Microsoft announces new resources to reduce hate speech

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 Microsoft today pushed out in a blog post for users of its consumer services new resources to reduce hate speech. Users will now be able to communicate directly with the company to report hate speech, and petition for reinstating content via new online forms. Most people are familiar with efforts by social networks like Twitter and Facebook to ensure safety within their respective online… Read More Read more »

Select Lenovo Android devices will ship with Office and Skype preloaded

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 One user’s bloatware is another’s feature. And really, depending on where you fall on Microsoft productivity software, this could go either way, really. Lenovo announced today that it’ll be preloading the software giant’s offerings on future handsets – namely Office, Skype and OneDrive. No word on specific hardware, only that the deal includes… Read More Read more »

Microsoft tests Project Sonoma, a team chat app for managing shift workers’ schedules

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 Microsoft has quietly released a new productivity application to both Google Play and the iTunes App Store called Project Sonoma. The app is aimed at those who work outside of a traditional office environment, like shift workers, waiters, and others who need to keep track of ever-changing schedules and who need to chat with co-workers at times. The company hasn’t made any official… Read More Read more »

Microsoft acquires AI scheduling bot Genee for Office 365 smarts

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 Microsoft announced today that it acquired Genee, an AI-powered scheduling assistant bot that specializes in planning meetings for large groups or when organizers don’t have direct access to the calendars of everyone involved. Genee’s app is a chatbot accessible via an iPhone app, email, SMS, FB, Twitter or Skype, and it understands natural language input, so you can just text it… Read More Read more »

Crunch Report | Beam is acquired by Microsoft

Disrupt NY winner Beam gets acquired by Microsoft, study shows VR and exoskeletons can help paraplegics, soon even our tattoos will be smart, Facebook delivers the latest adblocker punch, and a new Star Wars Rogue One trailer. All this on Crunch Report. Read More Read more »

LinkedIn posts a huge second quarter that really doesn’t matter

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 LinkedIn has likely ended with a bang its run as an independent company built upon a network of professionals, clearly beating out what Wall Street sought. Of course, this report is largely moot. Earlier this year, LinkedIn announced it would be acquired by Microsoft for $26.2 billion. Microsoft beat out several bidders in the process, including Salesforce, and that price largely reset… Read More Read more »

Microsoft’s Excel API, which lets developers access data stored in spreadsheets, hits general availability

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 After a relatively short beta, Microsoft today announced that the Excel API — a way for developers to programmatically use Excel for Office 365 for doing calculations, building dashboards and more — is now generally available. Read More Read more »

Anybody can now buy Microsoft’s $3,000 HoloLens

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 You can now buy Microsoft’s HoloLens Development Edition, the company’s futuristic augmented reality helmet, without having to go through an application process. Until now, Microsoft only made HoloLenses available to developers who put in an application. Now, if you have $3,000 to spare and you are in the U.S. or Canada, you can simply buy up to five units directly from Microsoft.… Read More Read more »

Microsoft awards hardware startup ENTy the 2016 Imagine Cup

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 The festivities have wrapped for Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, a global competition among students and young people to create new software and devices. The winner this year was ENTy, a polished and highly practical hardware solution for tracking posture, helping with diagnosis and possibly treatment of diseases that affect balance. Read More Read more »

Deep learning software knows that a rose is a rose is a rosa rubiginosa

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 We can’t all be botanists, unfortunately, but most of us do have smartphones, and that may be a start. A computer vision system built by Microsoft Research Asia can identify thousands of species of flowers with nothing but a picture. Read More Read more »