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11.20.2014 - Cortana goes stunt crazy!



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Last night, passers-by on the banks of the Thames were treated to a spectacular stunt from world-renowned trials cyclist, Danny MacAskill, as he successfully completed one of the largest loop-the-loop challenges to ever be set on water. 

Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Microsoft
November 19, 2014

With the help of Windows Phone’s truly personal digital assistant, Cortana, Danny rode around a monumental five-metre loop (taller than a double-decker bus!), illuminating the Cortana signature in front of one of London’s most iconic landmarks, the London Eye, in the process. Cortana acted as Danny’s personal assistant throughout his training for the activation, arranging his meetings, setting appointment reminders, playing his favourite music, warning for bad weather and finding maps.


Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana is renowned for her instantaneous, intelligent and customised approach - she knows what you want and how to #makeithappen. With her proactive help, useful advice and instant solutions, Danny was able to fulfil a life-long aspiration seamlessly.


 

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11.18.2014 - MS14-066 - Critical: Vulnerability in Schannel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2992611) - Version: 2.0



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Revision Note: V2.0 (November 18, 2014): Bulletin revised to announce the reoffering of the 2992611 update to systems running Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012. The reoffering addresses known issues that a small number of customers experienced with the new TLS cipher suites that were included in the original release. Customers running Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 who installed the 2992611 update prior to the November 18 reoffering should reapply the update.
Summary: This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in the Microsoft Secure Channel (Schannel) security package in Windows. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if an attacker sends specially crafted packets to a Windows server.
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11.18.2014 - MS14-068 - Critical: Vulnerability in Kerberos Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3011780) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (November 18, 2014): Bulletin published
Summary: This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Kerberos KDC that could allow an attacker to elevate unprivileged domain user account privileges to those of the domain administrator account. An attacker could use these elevated privileges to compromise any computer in the domain, including domain controllers. An attacker must have valid domain credentials to exploit this vulnerability. The affected component is available remotely to users who have standard user accounts with domain credentials; this is not the case for users with local account credentials only. When this security bulletin was issued, Microsoft was aware of limited, targeted attacks that attempt to exploit this vulnerability.
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11.12.2014 - The next Richard Branson?



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Touted as the next Richard Branson, Jamal Edwards is one of the UK’s young entrepreneurial stars. Aged 15 he set up SB:TV with just a handycam and YouTube account. Focusing mainly on music and youth culture SB:TV brought to life a part of young British culture not often seen on mainstream TV. Jamal took grassroots creativity from London’s music and lifestyle scenes and delivered this to a global audience via the internet. Fast forward 8 years and Jamal’s channel is now Britain’s leading youth channel with over 5 million views a month. His content is still grounded in the lifestyle of 13-34year olds in cities across the global – from the music they love to the personalities that inspire them. At only 24, Jamal encourages his viewers to be inspired and adopt #Self-belief to achieve their dreams. This thought comes across in many of the videos broadcast on SB:TV.

As a business leader of the future, Jamal Edwards was invited to Future Decoded earlier this week, and had exclusive green room access to some of the world’s most influential thinkers. Speaking from his own experience as an entrepreneur, Jamal speaks with Sir Bob Geldof and Sir Martin Sorrel about the impact of technology and what it takes to make it in business. Here is what they had to say.

