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When Windows 8 was launched last year by Microsoft, there were very few touch PCs in retail for customers to try and buy. Also the sales of non-touch devices lead to poor customer adoption of Windows 8′s modern UI and Windows Store. Microsoft and Intel are now looking to change the situation this holiday season with number of touch based and 2in1 Windows 8 form factors hitting the market. At IDF, Intel executive Kirk Skaugen revealed that 70% of the current Ultrabooks on sale are touch enabled. And Intel is focusing on increasing the number to 100% by making touch screen as a mandatory spec to be a next generation Ultrabook. Though ultrabooks are still a minor share of total Windows PC sales, there has been a recent jump in the growth of touch laptops, according to Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at the NPD Group. “Touch has been doing much ...

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Microsoft today announced their next version of PlayReady digital rights management system. PlayReady is the most widely deployed DRM technology in the world, and this new version will enable content companies to make their content available across devices in a secured way. Microsoft is also releasing client SDK for iOS and Android platforms. More details and specifications on PlayReady and its support for MPEG-DASH and HTML5 can be found in Microsoft’s new white paper at http://www.microsoft.com/playready. Read full press release below. AMSTERDAM, Sept. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — At the International Broadcasters Conference (IBC) today, Microsoft Corp. announced a host of new features to be included in the next version of its digital rights management system, PlayReady, when it is released later this year. This new version of PlayReady will support industry standards including HTML5, Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) and the MPEG-DASH streaming format as well as provide software development kits ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced that Xbox 360 maintained its lead in the U.S. console market during August. This is the thirty-second consecutive month for Xbox on maintaining its No.1 spot in US console market. The NPD Group revealed that over 96,000 Xbox 360 units were sold during August. August highlights from The NPD Group include: · Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform, including hardware, software and accessories, reached $213 million, the most for any console in the U.S. · Xbox 360 held six of the top 10 console game titles including: “Saints Row IV,” “Madden NFL 25,” “Payday 2,” “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist,” “Minecraft” and “Disney Infinity.” Microsoft is planning to launch their next generation console Xbox One from Nov. 22 in 13 markets – Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom and the U.S. After 12 weeks on the market, preorder sales of ...

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Microsoft always tests new features in Bing with a small set of users, observe usage behavior and then roll out to larger group of users with any needed changes. Today, I got a new feature in the Bing search results page. It is not anything revolutionary, but some users will find it very useful. When you search something on Bing, you will now find a small icon along the sides of each of the search result. You just need to click it once to save it to your personal collection. And, you can access the saved links by clicking the similar icon which is placed next to your profile name link.  Once you click that, you will be taken to the saved link page as above where you can see all your saved links. Another cool little thing is that, you can access the saved links by going to aka.ms/mysites from your ...

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Microsoft has partnered with state owned Indian Railways to develop their IRCTC app for Windows 8/RT devices. This gorgeous looking app is now available in Windows Store for download. Description: IRCTC’s App provides booking facility of Railway tickets online and offers other services like checking reservation status, train schedules, train routes, availability of tickets, cancellation, booking history, recent history, favorites, add passengers as contacts and roaming the transactions between multiple devices. Features: • Plan my travel • Check PNR Status • Cancellation • Booking History • Frequent Passenger Info • Quick Booking • Preferences • Favourites • Recent History • Live Notifications • Supports Windows 8 PC & Tablet Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Yesterday, we saw a sudden burst of information about Microsoft’s next generation personal assistant codenamed ‘Cortana’. First, there was a report that Microsoft is planning to release it as part of Windows Phone 8.1 and it will take on Apple’s Siri. Later, there were some screenshots of the early prototype of Cortana running on a Windows Phone 8 device. The screenshots revealed that Cortana is more than a speech assistant, it takes lots of contextual data like location, wifi network, weather, calender appointments, etc to assist you. Cortana will be able to learn and adapt over time as it is relying on machine-learning technology and the “Satori” knowledge repository which now powers Bing. Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet reports that Cortana is not just a Windows Phone app, instead it is a shell that will span across Windows PCs, Tablets, Phones and Xbox. She reported the below to explain it. ...

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InFocus has announced a new 70-inch Windows 8 All-in-One PC which comes with a full HD (1920 x 1080) display to shows off your content with brightness, color and clarity. It is also a 5-point touch screen delivers exceptionally accurate touches, swipes and gestures of Windows 8. It runs on a moderate Ultrabook spec of 4GB RAM, Intel Core i5 processor, 128GB SSD. And it costs a whopping $8,999 ! ! Features: 5-point touch display with Windows 8 gestures Whiteboard and annotation capability with optional BigNote software Personalize the Start screen with tiles that connect to a person, app, website, folder or whatever else is important to you Familiar Windows desktop you’ve used before Use your apps and arrange them the way you want Multi-task by snapping two apps side-by-side Enhanced features to easily connect to your networks, access files in the cloud, encrypt data, and more Find more details ...

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As reported few days back, Dell is releasing its first 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet later this year. This 8-inch tablet will run on Intel Atom “Bay Trail” processor, 1280 x 800 IPS display, battery life of 10+ hours, .88 pounds in weight, thickness of .35 inches and will come in variety of colors. The main selling point is its price: $299. As expected, the display will support 10-point multitouch, and surprisingly pen as well. Dell is expected to release it with optional accessories such as wireless keyboard  Capacitive Active stylus, Bluetooth wireless keyboard with stand and more. via: Winsupersite ...

