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Super Time Force For Xbox One And ‘Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine’ For Xbox 360 Available For Free From Xbox Store

As Microsoft announced earlier, as part of the Games with Gold for Xbox Live Gold members for the month of September, two new games are now available for free from Xbox Store. Super Time Force for Xbox One and Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine for Xbox 360 are now available for free.  Super Time Force is coming to Games with Gold on Xbox One as a free download, replacing Strike Suit Zero. Crimson Dragon will continue to be available for Xbox Live Gold members as a free download for Xbox One. On Xbox 360, starting Monday, September 1st, Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine (normally US $14.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through September 15th. Then, on September 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Halo: Reach (normally US $24.99) for free through September 30th. Source: Microsoft ...

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HTC Planning To Release Surface Touch Cover Like Keyboard Accessory For Its Android Tablet

Based on the report from Android Police, HTC is planning to release a smart cover/keyboard accessory similar to Surface touch/type covers for their upcoming Android based tablet. This accessory measures approximately 228 x 320 x 5 mm, making it a very thin keyboard. The actual keys are apparently around 3mm high, and it seems that the key pitch is around 15mm. It has a standard QWERTY layout plus “Android function keys.” As you can see from the image above, “the segmented areas of the cover flap will fold up into a triangle using magnets, supporting the tablet while it is propped up to use the keyboard. When not in use, the tablet will evidently nest into the case on top of the keyboard, with the segmented flap lying over the screen (the magnets will also automatically wake/lock the screen like current covers).” via: Android Police ...

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Sale on Live Interior 3D Pro

Live Interior 3D Pro is a program for Windows 8 devices which will let you design and plan houses and apartments. In a quick look the app really sported many features. From office to luxury apartment, everything can be designed and planned. For the normal user like me, the features are very professional and require some getting used to, but that should not be understood as a bad thing. Since Windows is a platform well known for getting things done, an aspect Windows 8 on tablets continues to proof, apps like this are really important to have in the Windows store. With Live Interior 3D Pro the windows store has gotten a really good productivity app. I cannot evaluate whether professionals will be happy with this app, but the normal or semi-pro user surely will. Another good thing is the support for non-touch devices like the classic mouse and keyboard ...

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Internet Explorer 11 Continues To Gain Web Browser Market Share

Net Applications today released their latest worldwide browser market share stats for the month of August. Internet Explorer market share is now at 58.24%. Among the Internet Explorer versions, IE11 showed a modest growth by increasing to 17.45% from 16.78%. Internet Explorer 8 remains the most popular browser in the market with about 21.4% market share. Developer’s nightmare IE6 is continuing to lose market share and expect the number to go down in the coming months as Microsoft has ended the support for Windows XP in which it was the default browser. Among other browsers, Google Chrome gained little to grab 19.98% of the browser market while Firefox lost few percentage to now hold 15.16% of the market. ...

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Windows 8 Is Now Back On Growth Path In The Worldwide OS Market Share

New numbers from Net Applications for the month of August revealed that Windows 8/8.1 is back on growing path after it saw a slight decline last month. Windows 7 continues to dominate at the top with the OS now over 51.21% market share, down from 51.11 percent in July. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined is now at 13.37% up from 12.48% last month. Windows XP saw a slight decrease to 23.89% down from 24.821% last month. Mac OS X currently holds a 4.29% share, while Linux holds a 1.67% share. Windows Vista still holds a market share of 3.02%. After few months of nearly flat growth, Windows 8/Windows 8.1 is now back with the right momentum. As it was rumored recently, Microsoft is planning to release Windows 9 for free to Windows 7 users along with Windows 8 that should encourage hundreds of millions of users to the latest OS. ...