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11.11.2014 - MS14-077 - Important: Vulnerability in Active Directory Federation Services Could Allow Information Disclosure (3003381) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (November 11, 2014): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS). The vulnerability could allow information disclosure if a user leaves their browser open after logging off from an application, and an attacker reopens the application in the browser immediately after the user has logged off.
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11.11.2014 - MS14-067 - Critical: Vulnerability in XML Core Services Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2993958) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (November 11, 2014): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a logged-on user visits a specially crafted website that is designed to invoke Microsoft XML Core Services (MSXML) through Internet Explorer. In all cases, however, an attacker would have no way to force users to visit such websites. Instead, an attacker would have to convince users to visit a website, typically by getting them to click a link in an email message or in an Instant Messenger request that takes users to the attacker's website.
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11.11.2014 - MS14-074 - Important: Vulnerability in Remote Desktop Protocol Could Allow Security Feature Bypass (3003743) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (November 11, 2014): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow security feature bypass when Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) fails to properly log audit events. By default, RDP is not enabled on any Windows operating system. Systems that do not have RDP enabled are not at risk.
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11.11.2014 - MS14-078 - Moderate: Vulnerability in IME (Japanese) Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2992719) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (November 11, 2014): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) (Japanese). The vulnerability could allow sandbox escape based on the application sandbox policy on a system where an affected version of the Microsoft IME (Japanese) is installed. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could escape the sandbox of a vulnerable application and gain access to the affected system with logged-in user rights. If the affected system is logged in with administrative rights, an attacker could then install programs; view, change or delete data; or create new accounts with full administrative rights.
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11.11.2014 - MS14-076 - Important: Vulnerability in Internet Information Services (IIS) Could Allow Security Feature Bypass (2982998) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (November 11, 2014): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Internet Microsoft Information Services (IIS) that could lead to a bypass of the "IP and domain restrictions" security feature. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could result in clients from restricted or blocked domains having access to restricted web resources.
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11.11.2014 - MS14-069 - Important: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3009710) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (November 11, 2014): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves three privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a specially crafted file is opened in an affected edition of Microsoft Office 2007. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user rights.
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11.11.2014 - MS14-070 - Important: Vulnerability in TCP/IP Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2989935) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (November 11, 2014): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves a publically reported vulnerability in TCP/IP that occurs during input/output control (IOCTL) processing. This vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if an attacker logs on to a system and runs a specially crafted application. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could run arbitrary code in the context of another process. If this process runs with administrator privileges, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.
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11.11.2014 - MS14-073 - Important: Vulnerability in Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3000431) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (November 11, 2014): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft SharePoint Server. An authenticated attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could run arbitrary script in the context of the user on the current SharePoint site. In a web-based attack scenario, an attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit these vulnerabilities and then convince a user to view the website. The attacker could also take advantage of compromised websites and websites that accept or host user-provided content or advertisements. These websites could contain specially crafted content that could exploit these vulnerabilities. In all cases, however, an attacker would have no way to force users to view the attacker-controlled content. Instead, an attacker would have to convince users to take action, typically by getting them to click a link in an email message or in an Instant Messenger message that takes users to the attacker's website, or by getting them to open an attachment sent through email.
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11.11.2014 - MS14-079 - Moderate: Vulnerability in Kernel-Mode Driver Could Allow Denial of Service (3002885) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (November 11, 2014): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow denial of service if an attacker places a specially crafted TrueType font on a network share and a user subsequently navigates there in Windows Explorer. In a web-based attack scenario, an attacker could host a website that contains a webpage that is used to exploit this vulnerability. In addition, compromised websites and websites that accept or host user-provided content or advertisements could contain specially crafted content that could exploit this vulnerability. In all cases, however, an attacker would have no way to force users to visit such websites. Instead, an attacker would have to persuade users to visit a website, typically by getting them to click a link in an email message or Instant Messenger message that takes them to the attacker's website.
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11.11.2014 - MS14-072 - Important: Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3005210) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (November 11, 2014): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft .NET Framework. The vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if an attacker sends specially crafted data to an affected workstation or server that uses .NET Remoting. .NET Remoting is not widely used by applications; only custom applications that have been specifically designed to use .NET Remoting would expose a system to the vulnerability.
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11.11.2014 - MS14-071 - Important: Vulnerability in Windows Audio Service Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3005607) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (November 11, 2014): Bulletin published
Summary: This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if an application uses the Microsoft Windows Audio service. The vulnerability by itself does not allow arbitrary code to be run. The vulnerability would have to be used in conjunction with another vulnerability that allowed remote code execution.
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11.11.2014 - MS14-066 - Critical: Vulnerability in Schannel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2992611) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (November 11, 2014): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in the Microsoft Secure Channel (Schannel) security package in Windows. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if an attacker sends specially crafted packets to a Windows server.
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11.11.2014 - MS14-064 - Critical: Vulnerabilities in Windows OLE Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3011443) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (November 11, 2014): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows Object Linking and Embedding (OLE). The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user opens a Microsoft Office file that contains a specially crafted OLE object. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerabilities could run arbitrary code in the context of the current user. If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.
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11.07.2014 - One year on from Haiyan:



