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Along with the news that Microsoft is releasing Xbox Music apps for iOS, Android devices and free streaming on the web, Microsoft also detailed the upcoming redesigned Xbox Music app for Windows 8/RT devices that is coming along with Windows 8.1 update. The app will come pre-installed on Windows 8.1 update, and gives access to global catalog of more than 33 million songs out of the box. If you have a Xbox Music pass, you can download your fav songs. There is also an option to stream millions of songs free on Windows 8.1. Changes in Xbox Music app: Get it in there: If you already have an existing music collection in your device’s Music library such as songs you ripped from CDs or DRM-free songs purchased from iTunes or Amazon.com – Xbox Music brings in all of it – no fuss, your music is just in there. As much ...

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Microsoft today announced a significant update to its Xbox Music service. Microsoft has released Xbox Music app for iOS and Android devices today. Apart from these mobile apps, Microsoft also announced free streaming on Xbox Music via the Web. However, you need an Xbox Music Pass subscription to make use of these apps. With a Xbox Music Pass, you get unlimited access to the songs and artists you want at any time with playback across your tablet, PC, phone and Xbox console for $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. Also you can enjoy the same content on Xbox Music Web player at http://music.xbox.com even without a Xbox Music Pass. Your playlists are synced across all these devices. Read full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 8, 2013 — Nearing its one-year anniversary, Microsoft Corp.’s all-in-one music service, Xbox Music, continues making strides to deliver all the music people ...

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A new video got leaked today which shows off Xbox One dashboard in action. Even though Microsoft showed off Xbox One dashboard couple of times during press events, they didn’t fully reveal it. This video shows some of the new dashboard’s feature such as the ability to switch between games and the dashboard home without any delay. According to the guy who posted the above video, Microsoft is internally testing this dashboard with its employees and there are lots of bugs that exist in the build he tried out. Microsoft has almost two months time, from now till their launch, hopefully they will fix all those bugs and provide a great user experience. ...

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For the first time ever, a Windows RT build has leaked online. This is the upcoming Windows 8.1 RTM build, 6.3.9600.16384.WINBLUE. Microsoft has already made an announcement that they are rolling out Windows 8.1 to both ARM and x86/x64 PCs in October. If you are so eager to try it out before that, you can download it from torrent sites. As expected, this build comes with Office 2013 pre-installed which will also include new Outlook 2013 RT. But as always, there is a risk associated with it. So, do at your own risk! Windows RT 8.1 Build details: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.RT.8.1.WITH.OFFICE.2013.RT.RTM.WOA.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT magnet:?xt=urn:btih:48D55E2DCBDA7E1D251C4325EC9DC0ABAC59F48A RELEASE DATE: 08/21/2013 BUILD: 6.3.9600.16384.WINBLUE_RTM.130821-1623 OFFICE 2013 RT BUILD: 15.0.4505.1015 FILE: 9600.16384.130821-1623_WOAFRE_ClientRT_O15_EN-US-IRM_CCSA_DV5.ISO SIZE: 2,611,933,184 byte SHA-1: F2683FA0240EF928A846C69A5016AD5BC9CE21D6 MD5: 20FF7884B78470D2322BB43BBA875635 Surface RT Driver details: FILE: SurfaceRT-8.1-drivers.zip SIZE: 12,230,873 byte MD5: A000FB5083C82281B8848A7E7622BAD0 SHA1: 9639D5A75D6F48D8CDE2A5BDED334FFD706A8F86 The language packs for both Windows RT 8.1 and Office 2013 also got leaked. You can find download links ...

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FL Studio Groove app is now available for Windows 8/RT devices. FL Studio Groove is a touch-based music production & performance application. With a 10 pad sample-based drum machine and 5 polyphonic synth channels you get all you need to compose, arrange, edit, mix and perform professional quality music. Description: FL Studio Groove allows you to create music loops and chain them together into complete songs. Or perhaps you just want to lay down a percussion track and play keyboards over the top, you can do that too. Synthesizer: Load from the extensive library of bass, keys, lead, pad, sfx and synth sounds. The flexible dual-oscillator, wave-shape driven, design with filters, 3 envelopes and LFO architecture will ensure you can create fresh and unique sounds for years to come. Listen to the presets and you will know how powerful the FL Studio Groove synths are. Keyboards: Take control over the ...

