Tag: Microsoft

Halo: Infinite delayed into 2021 — Xbox Series X still launching this year

Microsoft is putting Halo: Infinite back into the oven. The publisher announced today that it is pushing the next Halo game into 2021 so that developer 343 Industries can have more time to refine the final product. This is a major blow to the Xbox Series X, which is still launching later this year, according […]

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Researchers use AI classifiers to expose potential vulnerabilities in Microsoft remote desktop

Microsoft’s encrypted Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) contains vulnerabilities that could enable attackers to detect activities, keystrokes, and mouse movements in 30-second traces. That’s according to a preprint study from researchers at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, who claim the protocol’s design exposes “fine-grained” actions on which machine learning models could be trained to identify usage […]

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Apple’s EU antitrust case targets App Store limits on Microsoft and Facebook gaming apps

(Reuters) – Facebook and Microsoft’s grievances over how their gaming apps appear on Apple’s App Store may feed into an EU investigation into the iPhone maker’s business as EU antitrust regulators said such concerns are on their radar. The European Commission in June opened four probes into Apple, three of which are into its App […]

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Why the Xbox Series S is such a smart move by Microsoft

The Xbox Series S is inevitable at this point. Over the weekend, people began discovering retail versions of the updated Xbox controller for Xbox Series X. When they started tearing into that packaging, they found references to the Xbox Series S in the documentation. This all but officially confirms the existence of the more affordable […]

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Microsoft’s TikTok acquisition presents both political and technical challenges

(Reuters) – Microsoft’s bid to carve out parts of TikTok from its Chinese owner ByteDance will be a technically complex endeavor that could test the patience of President Donald Trump’s administration, according to sources familiar with the setup. Trump has given Microsoft until Sept. 15 to put together a blueprint for an acquisition that safeguards the […]

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ProBeat: Microsoft wants TikTok for the same reason the U.S. fears China

It’s been a month since U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration was considering banning TikTok. Plenty has happened since, but the situation really accelerated last weekend. In the span of a couple hours, we learned that President Trump was planning to sign an order directing China’s ByteDance to divest its ownership […]

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Cloud Gaming Services like Microsoft’s xCloud, Google’s Stadia Won’t Be Coming to iPhone or iPad

Cloud gaming services like Microsoft’s xCloud and Google Stadia might be the future, but the current App Store regulations mean that these services are not going to make their way to iPhones and iPads. Google’s Stadia is available for Android and basically any PC with an internet connection and Chrome. Microsoft’s xCloud is also available […]

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Sony and Microsoft don’t know the price of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X

Microsoft and Sony are playing a game of chicken when it comes to the price of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. No one wants to go first. And I’m sure that you, like me, find this strategy infuriating. They know the prices of their next-gen consoles, so why not tell us? Well — […]

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TikTok and America’s Bleak Techno-Nationalism

But given Microsoft’s more than $160 billion in cash reserves, the price may be immaterial if it brings Redmond tens of millions of avid young users and the hoard of data they produce. And despite its reputation as a lumbering business-centric firm that’s botched acquisitions like Nokia, Microsoft has had recent successes in acquiring already […]

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Microsoft Won’t Fix TikTok’s Problems

Image: ANATOLIY SIZOV VIA ISTOCK UNRELEASED/GETTY IMAGES It is looking increasingly like TikTok, the massively popular video-based social media application owned by the Chinese firm ByteDance, will be “banned” in some manner in the United States, or sold at a fire sale price to a U.S.-based company (likely Microsoft). This comes after a month of speculation and […]

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Microsoft researchers claim ‘state-of-the-art’ biomedical NLP model

In a paper published on the preprint server Arxiv.org, Micorosft researchers propose an AI technique they call domain-specific language model pretraining for biomedical natural language processing (NLP). By compiling a “comprehensive” biomedical (NLP) benchmark from publicly available data sets, the coauthors claim they managed to achieve state-of-the-art results on tasks including named entity recognition, evidence-based […]

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Microsoft has paid security researchers $13.7 million for bug bounties in 12 months

Microsoft today announced it has paid out $13.7 million in bug bounties to 327 security researchers in the past year. The figure is more than three times the $4.4 million that Microsoft awarded over the same period last year, showing that the company is increasingly putting its money where its mouth is with respect to […]

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gets over 100 Project xCloud games on September 15

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will get access to over 100 games via the Project xCloud streaming service starting September 15, Microsoft announced today. This means that those paying the $15 a month for Game Pass Ultimate will be able to play these 100-plus Xbox games on their Android phones or tablets, all thanks to […]

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Trump gives Microsoft 45 days to seal TikTok deal

(Reuters) — President Donald Trump only agreed to allow Microsoft to negotiate the acquisition of popular short-video app TikTok if it could secure a deal in 45 days, three people familiar with the matter said on Sunday. The move represents an about-face for Trump and prompted the U.S. tech giant to declare its interest in […]

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ByteDance and Microsoft offer White House a deal to keep TikTok in the U.S.

(Reuters) — China’s ByteDance has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app, two people familiar with the matter said on Saturday. U.S. officials have said TikTok […]

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Microsoft Could Be TikTok’s New Owner

The US government had previously announced that they might be considering banning TikTok. This is because TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, is from China and due to the ongoing tensions between both countries, it could spell trouble for TikTok. Now it seems that things could be escalating, according to a report from Bloomberg. Advertising The report […]

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ProBeat: Slowing AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud revenue growth is a good thing

COVID-19 means work, learning, and life in general are increasingly happening online. Shouldn’t that mean more cloud usage and thus more cloud revenue? Yes, and it does. But that doesn’t necessarily translate to more cloud revenue growth for the three tech giants. Microsoft reported its fiscal Q4 2020 earnings last week, while Amazon and Alphabet […]

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New Outlook App for Mac with Revamped UI Rolling Out to Insider Slow Users

Microsoft has been expanding its app and services offerings for other platforms, including Android, iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and Linux as it focuses its shift from platforms to services. The company has announced the rollout of the new Outlook app for Macs. However, it is available to beta testers first. The new Outlook experience is now […]

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Huawei has the same app problem that doomed Windows Phone

Huawei is now the world’s biggest smartphone maker in terms of shipments, according to Canalys data, which suggests the Chinese tech firm surpassed rival Samsung in Q2 2020, albeit mostly due to its domestic sales in China. This is the first time in nine years that a company other than Samsung or Apple has led […]

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