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All posts tagged "Microsoft"

  • Microsoft acquiring Sunrise iOS, Android calendar app for around $100-million

    Microsoft, the software and hardware giant, is in the process of acquiring Sunrise, debatably the best calendar app on Android and iOS, according to TechCrunch sources. The acquisition is rumoured to be at least around the US$100-million figure. Sunrise works across platforms pulling information from various accounts. It has calendar products for mobile and desktop users that connects with and consolidates calendars from different providers. This is what has made it popular. Read more: HoloLens, Continuum and Cortana: Microsoft’s Windows 10 playbook Sunrise's rise has been remarkable. Only founded in 2012, Sunrise is not only attractive with a slick design but is not...

  • Microsoft criticises Google for disclosing Windows 8.1 bug before it fixed it

    There is a possible war brewing between Microsoft and Google after the Redmond-based giant publicly criticised its Mountain View counterpart for releasing details about a security vulnerability in Windows 8.1 two days before it could patch the bug. Microsoft accuses Google of putting users at risk by rejecting Microsoft’s request to wait until the fix was released. Google made the disclosure as part of its “Project Zero” security initiative, which provides companies a 90-day deadline to fix vulnerabilities before they are disclosed publicly. The flaw in the Windows 8.1 log-on mechanism would allow a hacker to escalate their privileges on...

  • Microsoft adds Bitcoin as payment option for Xbox, Windows Phone stores

    Microsoft users can now buy and download apps, games, movies, TV shows, and music at the Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox Games, Video, and Music stores using Bitcoin. As reported by CoinDesk, computer giant is now accepting popular cryptocurrency as payment option for its online platforms' gift cards. The Redmond-based giant joins the ranks of other US major tech companies such as Dell, Dish Network, Expedia, and Overstock. Locally, one of South Africa's largest ecommerce players -- along with 30 000 or so other online merchants -- also accept this digital currency as payment option. Perhaps this move would help...

  • Kim Kardashian, Facebook and iPhone 6 top Bing’s 2014 search lists

    The year is winding down and with that comes the mandatory look-backs from companies across the tech world. The latest to do so is Microsoft, which has released its list of the top searches on Bing. The Apple iPhone 6, Facebook and Kim Kardashian -- the woman who set out to break the internet with her bum -- top the list. Kim Kardashian butted her way to the top five of most searched people, bumping Beyonce from number one to number two. Singers Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry came in third and fourth and Justin Bieber filled the number five spot. Microsoft...

  • Real Madrid scores a Microsoft sponsorship

    Microsoft is set to announce a significant partnership on Tuesday with Spanish soccer team Real Madrid. The details of the deal are sketchy and a video released by Microsoft only mentions the date of the announcement, which can be watched live. We can only hope that it is a partnership that works better than the recent partnerships that Microsoft has had with CNN and NFL. Both deals backfired for Microsoft and it did not get the maximum marketing exposure that it wanted. The failure of these partnerships have probably encouraged Microsoft to be a lot smarter. Read more: Microsoft Word becomes top...

  • The next Nokia you own may not even be a phone

    Nokia is not done yet, at least a brand name. You see, the Finnish company looks set to license its iconic brand to other businesses, and not necessarily in the mobile space either. The reason it can do that is because in its deal with Microsoft, Nokia sold its smartphone line but held on to its brand name. Although the former mobile giant has seen massive revenue losses since 2012, it is still the world’s 98th most valuable name with a net worth of around US$3.2- billion. Its plan is to profit off that name by licensing...

  • Microsoft Word becomes top downloaded app after price changes

    After being made available for free download, App Annie reports that Microsoft Word has become the most downloaded app on the Apple App Store for iPad and iPhone (although Facebook’s Messenger app has since taken over on iPhone). And other Office apps, such as Excel, are in hot pursuit. The app's ascent to the Top Downloaded App throne follows last week’s pricing changes by Microsoft. Only as recently as last week, iPad users were required to subscribe to Office 365 in order to create new files and Microsoft had set limited features on iPhone. Read more: Cloud giants Dropbox and Microsoft get snuggly...

