Zoom putting research and development center in Pittsburgh, plans to hire hundreds of software engineers

Zoom Video Communications Inc said it plans to hire hundreds of software engineers over the next two years for research and development locations it is putting in Phoenix and Pittsburgh.

“It’s great news for Pittsburgh,” said Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. “It just continues in showing where our economy is not only heading but is actually there.”

“We’re already a hub for a lot of great technology,” said Mark Thomas, President of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. “I think what makes Pittsburghers really proud is seeing growth companies, companies are really having a pop culture moment, choose Pittsburgh. I think that’s what Zoom really represents. This is transformative because it does elevate the types of companies who may not have had a Pittsburgh connection to really pay attention to what’s happening here and truly consider investing here.”Zoom says it has seen a large spike in usage as people use its software to connect while under stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic.Zoom said last month it has about 300 million daily meeting participants, which is up from 10 million in December.Zoom Chief Financial Officer Kelly Steckelberg said the company is looking for offices near Arizona State University and Carnegie Mellon University to tap engineering talent coming out of the schools.

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You need to be careful with these social media trends, FBI Pittsburgh warns

PITTSBURGH — Be careful what information you share on social media. That’s the warning from FBI Pittsburgh as a number of trending social media topics can lead to fraud.

While they might seem like fun games, they can reveal answers to common password retrieval security questions, according to the FBI. Fraudsters then use that information to reset account passwords and gain access.

Examples of things the FBI wants you to be careful of are posting high school photos in support of the Class of 2020, posting pictures of your first car, answering questions about your best friend and providing the name of your first pet, as well as identifying your first concert, favorite restaurant or favorite teacher. Tagging your mother is also advised against because it could reveal a maiden name.

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Windows 10X needs to be perfect if it’s launching first on laptops | Windows Central

hen we first started hearing about Windows 10X (codenamed Santorini at the time,) it was clear that this new, modern version of Windows was going to be quite different from the Windows 10 we know and love. It was positioned internally as a lightweight OS for mobile PCs, including laptops, 2-in-1’s, and indeed foldable PCs. But when Microsoft officially announced Windows 10X in October, it positioned the platform as being exclusive to foldable PCs.

Microsoft did this as to set expectations for Windows 10X. Its entire user experience is new and different, and since Windows 10X is built on Windows Core OS, it’s also missing a lot of legacy features and components that some users may be accustomed to. Limiting Windows 10X to a new ecosystem of devices would’ve allowed Microsoft to set the stage appropriately and have users come into the platform with fresh eyes.

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But now, new rumors suggest that Microsoft is shifting back to prioritizing Windows 10X for traditional form factors too. This is great news for early adopters who like the look of Windows 10X but aren’t entirely sold on the idea of foldable PCs. However, this shift also opens up Windows 10X to a whole new level of customer expectation that it previously didn’t need to worry about. If Windows 10X is launching on laptops, it needs to be good enough to replace Windows 10 on day one.

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