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How to get fired from Microsoft

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:27 pm

Today has been a day filled with Microsoft news. First the Xbox Lite rumor, and then the "Smoked by Windows Phone" contest. Well, now we're going to tell you how a couple of Bing promoters got fired. The two's employment ended with a bang. At Sundance, they built a three-story party palace filled with celebs and an open bar.

 

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The two had become known for high power marketing campaigns for the search engine Bing. They painted Bing as something colorful and fun, whereas Google could be seen as plain and simple.

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'Smoked by Windows Phone' winner swindled out of prize

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 26, 2012 7:33 pm

You know what they say, "There's no such thing as bad publicity." But, does this always stand true? Microsoft has been accused of swindling the winner of 'Smoked by Windows Phone' out of his prize. The contest was to "bring up the weather of two different cities." He was required to power cycle his phone in front of the Microsoft employee to prove there were no preloaded apps. Katta had struck gold! He already had two widgets on the home screen displaying the weather in San Jose and Berkley and he had disabled the lock screen. After the countdown, he simply pressed the power button and said "Done!"

 

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The Microsoft employee said he lost because he couldn't have won: Windows Phone "displays the weather right there." A second employee came up and said the weather had to be from two cities in different states, which was never in any rules. Ben Rudolph from Microsoft has since tweeted that he would like to make things right. He has offered Katta the Ultrabook prize, a Windows Phone, and an apology.

Woman sues Apple after breaking her nose on glass-fronted Apple Store

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 26, 2012 6:32 pm

A new challenger has appeared. Apple is no longer the only one doing frivolous lawsuits; now, they are at the receiving end of one! Yes, it's true, one of Apple's stores, with its slick and modern design, "caused" an 83 year old woman to break her nose by walking into the glass--guess they use Windex!

 

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As a result of the collision, Grandmother Evelyn Paswall is suing the company for a cool $1 million. Her lawyer explains:

 

There were no markings on the glass or they were inadequate. My client is an octogenarian. She sees well, but she did not see any glass.

 

Apple wants to be cool and modern and have the type of architecture that would appeal to the tech crowd, but on the other hand, they have to appreciate the danger that this high-tech modern architecture poses to some people.

 

This will most likely settle out of court, as most lawsuits of this nature due. It remains to be seen if Apple's warning labels will be adjusted to be more visible. Besides, this isn't the first time this has happened: two other customers suffered minor injuries after colliding with the glass. Apple introduced the warning labels after these events.

RumorTT: Samsung Galaxy S3 launching on March 30

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 26, 2012 5:34 pm

We could be looking at a surprise launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III this week. It all depends on the meaning you draw from the cryptic paint-job adorning London's flagship Phones 4U store. The outside painting boasts the Samsung logo and the words "Coming 30/3/2012." I'd love to believe this is the long awaited and anticipated Galaxy S III, but is it?

 

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I mean really, what else is there for Phones 4U to be making a big deal about? The are very few announced products that would be worth making such a fuss over. However, previous rumors heard it was due for April or May, making this launch earlier than expected, but not outside the realm of possibility. The new device is said to feature more RAM, more internal storage, a more powerful processor, and a 12MP camera, all in a 7mm thick form-factor.

RumorTT: Microsoft to launch $100 Xbox Lite

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 26, 2012 4:19 pm

You have your salt ready? Good. Throw a bit over your shoulder and keep on reading. Rumor has it that Microsoft is planning to launch something called the Xbox Lite for $100 before it launches its next-generation console. This is all according to MSnerd, someone well known for leaking Microsoft plans. So, when will this launch and what will it feature?

 

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Unfortunately, it's not clear exactly when it will launch, but the rumor places it around Christmas 2013. This means it will end up launching close to the rumored launch date of the Xbox Next/720 which is in 2014. Also, there is no say of how they are reducing the price. It will still run the games and media apps that all of the current Xbox 360s do.

 

It could be that Microsoft is just taking a profit loss on it. They will need something to keep Nintendo's WiiU from taking over. Additionally, it is rumored that Kinect will see a major refresh in 2015, which this could coincide with the launch of the new Xbox Next/720. If this is the case, launching this at Christmas 2013 makes a little more sense.

Microsoft Messenger blocking links to The Pirate Bay

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 26, 2012 3:11 pm

I always thought it was the government that I had to watch out for here in the United States. At least they allow me freedom of speech. However, Microsoft is no longer affording its users the same right. Now, if you try to send a message containing a link to The Pirate Bay, it will be rejected and an automated message will be sent back.

