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2016 Hyundai Tucson First Drive

A good crossover nowadays needs more than just the basics. It should ride better, perform better, and provide more utility than its competition to stand out in a market flooded with CUVs.<p>On paper, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson appears to do just that. The third-generation crossover arrives in America …

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Deemed Best Tablet Display On The Market By Researchers

Microsoft’s Surface hybrid tablet line-up may have been met initially with a lukewarm reception on the company’s first effort out of the gate, costing them a cool $900 million once upon a time, but there is little question that Redmond has been making significant improvements to the product and …

White House: Israeli reports of Obama-Netanyahu tensions are 'totally false'

The White House denounced reports in the Israeli media on Tuesday that purported to reveal details of a tense private telephone call between president Barack Obama and Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.<p>The reports, which the Obama administration said were based on “shocking and …

Libya: military plane brought down and fuel depot set on fire as violence escalates – video

A fuel depot in Tripoli burns and Benghazi residents inspect a plane crash after a night of violence in Libya on Tuesday. At least 30 people were killed in fighting between Libyan forces and Islamist militants. A conflict is also growing between rival factions of former rebel groups who brought …

Gaza: at least 15 killed and 90 injured as another UN school is hit

At least 15 Palestinians were killed and about 90 injured early on Wednesday when a UN school sheltering displaced people was hit by shells during a second night of relentless bombardment that followed an Israeli warning of a protracted military campaign.<p>Pierre Krahenbuhl, commissioner-general of …

Iran urged to release detained Washington Post journalist

Iran is facing mounting pressure to release the Washington Post's correspondent in Tehran, who was arrested more than a week ago in what was seen as the latest move against press freedom in the country.<p>Jason Rezaian, who has dual Iranian and American citizenship, was detained on 22 July along with …

Gaza UN school shelling: 'They came here for protection, not to be killed'

The first shell came just after the early morning call to prayer, when most of those taking shelter in a United Nations school in Jabaliya refugee camp were asleep, crammed into classrooms with what few possessions they had managed to snatch when they fled their homes.<p>Three thousand people have …

Gaza crisis: US condemns fatal attack on UN school, says culprit unknown – as it happened

We’re going to wrap up our live blog coverage for the day. Here’s a summary of where things stand:<p><b>Two sets of strikes in Gaza Wednesday</b> – one at a UN shelter, one at an outdoor market – left scenes of dead and dying civilians, pavement pooled with blood and overcrowded hospital corridors. In all, …

New Windows Phone 8.1 Ad Highlights Cortana, Disses Siri

Cortana, the personal assistant for Windows Phone that Microsoft developed to rival Apple’s Siri and Google Now, gets the limelight in a new ad that’s far from being subtle (spotted first by The Verge).<p>The commercial for Windows Phone 8.1 pits Cortana on a Lumia 635 against Siri on an iPhone 5s, …

Microsoft's Offices in China Visited by Authorities

Microsoft’s offices in China have been visited by officials from the State Administration for Industry & Commerce in the country, according to multiple reports today.<p>The visits were at Microsoft’s offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, according to Reuters, citing local Chinese news …

Windows Phone's Cortana Integrates Foursquare Data

Microsoft’s deal with Foursquare is now yielding more benefits as Cortana, the personal assistant for Windows Phone that Microsoft developed to rival Apple’s Siri and Google Now, has now integrated data from the location-based platform.<p>As can be seen on the screenshot provided by a Reddit user (and …

OneNote for Mac, iOS Now Let You Insert Office Documents

Microsoft wants everyone to use its productivity software, regardless of the hardware or operating system they use most frequently. Today it’s catering to Apple enthusiasts with a hefty OneNote update for Mac, iPhone and iPad, introducing deeper OneDrive support, better notebook organisation and …

Microsoft's Cortana Digital Assistant Is Coming to China, UK, Canada, India and Australia

Microsoft has announced its first update to its Windows Phone 8.1 platform, which will most notably see its Cortana digital assistant expand outside of the US for the first time.<p>The company says that the service is being launched as a beta in China (where it is named ‘Xiao Na’) and the UK, while …

Sky's NOW TV Lands On Xbox One

BSkyB has announced that its NOW TV streaming service, which lets subscribers access movies, entertainment and sports content on-demand, is now available on Microsoft’s Xbox One. This comes just a few days after NOW TV landed on Sony’s PlayStation 4.<p>If you have an active rolling monthly …

Microsoft Debuts a Windows Rival to Raspberry Pi

Two years after $35 microcomputer Raspberry Pi hit the market, Microsoft is getting in on the DIY-PC action with its own version.<p>The Redmond, …

Microsoft OneNote Update Lures Students and Pros Alike

Microsoft's OneNote productivity apps just got more competitive with challengers like Evernote.<p>The company updated OneNote for Mac and iOS with new …

Cortana Lands in China With Windows Phone 8.1 Update

Cortana, how far to Beijing?<p>Pretty soon, that distance will be reduced to zero now that Microsoft has just announced it's bringing Cortana to new …

Microsoft's Chinese offices raided over alleged antitrust allegations

An antitrust investigation is apparently the cause for a recent raid that shook up Microsoft's offices in China.<p>On Monday, China's State Administration for Industry & Commerce visited Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu. The officials reportedly took away documents and …

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With Windows Phone 8.1 update, Cortana learns to speak Chinese

Microsoft announced updates to Windows Phone 8.1 today, including features that will let people in China use localized versions of Cortana , the company's intelligent smartphone assistant. It also introduced a version tailored for users in the UK.<p>At the same time, Microsoft took an unusual step by …

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With EA Access, Microsoft brings Xbox One vision back from the dead

"We're also confident that gamers are going to love our vision of the future."<p>Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb

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Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 wins plaudits for display, says researcher

Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 has one of the biggest and best tablet displays going -- so says DisplayMate Technologies, one of the most prominent display evaluation firms.<p>Microsoft's newest 12-inch tablet that can double as a laptop "has one of the very best and most accurate displays available on any …

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