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The Best New Windows 8.1 Features in 8 GIFs

Windows 8.1 just got an update. It's rolling out automatically starting today, but you can also grab it in the Windows Store. The changes are mostly …

Microsoft's new keyboard is meant to be used with Smart TVs

This fall marks 20 years that Microsoft has been making keyboards (make that "computer hardware," as it was quaintly called back in 1994). Ironically, though, as the company approaches this milestone, it's now making accessories not just for PCs, but... Smart TVs? Yes indeed. The company just …

Meet Cortana, Microsoft's Answer To Siri And Google Now

At an event unveiling the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update, Microsoft finally took the wraps off Cortana, the company's answer to Siri and Google Now.<p>Named after the artificial intelligence character in the “Halo” games, the voice-controlled digital assistant is powered by Microsoft’s Bing search …

Is Microsoft Working on a Free Version of Windows 8.1?

Windows 8 (later 8.1) has struggled to capture the interest of PC owners, but now Microsoft appears ready to make them an offer they can't refuse: a …

Transparent electronics are so light and thin they can sit on a contact lens

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology<p>The ultimate wearable may be one we hardly even recognize is there. Swiss Federal …

Apple patent details optical image stabilization for iPhone cameras

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: USPTO<p>When it comes to smartphone cameras, Apple(s aapl) might not use as many megapixels as the rest of the …

Key quantum computing components squeezed onto a single chip

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Stef Simmons<p>Researchers are a little bit closer to a practical quantum computer after a University of Bristol team …

IBM's speedy graphene chip could lead to super-efficient mobile devices

Chips with graphene inside are theoretically quicker than plain silicon designs, but they've been slow in practice; the manufacturing process often damages the graphene, stripping away its speed advantage. That won't be a big problem with IBM's prototype radio receiver, though. The company inserted …

Microsoft Rebrands Office Web Apps as 'Office Online'

While it was already suspected that Microsoft was planning a rebrand of its existing Office Web Apps, the software giant has now confirmed that the change will be taking place from today.<p>Part of the reason, according to Microsoft, relates to confusion caused by having ‘Apps’ in the branding. “We …

Microsoft’s Cortana On Windows 8.1 Said To Resemble Siri, Replace Bing System Search

Microsoft has a new virtual assistant, and it’s a hybrid of Siri and Google Now, with some artificial affect thrown in for good measure. The Verge’s Tom Warren dishes on the upcoming feature of Windows 8.1, describing Cortana, the digital aide in question named after an AI character from the Halo …

Apple Patents iPad Smart Magnets For Attaching Controllers, Cameras, Other iPads And More

A new Apple patent application published by the USPTO today describes a magnetic connector similar to the one used to attach Smart Covers to the current iPad, but designed to be far more flexible with a variety of possible accessory combinations. It’s a smart connector system that could recognize …

Satya says: “One Microsoft” push is on

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: (c) 2012 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com<p>In case there was any doubt, Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella is aboard the …