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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft has surprisingly released a new Xbox game called Cold Alley and it is a air combat game. Description: THE NEXT GENERATION OF AIR COMBAT GAMING IS HERE! With an extensive single player campaign and a huge set of skirmish modes, the non-stop action will keep you on the edge of your seat! Travel back in time to experience the unwritten history of covert operations. Master over a dozen models of aircraft as you take part in the race for jet fighter domination. CONSOLE QUALITY GAMING! Unparalleled visuals, audio, and special effects including: bump mapping, realistic atmospheric effects, volumetric clouds, sun glare, day & night transitions and more! EXPANDED SINGLE-PLAYER MODES! After the campaign, hone your skills with Dogfight Missions, Survival, Free for All, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, and Defend the Base, with new game modes to come in future updates! IMMERSIVE GAMEPLAY! Take off and land on landing strips and ...

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Joe Duffy, an architect and developer on a research operating system at Microsoft has blogged about the next generation programming language they have been working on in the past couple of years. Microsoft is now describing this upcoming language as “systems programming” extensions to C#. Microsoft is trying to pitch this language as cross between Safety & Productivity centric C#, Java, etc, and Performance centric C++. Here are the 6 important features of the language, ) Lifetime understanding. C++ has RAII, deterministic destruction, and efficient allocation of objects. C# and Java both coax developers into relying too heavily on the GC heap, and offers only “loose” support for deterministic destruction via IDisposable. Part of what my team does is regularly convert C# programs to this new language, and it’s not uncommon for us to encounter 30-50% time spent in GC. For servers, this kills throughput; for clients, it degrades the ...

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Microsoft Store has got some great deals on new PCs for this festival season. Dell XPS 12, one of the best touch Ultrabook available in the market with its flexible flip-hinge design is now available for just $699. Display: 12.5 in Full HD touchscreen (1920 x 1080), 10-finger multi-touch support Processor: Intel Core i5-4200U 1.60 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.60 GHz Memory: 4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz Hard drive size: 128 GB SSD Audio: Waves MaxxAudio Pro Video: Intel HD Graphics 4400 with shared graphics memory Ports: 2 USB 3.0 (1 regular, 1 with Powershare) • Headphone output/Microphone input combo • Mini DisplayPort Battery: 6-cell lithium-ion (over 8.5 hours)* Camera: 1.3 MP webcam Wireless: 802.11b/g/n/ac • Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) capable (required adapter sold separately) Bluetooth: Yes Dimensions: 12.48 x 8.46 x 0.79 in (316.99 x 214.88 x 20.07 mm) Weight: 3.35 lbs (1.52 kg) Find the ...

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Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet with 32GB internal storage is now available for just $249 from Amazon. Dell Venue 8 Pro is a great tablet that runs on full Windows instead of Windows RT. You can buy 64GB version for $313 from Amazon. Specs: Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Display: 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Memory: 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Storage (hard drive): 32GB eMMC Color: Black It also comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed. It can’t get better than this! Order yours now. Check out the deal here. ...

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Microsoft recently published the Bing Search Trends report for 2013 in India. Bing’s Top Search Trends revealed that Bollywood celebrities dominated the most searched persons list. Microsoft also revealed that cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar was the most searched sporting person. Find the list below for more details. Most Searched Persons: 1 Salman Khan 2 Shahrukh Khan 3 Katrina Kaif 4 Sachin Tendulkar 5 Deepika Padukone 6 Priyanka Chopra 7 Kareena Kapoor 8 Akshay Kumar 9 Ranbir Kapoor 10 Vidya Balan Most Searched Songs: 1 Lungi dance – Chennai Express 2 Party on my mind – Race 2 3 Challa – Jab Tak Hai Jaan 4 Ambarsariya – Fukrey 5 Batmeez dil – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani 6 Gulabi – Shuddh Desi Romance 7 Tum tak – Raanjhanaa 8 Zinda – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag 9 Dil tu hi bata – Krrish 3 10 Sawaar loon – Lootera Most Searched Movies: 1 ...

