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Samsung Accused Of Disabling Microsoft Software

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In a battle of tech giants, Microsoft has accused rival Samsung of blocking several of its software updates and pushing its own software upgrades instead. Microsoft say that this leaves consumers vulnerable to viruses because the Samsung software is less secure.

The charge, the BBC reports, comes from Patrick Barker, a Microsoft employee,who found Samsung software downloading and running a file called “Disable_Windowsupdate.exe”. This was on a computer running a Samsung operating system.

Samsung have denied the charge. The company has said: “It is not true that we are blocking a Windows 8.1 operating system update on our computers. As part of our commitment to consumer satisfaction, we are providing our users with the option to choose if and when they want to update the Windows software on their products.”

Microsoft have replied to say they are not convinced and are “in talks.”

In related news, the first eye-tracking virtual reality headset has secured investment from Samsung Ventures. Called The Fove, the device is headset that allows users focus on parts of a scene and aim computer game weapons using just their eyes. If successful, it could revolutionize computer gaming.

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Tim Sandle

Dr. Tim Sandle is a chartered biologist and holds a first class honours degree in Applied Biology; a Masters degree in education; and has a doctorate from Keele University.