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Lenovo today reported results for its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, with quarterly revenue of US$10.4 billion, an 18 percent increase year-over-year while quarter pre-tax income increased 22 percent year-over-year to US$264 million. The main highlight is that Lenovo is maintaining its position as the world’s largest PC maker for five consecutive quarters. Also they have achieved highest-ever quarterly market share of 19.4 percent* up 2.7 points year-over-year, driven by growth in EMEA and the Americas. And as expected, Lenovo’s shipment growth outperformed the industry as a whole by shipping 14.5 million units, up 15% YoY. From Lenovo’s press release, During the first fiscal quarter, Lenovo’s Laptop computers generated 49 percent of Lenovo’s total revenue. Across the industry, laptop shipments were down 3.7 percent year-over-year, an improvement from the year before when declines were nearly 13 percent year-over-year driven by corporate refresh and innovations in the ...

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As Zen Studios announced last month, Pinball FX2 game is now available for download from Xbox Store. Game description: All of your favorite pinball tables are now available on Xbox One! Download the free Pinball FX2 platform and access to the best pinball library available, featuring tables based on the biggest names in pop-culture. The fantasy themed Sorcerer’s Lair table is available for free play for all players! Table library includes Star Wars™ Pinball, Marvel Pinball, Plants vs. Zombies™ Pinball and a great collection of original designs from the pinball wizards at Zen Studios. New tables are added all the time! Pinball FX2 on Xbox One Features: • 1080p Full HD resolution at 60 frames per second • Split-screen multiplayer • Hotseat multiplayer • Compete against other players on all tables to achieve the highest Super Score • Team up with your friends to increase your Wizard Score • Table ...

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In order to raise awareness about ALS, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella accepted Steve Gleason’s Ice Bucket Challenge and challenged Jeff Bezos and Larry Page to do the same. If they are not taking the challenge, they need to donate money for it. Even Mark Zuckerberg took the challenge and poured a bucket of water on himself. He challenged Bill Gates, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to do the same. On Wednesday, the Ability Eye Gaze team, which won the Grand Prize in Microsoft’s first-ever companywide Hacakthon, was given the chance to dump a bucket of ice water on CEO Satya Nadella as part of an effort to raise awareness around amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS.) The Eye Gaze team had set out to do a project to help Steve Gleason, a former pro football player who is living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Gleason’s foundation aims to raise ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced the new Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty®:Advanced Warfare Bundle which looks amazing. This special edition bundle includes a massive 1TB hard drive and in-game sound effects and the console is emblazoned with Sentinel Task Force iconography. The wireless controller looks like an artifact from the powerful battlegrounds of the future. Contents: Custom Xbox One Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare console with 1 terabyte hard drive and sound effects Custom Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Wireless Controller Full game download of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare In game bonus content: Unique exoskeleton Advanced Arsenal which features an EM1 Quantum directed-energy weapon and a bullet brass exoskeleton Digital Personalization Pack One chat headset, HDMI cable, and power supply Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare packaging Features: Pre-order today to get everything you’ll need to prevail in a new era of Call of Duty Features a massive 1TB ...

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Microsoft today reveals Deals with Gold games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. The discounts include 50% off on popular games like Titanfall, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, EA Sports UFC and more. These discounts are valid now through 18 August 2014. You can now get Titanfall for just around $25! Xbox One deals: Content Title Content Type Discount % EA Sports UFC Xbox One Game 33% Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Xbox One Game 50% Titanfall Xbox One Game 50% Titanfall Expedition Add-on 30% Just Dance 2014 tracks* “Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore Add-on 40% “Timber” - Pitbull Ft. Ke$ha Add-on 40% “Gangnam Style” – PSY Add-on 40% “Sexy And I Know It” – LMFAO Add-on 40% “Don’t You Worry Child” – Swedish House Mafia Add-on 40%   Xbox 360 deals: Content TitleContent TypeDiscount % Crystal Defenders Arcade 50% Final Fantasy XIII-2 Games on Demand 50% Gyromancer Arcade 50% Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Games on Demand ...