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Microsoft today released an updated OneNote app for iPad and iPhone devices in App Store. OneNote on the iPad now allows you to create notebooks on the iPad as well as create, delete and rename sections. For iPad, • Create new notebooks within SkyDrive • Create, rename or delete sections • Improved Japanese typing responsiveness • Automatic list detection • Bug fixes For iPhone, • Major reduction in download and installation size • Improved Japanese typing responsiveness • Automatic list detection • Bug fixes You can download OneNote for iPad or OneNote for iPhone from the App Store. Source: OneNote ...

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  Microsoft Bing has signed an agreement with location based local product data provider Local Corporation to enhance Bing’s local product search results. Local Corporation’s Krillion shopping data platform will enhance Bing’s local product search results, including  relevant retail locations, brands, categories, and product availability  data and details. Read full press release below. Press Release: Local  Corporation (LOCM), a leading online local media company,  today announced that the company has signed an agreement with Microsoft,  Inc. to provide location-based local product data for Bing. As part of the agreement, Local Corporation’s Krillion™ shopping data  platform is helping power Bing’s local product search results, including  relevant retail locations, brands, categories, and product availability  data and details. “We’re pleased to be partnering with Bing to provide relevant local  product shopping information to millions of consumers,” said Heath  Clarke, Local Corporation, chairman and CEO. “Our dynamic local product  data enhances the online shopping experience for consumers ...

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Back in April, Microsoft announced that it is selling its Mediaroom business to Ericsson in an effort to focus on Xbox LIVE TV experience. Mediaroom is the still world’s most deployed IPTV platform which is serving almost 13 million consumer. Ericsson today announced that they are completing the acquisition today to make it as world leader in IPTV solution provider. Read full press release below. Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has today completed the acquisition of Microsoft’s Mediaroom business and TV solution. Together with Ericsson’s existing capability, the acquisition places the firm as the world’s largest, by market share, and the most experienced provider of IPTV middleware technology and solutions. As the most deployed IPTV platform, with a global market share of around 25%, Mediaroom-powered TV services are offered by nearly 60 of the world’s leading operators, delivering services to almost 13 million households, and close to 24 million set top boxes, throughout the ...

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Just few days back we reported that the upcoming next generation Surface will have a two-step kickstand as opposed to the current model. A latest patent filing from Microsoft has almost confirmed the same and details how the kickstand works. A device kickstand is described. In at least some implementations, a kickstand is rotatably attached to a mobile computing device. The kickstand can be rotated to various positions to provide support for different orientations of the computing device. In at least some implementations, hinges are employed to attach a kickstand to a mobile computing device. One example hinge utilizes preset hinge stops that enable the kickstand to be placed at different preset positions. Another example hinge exerts pressure on an edge of the kickstand, providing stability and vibration dampening to the kickstand. The upcoming second generation Surface RT will be reportedly called Surface 2 and is expected to launch in ...

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Microsoft Bing Maps regularly updates their aerial imagery for various countries around the world. Today, they announced that 13 million sq km, or 315.92 terabytes, of new aerial imagery from around the world have been added to Bing Maps. You can view imagery from around the world below, Quebrada Cahiza, Chile Ísafjarðarbær, Iceland, Bing Maps Link Maritimes Alps, France, Bing Maps Link Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Bing Maps Link Hugh Town, Scilly Isles, England, Bing Maps Link Yukon Delta Refuge, Alaska Coastline, Fiji West West of Suzhou, China Harbour Island, Cape Town Source: Bing ...

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Back in June along with the announcement about Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft revealed that official apps for Facebook, Foursquare, NFL Fantasy Football and Flipboard are coming to Windows 8/RT devices. Foursquare and NFL Fantasy Football apps are already available in Windows Store. Official Windows twitter account for Spain has tweeted that official Facebook app for Windows 8/RT devices is coming in Windows Store along with the release of Windows 8.1. We already know that Windows 8.1 is releasing on Oct 18th, so expect the Facebook in Windows Store around the same time frame. Source: Windows Spain via: WindowsPhoneapps.es ...

