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First they came for Sesame Street, and everyone laughed.  Now however the YouTube hackers struck closer to home, taking down Microsoft’s YouTube channel, deleting the existing videos, replacing the background and adding an advertisement for Subbox. They hacked YouTube Channel has been up for several hours now, suggesting either Microsoft but more likely Google, famous for their legendary poor customer service, have been slow to respond. The hacked channel can be seen here. ...

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It has been a long time coming, but it seems Microsoft will soon offer voice control for the Xbox 360 in Australia, if this invitation being sent out the the media there is anything to go by.. Microsoft Australia invites you to experience entertainment. Join us as we share Microsoft’s vision for entertainment featuring natural user interfaces and the first eve Australian media preview of voice control on Kinect for xbox 360. Guests can get hands on with Microsoft’s entertainment products, including soon to be released Xbox 360 games and applications across television, pc and phones. At the event guests will receive a gift enabling them to experience the promise of voice control. Microsoft had earlier said they would enable this service by the end of the year, and appears to be delivering right on time, just before the lucrative holiday season. Read more at Techau.tv Thanks Dawookie for the ...

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Despite the release of numerous high-specced Android tablets, in the end Android OEMs have had to resort to extremely low prices to even attempt to compete in the tablet market with Android. This has resulted in the ultimate result of the race to the bottom, devices sold at a loss like the Amazon Kindle, which is expected to lose Amazon $10-$50 per device. Trying to escape this Dell and HP have turned to Windows 8 tablets, which are expected to support much higher price points. Digitimes reports that the two vendors are expected to release such tablets in Q3 2012 next year. While Lenovo will continue to try and penetrate business with Android tablets, Windows 8 tablets are expected to slot right into existing PC management infra-structure, making it a much easier sell to CTOs. Additionally a recent survey found 42% of consumers were still waiting for Windows tablets, more ...

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Microsoft has not announced it yet, but they appear to be cooking a new, more serious Daily Deals site backed by white label Deals service Tippr. The service allows you to sign in using Windows Live and Facebook, and encourages users to share deals by offering Sweetner deals that gets better the more people participate. What is a sweetened deal? It’s a deal that gets better over time. Some of the deals that appear on Bing Deals will get a better value as more deals are purchased. For example, a deal may start off as $10 for $20 at Some Corner Bakery. If enough people purchase the voucher, the deal hits the sweeten point and it becomes $10 for $25! No matter what, you will always pay the same amount for the deal you purchase, but what you get for your hard earned dollars goes up! The cool thing about ...

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If may caused flashbacks to 2008, but it seems Microsoft is once again considering buying Yahoo. Reuters report that “sources close to the situation” say on this occasion Microsoft may not go it alone, but attempt a purchase in partnership with another company, as has been their pattern recently. According to Reuters other bidders include Providence Equity Partners, Hellman & Friedman and Silver Lake Partners, as well as Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and Russian technology investment firm DST Global. The deal has internal opposition in Microsoft, where some are unsure the deal is worth pursuing, according to “a high-ranking Microsoft executive”. Yahoo’s share price has rallied on the rumour, being up more that 7% versus the open this morning, giving the company a market cap of nearly $20 billion. The company hit a low of $14 billion as recently as the beginning of August 2011, and has since then fired ...

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As In the video above, the Windows Embedded team shows off numerous devices used by many people in day to day life which most people would never know are powered by a Windows Embedded OS, like the Coinstar or Redbox machine. With intelligent embedded devices set to explode, it demonstrates very well that, despite what many think, it is far from an Android and Linux world out there. Read more about the Internet of Things here and see an interactive version of the demo here. Are there devices in the video which surprise our readers? Let us know below. ...

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The Blackberry Playbook has not exactly set the world on fire, selling only 200,000 in their last full quarter (even Windows Phone sells better than that!) Now a rumour, started by Collins Stewart analyst John Vinh, is spreading that Quanta has halted production of the low-in-demand QNX-based tablet. In an investors note he said: “While Quanta last week acknowledged that it had laid off a significant number of production workers from a factory focused on producing the PlayBook, our research indicates that the ODM has essentially halted production of the tablet, Vinh wrote. “Additionally, our due diligence indicates that RIMM has cancelled development of additional tablet projects.” RIM has called the rumour “pure fiction”, saying: “RIM doesn’t typically comment on rumors, but any suggestion that the BlackBerry PlayBook is being discontinued is pure fiction. RIM remains highly committed to the tablet market.” Microsoft is planning to re-enter the tablet market ...

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Microsoft is in many more places than just the desktop and phone.  In the above video Microsoft attempts to demonstrate in how many ways users touch Microsoft technology in their daily lives, from check-out counters to coin counters to GPS navigation in Ford Sync. The team seems to be promising something big coming later this year, which may be the next version of their embedded Windows CE OS. ...

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Mashworks took the pulse of the web and assessed their reaction to Windows 8 looking at 65,968 tweets and overall found it overwhelmingly positive. Scepticism about the efficiency of the UI on the desktop of course remains, but overwhelmingly people seemed to think it was already better than the best Android could provide. See the interesting analysis below. Via Winrumors.com ...

