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Microsoft starts testing Windows 10’s built-in Eye Control

The latest Insider preview build for Windows 10 is rolling out, and it's bringing that eye-tracking support Microsoft recently mentioned. Users with a compatible eye tracking device (which right now means certain hardware from Tobii) can control thei…
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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube Announce Formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism

Today, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are announcing the formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which will help us continue to make our hosted consumer services hostile to terrorists and violent extremists.
The spread of terrorism and violent extremism is a pressing global problem and a critical challenge for us all. We take these issues very seriously, and each of our companies have developed policies and removal practices that enable us to take a hard line against terrorist or violent extremist content on our hosted consumer services. We believe that by working together, sharing the best technological and operational elements of our individual efforts, we can have a greater impact on the threat of terrorist content online.

The new forum builds on initiatives including the EU Internet Forum and the Shared Industry Hash Database; discussions with the U.K. and other governments; and the conclusions of the recent G7 and European Council meetings.  It will formalize and structure existing and future areas of collaboration between our companies and foster cooperation with smaller tech companies, civil society groups and academics, governments and supra-national bodies such as the EU and the U.N.


The scope of our work will evolve over time as we will need to be responsive to the ever-evolving terrorist and extremist tactics. Initially, however, our work will focus on:  


  1. Technological solutions: Our companies will work together to refine and improve existing joint technical work, such as the Shared Industry Hash Database; exchange best practices as we develop and implement new content detection and classification techniques using machine learning; and define standard transparency reporting methods for terrorist content removals.
  2. Research: We will commission research to inform our counter-speech efforts and guide future technical and policy decisions around the removal of terrorist content.
  3. Knowledge-sharing: We will work with counter-terrorism experts including governments, civil society groups, academics and other companies to engage in shared learning about terrorism. And through a joint partnership with the U.N. Security Council Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (U.N. CTED) and the ICT4Peace Initiative, we are establishing a broad knowledge-sharing network to:
    1. Engage with smaller companies: We will help them develop the technology and processes necessary to tackle terrorist and extremist content online.
    2. Develop best practices: We already partner with organizations such as the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Anti-Defamation League and Global Network Initiative to identify how best to counter extremism and online hate, while respecting freedom of expression and privacy. We can socialize these best practices, and develop additional shared learnings on topics such as community guideline development, and policy enforcement.
    3. Counterspeech: Each of us already has robust counterspeech initiatives in place (e.g., YouTube’s Creators for Change, Jigsaw’s Redirect Method, Facebook’s P2P and OCCI, Microsoft’s partnership with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue for counter-narratives on Bing, Twitter’s global NGO training program). The forum we have established allows us to learn from and contribute to one another’s counterspeech efforts, and discuss how to further empower and train civil society organizations and individuals who may be engaged in similar work and support ongoing efforts such as the Civil society empowerment project (CSEP).
We will be hosting a series of learning workshops in partnership with U.N. CTED/ICT4Peace in Silicon Valley and around the world to drive these areas of collaboration.

Further information on all of the above initiatives will be shared in due course.


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It looks like Microsoft has a new Surface Pro after all

Microsoft VP Panos Panay recently said that "there's no such thing as a Surface Pro 5," and we now know what he meant by that. Images from uber-leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) and his article in Venture Beat show a device simply called the Surface Pro,…
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Microsoft blasts spy agencies for hoarding security exploits

Microsoft is hopping mad that leaked NSA exploits led to the "WannaCry" (aka "WannaCrypt") ransomware wreaking havoc on computers worldwide. Company President Brad Smith has posted a response to the attack that roasts the NSA, CIA and other intellig…
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Microsoft didn’t make Xbox One’s first easy-pairing headset

In an age where technology is becoming increasingly wireless, it's baffling that Xbox One headsets still require either a transmitter or lengthy wires in order to work. Thankfully, LucidSound's latest is about to change that. Connecting directly to X…
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Microsoft says it already patched ‘Shadow Brokers’ NSA leaks

Yesterday, the mysterious "Shadow Brokers" posted some hacking tools for Windows that were allegedly stolen from the NSA. All of them were at least a few years old, but exploited flaws in several versions of the operating system to move across networ…
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‘Minecraft,’ which Microsoft owns, will halt updates on Windows Mobile phones

According to Windows Central, sources have confirmed that Minecraft: Pocket Edition will no longer receive updates on Windows Mobile devices. Microsoft purchased developer Mojang in 2014 for $ 2.5 billion.

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Is your Microsoft Surface’s battery still troublesome? New drivers try another fix

Today, Microsoft issued its September 2016 update to provide some additional relief to Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, and Surface 3 users. The new drivers optimize battery life, touch, pen response, and more.

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It looks like it’s over for the Microsoft Band fitness tracker

Microsoft said on Monday that it’s sold of its Band 2 fitness tracker and has no plans to release an updated version this year. The Band launched to mediocre reviews in 2014 though the second version saw big improvements. A Band 3, however, seems unlikely.

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Microsoft puts AI to work in Office 365

Microsoft isn't just trying out artificial intelligence through bots and voice assistants — it's going all-in. The crew in Redmond has revealed that Office 365 is wielding cloud-based AI to automate many tasks. Tap for Word and Outlook surface rel…
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Shoot the messenger: Microsoft reignites emoji gun debate with new pistol icon

Microsoft has introduced a pistol emoji as part of its Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The move comes less than a week after Apple announced it was ditching the gun emoji in favor of a water gun icon in iOS 10.

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Apple and Microsoft put the kibosh on the proposed rifle emoji

A joint opposition by Apple and Microsoft to a proposed rifle emoji means your phone won’t be getting one anytime soon. The effort was spearheaded by Apple at a recent Unicode Consortium meeting.

