Computers

Microsoft Is About To Leave One-Third Of All Computers Vulnerable To Hacking – Huffington Post

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hundreds of millions of computers running everything from ATMs to the power grid will be vulnerable to hacking next month when Microsoft stops supporting its old Windows XP operating system. Hackers have been holding onto flaws in Windows XP and waiting to exploit them until after the software giant stops issuing security updates on April 8, experts say. Adam Meyers, vice president of intelligence at Crowdstrike, a cybersecurity firm, said…

Microsoft Sweetens ‘Buy a New PC’ Deal for Windows XP Users with $100 Savings – PC Magazine

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

3/24 Update: Microsoft has contacted us to clarify that any PC priced at $599 or more will be eligible for the $100 discount. Well, if the stick doesn’t work, try the carrot. At least, that seems to be Microsoft’s latest inspiration for getting the many, many users still clinging to Windows XP – with 17 days to go before the operating system reaches end-of-life status – to switch on…

Microsoft Sweetens ‘Buy a New PC’ Deal for Windows XP Users with $100 Savings – PC Magazine

Monday, March 24, 2014

Well, if the stick doesn’t work, try the carrot. At least, that seems to be Microsoft’s latest inspiration for getting the many, many users still clinging to Windows XP – with 17 days to go before the operating system reaches end-of-life status – to switch on over to a new operating system. Or, in this case, a new computer. Microsoft’s latest promotion has the company dishing…

Microsoft Office On iPad Would Hardly Be A Game Changer – Forbes

Monday, March 24, 2014

A big recent move in Microsoft stock has been driven by the speculation that Microsoft will release Office for iPad on March 27, 2014; this was reported by several news sources including Reuters. If the speculation is true, there is certainly something to celebrate in that the new CEO, Satya Nadella, is willing to depart from the policies of his predecessor, Steve Ballmer.  In spite of the popularity of the…

Microsoft Sweetens ‘Buy a New PC’ Deal for Windows XP Users with $100 Savings – PC Magazine

Monday, March 24, 2014

Well, if the stick doesn’t work, try the carrot. At least, that seems to be Microsoft’s latest inspiration for getting the many, many users still clinging to Windows XP – with 17 days to go before the operating system reaches end-of-life status – to switch on over to a new operating system. Or, in this case, a new computer. Microsoft’s latest promotion has the company dishing…

Bill Clinton Would Prefer US Oversight of The Internet – Re/code

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Count former President Bill Clinton among those who are skeptical of the new Obama administration plan to give up Internet oversight authority. Clinton talked in some detail about why the U.S. should retain oversight over Internet domain names and addresses during a panel at a weekend meeting sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative. Noting that the Edward Snowden revelations of National Security Agency data collections has given “new energy” to the…

Simple Internet-connected devices can end up in complex online crimes – Los Angeles Times

Sunday, March 23, 2014

One evening, Gilbert heard a stranger’s voice bellowing obscenities from the monitor. He disconnected the device after realizing that it had been hacked. “I’m a pretty technical guy, and I thought I knew how all this stuff should be hooked up,” said Gilbert, who has written several letters to his congressman and other elected officials, trying to bring the security issue to their attention. For decades, hackers have used…

Microsoft just exposed email’s ugliest secret – The Verge

Sunday, March 23, 2014

If you’re hiding something from Microsoft, you’d better not put it on Hotmail. It came out yesterday that the company had read through a user’s inbox as part of an internal leak investigation. Microsoft has spent today in damage-control mode, changing its internal policies and rushing to point out that they could have gotten a warrant if they’d needed one. By all indications, the fallout is just beginning. …

Internet governance – The Economist

Sunday, March 23, 2014

IS THE internet about to fall apart? Just a few weeks ago it seemed possible. First Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s president, said her country would seek to circumvent internet services based in America; then Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, said she would back calls to create a separate European internet. Both were furious that America’s National Security Agency (NSA) had spied on their communications. But on March 14th the likelihood receded that…

The Best Opportunity for Microsoft Shareholders in Years – Barron’s

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Microsoft’s quixotic journey from dog to darling took another curious turn last week as reports floated around that the company will make its Office productivity suite available on Apple’s iPad at a media event it is hosting this week. The …

Microsoft Sweetens ‘Buy a New PC’ Deal for Windows XP Users with $100 Savings – PC Magazine