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Microsoft Visual Studio team today released the Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 RC. Python Tools for Visual Studio (PTVS) is an open-source plug-in for Visual Studio that supports programming with the Python language with features such as CPython/IronPython, editing, IntelliSense, interactive debugging, profiling, IPython REPL with inline graphics cross-platform/language debugging and running Python websites on Microsoft Azure with tooling integration for both publishing and debugging. New in this release: Numerous bug fixes throughout the entire product, especially for IntelliSense and code completions, debugging, general stability and performance Search paths within a project are now used for IntelliSense Django​ template debugging now works on Python 3.4 Anaconda environments can now use ‘conda install’ from PTVS The standard string visualizers (HTML, XML, JSON) can now be used when debugging Brace highlight color can now be changed Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 RC  can be downloaded for Visual Studio Express 2013 for Desktop ...

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  When Surface Pro 3 was originally few months back, few artists like Penny Arcade’s  Gabriel pointed out the annoying home button issue while they are drawing on Surface. Whenever he was trying to draw, he kept brushing that home button and getting kicked out to the desktop. Microsoft Surface team invited him to the campus and a team of designers and engineers watched him actually draw to find a solution to the issue. While they are trying to fix the issue from software side, you can disable the home button as a whole when you are going to use it for drawing. To disable or enable the Windows button, perform the following steps: Open up Windows Device Manager – an easy way to do this is to open the Charms bar and search “Device Manager” Select “System Devices” Click on the “Surface Home Button” item in the list On the “Surface Home Button ...

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Back in June, Microsoft announced a new startup accelerator focused on home automation. Microsoft announced the partnership with American Family Insurance’s American Family Ventures, the direct venture capital arm of American Family Insurance, makes early stage investments in emerging technology companies. Microsoft will provide mentorship, workspace and an immersive experience to create world class companies to the selected startups. Since the announcement, Microsoft Ventures team met with companies across the country and dug through more than 400 applications to select the names of the 10 startups for the accelerator and that they will be hosting on their campus this fall. These startups will have Demo Day in December. You can find the list of selected startups below.   Chai Energy delivers real-time energy understanding – from the whole house to individual appliances. Contact: www.ChaiEnergy.com | @ChaiEnergy | info@chaienergy.com Heatworks Heatworks is the world’s first fully electronic, connected, water heater that conserves water and energy in any application. ...

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Acer today surprised everyone by announcing the new Aspire V Nitro notebook series Windows laptops. These laptops comes with cutting-edge specs and great looks. Aspire V Nitro notebook series will include 15-inch and 17-inch models with a stylish and sophisticated design characterized by sharp angles, slim profiles and intricately patterned covers made with soft touch NIL technology. Acer has also announced Aspire V Nitro-Black Edition that will offer blazing fast performance, gaming-grade graphics, and exclusive cooling technologies. These devices will be powered by 4th or 5th Gen Intel Core processors, NVIDIA GeForce graphics, and 2×2 wireless connection technology, advanced cooling technology, Full-HD displays with IPS technology. To help reduce eye fatigue and enhance visual comfort, Aspire V Nitro series notebooks feature Acer ComfyView non-glare technology. It comes with spacious backlit keyboard with edgy red lighting. An exclusive “Black Edition” logo on the touchpad of the Aspire V Nitro-Black series distinguishes the device as the top-of-the-line model. On the ...

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Microsoft today detailed the August update for Internet Explorer that includes updates to the WebGL and F12 features, in addition to the latest security updates. This update is a great news for developers as it provides substantial improvements to the F12 developer tools – The user interface, console, DOM explorer, debugger, emulation tool, UI responsiveness and memory profiling tools all have new features and bug fixes. Microsoft will be providing more details on the F12 improvements in the future. In addition to this, Microsoft has updated the WebGL renderer has also been updated with support for ANGLE_instanced_arrays, OES_element_index_uint and WEBGL_debug_renderer_info extensions, the failIfMajorPerformanceCaveat context creation attribute, 16-bit textures, more GLSL conformance, and line loop and triangle fan primitives. As we already know, with the new out-of-date ActiveX control blocking, Internet Explorer helps keep ActiveX controls up-to-date and safer to use. Microsoft has also added support for WebDriver, The August update also provides ...

