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Microsoft purchases SwiftKey, states that iOS and Android versions will continue to be developed

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Date: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016, 09:01
Category: Android, iOS, News, Software

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Microsoft confirmed via a blog post that the company will be buying SwiftKey, the developer of a popular software keyboard for Android and iOS phones—even though it already has its own software keyboard, Word Flow.

SwiftKey and Word Flow allow users to slide their finger from one letter of a keyboard to another, drawing the shape of the word while an analytical pattern works to identify the word they’re trying to type.

Microsoft’s executive vice president for technology and research, Harry Shum, confirmed the deal in a blog post Wednesday morning.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook criticizes White House policies towards encryption

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Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016, 10:21
Category: News, security

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In spite of how well received last night’s State of the Union was, Apple CEO Tim Cook still had harsh words for the Obama administration regarding encryption last night.

Cook, who’s currently in favor of unbreakable encryption, offered the following statement:

“The White House should come out and say ‘no backdoors’ Cook said. That would mean overruling repeated requests from FBI Director James Comey and other administration officials that tech companies build some sort of special access for law enforcement into otherwise unbreakable encryption. Technologists agree that any such measure could be exploited by others.”

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Cortana intelligent assistant app now available in App Store

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Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, 08:08
Category: iOS, Microsoft, News, Software

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This could be something cool to play with.

Microsoft, which has been offering Cortana as a small-scale beta since last month, has announced that Cortana is available on the App Store now.

Even so, Cortana isn’t expected to have quite as deep a functionality as Siri, which is deeply embedded into iOS. Still, you can tinker with it and see how it fares with the questions you might have to ask it.

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Rumor: Apple places LCD display driver chips order with Synaptics for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Thursday, November 5th, 2015, 07:00
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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When in doubt, go with an outside supplier for help.

Apple has apparently placed LCD display driver orders with touchscreen supplier Synaptics for its next-generation iPhones, indicating the company’s in-house development of touch and display driver integration (TDDI) chips may have fallen behind schedule.

Synaptics acquired Renesas SP Drivers, reportedly the sole supplier of LCD driver ICs for iPhones, in September 2014 in an effort to maintain orders from Apple, and for now it appears the iPhone maker will remain one of its customers. The supplier also works with Google, HTC, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony and other smartphone makers.

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Microsoft debuts Surface Book hybrid, could give the MacBook notebooks a run for their money

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Date: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015, 08:37
Category: Hardware, News

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Microsoft has come a long way with its Surface tablet.

The Surface Book, which debuted earlier this week, is built more like a traditional notebook and a recent New York press event showed the unit appearing like a variant of the classic 13-inch white MacBook made of metal, not polycarbonate plastic.

The hinge is unique in that it’s based around a “dynamic fulcrum” design that moves smoothly without much effort.

The Surface Book features a glass touchpad with multitouch as well as backlit keys that are quiet and comfortable.

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Microsoft acknowledges crashes under OS X 10.11 El Capitan, can’t offer timeline for a fix

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Date: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015, 08:42
Category: News, Software

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The good news is that Microsoft has acknowledged the massive crashes between Office for Mac 2016 and the newly-released OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

The bad news is that they don’t have an estimated timeline for a fix.

In an emailed statement, a Microsoft spokeswoman said the company is looking into the problem.

“We know that some users may be experiencing issues with Office 2016 for Mac running on El Capitan,” the statement read. “We are actively investigating the matter with Apple. Until there is a fix, we recommend people install the latest updates to Office 2016 for Mac using Microsoft AutoUpdate.”

OS X 10.11 El Capitan was released on September 30th. Since then, reports of bugs and crashes between it and Office for Mac 2016 have skyrocketed on support threads.

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Microsoft Office 2016 users complain about bugs, crashes under OS X 10.11 El Capitan update

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Date: Monday, October 5th, 2015, 08:02
Category: Microsoft, News, Software

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Well, this is a giant mess.

Following the release of Apple’s new OS X 10.11 El Capitan on Wednesday, a number of users have complained of crashes with Office 2016 and the new operating system.

“This is beyond the Pale. We basically can’t use Office on our computers,” wrote one user on the longest thread related to the crash problem.

Users have complained of apparently random crashes since the update, the discussion thread regarding the issues currently running for more than 140 pages.

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Amazon to stop selling Apple TV, other streaming devices after October 29th

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Date: Friday, October 2nd, 2015, 09:41
Category: Apple TV, News, retail

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Well, this is a bit awkward.

On Thursday, Amazon distributed an email to marketplace sellers informing them that the company plans to stop selling some streaming video devices that compete with its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The company will no longer offer Google’s Chromecast or Apple’s Apple TV for sale in its online store.

The email stated that Amazon plans to disallow new listings for the product and remove existing inventory on October 29. As a reason for the removal, Amazon is citing compatibility with its Prime Video streaming service, which is not available on devices from Google and Apple.

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Microsoft offers subscription-free versions of Office 2016 for Mac, lays out price points

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Date: Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015, 07:13
Category: News, Software

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If paying US$7 a month or US$70 a year for an Office 365 subscription to use Office 2016 for Mac isn’t your thing, you can now buy the thing outright.

Microsoft is now offering the Home & Student edition for a one-time fee of US$150, and limits users to one Mac and 15 gigabytes of OneDrive cloud storage, versus the 1 terabyte assigned to 365 subscribers. Users can’t fully unlock the mobile version of Office, and lack other perks like free tech support and Skype minutes.

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Apple releases Boot Camp 6 drivers, offers boosted Windows 10 compatibility

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Date: Thursday, August 13th, 2015, 08:30
Category: BootCamp, News, Software

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If you’re using Boot Camp and just installed Windows 10, you might want to snag this.

Apple on Wednesday released its Boot Camp 6 update to add drivers for Windows 10. The update is still propagating and is not yet available for OS X, although it’s been noted the update is available within Windows partitions in Boot Camp.

Boot Camp 6 also includes support for several Mac features within Windows 10, including USB 3, USB-C, Thunderbolt, built-in SD and SDXC card slots, built-in or external Apple SuperDrives, and the Apple keyboard, mouse and trackpad.

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