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A new hinge, ultrathin glass, and some vacuum cleaner parts make the Galaxy Z Fold 2 a more durable device.
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Microsoft has ended its xCloud game streaming test for iOS devices today. The software giant had been testing xCloud on iOS in a very limited way over the past few months, but made it clear the service would only be launching on Android earlier this week. Microsoft had informed xCloud testers that the preview would end on September 11th, but only the Android preview will continue until next month. “Our Project xCloud preview TestFlight period has ended on iOS and we are focused on delivering cloud gaming as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to Android customers beginning September 15,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. “It’s our ambition to scale cloud gaming through Xbox Game Pass available on all devices.” M... Continue reading…
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While Adobe is best known for Photoshop, it has undergone a significant transformation over the last decade under CEO Shantanu Narayan, shifting its business model and adding new product lines.  As the company continues to evolve, it's now taking on new competitors like Salesforce and Zendesk. To tackle its many challenges, Narayan relies on a key group of leaders within his company.  We've identified the 15 executives that are leading Adobe behind the scenes and helping Narayan navigate its future. Click here to read more BI Prime stories. While Adobe is still best known for its flagship photo editing software Photoshop, it's spent the last decade  transforming itself: expanding its business and adapting to the changing world.  CEO Shantanu Narayan has been spearheading that shift since 2007.  To keep up with the move to the cloud, for example, Adobe transitioned its photo editing and creative software tools from the old one-time purchase format into a new annual or monthly subscription model. It also built out a digital marketing software unit, with the thesis that its many users who were marketing professionals would buy tools that showed them how the content they created with Adobe's others products was performing.   Today, it's business revolves around Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes Photoshop and its other design software, Document Cloud, which includes its PDF and digital signature tools, and Experience Cloud, the digital marketing unit.  While its creative business has high margins, its digital marketing unit faces stiff competition from Salesforce and smaller players like Zendesk, Baird analyst Robert Oliver told Business Insider. Meanwhile, Adobe is also investing in technology like artificial intelligence to bolster all its product lines.  To tackle Adobe's challenges and grow the company, Narayan relies on a group of key leaders within his company. Here are the 15 people who have helped make Adobe into what it is today, and who will lead the charge as it continues to evolve:SEE ALSO: Microsoft just launched new tools for reopening offices safely, and they could help it compete with Salesforce Anil Chakravarthy, executive VP and general manager, digital experience business and worldwide field operations Anil Chakravarthy joined Adobe in January to take on a key role at the company: Leading its digital experience business, which sells cloud-based marketing software. He recently took over worldwide field operations which includes the sales organization and customer success teams.  Before Adobe he was the chief executive at data management company Informatica, which he helped transform into a cloud-first, subscription-based business.  As Adobe tries to build traction for its cloud marketing business, Chakravarthy's experience will be vital.  "Adobe is the clear leader in the exploding Customer Experience Management category, and I cannot think of a more exceptional and experienced candidate than Anil to drive Adobe's Digital Experience business in 2020 and beyond," Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said in a press release at the time of Chakravarthy's hire.  Abhay Parasnis, chief technology officer and executive VP, strategy and growth Abhay Parasnis has been Adobe's chief technology officer for the last five years, leading its technology strategy and overall product engineering and data science agenda across the its entire portfolio of products. That includes leading Adobe's research into areas like artificial intelligence and machine learning. He recently  spearheaded the launch of a new Photoshop Camera app that uses AI to take and edit photos, and hired Marc Levoy, the researcher who led camera development for Google's Pixel phone.  In February, Parasnis also began guiding Adobe's overall corporate strategy, strategic M&A, and global partnerships. John Murphy, executive VP and chief financial officer John Murphy leads Adobe's finance and operations team as its chief financial officer. He first joined the company in 2017 as its chief accounting officer and corporate controller.  Before joining Adobe, Murphy was the chief accounting officer and global controller at Qualcomm, and held finance roles at Direct TV and Experian before that.  Gloria Chen, chief people officer and executive VP, employee experience Gloria Chen leads all of Adobe's human resources, real estate, and security operations around the world, managing more than 22,000 employees at 75 locations. She was promoted to the role in January when her predecessor Donna Morris left the company.  Previously she led growth initiatives like corporate strategy, corporate development, and strategic partnerships. CTO Abhay Parasnis took over those responsibilities in February.  Chen has been at the company for over 20 years and throughout her time has shaped its ecommerce strategy, built its enterprise business, and managed significant acquisitions and integrations. She's also held senior leadership positions in worldwide sales operations, customer service and support, and strategic planning before her current gig.  