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postheadericon ‘Collaboration needed’ to combat low-impact cybercrime

Greater collaboration between the UK’s technology industry and police forces is essential to successfully tackle “high-volume, low-impact cybercrime”, a new report advises.

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postheadericon Microsoft debuts its first flagship store on New York City’s iconic Fifth Avenue

NEW YORK — Oct. 26, 2015 Microsoft Corp. on Monday opens the doors to its first flagship store in the heart of Manhattan at Fifth Ave. and 53rd St. — the cross streets of a vibrant and historic local community and internationally recognized shopping destination. In the making for more than six years, the five-floor, 22,369 square-foot store features an assortment of best-in-class products and in-store services familiar at the company’s more than 110 retail locations, while offering new interactive experiences to allow customers to get hands-on with products in an immersive way.

“Our store on Fifth Avenue — as well as every other one of our locations across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada — is here to showcase the best of Microsoft to the local community,” said David Porter, corporate vice president, Worldwide Retail and Online Stores at Microsoft. “We exist to build relationships with our customers, one person at a time, and we are excited to do that on Fifth Avenue starting today.”

Since opening its first store in 2009, Microsoft has expanded its retail footprint and online presence to serve more than 1 billion customers through the company’s community-based retail strategy. Today, more than 80 percent of Americans live within 20 miles of a Microsoft store, with more than 110 stores across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada, as well as online stores operating in 189 countries.

The Microsoft Flagship Store is the company’s largest store to date, offering new immersive experiences to engage with customers and partners while serving as a technology hub for the community.

Celebrating a first in Microsoft’s history

Microsoft is celebrating the opening of its first flagship store with fans and the local New York City community with festivities throughout the day. Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner will host the inaugural ribbon-cutting ceremony joined by Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Devices Panos Panay, New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Richard Buery and New York City’s Chief Technology Officer Minerva Tantoco. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony outside of the main entrance, a curtain will drop — unveiling the inside of the Microsoft Flagship Store for the first time — and it will then be open to the public at noon.

Day-one customers can take advantage of great deals on Surface devices and low prices on Xbox One and accessories. In addition, the first 1,000 people in line will receive complimentary tickets to attend Microsoft’s community concert featuring Pitbull at Rockefeller Center®, located at Rockefeller Plaza on 48th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, at 8 p.m. ET Monday night.

Get hands-on with Microsoft’s latest technology

The Microsoft Flagship Store offers best-in-class products that take advantage of powerful and versatile hardware to unlock new Windows 10 experiences, including new Surface, Lumia and Microsoft Band devices, Signature Edition PCs, Xbox One, Office, a variety of accessories, and more. Local New York residents and visitors alike are invited to experience the energy, expertise and service that Microsoft stores associates are known for.

Also, to celebrate the launch of “Halo 5: Guardians,” the Microsoft Flagship Store will host a special midnight launch event with fans starting Monday at 9 p.m. ET. During the event, the “Halo 5: Live” launch celebration show will be broadcast in the store, while fans and special guests get early gameplay, access to giveaways, food and more — all culminating with the release of one of the year’s most-anticipated Xbox titles. Fans will also have the chance to win a trip for two to Seattle for an exclusive tour of Xbox and 343 Industries, creators of the Halo franchise.

Commitment to serving New York

The Microsoft Flagship Store is another extension of the company’s deep ties to New York and a commitment to providing opportunities to empower local youth and businesses through technology, training and experiences. To start, Microsoft is presenting more than $ 3 million in technology grants to 14 nonprofit organizations that represent the city’s five boroughs. Recipients include All Star Code, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Directions for Our Youth, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, New York Botanical Garden, New York Hall of Science, Per Scholas, PowerMyLearning, Staten Island Children’s Museum, Staten Island MakerSpace, We Connect the Dots, and Women’s Housing Economic Development Corp.

