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Microsoft Software Recognizes Images Better Than Humans Do

And it’s a foundational step in the next wave of interaction.<p>It’s not the most gorgeous photography you’ve ever seen. ImageNet features 1.2 million pictures of mundane items–a photocopier shoved in the corner of an office, a bowl of oatmeal on a table, a pile of logs, a giant sign shaped like an …

Uber Will Cap Surge Pricing During Northeast Snow Storm

With a huge blizzard bearing down on the U.S. Northeast, Uber is instituting a cap on its surge pricing during the storm. In an email being sent to New York passengers, the company said prices will not exceed 2.8x its usual fares.<p>The cap comes after an agreement struck between Uber and the New York …

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Microsoft Attacks Microsoft: Why Windows 10 Gets It Right

I’ve read a lot about Windows 10. About the merits of its Windows Insider Program to build Windows 10 in public, the integration of Cortana and the ‘Continuum’ strategy of merging the Windows experience across all devices. But its greatest strength is much simpler: Microsoft is finally prepared to …

There’s A Big Difference Between Using Facebook ‘At Work’ And ‘For Work’

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Gaurav Jain is a principal at Founder Collective. He was the founding product manager for Google+ Enterprise, Google’s social collaboration product for the workplace, as well as an early product manager for Android.</i><p>If you’re an employer, how do you solve a problem like …

Snapchat will reportedly begin publishing original videos and articles

Snapchat, known for self-deleting pictures that disappear after seconds, is planning to hold your attention for longer. <i>Digiday</i> says the company is planning to produce its own content in-house when it launches its "Discover" feature later this month, having hired a number journalists and video …

Winklevoss twins want to make bitcoin legit with US-based exchange

One of the biggest draws of using bitcoin as a method of exchange is the lack of any form of regulation. Unfortunately, that's left the cryptocurrency with a reputation problem, which is why countries like India, China and Russia are trying to shut it down. The Winklevoss twins, however, feel that …

Box Opens At $20.20, A 44% Pop

Its IPO was priced at $14.<p>For the day, it closed at $23.23, up 66%.<p>It's a nice pop for a company that had a lot of negativity surrounding its IPO.<p>Box's revenue growth has been slowing down . In the third quarter of 2014, revenue was up 70%. But that's down from 81% in the prior quarter. And that's …

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Microsoft: PC gaming is very important to Windows 10 and the company's success

The biggest obstacle Windows 10 faces as a gaming platform is Microsoft's spotty history.<p>Gamers, especially longtime PC gamers, know what it's like to have Microsoft promise big on PC gaming then simply never deliver, or stop trying.<p>The history of Windows operating system roll-outs is a trail of …

Microsoft's Fix: Run, Don't Walk, To Windows 10

It’s been way too long but Microsoft has finally gotten around to fixing Windows 8.<p>As spelled out by Microsoft on Wednesday, Windows 10 corrects the company’s clumsy attempt to be all things to all people, i.e., simultaneously a touch and desktop operating environment. In short, Windows 10 promises …

Cortana Is A Major Part Of Windows 10

Microsoft debuted Cortana running on a Windows 10 PC at the company’s Windows 10 live event today.<p>Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to the iPhone’s Siri, is named after the AI companion of Master Chief in the <i>Halo</i> Xbox video games. The software first debuted on Windows Phone.<p>Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore …

Facebook's Messenger Chief on Selfies, Payments and a Desktop App

On December 31, Facebook rolled out a little banner prompting people to send a selfie to friends via Messenger to ring in the new year.<p>However, to show gratitude at provision of the service – and the introduction of selfie-oriented features like this – users started using the bug reporting tool to …

Microsoft's Build conference sold out in one hour

Tickets for Microsoft's annual developers conference were gone almost as soon as they went up today, selling out in just an hour. By comparison, it took a whole 24 hours for tickets to last year's show to get snapped up. The conference, which takes place in San Francisco on April 29th through May …

HoloLens is and isn't Xbox One's answer to PlayStation 4's virtual reality headset

Finally, we can stop asking Microsoft's Xbox lead Phil Spencer about virtual reality headsets. "For us, I think this is the area," Spencer told a group of interviewers at yesterday's Windows 10 event. He was responding to whether or not there's <i>also</i> a virtual reality headset in the works at …

The App Store makes more money than Hollywood

Hollywood has long been the sparkling gem of entertainment in the U.S., but when it comes to making money, Apple is schooling the entertainment industry on how to bring in the cash with the App Store.<p>In 2014, iOS app developers earned more than Hollywood did from U.S. box office revenues, reports …

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Apple apparently hasn't solved the smartwatch battery life problem

