I’m a long time MacBook user and tried Microsoft’s new Surface Book 2 for a week

Edoardo Maggio, provided by Published 3:14 am, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Edoardo Maggio/Business Insider I have used a MacBook Pro as my main computing machine for the past five years, and switched to Microsoft's new Surface Book 2 for a week to see how the transition was. The hardware is fantastic — but you need some time to adjust and appreciate it. The complexity is tied to Windows 10, which is a more flexible and intricate operating system than macOS. To fully appreciate the Surface Book and Windows 10, Microsoft indirectly asks you to switch to its suite of software and services, and my strong ties with Google's ecosystem made that nearly impossible. LATEST BUSINESS VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing Sergio Garcia shows off his new Callaway gear Golf FOX Business Report - 1/22 Fox7 It’s National Compliment Day. This study shows the power of a compliment Fox5DC Long Lines Wrap Around Block For Checkout-Free Shopping at Amazon Go Buzz 60 Inside Amazon's Smart, Cashier-Less Store Associated Press Two Digital Assistants Give Each Other Psychotherapy Jukin Media How to Make the Perfect GIF Cheddar TV Amazon To Open First Checkout-Free Grocery Store Monday Buzz 60 Microsoft Introduces Affordable Laptops for Education Wibbitz Amazon To Open First Checkout-Free Grocery Store Monday Veuer More recently, I have also become a big fan of what Microsoft has been doing with its hardware, and when I got the chance to try out one of its new Surface Book 2 devices, I jumped on the opportunity. I have used a family Surface Pro 4 extensively, and even got to spend some time with the most recent model, simply called Surface Pro, which I adored, so I had had my fair share of experience with Windows 10 (in addition to years of using Windows XP, 7, and 8). With the Surface Book 2, however, I decided to take a different approach: I fully switched for a week, and used it as my primary laptop, as if I had purchased it Continue Reading

Former Gilbert teachers open GenuWine Arizona wine bar on Roosevelt Row in Phoenix

Emily Rieve and Lindsey Schoenemann always worked well together. The two former Gilbert educators, both 31, collaborated for years while teaching seventh grade. They said they both loved being innovative and implementing new technologies in their lessons. And they knew one day they would do something together.Now, they've found it — in a new wine bar in downtown Phoenix. GenuWine Arizona opened Jan. 5 on Roosevelt Row, at First Avenue and Roosevelt Street. The bar features mostly Arizona wines with a self-serve wine machine, bottles to go, craft beers on tap and cheese boards.  RELATED: Wine bar, restaurant, shop to open in historic Roosevelt Row building The idea originated about 18 months ago. Rieve and her husband visited a castle while on a trip to France. She loved that the wine during the tasting was dispensed from self-serve machines, and told Schoenemann about it when she got home. "We wanted to collaborate and work on a project outside of teaching," Rieve said. "We kind of stumbled on the idea, and talked about it, and realized it was the perfect fit."The first-time business owners started doing research, sought advice from friends, wrote out a business plan and searched for a location. The entire project is financed by the two women and a business loan.Rieve and Schoenemann looked for a while for a place in downtown Phoenix, but couldn't find what they wanted. When they reached out to a broker to look at east Valley properties, he mentioned there was the space available on the ground floor at the new Union @ Roosevelt apartment complex. "We knew we wanted to be in downtown Phoenix and on Roosevelt Row," Rieve said. "It has a community feel and there's so much new development happening."Over the summer, they started visiting a lot of the Arizona wineries in Sonoita, Willcox and the Verde Valley. "We met with the winemakers, and saw their Continue Reading

Apple’s iOS 8 available Wednesday; new operating system includes updated keyboard, camera

