• Microsoft makes Teams video meetings less tiring with its new Together mode

    Video meetings. While the move to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic may have made them mainstream, they are not without issues and more and more people are now opting out. For good reason. As it turns out, it’s really hard for our brains to sustain concentration while we’re trying to focus on 20 people […]

  • Microsoft secretly seized domains used in COVID-19-themed email cyberattacks

    A court granted Microsoft's request to take control of the domains used by the scammers.

  • Magic Leap has a new chief executive and it’s former Microsoft exec Peggy Johnson

    Peggy Johnson, the former executive vice president of business development at Microsoft, has been named as the new chief executive of Magic Leap, the company said in a statement. Johnson, who will begin her new role on August 1, 2020, comes to Magic Leap after a 30-year career in the technology industry. It’s been a […]

  • R&D Roundup: Tech giants unveil breakthroughs at computer vision summit

    Computer vision summit CVPR has just (virtually) taken place, and like other CV-focused conferences, there are quite a few interesting papers. More than I could possibly write up individually, in fact, so I’ve collected the most promising ones from major companies here. Facebook, Google, Amazon and Microsoft all shared papers at the conference — and […]

  • Microsoft to distribute $20M in grants to nonprofits, offers free skills training via LinkedIn

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had an almost immeasurable negative impact on the wider economy. Specifically in the job market, there have been millions of job losses, and in the U.S. alone unemployment numbers like these have not been seen since the Great Depression. Now, tech companies are slowly stepping up to try to address the […]

  • Google Sheets will soon be able to autocomplete data for you

    Google today announced a couple of updates to Google Sheets that will make building spreadsheets and analyzing data in them a little bit easier. The most interesting feature here, surely, is the upcoming launch of Smart Fill. You can think of it as Smart Compose, the feature that automatically tries to finish your sentences in […]

  • Microsoft is closing all of its retail stores for good

    As other retailers begin the slow, cautious move to reopen, Microsoft has announced that it will be permanently shutting down the vast majority of its retail stores. There are some exceptions, including flagships in urban hubs including London, New York City, Sydney and its own campus in Redmond, Washington, but the remainder of the locations […]

  • Microsoft kills Mixer, will push users to Facebook Gaming

    Microsoft is killing its Twitch competitor Mixer next month and is partnering with Facebook to push its users toward the Facebook Gaming service. The app is winding down on July 22. The sudden move comes after Microsoft has dumped considerable efforts into its gaming-centric streaming service, acquiring streaming rights to some of the biggest esports […]

  • Daily Crunch: Microsoft acquires CyberX

    Microsoft acquires a security startup, Canva raises $60 million and Apple kicks off a virtual WWDC. Here’s your Daily Crunch for June 22, 2020. 1. Microsoft confirms acquisition of CyberX to boost security in its Azure IoT business Microsoft announced today that it’s acquiring CyberX, a security startup that focuses on detecting, stopping and predicting […]

  • How Reliance Jio Platforms became India’s biggest telecom network

    It’s raised $5.7 billion from Facebook. It’s taken $1.5 billion from KKR, another $1.5 billion from Vista Equity Partners, $1.5 billion from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, $1.35 billion from Silver Lake, $1.2 billion from Mubadala, $870 million from General Atlantic, $750 million from Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, $600 million from TPG, and $250 million from […]