Software giant Microsoft and the police take the theft of trade secrets very seriously. A former Microsoft employee named Alex Kibkalo has been arrested for allegedly stealing trade secrets from Microsoft having to do with Windows 8. Kibkalo was a senior architect at Microsoft in the past.
A new version of Microsoft's Surface 2 tablet, this time packing integrated LTE connectivity for getting online while on the move, will go on sale from March 18th. The Windows RT slate will use AT&T's 4G network and be priced at $679 for the 64GB version, and is the first of Microsoft's Surface series of tablets to include integrated mobile broadband.
Microsoft could slash the Windows Phone licensing fee it charges manufacturers to use the OS by nearly three-quarters, reports from handset makers indicate, as the company tries to drive adoption in developing markets on more affordable devices. Exactly what tithe Microsoft demands for each OS install has never been officially confirmed, but according to one manufacturer yet to jump on the Windows Phone train, the rumored $23-30 per device figure widely circulated might be cut by as much as 70-percent. Ironically, the cut comes just as Microsoft gets close to acquiring a project intended to bridge Windows Phone and developing markets.
Nokia HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 has arrived for download in the Windows Store, bringing the mapping and navigation app to any Windows tablet, notebook, or PC running Microsoft's latest OS version. The software, the broad arrival of which had been heralded late last week, includes 3D city guidance, offline maps support, and public transportation details.
Microsoft has sold more than 200 million Windows 8 licenses, the company has confirmed, more than doubling sales in less than a year. The figure was shared by Microsoft EVP of marketing Tami Reller, and comes amid increasingly vocal suggestions that the company had been disappointed by demand for Windows 8.
The reboot of the vehicle-smashing classic Carmageddon made its way to both Android and iOS last year. Now, in anticipation of its Steam Early Access approach, the team has made the game entirely free - with a catch. You'll be able to have a peek at the game for the next 24 hours - after that, it's back to the wallet! Then it's all about the newest version of the game - the fourth in the series - Carmageddon: Reincarnation.
As with the vast number of products we've seen today and over the weekend, among them being a host of devices from Lenovo and LaCie, Garmin has introduce a batch of navigation-related devices. The HUD+ has been debuted, along with a new smartphone app, as well as the first nuvi navigators with 6-inch displays and the first nuvi that comes with a wireless backup camera.
Microsoft is aiming to cut Windows confusion by trimming its three-strong OS line-up for mobile devices to tow, streamlining some combination of Windows Phone, Windows RT, and full Windows. Windows RT, the little-loved version of Windows 8 that Microsoft cooked up for ARM-based tablets, was insufficiently differentiated from full Windows, Julie Larson-Green, Executive Vice President of Devices and Studios at Microsoft, said last week, ZDNet reports. While Microsoft's exact plans weren't detailed, long-standing rumors indicate the company may integrate Windows Phone and Windows RT in future.
Microsoft's OneNote for Windows 8.1 has seen a considerable update, adding the ability to "scan" a document or image using a tablet's camera, apply optical character recognition to search through text, and make better use of digital ink. The new app, available today, takes on Evernote with its new Camera Scan feature, which automatically crops, rotates, straightens, de-shadows, and sharpens images so that they look more like scans than quick snaps with the Windows device's camera.
Fisker, the company behind the Karma hybrid sports car, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this weekend. The company hasn't had very good luck these past few years. The company originally set out to make green cars sexy, but it has been floundering for the better part of two years due to car fires, faulty batteries, design flaws, missed milestones set by the US government, a terrible Consumer Reports Review, and Hurricane Sandy. See, no luck.