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  • Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Calls Supreme Court Cellphone-Warrant Case “Seminal”

    Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Calls Supreme Court Cellphone-Warrant Case “Seminal”

    It’s been a busy week in the realm of policy and technology, with the Supreme court weighing in on a several issues impacting the industry, and the government releasing something akin to a transparency report regarding a portion of the NSA’s surveillance practices. The unanimous Supreme Court decision on Riley v. California caused a stir because it set new precedent regarding… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Calls On Congress To End The NSA’s “Unfettered Bulk Collection Of Data”

    Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Calls On Congress To End The NSA’s “Unfettered Bulk Collection Of Data”

    Earlier this morning, Microsoft executive vice president and general counsel Brad Smith made the case against pervasive government surveillance, arguing that reform is needed of this nation’s security apparatus. At a talk this morning, the general counsel couched his larger remarks in the historical context of general warrants, the use of which led to the political climate the out of… Read More

  • Microsoft Has Just Launched Its First Android Smartphone, The Nokia X2

    Microsoft Has Just Launched Its First Android Smartphone, The Nokia X2

    Meet the Nokia X2, the first Android-based smartphone being made by Microsoft. Yes, you read that right: Microsoft has just made a new Android-based handset. It’s not the first Android device Microsoft owns, being as Redmond took over Nokia’s mobile making division in April. But some doubted whether Microsoft approved of Nokia’s Android experiment — and speculated that… Read More

  • Developers Look To Create Transparency With Microsoft Kinect V2

    Developers Look To Create Transparency With Microsoft Kinect V2

    At NUI Central’s Kinect for Windows Hackathon, a projector on the ceiling creates an image of sand and shrubbery on the ground. The terrain is supposed to be Afghanistan. After walking around on the small projected space expecting nothing to happen, a boom and a white flash hit my senses. I stepped on a land mine, or at least that’s what the app, Sweeper, wants me to think. Read More

  • The Race To Ubiquitous, Free Cloud Storage

    The Race To Ubiquitous, Free Cloud Storage

    Two interesting things happened today in the realm of cloud storage: Microsoft cut its prices for OneDrive and gave out more free gigabytes, and Box took its editing tool Box Notes mobile. Both fit neatly into the current market arc relating to cloud storage: The price per gigabyte for consumers and customers is going to zero, and storage companies are looking to diversify their… Read More

  • Microsoft More Than Doubles OneDrive’s Free Cloud Storage To 15 Gigabytes

    Microsoft More Than Doubles OneDrive’s Free Cloud Storage To 15 Gigabytes

    Continuing the trend towards free, unlimited cloud storage, Microsoft this morning increased the amount of capacity that it offers free to regular users of its OneDrive service to 15 gigabytes, more than double its previous offering of 7 gigabytes. The company will also now offer a full terabyte of storage to all Office 365 customers. If you want more storage capacity, but don’t want to… Read More

  • Bing Looks Abroad

    Bing Looks Abroad

    Microsoft is working to expand Bing’s international footprint. A job posting, spotted by Neowin, speaks plainly: “Bing is embarking on the most ambitious geographic and product expansion in its history.” Well then. Microsoft hasn’t taken down the listing, so it’s likely not too concerned about having its plans aired publicly. What this signifies is that Microsoft… Read More

  • Microsoft Does Us A Solid By Accidentally Confirming That The Surface Mini Is Real

    Microsoft Does Us A Solid By Accidentally Confirming That The Surface Mini Is Real

    Microsoft declined to comment. Earlier today, a manual published to help users dig into their new Surface Pro 3 devices contained multiple mentions of the currently Super Secret Surface Mini. Oops. Surprised? Don’t be. Microsoft had originally planned to debut the Surface Mini alongside the Surface Pro 3. I’ve heard from people with knowledge of the matter that the decision was… Read More

  • Microsoft Updates The Surface Pro 3 Ahead Of Its Release Tomorrow

    Microsoft Updates The Surface Pro 3 Ahead Of Its Release Tomorrow

    Tomorrow is launch day in Canada and the U.S. for the Surface Pro 3, and to make sure the device has as smooth a launch as possible, Microsoft has released a set of updates for the tablet-hybrid. The updates include a slurry of performance boosts, as well as a fix for a power button issue that was annoying some. If you have a review device, the code should be live for you now. Otherwise, you… Read More

  • Microsoft Promises To Render Your Smartphone Useless If It’s Stolen

    Microsoft Promises To Render Your Smartphone Useless If It’s Stolen

    This morning, Microsoft promised to meet the stipulations of the CTIA’s Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment before the goal-date of July 2015. Specifically, Microsoft will bring remote-wipe; bricking of lost handsets; reactivation protection for stolen handsets; and the ability to undo phone “inoperability” if the handset in question is recovered. Read More