Top News for May 20, 2014

Microsoft

Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for May 20, 2014:

  1. Microsoft announced some new goodies today at a special event in New York City including the Surface Pro 3. Read more at microsoft.com.

  2. Apple retail stores are the most profitable on the planet, bringing in more revenue per square foot than even Tiffany’s jewelry store in New York City. The success of the Apple store can be attributed to a man named Ron Johnson. But after launching, growing and running the Apple Store concept for over a decade, he left Apple three years ago to become the CEO of J.C. Penney. It took Apple all this time to find what the company believes is the right man for the job, -- a woman named Angela Ahrendts, who’s been in charge of Apple’s retail stores for three weeks. Read more at 9to5mac.com.

  3. Google is taking its automation of photography to the next level with a free new feature called Google+ Stories. The feature automatically identifies the best pictures, figures out which are part of a single trip or event, then creates an interactive photo album for you to share on Google+. Read more at recode.net.

  4. IBM announced the acquisition of an artificial intelligence company yesterday called Cognea. The Australian startup makes virtual assistants with personalities. Read more at pcworld.com.

  5. China has banned Windows 8 -- at least for employees of the Chinese government. In a bizarre announcement, the country’s Central Government Procurement Center announced the ban as part of a notice on the use of energy-saving products. Their reason? Security! The announcement said it had something to do with Microsoft ending support for Windows XP. Read more at xinhuanet.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for May 20, 2014.