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Apple's iPhone is no Blackberry: a closer look at AI and the world's biggest company

05/30/2016, 07:05 pm

Last week, developer Marco Arment suggested in a blog posting that if Apple were to fail to grasp the potential for voice-based Artificial Intelligence to change the nature of smartphone demand, the company's core revenue generator could suffer the same fate as RIM's Blackberry, which a decade prior had similarly failed to see the importance of iPhone's advanced multitouch experience until it was too late to do anything about it.

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Microsoft set to axe nearly 2,000 jobs in bid to 'streamline' smartphone biz

05/25/2016, 09:05 am

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a restructuring of its mobile hardware group that will see as many as 1,850 employees -- most of them former Nokia staffers -- lose their jobs as the company looks to right the listing smartphone ship.

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Microsoft sells Nokia feature phone division to Foxconn for $350M

05/18/2016, 08:05 am

Microsoft's steady decline in the mobile phone business continues, as the Redmond, Wash., company announced on Wednesday that it will sell the feature phone division it acquired from Nokia to a subsidiary of manufacturer Foxconn for $350 million.

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US regulators probe Apple, Google, Verizon & others on security patches

05/09/2016, 03:05 pm

A variety of wireless carriers and smartphone and tablet makers, including Apple, are reportedly being asked by U.S. regulators to explain how they review and push out security updates to their customers.

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Microsoft embraces Apple's 3D Touch in OneDrive update

05/09/2016, 01:05 pm

Users of Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage service will now be able to browse more easily through their files -- as long as they have an iPhone 6s -- as the Redmond giant has taken a shine to Apple's 3D Touch.

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Microsoft begins warning users it will cut free OneDrive storage to 5GB, matching Apple's iCloud

05/06/2016, 05:05 pm

Microsoft is sending out email alerts to OneDrive customers, warning people with free 15-gigabyte accounts that their storage will shrink to 5 gigabytes on August 10, assuming they didn't previously opt into keeping the higher amount.

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Microsoft stays true to its word, will end free Windows 10 upgrades on July 29

05/05/2016, 12:05 pm

In what could be described as a somewhat surprising move given the company's proclivity for indecision, Microsoft on Thursday announced that it would stick to the plan it announced last year and begin charging for Windows upgrades this summer.

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Apple's Mac reaches 9.2% share on the web as Windows PC use sinks to new low

05/02/2016, 02:05 pm

New data from Net Applications shows that Apple's installed base of Mac users now account for 9.2 percent of the conventional PCs used online, as Microsoft's Windows platform falls to a new low among online users.

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Intel splits on Atom after the mobile relevance of x86 whacked by Apple's Ax

04/30/2016, 05:04 pm

Intel is ending production of its mobile Atom processors as the reality sets in of a mobile world where virtually all the profits are inhaled by devices sold by Apple and powered by the iPhone-maker's own custom Ax series Application Processors.

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Apple's iPad Pro beating Microsoft Surface in 'detachable' tablet market

04/29/2016, 12:04 pm

Apple's iPad Pro is already surpassing the Microsoft Surface in the so-called "detachable" tablet market, though that market is still relatively small, according to a new research report.

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U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigating Google's abuse of Android

04/27/2016, 08:04 pm

The FTC is expanding its investigation into Android related to complaints that Google is exploiting its ostensibly open platform to shut out rivals.

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Microsoft appears to be copying Apple's 2014 Continuity Handoff feature for Windows PCs

04/27/2016, 01:04 am

Two years ago, Apple introduced Handoff--part of Continuity--as an innovative solution to a problem nobody had anticipated: how to wirelessly, automatically transition work in progress between a phone and tablet or desktop computer. Now Microsoft appears to be copying the feature for Windows 10.

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Microsoft lets new Word Flow keyboard loose on the App Store with one-handed mode

04/25/2016, 12:04 pm

Those who have a fondness for customizing their iPhone keyboard can now do so in a Microsoft-approved fashion with the Redmond software giant's new Word Flow keyboard for iOS.

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A look inside Apple ahead of its Q2 2016 earnings report

04/25/2016, 08:04 am

Apple -- the world's most profitable public company -- is a day away from releasing its March quarter earnings. That means that while the company itself is in an official quiet period, everyone else is free to publish false and misleading information about it. Let's take a look at some of the worst fallacies.

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Google & Microsoft agree to global ceasefire in regulatory battles

04/22/2016, 12:04 pm

Two of Apple's chief rivals, Google and Microsoft, on Friday announced a mutual agreement to drop regulatory complaints against each other around the world, further promising to try and settle any disputes themselves before using governments as a weapon.

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Microsoft sues DOJ for right to tell customers about data searches

04/14/2016, 05:04 pm

On Thursday Microsoft opened a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice, arguing that the government can't prevent it from telling customers when federal agencies have searched through their data -- or at least, not as frequently.

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To make crashes 'friendlier,' Microsoft adds QR codes to Windows 10 BSOD

04/12/2016, 10:04 am

Windows users will no longer be forced to manually Google error messages to figure out why their computer crashed, as development builds of Windows 10 now include a QR code on the Blue Screen of Death.

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Microsoft adds contextual edit commands to Office for iPhone, Google makes Now more iPad-friendly

04/11/2016, 03:04 pm

Microsoft on Monday updated its Office apps for iOS with new contextual functions on the iPhone, while Google updated its iOS search app to better sort Now information cards on the iPad.

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Microsoft debuts Hub Keyboard for iOS with Office 365 support

04/08/2016, 12:04 pm

Microsoft's Garage team on Friday released its expected Hub Keyboard for iOS, offering some special advantages for Office 365 users, but not two previously anticipated features.

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Microsoft adds info-hunting 'Bot' assistants to Skype for iPhone & iPad

03/30/2016, 04:03 pm

Microsoft on Wednesday launched "Bots" for Skype, allowing people to search for information and content through the app's messaging functions.

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