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Microsoft calls on government to regulate facial recognition tech

Microsoft calls on government to regulate facial recognition tech

Microsoft is calling for government regulation of facial recognition, citing both the benefits and risks associated with the technology. "Facial recognition technology raises issues that go to the heart of fundamental human rights protections like privacy and freedom of expression," Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a long essay today. For all the good it offers, the same technology can be used to oppress a population.

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Skype 8.0 arrives to replace Classic: update before September 1

Skype 8.0 arrives to replace Classic: update before September 1

Microsoft has launched Skype 8.0, the latest desktop version set to replace Skype 7.0, also known as "Classic." The company is encouraging users to update to the newest version, warning that they have only until September 1 to make the transition. Once that date arrives, Skype Classic will stop working, forcing any remaining users to install version 8.0. The update is worth the effort, though, thanks to the numerous new features the latest version offers.

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Microsoft-branded line of Android phones doesn’t make sense

Microsoft-branded line of Android phones doesn’t make sense

It’s amusing to see Microsoft receiving a bit more coverage for what it doesn’t do than what it does. Especially when it comes to its mobile strategy. From the now defunct Windows Mobile to the mythical Surface Phone to the reportedly postponed Andromeda, we’ve mostly heard it all. So when rumors start about a Microsoft-branded line of phones in development, we can’t but help raise an eyebrow. Because while it’s definitely something that’s within the realm of possibility, it makes no sense no matter which way you look at it.

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Microsoft Whiteboard app now available, coming to iOS, web

Microsoft Whiteboard app now available, coming to iOS, web

With its Surface line, Microsoft has stumbled upon an almost niche market of creatives and office workers who love to blend analog input with digital media. Some of those devices, like the Surface Studio, seem squarely aimed at artists and creators while the likes of the Surface Hub cater to work collaborators. Connecting those devices together is the Whiteboard app, now available for all Windows 10 PCs and, soon, on iOS and web browsers.

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Microsoft takes the fight to Slack with a free version of Teams

Microsoft takes the fight to Slack with a free version of Teams

Microsoft Teams has been gunning for a slice of Slack's user base ever since it was first announced, and today, Microsoft is looking to ramp up competition. The company has launched a free version of Microsoft Teams that allows businesses and professionals to use it without an Office 365 account. When it comes to pulling market share away from your competitor, offering your product for free is a good way to do it.

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Xbox update: 1810 Preview released with Dolby Vision streaming support

Xbox update: 1810 Preview released with Dolby Vision streaming support

Inside the latest Xbox One update (preview edition) is a whole bunch of bits and pieces you're going to want to get a handle on. This update brings about Dolby Vision Video Streaming - that's a first. With this update, Dolby Vision video streaming brings HDR "up a notch" with systems such as Netflix Premium - you'll need a premium subscription for that, but still.

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Why the Surface Go needed to be x86 and not ARM

Why the Surface Go needed to be x86 and not ARM

Microsoft just revealed the Surface Go, its lightest, slimmest, and cheapest Surface tablet yet. Cheapest is relative only to other Surface 2-in-1s and it’s hardly iPad thin or slim. And that 9 hours of battery life doesn’t even hold a candle. With LTE support still coming later, it’s far from being the “always connected” experience Microsoft was singing about last year. It could have tried with a Windows 10 on ARM device but, if the Surface Go is to even make a dent in the market, there was really no other choice than to go with an Intel x86 processor.

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Windows 10 Preview: what’s coming later this year

Windows 10 Preview: what’s coming later this year

Adopting the slogan and strategy of “Windows as a Service” is admittedly one of the best things Microsoft has ever done for the operating system. Now in its third year, Windows 10 has already received five major updates, almost twice a year. Microsoft may have run out of names to call the updates but it isn’t losing steam. It has just released Insider Preview Build 17713 which, among other things, marks the final months before the release of “Redstone 5” in a few months.

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Surface Go USB-C adapters: less obnoxious, still pricey

Surface Go USB-C adapters: less obnoxious, still pricey

Microsoft may have developed hurt feelings over criticisms of its late adoption of USB-C connectors. It has just recently revealed its promised USB-C dongle for its Surface devices and it might have made you cringe or scratch your head. Now it is revealing USB-C adapters for its Surface Go, which thankfully does use USB-C. They still leave you wondering, however, if the company is trolling USB-C advocates in one way or another.

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Minecraft Aquatic Phase 2 update arrives on almost all platforms

Minecraft Aquatic Phase 2 update arrives on almost all platforms

The second phase of the Minecraft Aquatic update is rolling out to nearly all platforms. The update began rolling out yesterday, bringing various new features, changes, and improvements that build upon the first phase released in May. The Aquatic updates bring a massive change to the game, adding underworld elements, new in-game items, underwater zombies called "The Drowned," and much more.

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Xbox One Sport series kicks off with a sleek, white controller

Xbox One Sport series kicks off with a sleek, white controller

For console gamers, there's usually no lack of special edition controllers to pick from. That's especially true for Xbox One which, on top of the usual limited release fare, offers players the chance to create and customize controllers through Xbox Design Labs. Microsoft has a new special edition controller to add to the pile today, and this one is particularly sleek.

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Microsoft Andromeda project might not be completely dead yet

Microsoft Andromeda project might not be completely dead yet

While the Surface Go makes quite a tempting proposition, some have unsurprisingly remarked that Microsoft is only trying to distract people from the real issue at hand. That issue is that Microsoft has reportedly postponed “indefinitely” its foldable Surface Phone and the Andromeda software that would run on it. Of course, they never really formally acknowledged the existence of either but neither did they say it’s completely done for. The latter sliver of hope may be what fans of the project have seen in a demo video that has nothing to do with Andromeda but also hints that it might still exist.

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