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Apple Patent Reveals Siri-Assisted iMessage P2P Payments Platform

Posted on November 17th, 2016.

Apple has filed a patent application for a “virtual assistant in a communication session.” On first glance, application 14/713,410 might scare developers of chat bots and the like, but Apple is specific in the scope of their claims – Siri, their virtual assistant platform, will be able to directly communicate with either user in an...

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Companies

Microsoft Joins Linux Foundation, Bets on Open Cloud Computing

Posted on November 17th, 2016.

Only a few years ago the idea that Microsoft could actively promote Linux and join the Linux Foundation would have sounded like science fiction, but that’s exactly what happens now: Microsoft is joining the Linux Foundation as a Platinum member.

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Biotech

Silicon Valley’s War on Disease: Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Google to End Cancer and Aging

Posted on September 22nd, 2016.

Silicon Valley is going to war against disease, cancer, aging, and perhaps even death, with advanced computing, AI and machine learning, genomics, DNA engineering, biotech and nanotech. Tech giants and mega-rich philanthropists are spending billions to permit hacking biology all the way down to DNA, and perhaps we could see breakthroughs...

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Cybersecurity

Microsoft Shuts Down Controversial Windows 10 Feature

Posted on May 11th, 2016.

 Microsoft is killing a controversial feature introduced in Windows 10 that enabled users to share Wi-Fi login information with contacts, automatically. When Windows 10 was introduced, a feature called Wi-Fi Sense was borrowed from the mobile operating system used for the Windows Phone to be included into the popular PC operating system....

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Breaches

Microsoft Sues the U.S. Government over Customer Privacy

Posted on April 16th, 2016.

Microsoft has sued the U.S. government for the right to advise customers when a federal agency is looking at their emails, claiming the government is violating the law by not allowing Microsoft to notify its customers, according to Reuters. The suit, filed in federal court in Seattle, Wash., marks the latest in a series of clashes about...

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Gaming

Gaming Master-Hack: A Day When Xbox, PlayStation & Windows Play Together

Posted on March 14th, 2016.

Microsoft has unveiled a massive new feature that could help shape a common domain across the major shaping platforms including consoles and PC gaming with cross-network play. Could console wars be a thing of the past? One day in the future, you may not be forced to buy a console just because your friends are on a PlayStation or an Xbox....

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Cybersecurity

Bill Gates Backs FBI Demand for Apple iPhone Backdoor

Posted on February 23rd, 2016.

Microsoft co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates has voiced his opinion on the encryption debate surrounding an FBI demand seeking Apple to create a backdoor for an iPhone belonging to one of the terrorists in the San Bernadino shooting. It’s an opinion that’s bound to surprise many. In a rare instance of a tech community veteran agreeing...

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Cybersecurity

Password-Stealing Virus Proves Hard to Kill on Windows XP

Posted on February 2nd, 2016.

A computer virus that targeted and successfully infected systems at Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia –over two weeks ago – continues to relent on targeted Windows XP systems. The Qbot virus is a strain of malware that is known to attack banking systems and capture keystrokes, like a key-logger program. Qbot or Qakbot was first...

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Information

Microsoft Unplugs the Internet Explorer and Windows 8, Long after the World Did

Posted on January 12th, 2016.

Beginning today, January 12, 2016, Microsoft is essentially killing all versions of its flagship browser Internet Explorer, bar its latest version, IE 11. The browser isn’t the only product being cut off from Microsoft support and development. Windows 8 is also seeing a similar fate. It has been a long time coming. While the world has...

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Companies

Microsoft Is Slowly Calling Curtains on Internet Explorer

Posted on December 7th, 2015.

Come January 2016, Microsoft will stop support on all previous versions of the storied and significant browser – the Internet Explorer. Only the latest and incidentally the last version of the browser – version 11 will be supported going forward. Unless you’re on Windows 10, Internet Explorer is still the default browser bundled...

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Cybersecurity

Enable Adware Protection on Your Windows Machine with a Simple Hack

Posted on December 1st, 2015.

It was merely a week ago when Microsoft announced a new opt-in feature on Windows to keep unnecessary and potentially harmful adware — often found in installers –at bay. Although the public reveal by Microsoft insisted that the feature is only available for enterprise users, a simple tweak proves that millions of home- and...

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Cybersecurity

Microsoft Goes $1 Billion Deep on Security

Posted on November 19th, 2015.

After years of having a reputation as the most insecure commercial operating system producers, it appears that Microsoft is taking security more seriously than ever. The company invested $1 billion into security operations over the past year, and increased the number of security executives on its payroll by 100%. Taking a “holistic”...

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Cybersecurity

World’s Biggest Internet & Telecom Giants Are failing at Protecting Users’ Digital Rights

Posted on November 4th, 2015.

 Google has the highest score. Facebook, not so much. Overall, there are no winners. Users are still the losers. An independent ranking chart pitting the world’s biggest internet and telecommunications giants to look at corporate practices and measures used for protecting the freedom of expression and privacy among millions of users...

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Business

The PC Industry Wants You To Upgrade Sooner

Posted on October 16th, 2015.

The unlikely bedfellows are Lenovo, Dell, and HP. Nevertheless, along with Microsoft and Intel, they are launching a joint marketing campaign starting October 19th, ComputerWorld reports. The “PC Does What?” campaign will be similar to “Got Milk?” or “I Love Eggs” campaigns of the past in that no one particular provider will specifically...

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Eavesdropping

EU Court: US Safe Harbor Scheme Invalid

Posted on October 6th, 2015.

US companies have made a habit in the last several years of locating data centers in Ireland in order to serve European customers. These companies include Google, Microsoft, and, most importantly for this article, Facebook. Austrian citizen and privacy activist Maximillian Schrems decided to lodge a complaint against Facebook to the...

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Hacking

Trust of Leaked Certificates Revoked by Microsoft

Posted on October 2nd, 2015.

The certificates of the four digital certificates leaked last week have been revoked by Microsoft. The certificates were leaked unknowingly by D-Link, reported by Threatpost. Last week networking gear manufacturer D-Link was in the news for the wrong reason. An embarrassing mistake by the company led to the release of private keys that...

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Breaches

Skype is Unavailable Across the World

Posted on September 21st, 2015.

The popular video-calling service Skype is currently unavailable. Users around the world are unable to make calls. A spokesperson from Skype says the problem is with the status settings of the service. Skype-users are reporting problems when using Skype – people in their contact lists appear to be offline despite the fact that they...

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Business

New Acer Windows 10 Laptops to Compete With Chromebooks

Posted on August 6th, 2015.

Windows 10 is not looking to be Microsoft’s flagship money maker, but rather its reintroduction into a market which now abounds with viable competitors. When the company rose to prominence throughout the 90s, it did not struggle with a great deal of competition. Apple had reached a standstill and would only truly resume its rise...

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Business

Cisco Talos Warns Against Windows 10 Ransomware Spam Campaign

Posted on August 5th, 2015.

Cisco’s Talos team has posted a blog warning customers waiting for the new Windows 10 to beware of a spam campaign offering to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. The email, titled “Upgrade to Windows 10 for free,” has an attachment containing ransomware. “The fact that users have to virtually wait in line to receive this update makes them...

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Business

Microsoft Beats Google in Patent Court

Posted on August 2nd, 2015.

A court has upheld that the amount that Microsoft pays Google to use certain Motorola patents is properly set. The case is part of an ongoing legal episode which involves Microsoft suing Motorola in 2010 for violating a contract. The court eventually agreed with Microsoft. Microsoft still has the right to use some of the things that...