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Discord reportedly rejects Microsoft's $12 billion acquisition offer

21 Apr 2021

Discord reportedly rejects Microsoft's $12 billion acquisition offer

Microsoft was rumored to be in talks with Discord for acquiring it in, what would have been, a $12 billion deal. However, latest reports indicate that deal may have fizzled out, according to unnamed sources privy to Bloomberg.

NewsBytes Briefing: Chip shortages will continue until 2023, and more

17 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Chip shortages will continue until 2023, and more

Want a new graphics card, gaming rig, or a next-generation console? Well, you might as well pay the atrocious scalper prices because the world's largest chipmaker TSMC has painted a rather grim picture.

Microsoft Edge adds Kids Mode for safer browsing experience

16 Apr 2021

Microsoft Edge adds Kids Mode for safer browsing experience

Microsoft has been making constant improvements to its Edge browser since it shifted to Chromium—the same engine that powers Google's Chrome browser.

NewsBytes Briefing: Your WhatsApp account isn't safe anymore, and more

14 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Your WhatsApp account isn't safe anymore, and more

Another day, another colossal security bungle from the good folks at Facebook. If two separate data leaks weren't bad enough, it was revealed that anyone who knows your phone number can nuke your WhatsApp account.

Microsoft buys Siri co-creator Nuance in $19.7 billion deal

13 Apr 2021

Microsoft buys Siri co-creator Nuance in $19.7 billion deal

Microsoft Corp has bought AI speech tech company Nuance in an impressive $19.7 billion acquisition deal. The firm famously helped Apple develop its Siri voice assistant with its pioneering work in the text-to-speech field since its founding in 1992.

Ahead of launch, Microsoft Surface Laptop 4's prices leaked

10 Apr 2021

Ahead of launch, Microsoft Surface Laptop 4's prices leaked

Microsoft will launch its Surface Laptop 4 model on April 27, according to WinFuture.

Microsoft signs $21.8 billion deal with the US Army

02 Apr 2021

Microsoft signs $21.8 billion deal with the US Army

Microsoft has received a contract worth $21.8 billion from the Department of Defense (DoD) to supply the US Army with 120,000 augmented reality headsets, the Pentagon recently announced.

NewsBytes Briefing: US Army bets big on HoloLens, and more

02 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: US Army bets big on HoloLens, and more

If you thought augmented reality tech was just a passing fad, the US Department of Defense begs to differ. The agency made a massive $21.88 billion deal with Microsoft to supply the US Army with 120,000 ruggedized HoloLens AR units.

NewsBytes Briefing: LG might shutter mobile phone business, and more

23 Mar 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: LG might shutter mobile phone business, and more

Excited about the upcoming LG rollable phone? Buying one might be a bit difficult since LG could shut down its smartphone arm by April.

Microsoft in talks to buy Discord for $10 billion

23 Mar 2021

Microsoft in talks to buy Discord for $10 billion

Microsoft is reportedly in talks with Discord to buy the gaming-centric voice and chat platform for a whopping $10 billion. According to unnamed sources privy to Bloomberg, Xbox chief Phil Spencer is allegedly involved in the talks.

Microsoft will open Redmond headquarters next week in limited capacity

23 Mar 2021

Microsoft will open Redmond headquarters next week in limited capacity

Big Tech is committed to get its workers back into offices. And Microsoft wants that as early as next week. Microsoft will be easing more workers back to its headquarters in Redmond, Washington beginning next Monday.

NewsBytes Briefing: WhatsApp pays for privacy debacle, and more

16 Mar 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: WhatsApp pays for privacy debacle, and more

People generally give up their rights and liberties for a bit of convenience, but even that has a limit. Facebook has learned that the hard way by antagonizing the masses with WhatsApp's ham-handed privacy policy diktats.

Microsoft Teams and Azure services recovering from worldwide outage

16 Mar 2021

Microsoft Teams and Azure services recovering from worldwide outage

Since 1:10 am IST, several users around the world were unable to access Microsoft Teams, Azure, and few other Microsoft services.

