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  • Sony's PlayStation back online after Christmas hack Yesterday

    Washington: Sony's PlayStation reported that its network was back online and claimed that it had been attacked, three days after it and Microsoft's Xbox went down in an outage. An allegedly coordinated Christmas day hack brought down the gaming consoles, both hot gifts for the holiday season, although Xbox has been...
  • Sony works for third day to restore PlayStation after attack Yesterday

    Boston: Sony worked for a third day on Saturday to restore services to its PlayStation network as the FBI said it was looking into the disruption, which began on Christmas Day. "We are aware of the reports and are investigating the Sony PlayStation matter," Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jenny Shearer...
  • Microsoft chief Nadella meets PM Modi, others; discusses Digital India, eCom 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Keen to invest more in India, Microsoft's chief Satya Nadella on Friday pledged support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India initiative. Besides Modi, India-born Nadella also met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and discussed modernisation and security of the government's digital infrastructure,...
  • Popular websites not serious about user password security? 3 days ago

    London: Very few of the online giants give detailed guidance about the importance of providing secure passwords when users create or update accounts, shows research. "In the seven years of conducting this study, there has not been the level of improvement one might have expected," said lead researcher and professor Steven...
  • 'The Interview' is a test for a new kind of movie release 3 days ago

    Atlanta: Sony's The Interview has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theatres, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release. The Interview stars Seth Rogen and James Franco...
  • Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox hit by user connection problems, hacker group claims responsibility 3 days ago

    Microsoft's Xbox Live and Sony's PlayStation Networks experienced user connection problems on Christmas Day, for which a hacker group claimed responsibility. The group, called Lizard Squad, could not be reached for comment, and the companies did not give a reason for the connectivity issues. Both companies expected heavy use as people who...
  • Group led by Apple and Microsoft sells about 4,000 technology patents for $900 million 4 days ago

    San Francisco: A group led by Apple and Microsoft has sold about 4,000 technology patents to patent management company RPX Corp. for $900 million. The deal announced marks another shift in the ownership of a patent portfolio auctioned off in 2011 after telecommunications company Nortel Networks went bankrupt. Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry,...
  • Google, Microsoft stand with Sony against hackers 4 days ago

    San Francisco: Google and Microsoft have joined forces with Sony, using their online might to release "The Interview" film to online audiences despite threats from hackers. "Of course it was tempting to hope that something else would happen to ensure this movie saw the light of day," Google chief legal officer...
  • Tech in 2014: The first-of-its-kind products launched this year 5 days ago

    Though the year 2014, in consumer technology, has not been the year of anything that we can remember it by, it, however, witnessed the arrival of a few first-of-its-kind products and ideas that might have laid the foundation for coming trends. For instance, Apple that had redefined the smartphone market...
  • These 3 smartphones may outperform your stand-alone cameras 5 days ago

    New York: Phones have gotten so good at taking photos that I rarely bring along a stand-alone camera anymore. Of course, a phone is never going to replace a full-bodied, single-lens reflex camera, otherwise known as an SLR. There's just no way to squeeze a powerful, SLR-type lens into the small...
  • Lumia 638: Microsoft launches the most affordable 4G Windows Phone smartphone in India at Rs 8299 December 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Microsoft launched its most affordable smartphone 4G device in the country - Lumia 638 - powered by Windows Phone 8.1 operating system for Rs 8,299. The smartphone, sporting a 4.5-inch screen, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 5MP camera, 8GB memory (expandable upto 128GB)...
  • Microsoft's Skype moves toward auto-translation; now translates your speech in real time December 16, 2014

    Washington: Microsoft announced today a new step toward real-time translation, launching a Spanish-English test program using its Skype messaging service. "Today, we are excited to announce the first phase of the Skype Translator preview program," said Microsoft's Gurdeep Pall. "The preview program will kick off with two spoken languages, Spanish and English......
  • Facebook stops including results from Microsoft's Bing search engine December 13, 2014

    San Francisco: Facebook has stopped including results from Microsoft's Bing search engine on its social networking site. The move, confirmed by a company spokesperson, comes as Facebook has revamped its own search offerings, introducing a tool on Monday that allows users to quickly find past comments and other information posted by...
  • Windows 10: Microsoft's next version of Windows OS likely to be released in September 2015 December 11, 2014

    Seattle: Microsoft expects to have its new Windows 10 operating system on the market by autumn 2015, slightly later than previous comments had suggested. Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner told Japanese news service Nikkei on Wednesday that the new system would be released "early next fall." Microsoft has not publicly set a...
  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's $84 million pay package approved December 4, 2014

