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EU Finalising Laws To Remove Extremist Videos From Twitter, YouTube and Facebook

There's always a fine line to tread between freedom of speech and blocking content designed to incite hatred and violence against a specific group or groups of people. The EU is about to enshrine a line of some kind in law though, as it finalises plans to require internet companies to block extreme content. Read More >>

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Microsoft and Huawei Both Announce Computers On The Same Day

Microsoft has announced the new Surface Pro, although surprises are a little thin on the ground after some comprehensive leaked. However, the key points are pretty exciting. Read More >>

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Microsoft’s New Surface Pro Might Fix Its Loudest Problem

Microsoft held a big Surface event in Shanghai this morning. While the event was basically impossible to watch in the west, with a broken liveblog and zero English livestreams, savvy viewers (and those fluent in Chinese) might have caught the big news: There’s a new Surface Pro. It’s been more than sixteen months since Microsoft’s landmark tablet-laptop hybrid saw an update. In the intervening time, Microsoft has seen a lot of competitors attempt to encroach on the 2-1 device space. While some of those clones have been aesthetically delightful, few have approached the slick combination of design and quality the Surface Pro delivers. So a refresh is welcome, and this year’s devices could fix some of the Surface Pro’s most annoying problems. Read More >>

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Microsoft Reportedly Wants to Use DNA for Cloud Data Storage

In the not-so-distant future, next time you want to back up your work to Microsoft’s cloud, you might be storing it on a few snippets of DNA. Read More >>

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Here’s Our First (Leaked) Look at the New Surface Pro

Just because Microsoft says there won't be a Surface Pro 5 anytime soon doesn't mean it's going to keep the current models around for the next few years. Press renders that allegedly showcase the next iteration of the tablet have leaked, and word is that this one will drop the number altogether. Read More >>

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What Happened to the Amazing HoloLens Future We Were Promised?

Microsoft overhauled its fading corporate image nearly three years ago with that announcement of a its powerful new operating system, Windows 10. The most surprising facet of this rebranding effort was a promising augmented reality headset, HoloLens, shown off at a press conference in January 2015. When it debuted, HoloLens felt like it could genuinely change the world. Read More >>

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Microsoft Desperately Needs to Figure Out How to Be Cool

At Microsoft’s Build conference, the dorkiest of companies put on a big show, complete with fog machines and fancy lights, in order to show it’s a cool competitor to Apple and Google. The speakers who came on stage during keynotes had stylish hair. “Do they have dressers backstage?” an attendee asked a group of us when it was all over. Read More >>

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This Week’s Massive Ransomware Attack Was Mostly Preventable — Here’s How To Avoid It

Ransomware may be mostly thought of as a (sometimes costly) nuisance, but when it hinders the ability of doctors and nurses to help people with an emergency medical problems, that qualifies as armed robbery. Read More >>

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Someone Made A Working Holographic Cortana And It Is Amazing

Jarem Archer has created a concept Cortana Appliance, which he explains as "basically what imagined Microsoft's version of Alexa or Google Home would be like if they were to use the holographic AI sidekick from the Halo franchise." Read More >>

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Microsoft’s New Mixed Reality Controllers Look Very Familiar

Today at its annual Build developer conference, Microsoft announced its own set of motion controllers made for its burgeoning Windows Mixed Reality platform. As we’ve mentioned in previous reports, the company is calling its new computing platform “mixed reality” because it combines different elements of augmented and virtual reality. The platform itself is baked directly into the Creators Update for Windows 10. Read More >>

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Microsoft’s Latest Workplace Tech Demos Creep Me Out

If you’re an employee under the heel of a giant corporation you should probably be terrified by the vision of the future of connected gadgets that Microsoft just revealed at its Build developer conference here in Seattle. Read More >>

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Microsoft Screams ‘Me Too’ With Cortana-Powered Rival to Amazon Echo and Google Home

With Microsoft’s Build developer conference just two days away, the company has revealed one of the most anticipated announcements from the event: A new Cortana-powered speaker made by German audio giant Harman Kardon. Read More >>

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The Surface Pro 5 Isn’t a Thing, Says Microsoft

For those of you hoping to grab yourselves a brand new iteration of Microsoft's tablet PC are in for some bad news. There is no such thing as the Surface Pro 5, so don't expect to see one in the near future. Read More >>

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What Is Microsoft’s Grand Plan for Phones?

It has been nearly two years since Microsoft introduced a new Windows phone. Sure, HP is still making Windows phones and marketing them to businesses, but Microsoft has been basically silent on the subject of its flagging mobile platform since 2015. There have been zero flagship devices, despite the persistent rumours of a super Surface phone. Logic dictates that Microsoft needs to get in the game here. People are increasingly moving away from their laptops and onto their smartphones, and if Microsoft wants to keep up with Apple and Google, it will need a convincing phone platform. Read More >>

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Why the Hell Doesn’t the Surface Laptop Have a USB-C Charger?

Microsoft announced the Surface Laptop yesterday, and our first impressions of the device were great. It’s super thin, looks like a Macbook, and somehow manages to cost less. But there was one glaring weakness we couldn’t get over: It uses a proprietary charging cable rather than USB-C, the new standard that many other modern laptops employ. Read More >>