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Microsoft has quietly launched a new program where customers can trade in their Apple iPads for new Microsoft Surface purchases at Microsoft Stores. Microsoft is ready to offer a minimum of $200 Gift card for your old iPad. This deal is only available in select Microsoft retail stores in US (including Puerto Rico) and Canada Bring in your gently used iPad 2, 3, or 4 and get a minimum of a $200 gift card to the Microsoft store. Looking to upgrade your tablet?  Check out the Surface RT or Surface Pro. Surface RT The revolutionary new tablet built by Microsoft comes pre-installed with touch-enabled versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Starting at $349 Learn more Surface Pro The laptop in tablet form, built by Microsoft, runs your favorite Windows desktop programs and includes a one month free trial of Office 365. Starting at $799 Learn more See store associate for ...

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Along with the announcement that Outlook.com is adding support for IMAP, Microsoft also announced bunch of services that integrate with Outlook.com using IMAP and OAuth. IMAP along with OAuth allows developers to build third-party clients and services that offer value-added scenarios on top of your Outlook.com email. New and unique scenarios that build on your Outlook.com inbox: TripIt, Sift, Slice, motley*bunch, Unroll.me, OtherInbox, and Context.IO have taken advantage of Outlook.com’s new IMAP capability and are rolling out updates today that allow their apps and services to integrate with your Outlook.com email. We’ll have many more to share in the near future. If you’re building an app that wants to integrate with Outlook.com, we’ve provided more details at the end of this post on how to get started. Read about each of the services from the link below. Source: Outlook Blog ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are adding IMAP support for Outlook.com today. IMAP support was one of the long awaited features for Outlook.com and Microsoft has finally done it. Why IMAP? While we believe that EAS is the most robust protocol for connecting to your email, with syncing in near real time, and superior battery and network efficiency, there are still some devices and apps that haven’t made the upgrade to EAS. As an older protocol, IMAP is widely supported on feature phones and other email clients such as those on a Mac. We heard your feedback loud and clear that this was important. In addition to offering more complete device connectivity, IMAP (along with OAuth) gives developers opportunities to build third-party clients and services that offer value-added scenarios on top of your Outlook.com email. We are excited to launch the first set of services today that integrate with Outlook.com, and ...

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We reported few weeks ago about this upcoming Nokia Windows RT tablet. This device wad developed with internal codename ‘Sirius’. Winsupersite today posted an image of this tablet. Here are the details about the device, It is a Windows RT 8.1 tablet. It will be powered by Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.15 hz It will have 6.7-megapixel primary Carl Zeiss optics camera  and a 2-megapixel front camera. It will sport a 10.1″ 1080p screen, 5 point multi-touch with wide viewing angles. In-built storage of 32 GB Detachable keyboard/stand which should be connected to the tablet to make it work just like Touch/Type covers for Surface. There is a battery in the keyboard for extra power. USB ports in the back Wireless N Cell compatible Micro HDMI & USB 3.0 port support AT&T/Verizon LTE support Nokia is expected to reveal the device on Sep 26th at an event in New York and the price ...

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According to the latest WHOIS records, Microsoft Corporation has recently acquired the domain name Xbone.com from its previous owner. Fusbile speculates that it must be a larger amount paid to the owner from Microsoft. Major Nelson who is the Director of Programming at Xbox LIVE posted a message on NeoGAF saying that he don’t like the nickname Xbone for Xbox One. “…disrespects the teams that have put in thousands of hours (already) into the development of the product. Sure, it’s cheeky but I don’t care for it myself.” I guess Microsoft acquired the domain to keep it safe from competitors and fan boys from exploiting it against Xbox One. via: Fusible ...

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At IDF, Asus announced a mainstream Windows 8.1 detachable touchscreen laptop T100 that will go on sale this holiday season for $349. ASUS Transformer Book T100 has a detachable 10.1-inch HD IPS display with an Intel Atom ‘Bay Trail’ quad-core processor. The lightweight keyboard dock features well-engineered keyboard and a multi-touch touchpad with full Windows 8.1 gesture support and USB 3.0. Asus claims it can last up to 11 hours on battery power. Read more about it below. San Francisco, US (September 11, 2013) – ASUS today showcased two new Transformer Book ultraportables at an ASUS product launch event during Intel® Developer Forum (IDF) 2013. The event was hosted by ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih and featured special guest Tom Kilroy, Intel Vice President. Transformer Book T100, and Transformer Book Trio are the latest models in a wide range of mobile and desktop computers from ASUS that will transform your expectations ...

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In recent years, Intel was promoting perceptual computing using external camera that can be connected to laptops and desktops. At IDF, Today Kirk Skaugen from Intel announced that built-in 3D cameras will be coming to laptops and desktops some time 2nd half of 2014 and will be based on Intel’s Broadwell ships. Major OEMs like Asus and Lenovo will be shipping devices with these 3D camera built-in. “You’ll add the ability to sense your excitement, emotion, whether you are happy or smiling. The algorithms and technologies are there, but they are getting more refined, and as they get more robust, you’ll see them,” There are lot of potential behind this, for example you can track your children’s reading habit when using the laptop, etc,. via: Laptopmag ...

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At IDF, Intel detailed the upcoming Bay Trail processors that will marketed as Atom Z3000 processors. These Atom processors will come in dual and quad-core variants. The quad-core Z3770 will offer up to 3x CPU and up to 2x GPU performance with the clock speeds up to 2.4GHz . Intel claims 10 hours of active use of battery life and screen resolutions support up to 2,560 x 1,600. Read full press release after the break. INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 11, 2013 –Intel Corporation today launched its latest family of low-power systems-on-a-chip (SoC), codenamed “Bay Trail,” that will fuel a wave of highly powerful and energy efficient tablets, 2 in 1s and other mobile devices to market for consumers and business users in the fourth quarter of this year from leading OEMs including AAVA*, Acer*, ASUS*, Dell*, Lenovo* and Toshiba*. The “Bay Trail” family of processors is based on Intel’s low-power, ...

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