Microsoft hit with $730 million fine in Europe over browser choice glitch

MicrosoftNo matter how big Microsoft really, is offering the browser choice screen on new computers in Europe was a move that required swallowing lots of pride, nearly 20 years ago. In the screen, you get an option other than the default Internet Explorer as to what kind of browser you want — Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Opera. However, the European Commission is fining Microsoft, yet again, for non-compliance on MSFT’s part for not including the screen in Windows 7 SP1.

The only way this becomes more of a burn is that Microsoft states it was simply a error, as they had been complying with the policy for an extended period of time. Whatever it is, $730 million is a fine that Microsoft will feel.

Via: Europa.eu

Android 4 Surpasses Gingerbread, Jelly Bean Takes 17% Spot

android-versions-march-2013Android is slowly becoming more and more unified in the features offered in smartphones and software versions available. Finally, Android 2.3 Gingerbread has been overtaken in market share by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean, collectively being 45.1 percent over Gingebread’s  44.2 percent. Specifically, Android 4.1 and 4.2 which represent Google Now have a 16.5% share  — there’s still a long way to go.

Via: Android Developers Dashboard

Ferrari Announces The Fantastic LaFerrari Hybrid With 949HP

ferrari-laferrariFerrari has made its first (awesome) hybrid: the LaFerrari boasts a mighty 789HP V12 engine mated with 160HP of electric power, the 949HP combination of which takes the supercar to 62MPH in just under 3 seconds — that’s serious stuff right there.

Besides being eco-friendly and the expulsion of low emissions, event he richest will be unable buy the LaFerrari — all 499 units of the €1 million ($1.3 million) required to purchase the supercar hybrid have been allocated to owners. However, the technology is already planned for future cars.

Via Ferrari, Autoblog

The Latest Iron Man 3 Trailer Is Completely Hardcore

Iron_Man_3This trailer is full of Tony Stark getting his butt handed to him, handing it back, and the world falling apart and seeing new technology, all tat the same time. It’s awesome. All the while, Iron Man 3’s main villain  the Mandarin, is taunting the genius Tony Stark at every turn.

To add to the epic that Iron Man 3 will be, Dolby Atmos is a new surround sound system destined for 450 theaters worldwide that will show off the movie that 5 different VFX studios worked on. Check out the theatrical trailer, after the break.

Mars Curiosity Rover Exits Safe Mode, Is Now Fully Operational

Mars CuriosityA memory glitch forced the Mars Curiosity Rover to halt its expedition of Mars and enter safe mode on a backup computer, causing gasps and “oh nos” everywhere. Don’t worry, NASA is reporting that they’ve successfully brought the Curiosity rover out of safe mode and filling out the needed tests to make sure the system can withstand all the perils that come form traveling on Mars. Once that’s over with, the Curiosity rover will continue its adventure in the next few days.

Via: Jet Propulsion Lab 

Samsung Galaxy S IV Specs Possibly Got Leaked On Twitter

gsiv-evleaksA reliable Twitter account for leaks, @evleaks, has posted what is a proposed design of the Galaxy S IV set to be announced on March 14th at a press event in NYC (which I’ll be attending). What’s more interesting are the purported specs: a crsip and clear Super AMOLED Full HD screen of unknown size, 16GB/32GB/64GB storage options with 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera and Android 4.2 as the operating system. While the design is mostly not what we’d come to expect, the specs seem pretty realistic — we’ll know for sure on the 14th, of course.

Via: @evleaks

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flags Coming October For PC And Current + Next-Gen Consoles

AC4: Black FlagsThe Assassin’s Creed franchise has struck again, this time with pirates in the Caribbean. After the end of the half-British, half-Native American assassin Connor in the previous game, AC4 will take the player on an open-world naval warfare adventure with a new assassin, named Edward Kenway of The Caribbean. Kenway’s the captain of a pirate vessel known as “The Jackdaw”, and besides having a crew, he can explore the islands, including underwater expeditions where you’d come across sharks looking for booty. And rather being Desmond Miles, you are a Templar, running through your memories in the Animus, attempting to uncover the past.

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flags is coming out this October on PC, PlayStation 3 and 4, Nintendo Wii U, Xbox 360, and Microsoft’s next-gen console. Premier video after the break!

Evernote Was Hacked, Encrypted Passwords Stolen, So You’re Safe

EvernoteNext time you log in to Evernote, you’ll have to reset your password. A hack on the 28th of February successfully breached all forms of security, including your emails, usernames, and encrypted passwords — except personal information. So, it’s time to reset; thankfully the passwords were encrypted, thus rendered nearly useless.

From Evernote:

Evernote’s Operations & Security team has discovered and blocked suspicious activity on the Evernote network that appears to have been a coordinated attempt to access secure areas of the Evernote Service.

In our security investigation, we have found no evidence that any of the content you store in Evernote was accessed, changed or lost. We also have no evidence that any payment information for Evernote Premium or Evernote Business customers was accessed.

The investigation has shown, however, that the individual(s) responsible were able to gain access to Evernote user information, which includes usernames, email addresses associated with Evernote accounts and encrypted passwords. Even though this information was accessed, the passwords stored by Evernote are protected by one-way encryption. (In technical terms, they are hashed and salted.)

One day, another hack. Via: Evernote