Remote schooling in the pandemic has made Chromebooks a bigger force in the computer market

  • Chromebook shipments increased in the third quarter at a much faster rate than the wider PC market.
  • Schools held Chromebook pickup events at the start of the school year, and some parents opted to get children their own devices.



Sundar Pichai standing in front of a screen: Sundar Pichai, senior vice president for Chrome at Google Inc., holds up a new Chromebook Pixel as he speaks during a launch event in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Google Inc., owner of the world’s most popular search engine, debuted a touchscreen version of the Chromebook laptop, stepping up its challenge to Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc. in hardware.


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Sundar Pichai, senior vice president for Chrome at Google Inc., holds up a new Chromebook Pixel as he speaks during a launch event in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Google Inc., owner of the world’s most popular search engine, debuted a touchscreen version of the Chromebook laptop, stepping up its challenge to Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc. in hardware.

The coronavirus pandemic, which has forced kids across the country to attend school remotely, is helping Chromebooks push into the mainstream.

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Chromebook laptops run Google’s Chrome OS operating system. They can be cheaper than Windows computers and are much more affordable than

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Booker calls House GOP candidate Cawthorn racist over his website accusing senator of working to ‘ruin white males’

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) denounced Madison Cawthorn after the Republican House candidate in North Carolina created a website that included a racist characterization accusing the senator of working to “ruin white males.”



Cory Booker wearing a suit and tie: Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) speaks during the fourth day of the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Oct. 15 on Capitol Hill.


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Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) speaks during the fourth day of the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Oct. 15 on Capitol Hill.

“It just really personally saddens me that somebody who is so clearly racist is a nominee of a major party, and I think it’s a disrespect of the entire community,” Booker said in an interview with HuffPost. “It’s really unfortunate.”

A website put up by Cawthorn’s campaign to target Moe Davis, his Democratic opponent, claimed that watchdog reporter Tom Fiedler was working with Davis allies and left a job in academia to “work for non-white males, like Cory Booker, who aims to ruin white males running for office,”

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Conservatives push to discredit tech platforms before election

Ted Cruz accused the tech platforms of ‘actively interfering in this election’

The Senate Commerce committee is set to grill the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Google on Wednesday amid right-wing accusations of political bias and threats to change a critical law, known as Section 230, that protects the three tech giants’ ability to moderate content as they see fit.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies via video conference during the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law hearing on Online Platforms and Market Power in the Rayburn House office Building, July 29, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee was scheduled to hear testimony from the CEOs of Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google. (Photo by Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies via video conference during the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law hearing on Online Platforms and Market Power in the Rayburn House office Building, July 29, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee was scheduled to hear testimony from the CEOs of Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google. (Photo by Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images)

Outside experts have found little evidence to support claims of widespread partisanship on the social media platforms. Still, the conservative allegations are damning claims just days ahead of

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Top New Games Out On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week — October 25-31, 2020

This is the last episode of New Releases before Halloween, which means it’s time to get spooky as we take a look at the week’s biggest games. If you like traditional horror, you can check out The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope. Meanwhile, Watch Dogs: Legion offers a dystopian take on near-future London. You can go further into the future with Ghostrunner, or take it back to the ’80s with Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues. Finally, Nintendo Switch owners can get their hands on Pikmin 3 Deluxe.

Ghostrunner — October 27

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch

Ghostrunner is set in a post-apocalyptic future where you’ll have to scale the ever-changing Dharma Tower. It’s a first-person game, so you’ll be all up in your enemies’ faces as you run along walls, dodge bullets, and slice up bad guys with your cyber katana. The game will be on

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TV Asahi Delivers U.S. Open Golf Championship Coverage to Japanese Audiences with TVU Networks

Broadcaster provides live coverage to Japanese viewers with IP-based remote production

SHANGHAI, Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — TVU Networks, the market and technology leader in cloud and IP-based live video solutions, today announced Tokyo-based nation-wide broadcaster TV Asahi used TVU One mobile transmitters and the TVU Remote Production System (RPS) to deliver live coverage of last month’s U.S. Open Championship to audiences in Japan. The weeklong USGA tournament marked the first time the station relied on IP-based transmission for live coverage throughout a sporting event.

