The biggest scandals of the year — perhaps even the decade — the U.S. government's massive, global surveillance machine has been hitting headlines in international media, as a result of documents leaked by former U.S. contractor Edward Snowden.
With dozens of documents already published since they first went live in June 2013, Snowden is slated to have stolen hundreds of thousands of files. Led by The Guardian and The Washington Post on both sides of the Atlantic, numerous other news agencies have also reported the vast number of secret snooping programs.
On the outside, the Surface 2 may look like its predecessor, the Surface RT. It's ever-so-slightly thinner and lighter than the original, but you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the two. That doesn't mean, however, that they're identical. Far from it.
The Surface 2 has a new two-position kickstand, the microSD card slot has been moved down slightly, and there are no longer screws on the back of the case.
Microsoft is planning to deliver Service Pack (SP) 1 for Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Exchange 2013 in early 2014, company officials said on November 20.
Microsoft shared a partial list of some of the updates that will be part of the SP1 via blog posts on the Office and Exchange Team blogs. On that list:
Improved compatibility with Windows 8.1
Support for Windows Server 2012 R2 for Exchange and SharePoint
Support for S/MIME in OWA will be brought back in SP1. With SP1 customers will have S/MIME support across Outlook, Exchange ActiveSync clients, and OWA
Inclusion of the Edge Transport server role for Exchange Server 2013
General performance enhancements and feature updates for all the Office 2013 products
In Exchange 2013's case, SP1 is "essentially" the same as Cumulative Update 4, officials said, meaning SP1 will include all fixes included in previously released cumulative updates for Exchange 2013. SP1 will require customers to update their Active Directory schema, Exchange officials also noted.
You don't have to hold onto hope for that truly unlocked iPhone 5s any longer -- it's now available to buy on Apple's site. To be clear, this version of Apple's TouchID-imbued flagship comes completely free of any carrier attachment, separating it from the unlocked T-Mobile variant that ships with a Magenta nano-SIM inside.
The SIM-free GSM handset, which'll ship within one to two weeks from order, is available in the standard 16GB/32GB/64GB storage and color configurations, so pricing remains the same at $650/$750/$850, respectively.