Thursday, 29 September 2016

‘Partnership on AI’ formed by Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft

Two big Silicon Valley names are missing from the alliance, which aims to set societal and ethical best practice for artificial intelligence research Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft are joining forces to create a new AI partnership dedicated to advancing public understanding of the sector, as well as coming up with standards for future […]

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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey spends fortune backing pro-Trump ‘shitposts’

Facebooks virtual reality headset creator is secret backer of a group dedicated to Donald Trump support through meme magic Palmer Luckey, the creator of Facebooks Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, is the secret backer of a pro-Donald Trump organisation aiming to turn the tide of the US election through meme magic and shitposting. The group, […]

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phone emits sparks and smoke during flight in India

Passengers on IndiGo flight spotted smoke coming from the overhead luggage compartment but there was no damage to the plane and the flight landed safely A Samsung Galaxy Note 2 smartphone started smoking during a commercial flight in India on Friday, Indias aviation regulator said. Passengers on board the IndiGo flight spotted smoke filtering from […]

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Windows 10 software condemned by Which? – BBC News

“Customers have distinct options. Should a customer need help with the upgrade experience, we have numerous options including free customer support.” Which? surveyed more than 5,500 of its members in June, and said that 12% of the 2,500 who had upgraded to Windows 10 had later reverted to an earlier version. Feeling nagged The charity […]

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

HoloLens: the virtual reality headset for elevator repair

Microsofts headset, originally for gamers, looks like ski goggles meets bifocals meets Tom Cruise in Minority Report, but its purpose is a serious one Passengers in a ThyssenKrupp elevator in the tallest building in the western hemisphere might have felt their ears pop on the way to the 63rd floor last Thursday. There, using Minority […]

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Monday, 19 September 2016

Nintendo Soars as Super Mario Mobile Game Comes to the iPhone

Super Mario is finally coming to the iPhone.   Nintendo Co. will release Super Mario Run in Apple Inc.s App Store in December, the first time the popular franchise is appearing on a smartphone. Shigeru Miyamoto, one of the creators of the original Mario game, gave a short demonstration of the game at Apples annual […]

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iPhone 7 review roundup: how big a problem is the absent headphone jack?

Barely anyone had anything good to say about the headphone jack, but how irritating it is depends on whether you listen to music on anything else The first reviews of the writing for Ars Technica, cuts right to the heart of the matter. Most people will feel the absent headphone jack the most in two […]

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Apple Users Report Problem in Updating to New IPhone Software

Apple Inc. faced an embarrassing technical glitch after some customers reported difficulties updating their iPhone operating system to the latest software, which became available Tuesday. After downloading the iOS 10 update, the smartphones or iPads shut down to install the software. Then, rather than the device automatically turning back on with iOS 10 installed, a […]

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T-Mobile tells its iPhone users to skip latest iOS 10 update

Telecoms company cites connectivity issues and says Apple is working on a fix in latest setback for the rollout of the biggest iOS release ever Telecom company T-Mobile has warned iPhone customers not to download Apples latest software update, adding to an already long list of complaints about the iOS10 system. Do not download iOS10, […]

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IPhone Buyers Poised for Letdown as Apple Supply Trails Demand

When hordes of customers line up Friday to buy the iPhone 7 on its first day on sale, many risk walking away empty-handed because, more than in previous years, Apple Inc. has not made enough of the devices to meet demand. Customers who havent pre-ordered the larger iPhone 7 Plus models will be unable to […]

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Apple dropped the iPhone 7 headphone jack for a speaker grille but no speaker

Repair specialists discover Apple has drilled some holes leading nowhere into the bottom of its phone Eagle eyed Apple fans documentation of the teardown process. A larger haptic feedback system, the so-called Taptic Engine, and a slightly larger battery take up the space vacated by the now disavowed phone connector socket. The second speaker in […]

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 Woes Perfectly Timed For Apple On Iphone 7 Debut

People line up outside an Apple store to purchase the new iPhone 7, in Beijing, China Sept. 16, 2016. (REUTERS/Thomas Peter) Samsungs ongoing Galaxy Note7 woes are perfectly timed for Apple, say tech experts, as the eagerly-anticipated iPhone 7 hits the market Friday. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced an official recall of Samsungs […]

