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Windows Phone 7 ads

Microsoft has posted its first teaser video advertisement for the upcoming Windows Phone 7.

The one-minute ad, posted on the official Windows Phone UK YouTube channel, was created for a Secret Cinema showing of ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ and spoofs the iconic mirage scene from the film.

With the Windows Phone 7 launch just months away, Microsoft has begun ramping up publicity for the new mobile OS. Windows Phone UK is partnering with Secret Cinema to bring “a new level of connectivity” to the Secret Cinema experience and raise awareness of Windows Phone 7.


Microsoft still kicking with Office

Microsoft has decided on the branding for its all-new Office 2011 for Mac releases, offering the two packages in grey and orange boxes, reveals this morning.

The release of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 will be simultaneous across 100 countries at the end of October. Two versions will be available, Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 and Office for Mac Home and Business 2011. It will cost between $99 and $119.

So like dudes at Redmond, something called NeoOffice is free and like Google Docs will suffice.

Apple QuickTime security bug hits Windows

Wintercore’s Ruben Santamarta claims Apple has failed to clean up some old code nested within QuickTime which can leave Internet Explorer vulnerable to yet another of the Microsoft browser’s long line of potential attacks.

The exploit is simple to execute just by tricking a user into visiting a malicious site hosting the exploit code, a so-called “drive-by” attack.

The attack code works when someone browses with IE on a machine running Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 that has QuickTime 7.x or the older QuickTime 6.x installed.

Apple patched QuickTime for Windows on August 11 (version 7.6.7).The exploit works because Apple didn’t tidy up QuickTime’s code after developers dropped the “_Marshaled_pUnk” function, something the researcher attributes to human error.

“Although this functionality was removed in newer versions, the parameter is still present,”Santamarta wrote. “Why? I guess someone forgot to clean up the code.”

Site News. 500.


As of today, Technacity has reached over 500 views in a two month period.

Every day the number of views increase, especially in the last two weeks. In the past week, I had written my 200th post. As of today there are 214 posts.

I have decided to expand the website’s news coverage to several topics besides Apple including Google, Adobe, and Microsoft.

I would like to thank you all and if you any suggestions on improving the site please leave a comment below.

Future Plans

I plan to have 1000 views in two months and have around 1500 views by the new year.

Final words

As always thank you for reading and I hope that you will keep reading, Technacity.

I haven’t done this in a while but, from time to time I put interesting stuff from YouTube (not always tech related). Link. It’s a song about the BP Oil Spill. It’s rather moving and touching.

Breaking: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen sues Apple, Google, Facebook, AOL, eBay, Netflix, Yahoo!, Staples, OfficeMax, Office Depot, and YouTube over patents

Microsoft’s co-founder Paul Allen has filed suit against nine companies over patent violations. Allen is suing Apple, Google, AOL, Facebook, eBay, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube (Google subsidiary). The claims involve four separate patents, most of which cover integral parts of how the companies named do business. For example, one patent allows site suggestions for consumers based on things they’re currently viewing, while another allows related articles to be delivered while reading news. The suit, which was filed today, does not name any specific amount of damages he is seeking.


According to a press release issued by Interval Licensing, four patents are at stake in the lawsuit:

  • United States Patent No. 6,263,507 issued for an invention entitled “Browser for Use in Navigating a Body of Information, With Particular Application to Browsing Information Represented By Audiovisual Data.”
  • United States Patent No. 6,034,652 issued for an invention entitled “Attention Manager for Occupying the Peripheral Attention of a Person in the Vicinity of a Display Device.”
  • United States Patent No. 6,788,314 issued for an invention entitled “Attention Manager for Occupying the Peripheral Attention of a Person in the Vicinity of a Display Device.”
  • United States Patent No. 6,757,682 issued for an invention entitled “Alerting Users to Items of Current Interest.”

The press release claims that the technologies are “fundamental” to the operation of leading e-commerce and search companies and the firm is merely looking to protect its own investments in innovation.

Mobile Browser Comparison Test

Pocket Now takes us through a browser comparison between the iPhone 4, Windows Phone 7 device, and Nexus One. Keep in mind the Windows 7 experience you will see below is still in beta form but both of the other platforms should improve during the time it takes Microsoft to ship their product. As you will see in the video, each have their strong points. Oh and the Microsoft won’t do HTML5 (or Flash) or Silverlight.

Apple Sued in Patent Suit Over VPN on iOS

Patent holding firm VirnetX yesterday announced that it has filed suit against Apple, Cisco, NEC, and Aastra, alleging infringement of five patents held by the company. Apple is being targeted for claimed infringement by the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch of a pair of patents related to virtual private networking (VPN).

Wednesday’s suit claimed that Apple’s iPhone — all models, including the newest iPhone 4 — iPod Touch and iPad infringed a pair of VirnetX patents.

The patent cited in both lawsuits, titled “Agile network protocol for secure communications with assured system availability,” describes technologies for creating and managing a virtual private networking (VPN) connection.

The suit was filed in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, a popular location for patent cases known for its plaintiff-friendly judgments. The judge in the case, Leonard Davis, also presided over the Microsoft case and is particularly known for his willingness to rule in favor of plaintiffs in patent disputes.

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