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Microsoft partners with a legal weed startup

Microsoft is going into the legal marijuana business by teaming with a weed financing startup called "Kind," according to the New York Times. The two companies will create Azure-powered cloud apps that track plants from "seed to sale," helping legal…
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Microsoft introduces new Outlook watch face for Android Wear

Microsoft today announced that it was releasing an Outlook watch face for Android Wear, allowing users to stay on top of their day like never before. Microsoft is turning Outlook for Android Wear into something really neat. With the Outlook watch face, users will be able to see an overview of their schedule for the […]

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Microsoft is using synthetic DNA to store data

Microsoft's data might be intact for thousands of years to come, now that it's looking into DNA storage as an option. The company has purchased 10-million-long oligonucleotides (DNA or RNA molecules) from San Francisco startup Twist Bioscience. Accor…
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Microsoft may add access to Android notifications in Windows 10

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During their Build 2016 event in San Francisco, Microsoft has revealed some plans that will make Windows 10 play nicer and be a little more useful for Android smartphone users. Microsoft’s developers are looking at enabling desktop access to notifications received on Android phones. The support may even extend to being able to reply to notifications.

In a world where users frequently interact with multiple screens, having the same information available on any given device can be a big boon to productivity. This is one of the driving factors in the growth of the “cloud” which separates data and services from specific devices. A big challenge for many users though are notifications received on their smartphones, especially given the temporary nature of them. This challenge is driving developers to figure out a solution, although these frequently involve only a subset of the notifications a user may receive, like accessing text messages on a PC.

To broaden the capability to have notifications available and accessible on a computer, Microsoft is tapping into the Cortana app for Android. Microsoft appears to be working on a means for Cortana to build up a list of notifications received on a device, upload this to a cloud server, and then have a Windows 10 based PC using the desktop Cortana app access that same list to get things synced up.

If Microsoft can get the permissions and speed of syncing sorted out, the desktop Cortana could effectively become an extension of an Android device. This would enable users to do things like dismiss notifications from the desktop or reply to notifications.

Sources believe the same capability will be built out for Windows 10 Mobile devices. However, iOS device users will likely be left out in the cold given the restrictions of that platform. Indications are this new notification support may be available as soon as this summer when Microsoft is expected to release a major update to Windows 10.

source: The Verge

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Microsoft temporarily kills AI chatbot Tay after it goes full Nazi

Microsoft created an AI chatbot for Twitter, Kik, and GroupMe, but it pulled the plug after Tay was posting racist and genocidal tweets. Tay has nearly 100,000 tweets, and was only alive for a day before the Redmond company turned it off.

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Microsoft is trying to make Chrome extensions work on Edge

Microsoft's very first batch of Edge browser extensions is small, but it seems the company's taking steps to make sure Windows users get more in the future. According to Microsoft Senior Program Manager Jacob Rossi, the tech titan is developing a "po…
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GoPro and Microsoft ink patent licensing deal

GoPro and Microsoft have forged a partnership, and it's a very secretive one. The two companies have signed a patent licensing "for certain file storage and other system technologies." That is seriously all they're willing to tell us at this point, a…
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Microsoft just launched an iOS news app for some reason

News apps aren't anything new these days, but that's not stopping Microsoft from taking a shot. News Pro for iPhone and the web comes fresh out of the oven from Microsoft Garage, the company's experimental project group. Its goal? To make it easy for…
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Microsoft no longer supports Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10

Although PC users love to hate Microsoft's Internet Explorer, the software is credited with helping millions of people enjoy their first taste of the web. The browser is not as popular as it once was, but Microsoft has continued to support older vers…
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Spec Showdown: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 vs. Google’s Pixel C

After the big announcements today, Microsoft seems to be pulling out the stops in response to its competitors’ take on its flagship all-in-one tablet, the Surface Pro. Here’s how the specs for the new Surface Pro 4 stack up against Google’s Pixel C.

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Everything Microsoft revealed at its Windows 10 Devices event in one helpful list

At a NYC event on Oct. 6, Microsoft revealed a whole batch of new Windows 10 devices, including new Surfaces, Lumias, and a New Microsoft Band. We’ve got all the details in one helpful list.

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Microsoft brings the Windows 10 Start Menu to Surface RT

Microsoft has released an update for its orphaned Windows RT 8.1 OS that gives it a Windows 10-like Start menu, according to users who've downloaded it. That's good news for owners of the original Surface and Surface 2 RT hybrid laptops, or those w…
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Bumper Microsoft event with new Surface and Lumia hardware rumored for October

Rumors say Microsoft has got plenty of new Surface and Lumia hardware to show off, and it’s apparently going to do so at a bumper event in October. Flagship Lumia phones, the Surface Pro 4, and even the Microsoft Band 2 are all possible.

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Wunderlist developer, 6Wunderkinder, acquired by Microsoft

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Microsoft’s strategy to support multiple platforms with various services continues today with the acquisition of 6Wunderkinder, the developer responsible for to-do list app Wunderlist. Microsoft had to spend somewhere between $ 100 million and $ 200 million in order to successfully acquire Wunderlist and its developer.

As part of the deal, the developer’s offices located in Berlin will continue to be called home. The 6Wunderkinder team, however, will be reporting back to the folks in Microsoft’s headquarters in the United States.

The company has completed acquisitions of three productivity services since the end of 2014. To build up Outlook for mobile devices, Microsoft spent around $ 200 million for Acompli. Sunrise Calendar was then absorbed by Microsoft for $ 100 million in February. And now it has Wunderlist to act as the go-to to-do list for users.

Select Microsoft apps and services are already pre-installed on a myriad of Android phones and tablets.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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