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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 phone call apparently didn’t know they were speaking to a robot. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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A Budget 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 if we can’t afford its giant 4K touchscreen). Read More >>

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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 tantalising 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 seeing multiple Surface generations come and go, I’m still wondering when all this fantastic tech becomes something that living up to its promise. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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Bringing iMessage to Windows Would be Sick, And Possibly The Start of Something Bigger

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 file-transferring features) from your phone on your Windows 10 computer. Read More >>

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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? Read More >>

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Microsoft’s New Plan to Colonise 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 coming to whatever phone you’re holding right now. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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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 features. It’s almost like Microsoft picked through some of the coolest features its competitors have and finally put them into Windows. Read More >>

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You Can Now Download iTunes From the Windows 10 App Store

It's been nearly a year since it was announced that Apple was bringing iTunes to the Windows 10 App store, but today it's finally arrived. Read More >>

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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 ageing computers, lost a federal appeals court case in Miami, Florida after it ruled “he had infringed Microsoft’s products to the tune of $700,000 [£502,400],” the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. Read More >>

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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 organisations revealed that last year the number of tech support victims had risen between 24 and 86 per cent. Read More >>

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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 US 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 intelligence for Project Maven—a decision that many employees opposed because they did not think it was appropriate for Google to develop battlefield technology. Read More >>