Ann Lewnes, executive VP and chief marketing officer Ann Lewnes joined the company 13 years ago and now runs Adobe's marketing organization.  She is credited with overseeing Adobe's shift to digital, including adapting its marketing organization.  Prior to Adobe, she spent 20 years at Intel working in the marketing department.  Scott Belsky, chief product officer and executive VP, Creative Cloud Scott Belsky's main focus is developing and evolving Adobe's Creative Cloud suite of products, which are a huge part of its business. He manages product management and engineering for its Creative Cloud products and services, Adobe Spark, and Adobe's user community Behance. He also manages the design team, which stretches across all Adobe's products. This is Belsky's second stint at Adobe: He originally joined when it acquired Behance — the company he cofounded — in 2012. He then spent roughly four years leading Adobe's mobile strategy for Creative Cloud until 2016 when he left for venture firm Benchmark. He returned in late 2017.  Alisa Bergman, VP, chief privacy officer Alisa Bergman is responsible for making sure Adobe's products use customer data ethically and responsibly. She leads the trust and safety team and her role covers data security and privacy efforts, as well as regulatory and public policy matters. That means she's responsible for adapting Adobe's polices to align with Europes GDPR regulations and California's recently-enacted consumer privacy laws.  Bergman has been at Adobe for four years, joining after six years as chief privacy officer for Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.  Cynthia Stoddard, chief information officer As chief information officer, Cynthia Stoddard runs Adobe's global information technology and reliability engineering teams. She creates the strategy for delivering services and tools that keep the company running.  She joined Adobe four years ago, after serving as the chief information officer at NetApp for five years. Amit Ahuja, VP, ecosystem development Amit Ahuja is responsible for building and managing strategic partnerships for Adobe. That includes partnerships with other large tech giants like Microsoft and IBM. He was instrumental in helping build Adobe's enterprise business around its marketing cloud products, including overseeing its $1.8 billion acquisition of  web analytics company Omniture and, more recently, Auditude. Ahuja first joined Adobe in 2005 via its acquisition of Macromedia, where he was in the corporate development group focusing on mobile and video. He then joined the corporate development group at Adobe.  Bryan Lamkin, executive VP and general manager, digital media Bryan Lamkin leads two of Adobe's key product lines: Creative Cloud and Document Cloud. Adobe's Creative Cloud is the most well known of its product lines and has become the "gold standard" for design within companies around the world, said Baird Oliver.  Document Cloud also has a huge reach, as it includes Adobe's Acrobat Reader and related tools.  Lamkin, too, is an Adobe boomerang: He first joined in 1992 and spent more than a decade at the company, including leading Photoshop, before leaving in 2006. After a stints at startups as an investor and an executive, he rejoined Adobe in 2013. Ashley Still, senior VP, digital media Ashley Still is responsible for the day-to-day operations of both Creative Cloud and Document Cloud. Document Cloud products are seeing rapid growth under her leadership, especially as digital documents are becoming more necessary in the remote work era.  She's also helped get Adobe's digital signature tool in front of sectors like education and government, with usage increasing 175% since the beginning of the year.  She previously lead the Creative Cloud for enterprise business and was instrumental in transitioning Adobe from a packaged software company to a cloud-based subscription operating model. She first joined Adobe in 2004 as an intern.  Jamie Myrold, VP, design Jamie Myrold has been leading design at Adobe for over 14 years. She's responsible for the user design of Adobe's creative tools as it made its transformation to a cloud-based software provider.  She writes on her LinkedIn that she wants to "inspire the next wave of design leaders" by "encouraging her teams to push boundaries and develop skills that impact all aspects of business strategy and product creation." In addition to her main role, she has advocated for diversity and inclusion initiatives at Adobe.  Mala Sharma, VP & general manager, Creative Cloud product marketing and community Mala Sharma runs product marketing and community for Adobe's Creative Cloud product line. She has been at Adobe for 15 years and has steadily risen up the ranks of the company's product marketing unit.  Previously she worked in marketing and business units for the tech and consumer packaged goods industry at Creative Labs and Unilever. Dana Rao, executive VP, general counsel, and corporate secretary Dana Rao leads Adobe's legal and government relations team as its general counsel. He's been at the company for over eight years, and originally joined as its VP of intellectual property and litigation, and was responsible for Adobe's patent, trademark and copyright portfolio strategies.  Previously, Rao worked at Microsoft for 11 years in both intellectual property and patent acquisition roles.   Anjul Bhambhri, VP, platform engineering Anjul Bhambhri leads platform engineering at Adobe and is responsible for the strategy of Adobe's Experience platform, development and technology partnerships with Microsoft Azure, and Customer Journey Management.  Before Adobe, she worked at IBM for 14 years, most recently as vice president of engineering for its big data and analytics platform. Do you work at Adobe or another tech company? Contact this reporter via email at [email protected] or Signal at 925-364-4258. (PR pitches by email only, please.) You can also contact Business Insider securely via SecureDrop.
