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Microsoft releases Visual Studio Code 1.0 as the code editor passes 500,000 monthly active users

Microsoft today is announcing the release of version 1.0 of its open-source Visual Studio Code text editor. The cross-platform application now has more than 500,000 monthly active users, after launching last year. More than 1,000 extensions have become available for Visual Studio Code since Microsoft introduced extensibility in November, when it became available on GitHub […]

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Microsoft researchers are teaching AI to write stories about groups of photos

Microsoft researchers have come up with a novel way to have computers tell stories about what’s happening in multiple photographs using artificial intelligence (AI). Today the company is publishing an academic paper describing the technology, which could one day power services that are especially useful to the visually impaired, as well as the photos, captions, […]

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Apple releases first Safari Technology Preview update with Web Inspector, ES6 enhancements

Apple today released the first update to its Safari Technology Preview version of Safari designed for software developers. This second release (version 9.1.1) comes with several changes that have to do with JavaScript, CSS, accessibility, the browser’s Web Inspector feature, and most generally, the latest from the WebKit open-source browser engine. With respect to JavaScript […]

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Facebook’s latest AI experiments: generating captions and recognizing faces in videos

At its F8 developer conference in San Francisco today, Facebook demonstrated its latest in artificial intelligence (AI) research efforts. Not surprisingly, they are about video. Video implies a whole bunch of individual images put together. So it logically flows from Facebook’s progress around object recognition and image caption generation using AI. “You can imagine us […]

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Microsoft adds Universal Windows Platform support to Facebook’s React Native

Microsoft and Facebook are announcing today that the Facebook-led React Native open-source software for native mobile app development is getting Universal Windows Platform (UWP) support. The new UWP development software is available now. But Microsoft will be sharing the code as part of the React Native project, said Christine Abernathy, developer advocate for Facebook’s open-source […]

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Facebook unveils antennas for improving Internet access in cities and rural areas

Facebook today is showing off its latest unconventional equipment for bringing better Internet connectivity to more people. There are two new projects: the Terragraph antennas for distributing gigabit Internet in densely city environments using both Wi-fi and cellular signals, and the Aries array of radio antennas for delivering wireless signals to devices in rural areas […]

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Google launches TensorFlow 0.8 with support for distributed model training

Google today is announcing the release of version 0.8 of its TensorFlow open-source machine learning software. The release is significant because it supports the ability to train machine learning models on more than just a single machine. TensorFlow can be used for a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning, which involves training artificial neural […]

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Cortana in French, German, Italian, and Spanish can now instantly translate words

Microsoft today announced that the instant translation capability in its Cortana personal digital assistant is becoming available for localized versions in four more languages: French, German, Italian, and Spanish. This feature became available in the U.S. and China back in September/a>, a few months after Cortana made her debut in Windows 10 as one of […]

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Facebook’s Bot Engine lets you teach chatbots what to say with AI

At its F8 developer conference in San Francisco, Facebook today announced the launch of Bot Engine, a tool for teaching chatbots what to say in specific types of situations. The technology — which developers can use in association with the Send/Receive API for building Messenger bots that Facebook announced earlier today — comes from Facebook […]

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Box Zones lets companies store files in AWS and IBM data centers to meet compliance needs

Cloud file syncing and sharing service Box today is announcing the launch of Box Zones, an option that will let companies store files in data centers that are geographically located in specific other countries, so that they can meet certain regulations. The service will work on top of public cloud data centers from IBM and […]

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Google’s Voice Access app lets you control Android devices by speaking

Google today announced the beta launch of Voice Access, an app that will let people use speech recognition to control Android devices. While anyone will presumably be able to use it, it’s designed with specific groups of people in mind — specifically “people who have difficulty manipulating a touch screen due to paralysis, tremor, temporary […]

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Wavefront hires former Actuate exec Pete Cittadini as its new CEO

Wavefront, a startup developing cloud-based data analytics software, is announcing today that it has hired Pete Cittadini, formerly the president and chief executive of analytics and reporting software company Actuate, as its new chief executive. Cittadini replaces Jeff Cordova, who left the company for Sutter Hill Ventures a few months back. Cittadini’s arrival at Actuate […]

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Andy Jassy is finally named CEO of Amazon Web Services

Amazon today announced that the head of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Andy Jassy, has finally been promoted to chief executive of that Amazon business unit. AWS is now the market leader of the public cloud business, and Jassy has been the face of it. Now Jassy is getting his very well deserved CEO title. Meanwhile, […]

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Unlike Google Translate, Microsoft Translator for iOS now works offline

Microsoft today announced that its Microsoft Translator app for iOS devices can now translate text and images from one language to another even when you’re offline. The app already supported this functionality on Android, and the competing Google Translate for Android could work offline, too. But in this case, Microsoft has beat Google to the […]

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Ad-blocking browser Brave says publishers have ‘fundamentally understood’ it

Brave Software, the startup founded by Mozilla cofounder Brendan Eich that has developed an ad-blocking Internet browser, today responded to an attack by newspaper publishers on grounds that its technology unlawfully replaces publishers’ revenue-generating ads with ads that make money for Brave. Brave first launched its browser on Mac and Windows in January, and iOS […]

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Outlook for Android and iOS now lets you import from Evernote, Facebook, and Wunderlist

Microsoft today announced that it’s enhancing the Outlook app for iOS and Android with the ability to flesh out your calendar with to-do items from Microsoft-owned Wunderlist, events from Facebook, and notes from Evernote. The addition is coming by way of an Outlook feature called Calendar Apps. You can access it by swiping right from […]

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Microsoft’s Cloud App Security service becomes available to everyone

Microsoft today announced that its Cloud App Security service, based on technology from its 2015 Adallom acquisition, is now generally available for anyone to use. The company announced in February that this tool would be coming, and now it’s here. “The solution provides a set of capabilities to help companies design and enforce a process […]

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Microsoft releases a 64-bit version of Windows 10 IoT Core Pro

Microsoft today announced that it’s releasing a 64-bit (x64) version of Windows 10 IoT Core Pro, a special flavor of the edition of Windows 10 designed for small Internet-connected devices that’s exclusively available to original equipment manufacturers (OEM). “This will enable OEM/ODMs (original design manufacturers) to move between Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 […]

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Amazon hires team behind deep learning startup Orbeus

Amazon has hired nearly all of the people who worked at Orbeus, a small startup with technology for identifying items and people in photos and videos using deep learning, a type of artificial intelligence. Orbeus built an app for iOS and Android that could instantly tag photos, called PhotoTime, as well as the underlying Rekognition […]

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Microsoft launches Open Translators to Things to simplify IoT app development

Microsoft today announced the launch of Open Translators to Things, a new project where people will collaborate on translators that will make it easy for many developers to build applications that interact with many different kinds of Internet-connected devices. This software is based in the Node.js server-side JavaScript framework, and it’s intended to run from […]

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Facebook adds spoken photo captions for iOS screen readers

Facebook today announced the launch of a feature called automatic alternative text. It’s a big step forward in accessibility, because it will allow people who use screen readers — software that provides spoken descriptions of what’s onscreen — to receive summaries of what’s contained in photos that people post on Facebook. Until this point, only […]

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