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Most of us could probably stand to be a little bit more organized, whether it's remembering to pick up milk on the way home or making sure not to miss little Katie's recital right after turning in those blueprints to the boss at noon. That is where digital assistants can be useful. Cortana is one of them and Microsoft is making its smarty pants AI even more helpful by having her hold you accountable to what you say in emails. "Cortana already gives you reminders for people, places and times, and helps you make and manage to-do lists so you don’t forget a thing. Now, Cortana can help you remember... Read more...
  Microsoft hasn’t even officially announced Windows 10 Cloud, but the new operating system has already been “hacked” to add functionality that isn’t officially sanctioned. For those that need a refresher, Windows 10 Cloud is a new variant of Microsoft’s current consumer operating system that will only allow you to install Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps from the Windows Store. According to Microsoft’s own description of Windows 10 Cloud, “This version of Windows was made to help protect you and your device by exclusively running Windows Store apps.” This walled garden approach, however,... Read more...
  Microsoft is wasting no time in putting it new Artificial Intelligence and Research Group to work. The company just announced that its Microsoft Cognitive Services now includes 25 tools that form the backbone for the Skype Translator and Cortana (among other Microsoft products). Two of those new APIs are Bing Speech and Content Moderator. Bing Speech is capable of not only translating speech into text, but it can also convert text to speech. Microsoft’s speech recognition technology uses acoustic and language models to tailor its services for a specific language, and to make it easier to... Read more...
Microsoft is preparing to blast off to Andromeda. No, we’re not talking about Mass Effect: Andromeda, but the company’s efforts to overhaul the Windows 10 UI. Microsoft’s version of Andromeda (not to be confused with Google Andromeda) beefs up the desktop experience for OneCore (Windows 10) platforms such as Windows 10 Mobile and HoloLens. There are a several parts that make up Andromeda, but as MSPowerUser describes, Windows 10 Mobile users stand to gain the most from the initiative. For example, the current Continuum desktop experience with Windows 10 Mobile represents a reasonable facsimile... Read more...
Earlier this week, we brought you news of an upcoming variant of Windows 10 that is reportedly destined for low-cost machines. Today, an early build of that SKU, Windows 10 Cloud, leaked to the internet in ISO form. For anyone brave enough to try out Windows 10 Cloud, which is available in Windows 10 Build 15019, it is exactly as Mary Jo Foley described in her report. As Foley indicated based on information from her Microsoft insiders, Windows 10 Cloud is only capable of installing Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps from the Windows Store. In fact, if you even try to install or run a Win32 app,... Read more...
TorBrowser users could be in for a rude awakening thank to some rather nefarious Windows DRM-protected files that are making the rounds. It appears that malicious parties could use malware that is ensconced within DRM-protected files to reveal their true IP address. It should be noted that this latest attack vector requires both the use of Windows and the Tor Browser. As Hacker House reports, clicking on “these ‘signed WMV’ files do not present any alert to a user before opening them they can be used quite effectively to decloak users of the popular privacy tool TorBrowser with very little warning.”... Read more...
  Newer versions of Windows, including Windows 10 are vulnerable right now to a new Server Message Block (SMB) zero-day exploit that has been shown as a proof-of-concept. The vulnerability was first demonstrated by @PythonResponder and requires a user to connect to a SMBv3 server for a successful attack. Given the severity of the exploit, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has already published an emergency advisory, officially labeling it VU#867968. US-CERT describes the memory corruption vulnerability in detail, noting: Microsoft Windows fails to properly handle traffic... Read more...
Can HTC Vive and Microsoft HoloLens users ever truly share a virtual experience together? Are they doomed to stagger through their own lonely artificial reality worlds? Well, Google intern Drew Gottlieb has an answer. Gottlieb’s software allows Microsoft HoloLens users to peek into the virtual reality worlds of the HTC Vive.  Gottlieb was inspired by a recent experience with a friend. He remarked, “A friend was recently painting a 3D submarine in Tilt Brush. 'Look at this periscope!' she said. I told her to look closer at it, and I leaned into my computer monitor to get a glimpse... Read more...
Microsoft has a long and somewhat bumpy road in the antivirus field. Even its latest AV solution, Windows Defender, has not always garnered praise, though that is beginning to change. A recent blog post by a security expert who heaped praise on the default security software in Windows has prompted others to come out and speak in favor of using Windows Defender instead of a third-party solution. "At best, there is negligible evidence that major non-MS AV products give a net improvement in security. More likely, they hurt security significantly; for example, see bugs in AV products listed in Google's... Read more...
A German outfit called Dirror has upped the ante on those digital frames that were so popular a few years ago and is selling a line of digital mirrors powered by Windows 10. The decorative mirrors come housed in wooden frames and are ready to hang on the wall, though just be careful with mounting one—these are full-fledged PCs powered by Intel hardware with price tags starting at about $1,040. There are three configurations that Dirror offers. The least expensive is the Dirror S. It runs 970 euros (around $1,040 in U.S. currency) and sports a 10.1-inch display with a 1280x800 resolution. The Dirror... Read more...
During the past week, some rather adventurous types dug into Insider Preview Build 15019 to unlock Microsoft’s deepest secrets regarding Windows 10. Using a tool called the Product Key Configuration Reader, the folks over at Petri were able to uncover two upcoming versions of the operating system: Windows 10 Cloud and Windows 10 Cloud N (“N” versions of Windows ship without the Windows Media Player). Petri added, “While it’s possible that these Cloud SKUs may never materialize, seeing as bits and pieces of its existence is starting to be uncovered, it seems logical to conclude that Microsoft is... Read more...
It has now been two years since Microsoft first introduced HoloLens, a set of goggles that meshes the real world with virtual 3D elements. The technology is called augmented reality and outside of Pokemon Go and a handful of nifty demos, we've yet to see to how truly awesome the experience can be. Part of the reason is the hardware. Two years later, HoloLens is still a $3,000 development kit, though that won't be the case forever. Alex Kipman, the Brazilian-born Microsoft executive who invented HoloLens, talked with CNET about his creation and some of the future plans surrounding it. He said that... Read more...
Microsoft has just released a brand-new Insider Preview build for Windows 10, and if you've been anxious to give the new 'Game Mode' a test, it's now available. However, it's important to mention right from the get-go that this particular build ironically breaks many "popular" games, so if you're worried about being stuck without your favorite game, it'd be wise to hold off on the update. Since this build both adds Game Mode and introduces a major bug for modern games, no one could blame you if you thought that the two were related. According to Microsoft, that's not so. It's just an unfortunate... Read more...
Since the beginning of time (or somewhere thereabouts) mankind has been divided by two groups at war with one another, PC gamers and console gamers. Calls for peace between the two have largely gone ignored, and though it has mostly been a war of words and snarky memes, every so often a compatible battlefield emerges for an actual skirmish. Now is one of those times—Microsoft just added cross-platform multiplayer to Gears of War 4 in Social Quickplay. Let the brawling begin. The addition of cross-play allows gamers on the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs to face off with another in Gear of War 4's Versus... Read more...
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