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As iPhone 7 Sales Start, Apple Has Scant Supplies for Buyers

Shoppers looking to buy Apple Inc.s new iPhone 7 smartphones Friday better have ordered ahead. Limited supply meant some stores sold out, leaving those who purchased online with the best chance to get their hands on the latest models — and some resorting to extreme measures. QuickTake Apple Apple stores around the world turned away […]

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Iphone 7: A Solid Upgrade, Despite Headphone Jack Concerns

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.  (Apple) Apple has delivered a solid upgrade that lays the groundwork for future iPhones, according to initial reviews. Maybe the positive reviews are having an impact. The company has already sold out of initial stock of some models of the iPhone 7, according to a Reuters report early Thursday […]

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Ikeas pop-up restaurant: a crispbread-heavy menu and a virtual reality kitchen

The Swedish multinationals DIY eatery hopes to popularise the dinner party by holding tutored dinner parties in Shoreditch. But is it a flatpack recipe for disaster? Now why would pop-up restaurant in Shoreditch, east London? I wouldnt even understand there being a permanent one, but at least I wouldnt be plagued with an insistent, existential […]

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Why Facebook and Microsoft say chatbots are the talk of the town

Software programmed to interact with humans is hot property in Silicon Valley, with potential benefits for businesses, consumers even the bereaved Chatbots are the new apps, said Microsofts CEO Satya Nadella earlier this year. He was not the first senior tech exec to make this claim. Threads are the new apps, suggested Facebooks head of […]

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Rush to Take Advantage of a Dull iPhone Started Samsung’s Battery Crisis

Few things motivate Samsung employees like the opportunity to take advantage of weakness at Apple Inc. Earlier this year, managers at the South Korean company began hearing the next iPhone wouldnt have any eye-popping innovations. The device would look just like the previous two models too. It sounded like a potential opening for Samsung to […]

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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Apple’s iOS 10 iPhone and iPad update causing issues for some users

Apple said the issue with the software update process that affected a small number had since been fixed but users are still reporting problems The latest version of Apples mobile operating system, which powers the iPhone and iPad, iOS 10, has suffered issues during its launch with reports of it bricking devices. Millions of users […]

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Drone racing: the new sport that could go sky high

It is barely a professional pursuit, yet quadcopter flying has attracted wealthy benefactors, million-dollar TV deals and famous investors. Those on the inside are convinced fame and fortune lie ahead Drones arent just for snooping on Bin Laden showering in the Tora Bora mountains. The idea of racing them has been embedded in pop culture […]

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How to fix a broken iOS 10 update that’s bricked your iPhone or iPad

If your iPhone or iPad has been bricked or stuck with the Apple logo showing, youll need a computer, iTunes and a cable to fix it. Heres how. Some users attempting to update to Apples latest iOS 10 on their iPhones and iPads have customer support page.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

iOS 10: the top 10 things you need to know about Apple’s new iPhone and iPad software

Farewell to the Stocks app, new Messages and better Apple Music, here are the new things available as a free update today Apples iOS 10 will begin hitting iPhones, iPads and iPod touches on Tuesday, and its the biggest overhaul it has had in years. Here are 10 things that have changed. 1. Messages iOS […]

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owners warned to stop using phones at risk of exploding

Company recalled 2.5m phones last week following reports that some units had caught on fire during or after charging, saying battery problems are responsible Samsung has warned owners of its recalled 2.5m phones last week following reports that some units had caught fire during or after charging. One six-year-old from New York was reportedly using […]

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Apple Introduces iPhone 7: Water Resistant, Faster, New Camera

Apple Inc. unveiled new iPhone models Wednesday, featuring a water-resistant design, upgraded camera system and faster processor, betting that after six annual iterations it can still make improvements enticing enough to lure buyers to their next upgrade. waned in recent quarters, partly due to the lull between product launches, the device continues to be the […]

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Apple Updates Key iPhone Line to Try to Reignite Sales Growth

Apple Inc. rolled out updated products and new features Wednesday that mostly relied on an old strategy. The most-valuable technology company is targeting pent-up appetite for new iPhones to reignite sales growth amid mounting investor concern that its pace of innovation is slowing. The ditched headphone jacks to make room for other features and the […]

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Super Mario runs his way onto the iPhone | Fox News

Nintendo Creative Fellow Shigeru Miyamoto stands next to the Super Mario character during an Apple media event in San Francisco, California, U.S. September 7, 2016. (REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach) Move aside, Mitomo: Nintendo announced today that its next iOS app will bring the iconic Super Mario to Apple mobile devices. Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, who […]

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Apple eliminates headphone jack from iPhone 7: Harmful to your health?

