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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is one of the best Windows Ultrabook convertible available right now in the market. However, the first batch of devices seems to be affecting with Yellow screen issues. The yellow pixels on the display turned out to be more of a blue/green shade of yellow instead of pure yellow. Lenovo forums had lots people complaining about the same and Lenovo quickly acknowledged the issue. The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro utilizes a Samsung LCD panel with a Pentile Red-Green-Blue-White (RGBW) pixel matrix, as opposed to a standard Red-Green-Blue (RGB) matrix on more conventional LCD panels.  The Pentile matrix uses a modified physical layout of the pixels, taking advantage of white sub-pixels to deliver a brighter display at lower power consumption level. A drawback of this modified matrix is a lower color luminance than a standard RGB matrix.  This is most noticeable when viewing yellows.  Some yellows may appear greenish ...

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  Israeli news site Calcalist today reported that Apple has bought PrimeSense, the technology that powered the original Kinect released by Microsoft. During the release of original Kinect, Microsoft said the following on PrimeSense, “PrimeSense has delivered an important component to the technology, helping us deliver revolutionary controller-free entertainment experiences in the living room.” However, the current Xbox One Kinect is fully engineered by Microsoft. PrimeSense is the leader in 3D sensors and it already powers over dozen of natural interaction products in the market. They claim that their technology is already powering more than 24 million devices around the world. According the report, Apple bought PrimeSense for over $345 million which I think is a great deal. If Apple is planning for a media console, PrimeSense could become the technology powering it. Also PrimeSense is already developing 3D sensor chips which can be embedded in smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc, ...

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Microsoft today detailed the Internet Explorer experience for Xbox One. Internet Explorer for Xbox One comes with support for modern web standards like HTML5 and CSS3, so all your websites should look the same as in desktop. With Xbox One you can navigate the web with your voice, use gesture input with Kinect, grab an Xbox One controller, or pick up a companion device with the Xbox SmartGlass app. Finally, any pinned sites or favorites you saved in Internet Explorer on your Xbox 360 will be pulled forward to your Xbox One. Apart from web standards support, Microsoft has also added feature like website pinning, multiple tabs, inPrivate browsing, SmartScreen, Cookie blocking, and Do Not Track. As you expect, IE supports snap mode in Xbox One as well. As it is a Xbox One app, it supports voice and gesture as well. Hands off Xbox One features brand new support for ...

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  In an interview to WSJ, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talked about his decision to leave Microsoft, how he informed everyone about his decision, his future plans, etc,. When Steve Ballmer planned to transform Microsoft into devices and services company last year, he decided that he  will remake the whole brand. As part of this, he started drafting the huge management-reorganization plan which was recently made public as well. While he was on a business trip, the thought of him retiring from came on his mind and he started discussing with the board and eventually with his family after the decision was made. “Maybe I’m an emblem of an old era, and I have to move on,” the 57-year-old Mr. Ballmer says, pausing as his eyes well up. “As much as I love everything about what I’m doing,” he says, “the best way for Microsoft to enter a new era is ...

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Dell today announced the availability of the XPS 11 2-in-1 and the updated XPS 13 Ultrabooks which will be available starting $999. Apart from these consumer devices, Dell also announced the availability of the Dell Precision M3800 mobile workstation and introduction of the new OptiPlex 3020 desktop. Dell XPS 11: With the highest resolution display (Quad HD, 2560 x 1440) on an 11.6-inch 2-in1, the acrobatic XPS 11 is the world’s thinnest, lightest and most compact 2-in-1 Ultrabook available today.  Featuring a 360-degree rotating hinge design, the 2-in-1 is sure to turn heads as it transitions from tablet to laptop with ease. The XPS 11 starts at $999.99 USD. New Dell XPS 13: The award-winning XPS 13 Ultrabook has a 13.3-inch, edge-to-edge display that innovatively fits into a footprint similar to an 11-inch laptop, is razor thin and light, and weighs less than 3lbs. It is built for mobility and ...

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Intel yesterday posted 2013 Intel Holiday Buying Guide for consumers. With the release of 4th generation Intel Core processors, there are lots of cool 2-in1s, convertibles, Ultrabooks in the market. All the PCs and tablets deliver a 50 percent improvement in battery life as well. Thanks to Intel, your personal compute devices just got sweeter this holiday season. Now there are computing devices with Intel Inside® to match every appetite and pocket book – from traditional laptops to tablets to 2 in 1 devices to portable All-in-Ones. There’s a lot to choose from (and salivate over) this holiday season. Take a look inside the 2013 Intel Holiday Gift Guide to see the latest tech eye candy. The buying guide has 10 Windows devices which are listed below. 2in1s and convertibles: ASUS Transformer Book T100 Dell Venue 11 Pro Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Sony VAIO Tap 11 Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S ...

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  Market research firm NPD announced their stats for the video game console market yesterday. Xbox 360 is back at No. 1 position being the most sold console in the U.S. market in October. About 166,000 units of Xbox 360 were sold. NPD highlights from October include: Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in October (hardware, software and accessories) reached $283 million, the most for any console in the U.S. During the month of October, Xbox 360 held five of the top 10 console game titles, including: “Batman: Arkham Origins,” “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag,” “Battlefield 4,” “NBA 2K14,” and “Grand Theft Auto V.” As Xbox One launch is just a week away, this might be the last time for Xbox 360 to become the No.1 console in the US. ...

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The long awaited Flipboard app is now available for download from Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. Flipboard is like a modern day RSS reader with a great UX. You can discover and read content in a enjoying way. Description: Flipboard is your personal magazine. It is the most popular way to catch up on the news you care about, read stories from around the world and browse the articles, videos and photos friends are sharing. To begin, pick a few topics and tap any of the tiles to begin flipping through your personal magazine. Use the Discover button to customize your Flipboard with iconic sources like The New York Times, PEOPLE magazine, Fast Company and many more. You can also connect your social networks like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Share what you are reading and enjoy updates from friends all in one place. When you find things you like on Flipboard, use the ...

