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An Info. Tech graduate and Internet Enthusiast

We all know the power of research in medicine and allied applications are much more essential for healthy human life. As the exciting field of machine learning research progresses leaps and bounds, the researchers at Microsoft are also contributing to the innovation at a large propotion. Recently, Microsoft was awarded the prestigious  USPTO’s Patents for Humanity Award in Information Technology category for the work in advanced machine learning techniques. Microsoft researchers have been working on Infer.NET over the last 10 years to provide a framework that makes it much easier to apply advanced machine learning techniques to solve challenging problems. Microsoft provides Infer.NET free of charge for non-commercial purposes, such as scientific or medical research. Examples of joint research studies involving Infer.NET include: · An asthma study to investigate the early indicators of severe asthma in children and to try to shed light on the environmental and genetic causes of ...

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Are you passionate about developing games for Windows 8? You don’t know where to start? Here is some help from ZERO260 to get you kick-started and motivated.   Zero260 provides free virtual training for developing games for Windows 8. And they cover some pretty nice games and topics to look out for such as Angry Turds, Racecar, Clown, Shoot, Grow, Treasuremap and a lot more to be announced. If you are a developer, I think you should get started. Recently, Neowin reported that Kevin Ashley, a developer is making $30,000 from his game in Windows Store. Read his story of Making $30,000 a month on Windows 8 apps here. Now checkout the forthcoming events and register here ...

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Microsoft will be monetizing the free Xbox music streaming platform by playing audio advertisements powered by TargetSpot.  These ads will be played in Xbox 360 consoles, Windows 8/Windows RT tablets and Windows 8 PCs and smartphones.     The ads which will be played are very much relevant to the listeners’ choice and will help monetize the free music streaming platform to a considerable extent. The free Xbox streaming service which has over 18million songs is now available in almost 15 countries will be a complete monetization solution for Microsoft’s music content, reported TNW As a trial offer, an one month Xbox music pass is available for free whereas to have a subscription users have to pay a measly sum of $99.99 per year. Source : TNW ...

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Intel’s annual conference Intel Developer Forum (IDF) gave some sneak peek into the future Atom processors codenamed “Bay Trail” that will power the Windows 8.1 tablets. It is expected to be released during this holiday season. The anticipated Bay Trail which  is based on microarchitecture will almost double the computing capacity of already powerful Atom processor.   Tan Weng Kuan, VP and GM of Mobile Communications Group, Intel China, reported that Bay Trail will have 4 Atom processors which harnesses some of the power of Intel HD 4000 graphics and boasts an out of order design as current Core processors. Bay Trail and Avoton server chip are the first major redesign of Atom microarchitecture after its inception in 2008. It will allow designs as thin as 8mm (0.3 inches) which can have an all-day battery life and power the tablet for almost a week in stand-by mode. On the tablet side, ...

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  As per previous leaks, Microsoft was planning to reveal Xbox vNext sometime in April. But according to recent reports from Winsupersite and The Verge, Microsoft will be revealing the next Xbox specification details on coming May 21st. The event is expected to be held at a small venue which will give some firsthand details about the new gaming console. Xbox vNext specs got leaked few months back and it is expected to sport 8GB of RAM, 2GB of graphics, WiFi and Ethernet facility to connect and play online games, USB3.0 support, Blu-Ray player, etc. The device was also rumored to have always online feature. Source : TheVerge, Winsupersite ...

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The widely popular Windows XP has been around nearly 12 years. But technology has evolved leaps and bounds. And we need to stay updated with the latest technology to ensure security, compliance and manageability of softwares. Today will mark the Day1 of one year countdown(8-Apr’13 to 8-Apr’14) after which Microsoft will not entertain any support for the most popular Windows XP OS which has been supported for 12 years (next April). So, Microsoft kindly urged the users of Windows XP to start moving to a more modern OS like Windows 7/8 which are inherently reliable, secure, speed, hardened, flexible. What this actually means is “Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014” wrote Microsoft in a blog post, “On April 8, 2014, we will end the extended support for our commercial customers and we will no longer provide security updates for commercial or ...

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Dr. Ram Ramamoorthy, Assistant Professor, who heads the Robust Autonomy & Decisions Lab at the School of Informatics in The University of Edinburgh has developed a Humanoid robot which can play “Rock-scissors-paper” game using Artificial Intelligence. Reports suggests that it will take on humans and can make out the opponent’s strategies as it plays. As reported by TOI, Rock-scissors-paper is a hand game usually played by two people, where players simultaneously form one of three shapes with an outstretched hand. The rock beats scissors, the scissors beat paper and the paper beats rock. If both players throw the same shape, the game is tied. The robots which are approximately two-foot-high are programmed in such a way so that it can able to recognize the hand gestures performed by humans using Microsoft’s popular motion-sensing input device “Kinect“ which is primarily developed for the Xbox 360 video game console and Windows PCs. Apart ...

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Bing Dictionary Windows 8 / Windows RT Metro app which is an English-Chinese bilingual has been recently released with some updated features. It boasts the support for both local and online English to Chinese bidirectional lookup. Interestingly, there are some nice features to look out for which include Smart Index-an auto-suggest for words with inflections, Search Suggestions-Quick-definitions to speed up your searching.. As per the official release, the improved dictionary comes with improved performance, bug fixes and a “Clear history” setting Now Install the App in your Laptop/Desktop/Tablet and Start learning Chinese!! Source : Microsoft ...

