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Amazon Exits HQ2 Deal; MWC Preview; The End of Robocalls?; The Next Windows 10


February 15 · Issue #147 · View online
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Amazon Exits HQ2 Deal; MWC Preview; The End of Robocalls?; The Next Windows 10

Adios Big Apple. Amazon officially pulled the plug on building a massive new headquarters in New York City, taking with it the prospect of 25,000 new jobs. The plan was tainted from the start since New York’s Governor Cuomo, NYC, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Amazon never invited key stakeholders to the table before announcing the agreement. After that, local officials and residents spent weeks taking potshots at the insane tax breaks, perks, and, yes, a private helipad, that were all promised to Amazon as part of the deal. Instead of a renegotiation, Amazon said, in essence, we don’t need this. Now the company is scrapping the entire idea of building an HQ2 anywhere. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t think this is the result even protesters were hoping for. Getting Amazon back to the table for some adjustments might have been the goal. Now, that brief flirtation with making Long Island City a major tech hub is probably dead. At least New York City will always have Google.
Amazon ends plans to build HQ2 in New York City - The Morning Call
A World of Phones. Next week kicks off Mobile World Congress, the massive tech conference in Barcelona, Spain. It’s the place were virtually all the major smartphone manufacturers – except Apple – show off their latest gear. Expect phones with lots of cameras and more than a few foldable models. The event literally signals the shape of things to come.
Smartphones will get a lot more interesting next week
Our Robocall Nightmare. Your phone is now your enemy. Every call is from some telemarketer trying to sell you solar for you home, a back brace, new credit card rates, or delivered in a language you don’t understand. Worse yet, they all appear to be coming from local numbers. I share your pain and investigated how technology, enforcement, and common sense might help ease your spam call pain.
Our Robocall Nightmare May Be Coming to an End – The Upgrade – Medium
Getting ahead of itself. Microsoft Windows 10 is no longer this static product that comes pre-installed on your PC. Microsoft views the operating system as a service, so it’s constantly tweaking it with new features and security updates. That said, big, global changes usually happen once a year and we don’t see anything of them until a few months before release. Now, however, Microsoft is openly testing a Windows update that won’t release until 2020. It’s explanation? Some features in this update simply need more time to test. I guess that means we should expect some pretty radical OS updates next year.
Microsoft starts testing a version of Windows 10 it won’t release until 2020 - The Verge
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