You don't need to order an iPhone 6 to feel like you've gotten a brand new gadget. Apple's much-anticipated operating system update, iOS 8, will be available for download Wednesday. First announced in June, the software upgrade will overhaul the function and feel of many Apple devices. You'll be able to install the update on the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, or 5S; the iPad 2, the iPad Air, the iPad mini and both retina-display iPads; and the iPod touch 5th generation. The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus come preloaded with iOS 8. The new devices begin shipping Friday, and some of them have already started making the trek from China, MacRumors reports. Left out in the system reboot: the iPhone 4, the original iPad and any older model of iPod Touch. Here's what is new in the upgrade: MORE PHOTO EDITING TOOLS With iOS 8, photographers will be able to straighten photos and adjust the exposure, color and contrast of their images. Apple is also adding a slew of new Instagram-like filters to its camera application. A SMARTER DEFAULT KEYBOARD — AND MORE ADD-ON OPTIONS Apple thinks it understands the way you text: iOS 8's keyboard will feature predictive typing, suggesting words and phrases based on your past conversations. It will take your recipient and your message form into account — the smart keyboard will give you different words for an email to your boss than it would for a text to your best friend. And if you don't like the mind-reading keyboard, you're not stuck with it. Apple's opened up its keyboard to third-party developers, meaning you'll be able to download hundreds of new options. There's already a keyboard where a user can swipe instead of tap and one made entirely out of GIFs, Gizmodo reports. MESSAGING THAT GOES BEYOND TEXT The new operating system will allow users to send messages that include sounds recorded on the phone's microphone or your location. THE ABILITY TO DUCK OUT OF Continue Reading

Leave your credit card at home: new mobile app Dash speeds payments at bars and restaurants

Dash in and out of a bar with this new app. Dash, a new, free iOS app launched earlier this week in ten Manhattan restaurants and bars, lets you open a tab, split the bill, pay it and leave a tip, all with your iPhone. "Dash is the solution to lost credit cards," Jeff McGregor, 25, the DUMBO-based company's CEO and founder told the Daily News. Ten Manhattan venues, including Agave in the West Village, Clinton St. Baking Company and The Royal in Union Square, have already gone live with the app and 40 more have signed on. Next up are venues in the boroughs and in five other markets. Consider this your painless way to pay: You check into a Dash-affiliated venue by pressing a button on the app. When you're ready, you tell the server or bartender "Pay with Dash." Take a look at your itemized bill, set the tip, and press "Pay." Dash takes care of the bill with your credit card info that's stored in the app. You're done, except for the hangover. Rival apps such as Tabbedout and MyCheck provide a comparable service. But McGregor, who co-founded the company with Gennady Spirin and has raised $700,000 so far, said Dash will look to stand out with a smoother payment process. Whereas with other apps patrons have to present a code to their server before they order, you just give your name with Dash. "We're far easier for both the patron and the server," McGregor said. Dash's success will hinge on convincing more venues to sign on. Restaurants and bars will pay a fee ranging from $49 to $149, after more than 25 of their customers use Dash in a given month. [email protected] Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

New ‘highly effective’ scam targets Gmail users

If you are one of the millions of Gmail users who regularly send and receive emails, you may want to think twice before you click on any attachments.A new “highly effective” phishing scheme scoops up passwords and other information by tricking users to type it in themselves after clicking on a fake attachment, according to WordFence, a cyber-defense firm in Delaware.The attacker will send an email – sometimes from someone you might know who has been hacked by the same technique – that includes something that “looks like an image of an attachment you recognize from the sender,” WordFence wrote in a blog post.When you click on the “attachment” the scam will open a new tab that appears to look like the Gmail sign-in page.If you type in your username and password on that fake page, your account is instantly compromised and attackers can have access to emails and potentially any other Google-related account with the same log-in credentials, like YouTube or Google Drive, according to the firm. PHISHING: Netflix users beware: latest scam asks for personal info TECH: Vine, the popular video app, shutting down HACK: Attackers accessed data of Quest Diagnostics customers Hackers will also send out emails from your account to those in your contact list, spreading the phishing scheme further, WordFence said. The scam has had a “high success rate” recently, according to WordFence, which warns that the same technique could be used to steal credentials from other platforms in the future.For those who really want to keep an eye out, one way to catch the scam is by looking at the URL of the phony sign-in page. Instead of the typical “https://” that starts off an address, the fake page starts off with “data:text/html,’ followed by https://accounts.google.com.WordFence also suggests making sure to look for the small lock icon in the left corner of the Continue Reading

