Microsoft’s new programs attract ‘bounty hunters’ who help make safer products

As long as people write code, it’s going to be imperfect. That’s where the class of security researchers colloquially known as “bug hunters” come in, and Microsoft is paying them up to $100,000 via several new bounty programs to catch vulnerabilities, discover techniques that can get past a program’s defenses and even recommend repairs for problems. “It’s my job to think of new programs to work with the hacker community … Read more »

New enterprise preview lets companies kick the tires on Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview is now available for download so customers can start testing the operating system in their environments. Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview builds on the Window 8.1 Preview, adding premium features designed to address the mobility, security, management and virtualization needs of today’s companies. Premium features that will be offered in the Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition include Windows To Go Creator, Start Screen Control, DirectAccess, BranchCache, Virtual Desktop … Read more »

‘On the Whiteboard’ shows how making 3D objects is as easy as printing a Word doc

In this episode of “On the Whiteboard,” Editor Pamela Woon goes to Makerhaus and its 10,000-square-feet of fabrication prototyping – a membership workshop that features 3D printing for things such as jewelry, toys and virtually anything you can design with 3D software. While 3D printing isn’t mainstream – yet – it’s only a matter of time before it is, with the potential to crank out increasingly complex creations as easily … Read more »

The Nokia Lumia 1020 with its groundbreaking 41-megapixel camera is now available on AT&T

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 – already receiving impressive reviews due to its 41-megapixel camera – is now available at AT&T’s online and retail stores. The 4G LTE phone, which costs $299 with a standard contract, comes in yellow, white and black. Complementing the Lumia 1020’s cutting-edge camera are a number of apps, including the Nokia Pro Camera app (which is designed to take full advantage of the breakthrough imaging technology … Read more »

Weekend Reading: July 26th Edition–Introducing the Nokia Lumia 625 and its big-screen appeal

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we show off the latest batch of devices available for Windows Phone 8 (including Nokia’s biggest screen yet for Windows Phone), programs from Microsoft that reward bug finders and game developers and a great slideshow of 10 cool tech tools for students. Windows Phone 8 continues to roll out on more models, with the Nokia Lumia 625 grabbing attention for its awe inspiring screen. … Read more »

Meet the Nokia Lumia 625 – a low-cost phone with a BIG screen

It comes in orange, yellow, bright green, white and black, has a ginormous 4.7-inch LCD display and is 4G LTE ready. It’s the Nokia Lumia 625. The new phone, which was unveiled today by Nokia, comes with “a 1.2-GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 512 MB RAM, 2,000mAh battery, and 8 GB internal storage—expandable to 64 GB via MicroSD card. It sports a 5-megapixel camera with 1080p recording and a front-facing … Read more »

Weekend Reading: July 19th Edition—Touch-enabled ‘Halo: Spartan Assault’ game app arrives on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

The latest installment in the Halo franchise is available exclusively on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices. Released yesterday, “Halo: Spartan Assault” is a new top-down shooter designed specifically for touch devices. The highly anticipated game features simple controls and a more casual gaming experience designed to appeal to Halo newbies as well as hardcore gamers. It’s set between “Halo 3” and “Halo 4” in the franchise’s larger storyline, … Read more »

Xbox 360 hits 30 consecutive months atop the U.S. console market

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Xbox 360 maintained its position as the top console in the U.S. last month, selling more units than any other platform with 140,000 units, according to new data from The NPD Group. June marked the 30th consecutive month Xbox 360 was the best-selling console in the U.S. June highlights from NPD include: Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in June (hardware, software and accessories) reached $197 million, the … Read more »

‘On the Whiteboard’ goes deep inside Microsoft’s Reliability Lab

In the latest episode of “On the Whiteboard,” Editor Pamela Woon goes inside Microsoft’s top secret Reliability Lab, where our products undergo dozens of tests to help ensure what our customers receive is sturdy, strong and resilient. In the video above, the Surface tablet is one of the Reliability Lab’s latest victims. Microsoft’s film series “On the Whiteboard” explores topics at the intersection of technology and culture, and introduces the … Read more »

Watch the full Bill Gates keynote from Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2013

Billg came home. Microsoft founder and chairman Bill Gates returned to the Redmond campus Monday, speaking to a packed house of academics at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. His presence turned some of the world’s top university instructors into eager students who asked Gates about everything from online education to intellectual property to robotics. First, though, he discussed how technology has helped the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation make an … Read more »