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Microsoft is excited about the potential global benefits from TV White Space technology. The UK is playing a leading role and Ofcom’s White Spaces pilot is being closely watched around the world and includes participants from the US and Japan. We are pleased that Microsoft Azure has now been added to the list of White Spaces Databases (WSDBs) qualified by Ofcom to operate in the UK. Microsoft is currently leading several pilots including with the University of Strathclyde and Scottish Government, as well as with a local ISP and independent lifeboat on the Isle of Wight. Results from these pilot projects have been impressive and point to a bright future for the technology.

One year ago, the Philippines was hit by super-typhoon Haiyan (also known as Typhoon Yolanda). It was unofficially recorded as the strongest typhoon ever in terms of wind speed and also the deadliest typhoon on record in the Philippines. It killed over 6,000 people and affected over 11 million; leaving many homeless.

The disasters wiped out communications in the region, greatly slowing local and international response and relief efforts. In one of the worst affected areas, Tacloban City, there was little communication and no mobile phone coverage. This situation was repeated in many parts of Leyte Island with many remaining without power and communications for more than a month.

This communications challenge was in part alleviated by utilising pioneering TV White Space technology. The term, TV White Space spectrum, refers to frequencies in the VHF and UHF television broadcast bands that are either unassigned or unused by existing broadcasters or other licensees and could be used to deliver broadband access, services and applications. TV White Space devices and networks work in much the same way as conventional Wi-Fi, but because the TV signals travel over longer distances and better penetrate walls and other obstacles, they require fewer access points to cover the same area. In the UK, Ofcom is overseeing a number of pilots to look at how the technology can be used to supplement existing mobile 4G and 3G networks.

In the Philippines, Microsoft had already entered into a partnership with a number of Governmental departments to monitor fishing stocks using TV whitespaces technology. However, when disaster struck the technology was able to be rapidly re-deployed to help in the disaster relief efforts in Bohol and in Palo, Leyte: one of the areas hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan. For the first time in history, TV White Space technologies were used in a disaster zone to expand the reach of communications solutions such as satellite links.

When the disaster struck, white space technology was deployed to help in the relief effort
When the disaster struck, white space technology was deployed to help in the relief effort
November 07, 2014


Dondi Mapa, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Philippines, says, “Many of the cell towers were on top of buildings, and all the buildings were wiped out by the typhoon. When a disaster causes this level of impact, it becomes very difficult to establish a cellular network in the traditional sense. A TV White Space network typically has four times the range and 16 times the coverage of a comparable higher frequency solution. By using TV White Space technologies, it was possible to share a satellite signal to sites as far as ten kilometers away. Instead of having survivors queueing around the central command centres where the VSATs are located, it becomes possible to establish connectivity centres in the evacuation areas where survivors have received shelter.”

White Spaces technology has been showing its value in other parts of the world too. In Africa, it has been used to provide Internet access in an increasing number of remote communities.


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11.05.2014 - Unlocking cities through sound



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Imagine losing your sight and having to rely on other people to help you get out and about, or being restricted to the same four of five short routes that have taken months to learn. Or imagine being in a foreign country, unable to read the signs and unsure of where you need to go. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to overcome those challenges independently, allowing you to spontaneously and confidently get out to explore the world around you?

After months of in-depth field testing and research, Microsoft, Guide Dogs and Future Cities Catapult have launched the results of the first phase of an exciting project which will revolutionise how people with sight loss, and the sighted, experience the urban landscape, creating a revolutionary new application of 3D sound.

Microsoft, Guide Dogs and Future Cities Catapult have launched the results of the first phase of an exciting project which will revolutionise how people with sight loss, and the sighted, experience the urban landscape
Microsoft, Guide Dogs and Future Cities Catapult have launched the results of the first phase of an exciting project which will revolutionise how people with sight loss, and the sighted, experience the urban landscape
November 04, 2014

The headset creates a personalised 3D-soundscape transmitted through the wearer’s jaw bone
The headset creates a personalised 3D-soundscape transmitted through the wearer’s jaw bone
November 04, 2014

Using a small headset, paired with a Windows Phone, the new application uses cloud based location and navigation data working with a network of information beacons placed in urban locations to create a personalised 3D-soundscape transmitted through the wearer’s jaw bone. The application will help both orientation and navigation and also provides enhanced contextual information such as shops, points of interest and addional journey details to help the user build up an understanding of their surroundings. This information is transmitted through bone-conducting technology, which means that sounds appear to come from outside of the user’s head. For example, if there is a coffee shop on the user’s right, the coffee shop will be read out from their right, allowing them to build up a mental image of their surroundings.

