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There are few custom themed Xbox One consoles that will go on auction from Nov-15th. If you are in the US, then take part in the Every 2 Minutes promotional campaign for the Xbox One. You should purchase specially labeled Mountain Dew or Doritos products with codes that can be entered into the Every 2 Minutes website. The codes turn into points that can be banked and used in auctions, including those for Xbox One consoles featuring the special case designs. Details on the Consoles available in auction are listed below. RYSE: SON OF ROME: What’s Included: Custom-themed Xbox One. One Xbox One Game—Ryse: Son of Rome 12-Month Xbox Live Gold Membership Code to Snag In-Game Downloadable Content DEAD RISING 3: What’s Included: Custom-themed Xbox One. One Xbox One Game—Dead Rising 3 12-Month Xbox Live Gold Membership Code to Snag In-Game Downloadable Content FORZA MOTORSPORT 5: What’s Included: Custom-themed Xbox One. ...

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Many are not aware of this fact. If you’re a Gmail user, Google scans all of your sent and received messages, extracts keywords that they think are relevant to you, and then uses that data to target you with ads. All email service providers protect your inbox by scanning for spam, phishing attempts and malware, but not all email providers use the words from your email to show you ads. Microsoft is focusing on this point with a new campaign titled “Keep Your Email Private” against Google’s Gmail to protect user’s privacy. Google goes through every Gmail that’s sent or received, looking for keywords so they can target Gmail users with paid ads. And there’s no way to opt out of this invasion of your privacy. Watch the video below. Visit Keep Your Email Private for more details. ...

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Microsoft Bing team started indexing the apps installed on the device to serve you contextually when you search for related queries. With Windows Phone 8, Microsoft introduced a way to surface apps within search results giving a deeper entryway into what you might be trying to accomplish. For example, if you search for  “Angry Birds”, there will be an option to download that app directly from the results. Or when you search for some hotels, there might be some relevant local search apps listed on the search results. In Windows 8.1 Bing Smart Search, Microsoft is moving to another level. With the launch of Windows 8.1 we are expanding this notion with Bing Smart Search. Now when you search we also display deep links of information that might be available in a given app. For example, if you’re searching for New York City we’ll not only show you beautiful full bleed images and top web ...

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Microsoft today announced that ID@Xbox developers will get free license of Xbox One Add-on for Unity. This is a great news for indie developers who won’t be able to afford Unity licenses. To us, ID@Xbox is about providing a level playing field for all developers. So, we worked with Unity and we’re pleased to announce that, when released in 2014, the Xbox One add-on for Unity will be available at no cost to all developers in the ID@Xbox program, as will special Xbox One-only Unity Pro seat licenses for Xbox One developers in the ID@Xbox program. The Unity add-on for Xbox One supports every element of Xbox One, from Kinect to SmartGlass to the impulse triggers of the new controller. So, an indie developer can make use of this Unity add-on take advantage of all aspects of Xbox One just like every other developer. Also Unity is available for Windows and Windows ...

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Along with the new Surface ad, Microsoft has also posted this new Windows ad as part of the new ‘Honestly’ series of ads. It focuses on Windows 2-in-1 PCs. Windows 2-in-1 PCs give you the best of work and play. Either it’s watching movies on Xbox Video or getting work done with Microsoft Office, Windows 2-in-1 PCs will serve the purpose.   It’s new but, you know it Work the way you always have with the familiar desktop and the Start button, but now with the magic of touch. It works with what you have Your new tablet or PC will work with most printers, cameras and software. It’s easy to get around With touch or mouse and keyboard, you can quickly and easily get it all done. It’s flexible With the new 2-in-1s, you can get a tablet and laptop in one. Power of Office Get things done with ...

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You must be aware of the fact that Zappos.com’s official app is now available in Windows Store. Using this app, you can search, browse, and find great products from a brand selection that Zappos.com carries. You can save your favorites for later and checkout from inside the app. In order to promote the usage of the app, Zaapos is making all shipping FREE for all orders placed within.  That means next business day shipping for customers located in areas UPS delivers next day to! Download the Zappos app for Windows today and start shopping! ...

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If you are a snow-sports enthusiasts, Winter Sports is a must have app for your Surface tablets and any Windows PC and Windows Phone. If you like skiing, snowboarding or any winter activity, Winter Sports is an official app of Professional Ski and Snowboard Instructors of America. Winter Ski & Ride for Windows Phone is the companion app for Winter Sports is already popular with skiers and snowboarders around the world, overall quarter of a million users. Description: Winter Sports is the official app of Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI), a companion to our Windows Phone app. Beautiful ski run analytics, snow reports for thousands of resorts, zoomable resort maps, activity tracking, customizable goals, a social network, leaderboards and ski lessons by snow pros. The app includes many innovations, including speech, especially designed glove-friendly user interface for cold conditions and more. Features: •Snow Reports ...

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Microsoft yesterday released a new commercial to promote the new Surface 2 tablet among schools. The video ad shows a school teacher telling how the new Surface 2 enables students to do both work and play with a single device. I personally think Surface 2 will be lot more useful for students than an Apple iPad. The new Surface comes with Microsoft Office, has a keyboard to do real work and great apps like Bing Smart Search and Xbox for having fun. See how the new Surface with Windows gives you one experience for everything in your life. Watch the video above. ...

