Microsoft releases tools to let devs start building for its upcoming dual-screen devices

Source: Microsoft releases tools to let devs start building for its upcoming dual-screen devices   As we learned back in October, Microsoft has been cracking away at not one, but two dual screen devices: Surface Duo, and Surface Neo. Surface Duo will run Android, while the Surface Neo will run on a special fork of Windows 10 dubbed “Windows 10 X”. This morning the company is pulling back the curtain a bit, debuting its first batch of dual-screen developer tools and shedding some light on how apps can utilize that second screen. While a developer kit for the Android-powered Duo ...

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Browsers are interesting again

Browsers are interesting again

Source: Browsers are interesting again A few years ago, covering browsers got boring. Chrome had clearly won the desktop, the great JavaScript speed wars were over and Mozilla seemed more interested in building a mobile operating system than its browser. Microsoft tried its best to rescue Internet Explorer/Edge from being the punchline of nerdy jokes, but its efforts essentially failed. Meanwhile, Opera had shuttered the development of its own rendering engine and redesigned its browser with less functionality, alienating many of its biggest fans. On mobile, plenty of niche players tried to break the Chrome/Safari duopoly, but while they did ...

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2019 was a hot mess for cybersecurity, but 2020 shows promise

Source: 2019 was a hot mess for cybersecurity, but 2020 shows promise It’s no secret that I hate predictions — not least because the security field changes rapidly, making it difficult to know what’s next. But given what we know about the past year, we can make some best-guesses at what’s to come. Ransomware will get worse, and local governments will feel the heat File-encrypting malware that demands money for the decryption key, known as ransomware, has plagued local and state governments in the past year. There have been a near-constant stream of attacks in the past year — Pensacola, ...

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In the shadow of Amazon and Microsoft, Seattle startups are having a moment

Source: In the shadow of Amazon and Microsoft, Seattle startups are having a moment Venture capital investment exploded across a number of geographies in 2019 despite the constant threat of an economic downturn. San Francisco, of course, remains the startup epicenter of the world, shutting out all other geographies when it comes to capital invested. Still, other regions continue to grow, raking in more capital this year than ever. In Utah, a new hotbed for startups, companies like Weave, Divvy and MX Technology raised a collective $370 million from private market investors. In the Northeast, New York City experienced record-breaking ...

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A bug in Microsoft’s login system put users at risk of account hijacks

A bug in Microsoft’s login system put users at risk of account hijacks

Source: A bug in Microsoft’s login system put users at risk of account hijacks Microsoft has fixed a vulnerability in its login system, which security researchers say could have been used to trick unsuspecting victims into giving over complete access to their online accounts. The bug allowed attackers to quietly steal account tokens, which websites and apps use to grant users access to their accounts without having them to constantly re-enter their passwords. These tokens are created by an app or a website in place of a username and password after a user logs in. That keeps the user persistently ...

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