Experience what’s in store for Microsoft

The Microsoft Flagship Store will offer a full lineup of products, devices and services. Microsoft associates will be able to help consumers no matter what device they purchased or where they purchased it from. As part of the company’s commitment to providing the best possible choice, value and service for customers, the Fifth Avenue store will also include The Dell Experience at the Microsoft Store. The Dell Experience at the Microsoft Store on the third floor gives customers the chance to experience the full range of innovative Dell products, including the XPS, Inspiron and Precision lines of end-user computing and Alienware gaming products — all built using Microsoft technology.

In collaboration with design firm Gensler, the Microsoft Flagship Store embraces the existing heritage and character of the neighborhood in the heart of Manhattan through restoration, along with the implementation of unique design elements, such as a façade of glass utilizing minimal structural attachments to fully display all the store has to offer inside:

  • Answer Desk. A one-stop shop for technical questions, troubleshooting and repairs regardless of device or where it was purchased. Free services include Windows 10 assessment, extended diagnostics on any device, software repair or support, virus and malware removal, PC tuneups, and more.
  • Community Theater. In the largest Microsoft store theater space to date, customers can learn from experts how to use Microsoft’s latest and most popular products for their everyday work and lives. The theater is used for training sessions and also hosts activities for local community organizations and other in-store events.
  • Immersive video walls. High-definition video walls and digital signage will be featured throughout the Microsoft Flagship Store to engage directly with visitors while streaming videos, images and information. A two-story video wall behind the Answer Desk can be seen on either one of the two floors, customers can play Xbox One on video walls while surrounded in directional sound, and the Community Theater features a large plasma touch-screen running Windows that can be used during training sessions.
  • Culture Wall. Designed to display digital imagery representative of the vibrant Fifth Avenue shopping district culture, the exterior wall is part of Microsoft’s vision of becoming an integral member of the community. The culture wall will display noncommercial, artistic images that will complement the architecture and façade of the building.

About Microsoft Stores

In 2009, Microsoft opened its first Microsoft store in Scottsdale, Ariz. Since then, Microsoft has opened more than 110 retail locations across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico and welcomed more than 1 billion customers to its full-line, specialty and online Microsoft store properties in 189 markets globally. Microsoft stores are committed to delivering outstanding choice, value and service for each customer, featuring an assortment of best-in-class products, including computers, software and games to music, tablets, phones and wearables. For a list of Microsoft stores, visit http://microsoftstore.com/locations.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

 

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postheadericon TalkTalk ‘receives ransom demand’ for cyberattack

TalkTalk’s chief executive has confirmed that she has received a ransom demand from an individual or group claiming responsibility for the cyberattack.

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postheadericon Nebraska Senator Proposes Common Sense Removal Of Many “Gun Free Zones” — Do You Agree?

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA — Nebraska Senator Tommy Garrett is proposing to revise Nebraska state law to remove many of the designated “gun free zones”.  According to the Lincoln Journal Star, the senator from Bellavue argues that many of those designated areas … Continue reading
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postheadericon Amazon Prime Instant Comes to Japan + How To Watch Amazon Instant From Anywhere?

Amazon Prime Instant Video is coming to Japan. Find out how you can stream the service from anywhere in the world.

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postheadericon Police force blames hacker after #CyberAware tweet sent out containing bogus security advice

Organisations of all sizes need to do more to protect their social media accounts from being hijacked.

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postheadericon [VIDEO] Scan And Assess After A Defensive Shooting – Is It Necessary?

TheFireArmGuy is one of my new favorites. He’s been doing his YouTube videos for a while not, but I found him only a few months ago. He’s to the point, fun to watch, and isn’t afraid to share his thoughts … Continue reading
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postheadericon TalkTalk experiences ‘significant and sustained cyberattack’

It has been revealed that TalkTalk has been subject to a “significant and sustained cyberattack”, with criminals likely to have accessed personal and banking details belonging to its customers.

