Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note8 is now available from the Microsoft Store too

Microsoft likes to sell Samsung’s high-end smartphones in its online store for some reason. Not long ago we saw the Galaxy S8 and S8+ becoming available to purchase from the Microsoft Store, and today the Galaxy Note8 has joined them. Unlike the S-series devices, which can also be bought for use with carrier plans, the Note8 is only being offered in unlocked form. Oh, and it’s not cheap at all. Each unit will set you back $ 929.99. On the other hand, if you don’t mind going the carrier route and using monthly installments to pay for the Galaxy Note8, there are much better offers to be…

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Amazon joins Facebook and Microsoft in support of open-source AI platform

Amazon yesterday announced its ONNX-MXNet package to import Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) deep learning models into Apache MXNet, signifying the company is on-board with Facebook and Microsoft in efforts to open-source AI. With the ONNX-MXNet Python package, developers running models based on open-source ONNX will be able to run them on Apache MXNet. Basically, this allows AI developers to keep models but switch networks, as opposed to starting from scratch. If you can imagine a thousand start ups and another thousand universities all creating at the bleeding edge of machine learning technology, but unable to share work due to…

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Microsoft unveils big Xbox One game discounts for Black Friday

Microsoft revealed earlier this week that it’s cutting the Xbox One S price to its lowest point of $ 189 for Black Friday, and now it’s discounting games to match. Xbox Live Gold members can get early access to the deals, with a range of games seeing discounts up to 65 percent.

New games like Call of Duty: WW2, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus are all on offer, alongside recent titles like Destiny 2 and Fifa 18. The discounts are ideal if you’ve just purchased a new Xbox One X, or if you’re planning to gift games to friends over the holidays. You can find the full list of deals over at Major Nelson’s site.

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Microsoft is building a new version of Skype for tutors and consultants

Microsoft is prepping to preview Skype Professional Account, which will make it easier for people who provide training, tutoring, consulting and counseling sessions via video chat to run their services – for free. The new version will include tools to schedule sessions, add notes for individual clients, and receive payments through the app. Microsoft also notes that it’ll help customers discover your brand, but hasn’t yet elaborated on how that might work. That’s handy, because most people who offer training or consult via video now have to use a bunch of unconnected apps to manage their businesses. If Microsoft plays…

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Microsoft adds AI-powered LinkedIn resume assistant to Word

We're starting to see more results from Microsoft acquiring LinkedIn last year, like the new employment information features brought over to Outlook.com members. Now the company that build Office is bringing AI to your job search with a new LinkedIn-…
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