The act of getting around can be a nerve-wracking experience for too many people, especially the blind and partially sighted. With two million people in the UK already living with sight loss and two hundred and eighty five million visually impaired people around the world, this is a growing problem. The ability to travel independently, or not, can significantly affect a person's ability to go to school or work, engage in sport or get to and from social activities.


Kirsty Grice is a person living with sight loss , and has been trialling the new technology. She describes her feelings: “We want to live like normal people, we don’t always want to plan ahead to see if we can get community transport, or a taxi or something, we want to be able to just jump on a bus and go somewhere and have that freedom.”

Kirsty Grice is trialling the new technology
Kirsty Grice is trialling the new technology
November 04, 2014

Kirsty is not alone; this genesis of the project was rooted in personal experiences. Amos Miller is a Microsoft employee and former trustee of Guide Dogs who is visually impaired. He was inspired by becoming a father and wanted to share in and enjoy everyday experiences with his daughter, without having to worry about the challenges of exploring new environments.

by the tracks
by the tracks
November 05, 2014
The headset creates a revolutionary new application of 3D sound.


“Living and researching complex challenges has informed our design process every step of the way,” Amos explains. “We have been able to develop something that has huge potential for society at large, not just those living with sight loss.”

At this stage, the technology is a demonstrator which is being tested on a sample journey from Reading to London encompassing walking routes, bus travel, shopping, and train travel. The long-term ambition for the programme is to bring other organisations and local authorities across the UK on board, so that more people living with sight loss, or anyome living in a city, can benefit from its services.

The long-term ambition for the programme is to bring other organisations and local authorities across the UK on board
The long-term ambition for the programme is to bring other organisations and local authorities across the UK on board
November 04, 2014

Our cities are becoming rich with information and Cities Unlocked is paving the way for the future of personalised products and services. Harnessing the power of this technology to open up more of our world to people with sight loss is just the start of an amazing journey for all of us.

For more information visit the website.

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10.31.2014 - Bing gets freaky this Halloween



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Halloween can be a scary or fun time depending on who you talk to. Traditionally, Halloween or All Hallows Eve is a day to commemorate the dead. It’s now a day for frights, fun and fantastic costumes, making it one of the most anticipated and feared days of the year.

It’s also a time for people to search Bing for everything from paranormal activity to costumes. According to Bing’s top Halloween searches, the most searched for haunted destination in the UK is Enfield, London with the Green Street Poltergeist. If you fancy a ghostly encounter this Halloween, other destinations in the list are the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, and Jamaica Inn in Cornwall.

On a less eerie note, Bing has also revealed the most searched-for celebrity costumes for Halloween. Topping the list in the UK is US wild child popstar, Miley Cyrus. The notorious twerking singer is closely followed by Lady Gaga with her outrageous costumes, Michael ‘Thriller’ Jackson, Marilyn Monroe and teen heartthrob, Justin Bieber. The only Brit to feature in the Top 10 is X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

One of Bing's Halloween homepages
One of Bing's Halloween homepages
October 30, 2014

Bing is getting into the Halloween spirit this year with a fully immersive and interactive homepage dedicated to three famous ghostly tales: the weeping woman La Llorona, legendary ghost ship The Flying Dutchman and future gazing spirit Bloody Mary. Head to www.bing.com today to see the homepage.

Bing celebratets Halloween with a selection of spooky homepages
Bing celebratets Halloween with a selection of spooky homepages
October 30, 2014

Another Halloween homepage from Bing
Another Halloween homepage from Bing
October 30, 2014

Bing's selection of Halloween homepages
Bing's selection of Halloween homepages
October 30, 2014

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