• The battle for control of data could be just starting

     Companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon happily take our data in exchange for convenience, lower prices or free services, but individuals and businesses are beginning to understand the value of controlling their data instead of simply handing it over to the world’s largest technology companies. The battle to regain control over that data could be starting in earnest. I saw a couple… Read More

  • Black Friday’s best tech bets

     Thanksgiving is all about family, friends and gratefulness. The following day, on the other hand, is dedicated to rampant consumerism and generally attempting to not get trampled by a stampede of fellow deal seekers. In honor of making your Thanksgiving weekend slightly less stressful than it has to be, here’s a roundup of some of the best tech deals you’ll find a week from today. Read More

  • Hands-on with Microsoft’s high-end Surface Book 2

     Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is the most powerful mobile Surface device yet. It easily blows away the Surface Pro, Surface Laptop and, of course, the old Surface Book. It’s also one of the odder devices in the lineup, though. It’s not just a Surface Pro with a rigid keyboard. It’s a relatively heavy base with a powerful processor and graphics card and a big battery… Read More

  • Microsoft joins the MariaDB Foundation and launches Azure Database for MariaDB

     Microsoft today announced that it is joining the MariaDB Foundation, the nonprofit behind the popular relational database founded by the original developers of MySQL. As a platinum sponsor, the company is joining, Alibaba Cloud and Tencent Cloud. In addition, Microsoft is also launching a preview of the Azure Database for MariaDB service today. Read More

  • Microsoft makes Databricks a first-party service on Azure

     Databricks has made a name for itself as one of the most popular commercial services around the Apache Spark data analytics platform (which, not coincidentally, was started by the founders of Databricks). Now it’s coming to Microsoft’s Azure platform in the form of a preview of the imaginatively named “Azure Databricks.” Read More

  • Microsoft’s period of congenial cooperation could be over

     A couple of years ago while a guest of Marc Benioff onstage at Salesforce’s Dreamforce customer conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said something that seemed to signal a new period of amicable cooperation for his company. Several pieces of evidence seem to suggest that the period of friendly cooperation that was in full bloom in 2015 could be over, and not just with Salesforce. Read More

  • Skype launches Photo Effects – sticker suggestions powered by machine learning

     Not content with merely launching its own take on Instagram and Snapchat’s Stories, Skype today is adding another copycat-like feature to its app: photo stickers. The company says it’s introducing new “Photo Effects” (as it’s calling these stickers), which include things like face masks, decorative borders, witty captions, and more. However, unlike the photo… Read More

  • LinkedIn and Microsoft team up for a resume building assistant in Word

    LinkedIn app on smartphone. LinkedIn, the social network for professionals that was acquired by Microsoft for $26.2 billion, is today rolling out the latest product in its deepening relationship with its owner. The two are unveiling Resume Assistant, a resume builder in Microsoft Word that will be powered by data from LinkedIn — letting you import information about yourself and the companies that you have worked… Read More

  • Microsoft acqui-hires cinemagraphic photo app Swng

     Computer vision and clever imaging technology remain hot areas in consumer and enterprise apps, and today Microsoft is picking up talent and tech from a startup called Swng Technologies to give it some IP and talent in this department. Swng announced the news itself, and Microsoft’s VP heading up Skype, Amritansh Raghav, also made a little announcement, too. The amazing folks at… Read More

  • Big tech goes five for five

    Dollars on a green background As October came to a close, three of the five largest American tech companies beat earnings expectations. The quarterly results of Amazon, Microsoft, and Alphabet were impressive, with each firm bringing in both more revenue and profit than analysts had expected. And, as we explored at the time, the companies managed to come up with their wins in unique fashion. And so it goes this time… Read More