windows phone

Fri
18
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

Explained: Do I need Antivirus for my Smartphone?

Infopackets Reader Mike B. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just read John Lister's article on ' 700M Android Phones Contain Chinese Spyware ', and I have a related question. I've just bought myself a Windows 10 phone (Lumia 640 XLT LTE). I like it, but am ... unsure what I need to do, if anything, about antivirus / malware protection. I'm a bit paranoid about this stuff and keep my home PC up to date and protected, and backed up. I read in a number of places that it's not necessary to have antivirus / anti-malware software on the Windows Phone. Is this true, or do I need some form of malware protection ... (view more)

Mon
19
May
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Beware Fake Kaspersky Antivirus Apps

Kaspersky Lab, a Russia-based firm and one of the world's most renowned PC security companies, is warning all consumers to carefully research any antivirus application before downloading it to their computers or mobile devices. Kaspersky Lab says it ... recently discovered several fake antivirus apps on Google Play and the Windows Phone app stores . Experts Warn: Kaspersky Mobile Not Legitimate One of the fake apps is called Kaspersky Mobile, which claims to protect a mobile device like a tablet or smartphone and costs just $4 USD. The application uses Kaspersky's own logo and other branding ... (view more)

Fri
07
Mar
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Microsoft Hopes New AI Help Will 'Understand You'

Microsoft is hoping that its upcoming digital assistant, currently known as "Cortana", will be Windows Phone 8.1's must-have app. Although it's not yet known when the app will be available, rumors suggest it will be released as early as April 2014, ... and will likely be extended to run on the PC. The name "Cortana" is in reference to a female fictional artificially intelligent (AI) character in the Halo video game series for the Xbox / 360 platform, which was also created by Microsoft. In short: Cortana is Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri application, which ... (view more)

Wed
26
Feb
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Kaspersky Targets Windows Phone with 'Safe' Browser

Security firm Kaspersky has released a special web browser for Windows phones aimed at blocking unwanted threats. The browser, "Kaspersky Safe Browser for Windows Phone" app, is available to download free of charge from the official Windows Phone ... Store. The main security feature is to block web links that may take a user to a harmful site. This isn't just sites that house malicious software that could damage a phone, but also "phishing" sites. (Source: kaspersky.com ) A phishing site is one that is set up to look like the real website of a legitimate company, for ... (view more)

Thu
12
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

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)

Mon
29
Jul
Dennis Faas's picture

Ballmer Admits Surface Mistake at Town Hall Event

According to sources within Microsoft, the company's top executives are not happy with sales of devices running the firm's Windows 8 operating system. Recently, chief executive officer Steve Ballmer was very blunt in discussing problems affecting ... the Surface tablet computer. Two technology blogs -- The Verge and Neowin -- say they've learned from sources who attended a recent internal town hall event that Microsoft's top brass is very upset with sales of Windows 8-based devices. "We built a few more devices than we could sell," Ballmer reportedly said in reference to the Surface RT tablet ... (view more)

Tue
09
Apr
Dennis Faas's picture

Microsoft Rips Facebook's 'Home' Android App

Microsoft communications leader Frank Shaw has taken a swipe at Facebook over 'Home,' its new mobile application for the Android platform. According to Shaw, it's an old idea. Home was recently unveiled by Facebook. It turns an Android device's ... screen into one big Facebook News Feed, thereby limiting applications to the background. Overall, it's designed to make accessing news easier than before. According to Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg, it's part of Facebook's plan to put people ahead of apps. Idea Two Years Old, Microsoft Exec Says But Microsoft's Frank Shaw thinks the ... (view more)

Mon
11
Mar
Dennis Faas's picture

Microsoft Surface Smartphone Coming Soon: Report

Microsoft caused quite the stir when it unveiled its Surface tablet computer last year. It's rumored the move angered the firm's traditional hardware partners, including Hewlett-Packard (HP), Samsung, and Acer, who didn't like having to compete with ... Microsoft for customers. Now, it appears Microsoft may be preparing to ruffle feathers in another sector of the consumer technology industry. Windows Phone 8 to Suffer: Nokia Mobile phone maker Nokia, which produces handheld devices running Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system (OS), has reportedly filed a complaint with the ... (view more)

Tue
18
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

If Windows 8 Fails, Ballmer's Out: Gartner Analyst

According to a prominent analyst, Steve Ballmer's job hinges on the success of Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system (OS). Gartner's Carolina Milanesi says if the new operating system (OS) fails to pan out, Microsoft's chief executive officer ... could find himself among those looking for a new job. It has been more than a month since Microsoft formally released Windows 8 to the general market. As you probably know, the new OS features a completely new interface optimized for touchscreen devices like tablet computers and smartphones. Early reviews have been mixed, primarily because those ... (view more)

Thu
29
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

Windows Phone 8: Major System Update Coming

Microsoft is planning to release a number of improved features for its Windows Phone 8 mobile platform. The update could dramatically improve how the system functions. The update carries the codename Apollo Plus. Microsoft promises that it will ... offer fixes and features inspired by consumer feedback. VPNs Add Sense of Security for Windows Phone Users The first new feature in Apollo Plus is the inclusion of support for Virtual Private Networks (VPN). VPNs enable a host computer to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if they were private. Adding this feature to Windows ... (view more)

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