Have you ever had a bad dream of someone eavesdropping your private conversations through your browser? Yes, it may happen to be true if you are a victim of a Google Chrome bug. By taking advantage of this bug in Google Chrome, malicious sites can activate your mic on your device, and listen in on anything said around your device, even after you’ve closed those sites. Yes, Google was made aware of this bug and they have not fixed it yet. Here is how it works, A user visits a site, that uses speech recognition to offer some cool new functionality. The site asks the user for permission to use his mic, the user accepts, and can now control the site with his voice. Chrome shows a clear indication in the browser that speech recognition is on, and once the user turns it off, or leaves that site, Chrome stops listening. So ...

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Last night, Google revealed their latest Google[x] project called Smart Contact Lens. This smart contact lens is built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material. Google is already testing prototypes that can generate a reading once per second which will serve as an early warning for the wearer. Also, Google is exploring integrating tiny LED lights that could light up to indicate that glucose levels have crossed above or below certain thresholds. The media went crazy about this new project in a way that Google invented this whole new concept, but it is not the case. The project was originally started by researchers from the University of Washington (UW) and it was a Microsoft Research Connections-funded project supporting advanced technology research. Babak Parviz, then researcher at UW(now a Google employee), and Desney ...

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  Google today announced the release of Chrome 32 web browser for Windows devices. This stable release will include some neat features such as tracking down noisy tags, safe browsing feature, etc,. One of the most important changes is the inclusion of Chrome OS interface within Windows 8 Metro mode. In full screen mode, the whole UX will be like Chrome OS with support for multiple windows, app launchers and more. You can now track down noisy tabs: You can now visually scan your tabs for a speaker icon to quickly find the ones singing in the background. You’ll also be able to see which tabs are currently using your webcam or are being cast to your TV. Safe Browsing’s malware warning has gotten stronger: If you see this message in the download tray at the bottom of your screen, you can click “Dismiss” knowing that Chrome is working to ...

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Microsoft was ranked 5th among the top 10 US patent winners of 2013. Microsoft totally was awarded with 2,660 patents. IBM was once again leading the list with 6,809 patents for 21st year, followed by Samsung, Canon and Sony. Surprisingly, there are only three US companies in the list which are Microsoft, IBM and Qualcomm. Microsoft is the only company on the top 10 list which primarily does software business while the other 9 companies deal mostly with hardware and services which are easily patentable. The Top 10 U.S. Patent Winners of 2013: 1)  IBM             6,809 2)  Samsung         4,676 3)  Canon           3,825 4)  Sony            3,098 5)  Microsoft       2,660 6)  Panasonic       2,601 7)  Toshiba         2,416 8)  Hon Hai         2,279 9)  Qualcomm        2,103 10) LG Electronics  1,947 Press Release: MADISON, Conn., Jan. 14, 2014 — IFI CLAIMS® Patent Services, the leading producer of global patent databases, analytic solutions and innovative web services, ...

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Two months back, we reported that Rockstar consortium which is jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony has sued Samsung, Huawei, HTC and Google for patent infringement in U.S. District Court in Texas. Rockstar consortium was formed by Microsoft, Apple and others after they won the Nortel’s patents in a bidding for $4.5 billion. Today, Google responded to this lawsuit in court that Google and Android OEM’s products does not infringe any of the patents cited in the lawsuit. They also mentioned about the Rockstar consortium’s status. Rockstar produces no products and practices no patents. Instead, Rockstar employs a staff of engineers in Ontario, Canada, who examine other companies’ successful products to find anything that Rockstar might use to demand and extract licenses to its patents under threat of litigation. I’ve no idea how Google went on to claim directly that Android devices does not infringe any of the patents because ...

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Just few days back Blaise Agüera from Microsoft gave us a demo of the upcoming Photosynth technology TED. Sad news is that he has left to Google. NYTimes today reported that he has left the company to join its rival Google. Blaise and his team worked on some unknown augmented reality, wearable computing and natural user interfaces projects at Microsoft. Publicly we know that Blaise Agüera was working on Photosynth, Bing Maps and Bing Mobile. NYTimes reported that Agüera y Arcas will work on machine learning at Google. Microsoft on its part commented the following, “He was a great colleague and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.” People come and go at Microsoft all the time. But losing someone like Blaise to Google will really hurt Microsoft. Blaise today confirmed his new job on his blog with the following message, Nick Wing­field at the New York Times ...

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The NSA is not the only entity that is bringing competitive tech giants together. (See: Microsoft Joins Facebook, Google And Others Calling For Reforms Of Government Surveillance) From Microsoft and Google to Twitter and Facebook, the biggest names of the Internet are blasting a federal judge’s decision allowing an Arizona-based gossip website to be sued for defamation by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader convicted of having sex with a teenager. In court briefs recently filed in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, the Internet giants warn that if upheld, the northern Kentucky judge’s ruling to let the former cheerleader’s lawsuit proceed has the potential to “significantly chill online speech” and undermine a law passed by Congress in 1996 that provides broad immunity to websites. “If websites are subject to liability for failing to remove third-party content whenever someone objects, they will be subject to the ‘heckler’s veto,’ giving anyone ...

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   Microsoft is getting aggressive with their marketing these days and I highly appreciate their move. When you have better product than the competition and consumers are still buying the competitors crappy ones, you got to teach them the right thing and Microsoft is trying to do it. In the recently published ad on YouTube, Ben the PC Guy hits the streets of Venice, CA asking people which they would rather have — a Chromebook or a Windows laptop. The ad highlights the lack of real apps on Chromebook and their mandatory online nature making them effectively useless most of the time. The ad ends with Asus Windows 8 hybrid that offers great value and experience for almost same price. What do you think of this ad? ...

