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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

At SIGGRAPH 2014, the 41st International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, which starts today in Vancouver, British Columbia, Microsoft Research team is presenting many new projects. In the morning, we reported about the project that which can convert GoPro camera videos into beautiful smooth time-lapse videos called Hyperlapse videos. In this project, MSR is trying to make cheap depth camera by using the regular 2D camera which are found on mobile devices and webcams. After minor modifications, this camera can be used for interactive scenarios. Watch the video above for more. Among Microsoft Research’s contributions to SIGGRAPH 2014, a machine learning technique for estimating absolute, per-pixel depth using any conventional monocular 2D camera, with minor hardware modifications. Our approach targets close-range human capture and interaction where dense 3D estimation of hands and faces is desired. We use hybrid classification-regression forests to learn how to map from ...

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Over the weekend, Microsoft Bing team released the new SNIPP3T, a new iOS app powered by Bing that lets users stay up-to-date on their favorite celebrities. Today, Next At Microsoft profiled the launch of this app talking to the people behind this new app. Here is the summary of it, The idea of this app came from Donald Soon, Program Manager for Microsoft when he was came to know that Bing exceled in celebrity news searches over Google. To take advantage of this, they came up with this idea of building an app based on Bing data. Why a mobile app instead of new celebrity news section on Bing? According to Emma Williams, General Manager of Bing Studios, it’s because apps are how the vast majority of smartphone users prefer to get their information. “Users spend 86 percent of their time in apps on mobile devices, and only 14 percent in web browsers,” ...

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We already know that Microsoft is working on bringing Cortana to Windows platform. Microsoft’s Marcus Ash (Group Program Manager for Windows Phone – Cortana) and Rob Chambers (Group Program Manager, Applications and Services Group) revealed during a panel that Cortana will move beyond the phone. And a job listing from Microsoft also pointed out the same. They were looking for members to redefine the personalization experience on Windows and to help create serendipitous moments of discovery and satisfaction for the users and enable signature experiences that make Windows your indispensable companion in the real world. Now, a new report from Neowin described how Cortana works in the internal builds of Windows 9/Threshold. Cortana is now a separate app when launched won’t take full screen. Apart from that, Cortana looks and works similar to how we have seen in Windows Phone devices. As of right now, Cortana is an app; it’s a ...

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Gartner recently released their report on Unified Communications market. In the magic quadrant they released, Microsoft was positioned as a leader in the marker along with Cisco. Cisco used to be the only major player in this marker, Microsoft came up with Lync years later and now it continues to make significant gains in the market. In many cases, Lync is initially deployed for its IM, presence and Web conferencing functionalities, with gradual incremental deployments of telephony and video added as follow-on phased deployments for specifically targeted groups or regions. Microsoft Lync offers a full suite of UC functionality that Microsoft continues to improve with each release. It integrates with Office applications, Active Directory and Skype. Microsoft has a broad set of additional business applications that will increasingly be leveraged, including Office Graph (which uses machine learning to define the context and connect users with relevant documents, conversations and people) ...

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When Microsoft announced Surface Pro 3 few months back, they started to marketing it as ‘The tablet that can replace your laptop’. Even during the launch event, Microsoft compared Surface Pro 3 against MacBook Air. Surface Pro 3′s official webpage and Microsoft Store listing also compares MacBook against Surface Pro 3. Following them, Microsoft has now released three new videos comparing Surface Pro 3 with MacBook Air. Watch them below, Tablet or laptop? With the Surface Pro3, you get the best of both. The Surface Pro 3 has the power to run full Adobe Photoshop, Office and Windows. But unlike the Mac Book Air, it has a touchscreen, a pen and converts to a tablet. Don’t try that with the Mac. You can order Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft Store from the links below. Surface Pro 3 Estimated retail price (USD) Intel® Core™ i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of ...