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Chairman Ajit Pai says he hopes for 'vigorous debate' on the administration's petition to limit legal liability for social media giants Twitter and Facebook.
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(Human Vaccines Project) The Michelson Medical Research Foundation and the Human Vaccines Project are pleased to announce the 2020 Michelson Prizes for Human Immunology and Vaccine Research and support the outstanding research of two young scientists advancing human immunology, vaccine discovery and immunotherapy across major global diseases.
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Australia's government has introduced draft legislation which would force Google and Facebook to pay news publishers for hosting their content. Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the aim of the legislation is to give news companies fair remuneraton for original content. Google's Australia and New Zealand managing director said the draft legislation was a "heavy-handed intervention" that "threatens to impede Australia's digital economy and impacts the services we can deliver to Australians." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Australian government said on Friday it plans to give Google and Facebook three months to negotiate with Australian media businesses fair pay for news content. The government has released a draft mandatory code of conduct that aims to succeed where other countries have failed in making the global digital giants pay for news siphoned from commercial media companies. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Google and Facebook would be the first digital platforms targeted by the proposed legislation but others could follow. "It's about a fair go for Australian news media businesses, it's about ensuring that we have increased competition, increased consumer protection and a sustainable media landscape," Frydenberg said. "Nothing less than the future of the Australian media landscape is at stake with these changes," he added. If the US-based platforms could not agree with the Australian media businesses on pricing after three months, arbitrators would be appointed to make a binding decision, the draft said. The draft will be open to consultation until August 28, with the legislation to be introduced to Parliament soon after, Frydenberg said. As well as payment, the code covers issues including access to user data and transparency of algorithms used to rank and present media content. Breaches of the code could attract penalties of up to 10% of the platform's annual turnover, or a 10 million Australian dollars ($7.2 milllion) fine. Google Australia and New Zealand managing director Mel Silva said the code discounts the significant value Google provided in free clicks on publishers' content. "Our hope was that the code would be forward thinking and the process would create incentives for both publishers and digital platforms to negotiate and innovate for a better future, so we are deeply disappointed and concerned the draft code does not achieve this," Silva said in a statement. "Instead, the government's heavy-handed intervention threatens to impede Australia's digital economy and impacts the services we can deliver to Australians," Silva added. When Spain passed laws on licensing links to news sites in 2014 Google withdrew its Google News service from the country entirely, and in 2018 when the EU floated the possibility of introducing a similar so-called "link tax" the company's top news executive refused to rule out the possibility of shuttering its business in Europe. Facebook Australia and New Zealand managing director Will Easton said in a statement his company was reviewing the code to "understand the impact it will have on the industry, our services and our investment in the news ecosystem in Australia." Frydenberg said the motive was not to protect Australian businesses from competition or disruption but to ensure they are paid fairly for original content. The conservative government is pushing ahead with the changes after the pandemic created an advertising revenue crisis for many Australian media companies.Join the conversation about this story »
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Scammers sent out fake emails about a beta for the game recently
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Samsung Electronics’ solid Q2 has benefited from strong demand for semiconductors by datacentres and PC markets to satisfied online activities that have surged during COVID-19 crisis.
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According to the latest research data, Apple has become the fastest growing smartphone manufacturer in the Chinese market in the second quarter. It has effectively ... The post iPhone Sales in China Surged 225% in The Second Quarter appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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The Sony A7S III has landed and it's our new favorite 4K hybrid camera – but could its A7S II predecessor offer better value?
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The next version of one of Rolls' most important models will be much more minimalist in design, says the company's CEO in an open letter.
