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Bing As A Platform Will Allow Microsoft To Compete With Google For Developer Cred

Microsoft knows how to build platforms, so when it announces a new one, it’s worth taking a closer look. Until last week, Microsoft mostly wanted you to think of Bing as a search engine that could compete with Google. At its Build developer conference, however, the company made a surprise …

Windows 8.1 Preview Bugs: Computers Will Not Shut Down or Restart

<b>Some users are complaining on Microsoft's support forums that their computers cannot be turned off or rebooted using the built-in power options.</b><p>The …

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Featured<p>Evernote CEO Chris O'Neill pulls back the curtain on Evernote's refreshed brand and explains what our evolved mission means for the company… …

Office 365 + Windows 8.1 Preview

Office 365 business customers who install the Windows 8.1 Preview on their Windows 8 or Windows RT devices will have a mostly seamless experience. …

Top New Windows 8.1 Features

<b>Q: What are the new features of Windows 8.1?</b><p><b>A:</b> The free update for Windows 8, Windows 8.1 provides a number of improvements and answers the call of …

The missing pieces from the Windows 8.1 preview

Windows 8.1 is chock-full of new features, but the preview is not a zero-sum release. Microsoft left out a handful of interesting features that had …

Why Microsoft Needs A Design Czar

A “far-reaching” company restructuring at Microsoft aims to force more collaboration. But Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may have forgotten an important element: design.<p>Early last year, as Microsoft was receiving surprisingly rave reviews for its design of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, many in the industry …

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Are you sitting down? Probably. The results of anonymous, aggregated, global Fitbit user data reveals that the U.S. needs to seriously step up its …

Windows 8.1 preview: Guidance for enterprise users

Microsoft releases a few new Windows 8.1 tools for enterprise users ahead of delivering the Windows 8.1 Enterprise preview bits.<p>As many Windows users …

From the rumor mill: Windows Phone 9 will be designed for both tablets and smartphones | On MSFT

According to a new rumor circulating the internet right now, Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 9 operating system will be designed for both tablet …

Microsoft's 'Surface Watch' prototypes feature removable and colorful wrist bands | On MSFT

New details have emerged today regarding Microsoft’s rumored Surface Watch. Apparently, the prototypes of this watch are housed in Oxynitride …

The Flaw in Microsoft’s Windows 8 Logic

One of the more important assumptions in Microsoft’s design of Windows 8 comes from the company’s observations of how people used touch on …

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Dropbox buys mobile-app maker Endorse

Dropbox has acquired Endorse, maker of a mobile app that offered cash-back deals to shoppers when they bought products from particular brands. Financial details of the buyout were not disclosed.<p>Endorse shut down on June 19, telling its users that they had until the end of that month to redeem …

How To Self-Publish A Bestseller: Publishing 3.0

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book, “Choose Yourself!”</i> <i>(foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter)</i> came out on June 3. Follow him on Twitter <i>@jaltucher.</i><p>My most recent book, “Choose Yourself!” sold 44,294 copies in its first …

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SIM Cards Have Finally Been Hacked, And The Flaw Could Affect Millions Of Phones

Smartphones are susceptible to malware and carriers have enabled NSA snooping, but the prevailing wisdom has it there’s still one part of your mobile phone that remains safe and un-hackable: your SIM card.<p>Yet after three years of research, German cryptographer Karsten Nohl claims to have finally …

Sequestration Cuts To Research 'Like A Slowly Growing Cancer'

WASHINGTON -- Research leaders at some of the top American universities have held an annual gathering in Washington the last four years to discuss science, technology, and how federal policies have hampered or fostered both.<p>As they sat down Wednesday for this year's gathering, the consensus was …