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Continuing the tradition from the last 3 years the IE team at sent the Firefox team a cupcake to celebrate shipping Firefox 7. The IE team first sent  Mozilla a cupcake in 2008 when Firefox 3 shipped, and then in March 2011 when Firefox 4 shipped. They repeated in June when Firefox 5 shipped and August when Firefox 6 shipped. Maybe the Firefox’s love for cupcakes is the real reason why they are shipping a new version every few months … Via Winrumors.com ...

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Press Release:  Designed to offer versatile performance for a wide variety of users, ASUS is excited to unveil three new All-in-One (AIO) models featuring the 21.5" ET2210, 23.6" ET2410, and 27" ET2700. All three models feature vibrant 1080P LED backlit touchscreens, 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors, USB 3.0 and e-SATA connectivity, 802.11 N wireless LAN, Digital camera, SonicMaster Audio and VESA-mount points. Options including hard drive storage capabilities up to 1TB, Blu-ray combo optical drive, 8GB of DDR3 memory and more – are all housed inside an elegant yet modern designed enclosure. All-in-One Form Factor is the latest trend in PC technology The popularity of the All-in-One form factor continues to grow in both the consumer and business markets as they deliver a smaller, more efficient footprint with a similar level of performance as traditional desktops yet with expanded multimedia and collaborative work features. "The new ASUS All-in-One PC series ...

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Microsoft is investing $150 million to expand its new data center in southern Virginia and will build a second data center facility and add 21 megawatts of power capacity at its new location in Boydton, Virginia, even as it is still completing the $499 million first phase of the project. Microsoft is also believed to be expanding its data centers in West Des Moines, Iowa and Dublin, Ireland. Microsoft’s new facility will feature the use of its container-based design known as IT-PAC (short for Pre-Assembled Component). They are designed to operate in all environments, and employ a free cooling approach in which fresh air is drawn into the enclosure through louvers in the side of the container – which effectively functions as a huge air handler with racks of servers inside. “Microsoft is excited to once again expand its cloud infrastructure and services capacities in Boydton,” said Dayne Sampson, corporate ...

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The HTC Shift was a brilliant idea crippled by a misguided implementation. It was HTC’s first and only Windows laptop which also featured a dual boot environment running Windows Mobile with an HTC overlay but which was not allowed to run Windows Mobile applications. The device, which ran Windows Vista by default, would have done a lot better if in fact it was designed to run Windows Mobile as the main OS, with Windows Vista as the fallback OS. Now with the convergence of Microsoft’s smartphone and desktop OS in Windows 8 D J Willis has given the 800 Mhz device another lease of life by installing the new OS.  The process is much more complicated than simply plugging in the Windows 8 thumb drive, but is fully detailed on Willis’s blog here. Willis reports the device works better than its far below minimum specs would suggest, and I think ...

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There have been recent rumours that Yahoo is looking to sell itself, and an internal Yahoo memo to all staff does not do much to dispel the rumour. Jerry Yang sent a memo to all staff extolling the value of the company, including owning “nine of the #1 properties in the U.S.”, being “a leader in display advertising” and having “an iconic brand”. He then spoke of a strategic review to enhance the “value of Yahoo! for all of its stakeholders”. The review will be led by investment bank and adviser to Yahoo Allen & Company, and he observed that they were “fielding inquiries from multiple parties that have already expressed interest in a number of potential options”. While Jerry remains cagey in the memo and talks about Yahoo as a company which “endures”, a Yahoo insider has recently claimed “Yahoo is open to selling itself to the right bidder” ...

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In a post on Major Nelson’s blog Stephen Toulouse, head of Xbox LIVE Policy and Enforcement, admitted that innocent users have been banned from Xbox Live due to a software error. He said: Recently, it was brought to our attention that a number of customers had concerns about the validity of a recent ban of their individual consoles, which they feel had been triggered inaccurately. In this case, the bans were related specifically to modded consoles. I take these claims very seriously, and after an initial investigation we have confirmed that a handful of banned consoles did in-fact appear to not have been modified or tampered with. We’re still conducting our review but the cause appears to be a software issue, not an error on the part of the enforcement team’s normal actions. It’s very specific and occurred between August 29 and September 9, affecting a very small percentage of ...

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When Microsoft demonstrated Windows 8 at BUILD they showed some small apps, but the larger Windows Live Essential apps, like Windows Live Movie Maker and Live Writer was conspicuously missing. It turns out there is a reason why – the apps have not been created yet, but at least this job posting, noticed by LiveSide.net, shows that Microsoft is intending to develop Metro style Live Essentials apps. We are seeking a great developer who will help build the next generation of touch-oriented photo/video experiences for consumers. You will be working with an experienced group of developers with a successful track record of building new experiences such as those found in Photo Gallery, Movie Maker and Writer. You will be expected to contribute to the development and implementation of the technical direction for the team. We look forward to seeing what a Metro version of Live Writer, an app we use ...

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