Tag: Microsoft

Microsoft brings new voice styles to Azure Cognitive Services

Microsoft today announced the launch of new neural text-to-speech (TTS) capabilities in Azure Cognitive Services, its suite of AI-imbued APIs and SDKs, that enable developers to tailor the voice of their apps and services to fit their brand. Each of three new styles — newscast, customer service, and digital assistant — offer fluid and natural-sounding […]

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Microsoft’s Mahjong-winning AI could lead to sophisticated finance market prediction systems

Last August, Microsoft Research Asia detailed an AI system dubbed Super Phoenix (Suphx for short) that could defeat Mahjong players after learning from only 5,000 matches. A revised preprint paper out this week delves a bit deeper, revealing that Suphx — whose performance improved with additional training — is now rated above 99.99% of all […]

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How Countries are Using Apps to Combat and Track COVID-19 Cases

The COVID-19 outbreak has taken countries around the world by storm. All major countries have imposed a temporary lockdown to further prevent the spread of the virus. To help people during this shutdown and to ensure that the COVID-19 virus does not spread further, major countries have launched apps to gather data from affected areas and to […]

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Microsoft previews Azure Edge Zones for 5G carriers, private networks

Although new 5G cell tower radios are capable of transmitting data at incredibly high speeds, bottlenecks elsewhere in 5G networks can prevent overall performance from being impressive, particularly for latency — the responsiveness between cloud services and client devices. So today, Microsoft is announcing Azure Edge Zones that will reduce latency for public and private […]

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Microsoft’s Chromium Edge is getting Vertical Tabs, Smart Copy, and Password Monitor

Microsoft today announced upcoming features for its Edge browser based on Google’s Chromium open source project, the same browser Google’s Chrome is based on. Consumer features like Vertical Tabs, Smart Copy, and Password Monitor are coming soon. Microsoft also shared a few updates for existing or already announced features like Collections, InPrivate mode, and Immersive […]

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Microsoft 365 bundles Office 365 with AI and cloud-powered features

Microsoft today announced that on April 21, Office 365 will become Microsoft 365, or “the subscription for your life.” The new suite builds on Office 365 with “new AI, rich content and templates, and cloud-powered experiences.” On April 21, Microsoft 365 Personal and Microsoft 365 Family subscriptions (up to six people) will replace Office 365 […]

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Valve, Microsoft, and HP are working on a ‘next generation’ SteamVR headset

Valve, Microsoft, and HP are collaborating to build a ‘”next generation” SteamVR headset, called HP Reverb G2. The current HP Reverb is the company’s second PC VR headset, with high resolution LCD panels and a focus on comfort. It’s $599. Its first was a cheaper model back in 2017, not significantly modified from Microsoft’s reference […]

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Gears Tactics keeps players engaged by amping up its Gears-ness

Gears Tactics is a Gears game. That’s the impression I came away with after watching the developers play the turn-based tactical adventure for an hour earlier this week. But more than that, it looks like it might deliver some solid strategy action specifically because it’s pulling ideas from Gears of War. Gears Tactics launches April […]

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Microsoft acquires virtualized mobile network startup Affirmed Networks

Microsoft today announced it is acquiring Affirmed Networks, a startup that offers fully virtualized, cloud-native mobile network solutions, for an undisclosed amount. The company wants to integrate Affirmed Networks’ technology into Microsoft Azure to let the telecommunications industry deploy and maintain 5G networks via software and the cloud rather than just hardware. Affirmed Networks offers […]

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Apple Restricting Game Streaming Services Like Google Stadia, Project xCloud from App Store

It is 2020, and we’re finally getting to use play games without a gaming console or a computer, thanks to cloud-based game streaming services like Google Stadia, Microsoft Project xCloud, and Nvidia GeForce Now. However, these services are being restricted by Apple from reaching iPad and iPhone users due to unnecessarily strict rules. Want to […]

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Tech industry shifts dollars and manufacturing to fight coronavirus

U.S. President Donald Trump has asked the “great American industry” to help the country deal with the coronavirus. Tech companies are among those that are responding, both by wrangling donations and by shifting manufacturing to produce medical gear. In some ways, it feels like a war mobilization that is just beginning. The Defense Production Act […]

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Minecraft Marketplace adds Education section with free material

The world is stuck at home as part of the fight against the spread of COVID-19. This has led to a huge jump in gaming activity across multiple platforms. Sony has even agreed to throttle its network to save bandwidth for more crucial data. But just because people are spending more time with games doesn’t […]

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An open Windows vulnerability lets attackers install malware through documents

Last night, Microsoft noted there’s an unpatched bug in Windows that might allow attackers to install malware or ransomware on your system through specially crafted documents. The company said in an advisory, that the system has two vulnerabilities that can be exploited to install malicious software through Remote Code Execution (RCE): Microsoft is aware of […]

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ProBeat: The rise and inevitable fall of Microsoft Teams and Slack

Microsoft yesterday revealed some new daily active users (DAUs) figures for Microsoft Teams. First, the company said that Microsoft Teams had passed 32 million DAUs, a 60% jump in four months. That was comparable to the last milestone: When Microsoft Teams passed 20 million DAUs, that was an almost 54% jump in four months. But […]

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Microsoft unveils DirectX 12 Ultimate with improved ray tracing

Microsoft is moving on to the next generation of its DirectX gaming APIs for Windows and Xbox. DirectX 12 Ultimate enables developers to unlock all of the hardware features on PC and in the Xbox Series X. This includes a number of methods for improving game visuals and performance. DirectX 12 Ultimate is getting that […]

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