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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 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…

How to Bring Back Any Device From the Dead How to Bring Back Any Device From the Dead

Computer, tablet, or phone not starting, or seemingly frozen in time? Before you take it down to the local repair shop, or send it off to the professionals, here are the cheat codes to use to try and get your device back on its feet—it might be you can save yourself a hefty repair bill by fixing the issue yourself.

Find and Remove the Most Troublesome Apps on Any Device Find and Remove the Most Troublesome Apps on Any Device

Bad apps are draining your battery life, sucking up your local storage, and causing your devices to crash more often than they should—and the worst part is, you might not realize who the worst offenders are. Here’s how to track down badly behaving apps on the major desktop and mobile platforms, and kick them to the…

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

How to Hide Files on Any Phone or Computer How to Hide Files on Any Phone or Computer

If you’ve got something you want to hide away, then you’ve got plenty of options on Android, iOS, Windows, and macOS—options that we’ll run through here. Even if the kids or a stranger should get access to your devices somehow, these files will stay hidden from view and locked away.

How to Customize Apple's Dock and Window's Start Menu to Make Your PC More Useful How to Customize Apple's Dock and Window's Start Menu to Make Your PC More Useful

Your Dock or Start menu is your way into macOS and Windows, respectively, as well as everything running on top of them. So it makes sense to have these launch systems configured in exactly the way you need them to be. We’ve got a bunch of essential tips on streamlining your Dock or Start menu, and powering through…

3 Simple, Free Apps for Accessing Your Home Computer From Anywhere 3 Simple, Free Apps for Accessing Your Home Computer From Anywhere

You’re at work, or on the other side of the world, or both, and you need something from your computer at home—in years gone by, you would need an IT degree and an expensive software package to connect up to your home computer remotely, but now a number of apps will do the job, simply and free. Here are three of our…

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.

Windows Has a Plan to Make Its Update System a Little Less Garbage Windows Has a Plan to Make Its Update System a Little Less Garbage

Installing updates on Windows has always been a pain in the ass. Not only does Microsoft seem hellbent on forcing users to update their machines whether they want to or not—including in prior versions of Windows 10 a nightmare “feature” that forcibly seized control of users’ systems to start the installation…

Microsoft’s Edge Browser Could Soon Be Harder to Ignore in Windows 10 Microsoft’s Edge Browser Could Soon Be Harder to Ignore in Windows 10

It’s time for a look at the latest Insider Preview build of Windows 10. There are some small but welcome improvements, like the addition of HEIF (high efficiency file format) that lets you more easily save and view photos and videos from across the web, along with a safer removal process for people using external…

These Cute, Pixelated Puppers Will Devour You in This Wolfenstein 3D Mod These Cute, Pixelated Puppers Will Devour You in This Wolfenstein 3D Mod

You might love Wolfenstein, but I’m not one who can stomach much violence, even when it’s in service of destroying Nazis in all their forms. As a result, I’ve never played more than a few minutes of any Wolfenstein game. That’s why Return to Castle Woofenstein (aka Woof3d), a mod that turns every enemy Nazi into a…

Microsoft Is Going to Stop Cramming Windows 10S Down People’s Throats Microsoft Is Going to Stop Cramming Windows 10S Down People’s Throats

When Microsoft introduced Windows 10S last year, I was deeply concerned. If you didn’t think too hard about it, it kind of sounded like a good idea: a lightweight version of regular Windows 10, designed for systems without a ton horsepower, and a potentially competitive alternative to affordable Chromebooks, which…

Windows Phone, Which Was Already Dead, Gets Another Stake Through Its Corpse Windows Phone, Which Was Already Dead, Gets Another Stake Through Its Corpse

In October, Microsoft admitted that its Windows Phone line was pretty much totally dead after failing to attract app developers and its market share plummeted from 0.8 percent to 0.1 percent by t 2017, with even corporate vice president for Windows Joe Belfiore saying that he had switched to Android. Instead, the…

How to Find Out Which Apps and Websites You're Most Addicted To How to Find Out Which Apps and Websites You're Most Addicted To

Where does all the time go? When it comes to the time you spend on your phone, your computer, and the web, this doesn’t have to be a vague and rhetorical question—plenty of tools out there will track and monitor your time automatically, telling you exactly which apps and sites are sucking up most of your precious…

Windows 10 Finally Beats Out Eight-Year-Old Operating System Windows 10 Finally Beats Out Eight-Year-Old Operating System

It hasn’t been the smoothest road, but after its launch in the summer of 2015, Windows 10 has finally surpassed the 8-year old Windows 7 as Microsoft’s most popular operating system.

Lenovo Flaw Could Let Hackers Bypass Fingerprint Scanners on Some PCs Lenovo Flaw Could Let Hackers Bypass Fingerprint Scanners on Some PCs

Earning a high severity level from Lenovo’s own security advisory, anyone currently using a select number of the company’s Thinkpad, ThinkStation, and Thinkcentre systems should know that there’s an important vulnerability that needs to be fixed.

28 Secret Mouse and Trackpad Shortcuts You Probably Didn't Know About 28 Secret Mouse and Trackpad Shortcuts You Probably Didn't Know About

Operating a mouse or trackpad is super easy, but behind their simple exteriors these intuitive input devices hide a whole host of shortcuts and extra features that aren’t immediately obvious—and if you don’t already know about them, you’re missing out. Here are our favorites.

Microsoft Pauses Spectre Patches For Some AMD Processors, Blames AMD Microsoft Pauses Spectre Patches For Some AMD Processors, Blames AMD

Like every major tech company, Microsoft has been pushing out updates to help mitigate the unprecedented vulnerabilities known as Meltdown and Spectre. But some Windows users found that the update rendered their PCs unusable, and now Microsoft has paused the update in some cases until it can fix the problem.

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