    San Francisco: Microsoft shareholders gave a lukewarm vote of approval Wednesday for CEO Satya Nadella's $84 million pay package, after an investor advisory group said the company was paying him too much. Nadella's pay package puts him among the highest paid CEOs in the country for last year, although his pay...
  • Gmail users can now edit Microsoft Office files straight from their inbox December 3, 2014

    Google has added a new feature in Gmail that lets users edit Microsoft Office files that come to them as attachments in emails - right from the mailbox. The Gmail attachments now have an edit button that automatically converts Office documents to corresponding Google formats.With the new update, Google has...
  • IIT Kharagpur student gets Rs 1.5 crore pay package December 2, 2014

    Kolkata: In one of the fattest pay package offered to an IITian ever in campus placements, a student of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur has been offered an annual salary of over Rs 1.5 crore. IIT Kharagpur officials said the salary package was among the 163 offers made by 27 visiting...
  • Lots of tablet choices? Here're some buying tips for you December 1, 2014

    New York: People tend to hold onto tablets longer than smartphones, so take time to weigh your options. A major consideration is what phone you or your gift recipient already has. Although it's possible for Android owners to have Apple's iPads, for instance, there are advantages to sticking within the...
  • Lumia 535: Microsoft's first non-Nokia Lumia phone launched at Rs 9,199 in India; features a 5-inch display, 5MP cameras November 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Microsoft has launched its first Lumia phone - the Lumia 535 - without the Nokia branding in India at a price of Rs 9,199. The phone will be available in the market from November 28. The new model is the first Lumia smartphone under Microsoft's own brand name....
  • Microsoft cloud service suffers outage, MSN web portal unavailable November 19, 2014

    Seattle: Microsoft's Azure cloud-computing service, which hosts websites and lets customers store and manage data remotely, suffered serious outages on Tuesday taking its popular MSN web portal offline. According to Microsoft's Azure status page, the problems started around 5pm Pacific time and have still not been fully solved. "We are experiencing...
  • Real Madrid and Microsoft announce digital platform deal November 19, 2014

    Real Madrid and Microsoft Corp have sealed an agreement to create a digital platform to connect fans of the European champions around the world. Real president Florentino Perez and Orlando Ayala, a Microsoft vice president, presented the platform at a ceremony at Real's Bernabeu stadium in the Spanish capital on...
  • Nokia brand could eventually appear on a range of electronics - not necessarily phones November 15, 2014

    London: Don't call it a comeback yet. But Nokia is thinking about how to revive its brand name in consumer markets just months after selling off its former flagship mobile phones business to Microsoft for more than $7 billion. "I think you can expect our brand will return to the consumer...
  • Microsoft fixes 19-year-old Windows bug that let attackers remotely control computers November 13, 2014

    Bangalore: Microsoft issued patches on Tuesday to fix a bug in its Windows operating system that remained undiscovered for 19 years. The bug, which is present in every version of Microsoft Windows from Windows 95 onward, allows an attacker to remotely take over and control a computer. IBM's cybersecurity research team discovered...
  • Microsoft Lumia 535: Microsoft launches the first Lumia phone without Nokia branding; the 5-inch budget phone comes with 5MP rear and front cameras November 11, 2014

    New York: Microsoft has unveiled a cheaper smartphone, costing about 110 euros ($135), as it eyes emerging and other low-cost markets for growth. Named the Microsoft Lumia 535, the new model is the first Lumia smartphone under Microsoft's own brand name. The company has released a few Lumia models since it...
  • Microsoft may launch first non-Nokia Lumia phone on November 11 November 7, 2014

    New York: Months after closing its $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's handset unit, tech giant Microsoft is expected to launch the first non-Nokia branded Lumia smartphone on November 11. In a teaser on its Conversations blog, Microsoft today said: "Microsoft is delivering the power of everyday mobile technology to everyone. Come...
  • Microsoft releases Office apps for iPhones, iPads November 7, 2014

    San Francisco: Microsoft is offering free upgraded versions of its Office software for iPhones and iPads, as the software giant further embraces the so-called "freemium" strategy favoured by many newer companies seeking success online. Give away a basic version of a popular service, and the world may beat a path to...
  • Microsoft partners with Dropbox for online file-sharing November 5, 2014

    Bangalore: Microsoft said it teamed up with online file-sharing company Dropbox to allow Office software users to manage and share files through Dropbox's website and mobile app. Microsoft said the functionality would be included in the next updates to the Office mobile apps, to be rolled out in the next few...