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gaming-industry
VG247
13 hours ago
Video games

The problem with Xbox is that you don't need an Xbox, and that's a hard circle to square

Xbox struggles with its identity and exclusives, despite the quality of Series X and S machines.
The Series S is praised for offering great value, especially for playing current-gen games at a lower cost compared to a mid-range GPU.
Engadget
6 days ago
Video games

Wednesday's Nintendo Direct will focus on upcoming third-party releases

Nintendo Direct partner showcase on February 21 showcasing games from partners.
Potential Microsoft games coming to Nintendo Switch: Hi-Fi Rush, Sea of Thieves, Halo, and Gears of War.
BBC News
1 week ago
Video games

Xbox, Nintendo or PlayStation: does it still matter?

Microsoft is starting to respond to younger gamers' preference for gaming on multiple platforms.
Four community-driven games will be opened up to alternative platforms for the first time.
Ars Technica
1 week ago
Video games

Microsoft says it's taking four unnamed Xbox games "to the other consoles"

Microsoft is bringing four games to other consoles, but the titles have not been announced yet.
This move does not represent a change in Microsoft's exclusive strategy, but rather a desire to use other platforms to grow their franchises.
www.gamespot.com
1 week ago
Video games

Microsoft To Discuss Future Of Xbox Amid PS5 Rumors This Wednesday

Microsoft will share updates on the Xbox business on February 15 through a podcast featuring Phil Spencer and other Xbox executives.
There have been rumors and reports that Microsoft may release some of its first-party games on rival platforms like PlayStation and Nintendo.
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www.nytimes.com
1 day ago
Tech industry

Can a Tech Giant Be Woke?

Employees at Raven strike and successfully form a union after layoffs.
Microsoft takes a neutral stance on unionization after acquiring Activision.
Forbes
21 hours ago
Tech industry

Google Suddenly Reveals Bad News For Millions Of Microsoft Users

Google's court documents reveal Microsoft's attempts to have Bing as Safari's default search.
Apple consistently rejected Bing over quality concerns, favoring Google search instead.
Engadget
2 days ago
Video games

Let's talk about Xbox | This week's gaming news

Microsoft is considering moving away from generationally distinct consoles towards a platform-agnostic, cloud-first future.
Microsoft may be hesitant to make drastic changes in response to past mistakes, like the Xbox One's always-on DRM feature.
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IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Intellectual Property Law
2 days ago
Artificial intelligence

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, February 23: Intel and Microsoft Announce Landmark Chip and IP Deal; Court Overturns $1 Billion Copyright Infringement Ruling Against Cox; and Reddit and Google Set to Announce AI Content Licensing Agreement

Reddit and Google finalize AI content licensing deal for $60 million a year.
Intel and Microsoft's custom chip deal worth up to $15 billion is announced.
time.com
1 week ago
Artificial intelligence

Why Europe's Efforts to Gain AI Autonomy Might Be Too Little Too Late

Microsoft announces $3.5 billion investment in Germany for AI and data centers
Smaller economies may choose to share AI power rather than compete
ReadWrite
1 week ago
Artificial intelligence

Apple buys iWork.ai domain amid Big Tech AI race

Apple has purchased the domain iWork.ai, suggesting a potential focus on AI features in its iWork suite of work tools.
The move could indicate Apple's intention to rival Microsoft's AI-powered Office assistant.
www.independent.co.uk
1 week ago
Germany news

German chancellor welcomes Microsoft's 3.2 billion euro AI investment in Germany

Microsoft will invest almost 3.3 billion euros in Germany over the next two years to expand its data center capacities and promote AI and cloud computing.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomes the investment, highlighting Germany's commitment to progress and openness.
www.theguardian.com
1 week ago
Information security

North Korea and Iran using AI for hacking, Microsoft says

US adversaries, including Iran and North Korea, are using generative AI for offensive cyber operations.
Microsoft has detected and disrupted these threats in collaboration with OpenAI.
SlashGear.com
1 week ago
Web design

ChatGPT Creator OpenAI May Take On Google With Its Own Internet Search Tool - SlashGear

OpenAI, backed by Microsoft, is reportedly developing a web search product that would be partly powered by Bing.
Microsoft may be using AI to revitalize its search engine Bing and compete against Google.
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Theregister
3 days ago
Artificial intelligence

