Software giant Microsoft said it has bought Mojang, which makes the video game Minecraft for $2.5 billion.
The Swedish company has sold over 50 million copies but the three founders will leave the company.
Mojang said on its website change is scary, but “it is going to be good though. more»
The Italian city of Turin, famous for its medieval Jesus shroud hoaxing, is dumping Microsoft and heading toward something more Open Saucy.
Turin is currently running Windows XP which goes to show that not only is its famous shroud mediaeval.
Apparently Turin thinks that it can save €6 million over five years by switching from Windows XP to Ubuntu Linux in all of its offices. more»
Mobile manufacturer BlackBerry said it has bought a UK company Movitu. Financial details of the transaction weren’t revealed.
Movitu makes so called virtual identities for mobile operators that lets many numbers to be active on a single device.
BlackBerry said this help device management for bring your own device (BYOD) and corporate environments. more»
Sir William Gates III is not the only former Microsofty who wants to save Africa from killer illnesses – Paul Allen wants to get in on the act too.
Allen’s charitable foundation has said that it will donate $9 million to support USe efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. more»
Software giant Microsoft has had enough of a suicide server setting in ASP.NET which too few sysadmins can be bothered disabling.
Microsoft said that all future versions of ASP.NET will enforce the deprecation of EnableViewStateMac=“false”. This was in a security advisory in December 2013, when Redmond has warned the setting had a privilege escalation vulnerability. more»
The Chinese government, which is currently about to release its antitrust watch-dogs onto US chipmaker, Qualcomm has come up with a novel way for the outfit to avoid trouble.
Qualcomm has been told that if it helps Chinese companies become so competitive that they can give the company a good kicking, then the watchdogs will be sent back to their cages. more»
As far as we can see, Apple’s announcement of its iWatch put chip giant Intel in the shade yesterday.
Yesterday was supposed to be Intel’s day, but as it doesn’t really have very much to say about anything except wearable technology, it didn’t really stand a chance. more»
Software company Microsoft said it has added features to its “cloud-first” media services.
The features incude HD quality live streaming, protection capabilities and a service to simply indexing audio and video content.
In addition, Microsoft has added four industry partners to its Azure Media Services including Telestream’s Wirecast, NewTek TriCaster, Cires21 and JW Player. more»
Software giant Microsoft is close to inking a deal to buy Mojang the Swedish company behind the ”Minecraft” video game.
It is believed that Microsoft will have to write a $2 billion cheque for the company and everything could be announced as early as this week. more»
A lawsuit issued by Getty Images against Microsoft last week has resulted in the software giant climbing down.
Getty Images alleged that Microsoft threatened its vast library of copyright images with a widget for its search engine called Bing Image. That beta software allowed people to embed images into their own web site. more»
Software giant Microsoft said it has introduced a beta version of its new MSN.
The company said it’s designed for a world where the cloud and mobile are the name of the game. It has content from major worldwide media and comes with productivity tools. more»
Now that he has gone, Microsoftys are telling tales about the shy and retiring former CEO Steve Ballmer.
It now appears that the much feared Blue Screen of Death was Ballmer’s contribution to the Windows franchise. Some people’s writings create a sense of awe in the reader, but few can actually say that something they had written had created such anger and loathing as the blue screen of death. more»
Software giant Microsoft said it has released Nokia Lumia smartphones all using the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system.
The Lumia 830 comes with a 10 megapixel PureView camera that uses Zeiss optics, comes with Office Mobile, and 15GB of free OneDrive storage. more»
Manufacturers on high tech island Taiwan are reporting that Apple’s iWatch is unlikely to see the light of day until 2015.
Speaking under terms of anonymity to Taiwanese wire Digitimes, the vendors say there’s still a way to go because components are still in their engineering verification stage and then has to undergo production verification testing. more»
Data from StatCounter Global Stats showed that Windows XP s still the world’s second most popular operating system.
That’s despite the fact that earlier this year Microsoft pulled the plug on XP, apart from on embedded devices.
StatCounter said that Windows 8.1 now has more volume than Windows 8.0 – representing 7.5 percent of OS share. more»