Microsoft removes unofficial Snapchat apps from the Windows Phone store

Posted 22 hours ago ago at The Verge with 1 recent echos

In a blog post written in November, the company said that while it had enjoyed some of the ways developers have tried to make Snapchat better, some creators had built services that would compromise the user security. Snapchat has come under fire from security researchers and developers who argue that the company security is too lax and user information is accessible through a widely circulated unofficial API. As part of a new effort to counter these claims, Windows Central reports that Snapchat...

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How Virgin Atlantic gave the passengers of flight VS11 a tech Christmas to remember

Posted 20 hours ago ago at Pocket-lint with 1 recent echos

The 17.35 Virgin Atlantic flight from London Heathrow to Boston four days before Christmas turned out to be particularly eventful for the 243 passengers. And in a very good way. Not only was each and every one of them handed an 8 inch quad core Windows 8.1 tablet, they were treated to a visit by Santa Claus in several stages, first digitally through a dedicated app and then in person as he landed on the plane. Finally, he left waving goodbye through magical portholes in the ceiling. We were told...

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Windows browser choice system ends

Posted 4 days ago ago at BBC with 1 recent echos

A requirement for Microsoft to offer new Windows users in Europe a choice of web browsers has ended after five years. Called the browser ballot, it gave non Microsoft browsers as much prominence on Windows as Internet Explorer IE. The requirement was drawn up in 2009 after Microsofts rivals complained the software giants bundling of IE with Windows gave it an unfair advantage. About 70% of people used IE in 2009 but its market share has since declined. Estimates from browser analysis companies...

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Microsoft sues fake tech support service, warns of holiday scams

Posted 4 days ago ago at GigaOM with 1 recent echos

Microsoft filed a lawsuit on Thursday against a bogus tech support service that allegedly used the companys name to persuade victims, many of them seniors, to pay hundreds of dollars for worthless advice or even viruses. According to a complaint filed in Los Angeles, an outfit doing business under names like OmniTech Support and TechSupport Pro tricked people into signing up for support through fake web ads and using technicians who claimed to work for Microsoft. The complaint describes how...

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Microsoft flips 'Switch' campaign to help new Surface Pro 3 buyers leave MacBooks behind

Posted 2 days ago ago at Microsoft Report with 1 recent echos

This weekend, Microsoft debuted a new website aimed at Surface Pro 3 users who are making the switch from MacBooks. The site, which is accessible via the URL switch, plays it straight, without any of the competitive taunting in the company TV ads. The how to modules explain some basics for new Windows 8.1 users, with step by step instructions for moving pictures, documents, downloads, and music from Apple universe into Surface land. There also a section for those who switched to...

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Windows Phone is First to Offer Carrier Billing in Key Emerging Markets

Posted 1 day ago ago at Win Super Site with 1 recent echos

This past week, Microsoft announced that it now supports carrier billing for Windows Phone app purchases in the top emerging markets, a key component of its strategy to reach the next 5 billion smart phone users. This is complementary to the firm affordable hardware pricing strategy and could help Windows Phone make headway against Android in price sensitive markets. If you live in an established market like the United States, Western Europe, or elsewhere, you may not immediately understand why...

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