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  Microsoft today announced an update for OneNote Online that will improve the co-authoring experience. This update allows users to work with others through shared notebooks stored on OneDrive or Office 365. Today we are happy to announce improvements to the OneNote Online co-authoring experience: The new “People Presence” feature helps you see who else is working on the same OneNote page or is in the same notebook simultaneously, regardless of which OneNote client they are using, so that you can connect and collaborate with them if needed. Improved syncing means your edits are nearly in real-time. This will help you and everyone else to stay on the same page as ideas develop and evolve.   With this update, OneNote has become a great place to collaborate in real-time. Source: OneNote blog ...

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Bing already allows you to ask a question and get instant answers. For example, “who is the President of the United States” or “the tallest building in the world”, will give you Barack Obama and Burj Khalifa as answers. Microsoft is combining conversational understanding with their knowledge repository containing information on billions of people, places and things, you can dive and learn more about a topic or interest. With today’s update, apart from the answer you get directly in the search results, Bing will also continue the conversation.  For example, you can ask “who is the president of the united states”, we will show you the answer.  From there you might ask, “who is his wife” or “how tall is he.”   Bing maintains the context and keeps the conversation moving forward. Read more at Bing blogs. ...

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Trueachievements.com is one of the popular Xbox community website on the web. Microsoft approached the website in bringing their experience to Xbox One console and it is happening. Tureachievements app will be available on Xbox One in the coming months. In addition to the following listed features, they are planning to add snapped mode and voice support as well. Like many other apps, you can even earn achievements. It will feature the following, • Achievement solutions • Gaming sessions • The latest Xbox news • True scoring • Friend feeds • Stats – for games, achievements and gamers • Achievement lists and solutions for games and apps on ALL Xbox platforms • Milestone charts • Friend game leaderboardsWe’re also planning to include . Read more about it here. ...

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Following the release of Titanfall: Frontier’s Edge DLC, at Gamescom, Titanfall developers revealed the first details around Titanfall: IMC Rising, the third DLC pack for Titanfall. In this new content, gamers will fight across three new maps including Backwater, Zone 18 and Sandtrap. Titanfall: IMC Rising is the third content pack that is available for $9.99. If you have Titanfall Season Pass, you can download it for free. For fans looking to get all three content packs (Titanfall: Expedition, Titanfall: Frontier’s Edge and Titanfall: IMC Rising) while saving a few bucks, the Titanfall Season Pass is the way to go. Available for a one-time price of $24.99*, the Titanfall Season Pass is available for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC and delivers all three content packs as soon as they become available. Order Titanfall from the following links, Order Titanfall Xbox One game from Amazon Order Titanfall PC game from ...

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With the latest content update for Forza Motorsport 5, Microsoft has added six new cars to and all of them will be available at no extra charge to all players. One of the highlight among the new cars added is the addition of Rolls-Royce’s Wraith. It is the first for the Forza series; in fact, a first for video games. Wraith is the most powerful Rolls-Royce has ever created and you will be able to ride this in Forza. Apart from that, you have got 2014 Renault Spark SRT_01E, the all-electric star of the upcoming inaugural Formula E series, two brand new Infiniti models, and the latest in the legendary Mustang series. 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith Finally, a Rolls-Royce in Forza Motorsport! Wraith is making its debut in Forza Motorsport 5, the first time a Rolls-Royce has ever appeared in a racing game. And where better to showcase this legendary car-maker ...

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The games with social aspect integrated into them are now becoming popular. It allows them to enjoy the game with their friends, allow them to meet new people in competitive multiplayer, or just chatting in a pre-game lobby and more. At Gamescom, Microsoft demoed the above the video which shows how the development teams at Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios have been hard at work to make sure that Forza Horizon 2 will be the most social racing game ever made. The key for the team was to ensure everyone’s game feels connected, even when you’re not in multiplayer. For instance, when you’re in your solo campaign, you’ll see your friends’ Drivatars cruising around the world, practically daring you to challenge their best times. This is made even easier thanks to the fact that you’ll be presented with friend comparisons for nearly everything you do in-game. Coolest of all, ...

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