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NPD Group today released their February gaming industry report. Xbox One continues selling at a record-breaking pace with 258,000 units sold in the U.S. in the month of February, surpassing Xbox 360 sales by over 61 percent at the same point in time. But the bad news is that Sony’s PS4 still leads Xbox One sales by about 10% in the US. Microsoft is expecting the launch of Titanfall in the March to boost their numbers. “PS4 led hardware sales in February 2014, but by a narrow margin with Xbox One selling over 90 percent of what the PS4 sold in terms of unit sales,” said Liam Callahan, an NPD analyst. “With Xbox One’s higher price point it led hardware sales on a dollar basis.” With Xbox One and Xbox 360 combined, the Xbox platform sold more hardware than any other home console platform and held 43 percent of the ...

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NCAA tournament is starting next week and if you are one of the basketball fans who is eagerly waiting for the tournament to start, here is some good news for you. NCAA® March Madness® LIVE is now available for download from Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. It allows you to live streaming of all the NCAA March Madness 2014 games, get real time scores, team and player stats, latest news and video highlights throughout the tournament and more. Description: Watch every game of the 2014 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament on your Windows 8.1 Tablet/PC! Download NCAA® March Madness® Live to check scores, fill out and follow your bracket, get game alerts, and track social activity around all the games. Log in with your TV provider to enjoy unlimited access to live streaming video of all 67 games, across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. A three hour live ...

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Microsoft today announced  the Xbox 360 Spring Value Bundle that will be available soon at US retailers. Find the details about three different bundles that will be on sale and the cheapest bundle starts at just $249 (includes limited time $50 off from Microsoft). Click the name of the bundles below to order them from Microsoft Store. Xbox 360 250GB Spring Value Bundle – $249: This bundle includes an Xbox 360 E console with 250GB hard drive, the games Forza Horizon and Borderlands 2, a one-month Xbox Live Gold membership, Xbox 360 wireless controller, and Xbox 360 headset. Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Holiday Value Bundle – $299: The Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Holiday Value Bundle includes the Xbox 360 E console, Kinect sensor, two Kinect games including Kinect Sports: Season Two and Kinect Adventures, and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 250GB Kinect Holiday Value Bundle: The Xbox 360 250GB Kinect Holiday Value Bundle includes ...

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Microsoft today announced a cool feature on Bing Image search. It was a long awaited feature and users should be happy that it is finally here. You can now search by image on Bing. Upload your image or provide an URL of an image to Bing, Bing will search for similar images on the web. Searching for the right image can be tough. After sorting through hundreds of images, you finally find a picture you like but unfortunately it’s low resolution or an odd dimension leaving you to go back to scrolling through the results pages. To take the hassle out of this process we’re introducing a new feature that allows you to match an image in a few simple clicks. How does it work? Now when you’re browsing images you will see a button at the bottom of the page that reads “Image Match.” When you click on the ...

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Microsoft today made an important announcement targeting consumer customers using Office 365. Office 365 has more than 3.5 million subscribers and Microsoft is planning to attract more people with the new SKU called Office 365 Personal. Office 365 Personal is a SKU targeted towards individuals interested in Office 365. Office 365 Personal allows for one PC or Mac and one tablet to be connected to the service and will be available for $69.99 USD/year or $6.99 USD/ month. Also, Microsoft renaming the existing Office 365 Home Premium subscription to Office 365 Home. Office 365 Home will cost the same $99.99 USD/year or $9.99 USD/month and you can use it in up to 5 PCs or Macs, and 5 smartphones. We recognize that there are households of all shapes and sizes and we’re committed to delivering the right Office for everyone – whether that be one person or an entire household. Whichever Office 365 ...

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Microsoft invested around $300 million into Barnes and Nobel’s Nook platform. “As demand for digital content continues to increase, we are focused on bringing ground-breaking reading and learning content and technologies to more people in more formats than ever before, including the imminent launch of our exceptional NOOK reading application for Windows 8,” said William Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble during the announcement of the agreement. “NOOK Media is a leader in developing the next generation of digital reading and we look forward to the company bringing one of the world’s largest digital libraries to Windows 8 devices via their upcoming Windows 8 app,” commented Andy Lees, President at Microsoft. Ever since the announcement, Nook is facing great challenges in the e-book market and they are updating their agreement with Microsoft. Thanks to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, new 8-K filing by Barnes & Noble has all the details of the updated ...