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Chinese Government Agency Provides 20 Day Deadline For Microsoft To Give Explanation On Anti-trust Issues

As you all know, Chinese government has started an anti-trust investigation against Microsoft’s business practices in China. Hundreds of Chinese government officials conducted raids to Microsoft offices in China to investigate this issue. Today, Chinese government agency SAIC (State Administration for Industry and Commerce) has announced that they have given 20 days for Microsoft to respond to their allegations. They believe that Microsoft didn’t provide enough information regarding Microsoft Windows and Office that lead to compatibility issues for consumers. Microsoft responded to this development that they are serious about complying with China’s laws and committed to addressing SAIC’s questions and concerns. Source: SAIC via: Reuters, TNW ...

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Hundreds Of Nude Celebrity Photos Leaked Due To Apple iCloud Hack

Hundreds of nude photos of celebrities were posted online today on 4Chan. These images came online via a hacker who reportedly got these images by intruding into number of Apple iCloud accounts and iPhone devices. Nude images of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence Victoria Justice, Emily Browning, Kate Bosworth, Jenny McCarthy and Kate Upton were made public already and the hacker is claiming that he has more photos of celebrities and provided the following list of names. Aly and AJ Michalka, Aubrey Plaza, Abby Elliott, Avril Lavigne, Amber Heard, Brie Larson, Candice Swanepoel, Cara Delevigne, Emily Ratjakowski, Farrah Abraham, Gabrielle Union, Hayden Pannettiere, Hope Solo, Hillary Duff, Jenny McCarthy, Kayley Cuoco, Kate Upton, Kate Bosworth, Keke Palmer, Kim Kardashian, Kirsten Dunst, Krysten Ritter, Lea Michele, Lizzy Caplan, Mary Kate Olsen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rihanna, Scarlet Johansson, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Wynona Ryder, Alison Brie and Dave Franco. There are no details ...

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Finally, Microsoft Has Removed The 2GB File Size Limit On OneDrive

One of the most awaited improvements on Microsoft’s online storage service OneDrive was the individual file size limit. It was limited to 2GB for years. Microsoft already acknowledged that they are working to increase the file size limit and now they have finally done it. Many OneDrive users on Reddit are now reporting that files of sizes more than 2GB are now getting synced on their OneDrive. Microsoft may confirm this change in the coming days. Many Dropbox users were reluctant to move to OneDrive because of this file size limit, this removal of file size limit should encourage them to move to OneDrive in the future. Source: Reddit ...

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Microsoft Releases Kubernetes Visualizer For Managing Docker Containers On Azure

At the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON), Microsoft announced their partnerships with Packer.io and OpenNebula to enable interoperability of applications and services with Windows Azure and Hyper-V. Similarly in July, Microsoft announced their work on Docker’s libswarm project and Kubernetes, two cluster-management solutions available for Docker containers, and several other open source cloud projects. Since their announcement, The Microsoft Open Technologies engineering team has been hard at work bringing Docker and Kubernetes support to Microsoft Azure. Recently, they are announcing that Kubernetes can be used to manage Docker containers on Microsoft Azure. In addition the Azure team has released the Azure Kubernetes Visualizer project which builds upon this work and makes it much easier to experiment with and learn Kubernetes on Azure. Docker is an open-source engine that automates the deployment of any application as a portable, self-sufficient container that will run almost anywhere. Kubernetes is an open source cluster ...

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Stick It to the Man Game Is Now Available On Xbox One

‘Stick It to the Man’ now available for Xbox One. Game Description: On an ordinary day, hard hat tester; Ray has a bizarre accident and wakes up with a giant pink spaghetti arm sticking out of his brain, giving him extraordinary mind-reading powers. Ray can suddenly change the world with stickers, transforming his paper universe by tearing it, folding it and using the crazy stickers he finds (along with his awesome new powers) to solve mind-boggling puzzles! Sadly, Ray doesn’t have much time to get to grips with his new-fangled psychic abilities. Instead, he’s on the run from ‘The Man’ for a crime he didn’t commit. Can you help Ray out of this sticky situation? Get ready to tear it, rip it and Stick it to the Man!  Purchase Stick It to the Man from the Xbox Game Store ...