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postheadericon Strong execution drives Microsoft first quarter results

Windows 10 running on 110 million devices; commercial cloud annualized revenue run rate exceeds $ 8.2 billion

REDMOND, Wash. — October 22, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the following results for the quarter ended September 30, 2015:

  • Revenue was $ 20.4 billion GAAP, and $ 21.7 billion non-GAAP
  • Operating income was $ 5.8 billion GAAP, and $ 7.1 billion non-GAAP
  • Net income was $ 4.6 billion GAAP, and $ 5.4 billion non-GAAP
  • Earnings per share was $ 0.57 GAAP, and $ 0.67 non-GAAP

Non-GAAP financial results exclude the deferral and recognition of revenue primarily related to Windows 10.

During the quarter, Microsoft announced a 16% increase in its quarterly dividend to $ 0.36 and returned $ 6.9 billion to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends.

“We are making strong progress across each of our three ambitions by delivering innovation people love,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “Customer excitement for new devices, Windows 10, Office 365 and Azure is increasing as we bring together the best Microsoft experiences to empower people to achieve more.”

The following table reconciles these financial results reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) to non-GAAP financial results. Microsoft has provided this non-GAAP financial information to aid investors in better understanding the company’s performance. All growth comparisons relate to the corresponding period in the last fiscal year.

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“We’re pleased with our operating results this quarter. With financial discipline and strong execution, we grew operating income by 11 percent in non-GAAP constant currency,” said Amy Hood, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Microsoft.

Revenue in Productivity and Business Processes declined 3% (up 4% in constant currency) to $ 6.3 billion, with the following business highlights:

  • Office commercial products and cloud services revenue grew 5% in constant currency with Office 365 revenue growth of nearly 70% in constant currency and continued user growth across our productivity offerings
  • Office 365 consumer subscribers increased to 18.2 million, with approximately 3 million subscribers added in the quarter
  • Dynamics revenue grew 12% in constant currency, with the Dynamics CRM Online enterprise installed base growing more than 3x year-over-year

Revenue in Intelligent Cloud grew 8% (up 14% in constant currency) to $ 5.9 billion, with the following business highlights:

  • Server products and cloud services revenue grew 13% in constant currency, with revenue from premium products and services growing double-digits
  • Azure revenue and compute usage more than doubled year-over-year
  • Enterprise Mobility customers more than doubled year-over-year to over 20,000, and the installed base grew nearly 6x year-over-year

Revenue in More Personal Computing declined 17% (down 13% in constant currency) to $ 9.4 billion, with the following business highlights:

  • Windows OEM revenue declined 6%, performing better than the overall PC market, as the Windows 10 launch spurred PC ecosystem innovation and helped drive hardware mix toward premium devices
  • Phone revenue declined 54% in constant currency reflecting our updated strategy
  • Search advertising revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs grew 29% in constant currency with Bing US market share benefiting from Windows 10 usage
  • Xbox Live monthly active users grew 28% to 39 million

“We’re seeing great traction with businesses who want to bring Microsoft’s cloud, mobile device management technology and data analytics together to improve security and productivity resulting in almost 70 percent year-over-year growth in our commercial cloud run rate,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft.

Business Outlook

Microsoft will provide forward-looking guidance in connection with this quarterly earnings announcement on its earnings conference call and webcast.

Webcast Details

Satya Nadella, chief executive officer, Amy Hood, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Frank Brod, chief accounting officer, John Seethoff, deputy general counsel, and Chris Suh, general manager of Investor Relations, will host a conference call and webcast at 2:30 p.m. PDT (5:30 p.m. EDT) today to discuss details of the company’s performance for the quarter and certain forward-looking information. The session may be accessed at http://www.microsoft.com/investor. The webcast will be available for replay through the close of business on October 22, 2016.

