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Quantum computers ready to leap out of the lab in 2017
Google, Microsoft and a host of labs and start-ups are racing to turn scientific curiosities into working machines.

Quantum computing has long seemed like one of those technologies that are 20 years away, and always will be. But 2017 could be the year that the field sheds its research-only image.

Computing giants Google and Microsoft recently hired a host of leading lights, and have set challenging goals for this year. Their ambition reflects a broader transition taking place at start-ups and academic research labs alike: to move from pure science towards engineering.

“People are really building things,” says Christopher Monroe, a physicist at the University of Maryland in College Park who co-founded the start-up IonQ in 2015. “I’ve never seen anything like that. It’s no longer just research.”

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A Mega Bloks Halo game was in the works as recently as 2013, but Microsoft cancelled it.

I would literally buy fifteen copies of this…

I’m seeing a ton of people with legitimate bias against Nintendo pop up since the Switch presentation and it’s super weird

Not even people who are cautious about the system or price or just don’t enjoy Nintendo games or something, but people who scream ‘NINTENDOOMED” over every announcement the company like they’ve been personally slighted or hate games without even seeing info on them first

I though we were all past this after 7th gen

Microsoft is bringing Cortana to the Android lock screen
Microsoft recently overhauled the user interface of Cortana on Android, but the company has more plans for the digital assistant. The software maker is currently testing out a new way to access Cortana from the Android lock screen, with just a swipe. It’s a new feature that’s clearly designed to replace Google’s own quick access, and to convince Android users to switch to Cortana. Read more

I recently got myself a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and this is the first drawing I did on it! This picture isn’t done at all, so it’s only a little sneak peak. This is also not a stand alone picture, but a series I’ve been wanting to do for a while :) 

Microsoft's Future Vision is probably actually going to happen.

So, with Microsoft’s recent announcement of Project HoloLens, this got me thinking about how we usually see holograms in sci-fi stories as these floating projections of static light. The technology required to build actual projections like that seems complicated or even impossible to replicate (sanely and safely) just like how they appear in the movies. When you see how the concept behind HoloLens works, it seems much more plausible to believe the underlaying technology will improve to the point of becoming a simple, widely available optical implant that adds these “projections” through augmented reality, that we can all see together.

Above: What HoloLens is pretty much actually going to be like.

In 2011, Microsoft released a concept video “Vision of the future, 2050.” If you really think about the applications of HoloLens being used as a kind of implant, suddenly EVERYTHING going on in that video makes complete sense. From the signage, to the small nondescript “phone” device, to the magical newpaper at the end — they’re all augmented reality graphics. IT ALL SEEMS SO OBVIOUS NOW, AND TOTALLY POSSIBLE.

Above: the concept Microsoft came up with in 2011. Th… They were serious about this.

This device: a super advanced phone? Or a simple white plastic slate that HoloLens projects images cleanly onto that only you and other approved people can see? HMMMM.

The goggles they created today are a first step, but 30 or 40 years from now? Damn, can’t wait.

Microsoft to address latest Windows 10 privacy concerns with Creators Update
Windows 10 has faced a growing number of privacy concerns in recent months. While Microsoft has responded to some previously, the latest criticism came from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, accusing the software maker of sending an “unprecedented amount of usage data” back to the company with Windows 10. Microsoft is now hoping to quell some of these fears with several changes to its privacy controls in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. Read more