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All posts tagged "Microsoft"

  • New Amnesty International report links Apple, Microsoft, Samsung to child labour in mines in DRC, Africa

    Ever wondered how your smartphone is assembled and where all the minerals that make up its tiny component pieces come from? Not many people do, but a new report suggests that maybe you ought to. The report, published by Amnesty International, claims that Cobalt mined by child labourers in the Democratic Republic of Congo is being used by companies such as Apple, Samsung and Microsoft as well as auto manufacturers like Volkswagen and Daimler AG. Mark Dummett, Business & Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International, said “Millions of people enjoy the benefits of new technologies but rarely ask...

  • Microsoft acquires technology assets from Event Zero to enhance Skype for Business Online

    Microsoft on Wednesday announced, that it has acquired technology assets underlying the UC Commander product suite from Event Zero, a company that currently provides management software for Skype for Business Online, for an undisclosed amount. The UC Commander product suite includes management, reporting and analytics technology. The company adds that the acquisition will allow it to expand and improve the built-in management tools for Skype for Business and shows its commitment to deliver a complete, enterprise-grade communications solution at global scale with Office 365. Read more: Attempts to regulate WhatsApp, other OTTs could get ludicrous "Our goal is to make the...

  • Windows 10 is now running on over 200 million devices

    Windows 10 has been installed on over 200 million devices within six months of its launch, Microsoft announced. When Windows 10 launched on 29 June 2015, within 24 hours it was running on more than 14-million devices and four weeks later, it was on more than 75-million devices. "Windows 10 adoption is accelerating, with more than 40% of new Windows 10 devices becoming active since Black Friday," notes Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft's senior VP. Read more: Microsoft’s big ad strategy for Windows 10? Babies The latest Windows version also has the fastest adoption rate. It has beaten Windows 7 by nearly 140% and Windows...

  • Microsoft to merge calendar app Sunrise with Outlook

    Microsoft has finally revealed its plans for Sunrise, the calendar app it acquired in February this year for US$100 million. Microsoft is going to integrate Sunrise into its email service Outlook, after which it will shut Sunrise down. At the time of the acquisition, Sunrise said that it would remain a standalone app and that being acquired by Microsoft would allow it to focus on two things: building an amazing team of designers and engineers, and to build the best product to help users manage time and remain free and available. Though the Sunrise app will remain available for download on...

  • Weekly Round Up #38: Microsoft event, Reddit’s Upvoted, Impact Investing and Samsung Note 5 prices

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, our charismatic host, was away at the Tech4Africa event, and so hosting this week's round up is Gearburn Editor Andy Walker, joining him is Jacques Coetzee, Graham van de Made and the new guy, Nick Thomson, the Sales Manager. The team discusses the Microsoft event, Reddit's new site, Upvoted, Impact Investing and Samsung Note 5 Vodacom prices. Earlier this week, Microsoft, the Redmond based tech company, had its event in which it launched some exciting gadgets....

  • Will the Surface replace laptops or fizzle out as another fad?

    Over the years, we've seen several technology fads come and go, such as the netbook. With the top consumer tech companies all announcing Surface devices, will these be our latest tech fad? Let's face it, the real technological fad right now is that of wearables. This buzzword is everywhere and every company is trying to capitalise on creating watch-like peripherals packed with sub-par features. Wearables have been touted as devices that will change our lives forever, but in truth people want self-lacing shoes or instant drying jackets. At least we're not all walking around with Google Glasses, right? Surfaces, on the other...

  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL launched, runs full Windows 10 and starts at $649

    There are few things that sell less impressively than wet paper bags in the smartphone world: BlackBerrys, and Microsoft Lumia devices, but the latest device from Redmond will look to change the latter’s credentials. The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL was previously leaked, and leaked again, but now that its parent company has finally announced its existence, it looks a sharply impressive package.