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Microsoft today revealed that it will be using the new Entertainment Genome technology from video content discovery solutions provider Jinni to provide video recommendations for its Xbox One users. Xbox uses the rich set of attributes in the Jinni Entertainment Genome along with Xbox signals such as a user’s viewing history to make video recommendations go beyond the standard genre similarity. Read the full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. and TEL AVIV – September 6, 2013 – Video content discovery solutions provider Jinni, announced today a multi-year agreement with Microsoft to enhance entertainment discovery on Xbox video game and entertainment systems. Jinni’s proprietary Entertainment Genome™ uses deep knowledge of every show and movie in the Xbox Video catalog to help the Xbox recommendations system intuitively and accurately connect Xbox users to content they’ll enjoy. By using the rich set of attributes in the Jinni Entertainment Genome, Xbox recommendations go beyond ...

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Speaking at Lenovo’s 2013 press conference at IFA Germany, Lenovo executive answered during Q&A session that there is no need for Windows RT devices. He said that with the arrival of power efficient processors like Intel Haswell and Bat Trail, you no need to have a choice between long battery life and good performance. Users will be able to run full Windows 8 and also enjoy a full day of battery life from a single charge, so there’s is not much need for a low-power version that runs Windows RT. Microsoft announced Windows RT as a fully-fledged Microsoft operating system that is compatible with ARM-architecture to make the devices running on it thin and have long battery life. Currently, Microsoft(considering Nokia is also part of Microsoft) is the only manufacturer developing on Windows RT platform. Microsoft lists following as the advantages of Windows RT PCs. I think recent Windows 8 ...

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HP today announced two new All-in-Ones with a all new design and patent pending hinge. These Recline AiOs offers a great touch experience running Windows 8.1. These PCs will be powered by latest Intel Haswell processors, up to 16GB RAM, up to 1TB of HDD/SDD combination, Nvidia discrete graphics, 1080p displays, Beats audio and more. Even though the specs does not excite you, you should check out the hinge design that allows you to enjoy the PC is various ways. Read more about it below. PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 5, 2013 – HP today announced the HP ENVY Recline All-in-One PC series, offering the best, most immersive touch experience available on an All-in-One PC. With an innovative product design, HP’s new All-in-One PCs allow users to pivot the touch screen lower and closer, making the interaction more accessible and comfortable. “Customers have told us that they want touch on their ...

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  After releasing the re-designed Bing Video search experience, Microsoft today announced the updated Bing News experience. The new Bing News experience has modern layout is built for touch and, showcases top trending topics from Facebook, Twitter and Bing as well as related people from across the web. New features:  Adaptive design for any device: Because we should showcase the news in the format that makes sense for you regardless if you’re on a tablet, phone or PC, the new Bing News automatically adapts to fit your browser width. Trending topics:Bing News now surfaces the latest buzz from Facebook, Twitter and Bing. Cut through the clutter from across the Web with Bing’s real-time view of the most relevant breaking trends and social conversations, available all in one place. At the top of the Bing News page, you can easily browse the latest headlines with the news carousel showcasing the latest ...

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We have seen OEMs like Lenovo, Asus, Toshiba announcing new Windows 8 devices at IFA. Panasonic, known for their rugged computers is now releasing a 20-inch Windows 8 tablet. What’s so special about it? . It has a display of 3,840 x 2,560 (beyond 4K Ultra HD) screen resolution and also supports stylus/pen as well. Panasonic is targeting photographers, architects, cinematographers and other creative professionals with this device. Specs: Model: Toughpad UT-MB50 Screen: 3,840 x 2,560, 15:10 aspect ratio, 20” diagonal CPU: Intel Core i5 vPro Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M RAM: 8GB Storage: 128GB or 156GB SSD Weight: 5.07 lb The pen that comes with this device is not a regular one, The pen included with the Panasonic Toughpad 4K utilizes a special technology to achieve pixel-perfect accuracy. This positional precision is complemented by 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity which yields a high-fidelity pen input capability for writing, sketching, ...

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