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Are you a WWE fan? Here is some good news for you!! Recently Xbox 360 has been adding a lot of apps, in this line Microsoft recently released the WWE App which is now available on Xbox 360. This WWE  application on the Xbox 360 allows you to order pay-per-view events right within your console’s dashboard. The WWE App is a pay-per-view portal which enables one to purchase the latest special events and watch them live on the home console. It seems perfect timing for the Wrestling lovers as they along with the family and friends can enjoy watching the Wrestlemania which is going to happen on April 7, 2013. ...

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As Google recently announced their decision to end the support for Exchange ActiveSync (EAS), the updated Windows 8 Calendar App will no longer have full sync support for Google Calendar events. Microsoft Windows team today posted some workarounds for this. Read them below. You need to have an outlook.com account to achieve this or else sign up here Now move your Google Calendar events to Outlook.com by following the steps below, Sign in to your Google account and export the Google calendars you want. Following the on-screen instructions, save the created file to your Laptop/PC. Extract the zip file Sign-In to Outlook.com using your existing/just created Microsoft Account. If you don’t have the new Outlook.com calendar, follow these steps: Tap or click Subscribe and then tap or click Import from an ICS file. Browse to and select the ICS file that you unzipped and tap or click Import. If you exported ...

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For the more than 5.5 million unique Bing users in Australia, Bing Ads, which delivers paid search ads to Bing users, will be launched in Australia in early July 2013. Bing Ads global general manager Steve Sirich said, “Already 25 markets are using Bing Ads and now it’s Australia’s turn. Just 12 countries represent 95% of revenue for global search advertising and Australia also sits in the included list. He further added that based on the feedback and conversations with the advertisers, Australians deserve more than one search engine and advertisers deserve a choice for the ad platforms. Steve Knowles, Operations Head, Adobe Digital Marketing who welcomed the move said that there is a good buying to be had across Bing and Yahoo! – a search term which might cost an advertiser $1 on Google could be as low as 70% for the equivalent on Bing and Yahoo!. Source : ...

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Microsoft is planning to release a pair of critical security fixes in the next edition of “Patch Tuesday” on April-9 at approximately 1800 GMT. Firstly, the update/fix will address flaws deemed critical in Internet Explorer for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. It is also considered that those vulnerabilities are only ‘moderate’ risks in Windows Server systems. In addition to the above update, a fix for a ‘critical’ flaw for all supported desktop versions of Windows prior to Windows 8 and ‘moderate’ for Windows Server deployments will also be released. The statement also ensured that this vulnerability is not present in Windows 8. In addition to these critical fixes, Microsoft said that it would be releasing a total of seven flaws rated as ‘important’ security risks. The impact of those vulnerabilities includes elevation of privilege, denial of service and information disclosure. Source : v3 ...

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Craig Mundie, a senior adviser to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, showed off the company’s upcoming products in a talk at Yale University. In the lecture which is titled, “How Tomorrow’s Technologies Will Shape Your World,”  Mundie discussed Microsoft’s efforts to make human-technology interaction more natural and productive, and gave some sneak peek examples of  how the company is bringing such products to businesses and consumers. He added that over the next few years, Microsoft anticipates a shift from the current graphical user interface of  “pointing and clicking and typing” to a “natural user interface” of  “touch and other forms of human sense-like capabilities”. He also said that we’d really like a computer to be more like us, and through that, we want many more people to get computing capability. He emphasized that “There’s no reason to believe that in the future that any person who’s buying a television or a cellphone ...

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Microsoft is organizing (sponsoring) a Windows Azure Bootcamp on April 27, 2013 worldwide. Now, find a location close to you and register. This one day deep dive class will get you up to speed on developing for Windows Azure. The class includes a trainer with deep real world experience with Windows Azure, as well as a series of labs so you can practice what you just learned. Great, How much does it cost? The entry is free (yeah!!) to all the attendees. That’s really awesome! How do I attend the Bootcamp? Find a location as close as to where you live. Click through to see the details for that class and then register. What should I bring while coming to the Bootcamp? One needs to bring his/her own laptop and it should be preloaded with the software listed here. Also make sure to do the installation upfront. Is the Bootcamp ...

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Microsoft’s Bing is focused on making the search much more social and fast. In an attempt to enhance the current social flavour now one gets with Bing search (assuming the user has connected Facebook account with Bing), Microsoft may soon add more social behaviour to the search results which will help the users easily find places which had been visited by their friends. This is achieved by fetching more status updates from the users’ friends relevant Facebook status updates. To make this possible, project “Trinity” may help. What is Trinity? According to Microsoft, ” Trinity is a general purpose distributed graph system over a memory cloud. Memory cloud is a globally addressable, in-memory key-value store over a cluster of machines. Through the distributed in-memory storage, Trinity provides fast random data access power over a large data set. This makes Trinity a natural large graph processing platform.” How Trinity can benefit ...

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Now, the task of testing the Website’s browser compatibility in various versions of Internet Explorer[IE] is made much simpler not only for the Windows users but also for the Linux and Mac users {yes, you read it right!} with the updated & enhanced release of tools & resources in modern.ie site. The enhancements will help the developer to develop sites for modern browsers like IE9, IE10 while also supporting the legacy browsers of IE family. According to Microsoft, “modern.IE is a dev center – free tools & resources – built so you can spend less time testing for the various versions of Internet Explorer and more time building what matters to you on the modern web.” The site is live for a couple of months(since January) but it was updated today to add IE10 on Windows 7 and IE8 on Windows XP. Previously, one has to install Windows XP to ...

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