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#3: The S Stands for 'Sandbox'

May 12th, 2017 · 56 minutes

It's another week, and Amazon has another Echo for preorder. Microsoft's Build keynote brings changes to Windows 10, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is considering a ban on electronics larger than phones on flights across the Atlantic.

Guest Starring: Dan Moren and Melissa Riofrio

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Introducing Echo Show - Amazon

The $229 device ships June 28 and is available for pre-order now.

With New Echo Speakers, Amazon Lets You Ask Alexa to Phone Mom - The New York Times

Amazon's newest "ambient computing" device comes with built-in video conferencing, and the other Echo products have gained voice and text-based chat with an update rolling out this week.

Harman Kardon Invoke featuring Cortana - Windows Experience Blog

Harman Kardon's getting in the voice-in-a-can business, but has chosen to build atop Microsoft's Cortana service.

Amazon acquired patents, employees from Biba, reportedly plans new video chat service - TechCrunch

The purchase that may have led to the Echo Show's video chat system.

Microsoft Build's biggest reveals: Windows 10 Fall Update, Story Remix, Cortana hardware, and more - PCWorld

Busy Microsoft is busy.

Microsoft's Story Remix uses machine learning and mixed reality to make your movies awesome - PCWorld

Microsoft's new movie editor brings AI, 3D images and a bunch of templates to your home movies.

Microsoft's next mobile strategy is to make iOS and Android better - The Verge

In a world of Android and iPhone users, Microsoft is positioning Windows to play better with others with tools like cross-platofrm clipboard syncing and Timeline, a new way to view recently-opened apps and projects.

Introducing Windows 10 S - Microsoft

Microsoft says this version of Windows 10 is "streamlined for security and superior performance."

Google’s “Fuchsia” smartphone OS dumps Linux, has a wild new UI - Ars Technica

Built on a new kernel and sporting a new user interface, Google's third operating system brings more questions than answers at this point.

U.S. may soon expand electronics ban to all European flights - MarketWatch

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is reportedly considering a ban on electronics larger than a smartphone on transatlantic flights.

Will U.S. ban laptops on flights from Europe? Feds meet with airlines about it - LA Times

Government officials are meeting with airline representatives about expanding restrictions imposed in March by the U.S. and Britain to ban electronic devices in passenger cabins of flights from eight Middle Eastern and African countries.

The Caledonian Gambit - Dan Moren