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Surface Pro review: Microsoft’s best hybrid notebook plays it safe

The Surface Pro is everything we've ever wanted from Microsoft's Surface line. It fixes the few remaining problems from the Surface Pro 4, a machine that I adored. And yet, it's far less exciting than its predecessors. It's the second incremental upg...

The video above from WindowsBlogItalia — a, well, Italian Windows blog — which purports to show the app in use, free writing, image insertion, shapes and all. 

As flagged by The Verge, the leaked version seems to be an "Education Preview" of the software, and seems to be as cool as we expected it to be. One note, though: One of the coolest parts of the software — the collaborative tool that lets users simultaneously draw and edit the same project — isn't available in the leak.  Read more...

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It looks like the much-hyped Windows Whiteboard app has leaked

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No one is immune to leaks in the tech world and today it's Microsoft's turn as a version of its anticipated Whiteboard app looks like its leaked on the web. 

The video above from WindowsBlogItalia — a, well, Italian Windows blog — which purports to show the app in use, free writing, image insertion, shapes and all. 

As flagged by The Verge, the leaked version seems to be an "Education Preview" of the software, and seems to be as cool as we expected it to be. One note, though: One of the coolest parts of the software — the collaborative tool that lets users simultaneously draw and edit the same project — isn't available in the leak.  Read more...

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Watch this guy play Super Mario Bros. IRL in Central Park using HoloLens

 Super Mario Bros. is iconic, so it’s a natural target for augmented reality development, where everything nostalgic is new again. This demo, created by Abhishek Singh, really is amazing, however. Singh recreated the first level of Super Mario Bros. as an augmented reality game on Microsoft HoloLens, giving himself a first-person perspective into a unique 3D look inside the classic… Read More
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You’ll never play ‘Super Mario’ like this

You have a lot of Super Mario games to choose from, but you'll probably never be able to play one of the most fun versions out there. That's because it was created as an unofficial augmented reality game by developer Abhishek Singh for the Microsoft...
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Google urges Congress to revise outdated overseas data laws

Access to data stored overseas has become a contentious issue with tech companies and the US government. Today, in a speech given to the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, Google's senior vice president and general counsel, Kent Walker,...
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After three days, Skype’s outage is resolved

 After three days of connectivity issues which prevented some Skype users from being able to log in, make calls, or send and receive messages, the company says it has now fully resolved the problem. What it isn’t saying – at least not yet – is what exactly happened. Microsoft’s decision to stay silent on an incident of this length and scale – the outage impacted… Read More
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Windows 10 preview delivers new emoji and easy GPU tracking

Windows Insiders have a big day today. Microsoft just released Windows 10 Preview Build 16226 for PCs and it's got a whole host of new goodies inside.
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WannaCry ransomware causes Honda plant to shut down

WannaCry isn't done yet. Honda Motor Co. had to shut down its Sayama plant on Monday after finding the ransomware in its computer network. The plant's production resumed on Tuesday.
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Ditch your keyboard in 20 languages with Microsoft’s new dictation app

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AI assistants like Siri and Cortana are making voice commands the go-to way we interact with our speakers and smartphones, but on our computers, most of us are still chained to the keyboard. 

Microsoft, which is in the midst of a major push to put AI in just about everything, wants to break PC users from their keyboard bonds using AI. A new app add-on from Microsoft Garage, the company's arm for experimental projects, will bring the next-level speech recognition system used by Cortana to transcribe your words in Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint.   

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Microsoft improves Office’s hands-free typing with Dictate

Microsoft has released a new app called Dictate. It's an add-in for Word, Outlook and Powerpoint and uses Cortana's speech-recognition technology to let you speak what you want to type.