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Microsoft Offers The Unofficial VMworld Recap, Claims That Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite Is Better Than VMware Workspace Suite

The Enterprise Mobility Suite is the comprehensive cloud solution from Microsoft to address your consumerization of IT, BYOD, and SaaS challenges. The suite is the most cost effective way to acquire all of the included cloud services, Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium, Windows Intune and Microsoft Azure Rights Management. Recently, Microsoft blogged about their views on VMWare’s focus of the at VMWorld with respect to end-user computing and enabling Enterprise Mobility. The focus on the blog post is clear, customers need to compare Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite & Office with what VMware announced today (the VMware Workspace Suite). Microsoft strongly believe that the value being delivered through the Enterprise Mobility Suite is far greater that what VMware can deliver. Some key facts that Microsoft cited to compare their solution with VMWare’s, Fact: Your Enterprise Mobility Strategy Must Include Strong Identity and Access Management Fact: Your Enterprise Mobility Strategy Must Manage Office on ...

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Lockout Revealed As The Fifth Re-Imagined Multiplayer Map For Halo: The Master Chief Collection

We already know that Ascension, Coagulation, Zanzibar and Sanctuary maps of Halo 2 will be re-imagined  and will be part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Microsoft yesterday revealed that Lockout is the fifth map that will be part of the collection. Set in an old Forerunner research laboratory in the frigid mountains of Delta Halo, Lockout features fast-paced, close quarters combat with its narrow corridors and vertical level design. With three levels to navigate, adept players can deftly traverse around the map by mastering specific jumping points, enabling them to secure power weapons faster and set up ambushes for unsuspecting opponents. The re-imagined version of Lockout also includes a few new features that will surprise even the most hardened Halo 2 veterans. “Lockout was hands-down the most popular small arena-style map in Halo 2,” said Max Hoberman, president of Certain Affinity and one of the original lead designers of Halo 2. ...

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Download Now: AutoDesk Releases Pixlr Photo Editing App For Free On Windows Devices

The Influence Panel: an overview on making masks from Pixlr on Vimeo. Pixlr is a popular online photo editor and mobile app and now Autodesk has released Pixlr as a free downloadable app for PC. You can use new tools like a double exposure option and Influence Masks that can be used to not just correct photos but to do more advanced editing or create photographic art. Pixlr also includes popular Stylize filters that turn your photos into sketches and watercolor paintings. When you download the app, you’ll be using the starter edition which has many of the features of Pixlr Express for web and mobile and when you create a free Pixlr account, you can unlock Essentials, giving you access to additional effects, overlays, and tools like double exposure. If you want more editing tools, you can subscribe to a Pro membership and take advantage of advanced masking tools. A Pro ...

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Check Out This New Far Cry 4 Kyrat Trailer Set In Breathtaking, Perilous And Wild Region Of The Himalayas

Far Cry 4 launches on November 18 for Xbox One and Xbox 360. Xbox Wire describes it as the one of the most forward-thinking shooters of this generation. The game includes smartly designed, procedurally generated content from a complex array of systems. You can also throw bait to lure animals where you want them, or merely watch them interact with one another: Eagles pluck goats from the mountaintops, jungle cats stalk various prey, and the like. And though it may seem like a small addition, the new ability to kick objects (rocks, barrels, people) and watch them tumble down hills and over cliffs makes for some genuinely exciting, reactive moments. Read more on it from Xbox Wire. MASSIVE OPEN WORLD: Discover the most diverse Far Cry world ever created. With terrain spanning from lush forests to the snowcapped Himalayas, the entire world is alive and deadly REVOLUTIONARY OPEN WORLD CO-OP: ...

