VMware patches critical virtual machine escape flaws

From InfoWorld: VMware has released critical security patches for vulnerabilities demonstrated during the recent Pwn2Own hacking contest that could be exploited to escape from the isolation of virtual machines.

The patches fix four vulnerabilities that affect VMware ESXi, VMware Workstation Pro and Player, and VMware Fusion.

Here's proof that Ryzen can benefit from optimized game code

From PC World: If you’re skeptical whether “optimizations” can truly improve gaming performance on the disruptive new Ryzen CPU, AMD has a message for you: They really can.

On Thursday the company released benchmark results from a beta version of Ashes of the Singularity that showed a sizable increase in performance from just a few weeks of tuning for the company’s new CPU.

China Oceanwide completes its purchase of IDG

From InfoWorld: The sale of tech publishing pioneer International Data Group to China Oceanwide Holdings Group and China-based IDG Capital is final.

The deal for China Oceanwide Holdings Group to acquire a majority stake in International Data Group was first announced in January. Tech analyst firm IDC and venture capital firm IDG Ventures are included in the deal.

China Oceanwide hosted an event in Bejing today to announce the closing of the deal. The companies did not disclose the terms of the sale. China Oceanwide has said it will focus on growth at IDG and IDC.

Samsung Galaxy S8: Everything Samsung announced

From CNET: Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus phones -- and a variety of accessories -- at a press event at New York City's Lincoln Center earlier today.

How to get Windows 10 Creators Update: The release date and more

From PC World: Windows 10 Creators Update has an official release date of April 11, but in reality it will roll out in waves. Here's how it will work.

Excel for Windows finally gets real-time collaboration

From InfoWorld: Microsoft has brought live, collaborative editing to its Excel app for Windows through a beta update it launched on Tuesday. The new feature lets testers collaborate with one another on the same file from inside the app.

HTC is reportedly releasing a new U phone that makes better use of its bezels

From PC World: Even before the U Ultra was available for purchase, HTC was already teasing a better phone, with a Snapdragon 835 processor. Now it looks like it might be coming on the heels of the Galaxy S8, and it could be one of the most interesting handsets of the year.

Microsoft expands Surface availability to new regions

From CNET: While Microsoft's big announcement Wednesday was the availability of its Windows 10 Creators Update, it also took the opportunity to announce the arrival of its Surface products in more parts of the world.

Amazon, looking to grow overseas, snags Souq.com

From CNET: Amazon said Tuesday it agreed to purchase Souq.com, one of the biggest e-commerce players in the Arab World

Souq, which means marketplace in Arabic, started in 2005 and now sells over 400,000 products including electronics, clothes and household goods. The deal had been rumored to reach $650 million, which would make the purchase Amazon's largest since 2014, according to Crunchbase. The Seattle company didn't disclose a purchase price.

Skype for Business admins get tool to diagnose call problems

From InfoWorld: IT administrators who manage a fleet of Skype for Business users will have an easier time of diagnosing and fixing problems that may arise for them. Microsoft unveiled the beta of a new Call Analytics Dashboard on Monday, which is supposed to provide admins with a diagnosis of issues that users are having on a call.

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