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Microsoft today announced the new Nokia 130, the most affordable mobile phone with FM Radio, video and music player. It comes with a beautiful design with a 1.8” colour display, inherent colouring, and built-in flashlight on the back with talk time of up to 13 hours. The Nokia 130 is available in both Single and Dual SIM offering standby times of up to 36 days and 26 days respectively. It supports SD cards up to 32GB. If that’s not enough, the built-in MP3 player can pump out the tunes for up to 46 hours, that’s almost 2 days of playback! With support to store up to 6000 songs on an SD card*, you’ll never miss a beat. You can also share your content via the SD card, USB or using Bluetooth with SLAM technology, all without an Internet connection. And how much does it cost? It only costs €19. The ...

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A new Microsoft Research project is going to make all the GoPro videos captured with a helmet camera during activities such as rock climbing or bicycling. You can’t watch the video of someone climbing a mountain from a first person perspective, when you watch it in 10x speed, it will become too shaky. At high speed-up rates, simple frame sub-sampling coupled with existing video stabilization methods does not work, because the erratic camera shake present in first-person videos is amplified by the speed-up. To overcome this problem, MSR’s algorithm first reconstructs the 3D input camera path as well as dense, per-frame proxy geometries. Then they optimize a novel camera path for the output video (shown in red) that is smooth and passes near the input cameras while ensuring that the virtual camera looks in directions that can be rendered well from the input. After that, they compute geometric proxies for ...

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Red Stripe Deals for this week in Windows Store includes a free interactive picture book, an Xbox title from Gameloft Shark Dash and more. Find the apps and their store links below, As you can see from the illustration above, the “Fiete” interactive picture book doesn’t have any written instructions, but it does give children 12 tasks to help “Fiete” in his daily life: loading ships, mounting tires and buttering sandwiches, for instance. But the developers aimed to make this fun for kids, and were inspired by their own to include sounds and animations to encourage and motivate little ones. It’s now free in the Windows Store. “Shark Dash!” (99 cents), “Shoot 1UP” (99 cents), s Dictionary) is $19.99 in the Windows Store (previously $39.99), “Firefighters” and “Tiny Firefighters” (both 99 cents), “Toca Kitchen” is 99 Windows Store, Diagnose your car (99 cents) and the logic game “Golden Seeds” for $1.49. via: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft has quietly released a new celebrity news app called SNIPP3T in Apple App Store. The surprising part is that Microsoft is releasing it for iPhone users before their own Windows Phone platform. Description: SNIPP3T (pronounced “Snippet”) is a Celebrity News app that snips everything you want to know about your favorite celebrities from all over the web and puts it in one place. •Subscribe to your favorite celebrity with one click, and the hottest stories about them will show up in your personalized stream of headlines. •Tap on a celebrity to view their detailed profiles and explore a timeline of news stories surrounding them. You can also tap into a news story to get all relevant story content (news articles, photos, videos, and social mentions) in one place. •Share your thoughts about the latest news with other fans of your favorite celebrities Download it here from App Store for ...

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The Securities and Exchange Commission last year charged a senior portfolio manager at Microsoft Corporation and his friend and business partner with insider trading ahead of company announcements. The SEC alleged that Brian D. Jorgenson, who lives in Lynwood, Wash., obtained confidential information about upcoming company news through his work in Microsoft’s corporate finance and investments division.  Jorgenson tipped Sean T. Stokke of Seattle in advance of the Microsoft announcements, the most recent occurring in October.  After Stokke traded on the inside information that Jorgenson provided, the two equally split the illicit profits in their shared brokerage accounts. They made joint trading decisions with the goal of generating enough profits to create their own hedge fund. After court hearing, Jorgenson was sentenced to two years in prison today after pleading guilty to charges of insider trading. “I cheated,” Jorgenson said at court today. “I tried to take a shortcut for my own financial gain…. ...

