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Microsoft’s Cortana meets an untimely end on iOS and Android

Microsoft’s Cortana meets an untimely end on iOS and Android

Cortana on an iPhone. Microsoft's Cortana app for iOS and Android will soon shut down, the company has announced on a support page. This effectively puts a nail in Cortana's coffin for consumer use cases, at least as far as competing directly with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa goes. Here's what the announcement says: We…
HoloLens for 120,000 Army personnel: Microsoft inks $21.9 billion deal

HoloLens for 120,000 Army personnel: Microsoft inks $21.9 billion deal

On Wednesday, the US Army formally moved forward with the largest ever government-related deal for headsets in the virtual and augmented reality sector: a 10-year agreement with Microsoft to provide 120,000 headsets "based" on the HoloLens line. Reports by CNBC and Bloomberg point to a $21.9 billion value for this week's updated arrangement, following its…
US lawmakers propose Australia-style bill for media, tech negotiations

US lawmakers propose Australia-style bill for media, tech negotiations

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Enlarge / Rep. Ken Buck (R-Co.) and Microsoft president Brad Smith at a House hearing on regulation and competition in the news media industry on March 12, 2021. A group of US lawmakers is proposing new legislation that would allow media organizations to set terms with social media platforms for sharing their content, reminiscent of…
Critical 0-day that targeted security researchers gets a patch from Microsoft

Critical 0-day that targeted security researchers gets a patch from Microsoft

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Microsoft has patched a critical zero-day vulnerability that North Korean hackers were using to target security researchers with malware. The in-the-wild attacks came to light in January in posts from Google and Microsoft. Hackers backed by the North Korean government, both posts said, spent weeks developing working relationships with security researchers. To win the researchers'…
Want some Ryzen in your Surface? Rumor has it Microsoft does, too

Want some Ryzen in your Surface? Rumor has it Microsoft does,...

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Enlarge / Microsoft's x86_64 Surface Laptop (right) looks to be in for an AMD-flavored refresh, alongside the usual Intel varieties. According to a report by German news site WinFuture, Microsoft's new Surface 4 Laptop—set to debut this April—will offer AMD and Intel processor options side by side. With 2020's Surface Laptop 3, only the larger…
Tens of thousands of US organizations hit in ongoing Microsoft Exchange hack

Tens of thousands of US organizations hit in ongoing Microsoft Exchange...

Tens of thousands of US-based organizations are running Microsoft Exchange servers that have been backdoored by threat actors who are stealing administrator passwords and exploiting critical vulnerabilities in the email and calendaring application, it was widely reported. Microsoft issued emergency patches on Tuesday, but they do nothing to disinfect systems that are already compromised. KrebsOnSecurity…
Visual Studio Code now runs natively on M1 Macs

Visual Studio Code now runs natively on M1 Macs

Enlarge / The 2020, M1-equipped Mac mini.Samuel Axon Microsoft has released a new version of source-code editor Visual Studio Code that runs natively on Apple Silicon Macs like the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini models with Apple M1 chips. The change came in Visual Studio Code 1.54 (now 1.54.1, thanks to a bug…
Bitflips when PCs try to reach windows.com: What could possibly go wrong?

Bitflips when PCs try to reach windows.com: What could possibly go...

Bitflips are events that cause individual bits stored in an electronic device to flip, turning a 0 to a 1 or vice versa. Cosmic radiation and fluctuations in power or temperature are the most common naturally occurring causes. Research from 2010 estimated that a computer with 4GB of commodity RAM has a 96 percent chance…
Microsoft throws Google under the bus in European news fight

Microsoft throws Google under the bus in European news fight

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Microsoft is throwing its weight behind a European effort to force Big Tech companies to pay for the right to link to news articles. Google and Facebook have strongly opposed such proposals in both Europe and Australia, describing them as an attack on the open Web. Microsoft disagrees. "Access to fresh, broad, and deep press…
Microsoft says SolarWinds hackers stole source code for 3 products

Microsoft says SolarWinds hackers stole source code for 3 products

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The hackers behind one of the worst breaches in US history read and downloaded some Microsoft source code, but there’s no evidence they were able to access production servers or customer data, Microsoft said on Thursday. The software maker also said it found no evidence the hackers used the Microsoft compromise to attack customers. Microsoft…

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