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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Few days back, we reported about the hardware issue affecting a very small number of Xbox One customers. Microsoft responded that they are working directly with those affected to send a replacement console to them as soon as possible through their advance exchange program. In addition to that, Microsoft also announced that these customers will receive free games from Microsoft for the inconvenience caused. While a replacement console is on its way, we want to ensure our advance exchange customers can stay in the game. We will provide each of them with a free digital download of one of the launch titles published by Microsoft Studios. Source: Microsoft ...

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Today, there were lots of reports that Microsoft is banning users for using excessive profanity during private Skype calls and Xbox Live Upload Studio videos. Microsoft provided the following statement regarding this issue which confirms that Microsoft does not monitor Skype calls for excessive profanity and few user’s accounts got banned due to some bug. However, they have confirmed that excessive profanity as well as other Code of Conduct violations in Xbox Live Upload Studio videos will be enforced upon and result in suspension of some or all privileges on Xbox Live. To be clear, the Xbox Live Policy & Enforcement team does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications like Skype chats and calls. Also, we take Code of Conduct moderation via Upload Studio very seriously. We want a clean, safe and fun environment for all users. Excessive profanity as well as other Code of Conduct violations will be enforced upon ...

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Lenovo today announced the 10-inch version of Flex 14/Flex 15 laptop convertible. Flex 10 can be used in the classic laptop mode for maximum productivity, when you’re focusing on touch applications, web chatting, or enjoying a film or video, flip the screen 300 degrees to enter stand mode. It comes with 10-Point Multitouch Display running Windows 8.1. Find the detailed specs below. Processor Intel® Quad Core™ Pentium™ N3510 processor Intel® Quad Core™ Celeron® N2910 processor Intel® Dual Core™ Celeron® N2810 processor Intel® Dual Core™ Celeron® N2805 processor Operating System Windows 8 Windows 8.1 Display / Resolution 10.1″ HD (1366 x 768) resolution Graphics Integrated graphics Memory Up to 2GB DDR3L memory (Celeron® model) Up to 4GB DDR3L memory (Pentium™ model) Hard Disk Drive Up to 500GB storage Connectors USB 3.0 x 1, USB 2.0 x 1, HDMI, Audio combo jack Sound Stereo speakers Integrated Communications Bluetooth® 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Weight (Net) 1.2 ...

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Microsoft today updated OneNote app for Windows 8.1 devices. You can now take your device camera to insert photos into your notes. These photos are searchable since the app indexes using OCR. Also there is a way to clip content you find across all the apps to your OneNote. Capture your screen with the Share Charm. With Windows 8.1, anytime you see something on your screen, you can capture it and send it to OneNote by using the Windows Share Charm. Let’s say you’re using the Bing Food & Drink app and you want to capture that yummy beef short rib recipe in OneNote so you can have it with you always. Use the Share Charm (swipe from the right or mouse to the top right corner, then select Share), select OneNote, and then select Send. Now that recipe will be in your notes, on all your devices, forever! Or ...

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  Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet with 32GB internal storage is now available for just $229 from Amazon. FYI, It costs $299 from Dell.com. Dell Venue 8 Pro is a great tablet that runs on full Windows instead of Windows RT. 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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During an investor meeting in Santa Clara, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed that Bay Trail tablets with a 64-bit version of Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 will be released in the first quarter next year. Apple’s iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display already have the A7 64-bit processor which improves application and graphics performance in devices. Intel revealed this information to let everyone know that they are not far behind Apple in terms of CPU processor power and efficiency. Also Intel expects to sell 40 million  Intel based tablets next year. Are you ready for more powerful Windows tablets? Source: PCWorld ...

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Microsoft produced limited edition Xbox One White units for its employees who worked on Xbox One team. It came with couple of white controllers with “I MADE THIS LAUNCH TEAM 2013″ message on the both the controller. One of such console is now available for bidding on eBay. Currently highest bid amount is $2125! If you want to own this rare product, start bidding. Here is your chance to get a very rare limited edition Xbox One in white.  These were made for Xbox employees only so you will never find these in any store.  The white console and white controller both say “I MADE THIS LAUNCH TEAM 2013″ This item is new, but since it is rare and the first ever to be made available to the public, I had to remove it from the box for pictures. This auction includes; Limited Edition White Xbox One model 1540 w/Kinect ...

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For those who got their new Xbox One units few days back, there is a deal going on at Amazon and Walmart for games. Instead of the regular price of $59, most of the Xbox One games are now available for $49.  Call of Duty, Ryse, FIFA 14 and more popular titles are now available under this deal. Did you try any games on Xbox One? What was your experience? Check out the deals here from Amazon and Walmart. ...

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Microsoft today posted a video showing the highlights of Xbox One launch events around the world. Xbox One is available now in 13 markets worldwide, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Austria. From New Zealand to Los Angeles, fan excitement reached a fever pitch around the world. In New Zealand, fans partied at Shed 10 in Auckland as the iconic Sky Tower pulsed green, and one fan made the world’s first official Xbox One purchase. Across the world in London, Xbox One turned entertainment epicenter Leicester Square into Xbox One Square with a glowing, green nexus and fan festivities throughout the day. In New York, zombies, Roman soldiers and jaw-dropping supercars converged on Times Square. As billboards glowed green, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis helped 1,000 fans count down to midnight with an electrifying performance at Best Buy Theater, while thousands more ...

