Windows Office Zero-day and CryptoWall 2.0

There’s a chance your Windows computer is being hacked right now

By on October 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

There’s a chance your Windows computer is being hacked right now

Take a closer look at your current Windows machine. It might be one of the millions of PCs that could be hacked right now and you might not even know anything is happening. At least, that’s what two different reports say, covering two equally disturbing vulnerabilities that hackers can take advantage of. More →

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Microsoft Lumia Windows Phone

This is what Microsoft’s worst decision yet looks like

By on October 24, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

This is what Microsoft’s worst decision yet looks like

After purchasing the mobile arm of Nokia, Microsoft decided that all Nokia branding from its Windows Phone mobile devices must go, and instead be replaced by Lumia. The company is ready to make the transition from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia, and has posted images of what the new branding will look like on the Nokia blog. More →

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Windows 10 New Security Features

Windows 10 could eliminate two major online security headaches

By on October 23, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Windows 10 could eliminate two major online security headaches

We’ve seen a bunch of hugely promising new features that Microsoft has added to Windows 10 via its Technical Preview but this might be the most important one yet. ZDNet’s Ed Bott gives us a detailed rundown of the new two-factor authentication system that Microsoft is implementing with Windows 10 and he says it has the potential to effectively cripple phishing attacks and password database breaches, which are two of the most popular tactics hackers use to gain unauthorized access to our online accounts. More →

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Microsoft Q1 2015 Earnings Surface

Is the Surface slowly starting to pay off for Microsoft?

By on October 23, 2014 at 4:34 PM.

Is the Surface slowly starting to pay off for Microsoft?

The first-generation Surface RT was a notorious bomb but Microsoft has diligently kept refining its Surface tablet models and has seen some impressive sales growth over the past year. According to Microsoft’s Q1 2015 earnings report that it released on Thursday, the company generated $908 million in Surface revenue, which is more than twice the $400 million in Surface revenue Microsoft reported in Q1 2014 and a sequential improvement from the $409 million in Surface revenue that the company posted in Q4 2014. More →

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Best Android Apps Microsoft

Microsoft is suddenly releasing some of the year’s coolest Android apps

By on October 22, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Microsoft is suddenly releasing some of the year’s coolest Android apps

Microsoft is no longer all about “Windows, Windows, Windows!” as ex-CEO Steve Ballmer used to say. Instead, the company is willing to create applications and programs for any platform and recently it’s been releasing some very cool new applications for Android. Droid Life spotlights three particularly sweet apps that just came out of the Microsoft Garage project that definitely look worthy of Android fans’ time — and one of them even pulls off the incredible feat of making Bing more relevant. More →

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Halo Nightfall Trailer

Watch the live-action world of ‘Halo: Nightfall’ come to life in this new trailer

By on October 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM.

Watch the live-action world of ‘Halo: Nightfall’ come to life in this new trailer

Microsoft is going all in with the Halo series this holiday season. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is clearly the centerpiece, but the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta and Halo: Nightfall, a live action TV series set in the Halo universe, are sure to draw plenty of attention as well. On Wednesday, Microsoft announced HaloFest, a celebration of the series and all of its upcoming entries. The first full length trailer for Halo: Nightfall was published alongside the announcement. More →

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Xbox One November Update

November update brings a few great new features to the Xbox One

By on October 21, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

November update brings a few great new features to the Xbox One

Microsoft announced on Monday that the November system update had begun rolling out to members of the Xbox One update preview program. The November update is another set of relatively minor improvements and additions, but brings one highly anticipated feature to the console that was hinted at earlier this month: custom backgrounds. More →

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Windows 10 Preview Update

New Windows 10 preview update brings a key Windows Phone feature to your desktop

By on October 21, 2014 at 5:15 PM.

New Windows 10 preview update brings a key Windows Phone feature to your desktop

Three weeks after the launch of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft is rolling out the first new build to members of the Windows Insider Program. Build 9860, as Microsoft has so eloquently named it, comes to Insiders automatically through Windows Update. As long as your computer is on or sleeping, the update will download and install on its own. More →

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PS4 Xbox One Sales

PS4’s impressive lead in the console market stretches to 9 consecutive months

By on October 17, 2014 at 7:05 PM.

PS4’s impressive lead in the console market stretches to 9 consecutive months

Despite some early indications that Microsoft might have finally found a way to combat the sales chart tyranny of the PlayStation 4, the latest numbers from the NPD Group say otherwise. In an email correspondence on Thursday afternoon, Sony confirmed that the PS4 had achieved nine straight months of chart-topping success, tripling August’s sales figures. More →

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Xbox One Assassin's Creed Bundle

The latest Xbox One bundle contains two free Assassin’s Creed games

By on October 15, 2014 at 7:25 PM.

The latest Xbox One bundle contains two free Assassin’s Creed games

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it had partnered with Ubisoft in order to bring two new Xbox One bundles to market this holiday season. The Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle will contain free digital downloads of both the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity and last year’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag for $399. There will also be a $499 bundle which will include a Kinect. Both bundles will be available worldwide on November 2nd, but Unity won’t be playable until its release on November 14th. More →

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Windows 9 Vs. Windows 10 Microsoft

The clearest explanation we’ve seen yet for why there’s no ‘Windows 9′

By on October 14, 2014 at 5:55 PM.

The clearest explanation we’ve seen yet for why there’s no ‘Windows 9′

Why did Microsoft skip directly from Windows 8 (or more precisely, Windows 8.1) directly to Windows 10 instead of going to Windows 9? Mostly we think it’s that the company wanted to take a big symbolic step away from Windows 8, which has acquired a Vista-like taint since its release two years ago. And now a new report from Business Insider seemingly confirms our suspicions as it quotes Microsoft’s Windows marketing boss Tony Prophet discussing exactly why Microsoft decided to leap ahead numerically. More →

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Xbox One vs PS4 Sales

Did the Xbox One finally outsell the PS4 in September?

By on October 14, 2014 at 4:24 PM.

Did the Xbox One finally outsell the PS4 in September?

It looks like Microsoft’s efforts to attract a larger audience to the Xbox One are finally paying off. GamesBeat reports that in a recent note to investors, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter estimated that the Microsoft moved 325,000 Xbox One units in the U.S. last month while Sony ended the month with 250,000 PlayStation 4 sales. More →

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Windows 8.1 Zero-Day Security Bug

A dangerous bug in Windows 8.1 and older versions could be used to spy on you

By on October 14, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

A dangerous bug in Windows 8.1 and older versions could be used to spy on you

Russian hackers have apparently identified a previously unreported bug in Windows, also known as a zero-day attack, which was then used to spy on several Western governments, NATO and the Ukrainian government, The New York Times reports. More →

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