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01.21.15 Rhett Jones

Microsoft has been building a reputation for being just a little bit cooler than AOL. Today, it announced something that actually seems like it could have a huge impact on the our lives: “Windows Holographic,” Microsoft’s bid at joining the coming virtual reality wars. This actually goes further than affordable headsets like the Oculus Rift, in that it’s all […]

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12.11.14 Peter Yeh

Microsoft, the software giant everyone loves to hate, has announced it has begun accepting bitcoin for Xbox and Microsoft accounts via Bitpay, a Bitcoin payment processor that most companies use. You can only add in fixed dollar amounts up to $100, and the funds can be used to digitally purchase Xbox games, music, video, and […]

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08.28.14 Sophie Weiner

Imagine you’re back in the distant past. The year was 2008, a strange and terrifying time. The recession was in full swing, we hadn’t yet gained the ability to “like” things on Facebook, and Microsoft was getting really desperate to recruit cool young kids before they were all snatched up by Google. These recruiting videos from Microsoft are both […]

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10.17.13 Kyle Petreycik

Microsoft’s latest headphones will “incorporate health monitoring and mood detection.” Septimu, the new sensor-equipped headphones currently in development will communicate with a smartphone via the audio jack, and boast the capability of monitoring your mood, heart rate, speech patterns and even posture. This data is collected through the integration of thermometers, heart rate monitors, as well as […]

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08.09.12 David Lumb

So long as you’ve walked in front of an NYPD camera, had your license plate scanned, or even had a complaint filed in the six months, that is. The lovechild of Microsoft and the NYPD–a data analysis system that feeds the NYPD relevant information–has been in use under our noses for half a year, says […]

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07.26.12 Andy Cush

Skype recently began furthering its cooperation with various law enforcement agencies, making chat transcripts and users’ addresses and credit card information more easily available to police, according to several anonymous government and industry officials contacted by the Washington Post. The service, which was founded on a policy of resistance to Big Brother’s monitoring, began making […]

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09.13.10 Marina Galperina

The robust Russian industry of bootlegging everything ever has always been a thorn in Microsoft’s side. Now, Russia’s government henchmen are cracking down on piracy using allegations of Microsoft-ware piracy to confiscate computers and raid dissident groups. […]

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09.03.10 Marina Galperina

Filippo Minelli’s ongoing photo/graffiti series Contradictions is all about context. As corporations “appropriate nature” and sell “intangible products” to the world, the photographer throws a global intervention. See more of his effective juxtaposing below. […]

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07.01.10 Bucky Turco

Microsoft once again ignored its own strengths and instead of focusing on the stuff they’re good at, like software, wasted almost a billion dollars on another gadget that no one wants. Their recently launched, teen-designed Kin phone has already been killed off after only six weeks reports Ad Age. Apparently the juggernaut didn’t learn anything […]

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04.18.10 Bucky Turco

Last week, Microsoft unveiled, Kin, a social networking friendly cell phone for teeny boppers. As part of their rollout, they posted a bunch of videos and according to Consumer Reports, one of them promoted sexting, so the company released a statement and pulled the spot. But that might be the least of their worries. Wait […]

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