(CNN)Apple’s new iPhone 7 will ditch the ubiquitous headphone jack, senior vice president of marketing Phil Schiller announced Wednesday at the company’s keynote event in San Francisco. Many tech writers are touting the positive implications of this seismic shift for cell phones: better sound quality, a thinner design and superior water resistance, to name a […]

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iPhone 7: Why did Apple ditch the headphone jack?

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What Everyone Missed at Apples ‘Boring’ iPhone Launch | Fox Business

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Apple faces tough sell after scrapping iPhone 7 headphones jack

Retailers report surge in wireless headphones sales but analysts say Apple has taken a misstep with some critics calling it user-hostile and wasteful Apple faces a battle to convince consumers to switch to wireless headphones after controversially scrapping the headphone jack on the new iPhone 7, analysts have warned. Electrical shops are enjoying an increase […]

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Here’s How Much (or Little) Apple’s iPhone Has Changed Through the Years

Apple Inc.’s new iPhone 7 isn’t a major upgrade on the previous version, despite its various updates and featuresand the well-flagged news that the smartphone has no headphone jack.  That said, the iPhone has been a game-changer. It helped Apple become the world’s most valuable company and has swept aside many a rival device over its lifespan, contributing to […]

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Want to listen to an iPhone 7 and charge it simultaneously? That’ll be 35

Charging while listening to music now requires an adapter and things get really complicated if you want to plug into power while using old 3.5mm headphones Apples removal of the headphone socket on its latest iPhone 7 has had several knock-on effects, but one thing most people might not realise is that if youre using […]

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Tech Q&A: Plugging headphones into an iPhone 7, sending faxes | Fox News

The iPhone 7 and AirPods. (Apple) iPhone 7 upgrade woes Q. I love my old wired earbuds. Will I still be able to use my earbuds with the new iPhone 7? A. The problem is that the iPhone 7 does not have a standard 3.5mm analog audio jack. But all hope is not lost! The […]

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Sunday, 11 September 2016

Microsoft Is More Male Than Last Year, Insists This Is Progress

Back in December, Microsofts chief executive publicly vowed to do better at diversity. The company, like its rivals in the tech industry, is overwhelmingly white and male. We will make progress every year towards building a more diverse workforce, CEO Satya Nadella told shareholders. The overall percentage of women the company employs declined to 27 percent […]

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New Microsoft adware rules could stop another Superfish security scare

From March, adware on Windows will have to be easily removable and not able to hijack users connections Microsoft will detect and remove insecure adware from Windows PCs in 2016, embarrassing self-inflicted security hole from March this year, by requiring that any advertising-based software only use a web browsers official methods for installation, execution, disabling […]

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Artificial Intelligence Is Here To Help Us, Microsoft Boss Says

Don’t fear artificial intelligence: It’s here to help. In an interview with HuffPost Rise at Davos last week, Microsoft International president Jean-Philippe Courtois said that artificial intelligence should be used to augment human work and bring our productivity to new heights. Courtois referenced Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant that works on a variety of devices. “Cortana, which […]

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Sanders camp worries over Microsoft caucus tracking

Washington (CNN)The Bernie Sanders campaign is building its own independent system to report the Iowa caucus results, aides said, because of concerns about Microsoft’s influence and questions about how the technology will work. “Our bigger concern now is rolling out a new technology when we’re in the middle of an election,” Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign […]

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Saturday, 10 September 2016

Microsoft co-founder’s yacht tears up protected coral reef in Cayman Islands

Paul Allens 330ft vessel destroys 80% of reef in protected zone, embarrassingly so as Allens foundation supports marine conservation A yacht owned by Microsoft co-founder and marine conservationist Paul Allen has ploughed into a sensitive reef in the Cayman Islands, destroying the majority of coral on the protected ecosystem. The MV Tatoosh, a 300ft yacht […]

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Bill Gates monitored Microsoft employees’ work hours by memorizing their license plates | Fox News