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“State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition” Is Coming To Xbox One In Spring 2015

  State of Decay game was released for Xbox 360 on Xbox Live last June, and it was known for breaking number of genre gameplay conventions like allowing characters die permanently, story progression without any predefined script, and the world continues to change even when players are offline. Today, Microsoft revealed that State of Decay with the Year-One Survival Edition will be coming to Xbox One in Spring 2015. The State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will include the original State of Decay, now running in glorious 1080p, previously released Add-on packs Breakdown and Lifeline, as well as some entirely new content. Undead Labs will reveal more on the new content closer to release, and you’ll read about it here when they do. Source: Xbox ...

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Intel Reveals Core i7-5960X Processor Extreme Edition, An 8-Core Processor Gaming Monster At PAX

Intel yesterday revealed its first eight-core desktop processor, the Intel Core i7-5960X processor Extreme Edition, formerly code-named “Haswell-E,” targeted at enthusiasts, gamers and content creators who demand most from their PCs. It is the first processor supporting 16 computing threads and new DDR4 memory will enable some of the fastest desktop systems ever seen. The new enhanced Intel X99 Chipset and robust overclocking capabilities will allow enthusiasts to tune their systems for maximum performance. The eight-core, 16-thread Intel® Core™ processor Extreme Edition is Intel’s first eight-core client processor. This platform offers massive 16-thread performance and quad-channel memory for content creation, gaming and multitasking. Combined with the new Intel® X99 Chipset, this is the first Intel desktop platform to support DDR4 memory. Additional six-core unlocked enthusiast desktop SKUs also announced. Read the full press release here. ...

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You’ve never seen anything like the new Dell Alienware Area-51

Dell Alienware today announced the new Area-51 desktop gaming PC. You’ve never seen anything like the Alienware Area-51. Alienware team has reimagined this system from the inside out to deliver incredible gaming performance without sacrifice and without compromise. As you expect from a top of the line gaming machine, it offers all the latest and greatest technology to enable uncompromised gaming experience. The Area-51’s ground-breaking triad-design does more than just turn heads – it turns your PC into a superior gaming machine. Triad is centered on two main design principles: optimized thermal management and best-in-class ergonomics. It features an angled, easily accessible front I/O panel and hassle-free grips that make it simple to pivot your system forward to reach rear ports. Vast and open entryways on each side are designed to provide an easy way for you to perform upgrades, brainstorm new mods, or show off your rig. Internal fans blow ...

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IDC Lowers Tablet Projections Again For 2014 As Demand Slows Down

After the introduction of Apple iPad, analysts predicted that tablets will take over the PC market and many other funny claims. In the past two quarters, tablet sales growth has slowed down. Following softer than expected demand, IDC today lowered its worldwide tablet plus 2-in-1 forecast for 2014 to 233.1 million units. The new forecast represents a 6.5% year-over-year growth rate, which is well below the 12.1% growth rate previously forecast. “When we look at the global picture, it would be easy to say that the tablet market is slowing down,” said Jean Philippe Bouchard, Research Director for Tablets. “But, when we start digging into the regional dynamics, we realize that there is still a good appetite for this product category. While mature markets like North America and Western Europe will combine for flat unit growth in 2014, the remaining regional markets will generate 12% unit growth over the same period.” ...

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Great Deal: Acer Aspire E15 Windows Laptop For $199 From Microsoft

As we reported few days back, Microsoft retail stores and MicrosoftStore.com are delivering the choice value and service for customers this back-to-school season by offering  Acer Aspire E-15 for a crazy low price. Acer Aspire E-15 is now on sale for just $199, down from its regular price of $249. Key Specs: 15.6 in HD widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit (1366 x 768) Intel Celeron N2830 CPU 4GB memory/500GB HDD Up to 4.5 hours battery life Acer Crystal Eye webcam Windows 8.1 with Bing, 64-bit This deal will be offered only on Friday, Aug. 29 while supplies last. Order it from the link below, Acer Aspire E 15 ES1-511-C590 Signature Edition Laptop – $224 ...

