The City of London police has a novel tactic in dealing with websites that promote piracy or illegal content. They’re trying to deprive such websites of their advertising income and possibly scare a few users away in the meantime.
The browser market is a fiercely competitive arena dominated by three big players: Microsoft, Google and Mozilla. Yes, there are other browsers out there like Safari and Opera, but for the most part, Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox are the household names that most consumers know.
You may recall that back in May, reports suggested that Google was preparing to purchase gaming video-streaming service Twitch, and that Twitch had reportedly turned down an acquisition offer from Microsoft. It seems that the deal may now have been finalized, and could be announced publicly soon.
By all accounts, the UK’s national porn filters have been a disaster. The network-level filters were introduced at the insistence of the government, which said that companies could either implement them voluntarily, or face legislation to force them to do so. Many, including high-profile figures like Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, berated them and said that they simply wouldn’t work – and indeed they didn’t.
Dota 2, one of the most popular online games, crowned its new champion yesterday. Chinese team Newbee defeated Vici Gaming, who also came from China, in the grand finals to earn a prize money of $5m and claimed the “Aegis of Champions”. The runners-up Vici Gaming went back home with $1.4m and $4.5m of the prize pool was distributed among the remaining 19 teams. Valve donated $1.6m to the prize pool, with the rest coming from in-game purchases from players all around the world. The International tickets were sold out before the main event and Key Arena seemed to be packed during the matches
The Pirate Bay is a symbol for peer-to-peer file sharing around the world, as one of the longest-running – and still one of the most popular – destinations for those searching for shared content. But it is also one of the most heavily censored sites on the web, thanks largely to the efforts of the entertainment industries, who have made it their mission to do all that they can to prevent users from using it to share movies, videos, TV shows, music, games and other content.
Of all the sites you’d expect to get hit by a security exploit, a website dedicated to computers and technology is not one of them. But CNET learned the hard way on Monday that editorial focus is no substitute for proper security.
Despite previously allowing Nokia Lumia customers to change the default search engine to Google on their handsets, it seems that Microsoft has now decided it is time to disable the option on the latest unlocked Lumia devices.
Well, it looks like the leaks are starting to flow – or else someone has decided to spend an unhealthy amount of time building an elaborate Start menu replica. As you can see in the image above, the Start menu is there but it’s not all that exciting as we have seen most of this before.
Microsoft makes a lot of money each quarter – to the tune of a few billion dollars - but one metric that Wall St loves to examine, and which is a bit interesting for the casual observer, is that of how much money the company generates per employee For the fiscal year of 2013, which ran from June 2012 to June 2013, each employee at Microsoft brought in $220,800 in net income and $786,400 revenue.
The UK Parliament is to rush through emergency legislation that will force Telecom and Internet Service Providers in the UK to retain customer data for up to 12 months in relation to customer calls, texts and internet use.
Own an Xbox 360 and don’t yet have an Xbox One? You may want to purchase one before the end of the month, as Microsoft will give you a $75 digital credit to use on games and other digital downloads.
Around £90m is to be spent on a major expansion of Wi-Fi services on trains in the UK, including significant speed increases, over the next few years. Some of the funding for the improvements will come from a record fine being handed to infrastructure operator Network Rail, after it failed to meet punctuality targets over the last five years.
Twitter has responded to FIFA’s complaint regarding users having official images related to the World Cup such as the logo as their avatars, by deleting such images.
Xbox One gamers across the globe are discovering that EA game demos are hit with a $4.99 pricetag, even if they were previously free. FIFA 14, which was released last year, and EA Sports UFC, which was made available last month, both feature the charge for the normally free downloads.
When Microsoft closed the acquisition of Nokia’s handset unit, its headcount swelled by over 25,000 employees. As with many acquisitions, there will be inevitable overlaps and duplication of roles, and Microsoft will be looking to reduce some of that excess down in the very near future.
Microsoft is hard at work on the next major update to Windows and we don’t mean Update 2. Threshold, as it is currently known, is a wave of updates coming to Windows and other platforms; much like how Blue brought new features across many of Microsoft’s key platforms.
As our mobile devices become portals into our digital lives, there has been a greater need to secure them, which could cost us more time that we think. By locking our devices, it seems that we are wasting precious seconds everyday when it comes to unlocking our devices. Although a couple seconds here and there might not seem like a lot, VivaLnk, has created a unique solution that could save you time while still keeping your device secure.
Google I/O has become known for its fairly generous support for developers by handing out gifts to its attendees. As the keynote for I/O 2014 was concluding, attendees became excited with the prospect of leaving Moscone Center with lavish devices like smartphones, laptops, or tablets. Interestingly, Google decided to hand out something a bit more modest this year, when it announced to its attendees that they would be receiving Cardboard. While this left most attendees confused, they soon understood what Google was talking about and why it was a perfect giveaway.
In a turnaround from comments made earlier in 2013, US Attorney General Eric Holder has promised leaders of the European Union that the Obama administration would push forward legislation extending the US Privacy Act of 1974 to European citizens.