 

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The message reads: "The link you tried to send was blocked because it was reported as unsafe." It doesn't matter if you are using the Microsoft client, or a third party one. Curiously enough, links to Demonoid still work without any issue. I'm not quite sure why Microsoft is appointing themselves the "Chat Police," but I do not like it one bit.

Microsoft raids office building, combats online crime

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 26, 2012 2:05 pm

Instead of just sitting around waiting for the police to take action against online crime, Microsoft filed a civil suit in order to gain a warrant to sweep two office buildings in Pennsylvania and Illinois. The sweeps occurred Friday and resulted in a bunch of evidence, deactivated servers, and Microsoft seizing control of hundreds of Web addresses.

 

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Why would Microsoft waste their money filing these civil suits and attacking cyber crime? Well, as it stands, Microsoft has a vested interest in taking down these cyber criminals. Many computers are powered by Windows, and since it has such a large market share, it is a main target for hackers. If Microsoft can make Windows more secure, they can combat Apple's main claim that OSX is more secure and stop losing market share.

 

Additionally, they can provide a better end-user experience, which Microsoft's customers would appreciate. "Taking the disruption into the courthouse was a brilliant idea and is helping the rest of the industry to reconsider what actions are possible, and that action is needed and can succeed," said Richard Perlotto, director at the Shadowserver Foundation.

 

"We equate this to a neighborhood watch," Mr. Boscovich of Microsoft said. The cops are able to levy much greater punishments, but at least this slows the botnets down and maybe scares people off from attempting it. Friday's target was Microsoft's most complex target yet, known as the Zeus botnets.

Monday Morning Roundup for March 26, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 26, 2012 1:34 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 26th, 2012.

 

Peripherals:

 

Cyborg M.M.O.7 Gaming Mouse - eTeknix

 

Storage:

 

SanDisk Extreme 240GB - PureOverclock

Crucial M4 Adrenaline 50GB Cache SSD - The SSD Review

 

Motherboards & CPUs:

 

Gigabyte Z68XP-UD5 - PureOverclock

 

Cases, Cooling & PSUs:

 

Antec EarthWatts Platinum 650W Power Supply - ThinkComputers.org

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Deal of the Day: Samsung Series 3 15.6" Laptop, AMD quad-core A8, plus more, just $499 plus shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 26, 2012 12:53 pm

Today's Deal of the Day is Wal-Mart - 15.6" Samsung Series 3 Laptop with Quad-Core AMD A8, 6GB Memory, 640GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, HD Webcam, and More for $499 plus Shipping!

 

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Walmart has the 15.6" Samsung Series 3 Laptop for $499 plus $4.97 shipping. It features a 1.8Ghz quad-core AMD A8-3510MX processor (TurboCore to 2.5Ghz), 6GB DDR3 SDRAM, 640GB hard drive, 8x DVD+/-RW DL, AMD Radeon graphics, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 1.3MP HD webcam, Bluetooth 3.0 HS, 10/100/1000 networking, multi-in-one media card reader, 10/100/1000 networking, 6-cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty.

 

SAMSUNG SERIES 3 NP305V5A-A04US LAPTOP DEAL

 

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Download of the Day: Firefox 12.0 Beta 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 26, 2012 12:24 pm

Our Download of the Day is Firefox 12.0 Beta 2.

 

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The absolute latest from Mozilla Firefox.

 

Firefox, the award-winning web browser, is now faster, more secure, and fully customizable to your online life.

 

Firefox empowers you to accomplish your online activities faster, more safely and efficiently than any other browser, period. Built with Tab browsing, popup blocking and a number of other seamless innovations, Firefox stands out ahead.

 

The wait is over. Firefox empowers you to browse faster, more safely and more efficiently than with any other browser.

 

Beta Channel:

 

Experience cutting edge features but with more stability

Provide feedback to help refine and polish what will be in the final release

 

What's New:

 

Performance Enhancements: Faster startup time on Mac, Windows, and Linux

Optimized Memory Use:

Improved memory management: For many users, memory use is reduced by 30 percent or more, responsiveness is enhanced

The JavaScript garbage collector runs frequently to free up more memory when Firefox is idle

Firefox Sync: Bookmarks and passwords now sync instantly

Enhanced Font Rendering: Fonts are rendered clear and sharp

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