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Microsoft’s Windows 10 update bets on a bigger virtual-reality role for PC

Microsoft’s Windows 10 update bets on a bigger virtual-reality role for PC

October 17, 2017


Filed under Business

By Matt Day The Seattle Times (TNS) SEATTLE — Microsoft is trying to nudge laptop and deskbound computers to interact with the three-dimensional world. The company on Tuesday started rolling out its latest bundle of updates to the Windows 10 operating system with features clustered around a be...

Early-morning tweet and ‘farmer talk’ leads to Microsoft-Mojang deal

Early-morning tweet and ‘farmer talk’ leads to Microsoft-Mojang deal

May 16, 2017


Filed under Business, Technology

SEATTLE — Microsoft’s acquisition of “Minecraft” began with a tweet and a text. Markus “Notch” Persson, the man behind the smash hit world-building game, posted a tweet out of frustration with the fame of running a company with obsessive fans. “Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I...

Microsoft joins Linux Foundation in another nod to open-source code

November 17, 2016


Filed under Technology

By Matt Day The Seattle Times (TNS) SEATTLE — Microsoft has joined the Linux Foundation, the latest sign that the software giant is embracing open-source technologies it formerly treated with hostility. The foundation helps advise the development of the Linux and other software tools built on ope...

Troy Wolverton: Virtual world meets virtual reality as Minecraft heads to Oculus Rift

Tim Johnson, Reporter

August 23, 2016


Filed under Technology

By Troy Wolverton The Mercury News (TNS) If you have an Oculus Rift, you can now use it to explore and build in the world of Minecraft. Microsoft-owned Mojang announced Monday that it has updated its Lego-like virtual world game to support the new virtual reality headset from Facebook’s Oculu...

Microsoft fills a hole, unveils its first laptop

October 6, 2015


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By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) Microsoft Corp. is of two minds. The company says its new Surface Pro 4 tablet can “absolutely” replace a laptop. Its new Lumia phones can work “like PCs” too. Yet Microsoft on Tuesday said it has built a laptop for the first time — a laptop that’...

Helpware: A Worthy $200 Laptop

January 22, 2015


Filed under Technology

By Harold Glicken Tribune News Service (TNS) There’s nothing flashy about the $200 HP Stream notebook, save its choices of colors — horizon blue and orchid magenta. It’s slow and underpowered due to its Celeron processor and woeful 2 gigs of RAM. Still, it has many of the features its more...

Microsoft Skips 9, Steers Straight To Windows 10

Microsoft Skips 9, Steers Straight To Windows 10

September 30, 2014


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By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (MCT) Windows 10 will be the newest version of the computer operating system from Microsoft Corp., skipping past Windows 9 as the company tries to steer far away from displeasure with its current version. Windows 10 attempts to unify the look and feel Microsoft pre...

Microsoft warns of major Internet Explorer bug; no fix for Windows XP

June 6, 2014


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By Salvador Rodriguez Los Angeles Times (MCT) Windows XP users are getting their first taste of life without security updates after the discovery of a major flaw within the Internet Explorer Web browser. Microsoft Corp. issued a warning regarding the flaw this weekend, saying it affects Internet E...

Troy Wolverton: Microsoft Office A Great Addition To iPad Lineup

Troy Wolverton: Microsoft Office A Great Addition To iPad Lineup

May 8, 2014


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By Troy Wolverton San Jose Mercury News (MCT) When Apple released the iPad, many, including yours truly, saw it as a device for watching movies, playing games and surfing the Web, rather than creating content. But it’s clear now that was too narrow a view. Many people use their iPads to take pictures...

Microsoft Warns Of Major Internet Explorer Bug; No Fix For Windows XP

Microsoft Warns Of Major Internet Explorer Bug; No Fix For Windows XP

May 1, 2014


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By Salvador Rodriguez Los Angeles Times (MCT) Windows XP users are getting their first taste of life without security updates after the discovery of a major flaw within the Internet Explorer Web browser. Microsoft Corp. issued a warning regarding the flaw this weekend, saying it affects Internet E...

Microsoft’s Latin America Headquarters Growing Fast In Florida

Microsoft’s Latin America Headquarters Growing Fast In Florida

May 1, 2014


Filed under Business

By Doreen Hemlock Sun Sentinel (MCT) It’s easy to envision what a world-class technology hub for the Americas could look like in Florida. There’s already one shining example in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at Microsoft’s Latin America headquarters. The tech giant employs 400 people at its bustling ...

4.5 Million Smartphones Were Lost Or Stolen In US In 2013

4.5 Million Smartphones Were Lost Or Stolen In US In 2013

April 17, 2014


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By Salvador Rodriguez Los Angeles Times (MCT) A report released Thursday said 4.5 million smartphones were lost or stolen in the U.S. last year, up from 2.8 million in 2012. Thefts were largely responsible for the increase in devices that were permanently separated from their owners, accord...

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