Pay-per-view could get more literal

Want to hit rewind and replay that great sporting moment again? Gonna cost ya. Trying to fast forward through commercials? Pay up buddy. That’s the world we could be living in if a recently-published Microsoft patented technology becomes adopted by cable firms. Entitled “Control-based content pricing”, the heart of the concept is that a “content […]

Auto-translation gets more personal

Microsoft believes it has taken automatic speech translation to the next step: using something close to your own voice rather than what sounds like a robot. There have been several developments in speech recognition and translation in recent years, most notably Google’s translation app on Android that can allow two people who speak different languages […]