File photo – Sept. 27, 2012: Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates speaks to the media during an interview regarding his efforts to eliminate polio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (AP Photo/John Minchillo) Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates used to memorize employees license plate numbers so that he could keep track of when they were arriving at work […]

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Microsoft Is Recalling 2.3 Million Power Cords Over Safety Concerns

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Microsoft Corp was recalling about 2.25 million AC power cords, less than a week after Apple Inc said it was recalling AC wall plug adapters due to a shock hazard. Microsoft has received 56 reports of the AC cords overheating and emitting flames and five reports of electrical […]

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Microsoft buys UK AI firm SwiftKey’ – BBC News

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Microsoft founder Gates backs FBI in encryption fight with Apple | Fox News

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has broken with other Silicon Valley giants by backing the FBI in its battle with Apple over hacking into a locked iPhone as part of the investigation into last December’s San Bernardino terror attack.  In an interview with the Financial Times published Tuesday, Gates said a court order requiring Apple to […]

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Google, Facebook And Microsoft Will Officially Support Apple In Battle Against FBI

(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook Inc, Microsoft Corp and about a dozen other Internet companies will file a joint legal brief on Thursday asking a judge to support Apple Inc in its encryption battle with the U.S. government, sources familiar with the companies’ plans said. The effort is a rare display of unity and […]

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Gears of War developer tells games industry: we must fight Microsoft

Epic Games Tim Sweeney launches blistering attack on Microsoft, over what he sees as plans to curtail users freedoms and subvert rights of developers One of the worlds biggest and most successful games development studios has launched a stinging attack on Microsoft. Tim Sweeney, co-founder of Epic Games, creator of the multimillion selling Gears of […]

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Microsoft wants to monopolise games development on PC. We must fight it

Microsoft is looking to dominate the games industry ecosystem with its aggressive new UWP initiative. Developers must oppose this, or else cede control of their titles With its new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) initiative, Microsoft has built a closed platform-within-a-platform into Windows 10, as the first apparent step towards locking down the consumer PC ecosystem […]

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Microsoft mulls Fable video game studio closure – BBC News

‘Tough decisions’ “These have been tough decisions and we have not made them lightly,” wrote Hanno Lemke, general manager of Microsoft Studios Europe. “We have nothing but heartfelt thanks for the members of Lionhead and Press Play for their contributions to Xbox and gaming,” he added. James Batchelor, editor of Develop magazine, told the BBC […]

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The Surprising Low-Tech Thing You Need To Enjoy Virtual Reality

The VR headsets available today can throw you in the middle of unfamiliar settings and let you look around as if you were sitting in a perfectly round, clear bubble. You’ll see exciting things in every direction — but only if you’re able to actually look in those directions. If you’re sitting on a couch, […]

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What It Feels Like To Use Next-Level Virtual Reality

Damon Dahlen/Huffington Post “This is super bizarre. Is there always a fountain here or is it just because [the photographer] is sitting there? Do hands ever — is it part of the technology? This is super crazy.” Damon Dahlen/Huffington Post “Oh wow. Now what do I do? Whaaaaat. Oh you can look down? This is crazy. […]

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Tay, Microsoft’s AI chatbot, gets a crash course in racism from Twitter

Attempt to engage millennials with artificial intelligence backfires hours after launch, with TayTweets account citing Hitler and supporting Donald Trump Microsofts attempt at engaging millennials with artificial intelligence has backfired hours into its launch, with waggish Twitter users teaching its chatbot how to be racist. The company launched a verified Twitter account for Tay billed […]

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Government urges consumers to stop using their Samsung Galaxy Note7s | Fox News

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Friday, 9 September 2016

16 People Freak Out Trying Virtual Reality For The First Time

Damon Dahlen/Huffington Post “This is super bizarre. Is there always a fountain here or is it just because [the photographer] is sitting there? Do hands ever — is it part of the technology? This is super crazy.” Damon Dahlen/Huffington Post “Oh wow. Now what do I do? Whaaaaat. Oh you can look down? This is crazy. […]

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Microsoft Chat Bot Goes On Racist, Genocidal Twitter Rampage

Here’s a clear example of artificial intelligence gone wrong. Microsoft launched a smart chat bot Wednesday called “Tay.” It looks like a photograph of a teenage girl rendered on a broken computer monitor, and it can communicate with people via Twitter, Kik and GroupMe. It’s supposed to talk like a millennial teenage girl. Less than […]