‘Wranglers’ keep tabs on speedy great white sharks

A nonprofit team's real-time satellite tracking of two great white sharks tagged this past September is opening up the mysterious travels of these dreaded and often-demonized killers.Researchers at OCEARCH, which captured, tagged and released the sharks aboard their 126-foot former Bering Sea crabber have found that the sharks swim south much faster than once thought. STORY: Shark attacks reach 12-year-high STORY: Shark attack more fiction than factOne shark, Mary Lee, popped up 200 yards off Jacksonville Beach, Fla., early this year, prompting the researchers to alert local authorities. But their tracking is not intended for shark warnings.Instead, they hope to reveal where these ferocious killers go and why, while raising awareness of the great white's plight — and that of other sharks worldwide."Up to 200,000 sharks will be finned today for a bowl of soup," said Chris Fischer, OCEARCH founding chairman and expedition leader.OCEARCH's Global Shark Tracker project has a website where people can follow about three dozen tagged sharks.Mary Lee and Genie — the other great white tagged off Cape Cod in September — have gained thousands of online fans. They can watch the sharks on their serpentine journeys throughout the coastal Atlantic Ocean, sometimes seemingly a bit too close to the beach for comfort.To catch the sharks, the researchers use large, barbless circle hooks, made of a special alloy. The hooks must degrade quickly in salt water.The ship's hydraulic lift hoists the sharks onto a wooden platform, where researchers gather samples and tag the sharks."Any time you're handling a 4,000-pound great white shark on big ships, you've got to be careful," said Fischer, whose research efforts are chronicled on the History Channel series Shark Wranglers.They implant Smart Position and Temperature tags on the sharks' dorsal fin. The tags can record temperature, salinity and depth.The tag's battery gets triggered when the shark surfaces, sending a Continue Reading

Pavano can open new era

Read Mark Feinsand's Blogging the BombersRead fan blog Subway SquawkersFORT MYERS, Fla. - Carl Pavano passed his final test of the spring yesterday, paving the way for the naming of perhaps the most unlikely Opening Day starter in Yankee history. Pavano made his last start of the spring, limiting the Twins to two runs on six hits over six innings. He walked one, hit a batter and did not record a strikeout, but he induced four double-play balls, escaping some tenuous situations in the process. "I came out feeling good and thought I got better as the game went on as far as consistency," said Pavano, who threw 82 pitches. "I got a lot of ground balls against a pretty good hitting lineup." The past two seasons have been disastrous for Pavano, 31, who is entering the third year of his four-year, $39.95 million contract. He hasn't pitched in a game since June 27, 2005, missing the past season and a half with a myriad of injuries and off-the-field mishaps. He spent the entire winter working out, doing everything he could to make sure he was ready. Now, with the start the 2007 campaign just five days away, Pavano is getting another chance to show the Yankees why they signed him. "I was hoping this would fall into place," Pavano said. "That was my goal, that was why I spent so much time in the offseason trying to improve myself, physically. I don't have all the answers for the future, but I was hoping that this would one day come to fruition. It looks like it is."Pavano has allowed 10 earned runs in 18-1/3 innings this spring, posting a 4.91 ERA in six outings. Joe Torre has especially liked what he has seen in his last two outings, enabling him to put the overall numbers aside."His body language is really good; not only for me to see, but for (pitching coach Ron) Guidry and his teammates," Torre said. "He's worked hard this spring and now it's starting to pay dividends."Pavano's primary weapon has been his fastball, which has shown a lot of life over his past Continue Reading

