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Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Report: Skype audio recordings were reviewed in China with ‘no security’

Report: Skype audio recordings were reviewed in China with ‘no security’

In the latest in a sadly lengthy series of companies misappropriating their capacity to listen to you, a new report reveals a Skype transcription program in China ran with little oversight or security protecting recordings of Skype customers. The company says these issues have been addressed, but it’s still a very unflattering look at its…
Xbox Series X won’t have next-gen exclusives for a while

Xbox Series X won’t have next-gen exclusives for a while

Xbox Series X. It's tall. And it has a modified controller compared to the Xbox One pad. Straight-ahead perspective. Phil Spencer confirms "15 Xbox game studios" are working on new games for the console. This is a better look at the new controller, along with a peek at at least one front-of-box USB Type-A port.…
Microsoft’s new message scanning tool can help identify sexual predators in chatrooms

Microsoft’s new message scanning tool can help identify sexual predators in...

For the ongoing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can help and support survivors. Mircosoft released a tool known as “Project Artemi” yesterday to catch traps laid out by sexual predators online for children. The tool will be available to companies…
2010 – 2019: The rise of deep learning

2010 – 2019: The rise of deep learning

No other technology was more important over the past decade than artificial intelligence. Stanford’s Andrew Ng called it the new electricity, and both Microsoft and Google changed their business strategies to become “AI-first” companies. In the next decade, all technology will be considered “AI technology.” And we can thank deep learning for that. Deep learning…
Researchers were about to solve AI’s black box problem, then the lawyers got involved

Researchers were about to solve AI’s black box problem, then the...

AI has a “black box” problem. We cram data in one side of a machine learning system and we get results out the other, but we’re often unsure what happens in the middle. Researchers and developers nearly had the issue licked, with “explainable algorithms” and “transparent AI” trending over the past few years. Then came…
Microsoft wants devs to submit Chromium Edge add-ons ahead of its launch

Microsoft wants devs to submit Chromium Edge add-ons ahead of its...

Microsoft is now accepting developers’ submissions of add-ons for its upcoming Chromium-based Edge browser, so as to extend the app’s capabilities. The move — along with the official launch of the revamped browser — could finally give it a chance to realistically compete with the likes of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The company has…
Half an operating system: The triumph and tragedy of OS/2

Half an operating system: The triumph and tragedy of OS/2

Update: It's the day after Thanksgiving in the US, meaning most Ars staffers are on the lookout for deals rather than potential stories. With folks off for the holiday, we're resurfacing this consumer tech classic from the archives—a look at why we're not all trying to buy an IBM PS/10 today and updating to OS/12,…
Microsoft’s eliminating the Cortana app in many markets next year

Microsoft’s eliminating the Cortana app in many markets next year

The latest blow to the world’s greatest Halo shout-out, Microsoft revealed via support pages that it’ll soon be shutting down the Cortana app — not for everyone, but certainly for some of its biggest markets. The change was quietly revealed in a Cortana support article on Microsoft‘s site. Microsoft said it’s “integrating Cortana into your Microsoft 365…
Microsoft sends out a brand-new type of AI processor into the cloud

Microsoft sends out a brand-new type of AI processor into the...

Microsoft rose to dominance during the '80s and '90s thanks to the success of its Windows operating system running on Intel’s processors, a cosy relationship nicknamed “Wintel”. Now Microsoft hopes that another another hardware–software combo will help it recapture that success—and catch rivals Amazon and Google in the race to provide cutting-edge artificial intelligence through…
Microsoft places traditional Superman on a chunk of glass to maintain it protected

Microsoft places traditional Superman on a chunk of glass to maintain...

Imagine a future in which movies are stored on glass. Microsoft It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... the latest concept test for Project Silica, Microsoft's research project that uses ultrafast laser optics and artificial intelligence to store data on quartz glass. In collaboration with Warner Bros. Entertainment, the team was able to store and retrieve…

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