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Official Facebook app for Windows 8 devices got updated today with lots of new features and improvements. You can now edit posts, comments, post privacy, delete photos and more. There is also support for new 320 snap view for the whole app, Smileys sticker pack and more. Full Change log: 320 snap view for the whole app Smileys sticker pack Profile pic sync New Stories indicator Create albums from photos page Add photos directly into an album Search thread names when choosing conversation members Refresh in Nearby Improved toast notifications to remove already seen messages, old stories, etc. Edit Posts Edit post privacy Edit Comments Copy link to post Add/Remove people from groups Add friends to lists Delete photos It is nice to Facebook actively developing their Windows Store app. The app now has almost all the features that are part of Facebook’s iOS and Android apps. Download it here ...

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NPD Group’s Distributor Track and Commercial Reseller Tracking Service today reported that over 14.4 million desktops, notebooks, and tablets were sold through U.S. commercial channels in this year to date through November 2013. Windows laptops showed zero growth over 2012 while Windows desktops saw a 10% increase in numbers. Even Apple sales for laptops and desktops fell by 7%. The real shocker from the report is regarding Google Chromebooks which saw a tremendous growth. Chromebooks, and Android tablets collectively had the biggest impact on sales growth, with 1.76 million units going through the channel from January through November of this year, compared to just 400,000 units in 2012. Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all notebook* sales, up from negligible share in the prior year, and 8 percent of all computer and tablet sales through November, up from one tenth of a percent in 2012 – the largest share increase ...

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Two months back, we reported that Rockstar consortium which is jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony has sued Samsung, Huawei, HTC and Google for patent infringement in U.S. District Court in Texas. Rockstar consortium was formed by Microsoft, Apple and others after they won the Nortel’s patents in a bidding for $4.5 billion. Today, Google responded to this lawsuit in court that Google and Android OEM’s products does not infringe any of the patents cited in the lawsuit. They also mentioned about the Rockstar consortium’s status. Rockstar produces no products and practices no patents. Instead, Rockstar employs a staff of engineers in Ontario, Canada, who examine other companies’ successful products to find anything that Rockstar might use to demand and extract licenses to its patents under threat of litigation. I’ve no idea how Google went on to claim directly that Android devices does not infringe any of the patents because ...

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In addition to tracking Santa on NORADSanta.org with help from NORAD and Microsoft, people can also call the NORAD command center right from the site by using Skype for free. As Santa departs the North Pole on December 24th, a touch-enabled 3D globe on NORADSanta.org will light up and follow his movements. With a modern browser like IE11 and a touch enabled device, you’ll be able to spin the globe with a swipe of a finger and pinch and zoom to get an in-depth look at Santa’s stops. Bing Maps is at the heart of the journey; whether you’re mapping Santa’s route on a computer or in an app, you’ll see beautiful, high-fidelity images. You can even visit Santa’s village at the North Pole, play new games daily, listen to music and watch videos. What makes NORADSanta.org truly interactive is that you and your kids can use Skype Click to Call to ...

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Few days back Microsoft said, “To ensure the best experience for our customers during the holiday season, we have taken steps to remove the update for Surface Pro 2 that was previously published through Windows Update on December 10,” and even confirmed that they are working to release an alternative update package after the holidays. It seems, Microsoft has changed their minds and decided to deliver the fix earlier than expected. Here is the info from the Support forums, We are working through the holidays to deliver a fix for the small number of customers that have experience decreased battery life and booting/sleeping problems as a result of the December update.  We took the update down to prevent additional customers from ending up in this state. All hardware failures, none of which are known to be caused by the December update, are being handled promptly through our warranty exchange policy. The UEFI firmware ...

