Computers

Want a medal? Microsoft 7.2% less bad at speech recognition than IBM – The Register

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

In a machine learning tug-of-war, Microsoft may have just barely slipped ahead of IBM for speech transcription accuracy. Researchers are studying how to recognise human speech in a variety of settings – from realtime interactions to offline, pre-recorded voicemails. Boffins tell us that one application, particularly of offline transcription, could be government surveillance. In March, IBM researchers claimed that they had achieved a word recognition error rate of 5.5 per…

Why the alt-right can’t build an alt-internet – The Verge

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

After the August 12th hate rally in Charlottesville, online platforms that have long tolerated or ignored white supremacists are very publicly kicking them off. The crackdown spans a broad range of sites and apps, some of which are household names, like Uber, Facebook, and Spotify. But some of the most notable companies to purge their ranks are those we don’t often consider: the web hosts, domain registrars, and other services…

Microsoft Monday: Xbox One X Pre-Orders Now Available, Project Scorpio, Bill Gates Donates $4.6B – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Microsoft Microsoft’s Xbox One X “Project Scorpio” edition console “Microsoft Monday” is a weekly column that focuses on all things Microsoft. This week, Microsoft Monday includes details about Xbox One X pre-orders, a Minecraft themed Xbox One S, 7 games being added to Game Pass, the delay of Crackdown 3, the acquisition of Cycle Computing, new LinkedIn features, Paul Allen’s discovery of the USS Indianapolis, a large donation by Bill…

Microsoft Isn’t Saying Whether Xbox One Will Keep ‘Battlegrounds’ Off PS4 For Good – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bluehole Battlegrounds There wasn’t too much news made during Microsoft’s Gamescom press event yesterday, some new trailers for old games and a few debuts like what appears to be a Jurassic Park RTS from the creators of Elite: Dangerous. But one game was focused on somewhat significantly, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which has been a massive hit on PC, and a game Microsoft has previously announced is coming to Xbox One for…

Microsoft to remove full ReFS support from Windows 10 Pro, push … – Ars Technica

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

reader comments 118 In the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft is removing the ability to create volumes using its new ReFS file system from Windows 10 Pro. Existing volumes will continue to work, but Pro will no longer be able to create new ones. After rumors in June, Microsoft confirmed last week that it was producing yet another variant of Windows 10: Pro for Workstations. The main features of this build…

FBI warns of spreading W-2 email theft scheme – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The IRS is warning businesses about a sharp increase in email phishing scams involving employees’ W-2 forms — scams that can put workers’ Social Security numbers and other crucial information in the hands of thieves. The government said 200 businesses, public schools, universities, Native American governments and nonprofits were victimized by these scams during this year’s tax filing season, resulting in the theft of several hundred thousand employees’ data. That’s…