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Microsoft and Facebook’s big undersea cable is now complete

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Marea cable headed towards the oceanImage: microsoft More than 17,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, there now lies the “most technologically advanced subsea cable,” providing up to 160 terabits (Tbps) of data per second — beating Google’s alternative, now poorly named, “Faster.” The cable is the handiwork of Facebook, Microsoft, and Spanish telecommunication company Telxius.  Construction on the cable, which stretches 4,000 miles from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain, began in August 2016. Microsoft announced its completion on Thursday, but it won’t be operational until early 2018.  SEE ALSO: Why Consumer Reports is wrong about Microsoft’s Surface products Facebook, […]

‘Age of Empires’ is being brought back from the dead

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When Age of Empires came out in 1997, it marked the dawn of a dynasty, weaving 20 years of real-time strategy sequels and spin-offs. Now, 20 years later, it’s being rereleased for the first time. Age of Empires Definitive Edition is coming out Oct. 19, bringing the original Age of Empires out from the unplayable depths of archaic computer requirements with a fresh coat of paint and a handful of modern improvements. SEE ALSO: ‘Age of Empires IV’ is coming to PC and the trailer looks sick The idea to bring Age of Empires back from the dead came from […]

Bill Gates has finally switched from the Windows Phone to an Android

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Image: Getty Images At last, Bill Gates has joined us in the present. The Microsoft co-founder announced in an interview with Fox News Sunday that he’s now using an Android phone.  The move was probably inevitable. Windows on mobile has effectively been a dead platform ever since Microsoft gutted its phone division two years ago. While Windows 10 technically works on phones, there’s been pretty much zero support from hardware makers and app developers outside of Microsoft. Gates told Fox that the phone he uses is an “Android phone with a lot of Microsoft software.” This could suggest that he’s […]

Tech now rules the world’s most valuable brands ranking

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Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images It wasn’t long ago that classic American icons like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Marlboro were considered the pinnacle of branding success. But over the past decade, Silicon Valley giants have rapidly edged out legacy household names in terms of brand value, according to one of the industry’s leading indexes. Whereas tech companies occupied just three of the top 10 spots in research firm Kantar Millward Brown’s BrandZ ranking in 2007, the industry dominated seven of 10 in the firm’s most recent tally this month. SEE ALSO: Apple passes Google as the world’s most valuable brand, ranking says […]