There weren’t any major fireworks at the opening keynote of Microsoft’s Build conference on Wednesday, but the company did make some important announcements that give us some clues about where the company is headed. Below we’ll recap the most important announcements that include everything from updates to Windows 10 to new frontiers in artificial intelligence. More →
Just over a week after Apple wrapped up its own spring event, Microsoft is preparing to kick off its annual Build Developer Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Although we shouldn’t expect to see any exciting hardware reveals, there should be a few announcements worth tuning in for at 11:30 a.m. ET. More →
We have good news and bad news about Microsoft’s chatbot experiment involving Tay, a Twitter account that the company hopes will someday interact with other Twitter users in a meaningful way without human assistance. The good news is that Tay is not a racist anymore. But the bad news is that it has apparently morphed into something else the world doesn’t need anymore of: A spambot. More →
As Apple battles the FBI, Microsoft just created a special government version of Windows 10 for China
Thanks to Apple’s recent legal wrangling with the FBI (which has seemingly come to an end), issues such as mobile encryption and government surveillance have been thrust into the spotlight. At the core of Apple’s dispute with the FBI was the bureau’s demand that Apple write an entirely new version of iOS that would effectively bypass built-in iOS security mechanisms.
Earlier this week, we brought you the tragicomic story of Tay, an artificial intelligence chatbot that was designed to interact with and learn from people between the ages of 18 and 24. Unfortunately for Microsoft, however, some racist Twitter trolls figured out a way to manipulate Tay’s behavior to transform it into a crazed racist who praised Hitler and denied the existence of the Holocaust.
That is obviously not a good thing and Microsoft has penned a followup blog post explaining what went wrong and what it plans to do in the future. More →
Oh, racist Internet trolls… is there anything you won’t try to ruin? Microsoft this week created a Twitter account for its experimental artificial intelligence project called Tay that was designed to interact with “18 to 24 year olds in the U.S., the dominant users of mobile social chat services in the US.” Tay is supposed to become a smarter conversationalist the more it interacts with people and learns their speech patterns. The problem arose when a pack of trolls decided to teach Tay how to say a bunch of offensive and racist things that Microsoft had to delete from its Twitter account. More →
Apple is adamant that its iPhones and Macs protect user privacy better than competing products, and the recent fight with the FBI shows the company isn’t willing to back down from its software security principles without a fight. However, a recent poll reveals that customers don’t think Apple can defend their data any better than competing companies, including Google, Amazon or Microsoft.
That’s $50 off every Xbox One console bundle at participating retailers, including The Division bundle, the 500GB Name Your Game bundle and the upcoming Quantum Break bundle, which will begin shipping early next month. More →
Earlier this week, ID@Xbox director Chris Charla seemed to imply in a post on the Xbox Wire that Microsoft would be willing to link up with Sony in order to allow for cross-network play between Xbox Live and PSN players. Of course, Charla didn’t actually mention the PlayStation 4 by name, so it only makes sense that Sony’s response would be equally cryptic.
In an blog post on the Xbox Wire this Monday, ID@Xbox director Chris Charla announced that Xbox One developers will now have the ability to include cross-network support within their games. Xbox One games have always been able to interact with other Xbox Live games on Windows 10, but this will bring other console and PC networks into the fold as well. More →
Microsoft this week stepped up its somewhat curious advertising attack on the Mac. Following up on four commercials highlighting the advantages Windows 10 PCs have over the Mac, Microsoft this week rolled out two brand new ads featuring wildlife photographer Tim Flach explaining all of the tasks that his Surface Book can accomplish that his Mac can’t.
Last year, Microsoft revealed Gears of War 4 at its E3 presentation to the surprise and delight of Gears fans. It was one of the biggest announcements of the keynote presentation, but in the nine months since the reveal, we really haven’t learned much more about a game that is sure to be one of the biggest Xbox One exclusive of the year.
On Tuesday, that changed, as Game Informer revealed its latest cover story. More →
From the moment I laid eyes on Quantum Break, I wasn’t sure what to think about it. I knew that its creators had a great pedigree, but I couldn’t fathom how Remedy Entertainment was going to overcome to countless issues that other equally ambitious teams have tried and failed to work through in the past.
Many of the greatest games of recent years have been laser-focused. That focus may have been on story, on gameplay, on visuals or something else entirely, but they were focused. I think back to the brilliant puzzles of Portal, the awe-inspiring boss battles in Shadow of the Colossus and the joy of racing through the world of Forza Horizon 2.
What’s crazy about Quantum Break is that it isn’t doing just one thing really well. It’s a full-fledged, live-action show, an engaging third-person shooter and an engrossing drama all at once. And I think it might actually work.