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As expected, Microsoft today released their first major update for Windows 8 named Windows 8.1. The Windows 8.1 update is now available for download from Windows Store. The update is free for anyone with Windows 8 OS installed and it is applicable for Windows RT users too. Apart from the under the hood and UX improvements, Windows 8.1 will have the following features. Bing Smart Search: A single search now brings you results from your PC, your apps, and the web. See results in a clean, graphic view that lets you take immediate action and launch apps. Search, click, do. Find a song and start playing it, or find a video and watch it right away. Powered by Bing. New Apps in Windows Store:  You’ll notice that the Windows Store has a new look which makes it easier to discover and download new apps. And the apps that are included ...

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Microsoft is going to release Windows 8.1 update for all the Windows 8 and Windows RT devices in few hours. Just in time for the Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft has updated almost all the built-in apps that comes with Windows 8. You can find them in Windows Store now. The following apps got updated. Only few got new features and rest of them are expected to contain Windows 8.1 platform related improvements. Bing News Bing Weather Bing Finance Bing Health and Fitness Bing Sports Bing Travel Movie Moments Video Xbox Smartglass Games Skype Windows Calculator Mail, Calendar and People Fresh Paint Reader Windows Scan Music Windows Helps + Tips Windows Recorder Enjoy the improved app experience on Windows 8.1! ...

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As announced earlier, the official Facebook app for Windows 8.1 devices is now available in Windows Store. Both Windows RT and Windows 8.1 users can download this app. This Facebook app looks similar to any other official Facebook app. You have got the menu on the left with chat list on the right. You can access all of the Facebook.com features like Check-in, Photos, Groups, etc. Your friends are always at your side, even when you’re using other apps See what your friends are up to Get notified when friends like and comment on your posts Get updates on your Start screen Share updates and photos Chat and have group conversations Facebook app also supports Share Charm integration which allows you to send the photo you are viewing on Facebook via email, etc,. It also supports the new snap mode functionality in Windows 8.1 Download it here from Windows Store ...

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The new Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is now available for order from Lenovo. The new Yoga 2 Pro is thinner(15mm thick) and lighter (1.39kg) than the previous models. The Yoga 2 Pro will come up to Intel’s 4th generation Core i7 U series processors. The main highlight is the 13.3-inch IPS 178° wide angle, 16:9 QHD+ 10 point touchscreen, that has a screen resolution of 3200 x 1800. You can configure up to a 512GB SSD for storage and will come in signature Grey or Clementine Orange colors. Lenovo has also addressed the biggest complaint, the new Yoga 2 Pro comes with backlit keyboard. Currently, Lenovo is selling the 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD and Core i5 model for $1149 for a limited time. I think it is a great deal! Check out the listing here. And find the full tech specs below. Description Ideapad Yoga 2 Pro Processor 4th Gen Intel® ...

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Google today announced that they are extending the support for Chrome browser on Windows XP till April 2015. Microsoft is ending the support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014 which means that it will no longer receive updates and security patches. Since unpatched browser bugs are often used by malware to infect computers, Google is extending support for Chrome on Windows XP, and will continue to provide regular updates and security patches until at least April 2015. We recognize that hundreds of millions of users, including a good chunk of current Chrome users, still rely on XP. Moreover, many organizations still run dozens or even hundreds of applications on XP and may have trouble migrating. Our goal is to support Chrome for XP users during this transition process. Most importantly, Chrome on XP will still be automatically updated with the latest security fixes to protect against malware and phishing attacks. If ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming Bing Smart Search experience in Windows 8.1. This new Bing Smart Search experience may change the way people think about web search. To build this, Microsoft gathered people with experience in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, Visual Studio, as well as companies outside of Microsoft and the startup scene and over thousand Bing team members were involved. Smart Search – let you simply swipe or type to find everything, all in one place. Whether it is a document on your PC, an app you downloaded months ago, a picture stored in SkyDrive or a website, Bing Smart Search will bring it to the surface. Smart Search helps you find stuff fast wherever it lives. To provide background on the search heroes I want to outline a little context on some pretty cool technology that most people don’t know about. For many years, Bing has invested in Satori, ...

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  Lenovo today announced the Lenovo Miix2 8-inch tablet that runs on Intel quad- core processor and IPS wide-angle HD display with an optional cover and stylus. The main selling point of the device is its pricing. Miix 2 32GB will cost $299 and 64GB will cost $349 and the optional Cover with stylus pen will cost $20. The device will be available later this month. •Intel Bay Trail-T Quad Core processor •Windows 8.1 OS •8” HD display (1280×800) with multi-touch and 178 degree wide viewing angle; 16:10 widescreen •2GB LP-DDR3 memory •32/64 GB eMMC storage •Weight: .77 lbs. •Dimensions: 5.18” x 8.48” x .32” •Integrated Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and 3G-GPS3 connectivity •2MP front camera / 5MP rear camera •Up to 7 hrs. of battery life Read full press release below. Lenovo Blends Entertainment with Productivity in New Miix2 8-inch Tablet RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – October 17, 2013: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: ...

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Microsoft yesterday released an video showing the power of Kinect for Windows by a demo which shows the future of retail we could experience. The scenario video shows how a Kinect for Windows application attracts new customers by providing them with a good understanding of a resort thru an enjoyable and easy-to-use experience, while also providing customers with an offer to receive a discount on future stays. Watch the video above. The Kinect for Windows SDK and toolkit contain drivers, tools, APIs, device interfaces, and code samples to simplify development of applications for commercial deployment. Microsoft frequently update the SDK, adding improvements for more control and deeper access to sensor data; new tools, such as Kinect Fusion; and samples, such as best-in-class user interfaces, to feed the creativity and needs of Microsoft’s customers. ...

