Developers should refrain from using any non-sanctioned APIs in their Windows 8 Metro-style apps, Microsoft has said.Developer experience manager John Hazen said on Thursday that using APIs not offered as part of the Metro software development kit (SDK) could undermine consumer confidence and make the apps break.
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David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't be paying many bills. His early journalistic career was spent in general news, working behind the scenes for BBC radio and on-air as a newsreader for independent stations. David's main focus is on communications, of both the fixed and wireless varieties, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices. He is based in Berlin.
Facebook is set to go public in the largest initial public offering for a technology firm yet.Late on Friday morning, the company's public shares will start trading on the Nasdaq at an initial price of $38 (£24), using the ticker symbol 'FB'.
Google's introduction of the Knowledge Graph is probably the most important thing the company has done in years.Google has unveiled its Knowledge Graph, a step towards semantic search.
The Pirate Bay came under a sustained attack on Tuesday and Wednesday, knocking the file-sharing service's website offline for at least 24 hours.Early theories had the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack emanating from Anonymous, but the hacker collective denied responsibility.
The UK advertising watchdog has ordered TalkTalk to change the presentation of its broadband speed-checking tool, as it had been misleading customers into thinking their connections were faster than in reality.
The Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has won its first major managed services contract in the UK, with mobile operator Telefónica.The deal was announced on Monday.
LG's Optimus 4X HD Android smartphone will go on sale in the UK next month, the manufacturer said on Tuesday.Revealed in February, the Optimus 4X HD is a quad-core device with a 4.
Some passengers on Virgin Atlantic can now make mobile phone calls, send and receive text messages and check their emails from the airline's planes.Virgin Atlantic announced the move on Monday, making it the first UK carrier to let passengers use their own phones for voice calls in the air.
The European Commission has officially referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, to the European Court of Justice.The Commission said in February that it intended to make the referral, to see whether ACTA was in line with fundamental rights.
Amnesty International websites in the UK and Hong Kong have been compromised and made to serve a variant of malware known as Gh0st RAT, security researchers have said.Websense revealed the hack of Amnesty's UK site in a blog post on Friday, saying it had picked up the incident between 8-9 May.
A Dutch court has ordered that country's Pirate Party to stop providing or even mentioning proxy services for letting people access the blocked Pirate Bay file-sharing service.The court ordered the original blockage in January, largely because legal efforts to shut the site had failed.
A German court has halted an attempt by Motorola to have Microsoft's push email services for Exchange and Hotmail banned over patent infringement.The patent in question is the same one that Motorola asserted against Apple in Germany, a move that successfully saw the push email functionality of iCloud and MobileMe banned in that country.
The corruption-fixing tool in Windows 8 will be a lot less intrusive than in earlier versions of the operating system, Microsoft has promised.In a blog post explaining Windows 8's new NTFS health model, the company said on Thursday that the "redesigned" chkdsk utility would lead to less downtime.
Dell has released an Android app that lets users print to network-connected Dell printers, giving the manufacturer a rival to similar cloud-based services from the likes of HP.The company announced the Dell Mobile Print app on Thursday, explaining that it can print directly from other productivity, email, browser, photo and PDF apps.
Nokia has reportedly pulled out of a scheme to give free Wi-Fi access to Londoners.The handset manufacturer joined a pilot of the project, which put Wi-Fi hotspots on phone boxes, last November.