  • Tech brands dominate the top 10 spots in Interbrand global brands list

    Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy firm, puts together an annual best global brands report, in which it details the 100 most valuable brands in the world. The 2015 list is out and tech brands are dominating the top ten, occupying more than half of the top ten spots. Apple and Google continue to dominate the top spots in the list. Apple is the most valued brand at $170.276 billion, a brand value increase of 43 percent from the previous year, whilst Google is estimated to be worth US$120.314-billion, with 12% brand value increase. The other tech brands in...

  • Skype voice translator finally starts rolling-out to Windows users

    On the back of experiencing some down time last week, online communication service Skype now has real-time voice translation for all Windows PC and tablet users. The ground-breaking feature -- which we first saw during a preview last year -- can translate voice languages English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish, as well as 50 messaging languages, in real-time. "It has been a long-time dream at Skype to break down language barriers and bring everyone across the globe closer together," Skype writes in the blog announcement, adding that hundreds of thousands of people have already been testing the app since December...

  • Skype ‘working on a fix’ as communication service faces worldwide outage [Update]

    Update: Skype is back up. Just a day after Amazon Web Services issues forced popular internet platforms like Netflix, Product Hunt, Medium, SocialFlow and Buffer to go offline, Microsoft's popular voice and video chat service Skype has gone down as well. Although, Skype Support has tweeted that it's "aware of an issue affecting Skype status", the problem seems to be affecting most of the service's features: We are aware of an issue affecting Skype status at the moment, and are working on a quick fix: http://t.co/ymSzmrgEX0 pic.twitter.com/8LoqqL0hh7— Skype Support (@SkypeSupport) September 21, 2015 It appears that people from around the world using...

  • Microsoft executive makes first appearance at Apple conference

    On Wednesday, Apple hosted its annual conference showing off everything iOS related. Amongst the yearly hardware refreshes, software updates, and new products, several companies showed off their applications on the devices, one of them being a fierce Apple competitor. During the Apple Pencil segment of the event, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Office 365 Client Apps and Services Team, Kirk Koenigsbauer, took to the stage to show off Office 365 on iPad. Koenigsbauer demonstrated the office suit taking advantage of the Pencil and iPad Pro while running and manipulating PowerPoint and other documents. Microsoft has long had a rivalry with Apple,...

  • Microsoft’s Cortana now available on Android in public beta

    First announced in May this year, Microsoft has finally launched Cortana for Android devices in public beta. Some of the digital assistant's features include searching the web by voice command, setting reminders and alarms, making calls by voice and voice texting. Similar to Apple's Siri and Google Now, Cortana also gets to know the user over time by keeping track of their interests and providing them with relevant content. Read more: Microsoft’s Cortana whips Apple’s Siri in this new Windows Phone ad Microsoft says that since it launched the closed beta, it has made several improvements. Some of these include the ability to...

  • Weekly Round Up #30: Geek Crate, Gamescom, 3D printing and Drone racing

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Jacques Coetzee, Andy Walker and Graham Van Der Made geek out about Gamescom, 3D printing, Drone competitions and an actual subscription service for geek merchandise. Ventureburn looks at a new ecommerce company in South Africa called Geek Crate, which sends you a monthly crate of all things geek, from comic books to actual toys. The team debates how the startup will satisfy its picky customers. Getting a car fixed is not a small matter, worse if the car needs to...

  • Microsoft changes Outlook web app name, revamps it with new features

    Microsoft has revamped its Outlook Web App, changing its name and introducing new features. It will now be called Outlook On The Web. In addition to a host of new features to Outlook On The Web Microsoft says it's also rolling out an improved user interface. The UI has been tweaked to now have the email subject line larger, and reading messages has been optimised for easy reading. Amongst the changes is a new action toolbar that provides quick access to clearing out the inbox, replying to an email, or adding an event to the calendar. New Tools for Inbox Microsoft...

  • Windows 10 first impressions: what Gearburn thinks of Microsoft’s new baby

    We may be soulless journalists, but that doesn’t mean a software release has no bearing on our lives. As a squad of Windows users (except for one or two in this office), we expect to receive the best user experience constantly. The operating system we use daily doesn’t only affect our productivity, but our sanity.