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Microsoft enables Windows 8 Flash support in IE 10

Windows 8 users who often encountered broken websites due to Flash content being blocked in Internet Explorer 10 are in for some relief.

Microsoft says the latest version of IE 10, now available, will display Flash videos and games by default.

Flash content was always available for anyone who used the browser in Windows’ ‘Desktop mode’ however that meant many of us – myself included – would just use the operating system in the traditional view rather than the “immersive” live-tile view.

The update will also enable Flash for IE 10 on the watered-down version of Windows 8, better known as Windows RT.

In a blog post, IE group program manager Rob Mauceri said they believe that when sites “just work” in the latest web browser, the experience is better for everyone involved. Fantastic move – finally.

So why did they limit Flash content to sites on a special list in the first place? Apparently, that move was to improve performance.

Flash wasn’t completely banned on Windows 8. Websites could get themselves on a so-called ‘Compatibility View’ list which enabled site-specific content. To get on the list, developers had to prove their site didn’t hurt a computer’s responsiveness, performance and battery life.

At the same time, Flash is problematic when it comes to web security, with anti-virus firms like Kaspersky often finding bugs and exploitable holes.

Then again, is any web browser ever secure? Apparently not.

Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer were compromised at the annual Pwn2Own hacker conference. According to a blog post from Sophos, all three browsers were cracked.

Which web browser do you prefer to use?


Much-anticipated Microsoft Surface Pro release date set

Microsoft_Surface_Pro_with_Type_coverMicrosoft announced when the new, powerful version of it’s Surface tablet will be released, as well as details on pricing and other accessories.

In a press release, Microsoft said the Surface Pro will be available in Canada on February 9 for an estimated street price of $899 – the same goes for shoppers in the United States.

The biggest difference between the standard Surface and Surface Pro is the amount of horsepower under the hood.

The Microsoft Surface Pro is running a full-fledged CPU under the hood, so the tablet isn’t running the watered-down Windows RT.

While Windows RT has it’s advantages, such as the ability to run on low-powered computers, it can run traditional software titles or my favourite web browser, Chrome.

Windows Surface Pro is running full-fledged Windows 8, so you can run pretty much whatever you want.

It’ll ship with a powerful Intel Core i5 processor in either 64GB or 128 GB varieties. The Surface Pro also comes with a stylus, designed to help users draw, take hand-written notes or doodle during boring meetings.

I had a chance to play around with the Surface (running Windows RT), and can’t wait to see what the Pro has to offer.

While I was impressed by the rock-solid hardware (watch me drop it) and how nicely the Touch Cover keyboard works – the inability to run traditional apps such as Chrome and VLC held me back. Pro should fix that.

Microsoft also announced new stylish Touch Covers and a mouse.

Do you want the Surface Pro?

Apple isn’t cool anymore: teens

Apple has been in the news lately, and not necessarily because it’s selling new and vastly innovative products. And now the results of a new survey suggest Apple’s cool factor is fading.

Actually, it seems as though the company is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

A report in the Wall Street Journal tossed cold water on Apple’s hot stock price by suggesting that the tech giant was cutting orders for parts used in its iPhones due to less demand for the device.

Sources told the WSJ that orders for the screens that go in the latest iPhone declined to about half what they had planned for, although at least one analyst says that wasn’t reason to panick.

Wall Street is taking notice, however. Apple’s stock price has dropped by 28 per cent since it hit a high of $702.10 back in February 2012.

And now the ultimate barometer of what’s cool is turning on Apple.

Research from the Buzz Marketing Group suggests teens don’t think Apple is cool anymore. Instead, they have their eyes on Samsung’s Galaxy SIII and the Microsoft Surface tablet.

Picked your jaw off the floor? Continue reading…


MS Office coming to iOS and Android in March?

A new report suggests Microsoft will be releasing a version of Office for Apple iOS and Google’s Android devices, sometime in March.

According to the Verge, which is reporting off of a Czech news site IHNED, MS product manager Peter Bobek said the company is going to release the iOS and Android version of Office 2013 in March.

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