AMNews: Windows 8 Beta, GCHQ Vacancy, Groupon UK Advertising Tactics Investigated, Amazon Kindle Fire

Microsoft plans to release the beta version of its Windows 8 operating system in February 2012. Citing sources close to Microsoft, The Next Web reports the beta version of this highly awaited platform will be launched in February.

In what comes as a huge disappointment for budding cyber spies, the GCHQ code breaking competition points to a job which pays merely £25,000. The spy agency launched an online drive to bag the next generation of spies by launching a code breaking contest that went viral on Facebook and Twiter.

A new app has been launched on the Android Market, which lets users control their Android smartphone from a web browser. The AirDroid app allows users to access the media on their Android smartphone, view contacts and even read and send text messages, all from a web browser.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has filed complaints against daily deals company, Groupon UK, at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) regarding its mode of operation and functioning. OFT has confirmed that, from the month of July a secret investigation has been conducted on Groupon UK.

According to an IHS iSuppli report, just two weeks after its release, Amazon's Kindle Fire has gained huge success and is way ahead of some of its other tablet competitors. The market research firm is very confident of this new Amazon tablet and has already declared as the second-most popular tablet in the world right after Apple iPad.