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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 [...]

Stanford researcher exposes Microsoft’s Wi-Fi database

Stanford researcher exposes Microsoft’s Wi-Fi database

Stanford researcher exposes Microsoft's Wi-Fi database (type in your MAC address and see if it's in there)... A Stanford University researcher has created a Web page allowing people to query Microsoft's massive database for the locations of their--or someone else's--laptops, cell phones, and other Wi-Fi devices. The Web page, created this [...]

Why using Facebook doesn’t mean you don’t value privacy

Why using Facebook doesn’t mean you don’t value privacy

Microsoft Research Group researchers Danah Boyd and Alice Marwick have posted a draft paper entitled "Social Privacy in Networked Publics: Teens' Attitudes, Practices, and Strategies" that reports on fieldwork interviewing teenagers about how they view privacy. It rebuts the cynical, easy dismissal of online privacy issues that says that kids [...]

Microsoft Arc Touch Wireless Mouse for $36 shipped

Microsoft Arc Touch Wireless Mouse for $36 shipped

Today only, Amazon.com offers this Microsoft Arc Touch Wireless Mouse, model no. RVF-00001, for $36.49. With free shipping, that's $8 under our mention from ten days ago and the lowest total price we could find by $12. It features a nano receiver, flexible design, touch scrolling, and BlueTrack technology. The mouse like no other: it is unique in [...]

Bunnie explains the technical intricacies and legalities of Xbox hacking

Bunnie explains the technical intricacies and legalities of Xbox hacking

Andrew "bunnie" Huang, who literally wrote the book on hacking Xboxes, was to be a witness in last week's first-of-its-kind trial for Xbox modding. However, the government prosecutor bungled his case so badly that he was forced to withdraw the charge and walk away, leaving the defendant unscathed. However, Bunnie had already prepared an [...]

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 [...]

Firefox 4 delayed until early 2011

Firefox 4 delayed until early 2011

Remember when Microsoft kept delaying Vista and everyone bitched about it, and then when they finally released it, everyone then bitched that it wasn't ready? Yeah. Mozilla has pushed back the planned release of Firefox to sometime in "early 2011." Previously, the open source outfit had said its latest desktop browser would be officially [...]

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 [...]