Microsoft's 'Crazy Huge Hack,’ Explained

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Last week, Microsoft announced that the on-premises version of its widely used email and calendaring product Exchange had several previously undisclosed security flaws. businesses and governments, primarily to… Read more.

Tim Sweeney Warns VR Could Make Tech Companies ‘More Powerful Than Any Government’


” During his address on stage, Sweeney urged the audience to consider that, “if we ever allow one company to own the meta-verse, then that company would have more power than any government that has ever existed.” ” Sweeney is also wary of Microsoft’s upcoming foray into the VR space and is waiting to see just how open it will choose to make its own immersive platform. Interviews exclusives government Oculus Home open platform Tim Sweeney


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Microsoft Says SolarWinds Hackers Exploited Its Own Customer Support Tools

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Microsoft says the cybercriminals behind the SolarWinds attack compromised a Microsoft customer service agent’s device to launch hacking attempts against its customers.

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Clubhouse Will Strengthen Security After Researchers Find That Data Could Be Accessed by the Chinese Government

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A group of researchers at the Stanford Internet Observatory has determined that Clubhouse’s data protection practices allowed its users’ data, possibly including their raw audio, to potentially be accessed by the Chinese government.

Microsoft Investigates Whether Leaked 'Proof of Concept' Attack Code Contributed to Exchange Hack

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Hackers may have gotten their hands on inside intel that Microsoft shared with its security partners to exploit vulnerabilities in the company’s widely used email and calendaring software Exchange, according to a Friday Wall Street Journal report.

Microsoft Employees Aren’t Happy About $479M HoloLens Military Contract


Last week a collection of Microsoft employees penned a letter to the companies CEO, Satya Nadella, and its president, Brad Smith, expressing their open discontent regarding a $479M contract with the United States military that would introduce roughly 100,000 HoloLens MR headsets to the battlefield. If you're a Microsoft employee you can sign at: [link] — Microsoft Workers 4 Good (@MsWorkers4) February 22, 2019.

Microsoft Wants U.S. to Adopt Internet Rules From Australia That Google Hates

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Microsoft would like the U.S. government to adopt media rules that would force big tech companies to share profits with newspapers when they link to news content, according to a new blog post by Microsoft president Brad Smith.

Australia's PM Suggests Bing Adequate If Google Blocks Searches Down Under

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technology_internet websites alphabet inc internet search engines government of australia world wide web morrison government scott morrison turnbull government microsoft bing googleIt used to be a joke, but it’s not so funny anymore.

U.S. Army Chooses Microsoft’s HoloLens For $480 Million Contract


The United States Army awarded a $480 million contract to Microsoft that will equip military personnel with prototype versions of HoloLens intended to increase “lethality, mobility, and situational awareness.” ” HoloLens is an all-in-one augmented reality headset from Microsoft which first shipped in 2016 for $3,000. A report from Bloomberg suggests the award could eventually lead the military to purchase more than 100,000 headsets from MIcrosoft.

Microsoft Wins $480M Defense Contract to Provide U.S. Army with AR Headsets

Road to VR

Microsoft has won a $480 million contract with the U.S. Army which is poised to outfit soldiers with 100,000 Microsoft-built AR headsets. While the contract hasn’t been publicly released on the Department of Defense’s site yet, advanced word from Bloomberg maintains that the contract will supply the Army with “prototypes for augmented reality systems” from Microsoft, which will be used in both combat missions and training.

FTC Unanimously Backs New Policy Supporting Your Right to Repair Your Own Devices

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Microsoft’s ‘PIVOT’ Haptics Research Could Make Throwing A Ball In VR More Believable

Upload VR

The latest VR haptics research from Microsoft — called “PIVOT” — might see this dream realized more believably. Microsoft’s researchers seem to be proposing a completely different level of believability with PIVOT.

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Microsoft moves to make device fixes (and our lives) easier

Mashable VR

Urged by shareholders and advocates, Microsoft has agreed to move toward allowing individual repairs of consumer devices rather than requiring manufacturer oversight. Microsoft is the first U.S. Microsoft's agreement addresses the first two of these.

What's the Most Significant Hack in History?

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If that day never arrives, it will be largely thanks to the legions of malefactors who, over the years, have hacked this or that government or corporation and thus forced… Read more.

Biden Summons Masters of the Universe to Help Solve America's Cybersecurity Problem

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Bloomberg was first to report that Biden has plans this Wednesday to meet with the CEO’s from Apple, Microsoft and Amazon to… Read more. After over a year where the U.S.

Biden Assembles the Final Member of His Big Tech Nightmare Squad

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President Joe Biden has selected attorney and frequent critic of Google parent company Alphabet to lead the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, the White House announced Tuesday.

How to develop for Microsoft HoloLens

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One of the devices that generates the greatest interest among the tech community at the moment is Microsoft HoloLens. From space exploration to architecture and gaming to education, Microsoft HoloLens has been crafted to innovate the inside of these industries and has already found a practical application across a variety of inside procedures. Development: Unity , Vuforia , Microsoft Visual Studio , Windows 10 SDK , HoloLens Emulator (if you do not have a device).

Our First Look At The US Army’s Controversial HoloLens AR Headset


During November of last year, it was reported that Microsoft would be entering a $479M contract with the United States military to supply the Army with 100,000 modified HoloLens headsets. That following February, A group of Microsoft employees released a statement to Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, and its president, Brad Smith, condemning the actions of the company and expressing outrage over the potential use of HoloLens technology for combat purposes. “We

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Microsoft Joins Google, HTC Vive, Facebook, Samsung, and Sony as an XR Association Member

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Formerly called the Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA), today the XR Association (XRA) has announced that Microsoft has joined as a member company alongside founding members HTC Vive, Sony, Google, Facebook, and Samsung. Microsoft’s XRA membership means that Heidi Holman, Microsoft’s Assistant General Counsel will represent the company on XRA’s Board of Directors. We are thrilled to welcome Microsoft to XRA,” said Elizabeth Hyman, CEO of the XR Association.

