Microsoft Embraces Right to Repair

Activist shareholders have convinced Microsoft to dramatically expand its “Right to Repair” efforts by the end of 2022. “This is an encouraging step by Microsoft to respond to the upswell of federal and state activity in the right to repair movement,” says Kelly McBee of As You Sow, which describes…

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Google Pushes Sustainability in Maps, Nest, and Flights

Google has unveiled a new push in its sustainability initiative and has updated services like Maps, Nest, and Flights to support these efforts. “Today we’re sharing several new ways people can use Google’s products to make sustainable choices,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai writes in the announcement post. “Among them, we’re…

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Twitch Suffers from Massive Leak

According to a report, Amazon’s Twitch gaming service has been hacked, with the attacker leaking the service’s source code and user payout details. The attacker posted a 125 GB torrent to 4chan forum site, stating that they wanted to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space,”…

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Microsoft Announces Office 2021

Microsoft has announced Office 2021, the non-subscription version of its office productivity suite that will launch alongside Windows 11 on October 5. “Microsoft 365 is the best way to get access to the latest apps and features that help you stay productive, protected, and connected,” Microsoft corporate vice president Liat…

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Microsoft Brings Dolby Vision to Xbox Series X|S

Microsoft announced today that Dolby Vision capabilities are now enabled on Xbox Series X|S and support over 100 games. “Starting today, gamers with compatible Dolby Vision-enabled TVs will be able to enjoy full-spectrum visuals with the rollout of Dolby Vision gaming on Xbox Series X|S,” Microsoft’s Katie Slattery writes. “With…

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Microsoft Announces Coming Skype Features

In an unexpected twist, Microsoft announced today that it is planning several new features for Skype, its consumer communications platform. What’s so unexpected about that, you ask? Well, Microsoft has been planning to kill off Skype in lieu of Microsoft Teams for years. But now it says that Skype is…

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Microsoft Brings New Phone Features to Teams

Microsoft Teams is getting several new phone-related features for Microsoft 365 commercial customers, which the firm says builds towards its vision for the future of calling. “One-to-one calls are a critical way to get work done [and] nearly 80 million users in over 180 countries rely on Microsoft Teams Phone…

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Google Pixel Buds A-Series Mini-Review

I’ve only had the Google Pixel Buds A-Series earbuds for a week, but I can already see that they’re excellent … and that they just don’t meet my needs. So I’ll be returning them, as soon as today. But don’t let that stop you: If you’re a Pixel fan, love…

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Office LTSC is Now Available

Microsoft announced today that Office Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) for commercial customers on Windows and macOS. Office LTSC is a so-called “perpetual” version of Office, meaning that commercial customers can license it outright on a per-PC basis and use it for its five years of support without getting any…

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