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CES 2016: cars, virtual reality and a lot of hype

The vast Consumer Electronics Show traditionally predicts the hit technologies of the year to come – but is a sales event really the best predictor of consumer demand? Twenty years almost to the day, on 6 January 1995, Nintendo revealed its new Virtual Boy virtual reality headset at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. […]

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Microsoft scrambles to limit PR damage over abusive AI bot Tay

Millennial chatbot was shut down just 16 hours after she was turned on due to her becoming a genocide-supporting racist Microsoft is battling to control the public relations damage done by its millennial chatbot, which turned into a genocide-supporting Nazi less than 24 hours after it was let loose on the internet. The chatbot, named […]

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How Google’s $20 Virtual Reality Device Saved A Baby Girl’s Life

When identical twins Teegan and Riley Lexcen were born in August, doctors told their parents that Teegan, who was born missing a lung and half of her heart, wouldn’t survive for long. Baby Teegan’s condition seemed inoperable, meaning she would need a miracle. Thankfully, after four months, doctors in Miami gave her one — with the help of a […]

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Alton Towers to open virtual reality rollercoaster – BBC News

Image copyright Merlin Entertainments Image caption The VR headsets have been developed by the UK’s Figment Productions It said 190 jobs remained at risk and the park would close on several mid-week “quieter days” this year. Image copyright Merlin Entertainments Galactica in numbers: Each train will contain 28 passengers, and three trains will be set […]

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Why Microsoft’s Racist Chat Bot Catastrophe Was Kind Of A Good Thing

Microsoft’s artificially intelligent “chat bot” Tay went rogue earlier this week, harassing some users with tweets full of racist and misogynistic language. The AI was programmed to sound like a millennial and learn natural speech by interacting with people online, but Tay picked up some pretty vile ideas from trolls and wound up saying things […]

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Another Sign That Virtual Reality Is About To Be Huge

(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google has created a virtual reality (VR) computing division and said Clay Bavor, the executive running its product management team, will run the new arm. A spokesman for Google, Joshua Cruz, confirmed Bavor’s new role on the team, but declined to provide any further details. According to Bavor’s Twitter profile, he […]

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Microsoft ‘deeply sorry’ for offensive tweets by AI chatbot

Company finally apologises after Tay quickly learned to produce racist and misogynisitc posts, forcing the tech giant to shut it down after just 16 hours Microsoft has said it is deeply sorry for the racist and sexist Twitter messages generated by the so-called chatbot it launched this week. The company released an official apology after […]

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Rob Huebel goes from Transparent to comedy to virtual reality in no time

With three different projects launching in one day, including a virtual reality show, the comic actor who rose to fame in a drama is suddenly everywhere With so many channels and websites hungry for original work and so many comic actors making a dozen or more projects a year, it was probably inevitable that Rob […]

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Microsoft Unveils Next Best Thing To Teleportation

Virtual teleportation is here, and Microsoft is eager to show it off. The tech giant has unveiled something it calls holoportation, which involves using 3D capture technology to beam someone’s image to another location in real time.  Users are surrounded by 3D cameras and then given HoloLens, or specialized headpieces that allow them to see […]

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Apple boss says virtual reality is ‘really cool’ but what will he do with it?

Tim Cook sees some interesting applications around VR, but Apple has already filed headset patents, hired a VR expert and funded 360-degree music videos Apple is mulling its options for virtual reality, judging by comments made to analysts by its chief executive, Tim Cook, after his companys Asked by one analyst whether virtual reality is […]

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Microsofts racist chatbot returns with drug-smoking Twitter meltdown

Short lived return saw Tay tweet about smoking drugs in front of the police before suffering a meltdown and being taken offline Microsofts attempt to converse with millennials using an artificial intelligence bot plugged into Twitter made a short-lived return on Wednesday, before bowing out again in some sort of meltdown. The learning experiment, which […]

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How virtual reality could change moviegoing

Park City, Utah (CNN)You’re standing on the edge of a cliff, hundreds of feet above a snaking river. Your palms are sweaty. Your heart is beating fast. Someone tells you to jump, but everything in your body screams, “Don’t do it!” Your brain is having a hard time overriding what your eyes are seeing in […]

