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Topic: Microsoft

Microsoft plans to deepen integration of Cortana in Outlook for iOS

03/05/2018, 11:03 am

Microsoft is reportedly planning to increase the integration of Cortana in Outlook for iOS, with the digital assistant said to be undergoing internal testing that could eventually allow users of the popular email client to manage their iPhone-based messages using verbal requests alone.

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Microsoft Soundscape app helps visually impaired iPhone users navigate with 3D audio cues

03/02/2018, 01:03 pm

Microsoft has released a free iPhone app, Soundscape, which aims to help blind people and users with limited vision more of a bearing of their surroundings while outside, by providing 3D audio clues to where locations are in relation to the user's position.

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Stream Xbox One games to your Mac with OneCast

03/01/2018, 08:03 pm

Xbox One owners have been able to stream their games to PCs running Windows 10 since 2015, but Mac compatibility has been notably, and expectedly, lacking. A new app, OneCast, promises to deliver the same game streaming experience to macOS for a mere $10.

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Microsoft's international data privacy fight moves to U.S. Supreme Court

02/26/2018, 11:02 am

The Surpreme Court will on Tuesday hear arguments in a long-running case between the U.S. government and Microsoft, following the latter's 2013 refusal to turn over data stored on an Irish server, demanded as part of a drug trafficking investigation.

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Microsoft 'Photos Companion' iPhone app allows for easy transfer of pictures to Windows 10 PC

02/15/2018, 09:02 am

Seeing a need in education, Microsoft has developed an app to pull all the pictures off multiple iPhones and mobile devices and store them locally on a central Windows 10 machine.

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Test finds HomePod's Siri 'at the bottom of the totem pole' in smartspeaker AI

02/10/2018, 07:02 pm

While the Apple HomePod is the "best sounding" smartspeaker and has a "measurably better" user experience in many areas, its underlying AI assistant -- Siri -- failed dramatically in a query test versus Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana, according to Loup Ventures.

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Microsoft tests use of iPhone authenticator app as password replacement in Windows 10 S mode preview

02/09/2018, 10:02 am

Microsoft is allowing users to sign into their computers using an authenticator app instead of a password, as part of testing of Windows 10 S that effectively eliminates the stripped-down version of the operating system in favor of a new mode for all Windows 10 variants.

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NYPD begins rolling out 36,000 iPhone 7, 7 Plus handsets to Manhattan cops

02/05/2018, 08:02 pm

As part of a planned switch away from Microsoft's defunct Windows Phone platform, the New York Police Department recently began issuing officers their choice of iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus handsets, devices some cops are already lauding as the "ultimate tool" to fight crime.

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No chill: Some Microsoft Surface Pro 4 users need to stick device in freezer to stop screen flickering

02/02/2018, 03:02 pm

A growing number of Surface Pro 4 owners are experiencing display flicker, and to temporarily rectify the situation, they need to chill the device well below room temperature to get it to work properly for even a short time.

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Microsoft updates Office for iPhone & iPad with real-time collaboration, drag & drop

01/30/2018, 04:01 pm

Microsoft on Tuesday released major updates to the iOS versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, adding features like real-time collaboration, and drag-and-drop support on iPads with iOS 11 or later.

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Microsoft adds support for Files, Drag and Drop to OneDrive for iOS, teases Edge browser for iPad

01/30/2018, 02:01 pm

Microsoft is continuing to make its apps more useful to iPhone and iPad users, with updates to the OneDrive app adding support for the Files app and iOS 11 features, while reports indicate the company is preparing to expand its Edge browser from iPhone to iPad in the near future.

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Running Microsoft 'Xbox Watch' discovered, is no Apple Watch killer

01/22/2018, 04:01 pm

An "Xbox Watch" prototype has been unearthed and brought back to life, showing what Microsoft had in mind for its first, true smart watch after a failed effort in the beginning of the century.

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Apple stands by Microsoft against 'global search warrant' as case moves to Supreme Court

01/19/2018, 07:01 pm

Microsoft's long-running battle with the Department of Justice over a federal court ruling that could force American companies to hand data about foreign customers over to the U.S. government will soon be heard by the Supreme Court.

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Apple holds onto decade-plus streak at top of Fortune's 'Most Admired Companies'

01/19/2018, 09:01 am

For the 11th year in a row, Apple on Friday took the top spot on Fortune's annual "World's Most Admired Companies" list, this time based on the opinions of some 3,900 executives, directors, analysts, and experts.

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Microsoft improves Office 2016 for Mac with real-time collaboration & automatic cloud saves

01/18/2018, 02:01 pm

Microsoft on Thursday released a major update of Offce 2016 for the Mac, adding features such as real-time collaboration and automatic saves for cloud-based files.

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Microsoft, Signal add end-to-end encryption to Skype

01/11/2018, 06:01 pm

Skype users will soon be able to message without fear of prying eyes as secure communications firm Signal has partnered with Microsoft to add new encryption capabilities to the service.

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Apple picked as 'most innovative' company in recent US survey

01/10/2018, 11:01 am

Among a list of 12 major corporations, Apple was picked as the most innovative by a wide margin in a poll of U.S. adults.

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Microsoft advises fixes for Spectre and Meltdown security flaws could cause noticeable performance hits

01/09/2018, 04:01 pm

As tech companies rush to work around the 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' chip flaws, a blog post from Microsoft suggests that the processor generation and age of the operating system will play a factor in terms of how much of an impact the fixes will have on system performance, at least from a Windows user's perspective.

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Microsoft accidentally bricks AMD PCs with Spectre patch

01/08/2018, 06:01 pm

A recently-issued Windows security update designed to deal with the Spectre processor vulnerability is more Maxwell Smart than James Bond, users say.

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As Apple acquires Shazam to deepen music knowledge, Microsoft's Cortana loses ability to recognize songs

01/04/2018, 12:01 pm

The shutdown of Microsoft's Groove Music service has eliminated music recognition capabilities in the software giant's Cortana personal assistant, giving Apple's Siri -- and its tight integration with Shazam -- a leg up on the competition.

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