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Rayman Fiesta Run is now available for download from Windows Store. It has 75+ levels and 4 festive worlds where you can enjoy the amazing new Rayman powers. You can challenge your friends and share your achievements. Game Description: Join legendary platforming hero Rayman for a new adventure on your favorite mobile device! If you enjoyed Rayman Jungle Run, winner of the App Store’s BEST of 2012, you will love Rayman Fiesta Run and its new wacky Fiesta world! Lunge for cocktail umbrellas, leap on limes and punch those piñatas…the sky’s the limit! PARTY ALL NIGHT LONG * More than 75 levels welcome you for the Fiesta! * Bounce on sausages and make your way through 4 new festive worlds * Beat all 3 new epic bosses to reach the dreaded Land of the Livid Dead Island! * Collect Lums to get awesome rewards and power-ups DISCOVER RAYMAN’S AMAZING NEW ...

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Pwn2Own 2014 hacking contest is going on. Yesterday was the first day of Pwn2Own 2014 and it saw successful attempts by five entrants against five products, with payouts of $400,000 to researchers in the main competition and $82,500 to charity in the Pwn4Fun sponsors-only event. Team VUPEN successfully presented a vulnerability against Microsoft Internet Explorer, a use-after-free causing object confusion in the broker, resulting in sandbox bypass. It was disclosed to Microsoft and Microsoft will be working on the fix. Today, the following team will be trying to hack Microsoft’s IE. Jung Hoon Lee of ASRT – Microsoft Internet Explorer Sebastian Apelt and Andreas Schmidt – Microsoft Internet Explorer Other Mozilla Firefox, Apple Mac OS X, Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader are some of the other products in which researchers revealed many security exploits. Apple Safari and Google Chrome will be attempted today at the second day of the event. ...

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Back in 2012, Microsoft introduced a new way in which you can buy a Xbox 360 4GB console with Kinect for just $99 under two year contract. The contract for two year would require you to pay $14.99 for Xbox LIVE gold subscription. This is similar to the way you buy your smartphone under contract from AT&T or Verizon. Microsoft has quietly ended this program and there is no way you can get a Xbox 360 on contract. Microsoft said the following in response to ending of the program, “This program was intended to be a pilot experiment from the start, and Microsoft routinely adjusts the mix of offers available to its customers and this change was simply standard business practice,” This move from Microsoft is not surprising given the fact that they didn’t announce this contract plan for their newly introduced Xbox One. Do you expect Microsoft to re-introduce the contract ...

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Raymond Cox, known online as Stallion83 on Xbox Live, has created another world record in the gaming community. He already has the record for the most Xbox Live Gamerscore in the world, today he reached an important milestone on 1 million Gamerscore. Massive Achievement Unlocked: On behalf of the entire @Xbox team, congrats to @Stallion83 the first person get over 1-Million Gamerscore — Larry Hryb (@majornelson) March 13, 2014 To put 1 million Gamerscore in perspective, you can only get a maximum of 1,000 Gamerscore when you unlock all the achievements in a game. I guess, @Stallion83 should have played almost all the games released for Xbox 360/Xbox One in its lifetime. Great effort by him! ...

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Razer today announced the world’s thinnest gaming laptop with QHD+ resolution. Read more from the link below. CARLSBAD, Calif. – Razer™, the world leader in entertainment devices and software, today announced the latest Razer Blade now comes with the highest resolution 14-inch display available in a laptop. The stunning 3200×1800 touchscreen display features a record 5.76 megapixels, sharply exhibiting even the finest details and text with 262 pixels per inch. The Razer Blade’s state-of-the-art IGZO/IPS (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide/In-Plane Switching) display panel technology provides unmatched color and image quality. The result is a 250 percent increase in contrast ratio over its predecessor, with high brightness LED backlighting optimized for outdoor use, wide viewing angles, and dramatically improved video propagation and response. The Razer Blade’s display minimizes color shift while maximizing uniformity to make gaming more beautiful than ever before possible. Blending retina-tearing clarity with ultimate functionality, the Razer Blade is ...

