Computers have become so advanced that they can recognize the contents of the photos you take with your iPhone or Android smartphone, meaning you’ll be able to easily find a certain picture by simply describing it to a computer in the future. It’s all possible thanks to advanced deep learning techniques that train computers to recognize all sorts of shapes and objects in regular images.
Apple isn’t the only company that’s fighting with the government over user privacy these days. Via GeekWire, Microsoft has sued the United States Department of Justice and has asked a court to declare the government’s secrecy orders as unconstitutional. Microsoft says it objects to orders issued by the DOJ that say the company cannot inform customers when law enforcement officials are seeking access to customer information and data. More →
It seems we rarely use our phones and computers anymore without some kind of connection to the web. Whether it’s through 3G, LTE, or Wi-Fi, we’re always looking to be connected to the internet.
Microsoft knows we’re always looking for ways to improve our connectivity and that’s why it’s figured out a way to fix a concern some internet users are having with Wi-Fi tethering.
The Windows 10 maker has created software that can intelligently adapt the power consumption of a smartphone to maximize battery life while keeping up a Wi-Fi hotspot that can be used by other devices to connect to the internet. More →
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: you should probably disable Adobe Flash altogether. It’s nearly obsolete, it’s a resource hog and it’s often the culprit behind major security scares. But if you just can’t let Flash go, Microsoft Edge is going to at least make it easier to manage in its next update. More →
The annual Microsoft Build Developer Conference has gotten progressive more interesting over the past few years, but there wasn’t quite as much to get excited about in 2016. But that’s not to say there weren’t any announcement, with one of the biggest centering around the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. More →
Microsoft didn’t make too many splashy headlines during the opening of its Build conference on Wednesday but it did show off some really cool new technology related to both artificial intelligence and mixed reality platforms. When it comes to the latter, the company announced that it’s teaming up with NASA to create a new experience where people can take a virtual walk on Mars with the help of Microsoft’s HoloLens headset. More →
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.