Amazon's Echo and other smart speakers do much more than you realize

Harman Kardon’s Invoke is Microsoft’s first true Amazon Echo competitor. When Amazon first debuted its Alexa-powered Echo smart speaker in 2014, expectations for the device were relatively high. More than two years later, the Echo’s success has spurred a new war of the tech titans: Companies including Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Microsoft (MSFT), Samsung and a slew of their Chinese counterparts have either released their own smart speakers or will likely release them soon.

Read more:
Amazon's Echo and other smart speakers do much more than you realize

Pogue's Basics: How to create a search-and-replace macro in Word

Among its thousands of features, macros are power-user tools that could benefit a lot of people. You hit Record Macro, you do something — a search and replace, let’s say — and then you can play back that macro later. Actually, search and replace is a bad example — Microsoft Word cannot, in fact, record and play back a search/replace.

Continued here:
Pogue's Basics: How to create a search-and-replace macro in Word

Microsoft agrees to Windows 10 adjustments with Swiss data watchdog

Switzerland's data protection czar will not take Microsoft to court after the U.S. company agreed to adopt recommendations for improving data processing transparency for its Windows 10 operating system, the government agency said. The Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) said on Wednesday it had concluded an investigation into the operating system begun in 2015, which it said revealed data protection gaps under Swiss law. “The FDPIC investigations revealed that data processing in connection with Windows 10 did not conform in every respect with the data protection legislation,” the authority said in a statement.

See the original post here:
Microsoft agrees to Windows 10 adjustments with Swiss data watchdog

HMD Global launches first Nokia smartphone

HMD Global, the Finnish company that owns the rights to use Nokia's brand on mobile phones, announced on Sunday its first smartphone, targeted for Chinese users with a price of 1,699 yuan ($246). The launch marks the first new smartphone carrying the iconic handset name since 2014 when Nokia Oyj chose to sell its entire handset unit to Microsoft . The new device, Nokia 6, runs on Google's Android platform and is manufactured by Foxconn .

Continued here:
HMD Global launches first Nokia smartphone

Google formally rejects EU antitrust charges

Google on Thursday formally rejected European Union antitrust charges of unfairly promoting its shopping service and blocking rivals in online search advertising, paving the way for EU regulators to rule next year on these issues and potentially impose hefty fines. The U.S. technology giant's rebuttal in the shopping case came six years after the European Commission opened an investigation prompted by complaints from rivals such as Microsoft and a host of European and U.S. rivals. It also issued a separate charge sheet against its online search advertising product AdSense for Search at the same time.

See original here:
Google formally rejects EU antitrust charges

JPMorgan plants digital payment flag at Wal-Mart

By David Henry NEW YORK (Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co is putting its “Chase Pay” digital wallet on Wal-Mart's website and in the retailer's Walmart Pay app, hoping to give customers more ways to make purchases without cash, a bank executive said on Thursday. Kevin Watters, chief executive officer for cards at JPMorgan, said at a conference the bank is trying to make sure its Chase cards are an option for customers who want to make digital payments.

Read the rest here: 
JPMorgan plants digital payment flag at Wal-Mart

Tesla says SolarCity would add $1 billion to 2017 revenue

SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tesla Motors Inc said on Tuesday its $2.6 billion merger with SolarCity Corp would add over $500 million in cash to the electric carmaker's balance sheet over the next three years, while contributing over $1 billion to revenue in 2017. Shares of Tesla fell another 2 percent in after-hours trade after tumbling 4 percent in afternoon trade to close at $197.73. Similarly, shares of solar panel installer SolarCity fell another 3.5 percent after falling 2.7 percent during regular trading at $19.07.

Continued here: 
Tesla says SolarCity would add $1 billion to 2017 revenue

Microsoft says Russia-linked hackers exploiting Windows flaw

Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday that a hacking group previously linked to the Russian government and U.S. political hacks was behind recent cyber attacks that exploited a newly discovered Windows security flaw. Microsoft did not identify any victims. Microsoft's disclosure of the new attacks and the link to Russia came after Washington accused Moscow of launching an unprecedented hacking campaign aimed at disrupting and discrediting the upcoming U.S. election.

Original post: 
Microsoft says Russia-linked hackers exploiting Windows flaw

HP Inc beats estimates, weak printer demand weighs on forecast

By Aishwarya Venugopal (Reuters) – HP Inc , the hardware business of the former Hewlett-Packard Co, reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit as demand recovered for its notebooks. However, HP forecast current-quarter profit below analysts' estimates, reflecting weak sales of its printers as companies cut costs across industries. HP's shares fell nearly 6 percent in extended trading on Wednesday. Third-quarter revenue from the company's computer business rose 7.5 percent from the second quarter as sales of notebooks improved. …

View original here:
HP Inc beats estimates, weak printer demand weighs on forecast

Alphabet and Amazon wind up stellar quarter for big tech

Google parent Alphabet Inc and e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc capped a blockbuster June quarter for the five biggest U.S. tech companies as their dominance in key markets helped them defy the “law of large numbers”. Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp and Facebook Inc, as well as Alphabet and Amazon, all blew past Wall Street expectations for both profit and revenue.

View original here: 
Alphabet and Amazon wind up stellar quarter for big tech