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Microsoft sheds its aggressive patent control to support Li…

Microsoft sheds its aggressive patent control to support Li…

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Over the years, Microsoft has been notoriously protective over its patents, engaging in numerous lawsuits against Linux-based technology for infringement. In an unprecedented move, it looks like the firm is now ready to bury the hatchet as it joins the Open Invention Network and makes a whopping 60,000 Microsoft-owned patents open source. The Open Invention Network (OIN) was formed in 2005 as a “patent nonaggression community,” essentially acting as mutual assurance that members wouldn’t file patent suits involving Linux projects. Membership is now 2,600 strong, including major Microsoft competitors like Google, Sony and IBM. “We know Microsoft’s decision to join OIN may be viewed as surprising to some,” explains Microsoft deputy general counsel Erich Andersen. “It is no secret that th
Microsoft Edge for iOS adds Siri shortcuts for beta testers

Microsoft Edge for iOS adds Siri shortcuts for beta testers

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Microsoft Edge beta testers on iPhone and iPad can now get their hands on one of the most useful new features to ship with iOS 12: Siri Shortcuts. Microsoft this week began rolling out support for Siri shortcuts to beta testers, along with a few other improvements like quick actions and the option to pick up where you left off when you reopen Edge. Here's a full look at what's new in the latest beta release (via Neowin): Press and hold buttons in the bottom bar to see quick actions Open the browser directly from the lock screen with Siri shortcuts Use the browser widget in the Today screen to get to quick actions and top sites When you reopen Microsoft Edge, choose to continue where you left off or start afresh with a new tab Performance improvements Siri shortcuts in iOS 12 open up n...
Microsoft Bing delivers racist search results

Microsoft Bing delivers racist search results

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Microsoft has responded to revelations that its Bing search engine is delivering racist and offensive results for terms like "jew" and "girl". Results with anti-Semitic and sexist content were spotted by the How to Geek wesbite, despite Bing's standard SafeSearch setting applied. “We t
What Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and Google believe about th…

What Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and Google believe about th…

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"Apple is a small company, we don't have as many resources as Microsoft."I've had people who work at Apple tell me this, with utter sincerity; often people who have worked at Apple for a long time, especially under Steve Jobs. A small company perched on top of a Matterhorn of cash, I usually reply. But Apple really does see itself as a small company that might die at any minute. In terms of engineering numbers, Apple is restricted by the amount of office space in Cupertino; even though the new spaceship campus is up and running, Apple hasn't actually closed any of its other offices in the area because it needs them. Not having remote workers and putting almost everything in Cupertino (except for the things like the s...
Microsoft discovers new Russian hacking operation targeting…

Microsoft discovers new Russian hacking operation targeting…

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A new round of Russian hacking attempts on sites belonging to American organizations has been uncovered ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.Microsoft said Monday it recently discovered and disabled several fake websites designed to trick visitors and allow a hacking group connected to the Russian government to hack into their computers. Two of the fake sites were designed to mimic two American conservative organizations -- Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute -- while three other domains were intended to resemble official US Senate sites.Microsoft said a hacking group linked to the Russian military and known as Strontium was behind the spoofing ...
Microsoft Takes On Societal Responsibilities 06/25/2018

Microsoft Takes On Societal Responsibilities 06/25/2018

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After several years of filing documentation, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) finally granted Microsoft a patent for its method of annotating structured data for search.Microsoft describes the patent as being able to link a portion of the various content on a page as a way to provide more relevant information from searches.It is these types of events along with societal responsibilities that interest Fernando Diaz, who was recently hired in Montreal as principal researcher and lead of the new Montreal FATE Research Group at Microsoft.Although he is not one of the investors of this patent the USPTO granted in May 2018, Diaz specializes in search and information retrieval as well as artificial intelligence. He has expertise in the design of information access systems, includin...
Microsoft matches Google Lens with AI-powered visual search…

Microsoft matches Google Lens with AI-powered visual search…

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Microsoft has launched a new “visual search” function for Bing which lets users snap a picture of something with their phone to search for it online. The feature looks very similar to Google Lens and offerings we’ve seen from third-parties, leveraging the power of AI to perform quick and accurate object recognition on photos. The new visual search is available in a range of apps, including the standalone Bing app on iOS and Android; Microsoft Launcher on Android; Microsoft Edge on Android, and coming soon to Edge on iOS. You can use it to search for things like breeds of dogs, famous landmarks, and even items of clothing. The app will try to identify what it sees and, in the case of consumer goods, find places to buy them online. “Sometimes, it is almost impossible to describe what
Microsoft takes on Google News with new app for iPhone, And…

Microsoft takes on Google News with new app for iPhone, And…

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All the tech giants out there now have their own News portal. We’ve got Apple News on iOS devices and coming to Macs soon, we’ve got Google News on the web and via mobile apps, and Facebook is about to launch its own news service as a part of its Watch video platform. And now there’s Microsoft News on the web but also on iPhone and Android. The rapid creation and dissemination of fake news turned out to be an incredible weapon against western democracies. The magnitude of the problem became clear after the 2016 US presidential election campaigns. Facebook denied its fake news problem at first, but the company had to change tune rather quickly as more evidence suggested that Russia conducted elaborate fake news attacks during the campaign. Since then, tech companies have inv