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Microsoft is laying off a number of people and it seems the Research arm is no exception. The robotics research team has been let go over the weekend and the project is seemingly dead for now.
A Microsoft Research team has managed to transform cameras, including a regular webcam and a smartphone shooter, into depth-sensing, Kinect-like devices. It may be a glimpse into the near future.
Could you touch your screen to feel the texture of a shirt before you buy it? Could typing on a glass display really feel like a keyboard? Microsoft is working on bringing these experiences to life.
Microsoft Research has released a new app for Android devices called Climatology. Developed by environmental scientists at the company, it serves up climate information for any location on Earth.
Facebook conducted a study of 700,000 users' news feed posts in 2012 without notifying it was doing so. The study was for a research paper by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
Microsoft and three partners have been awarded $5m to fund research into fuel cells that, it is hoped, will lead to more energy-efficient datacenters - and many more applications in the wider world.
Scientists have been rapidly expanding their understanding of stem cell behaviour since they began to use Microsoft software, originally designed to eliminate bugs in Windows, in their research.
Researchers at the University of Akron have developed a novel method of making shatterproof screens which are not only much more flexible than earlier methods, but significantly cheaper too.
The BBC has announced that three matches from the World Cup will be streamed in Ultra High Definition as part of closed trials aimed at understanding the best way to deliver 4K content to the home.
Reasearchers from Microsoft and the University of Maryland are proposing a new version of Bitcoin. Called Permacoin, this digital currency would actually create value in the real world by storing data
A Japanese research team studying the NAND chips used in solid state drives has discovered a way to boost the speed of the devices by up to 300% with nothing more than a simple firmware update.
European researchers are working on a project that will allow future robots to communicate and share info between them. They'll also be able to offload most computing to the cloud and enslave us all.
Cautious internet users often invest a lot of time in generating a secure password, but does it pay off? Microsoft has developed a program that will determine how hackable your password really is.
Researchers from Microsoft and two universities have developed a 'smart bra' with embedded sensors that connects to a Windows Phone app, to explore ways to reduce stress-related 'emotional eating'.
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Devices running Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system are now more popular than the iPhone in Italy, as Microsoft's OS is growing rapidly in European markets, according to new research.
We're wondering how many of our users use a single monitor compared to those who use multiple screens to do their daily work. Do you think one is enough or is it the more the merrier?
Raijin was unveiled today at the National Computational Infrastructure, where it impressed with operation speeds of around 1.2 petaflops; it's currently Australia's fastest supercomputer.
In what has been officially described as 'company scaling', BlackBerry has further reduced the number of employees at its product testing unit in the corporate Washington headquarters.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have created a device that lets regular people control flying robots using only their brain and all without a neural implant.
Microsoft has released some more information on their prototype IllumiRoom technology, which can project a game's world onto the area around your TY, and it could be coming to the next Xbox
A new research paper from the University of Illinois describes a special kind of micro-battery that would offer incredible performance and could be recharged in only a few seconds.
The Chinese government has published a report that criticises Android, and suggests that Google has been discriminating against Chinese companies.
Microsoft Research, in cooperation with the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel, is working on a system to potentially divine the future from newspaper headlines and other sources.
New research shows that viewing pornography online negatively impacts our short term memories. While this is only one study, we... What were we going to say again?
Microsoft spent $9.8 billion on research and development in its fiscal 2012 year, nearly three times as much as Apple, which spent $3.4 billion on research and development for its fiscal 2012 year.
Somewhere in the San Francisco Bay area, there's a top secret Google research facility working on everything from robots to space elevators. This week's Trivia Tuesday takes a closer look at Google X.
Research firm Semiocast has revealed that only 27 percent of all Twitter users are active users. Additionally, only 75.4 percent of all public tweets came from Twitter's own products and services.
Do you have a Facebook account? New research suggests that if you don't, you may be more likely to commit violent crimes against humanity. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.
British researchers have developed a laser setup capable of erasing toner from a printed paper and enabling its reuse. The process works well for three times in a row at least.
Touchscreen technology has come a long way in recent years, making phones and tablets a joy to use. But Microsoft hopes to make touchscreens even better, by drastically improving their responsiveness.
When we had a quick hands-on with Research in Motion's PlayBook back in CES 2011, it looked really impressive. Smooth multitasking with a lightweight body, a dual core processor, and plenty of RAM - it...
Research has shown that those who frequently play computer games are less likely to go to university. The research, which was carried out by Oxford University, involved 17,000 participants born, all of who were born...
Windows Phone 7 has seen a wide array of apps written for it, from Foursquare to Facebook, but what about balloon tracking? Thanks to the University of Southampton, there's even an app for that now....
Living “off the grid” may become a bit more difficult in the future if Hagen Klauk’s research takes hold. Discovery News is reporting that the researcher has managed to place organic transistors on your cold,...
Microsoft announced on Monday that they have signed an agreement to help open a technology center in a small Moscow province called Skolkovo. Steve Ballmer signed the agreement believed to be a memorandum of understanding...
Microsoft may be set to completely redefine the mobile device keyboard experience. This new concept, spotted by Mary Jo Foley, is called RearType and provides a three row QWERTY keyboard configuration on the rear of a...
A report published by research company Nielsen claims that the main motive for consumers buying a PlayStation 3 is its Blu-ray capabilities, rather than gaming, although only by a small amount, Neowin has discovered via...
The many computer systems found within modern day cars are vulnerable to attack, according to a team of researchers from the University of California-San Diego and the University of Washington. Amongst other things, the researchers...
Gamers in the United States are reported to have spent a massive $25.3 billion on videos games during 2009, with used game sales and online sale models accounting for almost half of that figure, according...
The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office has awarded Microsoft a patent for its Songsmith technology. Songsmith was originally unveiled at CES 2009. The software generates musical accompaniment to match a singer's voice. Just choose a musical...
Sure, we've seen plenty of multi-touch implementations on the Microsoft Surface and other Microsoft projects (read Courier), but this one, brought to our attention by Long Zheng of iStartedSomething, breathes new life into the already...
Microsoft has unveiled a new realistic painting-system prototype this week at the employee only TechFest conference. Dubbed "Project Gustav", the new prototype allows users to take advantage of modern GPUs, multitouch hardware and tablet input technology...
Microsoft has shown off a system dubbed "Mobile Surface" which links a mobile phone to a camera and projector. The system lets users interact with a projected screen by hand movements. Todd Bishop at TechFlash,...
New Scientist is reporting that Microsoft's Cairo, Egypt lab has a created a way to combine cell phone videos of the same scene, from multiple sources, into a single video; and they can do it...
Staple student reference site Wikipedia has come under some hard times recently. The English language version of the site is crying out for $7.5 million USD worth of support to keep the site up and...
In a move to curb the alarmingly high rate of youth depression and suicide, social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace and Twitter could be scanned for signs of "at risk" behaviour. Researchers at New...
A survey published by online charity YouthNet, has found that 75 percent of 16-to-24 year-olds feel that they "couldn't live" without the Internet. The report also found that 82 percent would look online for advice...
A study looking at the quality of broadband across 66 countries worldwide has found that only nine countries are ready for future demand, with two-thirds meeting the criteria for today's requirements only. The study placed...