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Microsoft today revealed that they are joining AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter and Yahoo in calling for reforms of government surveillance. Their main principle is that government access to personal information must be governed by law. Here are their principles, The Principles: 1) Limiting Governments’ Authority to Collect Users’ Information Governments should codify sensible limitations on their ability to compel service providers to disclose user data that balance their need for the data in limited circumstances, users’ reasonable privacy interests, and the impact on trust in the Internet. In addition, governments should limit surveillance to specific, known users for lawful purposes, and should not undertake bulk data collection of Internet communications. 2) Oversight and Accountability Intelligence agencies seeking to collect or compel the production of information should do so under a clear legal framework in which executive powers are subject to strong checks and balances. Reviewing courts should be ...

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You may recall Ben Rudolph from the “Smoked By Windows Phone” campaign.  Microsoft has dispatched him again, this time to talk to people on the street about Chromebooks.  Rudolph compares the Chromebook to a similarly priced Asus Transformer Book T100 running Windows 8.  I am really enjoying Microsoft being more aggressive against Google. My favorite part is at ~0:40 seconds in :p ...

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The Scroogled merchandise appears to be a hit among the Microsoft community and the mugs are currently out of stock.  If you are considering purchasing a t-shirt or hoodie for a loved one, now may be the time to do so to ensure you get one in time for the holiday season.  For those that think this is beneath Microsoft, just think back to the “Hi I’m a PC/Mac” commercials.  Ad Age reported earlier last month, Microsoft’s “Scroogled” ad campaign has actually seen positive results. Please read of our previous coverage: http://microsoft-news.com/google-responds-to-microsofts-scroogled-merchandise-campaign/ http://microsoft-news.com/get-your-scroogled-gear-just-in-time-for-the-holiday-season-from-the-microsoft-store/ ...

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Google surprised everyone earlier today by releasing Waze app for Windows Phone devices. Here is the next one, YouTube app for Xbox One consoles. As expected, this app takes advantage of Xbox One platform features such as Voice, gestures, etc,. The YouTube app for Xbox One also makes it easier to find and watch whatever you want: Voice – Control the app just by saying “YouTube” wherever you are in the app. Commands like play, pause, and fast forward will instantly pop up on screen. Gesture – Grab the screen to scroll through videos, and use your hand to pick which one you want to watch.   When your Xbox One arrives later this week, give this app a try. Source: Google ...

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We rarely happen to see Microsoft and Google working on something together. Last time, we saw them together to for patent issues and then for PRISM spying scandal. Today, Dailymail reported that Google has agreed to block child porn related links from its search results. Google will now prevent depraved images and videos from appearing on its search results, and they will expand this blockage to 156 other languages in 6 months. ‘We’ve fine-tuned Google Search to prevent links to child sexual abuse material from appearing in our results.’ Microsoft will also make similar restrictions on its Bing search engine. While Microsoft will be providing the technology called PhotoDNA that will allow officials to automatically find child porn images across the web, Google has developed breakthrough technology that will allow illegal videos to be ‘tagged’ so that all duplicate copies can be removed across the internet. Good job by both Microsoft ...

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Another huge patent war is going to start soon. Rockstar consortium which is jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony has sued Samsung, Huawei, HTC and Google for patent infringement in U.S. District Court in Texas. Rockstar consortium was formed by Microsoft, Apple and others after they won the Nortel’s patents in a bidding for $4.5 billion. Google is accused of infringing seven patents. The patents cover technology that helps match Internet search terms with relevant advertising, the lawsuit said, which is the core of Google’s search business. In fact, Google tried its hand in bidding to buy Nortel’s patents but they eventually lost of Rockstar consortium. The lawsuit points out that, “Despite losing in its attempt to acquire the patents-in-suit at auction, Google has infringed and continues to infringe,”. Apple and Microsoft are already fighting patent battles against various Android OEMs in the courts. But this is the ...

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Google today announced that they are extending the support for Chrome browser on Windows XP till April 2015. Microsoft is ending the support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014 which means that it will no longer receive updates and security patches. Since unpatched browser bugs are often used by malware to infect computers, Google is extending support for Chrome on Windows XP, and will continue to provide regular updates and security patches until at least April 2015. We recognize that hundreds of millions of users, including a good chunk of current Chrome users, still rely on XP. Moreover, many organizations still run dozens or even hundreds of applications on XP and may have trouble migrating. Our goal is to support Chrome for XP users during this transition process. Most importantly, Chrome on XP will still be automatically updated with the latest security fixes to protect against malware and phishing attacks. If ...

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Microsoft started the Scroogled campaign against Google back in November. Since then, Microsoft has focused on various issues like Gmail scanning user’s mail content for ad delivery, Gmail spamming its own users, privacy issues in Chrome, etc. Many of us are not a big fan of these kind of competitor bashing ads, but the ads are really working! According to a report by Ace Metrix, more than 53% of campaign viewers mention Google in their responses to the ads said they would look at Bing in a new light or at least seek more information. “For Microsoft it’s a win,” said Jonathan Symonds, exec VP-marketing at Ace Metrix, an ad-effectiveness research firm. In Ace’s evaluation, more than 53% of campaign viewers mention Google in their responses to the ads said they would look at Bing in a new light or at least seek more information. With Bing trailing Google search ...

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