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  When Infinity Ward announced that Call of Duty: Ghosts will run only in 720p mode natively on Microsoft’s next generation console Xbox One, there were lots of criticism and comments on the web about the capabilities of Xbox One against Sony PS4. Microsoft downplayed the whole resolution thing, but the media was not ready to leave it. In an interview with Eurogamer, Mark Rubin from Infinity Ward commented the following, What everyone will ask is whether this is the result of the Xbox One simply not being as powerful as the PS4, and you’re doing your best with the hardware you have, or whether for future versions you may be able to get the Xbox One version running natively at 1080p? Mark Rubin: It’s very possible we can get it to native 1080p. I mean I’ve seen it working at 1080p native. It’s just we couldn’t get the frame ...

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Nokia announced its first 10-inch Windows RT tablet Lumia 2520 at Nokia World last month. The device will go on sale this month for $499. Today, @evleaks posted that Nokia is working on a 8-inch Windows RT tablet codenamed ‘Illusionist’. If this happens to be true, then this upcoming 8-inch tablet will compete against rumored Microsoft’s Surface 8-inch tablet just like how Lumia 2520 and Surface 2 are in the market. Nokia ‘Illusionist’ will sport the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 1080p display with support for Stylus and will run on Windows RT 8.1 according to various reports. It should be priced around $349 – $399 to compete against iPad Mini Retina display. Source: @evleaks ...

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Microsoft today announced a new program called Microsoft Software & Systems Academy which will offer training to veterans in the US to help them find new careers in the technology field. Read the full press release below. Press Release: REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 4, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced a new program to provide software development training and testing to U.S. active duty service members transitioning out of the military. The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy aims to offer America’s veterans the opportunity for new careers in the growing technology field. “American service members possess the drive, self-discipline and problem-solving skills that are essential for the technology industry,” said Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith. “The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy is a bridge between one great career — serving in the U.S. military — and another, creating technologies that improve lives.” The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy consists ...

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Microsoft’s Xbox One and Xbox One Kinect got nominated for Stuff Gadget Awards 2013. Xbox One got nominated for Stuff Gadget of the year and Kinect got nominated for Innovation of the year. Another Microsoft related product that was nominated is Nokia Lumia 1020 running Windows Phone 8. Xbox One: Microsoft’s ‘does everything box’ is more than just a console, though exclusives like Titanfall, Halo, Quantum Break, Ryse and froze 5 should have gamers salivating at the thought of diving in. Bundled with Kinect for voice and motion control smarts, it’ll let you watch live TV via a connected set top box and run apps like Skype and Internet Explorer simultaneously. Kinect: Microsoft’s camera-on-steroids will be bundled with every Xbox One console, and features a whole host of improved tech. For starters you can use it even if your lounge isn’t an auditorium, and it’s more accurate and performs better ...

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Both Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro now features 10.6” ClearType HD(1080p) displays with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Even though the resolution is not high enough to compete with other tablets out there, Microsoft has taken care of other aspects of display to make the viewing experience better. The display on the new devices is gorgeous, and the engineering work to produce gorgeousness isn’t trivial. It requires focus on far more than pixel count – things like size and aspect ratio, optical bonding of the display to the cover glass for reduced reflection, contrast ratio, viewing angles, color depth, gray scale, color reproduction, luminance, and backlight uniformity. Source: Microsoft     ...

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Microsoft Skype recently announced that they are discontinuing Skype Desktop API in order to deliver consistent experience across all the platforms. They have explained their decision with the following message, We’ve been working hard to develop new technologies and make improvements that will benefit Skype users across all platforms, especially on mobile devices. These changes will significantly improve the call quality and speed of delivery of instant messages, while retaining excellent battery life of mobile devices. As people are using Skype on more devices, we’re also working hard to create a more familiar and consistent Skype experience across all major platforms. The Desktop API was created in 2004 and it doesn’t support mobile application development. We have, therefore, decided to retire the Desktop API in December 2013. If you’d like to provide us with your feedback, simply start Skype and go to Help > Give feedback. Your opinion is important ...

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We have seen many projects from Microsoft Research around Artificial Intelligence in the past. Today, Long Zheng posted a old video in which Eric Horvitz, the co-director of Microsoft Research Redmond and a distinguished scientist in the field of artificial intelligence at TEDxAustin spoke about Microsoft’s work in Artificial Intelligence. He spoke about Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, Distinguished Scientist and co-director at Microsoft Research, Eric Horvitz, shares the human side of advancing machine intelligence. An admitted advocate for empowering machines to perform more fluidly with us, he explains how computational systems will complement human cognition in order to anticipate our needs and help us prepare for inevitable surprises of all scale and size In nurturing and supportive ways. When Readwrite profiled Peter Lee, the corporate vice president for Microsoft Research, he spoke about MSR’s short term and long term goals. He said the following about Disruptive (Also Known As “Moon Shots”) work ...

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Microsoft has released a new privacy statement that applies to Xbox products and services which include Xbox console versions, Xbox Live service, Games for Windows Live, Windows Phone Games, Xbox Music, Xbox Store, and other products and services. You can read them all from the link below. Regarding Kinect facial data, some game titles may take advantage of a new Xbox capability called expressions. This feature allows you to use your defined facial expressions to control or influence a game. This data does not identify you, stays on the console and is destroyed once your session ends. CVG has summarized some important privacy policies of Microsoft, Players can turn Kinect off at any time. When Kinect is used with certain games and apps, a user’s skeletal movements can be used to estimate exercise stats. Microsoft says “you can decide how your stats are managed and whether they are shared”. Kinect’s facial-numeric identifiers, ...

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