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After accidentally detailing its first update to Windows Phone 8.1 earlier this week, Microsoft is now ready to officially reveal exactly what’s included in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1. There aren’t many big visible changes with this update, but instead it includes a number of small improvements just a few months after the initial Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview release. If you’re a Developer Preview user then expect to see the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 arrive next week.
Chinese search engine Baidu is widely known as “the Google of China,” and it looks like the company plans to go toe-to-toe against Google with a self-driving car of its own. According to statements attributed to Kai Yu, a deputy director of a Baidu research group focused on machine learning, the company is working on “a highly autonomous car.” Yu tells The Next Web that it’s “an intelligent assistant collecting data from road situations and then operating locally,” adding, “We don’t call this a driverless car.”
The US government is continuing its efforts to put pressure on Chinese cyber-espionage activities. According to The Wall Street Journal, the US Justice Department filed charges against a Chinese national living in Canada named Su Bin. The business owner is charged with working with two anonymous hackers to illegally obtain information on military aircraft produced by US defense contractors.
The three conspirators allegedly worked from 2009 to 2013 on obtaining the information, and they were apparently successful in stealing some sensitive documents related to the Lockheed Martin-built F-22 and F-35 fighter jets, as well as Boeing’s C-17 military transport aircraft. The complaint additionally alleges that the conspirators provided Bin…
Microsoft has been licensing access to part of its patent portfolio for several years now, offering device makers protection from litigation related to Android and Chrome OS. While Microsoft boasts that more than 70 percent of Android phones sold in the US are covered by licensing agreements, the company has never listed what patents are infringed by Android. Instead, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has now revealed a list of more than 300 patents and applications held by Microsoft that formed the Chinese approval of the Nokia deal recently.
The list includes 73 standard-essential patents, but there’s also 127 patents that Microsoft claims are implemented in Android. Some on the list, as Ars Technica notes, include patents that…
This Chinese comic book adaptation of George Lucas’ Star Wars is as strange as it is wonderful. Rolling Stone writes that assistant history professor Maggie Greene purchased the incredible booklet for roughly a dollar at a Shanghai book fair. A full collection of scans from the volume is available online, along with her musings about its origins and visual eccentricities. “Were the actors really garbed in Soviet-looking space suits? Was Darth Vader really pacing before a map bearing the location of the Kennedy Space Center?” To see Darth Vader posing in front of a dinosaur, Chewbacca as a chimp, and other inexplicable details, head to Greene’s website.