Microsoft rides wave of hot Surface sales into the holidays

Can a CEO President get along with today’s tech CEOs?

With the Trump presidency now just weeks away, The Donald has scheduled a meeting with techs heaviest hitters for this Wednesday at the Manhattan white house, better known as Trump Tower. The guest list impressive – Tim Cook from Apple, Cheryl Sandberg from Facebook, Larry Page from Google – among many others, but it’s also conspicuous in light of a list of who may give the meeting a pass.

So far, that list includes Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Shark Tanker and Hillary cheerleader Mark Cuban, and H/P boss Meg Whitman: a well-known Republican who compared Trump to Hitler during the campaign. So, what will those who attend chat about? According to Recode, Oracle CEO Safra Catz said that reforming the tax code, reducing regulation, and trade deals will likely be on the agenda.

Tech appeal that goes deeper than the Surface

Microsoft says sales their Surface line of computers is giving the company its “best holiday ever,” with November sales setting records for consumer sales of the touchscreen Surface tablets and the new Studio desktop PC. Redmond also said that sales of the mega-touchscreen Surface Hub are humming along as well, and they couldn’t resist getting a dig in at competitor Apple, adding that more people are switching from MacBooks “than ever before.”

They’ve even introduced a “try-before-you-buy” program for the giant Hub, which is aimed primarily at businesses looking to invest in large batches of the devices at one time. Microsoft said a major carmaker even bought 1,500 Hub units. We’ve got reviews of both the latest Surface Book and the new Surface Studio, so hit the links to check those out.

A snapshot of digital photo history – and its future

Hey, take any photos lately? Of course you have, but probably not with one of these, or even one of these. Why? Because of smartphones, of course. And while you can still buy cameras that will do more than your cell phone, let’s just say the camera industry is a shadow of its former self. So where do camera makers go from here? That’s exactly the question DT Photo tech editor Les Shu address in his in-depth look at the recent history – and the near future – of photography.

From the first digital camera that this guy invented while at Kodak to the latest tech with incredible abilities like post-shot focusing and amazing low-light performance, Les takes stock of the state of photography today, and offers a glimpse of where it’s headed in the near future. If you have even the slightest interest in photography, this is must-read stuff, so hit this link to get started.

Computing

HP’s spring sale cuts prices on the 15-inch Spectre x360 by $270

Looking for a new laptop to start off the spring season? HP has you covered and is currently running a sale that is cutting $270 off the price of the 15-inch touchscreen variant of its Spectre X360 Windows 10 convertible laptop. 
Computing

Need more from your conference white board? The Surface Hub 2 should have it

The Surface Hub 2 could be the most expensive whiteboard ever made, but it should be a powerful and capable one. With the ability to connect several of the 50-inch displays together, the picture at least, should be gorgeous.
Mobile

Samsung’s working on an invisible camera that hides behind a phone’s screen

Samsung envisions an "invisible" camera that hides behind a phone's screen, without any compromise on the way it operates, replacing the current hole-punch camera seen on the Galaxy S10.
Emerging Tech

U.S. hops on Boeing ban bandwagon, grounds 737 Max planes until further notice

The U.S. government, led by an executive order from President Donald Trump, has issued instructions that Boeing must ground all 737 Max aircraft operating inside the United States.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Double-folding phones, the best gaming laptops, and more

AirPod rumors and the latest news about foldable phones highlight Wednesday's episode of Digital Trends Live. We also sat down with Calvin Iverson to talk about how to travel on a budget and how millennials are changing the travel industry.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Amazon Scout, Soraya Darabi, and Joey Ricard

On episode 53 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Drew Prindle discussed the latest in tech news, including Amazon's new delivery drone, CRISPR babies, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Facebook, flying taxis, and Tesla police car

On episode 54 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Caleb Denison discussed Facebook's plan to integrate Instagram, Boeing's experimental flying taxi, and more.
Digital Trends Live

DT Live: Super Bowl hangover, crypto disaster, and an electric plane

On episode 58 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Drew Prindle examined the tech news of the day, including the 2019 Super Bowl commercials, Chip Yates' incredible electric plane, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Facebook Messenger change, GoNation, and more

From new Facebook Messenger features to 5Ge coming to select smartphones, we discussed the latest in tech news on this episode of Digital Trends Live. We also welcomed Chaz Tanase of GoNation and Dan Ferguson of Groove Jones to the show.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Apple versus news industry, Alexa Skills, and the OGarden

On Episode 65 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Luke Larsen broke down the biggest new stories from the world of tech, including Apple's feud with news publishers, the OGarden, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Amazon HQ, Guy Kawasaki, and when to buy a streaming stick

On Thursday's episode of Digital Trends Live, we discussed trending headlines like the latest news surrounding Amazon's new HQ plans to the Mars rover Opportunity. We also sat down with author and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki to talk about his…
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Oscar visual effects, digital distractions, and more

On episode 72 of Digital Trends Live, we discussed news including the discovery that Google's Nest Secure has a hidden microphone, and welcomed author Brian Solis to the show to talk about his latest book.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: MWC 2019, ezCater, and an Apple streaming service

On this episode of Digital Trends Live, we sat down with John Hall of Calendar.com and Briscoe Rodgers of EzCater. We were also joined by DT's Caleb Denison to discuss how Apple is looking to revolutionize TV streaming.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: New Twitter features, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and more

On episode 77 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Luke Larsen explored the biggest news stories from the world of tech, including the new Star Wars attraction, Twitter's experimental moderation tools, and more.