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Microsoft Hummingbird uses AI for smarter, personalized news

Microsoft Hummingbird uses AI for smarter, personalized news

News feeds, a.k.a. RSS/Atom, have been said to have gone the way of the dodo. In its place has risen curated news services, initially like Flipboard. Pretty soon, however, that was no longer enough and companies, including Google, have started riding on the AI train to spread the news around. The latest to hop on board is Microsoft but not via its existing MSN News app. Instead, it has just silently released Hummingbird, offering “stories for you” as selected by AI.

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Minecraft 1.8 update brings pandas, stray cats, bamboo, and more

Minecraft 1.8 update brings pandas, stray cats, bamboo, and more

Minecraft has been updated to version 1.8, bringing a bunch of new features, updated templates, functions, a few experimental gameplay changes, and more. Players will, for example, find that stray cats now spawn in villages and can be tamed using fish. As previously promised, the game also now features pandas that spawn in jungles and bamboo will now appear in some chests.

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Microsoft Office 365 apps get Dark Mode on macOS Mojave

Microsoft Office 365 apps get Dark Mode on macOS Mojave

In September, Apple released macOS Mojave with Dark Mode, an optional color scheme that replaces bright bars and backgrounds with darker shades. Today Microsoft pushed out an update for its Office 365 apps on Mac that adds a Dark Mode matching the optional dark interface in Mojave. Office users on Mac can enable the feature after updating.

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Windows 10 Privacy dashboard confuses more than it informs

Windows 10 Privacy dashboard confuses more than it informs

Almost all software these days, from small apps to hulking operating systems, scrap some pieces of data from users. Some simply take stats needed to improve the app or service. Others use that same excuse to gather even more information, personal or otherwise. To make sure users don’t misinterpret their activities or sue them for such, companies like Google and Microsoft provide dashboards for users to see and control what data they collect from you. Unfortunately, Microsoft’s version of that for Windows 10 isn’t exactly doing what it says it’s doing.

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HoloLens 2 chip choice has some huge advantages

HoloLens 2 chip choice has some huge advantages

Microsoft has ditched Intel and will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset for the upcoming next-generation HoloLens, but it's not the one you might have expected. The hotly-anticipated augmented reality headset is shaping up to dramatically improve the blending of virtual objects with the real-world, but of course all of that demands power - and power efficiency.

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New Microsoft Edge supports Chrome extensions, confirmed

New Microsoft Edge supports Chrome extensions, confirmed

Last week we confirmed that Microsoft would indeed be re-launching their Microsoft Edge web browser with Chromium innards - today we've got news on Chrome extensions. "It is our intention to support existing Chrome extensions," said Microsoft's Kyle Alden. It's not clear yet whether Microsoft will support a Windows 10 version of a Google Chrome sort of app store. It is confirmed that the extensions that'll work and already do work on the chrome web browser should work for Microsoft Edge with Chromium.

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The 5 big Snapdragon 8cx details to get you up to speed

The 5 big Snapdragon 8cx details to get you up to speed

Qualcomm may be ramping up for its Snapdragon 855 to show up pretty much across the board in Android flagship phones next year, but the new Snapdragon 8cx for Windows on Arm notebooks is arguably more exciting. The new flagship chipset aims to deliver laptops and 2-in-1s that last for multiple days, are always-connected, and are significantly more portable than rivals using Intel and AMD silicon. Read on for five things you need to know.

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Microsoft Edge Chromium rumor just confirmed

Microsoft Edge Chromium rumor just confirmed

This morning Microsoft confirmed that the rumors were, indeed, true, that they'd be working with the Chromium open source project for Microsoft Edge. "Today we’re announcing that we intend to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers," said Microsoft Corporate VP Joe Belfiore.

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Windows 10 update gives Surface Book 2 the gift of BSOD

Windows 10 update gives Surface Book 2 the gift of BSOD

Another Windows 10 update, another report of system-breaking bugs. Microsoft has just rolled out a cumulative update on top of the already bug-ridden October update. While the bugs that followed after that may have been relatively minor, this latest one is delivering the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). And while it may not be widespread, it embarrassingly affects the Surface Book 2, one of Microsoft’s own flagship PCs.

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Surface Go Holiday ad takes a direct shot at the iPad

Surface Go Holiday ad takes a direct shot at the iPad

There’s little doubt in anyone’s mind that Microsoft made the Surface Go to compete with the iPad, as well as the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, in the education space. But as a Windows 10 2-in-1, it also straddles the fine line that divides the iPad and the iPad Pro. With Apple’s rhetoric of the iPad Pro as a computer, Redmond just couldn’t resist aiming its marketing guns at its rival, making sure everyone knows that a “real computer” is.

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Microsoft Edge to be replaced by Chromium-based browser

Microsoft Edge to be replaced by Chromium-based browser

It seems that Microsoft can never rid itself its web browser curse. Although it became the most used browser in the world, Internet Explorer ended up also becoming its most unpopular. Redmond tried to separate itself from the legacy with Microsoft Edge. After no small amount of aggressive marketing and even intrusive tactics, it seems that Microsoft is ready to throw in the towel and build a new default browser for Windows 10, one built around the same rendering engine used by rival Google Chrome.

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Windows Lite is a stripped down Windows 10 S successor

Windows Lite is a stripped down Windows 10 S successor

The latest iPad Pro and Google Pixel Slate has gotten people talking about next-gen computers again. The Pixel Slate, in particular, had decent hardware but left users wanting a bit more from the software. There’s little doubt Chrome OS has potential, with a bit of polish, something even Microsoft may be indirectly acknowledging. That’s probably why it insists on spinning out “Chrome OS killers”, like a certain “Windows Lite” that the company may be close to announcing.

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