Amazon becomes third-most valuable company in the world

It’s a changing of the guard — new tech leap-frogging old tech. Amazon stock surged 2.6 percent on Wednesday, allowing the company for the first time to close trading with a market cap more than that of Microsoft. Amazon’s market cap, after a torrid year when it soared 75 percent,

Facial recognition is more likely to work for white men

From Apple to Microsoft , many of the world’s biggest technology companies are incorporating facial recognition systems into their devices. But a new study, by researchers from MIT, has found that several systems appear to be biased in terms of race and gender. In their study, called

Billionaire Bill Gates invests £29million to create a "supercow"

Billionaire Bill Gates is investing £29million to breed a “supercow” based on British cattle. He wants to take genes from our dairy herds and infuse them with DNA from tough African breeds to create a high- yielding animal that can thrive anywhere. UK Holstein-Friesians produce 40 pints of milk a

The complete list of backwards compatible games for Xbox One

Microsoft's Xbox One console is able to play a number of Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles as a result of its backwards compatibility functionality. This means Xbox One owners can revisit some of the Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles they already own, or discover some classics they

Bezos scores big win for Alexa ahead of CES

Jeff Bezos was winning at CES on Monday — and the largest tech show of the year hadn’t even officially started. The Amazon chief executive was sitting pretty after HP, Asus and Acer each debuted PCs designed to work with the e-tailer’s Alexa — all part of Bezos’ plan

Bezos scores big win for Alexa ahead of CES

Jeff Bezos was winning at CES on Monday — and the largest tech show of the year hadn’t even officially started. The Amazon chief executive was sitting pretty after HP, Asus and Acer each debuted PCs designed to work with the e-tailer’s Alexa — all part of Bezos’ plan

Security flaws put virtually all phones, computers at risk

FRANKFURT/SAN FRANCISCO — Security researchers on Wednesday disclosed a set of security flaws that they said could let hackers steal sensitive information from nearly every modern computing device containing chips from Intel Corp, Advanced Micro Devices Inc and ARM Holdings. One of the bugs is specific to Intel but

Two companies will suck up half of tech’s profits in 2018

On the whole, tech giants are poised to deliver “stable” revenue and profit in 2018, but Apple and Microsoft are expected to be the main reasons for continued earnings growth. According to an analysis from Moody’s released Tuesday, big tech is projected to boost revenue by 3.5 percent to

Microsoft built a huge treehouse for their employees

From Apple’s new spaceship headquarters to Google’s massage rooms, nap pods and on-site doctor, day-to-day life can be pretty sweet working for some of the world’s most recognizable companies. And Microsoft has arguably outdone them all by building every kid’s dream tree house. The new office facility for Microsoft staff is an

Microsoft built a huge treehouse for their employees

From Apple’s new spaceship headquarters to Google’s massage rooms, nap pods and on-site doctor, day-to-day life can be pretty sweet working for some of the world’s most recognizable companies. And Microsoft has arguably outdone them all by building every kid’s dream tree house. The new office facility for Microsoft staff is an

World’s most popular porn site infected by digital STD

It’s a filthy habit that could leave you at risk of catching a nasty virus. Porn watchers have been urged to check their computers immediately after “millions” of grubby smuthounds were infected by a piece of malware called Kovter. Researchers from the tech firm Proofpoint said that visitors to the wildly popular

Facebook and Microsoft just laid an internet cable across the Atlantic Ocean

If you’ve ever felt the incredible frustration of wiring up a dozen gadgets in a home office, just imagine trying to connect a wire between two continents. That’s exactly what a partnership between Microsoft, Facebook and communications corp Telxius just finished doing with an incredibly powerful, 4,000-mile-long cable that is

The one regret Bill Gates has about Microsoft computers

Bill Gates revealed the one decision he wishes he could change if time travel were possible – and it might surprise you. The Microsoft founder said he wouldn’t change too much in case he altered the course of history. But he did say that there was one small tweak he would make

Amazon’s Alexa will soon be talking to Microsoft’s Cortana

Families are about to hear more chatter in the house — from their gadgets talking to each other. By the end of this year, Amazon’s Alexa voice-activated assistant will be able to speak with Microsoft’s rival Cortana assistant, the tech giants announced Wednesday. By simply saying, “Alexa, open Cortana,” an Amazon Echo

Wreckage of missing WWII ship found in Pacific Ocean

Researchers found the wreckage of a U.S. warship sunk by a Japanese torpedo during the final days of World War II, 18,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean Friday, Reuters reported. “I hope everyone connected to this historic ship will feel some measure of closure at this discovery so

Consumer Reports downgrades Microsoft’s Surface devices

The breakage rate for Microsoft’s Surface devices is significantly worse than for other manufacturers’ laptops and tablets, Consumer Reports said, adding that it was removing its “recommended” designation for Surface products. The non-profit publication surveyed 90,000 tablet and laptop owners and found that an estimated 25 percent of those with Microsoft

There’s a world championship for Excel spreadsheets

DUMFRIES, Va. — John Dumoulin has never really set foot in an office. He works part time at Chick-fil-a. But the 17-year-old from northern Virginia is the undisputed king of that bane to office workers everywhere — the spreadsheet. Dumoulin won an international competition on Microsoft Excel proficiency, earning $10,000 in

Microsoft is killing off Paint program after 32 years

Microsoft is giving its Paint program the brush off. The software company on Friday named Paint on a list of apps that are on the chopping block for future versions of Windows — alongside Outlook Express and Reader. The app was is labeled as “depreciated,” which means it’s “not in active development and

A Microsoft font could take down Pakistan’s government

Pakistan’s prime minister is embroiled in a corruption investigation and his fate — and that of his government — could rest on a humble Microsoft font. A Supreme Court probe into corruption allegations against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members found “significant disparity” between their declared wealth and known

Microsoft’s chatbots keep turning racist

If artificial intelligence is indeed the future, then Microsoft needs to be sent to the remedial boarding school upstate. Just one year after shuttering teen chatbot Tay because it became a racist Nazi, its new chatbot Zo has started making unprompted and worrying accusations about the Qur’an. Buzzfeed found that almost

Microsoft is ready to lay off thousands of employees

Microsoft is expected to announce a major reorganization on Wednesday — moves that may include pink slips for thousands of employees. The software giant will reorganize its global sales group as it re-tunes its business to focus on selling its Azure cloud-computing services and away from boxed software sales, according to

Microsoft is ready to lay off thousands of employees

Microsoft is expected to announce a major reorganization on Wednesday — moves that may include pink slips for thousands of employees. The software giant will reorganize its global sales group as it re-tunes its business to focus on selling its Azure cloud-computing services and away from boxed software sales, according to

Social media giants team up to combat terrorist content

Social media giants Facebook, Google’s YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft said on Monday they were forming a global working group to combine their efforts to remove terrorist content from their platforms. Responding to pressure from governments in Europe and the United States after a spate of militant attacks, the companies said they

The iPad’s biggest flaw: It’s too perfect

Some of the world’s biggest technology companies are facing an unusual and costly problem: their products are proving too good to replace. Sales of traditional tablet computers are falling and are tipped to drop further, even though their use and usefulness have never been higher. Apple and Microsoft are now planning a