Your computer’s security updates may be annoying, but they’re crucial

May 15, 2017
The ransomware known as WannaCry has affected individuals and companies worldwide. Could it have been prevented?
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Microsoft thinks Minecraft can help STEM education

May 2, 2017
An interview with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on the company's new suite of software for students and teachers.
Students at Tesla STEM High School in Redmond, Wash. have been coding with Minecraft and working alongside the Minecraft Education Team.
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Tech giants elbow in on Amazon’s cloud computing profits

Apr 28, 2017
There was a common theme in some of the big tech earnings announcements this week: the cloud. Most of Amazon’s more than $700 million first-quarter profit came not from shipping books and electronics all over the globe, but from its Amazon Web Services business. Amazon was a pioneer in letting companies rent computer processing and […]

Artificial intelligence could soon eclipse touch screens

Dec 23, 2016
Silicon Valley is well on its way toward a world of voice-activated interfaces.
Shoppers test out the Google Home. 
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Will a lighter, smaller Xbox One give Microsoft game?

Aug 1, 2016
The newest version of the Xbox One could grab market share from Sony's PlayStation 4.
Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, announces the new Microsoft Xbox One S game console during a news conference in June.
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Brexit and the tech industry: opportunity?

Jun 27, 2016
How regulations tech companies face might change
 The Amazon Fulfilment Center in Hemel Hempstead, England.
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Facebook's sea cable doesn't mean a push into telecoms

May 27, 2016
The new Marea submarine cable will run about 4,000 miles from Virginia to Spain.
Employees of ERDF (Electricity Network Distribution France) and Louis Dreyfus company install an electric submarine cable and optical fiber between Quiberon and Belle-Ile-en-mer, western France, on March 11, 2015. These days, tech companies are joining the push to lay undersea fiber optic cable.
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Here's what Microsoft's new bot thinks of Kai

Apr 14, 2016
It does a pretty good job captioning photos! And it's not racist like the last one.
A screenshot from Microsoft's captionbot.ai
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Microsoft's developer conference highlights machine learning

Mar 30, 2016
Silicon Valley is increasingly thinking about artificial intelligence.
A view of Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant.
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