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Kegbot makes creating an Android-controlled kegerator easy

The idea of a connected kegerator isn't anything new. We've seen quite a few startups build high-tech kegs -- even Google has gotten in on the action. Those projects, however, require quite a bit of technical know-how. Now there's an easier solution for the beer enthusiasts: Kegbot. Kegbot is a bit …

Windows 8.1 tipped to swap Messaging app for Skype

The next version of Windows 8 is tipped to scrap its bespoke Messaging app, in favour of Skype.<p>Skype, which is owned by Microsoft, will become the …

Microsoft Adds Support For Google Cloud Messaging, Git And Custom APIs To Azure Mobile Services

Microsoft today announced a number of updates to its Azure Mobile Services that include support for Git source control, custom APIs and Android push notifications through Google Cloud Messaging to its mobile backend service. Azure users now also get a free 20MB SQL database for mobile services and …

Microsoft and other U.S. firms disclose security flaws to spies before customers, report claims

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Blazej Lyjak<p>Imagine you’re a government customer of Microsoft(s msft)’s, in some country that isn’t …

Microsoft's Windows Azure Used by Over 50% of Fortune 500 Companies

Microsoft today announced a notable Windows Azure milestone: more than 50 percent of the Fortune 500 are now using the service. That’s impressive if you remember that Windows Azure was released just over three years ago on February 1, 2010.<p>The company also noted that in just a year, Windows Azure’s …

The tech behind Kinect and how it will control your living room

Microsoft's Marc Whitten explains how Kinect and the Xbox One ecosystem will take command of your living room.<p>LOS ANGELES -- At first I thought I had misunderstood him, so I made sure to reply slowly. "So you're saying Kinect is going to blast IR signals at your living room, and they're going to …

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The First Microsoft Surface Tablet Was Made With Cardboard And Duct Tape

In hindsight, we now know that the device hasn't rocked the world with killer sales, or filled consumers and businesses with an unquenchable desire for Windows 8.<p>But think back before the announcement was made. Microsoft was going to risk its relationships with its most important partners, PC …

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It’s Good for Microsoft, but Are New Windows Stores a Smart Bet for Best Buy?

When Microsoft and Best Buy this week announced the forthcoming launch of 600 Windows Stores within its retail locations, much of the initial …

Microsoft reportedly paying developers $100,000 or more to build apps

Microsoft has slowly been catching up on filling the Windows Phone store with big-name apps, and according to <i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i>, that may be thanks to some financial encouragement. Microsoft is reportedly paying some companies $100,000 or more to build apps for its mobile OS. Though no specific …