  • Cloud giants Dropbox and Microsoft get snuggly for better Office integration

    Two of the world's most popular online storage giants -- Microsoft and Dropbox -- are forming a partnership for better integration. Considering that Microsoft has its own cloud storage product, OneDrive, one might say that this is like a parent spoiling someone else's kid because they are more popular at school, really. In the next few weeks, the integration will launch with new versions of Office for iOS and Android and will allow users of both services to save into Dropbox directly from Office and edit Office documents directly from Dropbox. Dropbox offers a brilliant service and is mostly efficient, a...

  • Future Nokia devices will be branded as Microsoft Lumia, company confirms

    So it seems Microsoft has finally stuck the dagger into Nokia's ailing heart. The company once famed for making those indestructible Nokia 3310s we could never seem to destroy, will not have its branding on future Lumia phones. Instead, the brand will be known as Microsoft Lumia. We all knew this was coming, but we're pretty sad, nevertheless, to see this iconic name die. While there are currently no Microsoft Lumia devices on the market, Tuula Rytilä, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Phones at Microsoft noted that she is "looking forward to unveiling a Microsoft Lumia device soon." Interestingly, she also...

  • BurnCast: Facebook freezing eggs, Apple events and the week ahead

    Welcome to BurnCast, our weekly podcast that discusses tech trends, innovation and news. Hosted by Mich Atagana and Jason Bechervaise. This week's edition of BurnCast sees Michelle and Jason chat about Facebook freezing eggs, Apple's latest product lineup and the persistent culture behind the hype. To round off, the pair talks about other latest happenings and what to expect in the world of tech -- from Microsoft watches (and other apparels...) to a...

  • Skype tries to take on Snapchat with quirky video app called Qik

    Skype has just relaunched an app called Qik (pronounced "quick" and not to be confused with Kwik). Unlike its flagship Skype service -- which is somewhat formal -- the new video messaging app is geared for all those impulse moments you'd love to share with friends but certainly not the public. In April this year, the original mobile video streaming service, Qik, was put down only to be relaunched now as a mobile video messaging app. As the name suggests, Qik videos (or Fliks as they've been officially knighted) can go up to 42 seconds only. Why this specific number?...

  • Less flash, more business: why Microsoft is sticking to the basics

    Microsoft has gone back to basics. With its latest Windows update, it's being as cautious as a group of retirees crossing a busy intersection. Apart from the unexpected twist in the name (yes, there's no version 9), the latest operating system, Windows 10, is extremely subtle. And with good reason. Based on the preview release, what we know about the operating system so far is that Microsoft decided revert to something much closer in feel to Windows 7. In essence, it seems Windows 10 will be a version of Windows 7 with a few of the best bits of Windows...

  • Steve Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board to focus on Clippers, civic duty

    It's over. Steve Ballmer has stepped down from his position on the Microsoft board. You may have thought it was all over when he stepped down as CEO, but now it's properly over. In a letter addressed to Satya Nadella, the man who replaced him as CEO, Ballmer explains that his commitments to the LA Clippers -- which he recently took ownership of -- and his civic contributions mean that he no longer has time to be an active part of the Redmond-based company's board. While there had been rumours that Ballmer would likely step down from the board...

  • Microsoft wants you to creep celebs with its new iPhone app

    Whether you like it or not, celebrities are a big thing. People love knowing popular personalities' every move. To leverage this very creepy human condition of ours, Microsoft has decided it fit to release a celebrity-tracking app called Snipp3t for iOS. Snipp3t is not really tracking in the sense that celebrities are being tracked via GPS. It's essentially a news aggregator slash organisor at its core. Over 100 000 big Hollywood names are given a profile of which the user can choose their favourites. Mentions of these celebrities around the web (or Bing) are then curated into one app...

  • Screw the robot apocalypse, our tech future is all about doing good

    After a 20-something-hour flight, I am about to face an immigration officer in the United States – not always the best experience. It's my turn and I edge forward. "What is the purpose of your visit?" he asks me. "I am here for Microsoft's Imagine Cup," I respond. "That's great," he exclaims (surprising). "Are you one of the students? What have you built? Will it change the world?" Unfortunately I had to inform him that I am not a developer genius about to change the world, but he's right, there are students from 34 countries here that are about to. Microsoft created the...