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2 years ago

Good Guy Microsoft: Launches program to help fight botnets, secure the globe

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Microsoft has been fighting off botnets and hackers for the last few years with Project MARS (Microsoft Active Response for Security). They have crippled major botnet networks including Waledac, Rustock, Kelihos, Zeus, Nitol, and Bamital.

Today, Microsoft plans to take their fight for web justice to the next level using their own cloud resources. The newly designed Windows Azure-based Cyber Threat Intelligence Program (C-TIP) allows computer emergency response teams to respond in near real time. TJ Campana, director of security in Microsoft’s Digital Crime Unit, stated that:

“(C-TIP) will allow organizations to have better situational awareness of cyber threats, and more quickly and efficiently notify people of potential security issues with their computers.”

Last Friday, Microsoft’s Orlando Ayala joined the Secretary of State of Telecommunications and Information Society of Spain to announce an agreement for the Spanish CERT, to become one of the first organizations to hook up with the company’s C-TIP service. The new technology will allow ISPs and CERTs to receive updated threat data every 30 seconds; the data will alert the organizations of any infected computers in their network or domain.

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2 years ago

Grooveshark blames Microsoft for no official app on Windows Phone

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It's been revealed that Microsoft could be potentially blocking the development of an official Grooveshark client for Windows Phone. According to a conversation between the community developer and a consumer, it's reported that the Grooveshark team had previously looked at getting an app submitted to the store, but were told by Microsoft that such an app would not be approved.

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2 years ago

Trial the EE network with its 30-day 4G SIM-only plans

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UK mobile operator Everything Everywhere (EE for short) has launched its 30-day 4G SIM-only plans to take full advantage of the network improvements the company has been carrying out since last year. Being the only operator to offer LTE to consumers in the UK, these new plans allow consumers to trial the EE network. It was only back in November when EE eventually launched its 12-month SIM-only plans.

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2 years ago

Nokia no longer the top dog in Finland; Samsung smiles

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2 years ago

Get ready for Rayman Jungle Run, coming to Xbox Windows Phone 8 later today

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Windows Phone 8 gamers who held out hope that N.O.V.A. 3 would be released in May will be disappointed to know that Gameloft’s sci-fi FPS definitely won’t make it out of the gate this month. We understand it's still undergoing Xbox Live certification and will release as soon as it passes. But it’s not all bad news. We do get a high-profile Xbox release for Windows Phone 8 today – this one from Ubisoft rather than Gameloft. Yep, the awesome platformer/runner Rayman Jungle Run launches later today!

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2 years ago

Have a peek at what makes the Lumia 925 work like magic

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2 years ago

Leaked images of the Lumia 925 show off on-screen clock, Data Sense and more for GDR2 release

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It should be well known by this time that the Nokia Lumia 925 will be coming with the GDR2 Windows Phone 8 OS update and the latest firmware from Nokia, dubbed ‘Amber’. The former includes FM radio, better podcast support and numerous other hitherto undisclosed additions. Amber includes a new on-screen clock, double tap-to-wake and an overhaul to the Lumia’s camera.

New photos showing off these features have been posted in our forums, though they seem to originate from a site called Dospy.com.

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2 years ago

RSVP now for the Talk Mobile 2013 party in NYC on June 6!

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** TICKET UPDATE **

We have maxxed out our RSVP limit for today. Please come back to the site tomorrow at 12 Noon ET and we will be releasing a second wave of tickets. They're going fast, so if you missed out today be there tomorrow at 12 Noon ET. Can't wait to see you in NYC!

Just a short while ago we announced Talk Mobile 2013, our upcoming, summer-long discussion on all things mobile that also involves you. To kick off the event, next Thursday (June 6th) in Manhattan we’re throwing a massive, real life party that will be legendary.

And you’re invited!

You can join myself and all the other editors from CrackBerry, iMore and Android Central plus our special guests Cali Lewis and John P of GeekBeat.TV, and we want to see you there!

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2 years ago

256 GB Surface Pro shows up for Japanese market

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Until recently, the largest amount of storage you could pick up for a Microsoft Surface Pro has been 128 GB. Now a version of the tablet has surfaced in Japan with 256 GB and a 120,000 YEN price tag (approx. $ 1,200).

The new larger capacity sized Microsoft tablet will also include a pre-installed copy of Office 2013 Home and Business. Only Surface RT tablets have come pre-installed with Microsoft’s productivity suite, so this marks a first for the Pro model.

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2 years ago

Mobile Nations launches Talk Mobile 2013!

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We’ve teased it for weeks but now it’s time to unveil what all that ‘TM13’ business was that was such a big secret. TM13 stands for Talk Mobile 2013 and it’s our new program that will elevate the discussion of mobile beyond just platforms and who is better than whom.

The event is based off of our Round Robin program, which we did years ago. That event involved all of the head editors trading phones for a week and then reviewing the experience. While fun, that was a 2008 thing and this is 2013: all the platforms have basically caught up to each other and have become outstanding options. No longer does one dominate the conversation and neither will it here.

Talk Mobile isn't a one day event. It's a discussion that will carry on across Windows Phone Central, CrackBerry, Android Central, and iMore for the next several months. We've picked 10 important topics in mobile and cooked up a whopping 50 Talk Mobile features that we'll be publishing across the sites that are going to spark a lot of conversation.

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2 years ago

Blocky Blaine: Out West, a physics Windows Phone 8 game that has potential

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When you first look at Block Blaine: Out West's listing in the Windows Phone Store, you may say "pass" and move on to the next title. First impressions give this Windows Phone 8 game a feel that a little polishing (mainly with graphics) wouldn't hurt.  While the Block Blaine has a rough appearance, the game concept isn't too shabby.

The block graphics could use a little work and the main character, Blocky Blaine, could use a little facial expressions. But move past the rough appearance and the physics based game has potential.

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2 years ago

You have spoken: Itsdagram will be renamed to Instance

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Earlier today, the popular (and unofficial) Instagram client for Windows Phone, Itsdagram, faced a dire situation: be renamed or face removal from the Store. Developer Daniel Gary was scrambling for a new name (and font and icon) for his prized app and he had less than 24-hours to do so.

To make the choice more fun and to give you folks a voice, we suggested a survey followed by a poll. From one thousand responses, Daniel Gary and our team whittled it down to five choices. From there, it was all in your hands.

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2 years ago

ProShot for Windows Phone 8 picks up UI refresh and more in latest update

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The basic camera UI for Windows Phone is simple and straightforward. That’s perfectly fine for about 99% of the population, but all the hobbyist photographers might want a little more control over their smartphones camera when out and about. For those people ProShot has been a favorite app in the Windows Phone community. Today it’s getting an update that shouldn’t go unnoticed. Let’s check out what’s new with version 2.7.

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2 years ago

Vote Now: Here are the 5 choices for the new Itsdagram name!

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2 years ago

Pouch for Windows 8 - on sale for $1.49

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A few days ago I sat down and reviewed one of my favorite news consumption apps, Pouch. The elegant Pocket client for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 brings a clean and uncluttered reading experience to your favorite mobile devices.

The copy of Pouch for Windows 8 used in last week’s review was a private beta, not yet available to the general public. In anticipation of the upcoming software update, the developer has dropped the price of Pouch by 50% to $1.49.

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