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We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.Flu vaccines will be given to millions more people this winter, the UK government has announced, in what it has called “the most comprehensive flu vaccination programme in the UK’s history”. But whether GPs and pharmacists are ready for the huge undertaking is another question altogether. A free flu vaccine will be made available to around 30 million people, including those on the shielded patient list and members of their households; all school year groups up to year 7; as well as pregnant women and those with pre-existing conditions.Those aged 50 to 64 years-old will also be invited for a free jab later in the flu season, the government said, but GPs have expressed concerns they won’t have enough supply – or staff – to realistically implement the expansion, especially during a pandemic.Dr Steve Kell, managing GP partner at Larwood Health Partnership, tells HuffPost UK: “GPs are facing a real challenge in winter with flu/Covid as well as financial and workforce uncertainty.“Most have been told we can’t order more vaccines and practices are going to have to work out how to deliver vaccines safely.”There are concerns that Covid-19 will present challenges to delivering the flu programme. GPs will need to take special measures to ensure all patients are safe when they go to get their vaccination – particularly those in at-risk groups.They will also need to ensure there are enough vaccines to go around. Many GP surgeries had to order in flu vaccines back in January ready for this winter.Dr Kell worries that GPs will now be scrabbling around to get sufficient stock in place ready for flu season, which can occur as early as October but tends to peak between December and March. “Everyone will be trying to find more,” he says.If a Covid-19 vaccination is made available for use, delivery of this would also need to be factored in, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) said.Dr Maz Sangha, a GP at St Johns Medical Centre in Altrincham, says he is concerned about the planning that’s required for the increased numbers that need vaccinating, while also maintaining social distancing.“Patients will want the vaccine as soon as possible and will not want to wait, especially if a second wave is occurring,” he says. “We have been told just this morning that for the new cohort – 50- to 64-year-olds – we will need to order vaccines from a central separate body, but no detail [as of yet].”He is concerned that telling this group to wait for their vaccines until the at-risk patients have been vaccinated will be “hard to handle” and “cause stress” to patients and those working in primary care.In general, the extended flu vaccination programme has been welcomed, particularly as the NHS needs all the support it can get due to the risk of a second peak of coronavirus cases – and to relieve winter pressures on A&E and emergency care.While the vaccine can’t protect you against Covid-19, it’s thought if plenty of people have the flu jab this autumn, it will help the NHS cope better through the winter months, reducing flu cases and possibly even deaths. There were 15m people vaccinated in England during the last flu season, according to Public Health England (PHE).Related... The Flu Vaccine Is 'More Important Than Ever' This Year – Here's Why Health secretary Matt Hancock said: “It’s mission critical that we pull out all the stops to get ready for winter, and the prime minister has already announced £3bn to protect the NHS.“We are now taking another important step to help protect the wider public by giving the flu vaccination to more people than ever before. This will be the biggest flu vaccination programme in history, and will help protect our NHS as we head into winter.”This year’s vaccination programme will occur in two stages: most at-risk groups will be prioritised first, and then people aged 50 to 64 will be invited for their free vaccine later on. The NHS will contact people directly, including information about where to go to get the vaccine. Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and NHS medical director for primary care, urged those eligible to take up the offer of the free vaccine when the time comes. Dr Vanessa Saliba, head of flu at Public Health England (PHE), said: “By getting the jab, you can help protect yourself, your family and the NHS – it will help save lives.”While the extension to the flu programme is “sensible” as we prepare the NHS for a busy winter and potential second wave, Professor Martin Marshall, chair of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) says the GPs who will be delivering the majority of vaccinations now need more detail about the practicalities of how it will work.“Practices plan meticulously for the flu season every year to ensure the vaccination programme runs smoothly and as many people as possible get vaccinated – they will have made their orders at the beginning of the year and will need to amend these,” he says.“We also need assurance that the government can guarantee adequate supply for everyone covered under the extension.”The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) confirmed it has secured additional supply of flu vaccine in the expectation of increased uptake among at-risk groups and to meet demand from the programme’s expansion.It said guidance has been issued to GPs and pharmacists to ask that they review their flu vaccines orders, so that those who are eligible can be vaccinated.Providers should use their own locally procured stock in the first instance, DHSC said, and further information on how to access the additional stock that it has ordered in will be issued in September.Seqirus, one of the flu vaccine providers in the UK, told HuffPost UK it is “on track” to deliver on its commitment to supply flu vaccines for the upcoming season, “which is larger than last year’s supply and includes additional doses to meet the government’s initiative to make influenza vaccine available to more people than before”.Sanofi Pasteur, another UK vaccine provider, said it “fully supports” the UK government’s announcement and has increased flu vaccine production to bring in “millions of additional doses this season”.“The vaccination programme will be staggered throughout the season, which we strongly support, starting with those most vulnerable and later vaccinating extended populations to protect as many people as possible,” a spokesperson said.Related... Boris Johnson Says Anti-Vaxxers Are 'Nuts' Chance Of Coronavirus Vaccine By Christmas 'Very Low', Says Chris Whitty How Close Is The UK To Finding A Coronavirus Vaccine?
