Microsoft MVP Troy Hunt has created ‘Have I been pwned?’, a web service that checks whether your email address has been compromised in a known data breach. The dataset contains 154 million records, from high-profile hacks including Adobe, Sony, Gawker and Yahoo.
It’s processing 154 million records in 4ms. Turns out Windows Azure is mindblowingly fast.
One of the most requested features in MetroTextual is tabs, which would allow you to modify multiple files in tandem. I’ve always felt that adding tabs across the top would detract from the simplicity of the user interface, so I chose to ignore those requests.
In MetroTextual 1.6 (coming next week), I’ve overhauled the ‘Recent Files‘ sidebar to give the illusion of multi-document editing. I say “illusion” because the files aren’t actually being stored in memory, instead they’re loaded from the disk each time you switch document. Sure, it’s much slower; but at least MetroTextual doesn’t need to detect changes that are performed in other text editors.
Google have unveiled an extension that adds voice search to Google Chrome on desktop. When you’re on Google.com (it’s not working on their international homepages), just say “Okay, Google” then your search term or command.
Besides a big Bagel/Beagle kerfuffle, the voice search understood most of my Australian-accent-heavy queries. It requires Google Chrome version thirty-one (released yesterday) and a computer with a built-in microphone.
Julie Larson-Green, Executive Vice President of Devices and Studios at Microsoft, confirmed that Microsoft intends to cull one of its Operating Systems.
We have the Windows Phone OS. We have Windows RT and we have full Windows. We’re not going to have three. We do think there’s a world where there is a more mobile operating system that doesn’t have the risks to battery life, or the risks to security. But, it also comes at the cost of flexibility. So we believe in that vision and that direction and we’re continuing down that path.
I’ve been hypothesizing a responsive operating system for years. While a single Operating System for all form factors remains a pipe dream, Microsoft’s plan to unify (at least) two of its Windows editions is an exciting development.
Microsoft have an online store which sells anti-Google merchandise, such as t-shirts, hats and “we steal your data” mugs. It’s quite pathetic really.
Here’s an idea Microsoft: instead of petty potshots at Google’s business model, why not compete by building better products? Cut the underhanded crap.
Katie Fehrenbacher provides an exclusive look at Apple’s clean energy infrastructure investment.
Apple’s are the largest privately-owned clean energy facilities in the U.S. and more importantly, they represent an entirely new way for an internet company to source and think about power.
I’m personally shocked that Apple can acknowledge the existence of issues more important than their profit margins. Good for them.