science
New Silicon Chip-Based Quantum Computer Passes Major Test 

There’s another quantum computer to keep track of in this Wild West era of quantum computing research we’re in. And it uses some parts you might already be familiar with. Read More >>

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Paul Allen’s Got Licks!

Legendary producer and arranger Quincy Jones has worked with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Michael Jackson, and he’s old enough now (almost 85!) not to give a shit about saying what, for non-legendary folks in a cutthroat, moribund industry, could be a career-ending gaffe. Various revelations from an interview published in Vulture this week include: Read More >>

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Microsoft Is Finally Selling a Super Cheap Surface Laptop, and It Almost Feels Like a Bargain

Today, as noted by Windows Central, Microsoft launched a cheaper version of its gorgeous Surface Laptop. This new version will retail for $800/£800 — a full $200 less than the previously cheapest Surface Laptop. If you’ve wanted a full-blown, lower-cost computing experience in the Surface ecosystem then this is the machine for you. Unfortunately, it's only available in the US right now. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

privacy
How to Avoid Being Tracked on Your Laptop, Phone, or Fitness Tracker

Today we’re all being tracked by more gadgets than ever before, and in ways that might not be immediately obvious; but it is possible to put restrictions on the data that your laptop, your smartphone, and even your fitness tracker can collect about you—in particular, where you are and what you’re doing with your device. Read More >>

gaming
Xbox Game Pass Will Now Include All Microsoft-Published Releases on Day One

The Xbox Game Pass is a £7.99-a-month service that gives subscribers access to a library of over 100 games. It's pretty decent — there's a lot of older games on there, but there's also plenty of more recent high-profile games on there too. Well, it's just about to get better, as Xbox has just announced a massive update: from now on, every Microsoft-published Xbox One exclusive will be added to the Game Pass on the day its released. Read More >>

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Nearly Everyone Backs Microsoft in Landmark Email Privacy Case — Except the US Department of Justice

Microsoft’s landmark email privacy case is set to go before the US Supreme Court next month, and the company has received widespread support from other tech giants, members of US Congress, and foreign governments. One party that opposes Microsoft’s move? The Department of Justice. Read More >>

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The AI Used to Sell You More Stuff Can Now Read Better Than a Human

For the first time ever, two AI systems built to process and respond to human speech (created, respectively, by Microsoft and Chinese commerce giant Alibaba) outscored humans in a reading comprehension test designed by Stanford researchers. Read More >>

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Microsoft Wants to Use Artificial Intelligence to Make CRISPR More Accurate

The gene-editing technology CRISPR could very well one day rid the world of its most devastating diseases, allowing us to simply edit away the genetic code responsible for an illness. One of the things standing in the way of turning that fantasy into reality, though, is the problem of off-target effects. Now Microsoft is hoping to use artificial intelligence to fix this problem. Read More >>

security
Skype and Signal Are Partnering on End-to-End Encryption

While messaging platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Google Allo have all incorporated end-to-end encryption into their products over the last few years, Skype has lagged behind. But now that’s changing—Skype is adding end-to-end encrypted messaging, with the help of Signal. Read More >>

genetics
Microsoft Wants to Diagnose Disease By Building Massive Database of the Human Immune System

Imagine making a spreadsheet of every meal you’ve ever eaten, every hand you’ve ever shook, every bit of dust that’s ever gotten in your eye—and multiply it by about a million times. Then you begin to get a sense of the size of the data problem that is your body’s immune system. Through a new AI project, Microsoft hopes to solve this data problem and make diagnosing nearly any disease as simple as a single blood test. Read More >>

design
5 Design Trends We’d Like to See More of This Year

Looking ahead to 2018, there’s plenty to be excited about when it comes to design. From technology companies who are finally starting to own their responsibility, to the rest of us saying goodbye to boring hardware—here are five design trends we’d like to see more of this year. Read More >>

security
Microsoft Pauses Meltdown 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. Read More >>

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When Microsoft Shut Down Groove Music, Cortana Lost a Useful Feature

Despite its best efforts, Microsoft’s Groove Music service never really caught on. So back in October, Microsoft shut the service down and told its users to switch to Spotify. Unfortunately, that decision had some unintended consequences for Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana, which relied on Groove Music’s library to help people identify songs. Read More >>

gaming
Xbox One X Owners Want Microsoft to Give Them a Free Kinect Adaptor

As you may have seen, Microsoft recently hammered the final nail into Kinect's coffin by discontinuing the adaptor that connects the console to the Xbox One S and One X consoles - a necessary component for Kinect owners who upgraded due to the newer consoles lacking the dedicated port of the original console. Existing Kinect owners aren't too happy about the news, and think the people who upgraded from the original Xbox One should get a free adaptor. Read More >>