NewsBytes Briefing: Chinese hackers spook the White House, and more

09 Mar 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Chinese hackers spook the White House, and more

A Chinese hacking group called Hafnium has exploited a security flaw in Microsoft's popular Exchange Server email software to infect hundreds of thousands of entities across the globe.

Microsoft Hack: Chinese espionage targeting email servers spooks White House

08 Mar 2021

Microsoft Hack: Chinese espionage targeting email servers spooks White House

A state sponsored Chinese hacking group dubbed as Hafnium has compromised Microsoft's business email software.

Microsoft demonstrates Mesh mixed reality platform for virtual collaboration

04 Mar 2021

Microsoft demonstrates Mesh mixed reality platform for virtual collaboration

During the virtual Ignite conference on Tuesday, Microsoft demonstrated the Mesh mixed reality platform, which enables remote collaboration using the HoloLens 2 headset.

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter brings Clubhouse to the masses, and more

04 Mar 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter brings Clubhouse to the masses, and more

Even as Clubhouse tries to be a hipster and keep Android users from experiencing its new take on social media, Twitter has cloned the experience for them with Spaces.

Microsoft takes on Fiverr, Upwork with LinkedIn Marketplaces

23 Feb 2021

Microsoft takes on Fiverr, Upwork with LinkedIn Marketplaces

Professional social networking platform LinkedIn will soon give the likes of Fiverr and Upwork a run for their money. The Microsoft-owned company will enter the gig economy with a new service called Marketplaces.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7+, Hub 2S launched in India

22 Feb 2021

Microsoft Surface Pro 7+, Hub 2S launched in India

Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ laptop-cum-tablet, which was announced in January this year, is now up for grabs in India. It carries a starting price-tag of Rs. 83,999 and is available only for educational institutions and enterprises.

Microsoft's quantum computing dreams shattered by dodgy Majorana particle research

14 Feb 2021

Microsoft's quantum computing dreams shattered by dodgy Majorana particle research

In 2018, Microsoft employee and physicist Leo Kouwenhoven published a paper claiming to have observed a particle called the Majorana fermion. The breakthrough could've benefited Microsoft's quantum computing technology greatly.

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook is after your vital stats, and more

13 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook is after your vital stats, and more

From your political preferences to buying habits, Facebook's spying of its users is comprehensive. However, there's always some scope for improvement.

NewsBytes Briefing: After Apple, Microsoft goes after Google, and more

12 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: After Apple, Microsoft goes after Google, and more

If you can't beat someone fair and square, get the government involved. After almost snatching away Australia from under Google's nose, Microsoft is lobbying the US government to adopt the same Australian media rules that Google and Facebook hate.

Volkswagen partners with Microsoft to develop autonomous driving technology

12 Feb 2021

Volkswagen partners with Microsoft to develop autonomous driving technology

Volkswagen has announced that it will use Microsoft's cloud computing services to develop software for its upcoming self-driven cars.

Microsoft will remove Edge browser, replace it with open-source avatar

07 Feb 2021

Microsoft will remove Edge browser, replace it with open-source avatar

In a news that will affect virtually no one, Microsoft is sending its existing Edge browser to the scrap heap.

NewsBytes Briefing: Google pays for systemic racism, misogyny, and more

02 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Google pays for systemic racism, misogyny, and more

It looks like we've figured out why Google removed the "don't be evil" clause from its motto in 2018.

Google's US office facilities will serve as COVID-19 vaccination clinics

25 Jan 2021

Google's US office facilities will serve as COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced via a tweet on Monday that his organization will open its facilities in the US to serve as mass COVID-19 vaccination sites. Further, the tech giant has committed more than $150 million in free ads to promote vaccine education.

Microsoft's new Password Monitor feature coming in Edge browser update

23 Jan 2021

Microsoft's new Password Monitor feature coming in Edge browser update

Microsoft is rolling out the stable build (version 88) of its Chromium based Edge browser. The new features in this update include a Password Generator and Password Monitor.

