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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

I think its time for Google to rethink their IP strategy as one of their core web property Google Maps is on the verge of getting banned in Germany due to the patent lawsuit with Microsoft. FOSS Patents reports that MMI’s German subsidiary is liable for infringement of a key Microsoft patent, EP0845124 on a “computer system for identifying local resources and method therefor”, which is the European equivalent of U.S. Patent No. 6,240,360. Microsoft is seeking, and now very likely to obtain, a German patent injunction against the Google Maps service, the Google Maps Android client app, and web browsers providing access to Google Maps. In order to comply with the injunction that looms large, Google would have to disable access to Google Maps from computers using a German IP address, discontinue shipping the Google Maps Android app in the German market, and distribute web browsers in Germany only ...

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  Microsoft today acknowledged that it is one of the brain behind the Massachusetts legislation against companies that use data collected from computers at schools. Microsoft said that the bill is aimed at Google Apps business practices. The bill is aiming to restrict the commercial use of data gathered for ad targeting, etc, while children use computers at public schools. Microsoft commented about this matter with the below statement,  “We believe that student data should not be used for commercial purposes; that cloud-service providers should be transparent in how they use student data; and that service providers should obtain clear consent for the way they use data. We expect that students, parents and educators will judge any proposed legislation on its merits.” Source: WSJ ...

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Microsoft today released an updated version of Skype app for iOS devices with a new calling experience and bug fixes. Skype allows you to make free video and voice calls to anyone else on Skype, share photos, files and of course instant message others. What’s New in Version 4.6 ✓ Beautiful new calling experience ✓ Mark all your recent chats as read with just a few taps. ✓ General fixes and improvements ✓ One-to-one chats now appear in the correct order. Previous release: ✓ Skype automatically reconnects a dropped call when your WiFi or mobile network reception is poor ✓ General fixes Download it from App Store here. ...

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In a new video ad released on YouTube, Microsoft’s new webmail service Outlook.com revealed the upcoming Skype video call integration inside the browser. The ad which shows off lots of Outlook.com features, finally showed the ability to make Skype video calls while having conversation with your friends on Outlook.com’s Skype IM. It also states at the end that Skype experience is coming soon. Check out the video above. Sign up for free web mail service at Outlook.com. ...

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Stardock has released a new Windows 8 program called ModernMix which allows you to run Windows 8 Modern/MetroStyle apps in a windows similar to the way other classic programs operates. You can run multiple modern apps, minimize & maximize it, pin them to task bar, etc,. Run modern apps in windows: ModernMix enables you to run multiple Modern apps in individual separate windows on the desktop as well as launch them from the desktop. Apply custom settings: Modern app window sizes are remembered the next time you launch them. Pin modern apps to the taskbar: Active Modern apps will also appear on your taskbar where they can be pinned for quick access later. Bring back the familiar Windows look: Standard Windows 8 title bar is enabled for Modern apps. Explicitly close Modern apps by clicking its close button Download it from Stardock here. It comes with 30 day free trial ...

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Microsoft has released its HealthVault app for Windows 8/RT devices for free in Windows Store. HealthVault app allows you to access your health information stored in your HealthVault account. Description: HealthVault for Windows helps you take control of your health and keep your most important health information at your fingertips. Set health goals, track progress, and discover trends. Features: Track progress towards your health goals. Manage your weight, track your exercise, steps, and diet. Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol. View and edit details of your family’s most important health information. Discover trends in your health and fitness. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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  Microsoft today responded to customer feedback on Office licensing terms. Microsoft today announced that they have changed the Office 2013 retail license agreement to allow customers to transfer the software from one computer to another which now means users can transfer Office 2013 to a different computer if their device fails or they get a new one. Updated transferability provision to the Retail License Terms of the Software License Agreement for Microsoft Office 2013 Desktop Application Software: Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you, but not more than one time every 90 days (except due to hardware failure, in which case you may transfer sooner). If you transfer the software to another computer, that other computer becomes the “licensed computer.” You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if ...

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According to the reports from couple of websites, Samsung has stopped selling Windows RT based tablets in Germany, one of the Europe’s biggest market. They added that Samsung  “sees no market for RT in Germany and other European countries.” and so far Windows RT based devices from Samsung have experienced very poor sales due to which Samsung is taking this action. Samsung is yet to respond to this reports. Source: MobileGeeks , Heise.de via: Engadget ...