Microsoft adds more AI to Photos in Windows 10 and 11

AI-infused Photo updates for Windows 10 and 11 are being rolled out by Microsoft.
Microsoft incorporates AI tools like Generative erase, Blur background, Remove and Replace background into Windows 10 and 11.
The Verge
3 days ago
Artificial intelligence

Windows just got its own Magic Eraser to AI-modify your photos

Microsoft introduces Generative erase feature to Photos app in Windows for AI selective photo editing.
Windows 10 and 11 devices will receive AI edit features including Generative eraser and background removal.
cybersecurity
CyberScoop
4 days ago
Privacy professionals

Microsoft rolls out expanded logging six months after Chinese breach

Expensive logging option at State Department detected Chinese hacking operation.
Microsoft to make expanded logs available to all federal agencies, increasing retention period.
CyberScoop
4 days ago
Privacy professionals

Microsoft rolls out expanded logging six months after Chinese breach

Microsoft faced scrutiny for charging a premium for security features
Expanded logging made available to federal agencies to enhance cybersecurity
ReadWrite
6 days ago
Information security

North Korean hackers use ChatGPT to scam Linkedin users

North Korean hackers are using ChatGPT to trick users on LinkedIn and other platforms.
Microsoft disrupted five state-affiliated actors using AI for malicious cyber activities.
english.elpais.com
1 week ago
Information security

Microsoft says US rivals are beginning to use generative AI in offensive cyber operations

Microsoft detects and disrupts threats using generative AI technology developed by U.S. adversaries.
The use of generative AI by cybercriminals poses a threat to cybersecurity and democracy.
TechCrunch
1 week ago
Privacy professionals

US military notifies 20,000 of data breach after cloud email leak | TechCrunch

The U.S. Department of Defense is notifying tens of thousands of individuals about a data breach that exposed their personal information in an email data spill.
The breach was caused by an unsecured U.S. government cloud email server hosted on Microsoft's cloud for government customers.
Around 20,600 individuals are being notified about the breach.
ComputerWeekly.com
1 week ago
Information security

Microsoft patches two zero-days for Valentine's Day | Computer Weekly

Microsoft has patched two actively exploited zero-day vulnerabilities in its February Patch Tuesday.
The vulnerabilities bypass security features and are being used by cybercriminal groups to deliver malware.
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GSMArena.com
3 days ago
Video games

Next-gen Xbox will be a huge technical leap, says Microsoft exec

Teasing the largest technical leap in the upcoming Xbox console.
Expecting exciting news on the next-generation console and a potential handheld Xbox device.
GameSpot
4 days ago
Video games

Dead Island 2 Surprise-Launches On Game Pass

Dead Island 2 unexpectedly added to Xbox Game Pass without prior announcement from Microsoft.
Game Pass library known for adding titles suddenly, like Dead Island 2.
Kotaku
5 days ago
Video games

February's Xbox Game Pass Offerings End Month With A Bang

A variety of genres in Microsoft's final February Xbox Game Pass games.
Selection includes RPGs, open-world adventures, sports simulators.
www.gamespot.com
5 days ago
Video games

Xbox Game Pass Loses These Two Games Very Soon

Only two titles, Madden NFL 22 and Soul Hackers 2, are leaving the Xbox Game Pass library on February 29
Microsoft is offering a 20% discount for Game Pass subscribers who want to continue playing the removed games
Polygon
1 week ago
Video games

Diablo 4 coming to Xbox Game Pass in March

Diablo 4 will be the first new Activision Blizzard title to join Xbox Game Pass on March 28.
Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard allows them to slowly roll out games on Game Pass to keep the service's offerings fresh.
ReadWrite
1 week ago
Video games

Xbox Game Pass hits 34M subscribers amid expansion to PS5 and Switch

Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass service has reached 34 million subscribers, a 36% increase from two years ago.
Despite the growth, Microsoft has observed a slowdown in new subscriptions on consoles, but the PC segment has seen 'incredible growth.'
Engadget
1 week ago
Video games

Diablo IV will be the first Activision Blizzard title on Xbox Game Pass

Diablo IV will be the first Activision Blizzard game to join Xbox Game Pass on March 28.
Microsoft plans to offer more Activision Blizzard titles in Game Pass, both new releases and classic games.
The Verge
1 week ago
Video games

Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass service grows to 34 million subscribers

Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass service now has 34 million subscribers, up 36 percent from over two years ago.
The growth of Xbox Game Pass on consoles has slowed down, but there is still strong growth on PC.
Gadgets 360
4 days ago
Video games

These 4 Xbox Exclusives Are Coming to PlayStation and Nintendo Switch

Microsoft's exclusive games like Pentiment, Grounded, Hi-Fi Rush, and Sea of Thieves are expanding to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation platforms.
This move by Xbox highlights the industry trend towards increased accessibility and cross-platform compatibility.
GameSpot
4 days ago
Video games

Microsoft Confirms Plans To Launch These Four Xbox Games On Rival Platforms

Microsoft first-party games coming to rival platforms.
Cross-play available between console platforms and PC.
www.theguardian.com
5 days ago
Video games

Pushing Buttons: The end of the toxic console war' between Xbox and PlayStation

Microsoft announced four games for PlayStation and Nintendo Switch but is not exiting the console market or making all games multiplatform.
Xbox Game Pass subscription service remains exclusive to Xbox and PC.
GameSpot
1 week ago
Video games

Microsoft Might Bring Flight Simulator And Next Doom To PlayStation, Switch - Report

Microsoft is planning to bring four first-party games to PlayStation and Nintendo Switch.
Microsoft Flight Simulator and the next Doom are being considered for multiplatform release.
GameSpot
1 week ago
Video games

Phil Spencer Says Any Xbox Game Could Come To PS5, But Not Every One Will

Microsoft is releasing four Xbox games on PlayStation and Nintendo Switch, but has no plans to bring Starfield or Indiana Jones to rival systems.
Microsoft is not ruling out the possibility of future Xbox games releasing on competing platforms.
Microsoft's goal is to reach as many players as possible and ensure long-term growth for the Xbox business.
GameSpot
1 week ago
Video games

Xbox Confirms Four First-Party Games Are Coming To PlayStation And Nintendo Switch

Microsoft is bringing four Xbox exclusives to PlayStation and Nintendo Switch as part of its growth strategy.
The confirmed Xbox exclusives are Indiana Jones and Starfield, while Hi-Fi Rush, Pentiment, Sea of Thieves, and Grounded are rumored to be the other four games.
www.theguardian.com
1 week ago
Video games

Microsoft bringing Xbox games to PlayStation and Nintendo, amid major strategy shift

Microsoft announced that four exclusive Xbox games will be available on PlayStation and Nintendo consoles.
The next version of the Xbox console will be detailed before the end of 2024.
GameSpot
1 week ago
Video games

Diablo 4 Coming To Game Pass On March 28

Diablo IV is coming to Xbox Game Pass, marking the first Activision Blizzard title on the subscription service.
Microsoft confirmed four Xbox games heading to rival platforms in their multiplatform release strategy.
The Verge
1 week ago
Video games

It's time for Microsoft to build an Xbox Steam Deck

Nintendo Switch on track to become bestselling game console
Microsoft may bring Xbox exclusives to PlayStation and Switch
The Verge
4 days ago
Tech industry

Microsoft and Intel strike a custom chip deal that could be worth billions

Intel and Microsoft strike a partnership for custom chips using Intel's 18A process.
Competition in chipmaking intensifies as companies like Intel and TSMC focus on custom designs.
Mashable ME
4 days ago
EU data protection

iMessage dodged EU's 'gatekeeper' label, but WhatsApp didn't. Here's why.

European Commission closed investigation into Apple's iMessage and Microsoft's services under DMA.
Apple and Microsoft did not qualify as 'gatekeeper services,' escaping strict regulation.
Polygon
5 days ago
Video games

Grounded and Pentiment are the first Xbox games to hit the Switch

Grounded and Pentiment are moving away from Xbox exclusivity to Nintendo Switch.
Microsoft is expanding its reach by bringing former Xbox exclusives to PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch.
Kotaku
4 days ago
Video games

Xbox's Hi-Fi Rush Coming To PS5 In March

Hi-Fi Rush is set to arrive on Switch and PlayStation with a leaked trailer confirming a March 18 release date.
Microsoft is expanding to other console platforms with previously Xbox-exclusive games like Hi-Fi Rush, Pentiment, Sea of Thieves, and Grounded.
GameSpot
5 days ago
Video games

Xbox's Grounded And Pentiment Are Coming To Nintendo Switch

Microsoft is bringing two games (Grounded and Pentiment) to Nintendo Switch, following the announcement of expanding Xbox games to rival platforms.
The move to bring Xbox games to other systems is strategic, not a fundamental shift in exclusivity, according to Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer.
Mashable
4 days ago
EU data protection

iMessage dodged EU's 'gatekeeper' label, but WhatsApp didn't. Here's why.

