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Microsoft puts AI to work in Office 365

Microsoft isn't just trying out artificial intelligence through bots and voice assistants -- it's going all-in. The crew in Redmond has revealed that Office 365 is wielding cloud-based AI to automate many tasks. Tap for Word and Outlook surface relevant content from your company to help finish a …

Artificial Intelligence

Facebook bans, then reinstates, iconic 'napalm girl' photo

Facebook's policy on what constitutes as nudity is in the news again. This time, though, there's a reversal involving a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo from the Vietnam war, <i>The Guardian</i> reports. <i>The Terror of War</i> is a photograph of children running from a napalm attack with armed soldiers behind them, …

Lenovo just revived the spirit of Microsoft's legendary lost tablet

Today, Lenovo took the wraps off the Yoga Book: A new tablet/laptop hybrid, offered in both Android and Windows 10 flavors, focused squarely on helping users be productive.<p>Like most tablets made in the last two years or so, the Yoga Book is taking its cues from Microsoft.<p>Unlike most of those …

Windows 10

Google, Microsoft, and other corporate giants are quietly showing a movie about teen internet addiction

About halfway through the documentary <i>Screenagers,</i> one kid lays out the rules of a game he plays with his friends whenever they’re at restaurant: Everyone puts their phone in a pile in the middle of the table during the meal. Whoever pick theirs up first has to get the check.<p>Good one, right? Here’s …

Middle School

BlackBerry to stop making Classic smartphone, killing keyboards for good

Company to stop making device it hoped would entice users who prefer a physical keyboard, a symbolic shift away from handsets and toward software<p>The smartphone pioneer BlackBerry will stop making its Classic model, the company said on Tuesday, some 18 months after launching the device it had hoped …

Google wants permission to track you more so that it can show you better ads

Over the next few weeks, all Google users will see a notification popping up in their Gmail or Chrome (or as an app notification like on the right) asking if they want to opt into a new type of "ads personalization."<p>If you opt into the change, Google could start using information it has about you …

Apps

Microsoft to end production on the Surface 3 by late 2016

No word yet on a replacement<p>Microsoft plans to stop manufacturing its entry-level Surface 3 tablet by year's end, the company announced today. The Surface 3 first launched back in May of 2015 as a more affordable 2-in-1 designed to attract students and those who might have gravitated more toward an …

What If The Drivers Owned Uber, An NYU Professor Asks

Arun Sundararajan, a professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, has been thinking a lot about the impact of Uber, Airbnb and other companies that are defining “the sharing economy.” In a new book, Sundarajan caps off 220 pages of careful analysis with a provocative final chapter …

Sharing Economy

Microsoft Outlook arrives on HoloLens

Because you know Microsoft wants you to be productive in that HoloLens.<p>Today Microsoft said that its Outlook email and calendar app can now run on the HoloLens. It’s a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app, which means it can run on any device running Windows 10. And Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented …

Windows 10

Android will have password-free sign-ins by the end of 2016

Back in 2015, Google teased the prospect of Project Abacus, a sign-in approach for Android that ditches passwords in favor of a trust system that uses patterns (such as location, typing speed and voice) to verify your identity. But when is it coming out? Sooner than you might think, actually. In a …

Teachers in Maine say iPads 'provide no educational function in the classroom'

Last week, a technology director for Auburn district schools presented a study that indicated that students and teachers in grades 7 through 12 overwhelmingly favor laptops over iPads, reports the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal.<p>But the most surprising part of the study is how some of the teachers and …

Education Technology

Apple's Sad Transformation Into 'The American Samsung'

Apple’s launch event on March 21st, and the subsequent roll-out of the hardware, continues a trend that has seen Cupertino move away from a single hero device to a bewildering range of devices trying to satisfy every part of the smartphone ecosystem.<p>The three major products were nowhere close to …

Tim Cook

Windows 10 will bring your Android phone notifications to your PC

Microsoft is planning to bring Android phone notifications directly to Windows 10 PCs. During a session at Build 2016 today, Microsoft detailed how missed calls, messages, and other notifications from an Android phone will appear on a Windows 10 PC. Microsoft is using the Cortana app for Android to …

Microsoft and Wacom team up to create an ultimate stylus that works on all PCs

Microsoft’s new Windows Ink platform was probably the biggest feature coming in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, but one big piece of news was left out of the keynote presentation at Build 2016: Microsoft and Wacom are partnering to create a new ‘universal’ stylus than can work on all pen-enabled …

