WSJ Reviews Microsoft Surface Laptop's 'Good, Bad and Filthy'

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The Good, Bad, and Filthy

WSJ Personal Tech columnist Geoffrey A. Fowler did a video review of Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop, the one with the cloth. I’ve been wandering about that cloth, and was very curious what he might say. The short version is that he compares it to Apple’s years-old MacBook Air, is able to clean the above-mentioned cloth, but expresses doubt about what it will be like after a couple of year. He also questions why Microsoft bothered to make it, which is a question I’ve also had. The title gives you a good indication of where he’s at on the device: “Surface Laptop Review: The Good, Bad and Filthy.”

Here’s How Siri Could Become Your AI Cyber Nanny

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Apple buys dark data company Lattice Data

The internet has turned into the Wild, Wild West. People are exposed to threats daily, but help is often far away in time and space. But, like the old American Wild, Wild West times and technology change. It’s high time our leading tech companies like Apple and Microsoft put artificial intelligence to work truly protecting us. That’s the noblest cause for advanced technology right now.

A Glimpse Into Microsoft's Future

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Future User Interface.

Microsoft is a changed company under CEO Satya Nadella. We’re not the first ones to notice. This change has manifested itself in several ways, most notably the willingness to provide solutions on whatever platform the customer wants to work with. More exciting, however, is how people interact with their computers. This week, John points us an article that reveals Microsoft’s important new thinking about the human-machine interface.

Alexa, Siri, You're Not a Trusted Family Member

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Amazon Echo

The conceit of AI agents like Alexa, Cortana, Google Home and Siri is that they are to be always listening, invited to be treated as trusted family members. Or the loyal computer of our family’s starship. John Martellaro doesn’t like these analogies at all.

Tim Cook Is No Steve Ballmer

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Apple CEO Tim Cook

A piece at Seeking Alpha argues that Tim Cook needs to be replaced as CEO of Apple because he’s “identical to Steve Ballmer.” Bryan Chaffin was specifically asked what he thought, so here’s the short version: it’s balderdash—Tim Cook is no Steve Ballmer.

Microsoft Adds Cortana to the Voice Assistant Game with Invoke

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Invoke voice assistant appliance from Microsoft and Harmon Kardon uses Cortana

Amazon has Echo, Google has Home, Apple reportedly has its own voice controlled assistant in the works, and now Microsoft is getting in on the game, too. Microsoft’s device is called Invoke, and it uses the company’s Cortana voice interface coupled with Harman Kardon speakers.

Wow, Microsoft Surface Laptop is $999 of Sexy

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Microsoft Surface Laptop Bloomberg Screenshot

OK, this hurts a little, but I’m going to be try and be strong: the new Microsoft Surface Laptop is sexy. There, I said it. It’s $999 of sexy. It’s sleek. It’s light. It has 14 hours of battery life. But most of all, it’s pretty. I mean, it’s astounding, right? A Microsoft laptop, and it’s pretty. And the company’s Surface Arc Mouse is also pretty. Yeah, and sexy. And at $999 (mouse sold separately), Surface Laptop is even compelling. John Martellaro wrote a good piece looking at Surface Laptop from a technical standpoint, but I think the fact that’s it’s sexy as can be deserves highlighting. Under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft is becoming an all new company. And with this device, Microsoft has thrown the gauntlet down in a big way. And I’m hoping Apple comes back swinging in an even bigger way. Below is Mark Gurman’s hands-on look for Bloomberg that includes a nice look at the mouse.

Microsoft Launches a New Assault on Apple: Surface Laptop

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Microsoft Surface Laptop

On May 2nd, Microsoft presented its latest product in the Surface family, the Surface Laptop. This is a pure laptop, in the style of Apple’s MacBook line, and has a 13.5-inch display. Notable is the low weight, 2256 x 1504 display, fabric keyboard, four available colors, Windows 10 S and a claimed 14 hour battery life.