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The Quest To Make A Better Video Game Controller The Quest To Make A Better Video Game Controller

Next time you play a video game, look down at the controller in your hand. Is it comfortable? Does it work well with the game you’re playing? Are your fingers all being used efficiently? If you could change one thing, what would it be?

Windows Phone, Which Was Already Dead, Gets Another Stake Through Its Corpse Windows Phone, Which Was Already Dead, Gets Another Stake Through Its Corpse

In October, Microsoft admitted that its Windows Phone line was pretty much totally dead after failing to attract app developers and its market share plummeted from 0.8 percent to 0.1 percent by t 2017, with even corporate vice president for Windows Joe Belfiore saying that he had switched to Android. Instead, the…

New Silicon Chip-Based Quantum Computer Passes Major Test  New Silicon Chip-Based Quantum Computer Passes Major Test 

There’s another quantum computer to keep track of in this Wild West era of quantum computing research we’re in. And it uses some parts you might already be familiar with.

Google Drive Now Lets You Comment on MS Office Docs Google Drive Now Lets You Comment on MS Office Docs

The latest update to Google Drive’s collaboration tools now means you can comment on files created in Microsoft Office just as you would in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides—without opening a third-party app.

Paul Allen's Got Licks! Paul Allen's Got Licks!

Legendary producer and arranger Quincy Jones has worked with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Michael Jackson, and he’s old enough now (almost 85!) not to give a shit about saying what, for non-legendary folks in a cutthroat, moribund industry, could be a career-ending gaffe. Various revelations from an interview…

Microsoft Is Finally Selling a Super Cheap Surface Laptop, and It Almost Feels Like a Bargain Microsoft Is Finally Selling a Super Cheap Surface Laptop, and It Almost Feels Like a Bargain

Today, as noted by Windows Central, Microsoft launched a cheaper version of its gorgeous Surface Laptop. This new version will retail for $800—a full $200 less than the previously cheapest Surface Laptop. If you’ve wanted a full-blown, lower-cost computing experience in the Surface ecosystem then this is the machine…

Windows 10 Finally Beats Out Eight-Year-Old Operating System Windows 10 Finally Beats Out Eight-Year-Old Operating System

It hasn’t been the smoothest road, but after its launch in the summer of 2015, Windows 10 has finally surpassed the 8-year old Windows 7 as Microsoft’s most popular operating system.

Nearly Everyone Backs Microsoft in Landmark Email Privacy Case—Except the DOJ Nearly Everyone Backs Microsoft in Landmark Email Privacy Case—Except the DOJ

Microsoft’s landmark email privacy case is set to go before the Supreme Court next month, and the company has received widespread support from other tech giants, members of Congress, and foreign governments. One party that opposes Microsoft’s move? The Department of Justice.

The AI Used to Sell You More Stuff Can Now Read Better Than a Human The AI Used to Sell You More Stuff Can Now Read Better Than a Human

For the first time ever, two AI systems built to process and respond to human speech (created, respectively, by Microsoft and Chinese commerce giant Alibaba) outscored humans in a reading comprehension test designed by Stanford researchers.

Microsoft Wants to Diagnose Disease By Building Massive Database of the Human Immune System Microsoft Wants to Diagnose Disease By Building Massive Database of the Human Immune System

Imagine making a spreadsheet of every meal you’ve ever eaten, every hand you’ve ever shook, every bit of dust that’s ever gotten in your eye—and multiply it by about a million times. Then you begin to get a sense of the size of the data problem that is your body’s immune system. Through a new AI project, Microsoft…

Skype and Signal Are Partnering on End-to-End Encryption Skype and Signal Are Partnering on End-to-End Encryption

While messaging platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Google Allo have all incorporated end-to-end encryption into their products over the last few years, Skype has lagged behind. But that’s changing today—Skype is adding end-to-end encrypted messaging, with the help of Signal.

5 Design Trends We’d Like to See More of This Year 5 Design Trends We’d Like to See More of This Year

Looking ahead to 2018, there’s plenty to be excited about when it comes to design. From technology companies who are finally starting to own their responsibility, to the rest of us saying goodbye to boring hardware—here are five design trends we’d like to see more of this year.

Microsoft Wants to Use Artificial Intelligence to Make CRISPR More Accurate Microsoft Wants to Use Artificial Intelligence to Make CRISPR More Accurate

The gene-editing technology CRISPR could very well one day rid the world of its most devastating diseases, allowing us to simply edit away the genetic code responsible for an illness. One of the things standing in the way of turning that fantasy into reality, though, is the problem of off-target effects. Now Microsoft…

Microsoft Pauses Spectre Patches For Some AMD Processors, Blames AMD Microsoft Pauses Spectre Patches For Some AMD Processors, Blames AMD

Like every major tech company, Microsoft has been pushing out updates to help mitigate the unprecedented vulnerabilities known as Meltdown and Spectre. But some Windows users found that the update rendered their PCs unusable, and now Microsoft has paused the update in some cases until it can fix the problem.

When Microsoft Shut Down Groove Music, Cortana Lost a Useful Feature When Microsoft Shut Down Groove Music, Cortana Lost a Useful Feature

Despite its best efforts, Microsoft’s Groove Music service never really caught on. So back in October, Microsoft shut the service down and told its users to switch to Spotify. Unfortunately, that decision had some unintended consequences for Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana, which relied on Groove Music’s library…

I Didn’t Think the Microsoft Kinect Could Be Deader, But Here We Are I Didn’t Think the Microsoft Kinect Could Be Deader, But Here We Are

It’s been a rough life for the Xbox One’s least appreciated accessory. At launch, people weren’t happy that the Kinect was the reason why the Xbox One cost $100 more than the PS4, despite its innovative motion-sensing abilities and handy built-in mic. That prompted Microsoft to quickly regroup and put out an Xbox One…

Amazon and Microsoft Goofed the Deadline for Smart Assistant Cooperation [Updated] Amazon and Microsoft Goofed the Deadline for Smart Assistant Cooperation [Updated]

If you were one of the twelve people passionately awaiting the integration of Cortana with Alexa and vice versa, then I have some news for you. Both Amazon and Microsoft have missed the key “later this year” deadline announced back in August 2017.

Kodi Lands on the Xbox One, Making It the Ultimate Set-Top Box Kodi Lands on the Xbox One, Making It the Ultimate Set-Top Box

There are two things everyone should look for in a good set top box: ease of use and versatility. A set top box is terrible if the menus are a horror to navigate and you can’t just plunk down after dinner and watch a movie. But it’s also terrible if it can’t actually play the media you want it to play when you want it…

How to Set Up Your New Laptop in the Quickest Time Possible How to Set Up Your New Laptop in the Quickest Time Possible

Congratulations on your brand new Windows or macOS laptop—we hope you enjoy it! You’ll want to dive in and start using it as soon as you can, of course, but there are just a few housekeeping chores to take care of first. Here’s how to get up and running as quickly as possible while ensuring your new computer stays…

Microsoft Is Making It Easier for Some Employees to Sue Over Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination Microsoft Is Making It Easier for Some Employees to Sue Over Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination

Sexual misconduct allegations have rocked Silicon Valley’s world this year. An outpouring of accusations have shone an unavoidable spotlight on the industry’s systemic issues, and yet before Susan Fowler opened the floodgates, it was rare to witness a public claim filed against a company. That’s largely because most…

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