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Yesterday, we reported that few Xbox One customers are reporting hardware issues with the units they received yesterday. Microsoft today responded to these reports that they are replacing the faulty Xbox One units to the few customers who are affected. The issue is affecting a very small number of Xbox One customers. We’re working directly with those affected to get a replacement console to them as soon as possible through our advance exchange program. Rest assured, we are taking care of our customers. Source: Forums ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have sold 1 million Xbox One units in less than 24 hours. Xbox One was launched in 13 markets on Nov. 22 to great fanfare and it was the biggest launch in Xbox history surpassing day one Xbox 360 sales and setting a new record for Microsoft. Xbox One is now sold out at most retailers and Microsoft is working to replenish stock as fast as possible to meet the demand from our customers. Microsoft also shared some data regarding the games, Gamers couldn’t wait to play Xbox One and check out new games like “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Dead Rising 3,” and “Killer Instinct.” In the last 24 hours: Over 60 million zombies have been killed in “Dead Rising 3” Over 3.6 million miles driven in “Forza Motorsport 5″ Over 7.1 million combos in “Killer Instinct” Over 8.5 million enemies defeated in “Ryse: Son of Rome” And, fans ...

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A day before, Microsoft launched a new section in its online Microsoft Store to sell Scroogled branded merchandise. Microsoft launched Scroogled campaign against Google to make sure consumers aware of the fact that Google is selling your data to advertisers. Google responded to the latest Scroogled merchandise with the following response, “Microsoft’s latest venture comes as no surprise; competition in the wearables space really is heating up,” Even though some might find the above statement from Google as funny, I don’t. Google is yet to launch the Google Glass product to the general public and they themselves consider them as a competition in the wearables space. Even Microsoft is planning a smart watch and Google Glass like Augmented reality glass. Both are expected in 2015 with public details in 2014. You can find the details about the merchandise here. ...

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Microsoft today announced the upcoming release of Office 365 Message Encryption, a new service that lets you send encrypted emails to people outside your company. You can now send sensitive business communications with an additional level of protection against unauthorized access. Office 365 Message Encryption is the new version of Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) which includes all of the capabilities of EHE plus new features, such as the ability to apply your company’s branding to encrypted messages. Office 365 Message Encryption works with both Office 365 mailboxes and on-premises mailboxes. Office 365 Message Encryption will be available as part of Windows Azure Rights Management. Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4 users will get Office 365 Message Encryption at no extra cost. Office 365 Message Encryption will be available for purchase during the first quarter of 2014, and customers who are currently using Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) will be upgraded to ...

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Microsoft wants everyone to enjoy their Xbox One consoles as soon as they receive it later today. Since Microsoft is planning mid-night launches throughout the US and other launch countries as well, many Xbox fans may not turn up to their offices tomorrow! Microsoft is well aware of this scenario and it is using this for marketing Xbox One with more consumers. They have launched a microsite where you can generate a fun Doctor’s note to whomever is making you do the thing that is not Xbox One. Play Xbox One. Doctor’s Orders. Xbox One is finally here. It’s time to spend some quality time with your console for a day (or three). That means you might have to get out of some obligations. Luckily, we have the solution. Simply fill in the blanks below and send your official Doctor’s note to whomever is making you do the thing that is not Xbox One. ...

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Microsoft released an update for its Mail, Calendar, and People apps for Windows 8.1 devices couple of days back. This new update brings several new features and improvements in all three apps. Microsoft has provided the detailed change log which you can read them below. What’s new in Mail • See all messages from your favorite people in one place. • See a more organized Outlook.com inbox with social updates and newsletters filed away automatically. • Use Sweep to clean up your Outlook.com inbox. • Delete, flag, and mark messages from the message list. • Drag and drop messages into folders. • Select multiple messages at once with checkboxes. • Write new messages without leaving your inbox. • Open a message, draft, or attachment in a separate window. • Search across all mail in all folders. • Create automatic replies for when you’re away. • Choose the default font and color ...

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  Ifixit today posted their Microsoft Xbox One tear down just few hours after its launch. Xbox One scored a repairability score of 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair). I think 8 of 10 is a number which should surprise everyone given the recent repairability scores of Surface devices from Microsoft. Ifixit posted their experience as below, Only a few tools are required to take the whole console apart. The opening procedure is similar to, but much easier than, any Xbox 360. Once inside, a clean, no-nonsense modular design allows the drives, fan, heat sink, wireless board, and front daughterboard to be easily replaced. Clips instead of screws make opening the case more difficult than necessary, but the absence of adhesive and proprietary screws helps soften the transgression. The hard drive is relatively difficult to access; you’ll have to void the warranty if you’d like to upgrade/replace it. Source: Ifixit ...

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