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France chides Microsoft over Windows 10 privacy flaws

France chides Microsoft over Windows 10 privacy flaws

Microsoft is no stranger to being accused or even formally charged for violating consumer privacy protection laws or related regulations. Especially within the European Union, where American companies like Google and Facebook are facing increasing scrutiny over citizens' data. This formal notice from France's national data protection agency, or Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), is yet another chapter. But the issues the CNIL brought up also touch at the heart of an ongoing negotiation between the US and EU over the transfer of data across the ocean.

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Xbox One S release date revealed, 2TB console hitting shelves first

Xbox One S release date revealed, 2TB console hitting shelves first

After revealing the Xbox One S at its E3 showcase last month, Microsoft has finally given us a launch date. The company says that the Xbox One S will be releasing in select regions on August 2, along with a standalone wireless controller that comes with a textured grip and Bluetooth connectivity. In order to connect the controller to your computer through Bluetooth, though, you'll apparently need to be running Windows 10 with its Anniversary Update.

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Gears of War 4 adorns first special edition Xbox One S

Gears of War 4 adorns first special edition Xbox One S

The new Xbox One S, a smaller, redesigned version of Microsoft's game console, won't be available until August, and already there's a special edition model announced. As you'd expect, it's themed after Microsoft's biggest exclusive title for the upcoming holiday season: Gears of War 4. The console drops the One S's white shell for a dark red, adorned with the Gears logo and laser-etched claw marks.

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OneDrive starts cutting free storage down to 5GB

OneDrive starts cutting free storage down to 5GB

Last November, Microsoft advised OneDrive users that some big changes would be coming eventually — that OneDrive storage would be decreasing from 15GB to 5GB, that Office 365 users wouldn’t be getting unlimited storage, and the 15GB of camera roll storage would be removed. Microsoft gave its users a chance to opt out of this change; those who missed the memo are now receiving warnings that their OneDrive allotment is about to be slashed.

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Microsoft CEO: Pokemon GO, HoloLens are a perfect fit

Microsoft CEO: Pokemon GO, HoloLens are a perfect fit

Everything seems to be about Pokemon GO these days and almost everyone has something to say about it. It turns out, that's true even for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Actually, that's not exactly surprising considering Pokemon GO and Microsoft do have something in common: the use of augmented reality. So it's also not surprising to hear Nadella confidently claim that Pokemon GO feels built for HoloLens, even better than any smartphone can ever hope to achieve.

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Microsoft plots Project Scorpio trade-up programs for Xbox One owners

Microsoft plots Project Scorpio trade-up programs for Xbox One owners

One of the most exciting things Microsoft revealed at E3 2016 was its new console, which for now has the working name of Project Scorpio. This new machine promises to bridge the gap between consoles and PCs even further, offering up 4K resolutions at 60 frames per second and support for virtual reality. That's all well and good, but what about those who have already bought in to the Xbox One platform?

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Microsoft apologizes for Xbox Play Anywhere miscommunication

Microsoft apologizes for Xbox Play Anywhere miscommunication

Microsoft's play to have games and gamers glued to its platform, no matter what device, is a two-edged sword. What may be good news for some, especially PC gamers who feel left out of all the titles made exclusive to the Xbox consoles, is seen by others as an omen. Naturally, its announcement late June that all future Microsoft Studio titles will be part of its "Play Anywhere" program was met with mixed reception. Well, apparently the jubilation/consternation was a tad too early, as Microsoft has backtracked from its earlier "incorrect" blog post, limiting Play Anywhere titles to only those it showcased as such at E3.

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Microsoft’s CAP takes on IFTTT with more natural language

Microsoft’s CAP takes on IFTTT with more natural language

IFTTT, short for IF-This-Then-That, is one of those "Web 2.0" things that power users love but regular Joes and Janes can't fully grasp. At the same time, it has created a new culture of automation, be it desktops or smartphones, and could even help the fledgling IoT industry to truly take off and expand beyond its limited borders. Microsoft, who already launched its own take on automation with Flow, is taking another stab at it via its Microsoft Research arm. Curiously and tragically named "CAP", short for Conditional Action Programmer", the still experimental platform puts a different twist to the idea by letting users type in their tasks in a more natural English language form.

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Researchers store 200MB of data on molecular strands

Researchers store 200MB of data on molecular strands

Microsoft and researchers from the University of Washington have set a new record and reached a milestone in DNA storage. The team has been able to store 200MB of data on the molecular strands of DNA. Just as interesting as setting a new record for data capacity is the fact that the stored data took up a tiny amount of space described as "much smaller than the tip of a pencil."

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Microsoft opens up Minecraft AI research tool to the public

Microsoft opens up Minecraft AI research tool to the public

What started out as a rather simple, open-ended sandbox and survival game has turned into something more than what creater Markus "Notch" Persson probably imagined. Although Minecraft remains a virtual world where people can let their creativity run wild, it has also become a tool that can be used for the common good. In addition to using Minecraft for educational purposes, Microsoft has also turned it into a research tool. Project Malmo, formerly called Project AIX, uses Minecraft's open world for artificial intelligence research and is now available as open source for everyone to use.

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Microsoft Thinga.me takes a stab at Pinterest’s market

Microsoft Thinga.me takes a stab at Pinterest’s market

Although Microsoft has had apps on iOS for a long time now, most of those have revolved around its Office productivity suite and related products. Of late, however, it has dabbled in rather strange new ventures, like the Selfie app, literally its name. Now it has another oddly named app, again for iOS only, called Thinga.me. And like Selfie, which sort of stepped on the toes of oh so many camera and social networking apps, Thinga.me is daring to set foot in a "collection" market dominated primarily by Pinterest.

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Skype debuts new browser-based group video chats, offline file sharing

Skype debuts new browser-based group video chats, offline file sharing

Microsoft's messaging and video chat platform Skype has rolled out several new features this week, starting with a new browser tool aimed at small businesses. Called Skype Meetings, it's a free, web-based option for group video chats, along with a few of the collaboration tools from Skype for Business. In addition, Skype's standard existing apps now feature the ability to share files with users even when they're offline.

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