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Microsoft Surface reviews are out

Microsoft Surface reviews are out

AnandTech brought up a point I hadn't considered. The Surface RT is theoretically capable of working with a wide array of peripherals, but they need special ARM drivers for it. Essentially, you'll be able to plug in anything to a Surface Pro though. (Printer, scanner, etc) Reviews after the jump... (more…)

Microsoft Patents “Avoid Ghetto” Feature For GPS Devices

Microsoft Patents “Avoid Ghetto” Feature For GPS Devices

Microsoft has been granted a patent for its “avoid ghetto” feature for GPS devices. A GPS device is used to find shortcuts and avoid traffic, but Microsoft’s patent states that a route can be plotted for pedestrians to avoid an “unsafe neighborhood or being in an open area that is subject to harsh temperatures.” Created for [...]

TellMe vs Siri

Charting the upgrade path from DOS 5.0 to Windows 7

If you're old enough to remember tweaking your Autoexec.bat and tackling IRQ conflicts, days when launching Windows required typing "win" at a command prompt, prepare for a blast of nostalgia. YouTuber Andrew Tait (aka "TheRasteri") took a freshly minted VMWare instance and spent what looks to be a full day running through every version of Windows [...]

Free Kinect drivers released. Adafruit pays $3k bounty to hacker, $2k more to EFF

The swell hackers at Adafruit Industries have declared a winner in their cash-prize contest to reverse-engineer the Microsoft Kinekt controller and release a free/open library that would let hardware hackers incorporate it into their own projects. The winner is a fine gent named Hector, who says, "Here's my take on the Kinect driver. Supports [...]

$2K bounty for free/open Kinect drivers (Microsoft thinks this is illegal!)

$2K bounty for free/open Kinect drivers (Microsoft thinks this is illegal!)

Microsoft has just released its Kinect camera, a USB device that allows you to control your computer with gestures. It incorporates a motorized pivot, an RGB camera, depth-sensor and multi-array microphone "which provides full-body 3D motion capture, facial recognition, and voice recognition capabilities." The Adafruit Industries people are [...]

Microsoft using anti-Linux tactic against Google’s Android

Microsoft using anti-Linux tactic against Google’s Android

The lawsuit Microsoft filed against Motorola and its use of Google's Android phone software is awfully familiar. Microsoft used the same tactic against Linux when the open-source software reached critical mass in the data center and threatened to derail the growth of Microsoft's server business seven years ago. After name-calling failed to [...]

Microsoft’s DRM makes your computer vulnerable to attack

Microsoft’s DRM makes your computer vulnerable to attack

The msnetobj.dll library is an ActiveX control used by Microsoft's DRM; it is intended to prevent the owner of a computer from saving or viewing certain files except under limited circumstances, and to prevent the computer's owner from disabling it or interfering with it. As if that wasn't bad enough, it is also vulnerable to three separate [...]

Microsoft celebrates Windows Phone 7 RTM with funeral parade for BlackBerry and iPhone

Microsoft celebrates Windows Phone 7 RTM with funeral parade for BlackBerry and iPhone

The iPhone's dead, long live the Windows Phone. That must be the genius proclamation that incited Microsoft to celebrate Windows Phone 7 reaching RTM status with the incomprehensible procession you see above. An elaborate parade, replete with hearses and black capes, was organized last week to denote the passing of the BlackBerry and iPhone into [...]

Facebook to kill IE6 support for Chat on IE9 beta day

Facebook to kill IE6 support for Chat on IE9 beta day

I am torn between my hate of IE6 as a web developer and my hate for Facebook as a human. Facebook has announced that it will soon end Internet Explorer 6 support for Facebook Chat. The kill date is September 15—the same day Microsoft plans to release the first IE9 beta. Today's announcement comes just a week after Microsoft launched a beta [...]

W7 Theme for Ubuntu brings Windows 7’s familiar GUI to Linux

W7 Theme for Ubuntu brings Windows 7’s familiar GUI to Linux

W7 is a tool that changes your Linux GUI to a more familiar Windows interface. Linux has a highly configurable GUI, but if you long for the more well-known Windows interface, this script will do a remarkably good job of making Ubuntu look like Windows 7. You can download either a GNOME and KDE version, as well as one of a few Firefox themes [...]

Microsoft gutted a new privacy control system from Internet Explorer 8 at the behest of the advertising industry and its own marketing executives

Microsoft gutted a new privacy control system from Internet Explorer 8 at the behest of the advertising industry and its own marketing executives

Microsoft gutted a new privacy control system from Internet Explorer 8 at the behest of the advertising industry and its own marketing executives. When he heard of the ideas, Mr. Brian McAndrews, the executive involved with Microsoft's Internet advertising business, was angry, according to several people familiar with the matter. Mr. [...]

UK Officials: Dump Microsoft and Use Linux to Save Money

UK Officials: Dump Microsoft and Use Linux to Save Money

Although they say this every year or so, it never happens. It's just so they can get Microsoft to give them a nice fat discount when they need to upgrade. You could say that it's a cost-cutting measure in itself. "In terms of spending less, what about migrating the whole of government (the NHS, education etc.) from Microsoft products to Linux [...]

E3 2010: the 4 things you need to know about Microsoft’s press conference

E3 2010: the 4 things you need to know about Microsoft’s press conference

Microsoft were the first to bat at this year's E3 videogame expo, before its official Tuesday opening (following Nintendo and Sony's own presentations), with both the bacchanalia of Sunday night's Cirque du Soleil-headlined event to reveal the final form of its motion-control system now known as Kinect, and with this morning's press conference to [...]

Google to employees: “Mac or Linux… but no more Windows”

Google to employees: “Mac or Linux… but no more Windows”

We first heard rumors of this policy change a couple of months ago, but now it's made the papers: the Financial Times is reporting that Google is phasing out the use of Windows internally, as employees are migrated to either Linux or Mac OS X on machine turnovers or new hires. The policy change was precipitated in large part by the security breach [...]

Microsoft kills upshirt scene in Kin ad

WTF is Microsoft thinking with these stupid Kin phones? Are they aware of Apple and Google? After pressure from some people who found it creepy and thought it encouraged sexting, Microsoft intends to re-edit an ad for its new, socially networked cell phone, Kin. The ad, which some might consider about as dangerous as an ice cream cone in [...]

The difference between Macs and PCs

The difference between Macs and PCs

Windows users need to security-patch every five days

Windows users need to security-patch every five days

Running Windows and have at apps from least 22 vendors installed? Be prepared to install a security update every five days, or live in danger of losing control over your OS, bank details, webcam, and contents of your fridge (the median number of apps on users' PCs in this study is 66). Of course, the study comes from a company that makes a tool [...]

Windows hole discovered after 17 years… Affects 3.1 through to Windows 7

Windows hole discovered after 17 years… Affects 3.1 through to Windows 7

Just to clarify, that's Windows NT 3.1, not the old 16-bit Windows 3.1. I was wondering how the hell you could have a privilege escalation bug on an OS with only one level of privilege. The problem is caused by flaws in the Virtual DOS Machine (VDM) introduced in 1993 to support 16-bit applications (real mode applications for 8086). VDM is based [...]

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