Tag: Microsoft

How AR and VR are driving return on investment in the Enterprise Reality Ecosystem

While consumer AR/VR is proving itself, enterprise AR/VR is already delivering strong return on investment for major corporations like Walmart, Lockheed Martin, and Verizon. But the market remains a series of connected point solutions, not a fully functioning ecosystem (yet). As major players like Microsoft build toward an end-to-end stack and win half-billion dollar contracts […]

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Microsoft reports $30.6 billion in Q3 2019 revenue: Azure up 73%, Surface up 21%, and LinkedIn up 27%

Microsoft today reported earnings for its third fiscal quarter of 2019, including revenue of $30.6 billion, net income of $8.8 billion, and earnings per share of $1.14 (compared to revenue of $26.8 billion, net income of $7.4 billion, and earnings per share of $0.95 in Q3 2018). All three of the company’s operating groups saw […]

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Study Shows Apple Leads the Way in Laptop Customer Service, Especially on the Phone

One of the major pillars of Apple’s success over the years has been customer service, whether it’s online, in a store, or over the phone. And now a new study reinforces that claim to fame as Apple goes up against major competitors in laptop customer service. Laptop Mag has the study, publishing the results this […]

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Mozilla highlights AI bias and ‘addiction by design’ tech in internet health report

Mozilla today released the 2019 Internet Health Report, an analysis that brings together insights from 200 experts to examine issues central to the future of the internet. This year’s report chose to focus primarily on injustice perpetuated by artificial intelligence, what NYU’s Natasha Dow Schüll calls “addiction by design” tech like social media apps and […]

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Microsoft: AI’s next frontier is experts teaching machines

Microsoft executives say the next frontier in artificial intelligence will involve using human professionals’ expertise to train machine learning models. “Machine teaching” is essentially an interface that sits atop a machine learning layer to give people without the ability to code a way to train and deploy systems. Machine teaching can be applied to a […]

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Nintendo gets nearly a quarter of gaming’s 1.5 million TV ad impressions between March 16 and April 15

Nintendo’s been busy promoting the Switch hybrid console, and it shows: The publisher is in first place when it comes to the most-seen gaming industry TV ads, while Xbox lingers behind, followed by Respawn Entertainment. GamesBeat has partnered with iSpot.tv, the TV ad measurement and attribution company, to bring you a monthly report on TV […]

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Microsoft’s confusing facial recognition policy, from China to California

On Tuesday, news broke that Microsoft refused to sell its facial recognition software to law enforcement in California and an unnamed country. The move led to some praise for the company for being consistent with its policy to oppose questionable human rights applications, but a broader examination of Microsoft’s actions in the past year indicates […]

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Microsoft’s SeeingVR tools help low-vision users view Unity VR apps

Conceptually, virtual reality headsets present a fantastic opportunity to aid users with low vision: Up-close screens with high contrast and personally calibrated lenses could enable people to see details that might be missed in the real world. But as VR software isn’t generally optimized for low-vision users, Microsoft researchers are previewing a solution called SeeingVR, […]

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Microsoft acquires Express Logic for its real-time internet of things operating system

Microsoft today announced that it’s acquired Express Logic, a 23-year-old San Diego, California-based developer of real-time operating systems (RTOS) for internet of things (IoT) and edge devices powered by microcontroller units (MCUs), for an undisclosed amount. The Seattle company notes that Express Logic’s ThreadX RTOS — which is designed to scale from resource-constrained, battery-powered devices […]

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Newzoo: Top 25 public game companies generated over $100 billion in 2018 revenue

Market researcher Newzoo reported that the top 25 public game companies account for nearly 80 percent of the global market, and they generated $107.3 billion in revenue out of a total $134.9 billion market in 2018. That was the first time the top 25 have exceeded $100 billion in annual revenue. Tencent was the No. […]

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Microsoft’s Surface Hub 2S starts at $8,999, ships in June

The Surface Hub, Microsoft’s digital whiteboard designed for conferences and meetings, received a hardware refresh today. At a press event at Steelcase’s swanky New York City hub, the Redmond, Washington company detailed the improved Surface Hub 2S, which boasts a touchscreen that’s higher in resolution than the original, plus a 4K front camera that supports video […]

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Gears 5 multiplayer to debut in new Eleague TV series on TBS

Microsoft is betting big on Gears 5’s esports potential. During the latest episode of Inside Xbox (Microsoft’s online series on Xbox news), the company revealed that it’s partnering with esports broadcaster Eleague to showcase Gears 5 multiplayer in a new TV series on TBS called Eleague Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood. […]

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Xbox Game Ultimate Pass bundles Games Pass and Live Gold for $15 a month

Microsoft announced the Xbox Game Ultimate Pass today during its Inside Xbox presentation. The new subscription service bundles Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Games Pass. Xbox Live Gold gives users access to online gaming and monthly free downloads of games. Xbox Game Pass has a library of over 100 downloadable games, including new Xbox exclusives […]

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How to keep Alexa, Cortana, Siri, Google Assistant, and Bixby from recording you

At their best, voice assistants from the likes of Microsoft, Apple, Google, Samsung, and Amazon empower us to be more productive. They queue up our favorite songs, give us previews of our weekly agendas, and place phone calls to friends and loved ones. But they’re also recording the commands we utter for posterity (and in […]

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