Tag: Microsoft

Microsoft Moves to Eliminate Passwords with Edge WebAuthn Logins

Microsoft Moves to Eliminate Passwords with Edge WebAuthn Logins

Microsoft revealed this week that it will be including a new and exclusive Windows Hello authentication feature in its Edge browser in the latest Windows 10 Redstone 5 Fast Ring preview. WebAuthn, a W3C specification that allows users to sign in to websites using just a security key similar to Yubikey, is expected to give Edge users a faster and easier sign in experience to their frequently visited sites. Microsoft says that Hello will allows users to authenticate on any Windows 10 device, using biometrics instead of passwords. Users can also login to sites that support Web Authentication in seconds, […]

US Tech Giants Join to Improve Data Mobility

US Tech Giants Join to Improve Data Mobility

It was announced this week that Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter have joined in an open-source initiative that would help consumers transfer data in and out of participating platforms and services. The Data Transfer Project, which is built on Facebook’s tool launched earlier this year, will also reduce the infrastructure burden on both service providers and users. This should improve the data portability ecosystem which in turn will increase the number of services offering portability. According to the project’s website, it will help users choose among services that facilitate competition, empower individuals to try new services, and allow them to […]

Microsoft Blocks Russian Hacking Attempts at 2018 Midterm Elections

Microsoft Blocks Russian Hacking Attempts at 2018 Midterm Elections

Microsoft revealed this week that it was able to block a Russian hacker from interfering with the 2018 midterm elections in the US. Tom Burt, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Customer Security and Trust, additionally revealed that the hackers attempted to phish three election candidates. However, he said that the scale of the hacking attempts were not comparable to that of 2016. Burt explained that the attackers have yet to infiltrate think tanks and academia, but it does not mean that that they would not try to do so in the future. Source: Bleeping Computer

Tech Giants Hunt for New Talent in Cambridge

Tech Giants Hunt for New Talent in Cambridge

Silicon Valley’s tech giants are reportedly taking their talent hunt to Cambridge, England where they are snapping up engineers and researchers, particularly those working in the fields of artificial intelligence. It is said that the arrival of firms such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple will provide a much needed boost to the British economy which had been hurt by its departure from the European Union. British secretary of state Matthew Hancock, who also oversees digital policy, says that while they welcome the tech giants, they are working to ensure that the next generation of companies are built in Cambridge. […]

EU Copyright Directive Draws Criticisms from Internet Luminaries, Lawmakers

EU Copyright Directive Draws Criticisms from Internet Luminaries, Lawmakers

Several lawmakers and key figures in the tech industry voiced their criticisms this week against Europe’s copyright reforms which may compel companies such as Google and Microsoft to pay publishers and take on liability for internet content. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said that mandatory upload filters could become the basis for further invasive monitoring of all internet content, while new types of exclusive rights may discourage people from sharing content online. Wales, along with World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, net neutrality expert Tim Wu and internet pioneer Vint Cerf had already written a letter to Parliament president Antonio Tajani […]

Tech Firm Consortium Laud Progress on Blocking Terrorist Content

Tech Firm Consortium Laud Progress on Blocking Terrorist Content

The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), which is a consortium of leading tech firms and governments, said this week that it was exceeding its targets in preventing terrorist content online. In a meeting last Friday, the group reported that 88,000 “hashes”, which are digital fingerprints used to identify content, of terrorism-related content had been added to the coalition’s shared database. Twitter also revealed that it has developed a database of web addresses that it has blocked on its own network which has been made available to other coalition members. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter are some of the […]

Microsoft, Google Researchers Discover New Chip Flaws

Microsoft, Google Researchers Discover New Chip Flaws

Cybersecurity researchers from Google and Microsoft announced this week a new chip bug called Speculative Store Bypass or “Variant 4” which is related to the Spectre and Meltdown flaws discovered in January. The bug, which was given a low risk rating by the researchers, is said to affect a broad swatch of chips from Intel, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), and ARM Holdings. It carries with it a vulnerability that may allow attackers to access passwords and other sensitive data on chips, but the probability of such attack is highly unlikely. Patches have already been made available from both manufacturers and […]

Microsoft Buys Startup to Boost Conversational AI Technology

Microsoft Buys Startup to Boost Conversational AI Technology

Microsoft had recently bought a startup called Semantic Machines which specializes in using machine-learning to add context to conversations with chatbots. It is said that the acquisition could mean that the software giant is looking to boost the development of its conversational AI and extend the boundaries of what is possible in language interfaces. According to David Ku, chief technology officer at Microsoft AI and Research, the company is looking to combine its own AI advances with Semantic Machines’ technology to achieve a powerful, natural and more productive user experience that will take conversational computing to a new level.   […]

White House to Discuss AI with Tech Companies

White House to Discuss AI with Tech Companies

The White House is set to meet with major US tech companies such as Facebook and Google, along with senior government officials to discuss the future of artificial intelligence in the country. Companies from various industries including Intel, Ford, Boeing, Mastercard, Microsoft, Accenture, IBM, and General Electric are expected to participate in the day-long event. A White House spokesperson said that AI is quickly transforming every segment of industry in the US. Meanwhile, Information Technology Industry Council chief Dean Garfield assured that the tech sector is committed to ensuring that the transformative technology will benefit all Americans.   Source: Reuters

Major Tech Companies Sign Cybersecurity Tech Accord

Major Tech Companies Sign Cybersecurity Tech Accord

At the recently held RSA conference, 34 tech firms including Microsoft, Facebook, Cisco, and SAP have signed an agreement called the Cybersecurity Tech Accord where they vowed to protect users from cybersecurity threats and not participate in any government-supported cyber attacks. Those who have signed the accord are required to commit to four pillars: 1. Building stronger defenses to protect all internet users around the globe. 2. Oppose any offensive cyber attacks. 3. Empower people, businesses and developers. 4. Work together and with other private and public sector partners to mitigate threats. Microsoft President Brad Smith emphasized that the wave […]