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Microsoft’s Chat Bot Re-Activates, Immediately Launches Spam Attack

March 30 (Reuters) – Almost a week after being shut down for spewing racist and sexist comments on Twitter, Microsoft Corp’s artificial intelligence ‘chatbot’ called Tay briefly rejoined Twitter on Wednesday only to launch a spam attack on its followers. The incident marks another embarrassing setback for the software company that is trying to get […]

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Virtual Reality: the immersive film-making wowing Sundance

Whether theyre letting you walk on Star Wars planet Jakku; or experience what its like to be bombed, film-makers are embracing immersive technology Its been heralded as the journalism. It has been avidly welcomed by the art, gaming worlds and has just as enthusiastically been written off as a passing fad, which makes really film-making. […]

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Society Needs To Decide Where Tech Is Taking Us, Microsoft CEO Says

Will we control technology? Or will technology control us? These questions were at the core of a keynote speech delivered Wednesday by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at the company’s Build 2016 event, a conference where developers learn more about upcoming products from the tech giant. “We have these profound questions and issues in front of […]

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How waterproof are the iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S7 and smartwatches?

Will your device survive trip down the toilet? What does IP67 actually mean, and how do smartphones fare against waterproof watches? Apple launched the Samsungs Galaxy S7 to Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and the new Apple Watch series 2 thats waterproof to 50m depth: You can wear it whether youre swimming, surfing or just doing […]

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Iconic View-Master toy gets cool virtual reality upgrade | Fox News

View-Master (Mattel). Mattel touted an impressive virtual reality upgrade for its iconic view-master toy at this weeks Toy Fair 2016 in New York. Last year the toymaker teamed up with Google to give the iconic View-Master toy a virtual reality revamp using Google Cardboard. At Toy Fair 2016, Mattel unveiled its new View-Master DLX headset, […]

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Don’t use Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on planes, warns air regulator

Phones are known to catch fire and should be kept switched off, Federal Aviation Administration advises, as manufacturer carries out global recall Airline passengers should not turn on or charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones during flights or stow them in checked baggage due to concerns over the phones fire-prone batteries, the US Federal […]

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Microsoft And Amazon Have A Plan For Driverless Cars

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Amazon.com and Microsoft are in talks to supply cloud computing to digital mapping business HERE, owned by a group of German carmakers developing self-driving cars, sources familiar with the matter said. Amazon is also considering becoming a shareholder in HERE, two sources said. Last year, carmakers BMW, Audi and Mercedes struck a […]

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Thursday, 8 September 2016

FOX Sports teams with NextVR to broadcast live sports in virtual reality | Fox News

File photo of a NextVR camera (NextVR). Its about to get easier for sports fans to score some pretty sweet seats and unique experience all-access passes to big events without leaving the couch. FoxNews.com has learned that FOX Sports and virtual reality production company NextVR have teamed up in a deal to produce and broadcast […]

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Facebook, Microsoft Pay Men And Women Equally — But There’s Still A Big Problem

Facebook and Microsoft both made substantial commitments to equal pay on Monday, stating in two separate announcements that they’ve closed gaps between the salaries of men and women at their companies. The timing isn’t coincidental: Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, which exists to highlight the gender pay gap. “I’m proud to share that at Facebook, […]

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Virtual Reality Therapy Could Be Used To Treat Depression

Could virtual reality be the next frontier for treating depression? A new study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry Open on Monday, suggests that VR therapy could reduce depressive symptoms by boosting feelings of self-compassion and alleviating self-criticism.  “Self-compassion is important in soothing feelings of distress, and without it distress can escalate and become unbearable,” Dr. […]

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Microsoft Wants To Let You Know When The Feds Are Snooping In Your Email

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) has sued the U.S. government for the right to tell its customers when a federal agency is looking at their emails, the latest in a series of clashes over privacy between the technology industry and Washington. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in federal court in the Western District of Washington, argues that […]

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Facebook sets up ‘social VR’ team to explore virtual reality beyond games

Mark Zuckerberg surprises Samsung Mobile World Congress event to reveal that people have already watched more than a million hours of video in Gear VR Facebook has created a social VR team to explore virtual-reality technologys potential beyond games, as it prepares for the consumer launch of its Oculus Rift VR headset. Chief executive Mark […]

