal White House memo published today by Axios reveals that recent changes to the information operations and security organizations there have left the security team in tumult, with many members headed for the door. And the chief of the White …

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Comcast’s “free” streaming box requires you to rent $13-per-month router

Enlarge / Comcast’s Flex streaming box and voice remote. Comcast last month announced that it was giving its Flex streaming device to Internet-only customers for free, but the announcement did not mention one important detail: the “free” device is only given to Comcast broadband customers who spend $13 a month to rent Comcast’s xFi Gateway …

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Robo-tank? Army picks contenders for robotic combat vehicle competition

Enlarge / Meet RoboTank, your future tank platoon mate. On October 18, the National Advanced Mobility Consortium—an organization of industry and academic researchers contracted by the US government to develop autonomous ground systems for the military—announced the selection of four companies to build prototype light robotic combat vehicles for the US Army. These are “non-developmental” …

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Verizon’s 5G network can’t cover an entire basketball arena, either

Enlarge / A Verizon booth at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles in September 2018. Verizon on Friday announced that its 5G network is now available in three NBA arenas and is coming to seven more by the end of the 2019-2020 basketball season. But there’s a big caveat, just like there is with …

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Yahoo is deleting all content ever posted to Yahoo Groups

Enlarge / The Yahoo Groups home page. Yahoo Groups is shutting down after more than 18 years, and the Verizon-owned company is deleting all content from the site in mid-December. “Yahoo has made the decision to no longer allow users to upload content to the Yahoo Groups site,” the company said in a notice to …

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