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New Internet Explorer Flaw Affects All Versions, Every User

Share On Friday, Microsoft announced it had discovered a security flaw in Internet Explorer, used by over 900 million people, that could potentially affect every single user of the browser, regardless of version, on Windows XP, Vista and 7. The flaw rests with how the browser handles MHTML files. Microsoft said an attacker could use a simple HTML link to launch malicious code that could collect u...

Xbox Live Tags 11-Year-Old Autistic Boy a 'Cheater'

Update: According to the Twitter feed of XBLA's Director of Policy and Enforcement Stephen Toulouse, the account was "illegitimately modified" and Julius' mother has since been contacted. The Rainman of 'Halo,' 11-year-old Julius Jackson is apparently a video game whiz. The boy, whose mother says he usually masters games in three to four days, is autistic, and reaches to his Xbox both to socia...

Your Complete Guide to Windows Security

We want to make one thing clear: we're not picking on Windows. But, the truth is, for a number of different reasons, keeping Microsoft's OS safe requires more thought and effort than other systems. Entailing more than hackers and viruses, being secure means protecting your privacy, securing your data, and ensuring that your account passwords are as robust as possible (and not written down on Post...

Kinect Hack Helps With Robotic Surgeries

While surgical robots are much more precise than clunky human hands, the surgeons who use these devices aren't able to guide the 'bots with their natural sense of touch, and this can make it easier to bump into a delicate organ or artery. In response to this problem, some graduate engineering students at the University of Washington recently developed an Xbox 360 Kinect hack, which uses the hardw...

Swedish Neighbor Mistakes Kinect Boxing Match For Abuse, Calls Cops

Over the weekend, Swedish police responded to a report of domestic abuse and discovered the only violence happening was of the pixelated variety. According to Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, cops stormed Robert Johansson's home after a nosy neighbor claimed to see five people inside beating up a woman. Turns out, Johansson and his friends were just playing a round of boxing on the Xbox 360's 'Kinect...

Red Ring of Death? Blame Your Kinect (Maybe)

Gamers have found a new culprit in the great battle against the red ring o' death (or RRoD, for those in the know). Some consumers have told the BBC that they blame the Kinect for the death of their consoles, many of which began failing shortly after they were connected to Microsoft's new motion controller. This isn't just a few disgruntled customers in the U.K., either; gamers around the world a...

Where to Watch Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's CES Keynote

Last year's CES keynote from Microsoft's Steve Ballmer was marked by power outages and a tease of the HP Slate. This year, our money is on yet another Windows tablet and maybe even a sneak peek of Windows 8, the next generation of the company's OS. In a blatant play for Facebook hits, Microsoft requires you to tap 'Like' on its Facebook page to view the livestream. If you'd rather not, head over t...

Hotmail's Mysterious Disappearing E-Mails Returning to Users' Inboxes

Many Hotmail users across the world reported over the weekend that their e-mails had been mysteriously deleted. Over the past couple of days, Microsoft's official forums were filled with complaints from users claiming that their inboxes and all of their folders had been emptied, with some suspecting that their accounts had been hacked. Microsoft's Hotmail technical team has acknowledged that it's...

Windows Media Player Thinks George W. Bush Memoir is an Anti-Bush Album

If you happened to have purchased George W. Bush's new 'Decision Points' audiobook (and let's be honest, who hasn't?), you may have noticed some curious chapter titles when you synced it with your PC. Instead of scrolling through Dubya's lovably punchy chapters, like 'Running,' 'Personnel,' or 'Stem Cells,' you may have seen tracks named 'Weapon of Fear,' 'Bush It,' and 'Innocent Children Die.' If...

People Admire Bill Gates More Than the Dalai Lama, Pope, Glenn Beck

The Dalai Lama and Pope Benedict XVI are two of the most lauded men in the world, but, according to a recent USAToday/Gallup poll, neither man is quite as admirable as Bill Gates. The Microsoft co-founder ranked fifth in this year's 'Most Admired Man' poll, behind Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who topped the list for the third consecutive year. On the women's side,...

IE Bug Gives Hackers Control Over Your PC, Microsoft Offers Band-Aid

Microsoft has discovered a new vulnerability in its Internet Explorer browser that could allow hackers to take control over unprotected PCs. The new bug, which was discovered in all versions of the browser, exposes Explorer's memory management system. If exploited, the vulnerability could allow hackers and cybercriminals to inject their own malicious code into a given computer and seize control of...

Microsoft Speller Challenge to Award $10,000 for a Better Spell Checker

Microsoft wants to make a better spell check and it's willing to pay $10,000 to the person or persons that can "build the best speller that proposes the most plausible spelling alternatives for each search query." The Microsoft Speller Challenge officially launches on January 17, 2011. Eligible participants (over 18, not a Microsoft employee and not living in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, or Sy...

Microsoft Security Essentials Hits Version 2

Microsoft's Security Essentials has officially reached version 2. Ever since its launch last year, MSE has been a favorite among free security software connoisseurs. It's consistently ranked alongside the best paid anti-virus options out there in terms of detection and removal. And it basically blows its free competitors out of the water. The latest version adds an improved heuristic detection en...

IE9's 'Tracking Protection' Lets Users Block Third-Party Sites From Tracking Them

Share The next version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer will come with a new feature that allows users to block third-party companies from tracking their online behavior. The new tool, called Tracking Protection, will be included in Internet Explorer 9, which will be released next year. Users will be able to create their own lists of targeted sites. The browser will then automatically block these...

Kinect Hacks, Vol. II: Robots, Quadrocopters and an Invisibility Cloak

The modding and hacking community is simply having a field day with Microsoft's Kinect. It was just a couple of weeks ago that we highlighted a few of the fun and impressive things that people much smarter than us were doing with the latest in motion-controlled gaming peripherals. But those innovations already look simplistic next to the crazy things being cooked up in living rooms and labs acros...