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Tencent adding five data centers to target cloud users outside China

Tencent Holdings has opened a data center in Silicon Valley on Tuesday, with four more planned outside China as part of its bid to grow its cloud business outside the country.

The proposed data centers in Frankfurt, Mumbai, Seoul and Moscow are targeted at Chinese companies looking to expand overseas and international companies expanding their businesses in China or other parts of the world, the Chinese internet giant said Tuesday. The centers are expected to go into operation this year.

Rival Alibaba has also set up data centers outside China to expand its cloud business outside the country.

The new investment aims to meet growing demand worldwide for the company's cloud services from online games and finance, video and other internet-related industries.

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TiVo Roamio OTA review: It feels like going back in time

If you want to ditch cable without losing the cable DVR experience?warts and all?the TiVo Roamio OTA is your answer.

TiVo?s $400 DVR for over-the-air channels has all the creature comforts of a cable box, from the traditional channel grid and button-packed remote control to the seemingly limitless recording options for TV shows and movies. And like TiVo?s own cable boxes, it comes with some powerful ad-skipping features.

But TiVo?s old-school approach to recording broadcasts from an antenna also brings some baggage. It?s easy to get lost in the Roamio OTA?s labyrinthine menus, or forget what button you?re supposed to press. And while TiVo tries to be a complete cord-cutting solution with both over-the-air and streaming video, its options for the latter can?t compete with dedicated streaming boxes like Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Nvidia Shield TV.

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Russian hackers use OAuth, fake Google apps to phish users

The Russian hacking group blamed for targeting U.S. and European elections has been breaking into email accounts, not only by tricking victims into giving up passwords, but by stealing access tokens too.

It's sneaky hack that's particularly worrisome, because it can circumvent Google's 2-step verification, according to security firm Trend Micro.

The group, known as Fancy Bear or Pawn Storm, has been carrying out the attack with itsfavored tactic of sending out phishing emails, Trend Micro said in a report Tuesday.

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Palantir to pay $1.7 million to settle racial hiring bias claim

Data analytics company Palantir will pay US$1.7 million in back pay and stock options to settle charges that it routinely discriminated against Asian job applicants. In addition, it must also hire eight people from among those it allegedly discriminated against.

The charges go back toSeptember last year, when theDepartment of Labor accused Palantir of rejecting Asian software engineers for jobs even though they were as qualified as white applicants. Palantir also maintained adiscriminatory employee referral system, the Labor Dept. alleged.

Tuesday's deal ends a threat to Palantir's government contracting business. Under federal law,companies that work for the government are obliged to ensure their hiring practices and policies are free of all forms of discrimination.

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Old Windows Server machines can still fend off hacks. Here's how

If you're running a Windows Server 2003 machine, you have a problem.Your already-vulnerable computer is now at severe risk of being hacked.

That's due to the internet release earlier this month of a batch of updates thatpaint a bulls-eyeon computers running Windows Server 2003, according to security researchers.

?I can teach my mom how to use some of these exploits,? said Jake Williams, founder of Rendition Infosec, a security provider. ?They are not very complicated at all.?

Experts are urging affected businesses to upgrade to the latest Windows OSes, which offer security patches that can address the threat.

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Huawei, Google supercharge Android with new Raspberry Pi-like board

Prepare to run Android at blazing fast speeds on a new Raspberry Pi-like computer developed by Huawei.

Huawei's HiKey 960 computer board is priced at US$239but has some of the latest CPU and GPU technologies. Google, ARM, Huawei, Archermind, and LeMaker all played roles in developing the board.

The HiKey 960 is meant to be a go-to PC for Android or a tool to develop software and drivers for the OS. The board development was backed by Linaro, an organization that develops software packages for the Android OS and ARM architecture.

Linaro CEO George Grey recently said it was sad that Android developers had to write code on x86 chips. He encouraged the organization's members to build a superfast computer so developers could build ARM software on ARM architecture. Intel has scaled back Android support on x86 PCsand isn't making smartphone chips.

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This is the closest thing Intel has built to a discrete GPU

Intel doesn't make its own discrete GPUbut has built something that specializes in processing 4K graphics. But that product isn't powerful enough to runCrysis, if you were wondering.

The chipmaker showed off its Intel Visual Compute Accelerator 2 at the NAB show in Las Vegas this week. It has the build of a GPUbut is designed for server applications and not for PCs.

The VCA 2 is aimed at cloud streaming 4K video, graphics, and virtual reality content. Servers with the graphics accelerator installed could be used to stream video or broadcast content.

The VCA 2 uses the 4K-capable Iris Pro Graphics P580 graphics chip and three Intel Xeon E3-1500 v5 processors. The P580 is also used in Intel's mini-PC called Skull Canyon, which is designed for gaming.