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Microsoft announced Games with Gold program that offers free Xbox 360 games to qualifying Xbox Live Gold members few months back. Since then there were lots of free games offered to Xbox 360 users every month. Major Nelson today tweeted that access to free games each month is coming for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One. More details on this program will be announced in 2014. This seems to be a great deal! What do you think? Source: Major Nelson ...

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Microsoft today announced Facebook Login APIs for Windows Store apps. As many developers rely on Facebook Login to tap into the Facebook social graph to enhance their applications’ experience, Facebook Login API support becomes essential in creating apps. Microsoft with its partnership with Facebook announced Facebook Login APIs on Windows 8/8.1 and Windows Phone 8. Developers can get access to documentation and the APIs through Microsoft’s Windows App Builder blog and Windows Phone Developer blog as well as Facebook’s detailed documentation for Facebook Login for Windows and Facebook Login for Windows Phone. While Facebook Login for Windows 8 is ready to use in production applications, and for Windows Phone 8, Facebook Login is in beta. Lots of apps like Foursqaure, iHearRadio, Adobe, etc, will start making using of this API. · Foursquare will use the Facebook Login API on Windows devices to “make it even easier for people to use Foursquare to ...

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During the Visual Studio 2013 launch event in New York, Microsoft revealed its upcoming compiler technology that will compile .Net code directly to native code. Mary Jo Foley reported that this project is codenamed Project N. Microsoft Project Manager Orville McDonald demonstrated this technology with FreshPaint app. One version of FreshPaint app was compiled using this upcoming compiler technology while the other one was a normal current FreshPaint app. It was shown that the optimized FreshPaint loaded very quickly. “We don’t do JIT (just-in-time compile) and use optimization that we use for C++ code,” ZDNet reported the following on this upcoming project from Microsoft, I’ve gotten a few tips in recent months about “Project N,” which, according to my contacts, is designed to make applications developed in .Net/C# work better on Windows 8 and Windows RT via new compiler technology under development at the company. My tipsters have said Microsoft is planning to go ...

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When Nokia announced Lumia 2520 Windows tablet, they also announced HERE Maps app for Lumia tablets. As you can expect, it is a fully featured Maps app from Nokia. You can explore places around you, find directions, and more. The real beauty is that it works even without a data connection. Yes, it has offline Maps support. Other attractive features include street level to see panoramic views of places, Tilt the map to see cities and buildings in 3D and more. Description: HERE Maps is a complete mapping app designed to work with or without a Wi-Fi or data connection. With HERE Maps you can download and take your maps with you on your tablet. Get walking, driving and public transit directions to the places you want to go, all completely offline. HERE Maps is a perfect companion for your smartphone. Plan where you want to go and save places ...

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Microsoft has a separate unit called Digital Crimes Unit which focuses on finding criminals who are running botnets, piracy centers, etc,. Reuters today reported that Microsoft has formed a new expanded  Digital Crimes Unit called Cybercrime Center. This new center brings together security engineers, digital forensics experts and lawyers under one roof to fight against cyber crime. The center features a lab for dissecting malicious software samples that is accessible only with fingerprint authorization. In another room, a monitor tracks the countries and Internet service providers with the greatest number of machines belonging to some of the worst botnets. Next to a situation room with a wall-sized, touch-screen monitor sit rows of empty offices for visiting police, Microsoft customers or other allies expected to join specific missions for days or weeks at a time. Microsoft is not new to these kind of work. At least half of the major, significant ...

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Warner Bros. today announced that the next-generation Lego Marvel Super Heroes adventure game won’t be available on November 22 as previously announced. Also they didn’t announce any firm release date as well. “Lego Marvel Super Heroes is coming to next-gen consoles, but the game will not be releasing on the Xbox One console on November 22,” “We will provide a release date for Lego Marvel Super Heroes on Xbox One as soon as possible.” After Ubisoft’s Watch Dog got delayed from being a launch title for both Xbox One and PS4, Lego Marvel Super Heroes has become the second title for Xbox One which will be not be available on Nov 22nd. via: MCV ...

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Microsoft’s board is in search for the new CEO for Microsoft as current CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring next year. Microsoft previously announced that they are considering both internal and external candidates for this job. Reuters reported that former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and current Ford CEO Alan Mulally are now part of the shortlisted external candidates list. Also the internal candidates under consideration includes former Skype CEO Tony Bates, who is now responsible for Microsoft’s business development, and Satya Nadella, the company’s cloud and enterprise chief. There is a new report from Chinese blog WPDang where Microsoft’s COO Kevin Turner is among the internal candidates list. It was also reported that Kevin Turner will become CEO of Microsoft replacing Steve Ballmer for next 2-3 years followed by Stephen Elop becoming the CEO. Kevin Turner worked nearly 20 years at Wal-Mart Stores before coming to Microsoft. Being COO for the ...

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Lync is a unified communications platform for the enterprise from Microsoft. Lync 2013 desktop client recently got a November 2013 update which includes new features and fixes of bugs. Features included in the November Update: Photos of Sender/Receiver – View photos of sender/receiver inline with IM conversation URL Photo Experience – Set your own photo from a public web site instead of using the corporate image pChat Escalation – Escalate a Persistent Chat room to a Lync Meeting with one click Login Trace Files – Easily access Lync client login logs New Recording Options –Choose preferred resolution for client-side recordings Read more about it from the link below. Source: Lync blog via: Neowin ...

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