The EU closed its market investigation into Apple services.
Apple and Microsoft avoided being labeled as 'gatekeeper services,' escaping certain regulations.
Mashable SEA
4 days ago
EU data protection

iMessage dodged EU's 'gatekeeper' label, but WhatsApp didn't. Here's why.

Apple and Microsoft services were not declared 'gatekeeper services' by the EU's Digital Markets Act (DMA).
The European Commission will continue monitoring these services for any substantial changes in the future.
Ars Technica
4 days ago
Video games

Microsoft confirms which Xbox games are going to Switch, PlayStation

Microsoft confirms four Xbox legacy titles going multiplatform.
Xbox games like Pentiment and Grounded will be available on Switch and PS consoles soon.
Engadget
5 days ago
Video games

Former Xbox exclusive Pentiment is coming to Switch on February 22

Pentiment and Grounded are two of the four Xbox titles expanding to other consoles.
Game Pass played a crucial role in making Pentiment viable.
The Verge
5 days ago
Video games

Grounded and Pentiment are Microsoft's first Xbox-exclusive games for Nintendo Switch

Grounded and Pentiment are coming to Nintendo Switch from Xbox exclusivity.
Microsoft is expanding the availability of its previously exclusive Xbox games to rival consoles like PS5 and Nintendo Switch.
Engadget
5 days ago
Video games

Watch the first Nintendo Direct of 2024 here at 9AM ET

Nintendo Direct Partner Showcase focusing on third-party games for Switch.
Microsoft to bring some exclusive titles to other platforms like Switch.
GameSpot
5 days ago
Video games

Xbox Still Plans On Having Activision Blizzard Games Appear Day One On Game Pass

Microsoft plans to have first-party games, including those from ZeniMax, Activision Blizzard, and Xbox Game Studios, on Game Pass on day one.
Xbox is working on the back-end processes to make Activision Blizzard games available simultaneously on PC and console.
Theregister
5 days ago
DevOps

Microsoft retires Azure IoT Central retirement announcement

Microsoft admitted mistake in announcing retirement of Azure IoT Central service.
The Azure IoT Central platform will not be retired in 2027 as previously announced.
Polygon
6 days ago
Video games

Bluey's coming to Game Pass

Bluey: The Videogame added to Game Pass lineup in February.
Microsoft reveals future Game Pass titles including Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun.
english.elpais.com
6 days ago
Artificial intelligence

Brad Smith, president of Microsoft: We must have a way to slow down or turn off artificial intelligence'

Artificial Intelligence is a crucial technology with significant implications.
Brad Smith emphasizes the importance of addressing issues such as deepfakes and cybersecurity in AI development.
ReadWrite
6 days ago
Video games

Microsoft confirms full Xbox catalog playable in cloud later this year

Microsoft will make the entire Xbox game catalog available for cloud play this year.
Microsoft brings four Xbox-exclusive titles to other gaming consoles, focusing on community-driven and smaller titles.
InfoQ
1 week ago
DevOps

.NET Aspire Preview 3: Expanded Component Support with Azure OpenAI, MySQL, CosmosDB, Kafka and More

.NET Aspire Preview 3 brings UI improvements and new component support for Azure OpenAI, Kafka, Oracle, MySQL, CosmosDB & Orleans.
.NET Aspire Dashboard has been refactored into an independent component for better version conflict management and enhanced features.
Tech.co
1 week ago
Remote teams

Fully Remote Jobs at Microsoft You Can Apply for in February 2024

Big tech companies like Google and Microsoft offer remote positions
Microsoft has 1228 fully remote job roles available
www.theguardian.com
1 week ago
Venture

Microsoft-backed OpenAI valued at $80bn after company completes deal

OpenAI has completed a deal that values the company at $80bn or more.
The deal involves employees cashing out their shares in a tender offer led by Thrive Capital.
Ars Technica
1 week ago
Web development