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Next Issue magazine reader app is now available for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. You can get access to up to 80 magazines in categories such as news, science, technology, entertainment, fashion, home and garden, food and special interests. Features: •All the magazines you love. Next Issue includes more than 80 of the most popular magazine titles in the U.S. •One, convenient app. Browse, manage and read all of your favorite magazines from one easy-to-use app. It’s an entire newsstand at your fingertips. •Unlimited access. Read as many magazines as you want with our Unlimited Plans. Immerse yourself and discover the breadth of great stories, writing and photography within our catalog. •Enhanced digital editions, optimized for tablets. Many magazines include enhancements such as videos, bonus photography and interactive features. •Smart download features. Tap any magazine and it will start downloading immediately. When enough of the magazine has been downloaded, ...

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At sixth annual TechForum event, Microsoft demoed some of the advanced Kinect capabilities like accurate hand gesture recognition, etc,. Microsoft Kinect is already capable of detecting body movements and now Microsoft has improved them to make it recognize hand gestures such as opening and closing the palm. You can now use Windows 8 fully controlled by Kinect and it looks cool. Check out the video above. I guess these features will be part of  Kinect 2.0 which will be released along with Xbox vNext. Source: Microsoft Research   ...

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Microsoft today kicked off its sixth annual TechForum at Microsoft’s new Envisioning Center. Craig Mundie, senior advisor to CEO Steve Ballmer, and Eric Rudder, chief technical strategy officer along with other senior Microsoft executives presented their vision for the future of technology to a group of journalists. It also featured latest technology demos and prototypes some of which like ViralSearch, SketchInsight, etc,. Microsoft focused on three areas for this year’s  TechForum, The Arrival of Big Data: The massive explosion of data from machines, sensors and people—along with the broad availability of affordable cloud services at scale—are bringing us powerful new tools that turn data into insight. Systems That Learn: 21st-century computers aren’t just told what to do—they learn. Dramatic improvements in machine learning are leading to systems that can absorb the vast amounts of data we are collecting, discern knowledge, and project futures. More “Human” Natural User Interfaces (or NUI): This is a topic ...

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European Commission today announced a fine of €561 Million on Microsoft for failing to comply with user browser choice related commitments. Due to technical error, browser choice screen didn’t appear on PCs sold in EU from the period of May 2011 until July 2012 causing the non-compliance with commitment to EC. Microsoft apologized for the technical error and issued the following statement. We take full responsibility for the technical error that caused this problem and have apologized for it. We provided the Commission with a complete and candid assessment of the situation, and we have taken steps to strengthen our software development and other processes to help avoid this mistake – or anything similar – in the future. Full press release after the break. ...

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WSJ today reported that Microsoft has started offering price breaks on its Windows 8 OS and Office productivity for OEMs in an order to help spur the development of Windows based small, touch-enabled laptop computers. These new products are expected to be available later this year during fall. Microsoft is expecting that these discounts for software licensing could help reduce the price and increase the appeal of Windows based touch laptops. Here are the details about the discount, In late February, Microsoft offered PC makers the deal of Windows 8 plus Office for $30 for touch-screen devices under 10.8 inches, according to one person familiar with the situation. This compares with around $120 previously. Touch-screen devices above 10.8 inches can still get the discounted Windows 8 price, but Office isn’t included, this person said. Source: WSJ ...

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At CeBIT 2013, Intel revealed a new prototype Ultrabook hybrid running on Intel’s upcoming Haswell processor with Windows 8. The prototype has a full HD screen with the ability to separate dock and the screen. Intel is using the 22 nm process for Haswell processor and is expected to release CPUs based on this microarchitecture around June. With Haswell, Intel will introduce a new low-power processor designed specifically  for convertible or ‘hybrid’ Ultrabooks that will allow OEMs to come up with innovative PC designs. Source: Mobilegeeks ...

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During yearly TechForum event in Seattle, Microsoft Research unveiled number of interesting projects that they were working on. Some of the projects were SketchInsight, Viral Search, etc,. The Verge reports that Microsoft also revealed displays with Kinect sensor built-in. Microsoft is working to bring Kinect sensor integrated into displays. There are no.of challenges in making that happen, for example infra-red cameras in Kinect will not work in bright sunlight. Speaking on this, Craig Mundie said the following, “You want to be as cheap as possible and physically as small as possible,” , “My dream is to get a Kinect into the bezel of something like this [Surface tablet].” “It’s not gonna happen tomorrow, but we can see a path towards that sort of thing.” Read more about it from the link below. via: The Verge ...

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Microsoft Research unveiled number of research projects at company’s annual TechFest started this week. One of them was, Viral Search. Viral Search allows you to navigate and explore real time content around the world using data from various services. What does it mean for online content to “go viral”? An analysis of almost a billion information cascades on Twitter news, videos, and photos has produced the first quantitative notion of whether something has indeed gone viral, thereby enabling further research into topic experts, trending topics, and viral-incident metrics. Read more from the link below. Source: Microsoft Source: Microsoft ...

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