Adjusted Financial Results and non-GAAP Measures

During the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, GAAP revenue, operating income, net income, and earnings per share include the net impact from Windows 10 revenue deferrals. For the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, the financial results included the charges related to the integration and restructuring expenses related to both Microsoft’s restructuring plan announced in July 2014 and the ongoing integration of Nokia Devices and Services (“NDS”). These items are defined below. In addition to these financial results reported in accordance with GAAP, Microsoft has provided certain non-GAAP financial information to aid investors in better understanding the company’s performance. Presenting these measures without the impact of these items gives additional insight into operational performance and helps clarify trends affecting the company’s business. For comparability of reporting, management considers this information in conjunction with GAAP amounts in evaluating business performance. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, the measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

 

Non-GAAP Definitions

Microsoft recorded $ 1.28 billion net deferrals of revenue related to Windows 10 during the three months ended September 30, 2015.

Integration and restructuring expenses were $ 1.14 billion during the three months ended September 30, 2014, due mainly to restructuring charges of $ 1.05 billion, including employee severance expenses and the write-down of certain assets in connection with the restructuring plan.

Constant Currency

Microsoft presents constant currency information to provide a framework for assessing how our underlying businesses performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. To present this information, current and comparative prior period results for entities reporting in currencies other than United States dollars are converted into United States dollars using the average exchange rates from the comparative period rather than the actual exchange rates in effect during the respective periods.  The non-GAAP financial measures presented below should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, the measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. All growth comparisons relate to the corresponding period in the last fiscal year.

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About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this release that are “forward-looking statements” are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially because of factors such as:

  • intense competition in all of Microsoft’s markets;
  • increasing focus on services presents execution and competitive risks;
  • significant investments in new products and services that may not be profitable;
  • acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances may have an adverse effect on our business;
  • impairment of goodwill or amortizable intangible assets causing a significant charge to earnings;
  • Microsoft’s continued ability to protect and earn revenues from its intellectual property rights;
  • claims that Microsoft has infringed the intellectual property rights of others;
  • the possibility of unauthorized disclosure of significant portions of Microsoft’s source code;
  • cyber-attacks and security vulnerabilities in Microsoft products and services that could reduce revenue or lead to liability;
  • disclosure of personal data that could cause liability and harm to Microsoft’s reputation;
  • outages, data losses, and disruptions of our online services if we fail to maintain an adequate operations infrastructure;
  • government litigation and regulation that may limit how Microsoft designs and markets its products;
  • potential liability under trade protection and anti-corruption laws resulting from our international operations;
  • Microsoft’s ability to attract and retain talented employees;
  • adverse results in legal disputes;
  • unanticipated tax liabilities;
  • Microsoft’s hardware and software products may experience quality or supply problems;
  • exposure to increased economic and operational uncertainties from operating a global business;
  • catastrophic events or geo-political conditions may disrupt our business; and
  • adverse economic or market conditions may harm our business.

For more information about risks and uncertainties associated with Microsoft’s business, please refer to the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Risk Factors” sections of Microsoft’s SEC filings, including, but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained by contacting Microsoft’s Investor Relations department at (800) 285-7772 or at Microsoft’s Investor Relations website at http://www.microsoft.com/investor.

All information in this release is as of October 22, 2015. The company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the company’s expectations.

For more information, press only:

Rapid Response Team, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, (503) 443-7070, rrt@waggeneredstrom.com

For more information, financial analysts and investors only:

Chris Suh, general manager, Investor Relations, (425) 706-4400

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://news.microsoft.com/. Web links, telephone numbers, and titles were correct at time of publication, but may since have changed. Shareholder and financial information, as well as today’s 2:30 p.m. PDT conference call with investors and analysts, is available at http://www.microsoft.com/investor.

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postheadericon Apple: It is impossible to access encrypted data on iPhones

Apple has once again reiterated its claim that it is technically impossible for it to access encrypted data on iPhones that are running iOS 8 or higher and even if it was possible, it would be apprehensive to perform such an action.

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