Dina Bass

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20 Jun 2019 | 10:00 AM

Microsoft’s missteps offer antitrust lessons for tech’s big four

Of the five biggest tech companies in the US, Microsoft is the only one that isn't currently in the crosshairs of US antitrust authorities.

Because observers and legal pundits almost uniformly agree the software giant did virtually everything wrong in the course of the investigation – which had its start as early as 1990, followed by a 1998 Justice Department lawsuit – in retrospect its story serves as a useful instruction manual of what not to do. — Reuters
13 Jun 2019 | 11:30 AM

E3 2019: Microsoft XCloud game service to offer free streaming to phones

Microsoft Corp said a new service that will let users play videogames from their Xbox consoles on their smartphones will be offered for free.

Booty declined to disclose the pricing of the second part of xCloud, except to say that it will be competitive with offerings from Alphabet Inc’s Google, whose Stadia game-streaming service will go for US$10 (RM42) a month, and Ubisoft Entertainment SA, which unveiled a US$15 (RM62) monthly service. — AP
11 Jun 2019 | 10:00 AM

Microsoft wants more security researchers to hack into its cloud

Microsoft Corp has what may sound like a counter-intuitive request: Please try to hack into Azure more often.

Microsoft currently offers bug bounty payments for Azure, but "it’s just not getting as much activity as I would like to see,” Price added. — Dreamstime/TNS
21 May 2019 | 2:30 PM

Sony’s deal with Microsoft blindsided its own PlayStation team

When Sony Corp unveiled a cloud gaming pact with archrival Microsoft Corp, it surprised the industry.

7 May 2019 | 1:23 PM

Microsoft teases Minecraft augmented-reality news for May 17

Microsoft Corp showed a video hinting that its popular Minecraft videogame will soon add augmented-reality features, saying more information will come on May 17.

May 17 is the 10th anniversary of the original release of Minecraft, a cult-favourite game that lets players build virtual worlds. — AFP
4 Apr 2019 | 3:30 PM

Amazon schooled on AI facial technology by Turing Award winner Inc’s facial-recognition software is coming under fire again, this time from a group of artificial intelligence researchers that includes one of the field’s most prominent scientists.

Twenty-six researchers, including Yoshua Bengio, a recent winner of the Turing Award, the industry’s highest honour, called for Amazon to stop selling its Rekognition AI service to police departments in a post on April 3. — AFP
18 Mar 2019 | 1:44 PM

Microsoft-Foxconn royalty fight is a blast from the past

A lot has changed at Microsoft Corp in the five years since Satya Nadella took over as chief executive officer. But sometimes the past comes roaring back, this time in the form of a patent suit that has gotten nasty.

Microsoft said the suit doesn’t indicate a shift in its commitment to open source, but it expects agreements to be upheld. — Reuters
18 Feb 2019 | 2:23 PM

Steve Ballmer bleeds Microsoft, but goes with Amazon deal for Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers, owned by former Microsoft Corp chief executive officer Steve Ballmer, signed a partnership with Inc’s cloud business as the billionaire seeks to reimagine how fans watch sports in a world of cord-cutters and legalised US sports betting.

Actress Jennifer Garner (left) watches along with Ballmer during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors on Jan 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. — AP
4 Jan 2019 | 11:00 AM

Artificial Intelligence vs the hackers

Last year, Microsoft Corp’s Azure security team detected suspicious activity in the cloud computing usage of a large retailer: One of the company’s administrators, who usually logs on from New York, was trying to gain entry from Romania. And no, the admin wasn’t on vacation. A hacker had broken in.

28 Nov 2018 | 1:55 PM

Microsoft becomes world's most valuable company after Apple rout

Microsoft Corp surpassed Apple Inc to become the world’s most valuable publicly traded company. All it took was a US$300bil (RM1.25tril) rout.

Under Nadella, Microsoft invested heavily in datacentres and other infrastructure to run applications and store data for corporate customers. — AP