Note-Taking

Amazon cracks down on bogus USB-C cables

A new offender has been added to Amazon's prohibited products list for third-party sellers: USB-C cables and adapters that are "not compliant with standard specifications issued by USB Implementers Forum." It's a perfectly sensible policy, though it's probably most significant for Amazon feeling …

J.J. Abrams talks to SXSW about how technology has democratized filmmaking

After President Obama's keynote, a SXSW session featuring J.J. Abrams alongside his friend Andrew Jarecki (writer and director HBO miniseries <i>The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst</i>) was probably the hottest panel of the conference. Around 2,000 attendees showed up to get a tease of <i>West World</i>, …

New fuel cell tech could power phones for a week

No matter how efficient our devices get in terms of power usage, there's really only so much manufacturers can do given the limitations of the energy <i>source</i>: lithium-ion batteries. But researchers from Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea have designed what they're calling a …

MIT’s new quantum computer could render today’s encryption useless

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created the first scalable quantum computer that could make current data encryption …

Is 3D Printing The Next Industrial Revolution?

It was in 1909 when Henry Ford, master of efficiency and standardization, famously said that a “customer can have a car painted any color…so long as it is black.” While the First Industrial Revolution introduced machines to replace hand labor, Ford helped usher in what was ultimately the principle …

The creators of the Web are working on a way to kill passwords

The W3C, which creates standards that guide the future of the Web, has formed a new group with one goal: remove the need for passwords entirely by creating a better way to log in.<p>The group charged with changing the way we’re logging in doesn’t exactly have a name that rolls off the tongue — it’s …

Newly discovered security flaw could let hackers control 66% of all Android devices

A newly discovered vulnerability in the Linux kernel could allow attackers to gain access to millions of Android devices as well as Linux PCs and servers.<p>Security firm Perception Point found the bug indexed as CVE-2016-0728, which has existed for almost three years since Linux kernel version 3.8 …

Adobe finally tells developers to stop using Flash

Once the primary means of making animation, browser games and interactive visualisations for the web, Adobe Flash has been ailing for a long time. …

Nokia Is Betting On VR Making It In Hollywood

Former mobile phone maker Nokia has professional filmmakers in its sights with a new piece of camera hardware it’s been cooking up since early 2013. After teasing its plans this summer, the Finnish firm has today confirmed a forthcoming pro level VR camera that’s suitable for live broadcast.<p>The …

Windows 10 launched so quietly you may have missed it

Despite the lack of flourish and giant ads, a lot rides on the success of the new Windows version for Microsoft and its chief executive<p>Twenty years ago the launch of a new version of Windows merited midnight store openings and a seven-figure payment to use a Rolling Stones song in ads celebrating …

Windows 10

We now have a spacecraft that is propelled by sunlight alone

A new kind of spacecraft that sails on sunlight has been successfully deployed above Earth. On June 11, the LightSail satellite overcame a series of glitches to unfurl its solar sails, a propulsion system that’s entirely different to traditional rockets, thrusters or even solar panels.<p>The prototype …

Space Travel

Office 365 integrates Skype for Business chat and calls on the Web

Microsoft has updated its Office 365 productivity suite on the Web with integrated Skype for Business chat and calls. It’s also brought notifications, settings and help within easy reach across the app.<p>Fire up the revamped Outlook, OneDrive for Business or the calendar app and you’ll be able to …

Our massive new monopolies: Amazon, Google and Facebook have the power to move entire economies

<b>(Reuters/Carlo Allegri/Beck Diefenbach/AP/Matt Sayles/AshDesign via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Tech companies have amassed frightening economic power — and we handed over our data to make it possible<p>Anna Bernasek • D.T. Mongan<p>June 7, 2015 6:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “All You Can Pay: How Companies Use Our …

Photo Sharing

Construction has been approved for the world's largest telescope

The world's largest telescope is finally going to see the light of day. The European Southern Observatory's Council announced earlier today that it had greenlit the planned construction project in Chile, which means that humans will have access to the aptly named "European Extremely Large …

Keyssa’s “kiss connectivity” technology could make cords obsolete

A lot of time is often spent debating what the next big breakthrough in smartphones and computing will be, and while some ideas are certainly bold and ambitious, the fact remains that “breakthrough” technology often comes in the forms of “faster,” “bigger,” or “more power efficient” (i.e …

Gear & Gadgets