Microsoft fixes problem that let Edge replicate Chrome tabs without permission

Microsoft has fixed a problem where Google Chrome tabs were being imported to Microsoft Edge without user consent.
The issue occurred even when the importing data feature was not enabled in Edge, causing confusion among users.
VG247
1 week ago
Video games

Xbox boss Phil Spencer gets why Helldivers 2 isn't on Series X/S, but he doesn't see who benefits from it being PlayStation exclusive

Helldivers 2 has become one of the biggest multiplayer games of 2024 after a successful launch on PC and PS5.
Microsoft's gaming boss, Phil Spencer, expressed frustration over Helldivers 2 not being available on Xbox.
WIRED
1 week ago
Video games

Give Us an Xbox Handheld Already

Microsoft is focused on delivering a significant hardware leap in its next-gen gaming devices.
There is speculation about whether Microsoft will enter the handheld console market like Nintendo and Valve.
Ars Technica
1 week ago
Video games

Microsoft sure seems to be thinking about some sort of portable Xbox

Microsoft CEO Phil Spencer hinted at plans for a handheld gaming device during an interview.
Spencer mentioned being inspired by Nintendo's success with the Switch and wants to improve Windows for controller input and smaller screens.
Engadget
1 week ago
Video games

Microsoft should exit the console business

Microsoft's console business is a means to sell its game subscription service, Game Pass.
The success of Game Pass and the growth of its subscriber base has not translated into significant console sales for Microsoft.
Gadgets 360
1 week ago
Video games

Next-Gen Xbox to Be the 'Largest Technical Leap' for a Console Generation

Microsoft confirms plans for new Xbox hardware and exclusive titles on the platform.
Xbox president promises the 'largest technical leap' for the next generation of Xbox consoles.
ReadWrite
1 week ago
Artificial intelligence

Apple's upcoming Xcode update to feature advanced AI capabilities

Apple is developing a new software tool for app development with AI, positioning itself as a competitor to Microsoft.
The tool, part of the upcoming update to Xcode, will assist developers by predicting and completing code blocks using AI.
Apple is increasing internal testing of AI features and plans to reveal more about its AI endeavors later this year.
Gadgets 360
1 week ago
Video games

Microsoft Will Launch 4 Xbox-Exclusive Games on PS5 and Nintendo Switch

Microsoft will release four Xbox exclusive games on Sony's PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch.
Xbox chief Phil Spencer confirmed that Triple-A Bethesda releases will remain Xbox and PC exclusives.
Theregister
1 week ago
Artificial intelligence

Microsoft throws 3.2B at AI ops in Germany

Microsoft plans to invest €3.2 billion in AI infrastructure and datacenters in Germany over the next two years.
The investment will be used to expand cloud capacity in Frankfurt and construct datacenters in North Rhine-Westphalia.
GameSpot
1 week ago
Video games

Xbox Talks Next-Gen Hardware, Teases New Console/Controller For This Holiday

Microsoft is working on the next-gen Xbox and claims it will be a massive technical leap.
New Xbox Series X|S hardware options will be released this holiday, but they are not part of the next-gen consoles.
GameSpot
1 week ago
Video games

Game Pass Is Not Coming To PS5 Or Switch, Memberships Rise To 34 Million

Microsoft's Game Pass has reached 34 million subscribers.
Game Pass will not be available on PlayStation 5 or Nintendo Switch.
GameSpot
1 week ago
Video games

February Nintendo Direct May Have Been Delayed Because Of Xbox Event - Report

The rumored February 2024 Nintendo Direct has been delayed due to Microsoft's business update podcast.
One of the most anticipated games, Hollow Knight Silksong, still doesn't have a release date despite being announced five years ago during a Nintendo Direct.
Polygon
1 week ago
Video games

Don't worry, Xbox is staying in the hardware game

Microsoft is officially developing its next-generation console, targeting the largest technical leap ever seen in a hardware generation.
The company is focused on creating unique aspects and unleashing the creative capability of its hardware team.
VG247
1 week ago
Video games

Diablo 4 heats up the Eternal Conflict on Game Pass this March

Diablo 4 is coming to Game Pass for PC and Xbox on March 28.
The announcement was made on the Official Xbox Podcast.
Axios
1 week ago
Artificial intelligence