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‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ Will Include Cooperative Dungeon Crawling Multiplayer Mode

In addition to the massive single-player campaign, BioWare has announced that Dragon Age: Inquisition will also include a cooperative dungeon crawling multiplayer mode. In Dragon Age: Inquisition’s multiplayer mode, four players will team up across a range of multiplayer quests and objectives, exploring intricate dungeons and vanquishing all who oppose them. While dungeon-crawling, players will collect loot, salvage items, craft new weapons and armor, and unlock new characters. “For Dragon Age: Inquisition, a special team of veteran developers from the Dragon Age and Mass Effect franchises created fun, fast-paced multiplayer gameplay that requires strategic teamwork on top of Inquisition’s party-based combat and extensive loot and crafting system,” said Aaryn Flynn, General Manager, BioWare. “It was early in the game’s development that we realized how much fun fans of our series were having, with so many players teaming up in Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer mode. We can’t wait to give Dragon ...

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Limited Time Offer: Grab 6 Disney games for free from Windows Store

As part of the Summer sale, Disney is offering six games for free in Windows Store. Each of these games are worth several dollars, so grab it before the offer ends. Disney Solitaire Disney Checkout Challenge Lost Light JellyCar 3 Toy Story: Smash It! “Where’s My Water?” Featuring About these games, “Disney Solitaire” places the classic card game in familiar storybook environments, with classic movie songs and film clips from “Peter Pan,” “The Lion King” and more. “Toy Story: Smash It!” brings together Buzz, Woody and friends to break blocks and have some physics-based fun in 3D. With “JellyCar 3” you squish your ride through a world of tight squeezes as you try to reach the exit, and in “Disney Checkout Challenge,” you can hone your grocery-scanning skills. “Lost Light” takes you through an enchanted forest, and finally, in “Where’s My Water? Featuring XYY,” tag along with the cartoon character ...

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Bing Index Quality Team Explains How They Detect Spam On The Web

One of the main work by Bing Index Quality team is related to web spam detection and filtering. Web Spam is nothing but a webpage whose owner uses black hat SEO techniques in an effort to game Bing’s search algorithms with the goal of gaining undeserved ranking for this page or other pages in the spammer’s network. Bing team tries to find these web spams and removed or reduces their rankings in search results page. Recently, they detailed how they detect web spam on the web. If you are a website owner or a webmaster, you need to read it. Why is it important to detect web spam? Delight users with superior search results quality – spam results are typically inferior quality that push down good results by gaining undeservedly high placement Contribute to reduction of malicious content – There is much supporting data (both from our analysis as well as external ...

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Microsoft Ending Messenger Service On October 31st In China

Back in November, Microsoft confirmed that Skype will replace Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (with the exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available). In order to focus the development efforts and create seamless experiences, Microsoft decided to do end Messenger service. Today, Microsoft sent out notifications to Messenger users in China that they will be closing down the service on October 31st. Users are recommended to migrate to Skype service and Microsoft is also offering 60 minutes of free calls to mobile and fixed lines globally to all these new users. Once you update to Skype, here are some of the other great features Messenger users can expect: • Broader device support for all platforms, including iPad and Android tablets • Instant messaging, video calling, and calling landlines and mobiles all in one place • Sharing screens • Video calling ...

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You Can Now Get Free 2 Day Shipping From Microsoft Store By Using Bing Rewards

Microsoft Bing team is partnering with Microsoft Store team to offer free two-day shipping on orders over $75.  If you have a Bing Rewards account linked to your Microsoft Account, all you need to do is select the two-day shipping option at check-out. Starting today and running through November 1st, people who shop on the Microsoft Store can take advantage of this offer. Apart from this, you can also use Bing Rewards credits and redeem them for a 5% off coupon. If you are not aware of Bing Rewards, Almost everyone is familiar with rewards, loyalty, and discount programs. Credit cards offer rewards for spending, airlines offer rewards for flight miles, and many grocery stores and gas stations offer coupon and discount programs. Did you know you could also be earning rewards just by searching the web with Bing? By searching on Bing and joining Bing Rewards, not only will ...

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