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After so many delays, VLC for Windows 8 has now passed Windows Store certification and available for download. Download it here from Windows Store for free. You can enjoy this beta app only on x86/x64 platforms as ARM version of this player is still pre-beta state. One of the developer behind the app has listed the features of this release with its limitations, read it below. This application: works on Windows 8.0 and 8.1: too many people are still on 8.0, so we had to use that. This decreases the stability of the application, though… is compiled for Intel x86 CPUs: Windows RT version will follow as soon as we are able to compile it. ARM version will also apply to Windows Phone. plays all video and audio formats of VLC, including MKV, Ogg and Mov files or FLAC and MPC; supports the same codecs as the VLC application for ...

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, popular American actor and former Governor of California from 2003 until 2011 is participating in a new find raising program. As part of this program, donating people will get a chance to fly to Los Angeles and spend the day with Arnold. Also you’ll ride in his tank together, crush something together. You and a friend will get to ride shotgun with Arnold in his M47 Patton tank. Yes, Arnold has a tank. Yes, this is your chance to ride in it. Not only that, but you’ll also get to use the tank to crush something. And if you’re into working out, you can lift together on it too. There’s a high probability that this will be the best day of your life. Cigars included. In the promotional video made for this campaign, Arnold calls out people to come join him in crushing a Microsoft Zune. The video even shows a Zune getting crushed under a ...

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This is an insane deal from Microsoft. Xbox One Titanfall Edition bundle can be ordered from Microsoft Store for just $399, down from its regular price of $499. With the Xbox One bundle, you get Xbox One console, Titanfall, and a month of Xbox Live Gold. Limited quantities, get yours now. You can also get Xbox Live Gold 12 months subscription for $39, instead of $59.  Find the deal here from Microsoft Store. To get Xbox One Titanfall Edition for $399, add the bundle to your cart in Microsoft Store from the following link and proceed to checkout. In the checkout page, use ‘1’ as the promo code and get $100 off. Order Xbox One Titanfall Edition – Microsoft Store Order Titanfall Xbox One bundle from Amazon from following link. Order Xbox One Titanfall Edition- Amazon Order Titanfall from the following links, Order Titanfall Xbox One game from Amazon Order Titanfall PC game from ...

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Nvidia today announced their new GeForce 800M notebook CPUs offering performance improvement of  60% over the previous generation. These chips comes with a new feature called NVIDIA Battery Boost which will allow gamers to play up to 2x longer gaming on their laptops. Here’s how it works: instead of your notebook pushing every component to its max, Battery Boost targets a user defined frame rate, such as 30 FPS. The driver level governor takes over from there, and operates all your system components, including CPU, GPU, and memory at peak efficiency, while maintaining a smooth, playable experience. Also, Nvidia is bringing GeForce ShadowPlay to notebooks which lets you capture high-quality in-game footage or broadcast your gaming exploits to Twitch.TV, all with virtually no performance impact. This GeForce 800M chip range allows OEMs to deliver gaming laptops with more thin profile than ever without sacrificing performance. ...

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Microsoft Skype Labs, in-house innovation hub at Skype is celebrating its five year anniversary. Skype Labs team is responsible for lots of innovation that has improved experience of more than 300 million monthly users, who use more than two billion minutes of Skype audio and video calls per day. To celebrate the anniversary, Skype team will showcase some of these innovations. As with any big birthday, Skype Labs’ anniversary was a special moment to look back at who we are, what we have been up to, and to reminisce on how we have realized our goals to invent, design, implement, and build compelling solutions and experiences for our users. We are a multicultural and geographically diverse applied research team. In Skype Labs, we have used our expertise in audio, video, computer vision, networking, machine learning, data mining, statistics, and quality of experience to create and deliver some of the fundamental ...

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