skype

tech-power

Working on Microsoft’s Cortana Is Laborious and Poorly Paid

Leaked documents show that Microsoft’s contractors are paid between $12 and $14 an hour and are asked to transcribe as many as 200 audio clips per hour to train the Cortana virtual assistant.
Joseph Cox
8.14.19
security

Microsoft Admits Humans Listen to Skype and Cortana in Privacy Policy Update

The change comes after Motherboard found that Microsoft hired contractors to listen to some Skype phone calls.
Joseph Cox
8.14.19
security

Revealed: Microsoft Contractors Are Listening to Some Skype Calls

Documents, screenshots, and audio obtained by Motherboard show that humans listen to Skype calls made using the app's translation function.
Joseph Cox
8.7.19
skype

I Tried Skype’s New 50-Person Video Calling Feature, My Personal Hell

Skype's conferencing feature now allows double the participants, so I tested it out.
Samantha Cole
4.8.19
Martian Skynet

Astronauts in Orbit Around Alien Planets Should Explore Surfaces With Robots and VR

“The historical presumption is that exploration means ‘boots on the ground.’ But we’ve gone way beyond that.”
Becky Ferreira
6.21.17
extremism

How an 18-year-old gamer went from neo-Nazi to Muslim to alleged killer

Elspeth Reeve
5.25.17
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Anthony Weiner Allegedly Sexted a 15-Year-Old High School Student, Too

"He had some rape fantasies," the unnamed teen said.
VICE Staff
9.21.16
future

This Silicon Valley Billionaire Wants to Give Us All Robot Bodies

My surreal meeting with robotics pioneer Scott Hassan.
Mark Mann
5.9.16
Motherboard Blog

Bots, Windows, and Xbox Star at Microsoft’s Big Developer Conference

Like Apple’s WWDC, Microsoft uses its Build conference to lay out its vision for the year.
Nicholas Deleon
3.30.16
microsoft

Holoportation is a Great Way to Give Awkward High Fives

Holoportation is a pretty amazing technology, but you probably won’t be able to use it any time soon.
Daniel Oberhaus
3.26.16
Interviews

All You Need Is <3: An Interview with Paul McCartney About His Emojis

We talked to the legend about his new project scoring "Love Mojis" with Skype, working with Kanye West, and the process of writing a song.
Eric Sundermann
2.10.16
gun control

Join our Skype Group Chat about Gun Control

Join VICE News for a Skype Group Chat about gun control, this Thursday at 7pm ET.
VICE News
1.12.16
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