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Well, if the stick doesn’t work, try the carrot. At least, that seems to be Microsoft’s latest inspiration for getting the many, many users still clinging to Windows XP – with 17 days to go before the operating system reaches end-of-life status – to switch on over to a new operating system. Or, in this case, a new computer. Microsoft’s latest promotion has the company dishing out a…

Are Microsoft Corporation’s Surface Sales About to Fall Off a Cliff? – Motley Fool

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Microsoft’s Surface 2 Pro tablet. Source: Microsoft. Almost two months ago, shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT  )  surged after the tech titan reported better-than-expected fiscal second-quarter results. CFO Amy Hood elaborated on its performance, saying “We delivered record revenue as demand for our business offerings remains high and we made strong progress in our Devices and Consumer segment.”  Now-retired CEO Steve…

Microsoft defends its right to read your email – CNNMoney

Friday, March 21, 2014

Microsoft will break into your Outlook, Hotmail and instant messenger accounts — if it deems necessary. Microsoft is defending its right to break into customers’ accounts and read their emails. The company’s ability — and willingness — to take such an approach became apparent this week. Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) admitted in federal court documents that it forced its way into a blogger’s Hotmail account to track down and stop…

Ex Microsoft staffer arrested for allegedly stealing Win 8 trade secrets – CNET

Friday, March 21, 2014

Alex Kibkalo, a former senior architect at Microsoft who most recently served as a director of product management in 5nine Software (according to his LinkedIn profile), has been arrested for allegedly stealing Windows-related trade secrets while working for Microsoft. Kibkalo was arrested on Wednesday, according to a report in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. According to a complaint filed on March 17 in the US District Court for the Western District of…

If $50 won’t do it, what about $100? Microsoft sweetens trade-in deals for XP … – PCWorld (blog)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Last week, Microsoft said it would offer a $50 discount for users upgrading from Windows XP. Now, it has upped the ante. On Friday, a representative from Microsoft said that the company will now offer $100 off for those customers upgrading from older PCs running Windows XP. “Now through June 15, XP users looking to upgrade their hardware can save $100 and get free data transfer at MicrosoftStore.com or by…

Syria’s Internet Goes Dark, And The Government May Be To Blame – Huffington Post

Friday, March 21, 2014

UPDATE: Renesys now reports that the internet in Syria has been restored. Internet in Syria restored at 19:07 UTC following blackout lasting over 7hrs. https://t.co/fOea6oUNtB — Renesys Corporation (@renesys) March 20, 2014 ORIGINAL: The Internet has once again gone dark in Syria, with almost all of the country experiencing an online blackout. Many of the organizations that monitor global Internet traffic report that Syria’s Internet connection has gone dark in…

Why fix Internet oversight if it’s not broken? – Boston Globe

Friday, March 21, 2014

Here’s something you don’t generally see in a column on technology: an appeal to patriotism. We rightly think of the Internet as a global communications network. But in a very important sense, it’s an American network. The Obama administration plans to change this, and therein lies a potential problem. Continue reading below Last week, the administration said the United States will begin negotiations to cede control of one of the…

Microsoft tightens privacy policy after admitting to reading journalist’s emails – The Guardian

Friday, March 21, 2014

Microsoft has tightened up its privacy policy after admitting to reading emails from a journalist’s Hotmail account while tracking down a leak. The new rules prevent the company from snooping on customers’ communications without first convincing two legal teams, independent of the internal investigation, that they have evidence sufficient to obtain a court order were one applicable. The company did not apologise for the search. John Frank, vice president and…

Microsoft says it snooped on Hotmail to track leaker – Fox News

Friday, March 21, 2014

LOS ANGELES –  Microsoft, which has skewered rival Google for going through customer emails to deliver ads, acknowledged Thursday it had searched emails in a blogger’s Hotmail account to track down who was leaking company secrets. John Frank, deputy general counsel for Microsoft, which owns Hotmail, said in a statement Thursday that the software company “took extraordinary actions in this case.” In the future, he said, Microsoft would consult an…

Why fix Internet oversight if it’s not broken? – Boston Globe

Friday, March 21, 2014

Here’s something you don’t generally see in a column on technology: an appeal to patriotism. We rightly think of the Internet as a global communications network. But in a very important sense, it’s an American network. The Obama administration plans to change this, and therein lies a potential problem. Continue reading below Last week, the administration said the United States will begin negotiations to cede control of one of the…