Everyone has been waiting hear just how long Apple's smartwatch will last on a charge. Well, we'll have to wait for confirmation, but current rumors don't suggest there's any reason to believe that Cupertino has solved the biggest problem plaguing the market. According to <i>9to5Mac</i> the Apple Watch …

DirectX 12 won't require a new graphics card, but some of its features might

Turns out that Microsoft's Direct X 12 update won't require you to buy a new graphics card after all, despite what Microsoft officials said following yesterday's Windows 10 event.<p>Both Nividia and Microsoft today confirmed that most modern PC gaming hardware will work well with DirectX …

Visible Measures Launches New Site To Show The “True Reach” Of A Video Campaign

It’s easy to tell when a video has been successful online, right? Just go to YouTube and look at how many views it has.<p>Except YouTube isn’t the only site around (as I remind myself anytime I look at the view counts on TechCrunch’s YouTube channel). That’s why Visible Measures, a startup focused on …

Twitter Pleads With Power Users To Stop Using Instagram So Much

Twitter appears to be sending out a message to a group of very high-profile users suggesting that these users post photos directly to Twitter instead of sharing through Instagram .<p>Mashable secured a screenshot of the prompt, which shows the aesthetic differences between sharing an Instagram link …

Apple Paid Tim Cook $9.2 Million Last Year

Ever wonder how much one makes as the head of Apple?<p>Good news! Since Apple is a public company, that’s public information. They updated their charts for last year just this morning.<p><b>Here’s how it all broke down in 2014:</b><p><b>Tim Cook</b> took in $9.2 million in 2014 — $1.7 million of that as salary, $6.7 …

Up close with the HoloLens, Microsoft's most intriguing product in years

<b>by Dieter Bohn</b><p>By far, the most impressive demo for my money was the <i>Minecraft</i> demo — though Microsoft called it something like "Building Blocks" or some such, presumably so as not to fully commit to releasing a full holograph version of <i>Minecraft</i>. But before we could enter this virtual world — …

Why The Apple Watch Doesn’t Need More Than A Few Hours Of Active Use Time

Apple’s upcoming wearable still prompts a lot of questions, not least of which is how long it will last on a full charge of its battery. A new report form 9to5Mac suggests that Apple is looking at a smartwatch that will offer 2.5 hours of continuous use for processor-intensive applications like …

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Google to become wireless provider with Sprint and T-Mobile – reports

Google is planning to sell a wireless phone service directly to consumers using the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile, according to reports published Wednesday.<p>If everything falls into place, Google Inc could offer discounted wireless data plans that would pressure other major carriers to offer …

BlackBerry CEO Wants Legislators To Make Developing BlackBerry Apps Mandatory

At this point, BlackBerry and Windows Phone fans are probably used to having a much smaller selection of apps than their counterparts on iOS and Android smartphones. After all, diehard devotees of BlackBerry and Windows Phone, which both lag dramatically behind Android and iOS in terms of market …

Microsoft announces Windows Holographic with HoloLens headset

"We're not talking about putting you into virtual worlds. We're dreaming beyond virtual worlds."<p>Microsoft has just revealed its next great innovation: Windows Holographic. It's an augmented reality experience that employs a headset, much like all the VR goggles that are currently rising in …

Microsoft is ready to be loved again

And we're ready for holograms<p>"We have bigger hopes, higher aspirations for Windows," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said on Wednesday, standing on a stage above a secret room filled with crazy holographic technology. "We want to move from people needing Windows to choosing Windows, to loving Windows. …

Microsoft's HoloLens is no joke: My reality augmented with Skype, Minecraft

REDMOND, Wash. -- In the bowels of Building 92, hidden underneath the company's public visitor center in a secret series of labs, Microsoft let a few people try out what may be the most ambitious Windows device ever made: a holographic headset that aims to rival the most advanced virtual reality …

Microsoft's surprise hit: an 84-inch pen display for the office

As Microsoft's big news day winds down, people will mostly be talking about two things: the next version of Windows, and that insane headset that lets you see holograms in your living room. If you ask me, though, one of the most impressive things the company announced was actually a giant pen …

Attention planespotters: Watch a solar-powered plane on an around-the-world voyage

The Solar Impulse 2 airplane will commence its journey on March 1 from Abu Dhabi, and return in late July or early August 2015, the team has revealed.<p>The airplane is the upgraded model of the solar-powered Solar Impulse prototype -- a plane which has collected eight world records, including the …

WhatsApp launches desktop messaging option

<b>Messaging platform WhatsApp has announced that users can now send messages from their desktop web browsers.</b><p>However, in a blog post announcing the feature, the company says that messages will still live on users' phones.<p>The desktop messaging option is also not available to users who access the app …