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U.S. and Allies Blame China for Wave of Recent Cyber Attacks in Coordinated Statements

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Hackers associated with China are allegedly responsible for a massive wave of recent cyber attacks targeting thousands of businesses, governments, and non-profit organizations in the western world, according to countries that make up the Five Eyes spying alliance of the U.S.,

Report: Russian Cyber Spies Recently Hacked the Republican National Committee

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According to a new investigation from Bloomberg , cyber spies connected to the Russian government recently hacked into the Republican National Committee—though the RNC has denied that their systems were breached in this way.

Russian government-backed hackers breached the U.S. Treasury, Commerce departments

Mashable VR

Now there's word that hackers backed by the Russian government have breached the U.S. A Saturday report from Reuters suggests that the hackers found their way in using the department's "office software," Microsoft Office 365.

U.S. Indicts 21-Year-Old Accused of Leaking Stolen Data of Disney, Nintendo, and More

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of hacking dozens of companies and government agencies. Federal prosecutors in Western Washington secured a grand jury indictment on Thursday against a Swiss national accused by the U.S. Read more.

Hackers are using Trump’s election fraud conspiracy to break into U.S. government agencies

Mashable VR

Microsoft is warning of a new "sophisticated" email attack it has uncovered from the Russia-linked actors behind last year's massive SolarWinds hack, Nobelium. The new attack, according to the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center, targets U.S. The SolarWinds hackers are at it again.

Tucker Carlson Sure Did Pick a Great Time to Tussle With the NSA

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Whether Tucker Carlson is an actual victim of government spying or a fraud trying to rile up his viewers, Americans should remember: no matter how much you hate the smug, punchable face of said Fox News darling, the National Security Agency is not your friend and surveillance in our country is out of control. Read more.

Digitizing Burning Man

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Attendance has been climbing over the past several decades, to the point that the federal government got involved, creating a more than 170-page report arguing why the event’s attendance should be capped. For decades, Burning Man has represented an escape from the current reality.

Federal Judge Forces Accused Capitol Rioter to Unlock Laptop With Face Recognition

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A federal judge has ordered a man accused of participating in the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol to unlock his laptop for investigators, CNN reported on Wednesday. Read more.

Nreal Teases All-In-One HoloLens 2 Competitor For Late This Year


This is the opposite of Microsoft’s strategy. Large companies and governments can afford the sticker price, and AR can be useful for training, collaboration, and visualization.

Trump Demands Microsoft Pay Off the U.S. Treasury to Secure TikTok Deal

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government somehow get a juicy cut of any deal for Microsoft to buy Chinese-owned video app TikTok—or else. Donald Trump is demanding the U.S. Read more. tiktok china donald trump bytedance apps technology music espionage privacy security

Microsoft confirms it's in talks to buy TikTok, and Trump is involved

Mashable VR

Microsoft has confirmed reports it's in talks to acquire TikTok, writing in a Sunday blog post that the deal is currently in preliminary discussions. He's certainly involved though, as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella actually met with Trump to discuss the potential acquisition.

Google Says Chinese Hackers Are Impersonating McAfee to Trick Victims Into Installing Malware

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The same Chinese government-linked hackers who targeted the campaigns of both 2020 presidential candidates earlier this year have been trying to trick users into installing malware by posing as the antivirus provider McAfee and using otherwise legitimate online services like GitHub and Dropbox.

EON Reality Italia to host EON Experience Fest 2019

EON Reality

This annual global meeting from EON Reality brings together international leaders from across the immersive technology industry, Augmented and Virtual Reality (AVR) experts, esteemed Fortune 500 clients and peers, cutting-edge educators, and government officials. EON Experience Fest has always been a great opportunity to show what Augmented and Virtual Reality can do to help industry, education, and government leaders around the world.

EON Reality Launches New Knowledge Metaverse Project to Transform XR Learning


It’s a global project that requires millions of people, which is why the XR giant is recruiting all sizes of governments, academic institutions, and entrepreneurial businesses to participate and help add their own experiences to the knowledge metaverse.

The XR Week Peek (2020.08.24): Facebook login gets imposed on Quest and the community riots, and much more!

The Ghost Howls

That’s why even Microsoft took Epic’s stances : Microsoft uses UE4 to develop some products also for Apple devices, and this decision hurts also its business. More info (Apple threatens Epic) More info (Microsoft files an official support for Epic).

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Editorial: Is Facebook Going Meta?

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Some of those creators are now in Zuckerberg’s employ, but more still are at Apple, Microsoft, or Google, or blazing trails at smaller companies or even on their own. Community Governance.

Ed Games Expo Returns With A Full Day Dedicated To VR And AR Education


The Ed Games Expo is] great for creating networking opportunities in both directions,” Metz explains. “…for government agencies and departments interested in investing in educational technology, and for developers who want to be involved in finding funding to research and create those tools.”.

The XR Week Peek (2021.10.25): Quest 2 Pro leaked, Facebook to change its name, and more!

The Ghost Howls

More info (“The Third Wave” by Tony Parisi) More info (“The Seven Rules of the Metaverse” by Tony Parisi) More info (Article on Wired about the governance of social VR worlds). This great October in VR has not finished yet, and we have still to hear the big news from Facebook in a few days.