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We all know that Microsoft is planning to unify the Windows OS and Windows Phone OS sometime in the future. While most of us were expecting it happen soon, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley today reported some information on the timing on when it will happen. According to her report, Microsoft is expected to deliver a major Windows release in the Spring of 2015 which will be a unified OS combining Windows Phone OS and Windows OS. Also the unified Windows Store is expected in the same time frame. She also reported some information on how Microsoft will move forward with Windows Phone OS and Windows RT for 7 inch to 10 inch devices. Right now, Microsoft has two ARM-based Windows operating systems: The Windows Phone OS and the Windows RT OS. The thinking is these will be one by Spring 2015. Because it tends to be easier to take a “smaller” OS ...

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Halo 3 game is now available for free for Xbox Live Gold Subscribers. As part of the “Games for Gold” program, Xbox Live Gold customers can download the game for free from Xbox Live Store. The offer is valid from October 16 until October 31. Microsoft is attempting to win more Xbox Live Gold customers by giving away two major titles a month. You can buy 12 month Xbox LIVE Gold subscription from Amazon here.   ...

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Microsoft started the Scroogled campaign against Google back in November. Since then, Microsoft has focused on various issues like Gmail scanning user’s mail content for ad delivery, Gmail spamming its own users, privacy issues in Chrome, etc. Many of us are not a big fan of these kind of competitor bashing ads, but the ads are really working! According to a report by Ace Metrix, more than 53% of campaign viewers mention Google in their responses to the ads said they would look at Bing in a new light or at least seek more information. “For Microsoft it’s a win,” said Jonathan Symonds, exec VP-marketing at Ace Metrix, an ad-effectiveness research firm. In Ace’s evaluation, more than 53% of campaign viewers mention Google in their responses to the ads said they would look at Bing in a new light or at least seek more information. With Bing trailing Google search ...

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Alex Garden, General manager for Xbox MVR ( MVR – Music, Video and Reading) today blogged about their experience of building the updated Music app for Windows 8.1 devices. Xbox Music app got completely re-designed from its previous version and it has got some new UX which everyone demanded. It packs Xbox Music service features like ad-supported free streaming, custom internet radio stations and the ability to take their music and playlists to different devices, ability to import from SD card, etc,. As you can see, we have condensed what were 3 layers of the app into a simple, single page with clear callouts of our major app features – collection, streaming radio, the store and playlists. Moving between the features is as simple as clicking the title. In addition, playback controls are always visible on screen making it simple to pause the song you are listening to or skipping ...

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Along with the update about the upcoming Photos and Camera app for Windows 8.1, Microsoft also revealed some information about the Movie Moments app for Windows 8.1 devices. This Movie Moment app allows you to trim the videos, add some texts and music which can be shared to various services. You can think it as a Microsoft Movie Maker lite! Real life moments can be unpredictable, so when taking videos we often take a bunch of extra footage. Sometimes these videos sit dormant on our devices – when just a few edits would make the video instantly shareable!  Movie Moments is a simple app that helps tell the story of the interesting moment in your video. Within moments, trim the video, add short captions, and put in some music and now you’ll have a short clip that you’ll want to share!   Source: Microsoft ...

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  Microsoft today detailed the new features that are coming to Windows 8.1 Photos and Camera apps. Both these apps together allows you to go from capturing images to making edits to sharing within a matter of moments. There are two interesting new features. First is the dual capture feature which can find in modern smartphones, you can take a photo while a video is recording. Second, the new Photo Loop feature which allows you to capture a series of pictures one second before and one second after you press the shutter button, allowing you to always select the best picture from a series of rapid shots. Read the full list of features below. Easy Controls: With the built-in Camera app, you have easy-to-use controls to help you capture photos and videos. You can even quickly access the camera from the lock screen. Video and Photo – yes, at the same ...

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If you noticed it right, SkyDrive is now an integral part of Windows. With the upcoming Windows 8.1 release, SkyDrive is baked into the OS and it has become one of the best cloud storage service available right now. Adam Czeisler, Development Manager at SkyDrive team today discussed in detail about how Microsoft built the modern SkyDrive experience for Windows 8.1 devices. Microsoft combined the advantages of JSON API design pattern of building apps and proprietary sync protocol supporting ‘CRUD’ operations into a one single solution. In Windows 8 we tackled these problems by releasing both a SkyDrive modern app and a SkyDrive sync client. We had all the pros and all the cons of both engineering designs. In addition the app and the sync client couldn’t communicate with each other which led to some temporary inconsistencies that could be confusing to people who used both. When we started planning ...

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Microsoft today discussed about the much garnered Xbox Live Compute feature on Xbox One. The Xbox Live Cloud service is specifically designed to enable game creators to utilize the scalable computing resources that Microsoft deploys within their regional datacenters. This compute resources will allow game developers to enhance their game experiences beyond what is generally possible with the limited resources of a console. Microsoft is even giving game developers the cloud computing power for FREE so they can more easily transition to building games on Xbox One for the cloud. Microsoft has listed some advantages of using Xbox Live Cloud. Read it below. The really exciting part becomes evident when we consider a few things game creators can do when they use these additional computing resources in the cloud: Higher fidelity game experiences – As I mentioned before, cloud compute can enable developers to offload computations for all sorts of environmental elements. In a ...

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