Steve Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO, said not too long ago that 9 out of 10 copies of Windows in China were pirated. And it seems it is this statistic that has compelled Microsoft to design a new activation system. This activation system is set to debut with Windows 9, as detailed here. And now some new details...

Fans of science fiction may be aware of After Doomsday, a novel written by famed writer Poul Anderson. Published in 1962, it explores the events after the destruction of Earth. Windows XP users do not have such a doomsday on the horizon, not unless cybercriminals start running amok with the old operating system after...

Piracy may be a fair bit of bother for most software companies, but for Microsoft it is an absolute bane. Various versions of the Windows operating system along with the Office suite of productivity applications are some of the most pirated software around the globe. Redmond may have amped up its anti-piracy efforts,...

Several few weeks back Neowin.net reported on a loophole in Windows 8 that allowed users to activate pirated copies of Windows 8. It worked by downloading the Media Center add-on. Since then, untold numbers of conscience-free users who read about the widely reported flaw have availed themselves of free copies of the...

Most people really don’t seem to care for Windows Activation. I still remember talking to a few friends early on when XP launched and there was speculation that XP activation would allow Microsoft to look at your personal information and everything you do online. Today most of us have come to accept that it’s just...

Microsoft is preparing a new version of its OEM BIOS activation for use in Windows 8. Apparently it will be called OA version 3.0 for Windows 8. According to sources familiar with the company’s plans, Microsoft is working on a key new technology that will enable it to protect against activation hackers. Illegal copies...

When you install Apples Itunes on your computer, you have the right to “authorize” up to 5 computers to play your music on at one time (based on your username and password). Apple says: To play many purchases from the iTunes Store, you must authorize your computer using your Apple ID and password. (Authorization helps...