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Computer paints a new Rembrandt after analyzing artist’s works

Computer paints a new Rembrandt after analyzing artist’s works

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have been getting a lot of media attention lately, from Google's AlphaGo to Microsoft and Facebook's photo recognition for the blind. But being able to analyze and learn from cold hard facts is one thing. Being able to derive something creative out of it is a whole different ballpark. But that's exactly what Microsoft and some partners accomplished when they let a computer "paint" an entirely new original piece of art just after analyzing Rembrandt's existing corpus.

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Gears of War 4 gets official release date for Xbox One

Gears of War 4 gets official release date for Xbox One

Gears of War fans can finally know the date their anticipation for another entry in the series will come to an end. Microsoft has finally announced the release date for the upcoming game, the first new Gears title to be developed specifically for the Xbox One. October 11th is when Gears of War 4 will be released to the world, kicking off an "epic new saga" for the series.

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Microsoft announces further Start Menu changes for Windows 10

Microsoft announces further Start Menu changes for Windows 10

When it comes to Windows, there's no feature that's been more controversial in the past few years than the Start menu. In Windows 7, few people complained about it. Then, in Windows 8, it transformed into some sort of abomination. They brought back a more familiar version, albeit an updated one, for Windows 10. And now it looks like Microsoft is ready to roll out some new changes to the Start menu once again.

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Microsoft Surface Phone: 3 models, still coming, but in 2017

Microsoft Surface Phone: 3 models, still coming, but in 2017

Microsoft's own execs may be downplaying the significance of Windows phones, at least for this year, but that's not stopping fans from wishing and hoping. Perhaps demonstrating the hopes and desires for a smartphone they can really be proud of, rumors about Microsoft's mythical Surface Phone just refuse to die. While the latest word does concede that it won't come until 2017, the speculation adds that there might actually be three such smartphones available, targeting different customer tiers but all bearing the same non-Lumia Surface name.

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Microsoft’s mobile strategy is not to have one, implies Nadella

Microsoft’s mobile strategy is not to have one, implies Nadella

At BUILD 2016 last week, the absence of any sort of focus or even mentions of Microsoft's own smartphone endeavors was noticeable. Some have seen it as the writing on the wall, which was practically reaffirmed when Windows chief Terry Myerson was quoted to have said that the company won't focus on Windows phones this year. Now even CEO Satya Nadella is putting the nail on the coffin, but with a slightly different twist. The head executive seems to be saying that Microsoft does have a mobile strategy, but that strategy involves not seeing mobile as something distinct at all.

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Do you really need a smartphone?

Do you really need a smartphone?

Accenture research has produced a study which suggests that "a majority" of smartphone users are "dissatisfied with their mobile experience." They also suggest that this majority is prepared to "switch mobile providers." In the grand scheme of things, do these people really need to have a smartphone? Do you? What would your life be without a smartphone at your side, connected at all times? Would you be living the same life?

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Outlook.com Premium Pilot page appears, will run $3.99 per month

Outlook.com Premium Pilot page appears, will run $3.99 per month

Microsoft has teased the idea of getting users to pay for premium features on their Outlook services since earlier this year. These features include using custom domains and ad-free inboxes. And today, it would seem that the company is taking requests to be invited to the new service.

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Toyota Connected promises smarter cars with Azure cloud

Toyota Connected promises smarter cars with Azure cloud

Toyota is getting serious about smart cities and connected cars in a new partnership with Microsoft, and it might cut insurance costs and the time you sit in traffic, too. Toyota Connected is a new company that will, so the company's new CEO Zack Hicks somewhat ironically claims, "free our customers from the tyranny of technology" using lashings of technology itself.

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Windows 10 is now the most popular PC gaming OS

Windows 10 is now the most popular PC gaming OS

Since Microsoft started offering free upgrades to Windows 10 last year, a lot of people have been upgrading. Sure, there are plenty of people that are still holding onto their beloved Windows 7 installations, but that number continues to dwindle. So just how popular is the latest version of Windows? Well it's now the most-commonly used OS, at least for playing games.

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Xbox chief says he’s ‘not a fan’ of partial console upgrades

Xbox chief says he’s ‘not a fan’ of partial console upgrades

Most of the news regarding the Xbox One at Microsoft's Build 2016 developer event has focused on the universal use of the Windows 10 operating system, as well as the ability to easily turn any consumer model of the console into a dev kit. However, Microsoft's Xbox boss, Phil Spencer, took a little time to speak to the press about the future of the Xbox One, and how he's not in favor of a modular or partial upgrade to the existing console, such as a "Xbox One and a half."

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Cloud-based Windows 10 Action Center will also be on Android

Cloud-based Windows 10 Action Center will also be on Android

Microsoft has been teasing bits and pieces of what both Windows 10 users and developers can expect in the upcoming Anniversary Update, and one of them involves the often taken for granted notifications. Already a substantial improvement over the Windows 8 notification, the Action Center in Windows 10 is about to get a major facelift as well as functionality augmentations. In particular, cloud-based notifications will allow users to see and even dismiss notifications on any device. And yes, that does include Android as well.

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Microsoft snubs its own Windows Phones users again this year

Microsoft snubs its own Windows Phones users again this year

"Windows phones are not our focus this year." That's one statement you will most likely dread to hear if you have, in any way, invested in the promise of Microsoft's mobile platforms, whether as a user or as a developer. And no, it isn't an April Fools joke either. That was more or less the message that Windows chief Terry Myerson left The Verge, unambiguously saying that the company's developer focus is anywhere but on Windows Phone. Then again, if you're a long-time Windows Phone follower, you might already be used to the second rate citizen treatment.

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