TV Asahi Delivers U.S. Open Golf Championship Coverage to Japanese Audiences with TVU Networks
TV Asahi Delivers U.S. Open Golf Championship Coverage to Japanese Audiences with TVU Networks

All the shots of Japanese players were not available through the official host broadcaster in US, but TV Asahi delivered live coverage of their performances for audiences in Japan. Not only did the broadcaster save money by using public IP for transmission instead of satellite or dedicated

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Cook County promotes interactive budget website

Cook County has unveiled an interactive budget website in conjunction with the recent release by Board President Toni Preckwinkle of the county’s fiscal year 2021 budget recommendation.

It includes interactive charts and graphs of budget data, with the ability to filter and sort information to provide detailed insight on county expenditures, revenues, grants and infrastructure spending.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

Visitors can download tables of underlying data on the Cook County Open Data Portal. The new site also includes data going back to fiscal year 2018 to allow visitors to compare current revenues and expenditures with historical numbers. The site is at tinyurl.com/y6463ghk. More information on the website is at budget.cookcountyil.gov.

Despite the pandemic, the $6.9 billion budget recommendation doesn’t increase taxes or cut critical services, Preckwinkle said.

It closed a $222.2 million gap in the general fund with rainy day savings, expenditure holdbacks, federal relief, higher revenue and keeping jobs vacant. It also

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PayPal cuts ties with domain registrar Epik over digital currency

PayPal has terminated the account of domain registrar and web hosting company Epik for violating its “risk controls,” prompting angry letters and blog posts from Epik alleging conservative bias was to blame, Mashable reported.



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Seattle-based Epik is perhaps best known for its support of right-wing social media site Gab. The site was banned by its hosting company, domain registrar, and PayPal in 2018, after it was discovered that the alleged shooter at a Pittsburgh synagogue had written anti-Semitic tirades on Gab. In a 2018 blog post, Epik CEO Robert Monster criticized what he called the “digital censorship” by other sites.

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According to Mashable, the issue that got Epik kicked off PayPal has to do with Epik’s digital “alternative currency” Masterbucks. It can be used to buy Epik products or converted into US dollars, and Mashable reports Epik did not

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Facebook Preps Potential Election Emergency Measures: Report

Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in October 2019.
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In preparation for possible unrest related to the election, Facebook is planning for a potential rollout of internal tools designed to slow the spread of misinformation in “at-risk” countries, according to a new Wall Street Journal report.

While executives have stated that they would only enact such a plan if something as serious as election-related violence were to occur, the measures reportedly include “slowing the spread of viral content and lowering the bar for suppressing potentially inflammatory posts,” as well as
“tweaking the news feed to change what types of content users see.”

In the wake of the platform’s decision to slow the spread of spuriously sourced New York Post reports on Hunter Biden’s business connections in Ukraine, a potential platform-wide action to slow misinformation would certainly amplify Republican complaints of censorship. In a company-wide

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Software Maker SAP’s Profit and Sales Declined

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the business-software maker, on Sunday said profit and sales declined in the three months through Sept. 30, as the economic fallout of the global response to the coronavirus pandemic hit core business units.

The Walldorf, Germany-based software maker said total revenue fell 4% to €6.54 billion, equivalent to $7.76 billion, in the third quarter, and operating profit slipped 1% to €2.07 billion. Cloud revenue rose 10% to €1.98 billion, and revenue from software and cloud services combined fell 2% to €5.5 billion.

As the pandemic continues to weigh on the economy and the threat of new lockdowns arises during a resurgence of Covid-19 infections, business customers are becoming more cautious about spending and investment, affecting core business units, SAP said.

“Lockdowns have been reintroduced in some regions, recovery is uneven and companies are facing more business uncertainty,” SAP said. “Consequently, there is greater scrutiny

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SAP dumps mid-term targets, cuts 2020 view as coronavirus bites

By Douglas Busvine



a sign on the side of a building: FILE PHOTO: The logo of German software group SAP is pictured at its headquarters in Walldorf


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FILE PHOTO: The logo of German software group SAP is pictured at its headquarters in Walldorf


BERLIN (Reuters) – SAP on Sunday cut its guidance for the year and abandoned its forecast that profitability would expand steadily over the medium term, saying coronavirus lockdowns would hit demand well into 2021.

The German business software group, a leader in enterprise applications ranging from finance to supply-chain management, said in an ad-hoc release it was shifting strategy to accelerate its push into cloud computing.

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Separately, SAP also released third-quarter results showing a 4% decline in adjusted total revenue. Operating profit was down 12%, based on international financial reporting standards, but after adjustments and at constant currency it rose by 4%.

The change of course follows a year of turmoil unleashed by the exit of long-time CEO Bill McDermott, while the leadership duo of Christian

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