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34 years later, Microsoft researchers conquer Ms. Pac-Man’s Atari 2600 port – Polygon

Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017

Microsoft researchers testing artificial intelligence and machine learning created an AI system that can hit the theoretical maximum score on the Atari 2600 adaptation of Ms. Pac-Man. No human has ever done this. The AI was built by Maluuba, a startup Microsoft bought earlier this year, and it was testing a type of AI called reinforcement learning. Simply described, about 150 AIs were created and went into the game fixated…

Apple iPad Pro vs. Microsoft Surface Pro: Which Tablet Is Right For You? – TIME

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017

If there’s one image that comes to mind when choosing between an Apple and Microsoft product, it’s probably actors Justin Long and John Hodgman standing alongside one another against a white backdrop. “We use a lot of the same kinds of programs,” says Hodgman, playing the role of a PC dressed in a beige business jacket and slacks, in one iconic “Get a Mac” ad from 2006. “But we retain…

Microsoft set to complete initial West Des Moines data center – DesMoinesRegister.com

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017

This file photo shows the Microsoft Corp. logo outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash.(Photo: AP Photo) Microsoft is gearing up to finish its first West Des Moines data center, a project that spearheaded the tech giant’s plans to eventually invest more than $3 billion in the suburb. The $680 million data center, located on Grand Avenue west of Interstate 35, originally broke ground in 2009. The Iowa Economic Development…

Microsoft’s new Modern Keyboard has a hidden fingerprint reader – The Verge

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017

Microsoft has quietly unveiled a new “Modern Keyboard” with an integrated fingerprint reader. The Modern Keyboard is the successor to the Surface Keyboard, and looks identical. The only changes are a new fingerprint reader and the ability to use a cable for a wired connection instead of wireless. Microsoft has integrated the fingerprint reader into the second Windows key on the right-hand side of the keyboard, and it can be…

Emanuel friend, alderman’s husband both illegally lobbied mayor via his personal email, ethics board finds – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017

In King’s case, the ethics board determined there was probable cause for a lobbying violation in February, nearly two months after a Tribune story detailed how Chicago’s rich and powerful had used Emanuel’s personal email to request favors big and small. “Hello Rahm. It’s Alan King, Barack’s buddy and Jesse Ruiz’s law partner over at Drinker Biddle,” King wrote Emanuel on May 21, 2015. “It was good seeing you in…

Amazon’s massive acquisition brings with it a Microsoft cloud customer – CNBC

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017

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