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Microsoft Bought an AI Startup to Help Cortana Sound Less Robotic Microsoft Bought an AI Startup to Help Cortana Sound Less Robotic

At Google I/O 2018, Google announced that its digital assistant was getting upgraded with more natural-sounding speech in addition to six new alternate voices. Then, Google promptly scared the hell out of everyone by using the Google Assistant’s new skills to mimic a real voice so well, people on the other end of a…

Microsoft's Controller for Gamers With Limited Mobility Comes with 19 3.5mm Jacks  Microsoft's Controller for Gamers With Limited Mobility Comes with 19 3.5mm Jacks 

Aside from whatever motion-control tech Nintendo has tried to push, game controllers haven’t actually changed much over the last 15 years. And for a lot of people, that’s been a good thing, as it makes transferring years of hand-eye coordination from one console to another pretty seamless.

A $400 Surface Might Just Do the Trick A $400 Surface Might Just Do the Trick

Microsoft’s Surface line of Windows 10 PCs have mostly been marketed as premium devices. But according to a new Bloomberg report, the company is planning to bring back a good ol’ fashioned cheap Surface, most likely to get in on some of that sweet sweet iPad money Apple’s been raking in (or to give us something to buy…

Microsoft's Big Ideas Are Awesome, But When Does Reality Catch Up With the Tech? Microsoft's Big Ideas Are Awesome, But When Does Reality Catch Up With the Tech?

Today, Microsoft announced the Surface Hub 2, and like many of the company’s previous Surface products, it offers a tantalizing view into a future filled with glorious touchscreen devices and effortless workplace collaboration. It looks totally sweet, and I’d love to have one on my wall at home right now. But after…

Microsoft Finally Agrees to Replace Surface Pro 4s With Horrible Screen Flickering That Can't Be Patched Microsoft Finally Agrees to Replace Surface Pro 4s With Horrible Screen Flickering That Can't Be Patched

Microsoft has finally called a mulligan and will just replace Surface Pro 4 models that are experiencing screen flickering that makes the tablet-laptop hybrids unusable, Ars Technica reported.

iMessage for Windows Would Be Sick iMessage for Windows Would Be Sick

One of the most interesting tidbits of news to come out of Microsoft’s Build developer conference earlier this week was the company’s upcoming Your Phone app, which attempts to bridge the gap between mobile and desktop messaging by letting you send and receive texts (along with some more advanced screen sharing and…

Microsoft Kinect Refuses to Die Microsoft Kinect Refuses to Die

Kinect was never for you. Yeah, you with the Xbox One that was bundled with a Kinect. That big honking spatial camera was an impressive piece of tech, but it never did you much good as a console add-on did it?

Here's Microsoft's New Plan to Colonize Your Phone With Windows Here's Microsoft's New Plan to Colonize Your Phone With Windows

Last year, Microsoft assured us that the death of the Windows phone didn’t mean the death of Windows on your phone. Today, the company teased a future where Android users will have the same cool phone-to-PC experience iOS users with a Mac currently enjoy. The Windows phone may be dead, but Windows really might be…

Everything You Can Do in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update That You Couldn't Before Everything You Can Do in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update That You Couldn't Before

There’s a new Windows update available, and it’s got quite a few goodies inside for you to explore: It’s one of those rollouts that in days gone by would’ve been marked by a decimal point increase in the version number. Here’s everything you’re getting in the April 2018 update for Windows 10.

Google Assistant is Smarter Than Alexa and Siri, but Honestly They All Suck Google Assistant is Smarter Than Alexa and Siri, but Honestly They All Suck

Amazon has managed to make Alexa the brand people think of when it comes to digital voice assistants, but the Google Assistant is the smartest of the bunch according to a new study.

4 Cool Apple and Google Features Microsoft Just Put in Windows 10

It’s a little later than expected, due to a last minute bug that needed fixing, but Microsoft has finally launched the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. The title is dry, but the updates are good, especially if you’re coming from Google’s Chrome OS or Apple’s macOS. In those cases you might notice some, uh, familiar…

E-Waste Innovator Will Go to Jail for Making Windows Restore Disks That Only Worked With Valid Licenses E-Waste Innovator Will Go to Jail for Making Windows Restore Disks That Only Worked With Valid Licenses

California man Eric Lundgren, an electronic waste entrepreneur who produced tens of thousands of Windows restore disks intended to extend the lifespan of aging computers, lost a federal appeals court case in Miami after it ruled “he had infringed Microsoft’s products to the tune of $700,000,” the Washington Post reported

Microsoft Warns That Tech Support Scams Are Still on the Rise Microsoft Warns That Tech Support Scams Are Still on the Rise

People using social engineering to runs scams posing as tech support isn’t exactly new, but that doesn’t mean you can let your guard down. In fact, it seems this is a problem that’s only getting worse after multiple organizations revealed that last year the number of tech support victims had risen between 24 and 86…

Tech Workers Ask Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon to Not Pursue Pentagon Contracts Tech Workers Ask Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon to Not Pursue Pentagon Contracts

Google employees have spent the past few months pushing back against their company’s involvement in Project Maven, a Department of Defense initiative to enhance image processing of drone footage using artificial intelligence. As Gizmodo first reported, Google is contracted with the DoD to provide artificial…

Looks Like Microsoft’s Windows Phone Supply Is Finally Running Dry Looks Like Microsoft’s Windows Phone Supply Is Finally Running Dry

Admit it, you dun goofed. You hemmed and hawed and reasoned that no one else would buy them, but now they’re gone. The last of the remaining Windows Phones are finally out of stock, and you can be pretty damn sure they aren’t coming back.

Facebook, Microsoft, and Dozens of Other Tech Firms Vow to Not Help Governments Wage Cyberwar Facebook, Microsoft, and Dozens of Other Tech Firms Vow to Not Help Governments Wage Cyberwar

A coalition of leading tech companies on Tuesday made public a vow never to aid any government in offensive cyberwarfare, while also promising to increase information sharing about malicious code to stem the tide of cybercrime.

The Next Windows 10 Update is On Hold Thanks to a Bug The Next Windows 10 Update is On Hold Thanks to a Bug

Microsoft just snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, and is delaying its Spring Creator’s Update (codenamed Redstone 4) due to a bug that resulted in an increase in Blue Screen of Death crashes. Luckily, the issue was spotted in an Insider build of Windows 10, specifically build 17133, meant for developers and not…

Microsoft Bails on Its Landmark Supreme Court Case After Passage of the CLOUD Act Microsoft Bails on Its Landmark Supreme Court Case After Passage of the CLOUD Act

In February, the US Supreme Court heard arguments in Microsoft’s case arguing that a domestic warrant does not necessarily have the power to compel it to turn over documents stored in overseas data centers. Now that a piece of sweeping surveillance legislation has become law, Microsoft admits that the case is dead.

Windows VP Terry Myerson Out as Major Shakeup Hits Microsoft Windows VP Terry Myerson Out as Major Shakeup Hits Microsoft

After 21 years leading the server, Exchange, and most recently the Windows and Devices teams, longtime vice president Terry Myerson is leaving Microsoft as the company pursues a major restructuring of its entire business.

Microsoft Creates Wild Half-Electron Quasiparticle for Its Future Quantum Computer Microsoft Creates Wild Half-Electron Quasiparticle for Its Future Quantum Computer

Microsoft just announced a quantum-computing advancement today: a measurement that looks like an electron split in half in a piece of wire. It will be of central importance if the company hopes to create a working quantum computer.

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