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Microsoft sues for right to tell customers when US government requests emails

Traditional searches or wiretaps often require government to eventually notify the people theyve searched; Microsoft wants the same to apply to emails Microsoft sued the US government on Thursday for the right to tell customers when authorities search their email inboxes. In a federal complaint that names the US attorney general, Loretta Lynch, the company […]

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Virtual Reality Could Help Researchers Understand Heroin Addiction

Addicts in a new study at the University of Houston will strap on virtual reality headsets and navigate a “heroin cave” to help them try and kick their addictions. Researchers are looking to see if making their way through a simulated house party crammed with stimuli aimed at evoking cravings for the drug will help […]

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Microsoft Fights U.S. Government Over Data Requests

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) has sued the U.S. government for the right to tell its customers when a federal agency is looking at their emails, the latest in a series of clashes over privacy between the technology industry and Washington. The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in federal court in Seattle, argues that the government is violating […]

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McDonald’s has a Happy Meal box that turns into a virtual reality headset

Called Happy Goggles, the virtual reality headsets will be available from March 5 and March 12. The price is about $4.10. (McDonald’s) Want some VR with those fries? McDonalds in Sweden has a new kid’s toy that turns Happy Meal boxes into virtual reality goggles. A fold here, a flip there, and kids can transform the […]

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Microsoft sues US government over secret demands for customer data | Fox News

SAN FRANCISCO –  Microsoft is suing the government over a federal law that lets authorities examine its users’ email or online files without their knowledge. It’s the latest conflict between the tech industry and U.S. officials over individual privacy rights. Law enforcement officials want freedom to view a treasure trove of information including emails, photos […]

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SXSW panel explores virtual reality porn: ‘more eye contact and dirty talk’

Industry insiders say engaged users increasingly value a greater sense of intimacy more than sex: It has to do with an emotional bond Its an old adage that any advance in technology be it the advent of film or the invention of the VCR will soon be applied to pornography. This seemed to be the […]

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Microsoft’s One-Handed Keyboard Will Give Your Thumb A Break

If you’ve ever struggled to tap out a text message with one thumb, you know most smartphone keyboards aren’t built for single-handed typing.  Microsoft is trying to change that, however. The tech company’s new Word Flow app, released for iOS on Monday, lets users trade the standard iPhone keyboard for a version that accommodates one-thumbed typing. […]

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It Just Got Way Easier To Watch Porn In Virtual Reality

Time to ogle through the goggle. Adult-content giant Pornhub announced Wednesday the launch of free virtual reality content. The VR will be viewable through both Android and iOS mobiles and compatible with headsets such as Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard, according to a press release. “Users’ wildest fantasies will come alive as they […]

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You should totally download Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard | Fox News

(BGR) Folks with small hands, rejoice! Microsoft has finally dropped its Word Flow keyboard for iOS, bringing with it a cool fan-shaped keyboard that makes one-handed typing much easier. After some time with the new app, I found it so useful I added it to my roster so I can whip it out when I […]

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Dad Gives Daughter Epic DIY Virtual Reality Experience

Experiencing virtual reality doesn’t have to be expensive. Just ask Hong Kong resident Newman Chan, who gave his young daughter an incredible VR adventure without spending a dime. Adorable video shows him lifting her up into the air as she’s seated on a pink tricycle and wearing a crash helmet: View post on imgur.com Read […]

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Google and Microsoft have made a pact to protect surveillance capitalism

Two bitter rivals have agreed to drop mutual antitrust cases across the globe. Why? To fend off the greater regulatory threat of democratic oversight Microsoft and Google, two of the worlds greatest monopolies, have been bitter rivals for nearly 20 years. But suddenly, in late April, they Satya Nadella, is eager to push the vision […]

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Video streaming in virtual reality

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Sony announces new, slimmer PlayStation 4

Slim PS4 is smaller and more power-efficient but adds no support for 4K video, and machine will come with a redesigned version of the Dual Shock 4 controller Sony has announced a new slim version of PlayStation 4, set for release on 15 September for $299, 259 and 299. The machine is both smaller and […]

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Microsoft, Hewlett Packard Say U.K. Should Avoid Brexit

Microsoft Corp. said the U.K. should remain in the European Union, becoming one of the largest companies to come out against a June referendum to exit the bloc. QuickTake Will Britain Leave the EU? Microsoft, which opened its first international office in the U.K. in 1982 and has more than 5,000 employees in the region, said […]

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Porn driving virtual reality industry?