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Rockstar consortium which was created by Microsoft, Apple and other technology companies to acquire patents from Nortel Networks in 2011. Rockstar Consortium won the bid for $4.5 billion against the rival group which included Google, Intel and others. Bloomberg today reported that Rockstar is in discussions to sell a part of those patents in order to monetize their investment in this intellectual property. The group, called Rockstar Consortium, has recently been in conversations with possible buyers about the patents, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. Rockstar, which also includes BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY), Ericsson AB and Sony Corp., has had little success in landing large licensing deals for the patents, three of the people said. This is not a completely new news because Rockstar already sold $1 million worth of patents to a company called Spherix in July. Also Rockstar is already suing ...

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As announced earlier, Microsoft has released Halo: Spartan Assault for Xbox One. Halo: Spartan Assault is already available for Windows Phone and Windows 8 platforms and it is expected to be available next year on Xbox 360. Halo: Spartan Assault costs $14.99 on Xbox One and if you already own Halo: Spartan Assault on Windows, you can get it on Xbox One for just $4.99. Game Description: Halo: Spartan Assault is a fast paced top-down shooter set during the timeline between “Halo 3” and “Halo 4,” progress your Spartan career as you engage in over 30 exciting Campaign missions using many of favorite Halo weapons, vehicles and armor abilities. Team-up on Xbox Live and fight with a friend against waves of the nightmarish Flood in the all-new online co-op multiplayer mode. Buy it here from Xbox One Store. ...

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We all know that Microsoft has partnered with NORAD for tracking Santa from tonight. Microsoft today highlighted their work with NORAD and spoke about the history of tracking Santa.   All of Santa’s Village games are unlocked which can only mean one thing – it’s almost time to track Santa Claus! We’re in as much anticipation as you are – where will Santa go and what will he bring? When the elves start packing up his sleigh at 11 PM PT tonight, the Santa Tracker will go live with NORAD standing by to track Santa. Of course, there are a lot of presents to pack, so Santa won’t take flight until 3 AM PT on December 24. As soon as Rudolph and the gang lift off, NORAD will begin tracking Santa and sharing his location on the map, while keeping him safe as he flies the night skies.This has been ...

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Few days back, we reported that Microsoft that is allowing Skype users to make free group calls, free group screen sharing, no advertising and access to live customer support, for free. All of these features are typically reserved for premium account holders but you can get them free for 12 months. This Skype Collaboration Project offer is still working. If you didn’t grab your offer code, do it now! Visit this page to make use of the deal, The Skype Collabration Project. After you enter your email address a code will be sent to your inbox. After the code is redeemed you see a message that shows a credit of $107.88. Some people receive their code instantly, while for some people it takes days. So, be patient if you didn’t get any code. It is better if you enter the Microsoft Account associated with your Skype account. ...

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Google already made a proposal to European Commission to resolve the antitrust cases against it. While the competitors and the Fairsearch.org are not happy about Google’s proposal, European Commission antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia also expressed his concern about Google’s proposal. Speaking on Spanish national radio, European Commission antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia said Google’s latest round of proposals in October don’t “eliminate our concerns regarding competition.” Specifically, he cited the way that Google treats rivals such as review service Yelp and price comparison shopping services. He also said that Google has little more time to respond and act accordingly to avoid any huge fines. Few years back, EC made Microsoft pay about $2 billion for cases regarding Internet Explorer. Read more from AP. ...

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Microsoft was under constant criticisms from various people on the financial performance of Bing. The Online Services Division at Microsoft started losing money in the past 4-5 years. In the last year, Microsoft lost about $1.5 billion in Bing and its services. But, Microsoft is committed to Bing and in the recent financial analyst meeting Dave O’Hara, the Chief Financial Officer for Microsoft’s Applications and Services Group confirmed that Bing is about to make money soon. He hinted that the investment days are over and its time to reap the benefits out of it. Starting about six years ago, O’Hara said, Microsoft began making substantial investments in building out its datacenters, infrastructure and in writing its underlying search algorithm. Those investments were reflected in constant operating losses reported by Microsoft’s Online Services Division. But now Microsoft has built the foundation required for Bing. Infrastructure investments for it will now be ...

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