US tech giants decry Australia’s ‘deeply flawed’ new anti-encryption law

A group of U.S. tech giants, including Apple, Google and Microsoft, have collectively denounced the new so-called “anti-encryption” law passed by the Australian parliament last week. The bill was passed less than a day after the ruling coalition government secured the votes from opposition Labor lawmakers, despite strong objection from tech companies and telcos. “The … Read moreUS tech giants decry Australia’s ‘deeply flawed’ new anti-encryption law

Microsoft details principles that guide its facial recognition work

Smith said the company sought input from employees, customers, public officials, academics and other groups as it designed these principles. Going forward, the company will develop and deploy facial recognition technology in a way that aims “to treat all people fairly” and it will “document and clearly communicate the capabilities and limitations of facial recognition … Read moreMicrosoft details principles that guide its facial recognition work

Mozilla’s CEO isn’t happy with Microsoft’s switch to Chromium

The note sees Beard condemning Microsoft’s move –though he admits it “may well make sense” from a business standpoint — while urging Chrome users to try Mozilla’s Firefox instead. “Will Microsoft’s decision make it harder for Firefox to prosper? It could,” states Beard, adding: “making Google more powerful is risky on many fronts.” Recalling Microsoft’s … Read moreMozilla’s CEO isn’t happy with Microsoft’s switch to Chromium

Microsoft Edge goes Chromium

The rumors were true: Microsoft Edge is moving to the open-source Chromium platform, the same platform that powers Google’s Chrome browser. And once that is done, Microsoft is bringing Edge to MacOS, too. In addition, Microsoft is decoupling Edge from the Windows update process to offer a faster update cadence — and with that, it’ll … Read moreMicrosoft Edge goes Chromium

Spotify’s revamped Xbox One app includes smarter voice control

Voice control now makes it simple to start a specific playlist, pause or skip a track without disrupting your game. You’ll currently have to reside in the US to give this a shot, but it’s helpful if you’d rather not hear a slow ballad in the middle of a tense firefight, or just need fresh … Read moreSpotify’s revamped Xbox One app includes smarter voice control

Microsoft gives Outlook for iOS a full UI makeover

The changes are largely in keeping with those seen elsewhere as part of Microsoft’s Office-wide overhaul. There’s bolder typography (although the fonts remain native to the iPhone and iPad) and more vibrant colors, designed to help users identify and quickly switch to Outlook among a sea of monochromatic apps. Headers and message lists shrink and … Read moreMicrosoft gives Outlook for iOS a full UI makeover

Microsoft rumor points to a Chromium replacement for Edge

Three years after arriving along with Windows 10, Microsoft’s Edge browser has added features and showed some good statistical results, but it hasn’t pulled many users away from the competition. Now, Windows Central reports that Microsoft could start over with a new browser built on Chromium, the open source base behind Google Chrome and other … Read moreMicrosoft rumor points to a Chromium replacement for Edge

Microsoft cuts Xbox One prices by $50 in post-Black Friday sale

The company is also lopping $10 off the price of some wireless controllers and offering $50 off an Xbox Game Pass. As of December 9th, buying three months of Xbox Live Gold will get you a $10 credit toward the Microsoft Online Store. There aren’t equivalent Sony sales as we write this, but that also … Read moreMicrosoft cuts Xbox One prices by $50 in post-Black Friday sale

After Math: Let’s shake things up

2,500 chargers: The next time UK shoppers stop in at Tesco, they’ll be able to do more than stock up on groceries. They’ll be able to power up their EVs as well thanks to a partnership with Volkswagen. The plan is to install 2,500 chargers in the parking lots of some 600 Tesco supermarkets by … Read moreAfter Math: Let’s shake things up

Windows 10 may soon tell you which apps are using your microphone

After making it easier for you to pause updates in the last preview build, Microsoft has added an orange indicator to the system tray to let you know when you have an update waiting that requires a reboot when you install it. That should help you avoid having to restart your system when you’re not … Read moreWindows 10 may soon tell you which apps are using your microphone