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Microsoft’s weird teenage chatbot Xiaoice is getting its own business

Microsoft is turning its Xiaoice chatbot into an independent company, the software giant announced today. Xiaoice — pronounced “Shao-ice” and translated as “little Bing” — is rather creepily programmed to act like an 18-year-old girl. The chatbot was initially released in China, but is now also available in Indonesia and Japan. According to Microsoft, the service…

Microsoft’s service to Zoom tiredness is to deceive your brain

There’s a certain routine to logging on to the now-ubiquitous videoconference: join a screen of Brady Bunch–like squares, ping-ponging your gaze between speakers but mostly staring self-consciously at your own face. What started as a novelty of working at home is now an exhausting ordeal that can leave us feeling mentally wiped out.  Microsoft thinks…

Microsoft’s next Xbox Series X video game showcase coming July 23

Next in the series — First-party games, including Halo Infinite, expected to feature heavily. Kyle Orland - Jul 6, 2020 7:02 pm UTC Enlarge / Halo Infinite is still slated to launch close to Xbox Series X's "holiday 2020" launch window. Our next look at new games for the Xbox Series X will be coming…

Microsoft’s Summer Game fest will make dozens of free demos available to Xbox players

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Microsoft’s Xbox Series S (code name Lockhart): What we know, what we expect

Microsoft hasn't even announced the console, but speculation (and a few leaks) imply we could see an Xbox One S for the next generation. Microsoft Today's Best Tech Deals Picked by TechHive's Editors Top Deals On Great Products Picked by Techconnect's Editors Microsoft came clean about its next-generation game console, the Xbox Series X, last…

Microsoft’s Surface devices are now receiving the Windows 10 May 2020 Update

Updated Microsoft expects the update to be sent out to affected devices within a few weeks. Microsoft Today's Best Tech Deals Picked by PCWorld's Editors Top Deals On Great Products Picked by Techconnect's Editors Microsoft says it has patched a bug that may have prevented some of its most recent Surface devices from receiving the…

Microsoft’s new Windows 10 app can help you undo some severe damage

Microsoft released a new Windows 10 app called Windows File Recovery that can help you recover deleted files that you can’t find in the Recycle Bin. Microsoft says Windows File Recovery can recover photos, documents, videos, and more. You can download Windows Files Recovery free from the Microsoft Store right now. Have you ever restarted…

Microsoft’s choice to shutter its stores is an error

With the news of Microsoft permanently closing its retail stores, maybe the writing was on the wall. COVID-19 has rocked retail. Just think of the names either in trouble or going out of business that we’ve seen as the pandemic unfolded: Pier 1 Imports, J. Crew, even Neiman Marcus. But honestly, the last retailer I…

Microsoft’s “brand-new method” to retailers: Closing them permanently

help not wanted — Microsoft designed its retail stores to be cool like Apple's. It didn't work. Kate Cox - Jun 26, 2020 5:54 pm UTC Enlarge / Ironically, this boarded-up Microsoft Store location in New York City, seen on June 8, is one of the four in the world that will reopen—but as an…

Microsoft’s new Android antivirus app is now readily available in preview

Microsoft is launching a preview version of its antivirus software for Android today. The software giant revealed that Windows Defender was making its way to both iOS and Android earlier this year, but didn’t fully detail what to expect. We’re now getting a good idea of exactly why Microsoft thinks Android needs antivirus protection. The…

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Where the coronavirus pandemic is hitting hardest

Coronavirus cases are quickly spreading in Arizona, a handful of southern and western states and, ominously, Oklahoma — the planned site of President Trump's controversial rally this weekend.Why it matters: Once community spread takes off, cases can begin to increase exponentially.The big picture: “We’re at a point where there are warning signs going off, and…

The budget strain of the George Floyd protests

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“No advantage”: The WHO halts hydroxychloroquine trials on coronavirus clients

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40 Celebrities You Probably Didn’t Know Attended Ivy League Colleges

Getty Images/Men's Health Celebrities might be known for the paths they took in Hollywood, whether it be music or film. But many actually attended school before making their big break, and some took it upon themselves to receive the best education (if you believe that) the country has to offer—the Ivy League colleges, ranging from…

Rey Rivera’s Cryptic Unsolved Mysteries Note Could Be the Key to His Mysterious Case

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