Tag: Microsoft

U.S.-China trade deal clears way for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X

The United States and China have agreed to wind down the foolish trade war that president Donald Trump started in late 2018. Last week, the two countries signed “phase 1” of a trade deal. That agreement includes an increase in U.S. exports to China and some mechanisms for potentially protecting intellectual property in China. But […]

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AI Weekly: Calls for facial recognition moratorium highlight need for protection from surveillance tech

The debate over whether to ban or place moratoriums on the use of facial recognition started last year in cities like San Francisco, but the debate reignited this week when Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he’s open to a moratorium on facial recognition. “It [facial recognition regulation] can be immediate, but maybe there’s […]

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Amazon asks court to pause Microsoft’s work on Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI contract

(Reuters) — Amazon said on Wednesday that it filed a motion in court to pause the U.S. Department of Defense and Microsoft from carrying out an up to $10 billion cloud computing deal until a court rules on Amazon’s protest of the contract award. Amazon, originally considered to be the favorite to win the award, […]

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GitHub now uses AI to recommend open issues in project repositories

Large open source projects on Github have intimidatingly long lists of problems that require addressing. To make it easier to spot the most pressing, GitHub recently introduced the “good first issues” feature, which matches contributors with issues that are likely to fit their interests. The initial version, which launched in May 2019, surfaced recommendations based […]

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Microsoft Windows users need to be wary of scammers, Better Business Bureau warns

Microsoft announced earlier this month that they will no longer be providing free security updates or technical assistance for the Windows 7 operating system — and scammers are looking to capitalize on this, according to the Better Business Bureau. The BBB says scammers are trying to convince Windows users that they can pay to update their […]

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Microsoft open-sources ONNX Runtime model to speed up Google’s BERT

Microsoft Research AI today said it plans to open-source an optimized version of Google’s popular BERT natural language model designed to work with the ONNX Runtime inference engine. Microsoft uses to the same model to lower latency for BERT when powering language representation for the Bing search engine. The model, which “delivers its largest improvement […]

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Google and Microsoft spar over EU plan to ban facial recognition

(Reuters) — The EU’s proposal for a temporary ban on facial recognition technology won backing from Alphabet Chief Executive Sundar Pichai on Monday but got a cool response from Microsoft President Brad Smith. While Pichai cited the possibility that the technology could be used for nefarious purposes as a reason for a moratorium, Smith said […]

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From Washington state to Washington DC, lawmakers rush to regulate facial recognition

Amid the start of an impeachment trial; talk of mounting hostility with Iran; new trade deals with China, Canada, and Mexico; and the final presidential debate before the start of the Democratic presidential primary season, you might’ve missed it, but it was also a momentous week for facial recognition regulation. A bipartisan group in Congress […]

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ProBeat: Your business should adopt Chromium Edge, but not yet

Microsoft this week delivered on its December 2018 promise to embrace Google’s Chromium open source project. Chromium Edge for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and macOS uses Google’s Blink rendering engine instead of Microsoft’s EdgeHTML, and Google’s V8 for JavaScript instead of Microsoft’s Chakra. The question is: Should you switch to Chromium Edge? From […]

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LinkedIn is using AI to spot and remove inappropriate user accounts

Social networks including Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest tap AI and machine learning systems to detect and remove abusive content, as does LinkedIn. The Microsoft-owned platform — which has over 660 million users, 303 million of whom are active monthly — today detailed its approach to handling profiles containing inappropriate content, which ranges from profanity to […]

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Microsoft confirms HoloLens 2 display issues as headsets remain scarce

Microsoft’s $3,500 enterprise augmented reality headset HoloLens 2 had a somewhat longer path to market than expected, debuting last February and actually beginning shipments in November despite suggestions of an earlier release. Now Microsoft is confirming that it’s looking into reports of display problems from a growing number of early adopters, though it’s unclear at this stage […]

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