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(Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) Deep learning applied for image/video processing opened the door for the practical deployment for object detection and identification with acceptable accuracy. Crowd counting is another application of image/video processing. The scientists at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) designed a new DNN with backward connection, which achieved more accurate estimation of the density of objects. It can be applied for estimating human density in the public or vehicle density on a road.
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Pent-up demand after the lockdown in April and May pushed volumes in June to pre-Covid 19 levels while the user base in India also grew beyond the half-a-billion mark.
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A photographer has captured a remarkable image of a red squirrel just before it attacks a grey squirrel for getting too close, British news agency SWNS reports.
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The bean-shaped earbuds are a lock to debut at the Galaxy Unpacked event
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Model of gel-cutting reveals why slicing is better than dicing.
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President Trump's briefing will start at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET.
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Some 60,000 OLED TVs in South Korea have issues with their power boards which LG says could cause them to overheat.
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Follow this guide to find out how to pick the right software for your small business or start-up.
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The White House has hinted at a timeframe for taking action against TikTok, the popular social video app owned by Chinese internet company ByteDance. Last week Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration was “certainly looking at” banning the app, and now Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows says a move could come within weeks. “There are a number of administration officials who are looking at the national security risk as it relates to TikTok, WeChat and other apps that have the potential for national security exposure, specifically as it relates to the gathering of information on American citizens by a foreign adversary,” Meadows told reporters traveling from Atlanta on Air Force One. “I dont think there’s any... Continue reading…
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The Blue Oval has enlisted Sasquatch, HOSS and the GOAT to slay Jeep's Wrangler. Don't understand? Read on.
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Razer hasn't had a phone on the market since 2018's Razer Phone 2, but that isn't silencing talk about a third model.
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It’s one thing to see a blur of numbers on reports generated by analytics platforms. It’s another thing entirely to view detailed and colorful graphics — also generated by analytics software — that instantly illustrate trends that can be easily grasped by even the most non-technical users.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
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The Canon EOS R5 is a unique video camera, but a director tells us why it's overkill for most people – even some pros.
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Opinion: Microsoft’s involvement in the Chromium project has made Google’s Chrome browser better than ever.
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Siren, an investigative intelligence solutions provider, today announced that it’s raised $10 million in series A funding led by DVI Equity Partners.Frontline Ventures and Enterprise Ireland also participated in the round, which comes after a $4 million seed raise in 2018 and brings the Ireland- and Philadelphia-based company’s total raised to nearly $15 million.As a part of its investment, DVI managing partner Bob Griffin joined Siren’s board of directors.In this sector it is critical to not only raise funds, but also to have the right wealth of experience.For this reason, we’re delighted to have Bob Griffin join the board.”Siren spun off from a group at the National University of Ireland Galway led by Dr. Giovanni Tummarello, who together with cofounder Dr. Renaud Delbru created a search engine — Sindice — that could index knowledge graphs exceeding 30 billion edges created by crawling webpages with schema.
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Black Friday season is here already, which means it's time for some TV deals.Stores like Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Amazon and the rest are rolling out early sales for all kinds of products -- especially TVs.So if you're in the market for a new screen (because you want to watch The Mandalorian in all its glory), you don't have to wait if you don't want to.First, peruse our list of the best TVs of 2019, then head below to find our favorites that are currently on sale.(Hint: These include LG's 2019 OLED models and TCL Roku TVs.)We've gathered the best Black Friday TV deals so far here.
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In an interview with CNET, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said Chromebook laptops were only good for taking tests.Schiller's comments ignored the notoriously high price point of Apple products, which most schools can't afford, and other benefits offered by Chromebooks.This marked one of Apple's most direct public attacks on Chromebooks as Google gains an increasing share of the ed tech market.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Apple's head of marketing just made a direct dig at Chromebooks that many are calling out-of-touch.During an interview with CNET about the recently announced 16-inch MacBook Pro, Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, was asked about the Chromebook's growth in the education market.
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