“Microsoft Monday” takes a look back at the past week of news related to Microsoft. This week, “Microsoft Monday” includes details about the new Murphy bot, new Office for iPhone features, a freezing issue caused by the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on SSDs, a $ 200,000 reward being offered to prove MS-DOS code was stolen, a rumor about three new Surface AIOs, a change in Windows support policies and more! Meet Microsoft’s New Murphy Bot Microsoft has recently released a new chat bot called “Project Murphy.” Project Murphy is available on Skype, Facebook Messenger, Telegram and it will be headed for Kik and Slack soon. What does Murphy Bot do? Murphy generates images based on what-if scenarios that you provide it with. For example, I asked Murphy Bot what Bill Gates would look like with a beard. Here is the outcome:
It’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update day!
Sure, news of a war between Instagram and Snapchat and a sexy new Samsung flagship device may have pushed aside this momentous occasion. But for the hundreds of millions of people already running Windows 10, this is kind of a big deal.
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update cleans up and reorganizes the operating system, extends Cortana’s reach and intelligence, adds extensions to Microsoft Edge and introduces us to Windows Ink. For all the details and why you want this upgrade, read my review. Read more…
Apple has fired back after Spotify took the company to task for rejecting an app update.
In a letter sent by Apple’s top lawyer, the Cupertino company accuses the music streaming platform of asking for special treatment while blasting it for “rumors and half-truths.”
In the letter, first reported by BuzzFeed, Apple’s General Counsel Bruce Sewell notes that Spotify has “benefited enormously” from Apple’s App Store and asks the company to update its app to bring it in line with the App Store’s developer guidelines. Read more…
Apple has moved some of its iCloud and services data from Amazon Web Services to Google’s cloud platform, in what is seen as a bid by the iPhone maker to diversify its cloud service providers, according to reports.
The move comes even as the company is building its own new data centers, leading to speculation whether the shift is only temporary.
Google is a rival of Apple in smartphones and other devices, but such deals are common among tech companies in areas where they don’t compete.
After signing the deal with Google late last year, Apple has significantly reduced its reliance on AWS, whose infrastructure it has been using to run parts of iCloud and other services, reported CRN, quoting sources with knowledge of the matter. The publication put Apple’s spending with Google at between $ 400 million and $ 600 million, though it added it wasn’t clear whether the figures referred to an annual spending rate or a set amount of capacity.
Facebook is down for many users around the world, according to DownDetector.co.uk and reports on Twitter. It’s the second outage within a week for the social network, and many people are unable to log in and view those critical status messages, Pages and other updates. These problems don’t tend to last too long, but we’ve asked Facebook for a statement on the situation and will update here when normal service resumes. Until then, go fly a kite or something. Update: An intermittent service is coming back for some users but the site still isn’t back to normal. Some users are also still…
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If you’re planning on buying or receiving a new iPhone 6s tomorrow, you will be asked to upgrade the operating system on the device immediately.
Apple has released a special version of iOS 9.0.1 that’s specifically aimed at the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The OS version was pushed out to the public yesterday, but, oddly, that version didn’t include support for the new phones.
The iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus will ship with iOS 9.0.
The update is nothing major. It fixes a couple of bugs, including a “Slide to Upgrade” dialog problem that was preventing some users from upgrading to iOS 9. The update also fixes an issue that caused some paused video images in Safari and Photo to appear distorted, and another that cause some alarms and alerts not to sound.
Hat tip: Mac Rumors