Tag: Microsoft

Microsoft joins Hyperledger blockchain technology community

Microsoft today said it’s joining the Hyperledger community for open source blockchain technology projects. Earlier today, Facebook debuted the Libra cryptocurrency and Calibra wallet for WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, and a standalone smartphone app for other commerce. Microsoft joins a number of tech and finance organizations such as Baidu, Citi, IBM, Intel, J.P. Morgan, Salesforce, […]

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PowerPoint gains an AI-powered presenter coach and beefed-up design suggestions

The world’s most popular presentation program — PowerPoint — becomes more capable this week courtesy of AI. Microsoft today announced that PowerPoint Designer, the cloud-powered recommendation service it launched in 2015 for Office 365 subscribers, will soon see new branding features targeting corporate customers, along with a pictorial theme library and a data interpreter that […]

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Battletoads was the most fun I had at E3

Xbox had a solid press briefing at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) trade show this year. The company didn’t show off a lot of gameplay, but it did reveal what Battletoads looks like in action. The resurrected beat-’em-up got a gameplay trailer during the Xbox event, and … well, I didn’t love it. But I […]

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Microsoft researchers use GANs to generate images and storyboards from captions

AI that can sketch images corresponding to descriptions is a thing that exists, thanks to the talented folks at Microsoft Research, the University of Albany, and JD AI Research. In a paper (“Object-driven Text-to-Image Synthesis via Adversarial Training“) scheduled to be presented at the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR […]

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Exposing the Bias Embedded in Tech

In 2010, Kinect for Microsoft’s Xbox gaming system, in which users played with gestures and spoken commands rather than a controller, was ready to go to market. But just before it did, a woman who worked for the company took the game home to play with her family, and a funny thing happened. The motion-sensing […]

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12 Minutes keeps rewinding a couple’s last moments

12 Minutes caught my attention during Microsoft’s event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) game trade show last week in Los Angeles. In the game from developer Luis Antonio, each gameplay session lasts 12 minutes. And it plays over and over again, like Groundhog Day. Your job is to unravel a mystery. It is shown […]

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E3 2019 killed CG reveal videos

The 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles has come and gone. Despite talk of its demise, this show is still an inflection point. The biggest gaming companies work toward it each year. And I think it helps them establish a narrative that consumers are desperate to latch onto. But E3 2019 had a problem […]

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Xbox Boss Shows Camaraderie By Saying E3 Isn’t As Good Without Sony’s Presence

It’s no secret that as far as consoles are concerned, Microsoft and Sony are rivals with their Xbox and PlayStation platforms respectively. For years, both companies have enjoyed a healthy rivalry and it shows, especially this year where Xbox boss Phil Spencer showed his competition some camaraderie. Advertising Speaking in an interview with Giant Bomb, […]

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Intel hires Xbox chip architect John Sell and Apple’s Manisha Pandya

Intel has hired John Sell, the chief architect of next-generation console chips at Microsoft. Sell worked on the chips for the Xbox One, Xbox One X, and the upcoming Project Scarlett. Sell changed his LinkedIn profile to a new job at Intel, and the company confirmed that it has hired him. The new hire is […]

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How Microsoft hopes to preserve privacy while gathering AR map data

As augmented reality (AR) technologies barrel toward ubiquity, a key concern among ethicists remains preserving privacy in data on which the underpinning AI models train. In order to localize themselves in space, AR apps require access to device cameras, which they use to construct digital maps of their surroundings. These maps are often stored persistently […]

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How Microsoft is tackling cloud gaming with Project xCloud

Microsoft took the wraps off its Project xCloud cloud gaming service this week without a lot of fanfare. At the company’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) gaming event in Los Angeles, the company devoted a couple of minutes to the cloud within a 90-minute broadcast on the future of gaming. But Kevin LaChapelle, general manager of […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with WSL 2

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview with download, Narrator, Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), and inking improvements. The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18912 (made available to testers on June 5) to build 18917. These builds are from the 20H1 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update that will arrive in the […]

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Torchlight II Will Come To PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch This September

Back in the days of Diablo, some of the developers behind the game left Blizzard where they formed their own studio, Runic Games, which resulted in the Torchlight series, which many had hailed back then as a possible alternative to Diablo for those who enjoy this style of game. Advertising The good news is that […]

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How Microsoft showed up at E3, locked and loaded for games, a new console, and the cloud

Matt Booty, the head of Xbox Game Studios, may have overdone it when he started going shopping for game studios. The company showed up with 14 first party games at Microsoft’s Xbox event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). And Microsoft announced that it had acquired Double Fine Productions this week, not to mention the […]

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Banjo And Kazooie Confirmed As New Characters For Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series is widely-regarded as one of the best mashups as far as fighting games are concerned. The franchise has not only brought a ton of Nintendo characters from varying franchises together, but it has also brought in characters from non-Nintendo games. Advertising This is why it doesn’t come as a complete […]

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