Microsoft and Google Among Potential Twitter Bidders

Background Audio and Cross Platform Development with Xamarin (App Dev on Xbox series). Microsoft's facial recognition API integrated in to a porn site.

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News of Twitter's possible selling out business started doing rounds for a littlle over 24 hours now. So, far according to reports the potential buyers of the microblogging platform such as Google, Salesforce, Verizon, and Microsoft said to be in the race.

The reports circulating on the net reveals that potential bidders are mostly interested in the deal becuase of the "user data that Twitter generates," as well as its "stake as a media company."

Although, just a rumor for the time being, Microsoft, who has just few months ago purchased LinkedIn for $26.2 billion, is very likely to give up the negotiations becuase of the hight estimated cost of the deal. What we're hearing as of now is that, Microsoft think Twitter is not worth more than a $30 billion, and likely to avoid the mistake it comitted when buying LinkedI. Microsoft has already been criticized for paying too much for LinkedIn.

For the moment now, it seems Microsoft is very likely will go and buy Twitter. However, so, far none of the companies involved has issued any official statements regarding the matter.

In other news, Microsoft is dropping the existing Windows Phone version of its HealthVault app and seemingly has no plans to develop a version for Wndows 10 Mobile.

In this matter, company in September 22 email sent out to existing Windows Phone HealthVault users revealed that is ending support "due to compatibility problems". The email states:

"We're reaching out because you are a user of the Microsoft HealthVault app for Windows Phone. Recently, we have seen some issues with the app due to compatibility problems. We want to continue to provide a reliable HealthVault experience for Windows Phone, which we believe will be best delivered through the HealthVault website. We will therefore be ending our support for the app and removing it from the Windows Phone Store."

Also, it;s reported that Microsoft is aiming to open beta testing of its "Skype Teams" service (its intended Slack competitor) by November followed by a full release scheduled for a January 2017.

In terms of initial platform availability, it's reported that Skype Teams will be made available to the Enterprise E3 plan (or higher) of Office 365 business customers. The primary benefit for these customers would be in the form reduced licensing costs.

Multi-platform support is also on the cards for Skype Teams with planned desktop clients including Windows and macOS. In addition iOS, Android and Windows 10 Mobile are planned for mobile support.

Notably, given the fact that Slackware support Ubuntu, Debian, and Fedora distributions of Linux, it's absent from the given list.

We recently let you know about a new extension for Microsoft Edge that's slowly making its way to the Windows Store, specifically the Turn of the Lights extension making its way from Chrome that makes viewing video more pleasant.

In a tweet, the Edge development team at Microsoft announced about a few Edge extensions that they're working on and will soon be available in Windows Insider.

The new extension such as uBlock Origin, Ghostery, & Turn Off the Lights are heading soon to Microsoft Edge.

uBlock Origin is an ad blocker that is currently available for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.

And, Ghostery gives you the control to make informed decisions about the personal data you share with the trackers on the sites you visit. It's available on Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Opera.

Soon after fixing the Simplo battery issue in Surface Pro 3 via a firmware update, the LGC batteries began to show issues too. Microsoft acknowleding the issue suggests it's not due to the firmware that fixed the Simplo battery:

"We are aware of a battery issue that is affecting a limited number of Surface Pro 3 users. We can confirm that the issue affecting these customers was not caused by the software updates issued on August 29th. Our team is actively looking in to the issue to determine the cause and identify a fix. We will post an update as soon as we have more information to share," Microsoft stated.

In a latest post, Windows dev team dive deep into the new background model in the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), with a focus on how to enable "your application to continue playing audio in the background across Windows 10 devices, including Xbox One."

In addition, the also walks us through "how they built Backdrop to be a cross platform application by using Xamarin to share code between Windows 10 and AppleTV."

The source code for the application is available now on GitHub. Interested, you can follow this guidance here.

Finally, Belgium based Megacams.me, part of porn industry just released facial recognition feature on its site with the use of Microsoft's Cognitive Services.

Using this features, the site is encouraging its members to upload pictures of someone that they know or idolize to find their perfect fantasy performer. After you submit a photo, using the algorithms, you are provided a list of models that shows the percentage of likeness (higher, the better).

Microsoft facial recognition API is free for the first 30,000 searches, and it costs a measly $1.50 per 1,000 transactions thereafter.