Big Tech sells AI during the Super Bowl

Microsoft showcased how its AI assistant, Copilot, can empower humans to achieve more.
Google highlighted how its new AI 'Guided Frame' feature can help blind or low vision users to easily take photos.
Engadget
1 week ago
Video games

Xbox Game Pass subscriptions have begun to taper off

Game Pass has reached 34 million subscribers as of February 2024.
Game Pass growth has significantly slowed down compared to previous years.
The Verge
1 week ago
Video games

Microsoft is slowly building to a future where 'every screen is an Xbox'

Xbox is expanding beyond being just a console.
Microsoft's future vision for Xbox includes a unified gaming experience across devices.
WIRED
1 week ago
Video games

'Diablo IV' Heads to Game Pass as Microsoft Eyes 4 Games to Expand Beyond Xbox

Microsoft is bringing its first Activision Blizzard title to Game Pass starting March 28.
There are four Xbox-exclusive games that will no longer be exclusive, but Xbox sees this as a move to reach more players.
The Verge
1 week ago
Video games

Microsoft: four Xbox-exclusive games are coming to PS5 and Nintendo Switch

Microsoft is bringing some Xbox-exclusive games to PS5 and Nintendo Switch as part of a broader strategy shift to grow games beyond Xbox consoles.
The first two titles to be released on other consoles are Hi-Fi Rush and Pentiment, followed by Sea of Thieves and Grounded.
Microsoft CEO Phil Spencer believes that exclusive games will become a smaller part of the game industry in the next five to ten years.
The Verge
1 week ago
Video games

Microsoft's gaming chief on Xbox games coming to PS5, next-gen hardware, and more

Microsoft is bringing Xbox-exclusive games to PS5 and Nintendo Switch as part of their 'Xbox Everywhere' strategy.
The move to publish games on multiple platforms is a risky one for Microsoft but presents an opportunity to reach more players and generate more revenue.
Theregister
1 week ago
DevOps

Microsoft 'retires' Azure IoT Central in platform rethink

Microsoft is retiring its Azure IoT Central service on March 31, 2027, leaving developers without an alternative solution
Existing IoT Central applications will continue to function and be managed, but new applications cannot be created after April 1, 2024
Zero Day Initiative
1 week ago
Information security

Zero Day Initiative - The February 2024 Security Update Review

Adobe released six patches addressing 29 CVEs, with fixes for Acrobat and Reader being prioritized due to critical-rated code execution bugs.
Microsoft released a patch for a 0-day discovered by the ZDI Threat Hunting Team.
ReadWrite
1 week ago
Artificial intelligence

The first users of Microsoft's AI bot ask if it's worth the money

The Microsoft AI assistant is considered useful but often falls short of meeting its high price of $30 per person per month.
The integration of Copilot for Microsoft 365 with Word, Outlook, and Teams has generated significant demand and positive feedback from businesses.
Exchangewire
1 week ago
EU data protection

57% of B2B Content Marketers Face Challenges Creating Content; EU Decides Apple & Microsoft's Services Should Not Be Designated as Gatekeepers; EU Votes on AI Framework - ExchangeWire.com

57% of B2B content marketers struggle to create the right content for their audience
EU decides Apple and Microsoft's services should not be designated as gatekeepers
Theregister
1 week ago
Information security

Microsoft squashes security bugs under active exploitation

Microsoft fixed 73 security holes in February's Patch Tuesday, including two vulnerabilities that are actively being exploited.
One of the vulnerabilities allows for a bypass of security checks when a user clicks on a maliciously crafted shortcut file, while the other vulnerability allows for a bypass of Windows SmartScreen checks.
CNET
1 week ago
Artificial intelligence

Companies Hope Super Bowl AI Commercials Score With Viewers

AI is a prevalent theme in the Super Bowl commercials, with ads showcasing how AI enhances their products or making AI the subject of humor.
Microsoft Copilot, Google's Pixel 8, CrowdStrike, Etsy, and Avocados from Mexico all feature AI-related concepts in their Super Bowl ads.
english.elpais.com
1 week ago
Tech industry

Microsoft has its iPhone moment: The tech giant is now worth $3 trillion

Microsoft's value has surpassed $3 trillion, making it the most valuable company on the stock market.
The company's record profits in the second quarter were driven by its cloud services.
www.euractiv.com
1 week ago
EU data protection

