Most of the coverage I’ve seen of the indictment of former Microsoft employee Alex A. Kibkalo treats the circumstances of the offense as a curious sidebar, a detail barely worth dwelling on. "Isn’t it stupid that the accused would use Microsoft services to commit this crime?" they ask. That’s followed by hearty laughter and then outrage at Microsoft’s assault on a customer’s privacy. Those stories are completely missing the point. Microsoft's investigators weren't trawling through private email messages as part of a fishing investigation to track down a leaker. They were interrupting a crime in progress. The specific facts are all that matters in this case, and the circumstances were truly extraordinary. Microsoft’s lawyers did not order a “content pull” of one suspect’s Hotmail account because they are ethics-challenged snoops or because they were looking for evidence of a crime being committed elsewhere. They accessed the … [Read more...] about What’s really behind Microsoft’s investigation into software leaks?
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It's been an interesting week for foot-in-mouth in the tech industry, starting with Nokia suffering from the difference between TV ads and internet promotion. With TV ads, simulated footage of what phones deliver is perfectly common, with a label so small I expect most viewers never spot it. But with internet promotion, simulated footage is automatically assumed to be an attempt at deception. Microsoft is making a huge bet. This is the moment when the PC can either go on to be a telling part of our computing future or a technology whose time is within perhaps five years of ending It's a shame the hugely impressive image stabilisation in the Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset wasn't clearly labelled in the ad as a simulation of the difference in quality you'll get — especially when Nokia's real footage is just as impressive . Then there's Microsoft apparently deciding not to update the version of Flash that's built into IE 10 in Windows 8 until October even though Adobe has … [Read more...] about Is Microsoft forgetting what it knows about security process?
Microsoft’s transformation into a devices and services company got off to a rocky start last October. The first entry in the company’s ambitious foray into the hardware market, the Surface with Windows RT, fizzled, earning tepid reviews and moderate sales. Now, 90 days later, Microsoft is poised to take another crack at the market, with a second member of the Surface family about to go on sale. A few more pieces of the Surface puzzle snapped into place today. For starters, there’s an official on-sale date: Beginning February 9, customers will be able to buy the Surface with Windows 8 Pro from Microsoft’s brick-and mortar stores, from its online store, and from Best Buy and Staples stores in the U.S. The company’s hope is that buyers who passed on the Windows RT-powered Surface because of its inability to run Windows desktop software will say yes to the new Surface. It shares the same basic design as the Surface RT, albeit slightly … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s Surface with Windows 8 Pro to go on sale February 9
IBM continued its 21-year dominance in the U.S. patent market, taking home a record-setting 6,809 patents in 2013. According to IFI Claims Patent Services, IBM was awarded 5 percent more patents last year than in 2012, with a comfortable 2,000-patent lead over No. 2 Samsung. Without revealing exact numbers, IFI reported that camera maker Canon landed in third place, a 20 percent growth over 2012. Sony and Microsoft filled out the top five. A number of U.S. companies made the top 10, but it's San Diego-based Qualcomm that earned the most recognition from IFI. The chipmaker made its upper-echelon debut at No. 9—up 62 percent over 2012. "There's little change happening in the Top 10 as most of the companies have been there for years," IFI CEO Mike Baycroft said in a statement. "But as we move down [the] list we start to see more jockeying and reordering. It's fairly easy to see the ones with the most patent momentum"—those that moved up five, 10, or even more than 500 slots in … [Read more...] about IBM Tops Samsung in 2013 Patent Race
Samsung launched two new Ativ systems today, the Ativ Tab 3 Windows tablet, and the Ativ Q, a 13.3-inch convertible hybrid. The two tablets offer on-the-go PC use as Windows 8 tablets, but the Ativ Q has the added distinction of running Windows 8 and Android (Jelly Bean 4.2.2) operating systems. Though the announcement was made at an event in London, we had a chance to see and handle the Ativ Tab 3 (left), Samsung's new tablet here in New York. While we're still looking forward to getting the slim tablet into the PCMag Labs for our full battery of tests and usual in-depth analysis, the new Ativ Tab 3 made a strong first impression. Samsung touted the Ativ Tab 3 as the "world’s thinnest Windows 8 tablet." The slim device measures only 0.32-inch thick, and weighs a scant 1.2 pounds. Samsung threw around a lot of references to "smartphone thickness" and weight, and while it's definitely lightweight, the Ativ Tab 3 also feels surprisingly substantial. The polycarbonate construction … [Read more...] about Hands On: Samsung’s Superslim Ativ Tab 3 Windows 8 Tablet