As Oculus VR finally ships its virtual-reality headsets to the public, its heralding the potential of video games and movies but its also quietly giving a wink to porn producers. The Facebook-owned startup announced Monday that its new Rift headset has more than 30 games available as the first units ship this week, with 100 […]

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New PlayStation Models Change the Lifecycle of Gaming Consoles

Sony Corp. released two new versions of its PlayStation 4 gaming consoles Wednesday: the PS4 Pro, a powerful device designed to run virtual reality games and display high-quality video, and a slimmer, more efficient version of the PS4, an incremental improvement on the original, which was first released in November 2013. The PS4 Pro will […]

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Microsoft’s UK data centres power up cloud services – BBC News

At the time, he said, the MoD was using software that had not been updated in years. “We were still on Windows XP, for instance, and all of the applications were from 2003 or prior to that,” he told the BBC. “I took the view that the services we were providing were unfit for purpose. […]

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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Virtual Reality Can Help Save Endangered Animals

Conservationists have a new, high-tech tool: virtual reality. Across the world, scientists are using immersive digital experiences to help protect endangered species.  On a recent trip to Peru, Kerrie Mengersen, a professor at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology, set up cameras in the jungle to shoot 360-degree videos of possible jaguar habitats. Experts can view clips of […]

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Nokia returns to the phone market as Microsoft sells brand

Phone brand is back after being bought by Finnish company HMD and iPhone manufacturer Foxconn. But can it win back those nostalgic for the 3310? Soon, youll be able to buy a Nokia again, 18 months after Microsoft quietly killed the name, seemingly for good. Microsoft has sold the brand, which was worth $300bn at […]

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Can virtual reality relieve pain?

(CNN)The next time you habitually search your bathroom cabinet for some pain medication, you may want to consider playing a video game first. Research has shown that psychology plays an important part in how we experience both acute and chronic pain — and that painful sensations can be manipulated by what we think and feel. […]

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Microsoft Wants To Avoid A Google Glass-Level Failure

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – When Google introduced its Google Glass smart glasses four years ago, it turned to Glass-sporting sky divers buzzing a San Francisco convention center, Glass-adorned models at a glitzy fashion show and a Twitter campaign to notify early “Glass Explorers” of their luck in snagging a pair. This year, when Microsoft showed […]

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How virtual reality is changing architecture

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Facebook and Microsoft to build private internet highway underwater

Projects to install undersea cables from US to Spain would ensure fast enough connectivity for tech companies virtual reality and live video services Facebook and Microsoft are going underwater. The two technology companies announced on Thursday they are to install an undersea cable from the east coast of the US to Spain to help speed […]

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Tampa Bay Rays are now using virtual reality for batting practice | Fox News

File photo – Tampa Bay Rays’ Wil Myers loses his helmet as he strikes out swinging during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the New York Yankees in St. Petersburg, Florida, Aug. 25, 2013. (REUTERS/Steve Nesius) Earlier this week, virtual reality sports training company EON Sports VR announced a partnership […]

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Cutting-edge theatre: worlds first virtual reality operation goes live

Dr Shafi Ahmed will carry out surgery live-streamed in virtual reality, a move experts hope will make healthcare more equitable and help medical training This Thursday afternoon, Shafi Ahmed will lean over a patient and begin a delicate operation to remove cancerous tissue from a male patients bowel. He has performed such procedures many times […]

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Xiaomi’s Microsoft Patent Buy-Up Is Part of Its Global Push

For decades, Chinese disregard for trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property has frustrated U.S. technology, entertainment and other companies. The next wave of intellectual-property conflict in China won’t be fights over pirated software or unauthorized downloads. Microsoft, which has been a leader in fighting Chinese pirates, this week announced a deal with Xiaomi, maker of some […]

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GoPro Unveils New Virtual Reality Camera

As tech giants like Samsung, Huawei and Facebook continue to ramp up their virtual reality efforts, GoPro is entering the fray as a new contender for the hearts of VR enthusiasts and fans. At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) event in Las Vegas this week, the company will be unveiling its new VR camera. […]

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