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How a robo-trap zeroes in on Zika mosquitoes

BOSTON – Microsoft’s robotic mosquito trap is so smart it can tell one insect species from another – and that’s good news for scientists fighting the Zika virus, dengue fever and other mosquito-borne maladies. It can also tell if you’re buzzing … Continue reading

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Scientists use bands and Bing for sleep study

It may not be surprising that lack of sleep leaves you less sharp, but researchers have now quantified the effect with a surprisingly large sample: More than 30,000 people who wear Microsoft’s fitness bands and use Microsoft’s Bing search engine. … Continue reading

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Microsoft’s HoloLens joins the military

Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented-reality headsets have been used to fight video-game aliens in space, but now they’ve been enlisted for wargames on Earth as well. The HoloLens system was incorporated into a platform known as the Augmented Immersive Team Trainer that lets … Continue reading

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Microsoft’s CEO sees AI’s down side for jobs

Experts on employment trends have long raised concerns about how job markets are being disrupted so quickly by artificial intelligence and automation are disrupting the job market, and now it sounds as if Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella shares those concerns. … Continue reading

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How augmented reality can find your keys

Microsoft expects its HoloLens augmented-reality headset to guide you through complicated tasks in the workplace, but someday you could also use it around the house to find misplaced items, play games – and even watch movies on a virtual big screen. … Continue reading

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Microsoft’s chatbot makes MIT’s worst-tech list

Tay, the Microsoft chatbot that pranksters trained to spew racist comments, has joined the likes of the Apple Watch and the fire-prone Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on MIT Technology Review’s list of 2016’s biggest technology failures. Tay had its … Continue reading

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Microsoft bets big on quantum computers

Microsoft says it’s moving ahead from just talking about quantum computing to building an actual quantum computer, based on the physics that won a Nobel Prize this year. The project will be headed by longtime Microsoft executive Todd Holmdahl, who … Continue reading

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