Apple quietly headhunts top cloud computing talent; Hints at self-reliance

22 Jan 2021

Apple quietly headhunts top cloud computing talent; Hints at self-reliance

Apple has reportedly been headhunting high-profile cloud computing engineers, while focusing on engineers specializing in container and Kubernetes technologies. These form the building blocks of cloud computing infrastructure underpinning Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft's Azure.

Will Android 12 change your gaming experience? Perhaps yes!

22 Jan 2021

Will Android 12 change your gaming experience? Perhaps yes!

Folks using game controllers on their Android devices would agree that haptic feedback on wired and wireless controllers is a long way off from their console counterparts. Android games either have no rumble, or rather basic rumble support. XDA-Developers reports that will soon change.

Microsoft partners with GM, invests $2bn in self-driving start-up Cruise

21 Jan 2021

Microsoft partners with GM, invests $2bn in self-driving start-up Cruise

Microsoft has jumped headlong into the driverless car space by investing $2 billion in Cruise. Microsoft's stake in General Motors' autonomous vehicle subsidiary takes its total valuation to an impressive $30 billion.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7+, with Intel Tiger Lake processors, launched

12 Jan 2021

Microsoft Surface Pro 7+, with Intel Tiger Lake processors, launched

Microsoft has launched the Surface Pro 7+ tablet-cum-laptop at a starting price-tag of $899 (approximately Rs. 66,000).

Elon Musk surpasses Jeff Bezos to become world's richest person

07 Jan 2021

Elon Musk surpasses Jeff Bezos to become world's richest person

Tesla Inc. and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has surpassed Amazon boss Jeff Bezos to become the world's richest person, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

'Cyberpunk 2077' investors file lawsuit against developer CD Projekt

03 Jan 2021

'Cyberpunk 2077' investors file lawsuit against developer CD Projekt

The year 2020 has been really bad for CD Projekt, the Polish video game developer.

62% of cybercrime complaints linked to financial frauds: Delhi Police

25 Dec 2020

62% of cybercrime complaints linked to financial frauds: Delhi Police

At least 62% of the cybercrime complaints lodged in 2020 were related to financial frauds, Delhi Police said in a statement.

Dailyhunt is now a unicorn, receives $100 million funding

22 Dec 2020

Dailyhunt is now a unicorn, receives $100 million funding

VerSe Innovation, the parent company of local language news aggregator Dailyhunt, has received more than $100 million in funding from tech giants Google, Microsoft, and Falcon Edge's Alpha Wave Incubation

Microsoft Surface Duo coming to Canada and Europe in early-2021

16 Dec 2020

Microsoft Surface Duo coming to Canada and Europe in early-2021

Microsoft is all set to launch its dual-screen smartphone, the Surface Duo, in Canada, France, Germany, and the UK in early-2021, the company has confirmed via a blog post.

Salesforce is buying Slack for $28bn, its biggest acquisition yet

02 Dec 2020

Salesforce is buying Slack for $28bn, its biggest acquisition yet

Salesforce.com Inc is buying workplace messaging app Slack Technologies Inc for a whopping $27.7 billion, making this acquisition its biggest ever.

Microsoft Surface Duo to be launched in Europe in 2021

23 Nov 2020

Microsoft Surface Duo to be launched in Europe in 2021

Microsoft is planning to launch its Android-powered dual-screen phone, the Surface Duo, in Europe and the UK in early-2021. As per the reports, the tech giant is in talks with mobile carriers to introduce the device in those two markets.

Trump fires official who rejected conspiracy theories about election fraud

18 Nov 2020

Trump fires official who rejected conspiracy theories about election fraud

In his quest to convince everyone that Joe Biden won United States Presidential Elections only because of fraud, incumbent President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired an official, whom he had appointed.

Microsoft Surface Book 3, Surface Go 2 launched in India

17 Nov 2020

Microsoft Surface Book 3, Surface Go 2 launched in India

Microsoft has launched the Surface Book 3 convertible laptop and Surface Go 2 tablet in India.