Tag: Microsoft

Quasi-AR baby steps are preparing us for true AR’s digital future

Though I only occasionally write about augmented reality, I sift through plenty of “news” these days that is kinda-sorta AR, but not really. For example, if you believe that a TV show is using “augmented reality” to superimpose weather graphics on the screen next to a live meteorologist, AR has been commercially available for decades. Video […]

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Minecraft Earth beta expands to Android

Microsoft and the Minecraft Team want to give Minecraft players a chance to try the franchise’s new AR game on Android. Minecraft Earth is already available as a beta test for people running iOS 10 devices. Now, that test is expanding to include Android 7 or higher. You can sign up for Minecraft Earth now. […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with sign-in improvements

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview with sign-in improvements. The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18963 (made available to testers on August 16) to build 18965. These builds are from the 20H1 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update that will arrive in the first half of next year. Windows 10 is […]

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Third-Party Contractors Have Been Listening To Your Xbox Recordings

Voice-activated digital assistants sound like the convenience of the future that many of us have grown up seeing in movies, but is it really? Or rather, would you be willing to sacrifice some of your privacy in favor of convenience? Unfortunately, sometimes that choice seems to be made on behalf of the user. Advertising Recently, […]

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Intel, Google, Microsoft, and others launch Confidential Computing Consortium for data security

Major tech companies including Alibaba, Arm, Baidu, IBM, Intel, Google Cloud, Microsoft, and Red Hat today announced intent to form the Confidential Computing Consortium to improve security for data in use. Established by the Linux Foundation, the organization plans to bring together hardware vendors, developers, open source experts, and others to promote the use of […]

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You Can Now Beta Test Microsoft’s Chromium Edge Browser

While variety and having options is usually a good thing, this can also sometimes create problems. For example, there are different browsers in the market today but they are all built differently, which means that when it comes to compatibility, there are certain things that will work for some browsers and certain things that won’t. […]

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Microsoft hires former Siri boss for AI leadership role

After leading Apple’s Siri team for six and a half years, Bill Stasior left the company for greener pastures elsewhere. Now he’ll be traversing Microsoft’s bucolic meadows, where The Information reports that he’ll head up an artificial intelligence group for the Redmond-based software giant. Stasior’s latest resume confirms that he joined Microsoft this month as a […]

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Gears 5 is adding characters from Halo: Reach

Microsoft revealed today during a presentation at Gamescom in Germany that Gears 5 will include characters from Halo, specifically Halo: Reach. Gears and Halo are two of Microsoft’s biggest franchises. Both are shooters, but they haven’t had much cross-promotion before. They don’t take place in the same fictional universe, so including characters from one in […]

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Gears 5 shows off Horde co-op mode at Gamescom

Microsoft and game developer The Coalition have revealed the new Horde mode co-op play for Gears 5 at the Gamescom 2019 event in Cologne, Germany. The Horde mode has gotten a revamp since Gears of War 4 debuted in 2016. Every Horde character will have a unique Ultimate ability; this extends to cross-over characters like […]

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Xbox gets two new ‘Special Edition’ controllers

The Xbox is getting two new custom gamepads for this fall. Both are variations of the standard Xbox Wireless Controller, and they will retail for $70. The first new gamepad is the Night Ops Camo Special Edition. It has a golden D-pad and a custom grip on its triggers. All of that goes with the […]

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Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition launches on November 14

Microsoft announced today during its Gamescom event in Germany that Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition will launch on November 14 for PC. This updated version of the classic real-time strategy game will add support for 4K, new missions, and four new civilizations. It will also be part of Xbox Game Pass for PC. It […]

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Xbox Game Pass gets Devil May Cry 5 and Ape Out

Microsoft announced a number of new additions to its Xbox Game Pass service today for both console and PC. The highlights include Devil May Cry 5 and Stellaris. Game Pass is Microsoft’s Netflix-like subscription service. For $10 month on the console, you get an instant library of over 100 games. Alternatively, you can get the […]

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Microsoft acquires JClarity to bolster Java workloads on Azure

Microsoft today announced that it has acquired JClarity, leading contributor to the AdoptOpenJDK project, for an undisclosed amount. In a blog post published this morning, corporate vice president of program management for developer tools and services John Montgomery said the purchase will bolster Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform by increasing performance for Java workloads. “Microsoft […]

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GitHub expands token scanning to Atlassian, Dropbox, Discord, and other formats

Roughly a year ago, GitHub expanded token scanning — a feature that identifies cryptographic secrets so they can be revoked before malicious hackers abuse them — to support a wider range of credential types. More recently, the Microsoft-owned company teamed up with third-party cloud providers to enable scanning on all public repositories, and today it […]

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Why video games are shooting down the Hollywood model

Not that long ago, big video games used to get sold like big movies: a flashy trailer, lots of messageboard hype, some fan conference sneak previews, and then a big make-or-break release date. Those early sales numbers determined whether something was a big hit like Grand Theft Auto V, or a big flop like Transformers: […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with Task Manager, virtual desktop, and mouse cursor improvements

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview with Task Manager, virtual desktop, mouse cursor, Notepad, and Chinese IME improvements. The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18956 (made available to testers on August 7) to build 18963. These builds are from the 20H1 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update that will arrive in […]

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