Four Apple and Microsoft services to be left out of Digital Markets Act

Apple and Microsoft will not be designated as gatekeepers for certain platform services under the Digital Markets Act, according to the European Commission.
The Commission determined that Apple's iMessage and Microsoft's Bing, Edge, and Microsoft Advertising do not meet the criteria to be classified as gatekeeper services.
Yahoo News
1 week ago
EU data protection

Apple's iMessage, Microsoft's Bing escape EU rules

Apple's iMessage and Microsoft's Bing have been exempted from EU regulations under the Digital Markets Act (DMA).
The EU has designated certain tech giants as 'gatekeepers' and imposed strict rules on their operations.
The European Commission has closed market investigations and determined that Apple and Microsoft should not be classified as gatekeepers for their respective services.
Engadget
1 week ago
EU data protection

Apple won't have to make iMessage work with other messaging services, EU says

European Union officials have determined that iMessage, Bing, and Microsoft Advertising do not hold a dominant enough position in their respective markets to be subject to stricter regulation under the Digital Markets Act.
Despite Google and mobile carriers pushing for iMessage to be designated as a gatekeeper service, the EU ultimately sided with Apple.
Apple has to support the RCS messaging standard, allowing for more secure and feature-rich messaging between iMessage and Android.
GameSpot
1 week ago
Video games

Report Names First Two Xbox Exclusives Planned For Release On PS5

Microsoft's first two Xbox games destined for release on rival consoles are Hi-Fi Rush and Pentiment.
Other Xbox titles like Starfield and Indiana Jones may also be released on non-Xbox consoles.
Ft
1 week ago
Artificial intelligence

Tech companies axe 34,000 jobs since start of year in pivot to AI

Microsoft, eBay, and PayPal have implemented significant job cuts this year.
These job cuts are a result of various factors including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ars Technica
1 week ago
Artificial intelligence

The Super Bowl's best and wackiest AI commercials

Microsoft showcased its AI assistant, Copilot, in its first-ever Super Bowl commercial, highlighting its ability to generate solutions for various tasks.
Google highlighted the 'Guided Frame' feature on its Pixel 8 smartphone, which uses AI to help users take better photos.
Polygon
1 week ago
Video games

Xbox's highly anticipated 'business update' coming Thursday, in podcast form

Microsoft will provide an update on the Xbox business and whether Xbox exclusives will go multiplatform.
The update will be shared in the form of a podcast featuring Phil Spencer, Sarah Bond, and Matt Booty.
Engadget
1 week ago
Video games

Phil Spencer will address Xbox multiplatform rumors on February 15

Microsoft will share updates on the future of Xbox on February 15.
There are rumors of Xbox first-party games being published on competing consoles.
The Verge
1 week ago
Video games

Microsoft prepares to take Xbox everywhere

Microsoft is planning to launch a select number of Xbox games on PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch.
The move is seen as a strategy shift to increase the reach of Microsoft's first-party games and generate more gaming revenue.
Kotaku
1 week ago
Video games

Report: Xbox Boss Tells Staff It Will Continue To Make Consoles

Microsoft has no plans to exit the console business according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer.
Rumors about Xbox bringing its exclusives to PlayStation sparked panic among Xbox fans, but Spencer's statement has ruled out the scenario of Xbox stopping console production.
GameSpot
1 week ago
Video games

Microsoft May Add DLSS-Style Game Upscaling Tech To Windows 11

Microsoft is developing its own AI-upscaling feature similar to DLSS.
The Windows 11 test versions have a toggle for Automatic Super Resolution which uses AI to enhance game details.
GameSpot
2 weeks ago
Video games

Microsoft Isn't Exiting The Console Business, Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Reportedly Told Staff

Microsoft plans to continue its console business and there are no plans to stop making consoles.
Xbox chief Phil Spencer mentioned that Xboxes will continue to be part of a strategy that involves multiple kinds of devices.
The Verge
1 week ago
Video games

The future of Xbox will be revealed on February 15th

Microsoft is planning an Xbox business update event to discuss its future vision for Xbox.
Rumors suggest that Xbox exclusives could come to PS5 and Nintendo Switch.
The Verge
2 weeks ago
Web design

Microsoft is working on its own DLSS-like upscaler for Windows 11

Microsoft is developing an AI upscaling feature for PC games similar to Nvidia's DLSS.
Microsoft is also working on improved color management features for Windows 11.
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