Microsoft is putting OneDrive ads in Windows 10’s File Explorer

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Microsoft made a lot of changes in Windows 10 that helped it put the mistakes of Windows 8 in the rear view mirror. Not all of Microsoft’s ideas are good, though. The company has shown a tendency to get a little too casual with how it promotes its services within Windows. Users have reported seeing ads to sign up for OneDrive,  — Microsoft’s cloud storage service — at the top of the Quick Access screen that comes up when you open a new File Explorer window. Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage…

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WikiLeaks announces tech firm cooperation

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The anti-secrecy platform WikiLeaks has said it would work with tech firms to fix security flaws before publishing them. Customers’ trust in firms like Google and Apple has already been eroded by the Snowden leaks. Google, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and other major tech companies have been faced with new dilemmas by the latest WikiLeaks release. The “Vault 7” dump of CIA files has exposed a number of security breaches in their software, which US intelligence has exploited and kept secret so that it can continue to hack into smartphones, computers,…

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Facebook Messenger now offers a more dynamic persistent menu for bot developers

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Facebook has released a Messenger platform update giving bot developers greater flexibility and control over how they want the app experience to be for users. Included in version 1.4 is a redesigned persistent menu that supports multiple nested items and allows better workflows and experiences, thanks to its integration with webviews. Developers can access this capability today, but it will become visible to users over the next two weeks. In addition, Facebook has also launched new ways to share content within Messenger, updated its customer matching feature for businesses, and…

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Microsoft steps up media campaign urging girls to pursue STEM careers

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For the next phase of its “Make What’s Next” campaign, which encourages girls to enter tech and science fields, Microsoft is launching a spot that shows girls the steps they have to take to make their STEM goals a reality. The campaign was introduced last year and highlighted today with a video of young girls talking about they would do change the world. The girls who appear to be tweens and teens are resolute and confidant about the challenges they want to tackle: climate change, making sure there’s enough water…

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Microsoft adds Mixed Reality demo to Windows 10

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Microsoft previously let us know that a range of its OEM partners with familiar names from the PC world would be building headsets that offer mixed reality experiences on Windows 10 hardware. The tech giant launched its Windows 10 Insider Build 15048, which allows users to access the Windows Mixed Reality Portal. Developer Mode must be enabled in order to access the portal. Once opened, the program will compare your hardware with the required system specifications for Windows Mixed Reality. Users can choose to set up a development kit headset or…

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5 best Tech websites to follow in 2017

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Technology is evolving fast. Every day, we hear about some new technology that will change the world and the way we learn in it. It’s as well hard to remember a world without blogs. Tech websites have been discussing technology news in detail online for years, and these blogs and websites are where much of the online conversation is centered. Because of the ease of editing and updating blogs quickly as news happens, many of these blogs and websites are able to break news that traditional media organizations haven’t covered…

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Google unveils ‘Meet,’ a Hangouts app for businesses

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Google recently killed its Hangouts API and said that consumer apps that use it won’t work after April 25th. However, the tech giant has quietly unveiled Meet by Google Hangouts app for businesses, a big part of its strategy to shuffle the Hangouts app towards businesses and away from consumers. The search giant said last year that it wouldn’t abandon Hangouts, but it’s not clear if it’ll allow consumers to keep using it or push them over to Duo. The new app supports HD video meetings with up to 30…

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Silicon Valley investors offer $10M to boost diversity in tech

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At a time when Silicon Valley is on the receiving end of criticism for lack of diversity in tech, one coalition of investors is putting its money where its mouth is. Learn Capital, Obvious Ventures, Acumen and Kapor Capital are investing $10 million in an engineer training program that aims to bring more diversity to the tech industry. The $10 million investment comes amid a larger debate in the tech industry about some of the top tech companie.Learners Guild has removed many of the traditional barriers to acquiring the skills…

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Microsoft will soon block the installing of desktop apps on windows 10

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Microsoft is currently testing a new functionality in Windows 10 that prevents you from installing any desktop apps – unless they come from the official store. The latest Windows Insider preview build of Windows 10 includes options to only allow apps from the Windows Store, but the feature appears to be set as allowing apps from anywhere to install by default. It could be a useful feature to enable on a family PC to prevent rogue desktop apps from being installed. MSPoweruser reports the feature will notify users with a warning…

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YouTube launches its own streaming TV service

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YouTube is finally drawing back the curtain on its latest play for entertainment industry domination, a live  Youtube TV service. The offering will mix live-streams of broadcast and cable television programming with the wealth of online video found on YouTube. It’s the latest in a surge of over-the-top (OTT) services trying to woo consumers who never bought into traditional cable television. Distinct from YouTube Red, the new service, YouTube TV, which has been in the works for years at Google’s internet video behemoth, has quietly been inking contracts with media…

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