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Discounted CleanMyMac 3 with Gemini 2 Space Saving Bundle - Deal Alert

CleanMyMac 3 with Gemini 2 in tow is like a professional cleaning team for your Mac. The all-new CleanMyMac 3 will clean, optimize, and maintain your Mac. It scans every inch of your system, removes gigabytes of junk in just two clicks, and monitors the health of your Mac. Gemini 2 finds duplicate files and wipes them away. It's smart, laser accurate, and recovers tons of space on your Mac. Right now, when purchased together, the bundle will be discounted 10%. See this deal now on MacPaw(see under "Space Saving Bundle"). Alternatively, if you're looking to purchase just one, you can access CleanMyMac 3 here, and Gemini 2 right here.

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See Sedric drive: Volkswagen shows off first autonomous concept car

Earlier this year at CES, Toyota and Honda revealed their vision of an autonomous, connected, companion car, and now Volkswagen is entering the mix with Sedric.

Sedric is Volkswagen's first crack at a fully autonomous car, and as such, it doesn't have pedals or a steering wheel. Instead, the concept car is summoned by pressing a button and "driven" by a voice-controlled AI agent. Passengers pile into its spacious interior through two sliding glass doors and can enjoy a movie on the car's OLED windscreen.

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Word newsletter tutorial: Using page layout features for professional results

Word can make a professional-looking newsletter using the Page Layout features and other tricks. Here?s an example so you can try the tools:

Initial setup

1. Open a new document.

2. Go to Page Layout > Page Setup, click the Size button and choose Legal 8.5? x 14? from the drop-down list.

3. From the same location, click the Orientation button and select Landscape from the drop-down list.

4. Next, click the View tab and choose the One Page button so you can see the entire page.

5. From the same location, click the Columns button, and choose Two columns from the drop-down list. Since we?re planning to fold this page in half, this option actually gives us four pages.

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Microsoft cuts off 40 percent of Windows phones with Creators Update shift

Our review of the Creators Update for Windows 10 Mobile may have shown it to be a half-hearted update at best, but a substantial portion of Microsoft's base of installed phones won't even have a chance to experience it.

A report by AdDuplex, an ad network running on top of Windows devices, found that four of the top ten Windows phones won't be allowed to upgrade to Microsoft's latest feature update. That works out to about 40 percent of all Windows phones already in the hands of users.

AdDuplex

Only 6 out of the top 10 best-selling phones are eligible for the Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update, AdDuplex found.

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Google will try to combat fake news using search and user feedback

Google might not be as responsible for the spread of fake news as social media, but the search giant is still doing something about it: burying known sources of fake news, and letting users weigh in, too.

Google frequently tweaks the algorithms that return relevant search results, sometimes privately, and other times publicly. In this case, Google announced Tuesday that about 0.25 percent of all daily search results have been returning ?offensive or clearly misleading content,? and those results will be pushed lower in search results in favor of more authoritative results.

Google is also implementing Feedback links for users to report on the accuracy of autocomplete search queries and Featured Snippet text.

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Google tweaks Android Messages to make it easier to start a one-on-one conver...

Every time we see an update to Android Messages we get a little excited, hoping it will finally be the one that brings cross-device syncing to our phones, tablets, and computers. Sadly, the latest version doesn't add that feature, but it does bring a couple tweaks that should make it easier to use.

Most notably, the screen used to start a new conversation has been changed to eliminate some of the confusion. Previously, when you selected a contact to send a message to, it simply added the name to the ?To? line, as if it assumed you were adding more people. Then, you had to tap the tiny arrow to start typing. Now, picking a name will bring you straight to the conversation screen.

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Wilson's Heart review: Not a perfect virtual reality game, but certainly the ...

Wilson's Heart is the first can't-miss virtual reality game. That's my gut reaction.

Now, the reality of the situation is a bit more complicated. I've gotten plenty of use out of both my Oculus Rift and HTC Vive over the past year, experimenting with dozens if not hundreds of games and experiences. Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption impressed early on, Call of the Starseed took spectacle to a new level, and Arizona Sunshine was both lengthy enough and polished enough to feel like a "full game." To say nothing of Google Earth VR, Tilt Brush, Oculus Medium, and other non-gaming applications.

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Best Buy has knocked $50 off the Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Late last week, our colleagues at TechConnect highlighted an Amazon deal for$50 off the Ring Video Doorbell Pro. That deal quickly disappeared, but good news: It's resurfaced at Best Buy. The big box retailer is selling the Ring Video Doorbell Pro for $199this week instead of the usual $249.

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro does just what its name suggests. It's a smart home doorbell with a camera that allows you to see who's at the door. You can observe Ring's video from anywhere, as you view the feed through your smartphone.

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