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23
Sep
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Ballmer Reveals Four Things Microsoft Must Do Right

Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer recently appeared before Wall Street investors to outline the four things his firm must do right if it wants to stay in business. Previously, Microsoft executives have outlined several key areas in ... which Microsoft needs to grow. Those areas include cloud storage, social media, mobile hardware and software, and "Big Data". But Ballmer went into greater detail during this most recent investors meeting. First, Ballmer says Microsoft must ensure that consumer cloud services like Office 365 -- the version of Office that is closely integrated with ... (view more)

Thu
19
Sep
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Microsoft Releases Emergency Internet Explorer Fix

Microsoft has issued an emergency software fix for a critical flaw in its Internet Explorer web browser. According to reports, hackers have already exploited the vulnerability. Microsoft released the "Fix It" software in an attempt to prevent what ... it calls "targeted attacks" on a vulnerability in its Internet Explorer browser. Microsoft is calling this a "zero day" vulnerability, meaning software developers were unaware of the issue before it was exploited by hackers. Hackers Launch Remote Code Execution Attacks Reports indicate that hackers have used the flaw to carry out remote code ... (view more)

Mon
16
Sep
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Microsoft Offering $200 For Your Used iPad

Microsoft says it will pay you $200 for your used iPad. Clearly, the firm hopes you will put the money towards buying its own tablet computer, the Surface. The payment comes in the form of a gift card for Microsoft's retail locations, both online ... and off. Although Microsoft suggests you use the money to purchase a Surface, those who take the firm up on its offer could also spend the credit on Windows software or its forthcoming Xbox One video game console. While you can spend the gift card on Microsoft's online store, you'll have to take your old iPad to an actual Microsoft store to get the ... (view more)

Thu
12
Sep
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Google Faces Lawsuit Over Street View Data Handling

A US federal court has ruled that Google can face charges that it unlawfully collected data through WiFi networks. Google had unsuccessfully argued that what it did was no different than picking up a radio broadcast. The ruling sets a precedent for ... the way WiFi networks are treated under the law. Experts believe it may also make it easier for the authorities to take court action against hackers who intentionally set out to steal data. The case centers on Google's Street View program, which involved taking photos for the company's Google Maps service. Google Mistakenly Collected Personal Data ... (view more)

Thu
12
Sep
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Microsoft-Nokia Merger 'Doomed', New Report Says

A new report from CBS Money Watch questions the viability of Microsoft's recent acquisition of Nokia's phone business. The problem: both firms have fallen on tough times of late, meaning consumer confidence in their products is at an all-time low. ... At the same time, there just aren't enough apps available for Windows Phone devices. The devices division of 150-year-old Finnish communications firm Nokia was recently acquired by Microsoft for $7.2 billion. Many experts see the acquisition as an extension of an existing relationship between the two firms. It's a relationship that has involved ... (view more)

Wed
11
Sep
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Patch Tuesday: Microsoft Fixes Serious Outlook Flaw

Another monthly Patch Tuesday security update has arrived and this time Microsoft is providing fixes for 'critical' flaws in its Internet Explorer web browser and its Outlook email manager. In total, Microsoft's Patch Tuesday offering includes 13 ... bulletins, four of which have been marked critical -- Microsoft's highest security rating. Many security experts are pointing to the critical bulletin affecting Outlook as the most important security issue this month. Code Execution Flaw Affects Outlook Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer at IT security firm Qualys, says it's imperative that ... (view more)

Tue
10
Sep
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What to Expect From Microsoft's 'Surface 2'

Microsoft will be hoping the second time's the charm for the firm's Surface line of tablet computers. New reports say the Redmond, Washington-based company will unveil the Surface 2 at a September 23, 2013 media event in New York City. It's not yet ... clear what Microsoft has planned for its second version of the Surface. However, early reports suggest the device will, like its predecessor, come in two different versions. New Surface, New Hardware Specifications That means a Surface 2 Pro will come equipped with Intel's new 'Haswell' Core processor, while a cheaper and less powerful version will ... (view more)

Wed
04
Sep
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Microsoft Extends Support for Some Windows XP Users

A new report reveals that Microsoft won't kill support for all Windows XP users. However, continuing to receive crucial security updates for the aging operating system won't be cheap. Microsoft has repeatedly insisted that users of Windows XP move ... away from the decade-old operating system (OS) by April 2014, when support for the OS officially ends. For most users, that means Microsoft will no longer make or distribute security patches designed to keep the OS safe from hackers. 'Custom Support' Extends XP's Life -- For a Price But not everyone is being cut off in April 2014. According to a new ... (view more)

Wed
04
Sep
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Google-Sunday Ticket Deal Could Change TV Forever

Google is reportedly negotiating with the National Football League (NFL) in an effort to take over rights to the NFL's Sunday Ticket package. If the two sides reach a deal it could be a major boost for online broadcasting. The package, currently ... offered by satellite firm DirecTV, allows viewers to watch all Sunday NFL games that aren't available on local television in their area. This includes people who are fans of a team from somewhere else in the country and people who simply want to have access to as many games as possible. Google and the NFL have both confirmed the meetings have taken ... (view more)

Mon
02
Sep
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Nokia CEO Bookies' Pick to Replace Steve Ballmer

Who will replace Steve Ballmer as Microsoft's chief executive officer? It's a tough question, but one many people are asking right now. That's why a British bookmaker, or 'bookie', is taking bets on Ballmer's replacement. Ladbrokes is one of the ... leading bookmakers in the United Kingdom. Recently the firm posted its list of the top picks for Microsoft CEO. According to Ladbrokes, it's likely the next Microsoft chief executive officer has already worked for the Redmond, Washington-based firm. Nokia CEO Given 5/1 Odds The current front runner is Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who served as head of ... (view more)

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