Apple's iPhone unit sales take a surprising fall

From CNET: Apple on Tuesday reported a slight drop in quarterly iPhone unit sales to 50.8 million units, from 51.2 million units a year earlier. Analysts, on average, had expected it to sell 52.2 million in the fiscal second quarter that ended April 1.

Even though Apple sold fewer iPhones, it made more money because of demand for its pricier iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone's average selling price was $655 in the quarter, up from $642 a year ago.

Facebook's text understanding AI is coming to a phone near you

From PC World: Developers have a new tool to help mobile apps understand text, thanks to a Facebook open source project update on Tuesday. The social networking company’s AI research group released a new version of FastText, a programming library that’s designed to make it easier for developers to deploy text-focused machine learning systems.

Microsoft to cut update ties between Edge and Windows 10

From InfoWorld: Microsoft will sever the update ties between Windows 10 and its default browser, Edge, to give company developers a way to refresh the browser more often than twice a year, according to an online report.

"Users will finally be able to get updates to the Edge browser via the Windows Store, which will allow Microsoft to add new features more frequently," wrote Rich Woods of Neowin Monday, citing unnamed sources within Microsoft.

Google's surging Chromebooks will test Microsoft's new Windows 10 S PCs

From PC World: Microsoft for years has been trying to tackle the growing threat of Google’s Chrome OS, which is siphoning PC market share away from Windows.

The company’s new Windows 10 S operating system, announced on Tuesday, will be Microsoft’s latest attempt to tackle Google’s surging Chrome OS. The OS is targeted at the education market, which in the U.S. is dominated by Chromebooks.

IBM warns of malware it shipped on flash drives

From CNET: IBM is urging customers to destroy flash drives it shipped to storage system customers because they contain malware.

The company warned in an advisory Tuesday that an unspecified number of USB flash drives shipped with the initialization tool for Storwize systems contain malicious code. IBM instructed customers who received the V3500, V3700 and V5000 Gen 1 systems to destroy the drive to prevent the code from replicating.

AMD shares 2017 release timing for Ryzen 3, mobile chips and Vega GPUs

From PC World: AMD’s Ryzen chips are off to a strong start in desktops, and more chips are coming in the second half of this year.

New chips for desktops, called Ryzen 3, will come in the earlier part of the second half, while Ryzen mobile chips—code-named Raven Ridge—will come out around the end-of-year holiday season.

AMD CEO Lisa Su shared the release schedule during a first-quarter earnings call on Monday. She also said top PC makers will launch desktops with the already shipping Ryzen 5 and 7 chips later this quarter.

Vulnerability hits Intel enterprise PCs going back 10 years

From InfoWorld: Intel is reporting a firmware vulnerability that could let attackers take over remote management functions on computers built over nearly the past decade.

The vulnerability, disclosed on Monday, affects features in Intel firmware that are designed for enterprise IT management.

Enterprises using Intel Active Management Technology, Intel Small Business Technology and Intel Standard Manageability on their systems should patch them as soon as possible, the company says.

T-Mobile wants to build the first nationwide 5G network

From CNET: T-Mobile wants to take the lead in 5G -- even if it's not the kind of 5G that you're expecting to get.

The nation's third-largest carrier on Tuesday unveiled plans to build out its next-generation wireless network using the radio airwaves it purchased in the recent government auction. The focus for its 5G network isn't necessarily speed, but instead broader coverage across the country.

Google's Chrome will soon start warning you more about HTTP pages

From PC World: A Google effort to push websites to implement encryption is expanding. Starting in October, the company will roll out new warnings to flag HTTP connections as insecure in its Chrome browser.

For users, it means Chrome will display the words “not secure” in the browser’s address bar whenever they type any data into web pages that connect over HTTP.

Google offers voice and language SDK for Google Assistant

From InfoWorld: Google is now offering a software development kit for its Google Assistant platform so that developers can build hardware prototypes that use the technology.

The SDK enables developers to create devices that allow users to talk to them and get questions answered. Still in a preview form, the kit includes a gRPC API, a Python open source client to handle authentication and access to the API, samples, and documentation. There are gRPC API and bindings for languages like Java, Python, C#, Node.js, and Ruby.


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