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Tech News Today for May 2, 2017

Tech News for May 2, 2017

Microsoft held its anticipated Education event this morning, and announced Windows 10 S along with a new Surface Laptop. Windows 10 S is Microsoft's answer to the Google Chromebook, with Acer, Asus, Dell, Samsung, and Toshiba making laptops starting at just $189. Read more at theregister.co.uk.

Other Microsoft announcements today include an update to Teams, also designed for students with emoji, stickers and GIFs. Plus, the Minecraft Education Edition will now include Code Builder that works with existing education platforms like Tynker and ScratchX. Also, Microsoft's open-source platform MakeCode for learning JavaScript is integrated into Code Builder. Read more at theverge.com.

T-mobile was the big winner in last month’s spectrum auction, and has now unveiled what it plans to do with all of that spectrum: Become the first major nationwide 5G network but not to improve speed as much as to simply improve its coverage across the US. The spectrum T-mobile won is low-band which is ideal for coverage large areas and less ideal for big increases in speed. T-mobile could have the new network deployed sometime in the next two years. Read more at cnet.com.

As if all that talk of Microsoft's MacBook Killer weren't enough, Apple also posted lower than expected iPhone sales. Essential sales were flat at 50.76 million for the quarter. So, nothing to sneeze at, but they were expecting 52 million. Revenue growth in services accelerated, and Apple reports selling 8.92 million iPads, and 4.19 million Macs, which was more than what analysts anticipated. TechCrunch reports that the numbers imply that Apple is beginning to convince Wall Street that the company will thrive whether or not iPhone sales dip. Read more at apple.com

Yesterday we discussed Twitter’s video news network deal with Bloomberg, and then Twitter followed that news with the announcement of almost a full dozen more partners for the 24/7 streaming service. It turns out, Bloomberg’s 24/7 news channel is merely one content provider among a number of others and some content will begin streaming as early as this month. Read more at recode.net

Megan Morrone and Jason Howell are joined today by Annalee Newitz of Ars Technica to talk about Google's advertising problem with ads appearing on offensive and extremist videos. Tech News Today streams live weekdays at 4PM Pacific, 7PM Eastern at twit.tv/live. You can subscribe to the show or watch it on-demand at twit.tv/tnt.

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