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Microsoft Knows Just How Happy, Disgusted You Are

The next generation of facial recognition adds emotion to the mix

(Newser) - Our faces have long betrayed our emotions to other discerning humans, and now the machines are catching up. Microsoft has just released the public beta version of a new Project Oxford tool that uses artificial intelligence to recognize "eight core emotional states" on people's faces in photographs. If... More »

This Is the Quietest Place on Earth

Silence inside anechoic chamber at Microsoft HQ measures -20.6 decibels

(Newser) - Guinness World Records has officially ruled : an audio lab at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Wash., is the quietest place in the world. Though Building 87 on the Microsoft campus is home to three anechoic, or "free from echo," chambers the company uses to test audio technology, the... More »

There's $620B in Taxes the US Can't Get Its Hands On

Just 30 companies have offshore holdings totaling $1.4T

(Newser) - Apple has skipped out on paying close to $60 billion in taxes on $181 billion it holds offshore, according to a new study. But though the company holds the most profits offshore of any US company, it's hardly alone: At least 358 American companies hold $2.1 trillion in... More »

Did Microsoft Just Unveil the 'Ultimate' Laptop?

Tech publications are already raving

(Newser) - During a Surface event Tuesday, Microsoft shocked the world—well, the part of the world that cares about things like Microsoft Surface events—when it announced the Surface Book, the company's first-ever laptop, Engadget reports. According to Wired , the device's screen can detach from its keyboard base to... More »

Chinese President Says 'Cheese' With US Tech Giants

Zuckerberg even put on a suit for the occasion

(Newser) - One way to get the head of Apple to visit the Microsoft campus: Tell him it's picture day with the president of China. Tim Cook and other technology bigwigs—including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, and Alibaba's Jack Ma—gathered yesterday in Redmond, Wash., for... More »

Microsoft Slashing More Jobs Over Phone Fail

Windows Phone can't keep up with Apple's iPhone

(Newser) - More bad news for Microsoft: The company says it will cut 7,800 jobs more and take a $7.6 billion impairment charge to restructure its flagging phone hardware business. Microsoft paid $7.3 billion for Nokia's phone business in April 2014 in an effort to focus on mobile... More »

All the Internet Addresses Will Be Gone by the Summer

Nearly all of the 4.3B IPv4 addresses created in early '80s are now in use

(Newser) - Engineers who created 4.3 billion Internet Protocol addresses back in 1981 probably thought that by the time we ran through all those, we'd be puttering around in flying cars. Flying cars are going to be a while , but it looks like our IP numbers are finally up: The... More »

You Could End Up in Ad by Using Microsoft Age Robot

Age-guessing tool's terms of service may surprise you

(Newser) - Sure, it's fun to upload your photo to Microsoft's new age-guessing tool and laugh as it guesses you're 96. But by doing so, you might someday end up in a Microsoft ad, Fast Company reports. Twitter user Brandon Wall recently pointed out, "fyi this is what... More »

Microsoft's Robot Overlord Can Guess How Old You Are

Run your photos through the addictive 'How Old Do I Look?' site if you dare

(Newser) - Because Microsoft doesn't want us to get any work done, the company has launched a new website that uses facial recognition technology to scan a photo and guess a person's age and gender, Mashable reports. makes use of Microsoft's new Face API, which debuted at... More »

Climate Change Will Wreck Our Health: Obama

But Google, Microsoft will help us out, president set to announce today

(Newser) - At Howard University's College of Medicine today, President Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their health. The president is set to announce a series of steps that corporate entities like Google and Microsoft are taking... More »

Your Face Can Be Password for Windows 10

Microsoft's 'Windows Hello' security feature uses facial recognition to give access

(Newser) - A day after confirming it would be relegating Internet Explorer to PC purgatory and swapping in a new browser (code name: "Project Spartan"), Microsoft announced a new way of unlocking your laptop: sticking your face in front of it. In its blog post , the company introduced Windows Hello,... More »

Obama to Tech World: Share Your Cyberthreats With Us

But Facebook, Yahoo, Google CEOs won't attend today's cybersecurity summit

(Newser) - In the wake of the Sony hack , President Obama will be speaking at a cybersecurity summit at Stanford University today, where he plans to sign an executive order calling for companies to share cyberthreats, both with the government and each other. But the CEOs of at least three major Silicon... More »

5-Year-Old Passes Microsoft Exam

Ayan Qureshi is the youngest computer specialist in the world

(Newser) - Ayan Qureshi is a Microsoft Certified Professional—but not just any professional. Having passed the requisite exam last month at the age of 5 years and 11 months (or "5.11," as per his website ), the UK resident is the youngest officially recognized computer specialist in the... More »

Paul Allen Gives $100M for Ebola

Microsoft co-founder also creates website for smaller donors

(Newser) - The fight against Ebola is getting another hefty donation from a US billionaire: This time it's Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who today pledged $100 million, reports the Seattle Times . Allen also created a website called TackleEbola through which people can donate to specific projects, from hand-washing stations in West... More »

Hackers Exploited Windows Flaw to Spy

Signs point to Russian cyberespionage—but why the 'Dune' references?

(Newser) - Microsoft is releasing a patch today to fix a vulnerability in its Windows OS—but not before a cyberespionage campaign against Ukrainian government employees and an American expert on Russia took place. According to the iSight cyberintelligence firm, which discovered the bug last month, hackers sent malicious PowerPoints to users... More »

Microsoft CEO Makes Ill-Advised Comment About Women's Pay

Satya Nadella apologizes for 'inarticulate' remarks

(Newser) - With pay inequality rife in the tech industry, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella should probably have known better than to say it is "good karma" for women to not ask for pay raises—especially since he was at a women's computer science conference. Attendees at the Grace Hopper Celebration... More »

Microsoft Skips Windows 9, Announces Windows 10

Start Menu back in move away from Windows 8

(Newser) - Windows 8 didn't exactly set the world alight—market research firms say the number of computers running it is a fraction of those still using Windows XP—and Microsoft has decided to skip a number and go straight to 10 for its latest operating system. "Windows 10 will... More »

Microsoft Scoops Up 'Minecraft' Maker for $2.5B

Creator Markus Persson won't be joining tech giant

(Newser) - Microsoft today confirmed news that emerged last week: It is buying Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion. That price tag doesn't get Microsoft Minecraft creator Markus Persson (who hasn't held his tongue about Microsoft in the past), nor the Stockholm-based gaming company's two other founders, reports... More »

Microsoft Dumps Widget Sued for 'Massive Infringement'

Company yanks Bing photo-collecting tool

(Newser) - A photo widget on Microsoft's Bing service has led to a lawsuit claiming "massive infringement" on copyright. Microsoft has removed the offending tool, which allowed users to post photos and slideshows onto their websites, Sky News reports. The images, collected via Bing, came from all over the Internet—... More »

'Busy' Ballmer Quits Microsoft

New LA Clippers owner plans to devote his time to team

(Newser) - Steve Ballmer has decided his new role as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers hasn't left him enough free time for other responsibilities—like serving on Microsoft's board. Ballmer, Microsoft CEO for 14 years until he stepped down in February, says he is "very busy" and is... More »

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