Gonzalez: Feds failed to keep tabs on $3B in aid doled out to charter schools

The federal government shelled out $3.3 billion over the past 20 years to launch new charter schools nationwide, yet failed to monitor how that money was used, a new report has found. Federal spending to launch charter schools zoomed from a mere $4.5 million in 1995 to more than $253 million today, according to the Center for Media and Democracy, a liberal watchdog group — with President Obama now asking Congress for a whopping increase to $375 million for next year. And that’s on top of billions of dollars state governments spend for charter school operations. Yet the new report concludes there is “no systematic public accounting for how the federal budget allocated to charters is actually being spent,” and “major gaps in the law allowing waste and fraud.” The U.S. Department of Education doesn’t even bother to keep a public record of which charter schools get money from more than a half-dozen federal programs, said Lisa Graves, director of the Center for Media and Democracy. Her organization had to review thousands of pages of documents obtained through Freedom of Information Law requests before it could coming up with an initial tally of federal charter school spending. This happens even as cases of fraud, waste or mismanagement by charter school operators pop up all over the country. The Department of Education’s own inspector general has warned about the lack of accountability. This lack of oversight is a recipe for disaster for too many American school children and for taxpayers. In a 2012 audit, the inspector general found federal officials “did not effectively oversee and monitor (state governments) and did not have an adequate process to ensure (they) effectively oversaw and monitored their subgrantees.” The audit found, for example, that Florida “could not provide a reliable universe of charter schools . . . that received onsite monitoring, desk audits or Continue Reading

Apple releases new OS X for Mac computers, dubbed El Capitan

Say goodbye to Yosemite and get ready to welcome El Capitan. Apple announced a new operating systems update for its Mac computers Monday at the Worldwide Developers Conference. El Capitan will introduce a set of new features such as mouse gestures, Safari shortcuts and a split screen feature. The Safari updates will allow users to search for unknown playing music in opened tabs and mute it. They will also be able to pin most visited websites on the browser's task bar. The Mac's search engine Spotlight will also receive a few upgrades. It will now search for sports scores and updates, and users will be able to use their own language to search for things. So if they search for, "mail I've ignored from Phil," Spotlight will bring up all unopened emails from Phil. Along with the Safari and Spotlight updates, El Capitan will be making multitasking on the Mac easier. Apple introduced a new split screen feature — similar to the one Windows computers already have. Users can drag windows to the side of the display and split the screen in two. El Capitan promises to perform faster than Yosemite with a 1.4X acceleration in app launching. It will also be twice as fast in receiving email and four times faster in previewing PDF files. El Capitan will also have Metal for Mac, which is a program that enhances graphics, improves gaming performance and speeds up rendering efficiency by 40%. El Capitan will be available for developers starting Monday and the public beta will open in July. The full release will be available in the fall. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Iconic New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park getting $3 million facelift – FOR FREE

A rusting World’s Fair icon in Queens is getting a $3 million paint job   -  for free, the Daily News has learned. Bridge and steel painters will donate their time in a bid to turn back the clock on the New York State Pavilion, which was built more than 50 years ago for the 1964-65 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Parks Department officials said the paint job will “restore the original luster and beauty” of the pavilion while “protecting its bones.” It is the first such work to be done on the building since it was constructed. Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver is expected to make the announcement on Wednesday morning outside the pavilion with the New York Structural Steel Painting Contractors Association and union officials. The donated work will be done through a training program for apprentice painters, officials said. “We have been looking for a project to do for free,” said Kieran Ahern,  president of the association whose own Woodside-based company has extensive experience painting bridges and overhead subway tracks. He is hoping to start work at the end of the month and finish in October to mark the end of the 1965 fair.  But even Ahern was awestruck  by the size of the pavilion.  The massive structure, which includes the Tent of Tomorrow and three observation towers, is a 350 foot-by 250-foot space supported by sixteen 100-foot columns. Just getting workers to the top of the structure to paint the steel fins will be a production, he said. “To reach all the corners and nooks and crannies, it will be a very complex rigging project,” he said. Members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Local 806, will volunteer their labor and while Ahern is working with companies to donate tools, primer and paint. Priming and painting the steel Continue Reading