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March 24, 2016  6:15 PM

Microsoft’s AI adventure shows there’s hope for us all yet

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Artificial intelligence, Google, IBM, Microsoft, twitter

Artificial intelligence (AI) is going to take over the world, steal all our jobs and ultimately subjugate us all - or so we are told.

We've seen IBM's AI system, Watson, beat humans on the US game show, Jeopardy. Recently, Google's British DeepMind team created an AI system that...

December 11, 2015  10:00 AM

Bristol boffins show that smartphone chargers are taking the p*ss – and so is Bill Gates

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Bill Gates, Microsoft, smartphone

Downtime knows it is talking to the faithful in recounting tales of mobile phone batteries that never last long enough and always run out of power at the most inopportune moments. But now, "boffins" (for it is always they) may have come up with a solution. Or, to be more precise, a way to use your...


July 30, 2015  2:53 PM

Ghost cars plague Uber app users, claim researchers

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly
Microsoft

In Downtime's experience, Uber users tend to be a smug bunch, who love boring on about how much cheaper their cab journeys home have become since downloading the taxi-booking app.

No longer do they have to deal with the indignity of having to run for the last train home or...


December 5, 2014  12:57 PM

Goodbye Clip Art, goodbye memories of my youth

CBaldwin Profile: CBaldwin
bing, Clip Art, Microsoft, Microsoft Word

First it was MSN Messenger, now it's Clip Art.

Clearly the powers-that-be at Microsoft have...


October 10, 2014  2:28 PM

Nadella gets an instant taste of bad karma

Archana Venkatraman Profile: Archana Venkatraman
Microsoft, Nadella, Satya Nadella, twitter

Men should be particularly careful when giving opinion on as sensitive a topic as gender disparity in the corporate world. Especially if the man in question is the chief executive of one of the largest IT companies of the world and is addressing an event celebrating women.

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May 1, 2014  12:20 PM

Skype removes offensive emoticons

CBaldwin Profile: CBaldwin
emoticons, fubar, Microsoft, sheilddeflect, Skype, wtf

Skype has removed a selection of its emoticons for fear that they had the "potential to offend some users."

Icons including a "smiley" faces showing the middle finger as well as emoticons (wtf) and (fubar)...


October 31, 2013  12:39 PM

Will Wossy work his magic with Microsoft?

jscott1 Profile: jscott1
Microsoft


September 27, 2013  4:04 PM

Dad dancer Ballmer dirty dances from the Microsoft stage – and we have the photo to prove it

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Michael Jackson, Microsoft, Steve Ballmer

Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is well known for his dad dancing - but at his farewell...


September 26, 2013  12:57 PM

Ctrl-Alt-Delete “Not my fault, guv” says Bill Gates

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Bill Gates, Control-Alt-Delete, IBM, Microsoft, Windows

How many different ways have your contorted your fingers over the years, to find the best way to hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete - that perfect encapsulation of how to make computers much harder to use than they need to be.

Well if you've cursed Microsoft founder Bill Gates for forcing you to...


August 23, 2013  3:13 PM

Bye Bye Ballmer!

jscott1 Profile: jscott1
Bill Gates, Microsoft, Steve Ballmer

We all knew the day would come but, now it looms, it seems like it has come all too soon...

He may not be as creepy as John Chambers, as geeky as Bill Gates, or have the religious following of Steve Jobs, but there is no doubt Steve Ballmer will go...


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