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Following the release of ‘Hungry Shark Evolution’ for Windows Phone devices, Ubisoft has now released the game for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: Experience life as a Shark in the ultimate test of survival. Jaw dropping 3D graphics and action packed gameplay. Grow from a pup into a 10 ton Great White Shark! Eat your way around a diverse aquatic world full of wonder and danger. Feast on tasty sea creatures, swimmers, turtles and fishermen to grow into a giant. Battle enemy sharks, submarines, and the weird creatures of the deep. Chain up combo bonuses to gain massive hiscores! Complete missions and find treasure to earn coins and gems. Spend these rewards on upgrading your sharks abilities or buy special life-saving items. Progress to unlock the most ferocious beasts in the sea: Mako Shark, Hammerhead, Tiger Shark and the almighty Great White. Features: + Console quality 3D graphics + ...

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If you are a Diablo fan, then this is a great news for you. Blizzard yesterday announced that future patches for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition on Xbox One will mirror the patches seen on the PC version of the game. Even the recent PC version’s new 2.1 patch will be released on Xbox One. I think this should start a new trend of console games being quickly patched as their PC versions. Thanks to Microsoft for making this kind of patching possible now because the Xbox One is powerful enough to handle large-form patches, and can update games in the background. To put that into perspective, the last time a huge PC game quickly mirrored patches on the console version was back in… well, never. “We’re really excited about it,” said John Hight, production director for Diablo III. “When we started on this adventure, we thought we’d never ...

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  David Rappaport, a University of Colorado came up with the idea of sending a balloon to the edge of space during his internship with Microsoft Surface which he started a few months ago. Now, more than 20 of his fellow interns would stick with the project. Public can participate the balloon launch by helping to control the camera that is attached to the balloon’s payload. “I just thought it would be cool to have a fun side project to work on after hours,” he says, and came up with one that involves various Microsoft technologies – including Surface, Microsoft Azure, Internet Explorer and Bing apps – to create an interactive experience. Little did he realize when he first formed the idea that he’d hear from . The balloon will launch at noon PT on Saturday, Aug. 9, from a remote area in Washington state. The balloon’s camera will live stream ...

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Jeopardy! is a popular American television game show, it features quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in question form. They have released their official app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: Is watching Jeopardy! part of your nightly routine? Ever caught yourself shouting responses at the TV and wishing that you were standing at the podium? Now is your chance with the Jeopardy! app. Test your knowledge with thousands of clues collected from the show’s very own writers. Hear Johnny Gilbert’s famous Jeopardy! introduction, step up to the podium and get ready for categories ranging from sports and popular culture to travel, world history and much more. Customize your own avatar in-game and use the interactive touch screen to write your name on the podium. Play in single player mode or challenge your family ...

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If you are following the cloud computing industry for the past few years, the title should not have surprised you. Microsoft Azure continues its momentum of gaining customers more than Amazon and Google. A survey of CIOs by the research firm Pacific Crest Securities has found enterprise customers are going to spend more money on Microsoft’s Azure and Office 365 than Google and Amazon Web Services. Also, Microsoft was the second most preferred supplier for public and private cloud services behind VMware. For the survey, Pacific Crest checked in with CIOs at 152 companies with 1,000 or more employees — most of them with over 5,000 employees. That at least partially explains the overall strength for Microsoft: Big as it is, Amazon’s AWS tends to be more popular with earlier-stage (and therefore smaller) companies. One thing that large enterprises tend to like, writes Pacific Crest’s Brendan Barnicle, is that Microsoft’s cloud tends ...

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Microsoft last month posted a short video to promote Xbox One. That ad highlighted that Xbox One is the only place to play the best exclusives and all of the biggest blockbusters of the year. The games include Halo, Call of Duty, Assassins Creed Unity, Sunset Overdrive and more. This video was backed by a voice over with the words from the movie Rocky Balboa. Sylvester Stallone speaks an inspiring dialogue in that movie, you can read more about it here. Microsoft today posted a new video titled Best Multiplayer to highlight the fact that the best multiplayer community lives on Xbox One. This time the voice over is Bob Thornton speech from the movie Friday Night Lights. Here is the actual dialogue from the movie, Well I want you to understand somethin’. To me, being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It’s not about winning. It’s about you ...

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