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Microsoft threatened UK government over open source plans

Microsoft reportedly threatened the UK government over its plans to promote more open-source software standards instead of the company's products last year. Microsoft apparently even went so far as to consider closing its UK research facilities.

New self-destructing virus kills computers when detected

A new form of self-destructing virus has been discovered with a unique agenda. The malware can work out when anti-virus programs have detected it and then renders the computer unusable so that it can keep on operating.

Huge security flaw found in Lenovo laptops and computers

Just months after Lenovo was found to be installing adware on its computers, it has now been revealed that the company has left "massive security risks" in its own software supplied with its machines leaving users vulnerable to attack and exploit.

Gmail recovers from Easter outages affecting 'majority' of users

An issue with security certificates meant that Gmail was unusable for many over the Easter weekend. People were confronted with a slew of error messages and safety warnings as Google's SSL certificate for the service expired without being renewed.

Google cut Android malware levels by half during 2014

Google says that it cut Android malware in half during 2014 and that over 1 billion devices have been protected by Google Play. That still leaves 10 million devices that are infected though as the company tries to slam the brakes on malicious apps.

Microsoft could be building a new budget Surface for Windows 10

Microsoft is reporting to be building a new variant of its popular Surface Pro 3 tablet that will be a lower-end replacement to the Windows RT Surface 2 of September 2013. The new tablet will run full Windows though and is designed to fill a range gap.

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade even to software pirates

Microsoft has announced that users currently running pirated versions of Windows will be able to upgrade them for free to Windows 10 when it launches later this year in what could be a historic moment in the lengthy battle against software pirates.

Windows 10 for phones to include notification LED support

New leaked screenshots of an unreleased build of Windows 10 for Phones revealed last night that the operating system will feature support for notification LEDs. Just a day later, such an LED has been found hidden inside Microsoft's Lumia 735.

New Cryptolocker variant targets gamers by encrypting game files

A new version of the Cryptolocker malware has found its way onto the Internet. Named TeslaCrypt, this time gamers are the target as files of several major games are encrypted and locked down with players held to ransom for their unlock.

Panda antivirus update causes software to flag itself

An update to Panda's antivirus software programs has led to the software recognising some of its own core files as malicious malware. It then quarantined them, leaving itself unable to run and preventing computers from starting up.

Google targets annoying browser toolbars with new web protection

Google has enhanced its search protection algorithms to provide more protection against websites harbouring unwanted software designed to hijack a user's computer with unwanted browser settings or intrusive adverts on webpages.

The Retail Digest aims to be ‘the front page of retail’

Cloud-based retail software platform Vend has launched The Retail Digest, the first retail news and information resource, where top 100 industry experts curate insightful and actionable content to help retailers’ businesses thrive.

'Komodia' software behind Superfish found in 12 more programs

The dangerous code that allowed the Superfish adware preinstalled on Lenovo laptops to spoof secure SSL certificates has now been found inside another twelve programs online. All are capable of getting around the security mechanisms in the HTTPS protocol.

The new Raspberry Pi is 'camera shy'; reboots after flash shot

Users of the new Raspberry Pi 2 credit-card sized computer launched earlier this week are discovering that the device appears to be "camera shy" with several owners noting that using flash to take a photo of the device causes it to freeze and then reboot.

Users of pirated copies of Today Calendar told "walk the plank"

The developer of the popular Android calendar app Today Calendar has started to fight piracy of his product by adding pirate-themed messages to the app that suggest users of pirated copies "walk the plank" or attend a "pirate party."

BMW patches flaw that could have allowed hackers to unlock cars

German car manufacturer BMW has patched a flaw in software used across its product family of cars that would have allowed hackers to unlock the doors of other peoples' cars. Over 2.2 million cars have been affected.

The Pirate Bay returns a month after forced closure

Notorious torrent site The Pirate Bay has returned to life just a month after being taken offline by Swedish police last December. The site is blamed for copyright fraud amounting to billions of dollars by the music, film and software industries.

The Top 25 Worst Passwords of 2014 is here; '123456' still top

SplashData has released its updated list of the Top 25 Worst Passwords for 2014, continuing the new tradition since 2011. As might be expected, "123456" still tops the chart, followed in second place by the decidedly simple "password."

Software glitch leads to thousands of 1 penny sales on Amazon

A software glitch led to thousands of items being listed at a price of 1 penny on Amazon's United Kingdom site for a few hours, during which a digital stampede has left several businesses facing bankruptcy.

Romania to probe Microsoft reseller 'bribery' of ministers

Bucharest - Romanian President Traian Basescu on Friday authorised public prosecutors to launch an inquiry into five former ministers suspected of receiving millions of dollars of bribes and kickbacks from resellers of Microsoft software.

Avoiding the four major mistakes of video conferencing Commissioned

Video has helped change the way we collaborate but if you're not careful, things can go wrong in a surprising number of ways. After hosting millions of video meetings no one knows this better than video conferencing company Blue Jeans Network.

New software can track animals anywhere and everywhere

An advanced computer program, developed by animal behavior researchers, automatically tracks individuals in a group, like fish in a school or ants in a colony.

The NSA is harvesting millions of images of faces daily

It has been revealed that America's National Security Agency is collecting millions of images of faces from web searches each day.

400,000 users affected in hack of Avast forums

CEO Vince Steckler of security company Avast Software has announced in a blog post that details of 400,000 Avast forum users have been compromised in a malicious attack against the company over the past weekend.

Top 10 Windows antivirus software packages worth checking out

The selection of antivirus software can be overwhelming, but this guide explains the specs of the top 10 Windows-friendly software packages, according to data compiled by Find the Best.

'Heartbleed' bug a critical Internet illness

San Francisco - The "Heartbleed" flaw in Internet security is as critical as the name implies and wider spread than first believed.

Windows XP diehards to fend off hackers on their own

San Francisco - People clinging to Microsoft's aging Windows XP operating system will be left to fend off cyber criminals by themselves come Tuesday.

Microsoft launches 'Cortana' smartphone assistant

San Francisco - Microsoft took on Apple's Siri and Google Now with a smartphone personal assistant dubbed "Cortana".Windows Phone vice president Joe Belfiore introduced Cortana onstage at the technology titan's annual developers conference.

Microsoft launches 'Cortana' smartphone assistant

San Francisco - Microsoft on Wednesday took on Apple's Siri and Google Now with a smartphone personal assistant dubbed "Cortana," gleaned from a character in the hit Xbox video game "Halo.

Top US court sifts arguments on software patents

Washington - The US Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on whether patents can be enforced for software-created business practices, in a case likely to have a big impact on the tech sector.
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