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Windows 8.1 build 9471 x64 got leaked on the web few days back and this new build has got several improvements over the past builds that got leaked. We previously listed some of them here. Some of them are updated People hub with some new UI, updated Xbox Video app, apps now has hint to show users about availability of Apps bar, etc,. There are some more improvements spotted in the build. When you install Windows 8.1 RTM version from the Windows 8.1 preview, you will lose all the Metro/modern apps and desktop applications. Mail app has the ability to pin folders Calendar app has got new UI with “What’s next,” screen. Photos app now allows you to import photos from other devices. Skype app comes per-installed which replaces the old messaging app. Source: Winsupersite ...

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Yammer today announced the release of mobile SDKs for iOS and Windows Phone 8 devices. This open source SDK  enables developers to build mobile apps on the Yammer Platform. Mobile workforces can find answers more easily, make decisions more quickly, and in general, move much faster. Here at Yammer Engineering, we believe in keeping a quick pace. This is evident in the Yammer Platform, where developers can rapidly build social enterprise apps. Apps that can scale to Fortune 500-sized companies. To speed up the app development process, we are releasing Open Source SDKs for iOS and Windows Phone 8. The SDKs enable you to add Yammer OAuth 2-based authentication to your smartphone and tablet apps. Once authenticated, you can use the SDKs to make REST calls to read/write from the Yammer API, thus integrating the full spectrum of Yammer’s social services into your mobile app. To start building Yammer Mobile App, ...

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Microsoft today released set of firmware and driver updated for both its Surface RT and Surface Pro devices. These update brings enhance stability, reliability and more. Here is the full change log. Windows RT 8.0 updates only: UEFI firmware update that optimizes the audio experience at low volumes and removes a perceived pulsing in audio volume for some content. Update to system drivers that enhance stability and reliability. Windows 8.0 update only: UEFI and System Aggregator (SAM) firmware update that enhances system stability, reliability, reduces power consumption, and improves touch latency with the touchpad on the Surface Type Cover and Surface Touch Cover. Updates are automatically installed on Surface through Windows Update. If you want to manually install, follow the below steps. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and then tap or click Settings.      (If you’re using a mouse, point to upper-right corner of screen, move the ...

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Adblockplus.org has released their Adblock Plus plugin for Internet Explorer users. While this is not a fully featured version, it is compatible to any Internet Explorer version down to Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP. There are few limitations as well. Adblock Plus currently doesn’t support Enhanced Protected Mode of Internet Explorer 10, we expect that to be resolved in a follow-up release soon. Metro mode Internet Explorer in Windows 8 and Internet Explorer in Windows RT currently cannot be supported, these are locked down environments that don’t allow any extensions. While plugins like this won’t support sites like us which depends on advertising revenue, you can however make use of it in against some annoying ads like YouTube video ads. Read more about it here. ...

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Microsoft today announced the new Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop which consists of Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard and the Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse. This is the evolution of Microsoft’s Natural line of ergonomic products. Both the keyboard and mouse are designed to be beautiful without sacrificing the ergonomic benefits. Keyboard: Unique design for comfort and functionality With its modern, ergonomic design, Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard sets the standard for support and comfort. It keeps your hands and arms in a relaxed position as you work, helping you feel refreshed after a day at your desk without soreness or injury. Protection for your joints Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard is built on advanced ergonomic principles, with a split keyboard layout that keeps wrists and forearms in a relaxed position, and a cushioned palm rest that protects against inflammation and repetitive stress injuries. The domed keyboard shape works to reduce and correct excessive wrist pronation that can cause pain and ...

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Microsoft has revealed that the upcoming new Xbox One Controller will be made compatible with PC next year. Speaking to Penny Arcade Report, Microsoft spokesperson gave the following statement. “There is also some work that we need to do to make sure that existing PC games that support the Xbox 360 controller, will work with the Xbox One controller. While it seems trivial, it’s actually quite a bit of dedicated work for all that to be seamless for the user. We know people want to use the Xbox One controller on their PC, and we do too – we expect to have the functionality available in 2014.” Since the new Xbox One controller shares no underlying technology with the current Xbox 360 controller, Microsoft has some work to do make it fully compatible with PC games. Read more from the link below. Source: Penny Arcade Report       ...

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  Microsoft has managed the pull another 180 with a requirement change related to Kinect and Xbox One. Xbox One console will be able to function without Kinect sensor plugged in. Xbox One Chief Platform Architect Marc Whitten revealed this during a Q&A at IGN. Whitten said that “like online, the console will still function if Kinect isn’t plugged in, although you won’t be able to use any feature or experience that explicitly used the sensor.” For privacy conscious consumers, Whitten revealed that you can turn the sensor off in the Xbox One’s system settings. “When in this mode, the sensor is not collecting any information,” Whitten said, adding that it’s still in use for IR blasting in this configuration. He added that “entering into a required Kinect experience” with the sensor off will prompt you to enable it before proceeding. Source: IGN ...

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Microsoft is set to deliver the final bits of Windows 8.1 to OEMs this month (August). According to various sources, Microsoft is on the schedule to deliver the RTM. What matters most is the time frame in which consumers will be able to enjoy Windows 8.1 on their devices. According to the report from ZDNet, Microsoft is planning to release Windows 8.1 for consumers only in October. Microsoft is going to hold off on making available the final Windows 8.1 bits until mid-October 2013 or so. That will be both the general availability date, as well as the “launch” date when new hardware running those bits will be available. Also, usually Microsoft delivers final versions to MSDN or TechNet subscribers shortly after they release RTMs, but this time Microsoft is planning to hold off Windows 8.1 until October. Read more from the link below. Source: ZDNet ...

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Microsoft has released their Power BI App for Windows 8/RT devices. This app allows you to view live reports from Office 365 server. Description: Stay connected to your favorite Office 365 based reports from wherever you are through a connected BI experience provided by the Microsoft’s Power BI for Windows mobile BI app. The Power BI mobile app allows you to view and stay connected to multiple live reports from Office 365 from your Windows tablet. Tag your favorite reports in the Power BI Site in Office 365 and have them appear in the mobile app or browse and discover new Office 365 reports from your tablet. Explore reports with the touch optimized experience and quickly share insights with colleagues. Please note that in order to use your own reports the Power BI for Windows mobile app will require a Microsoft Power BI for Office 365 account. To find out ...

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The new Xbox One controller has over 40 improvements over the past generation controller. Xbox’s Major Nelson discusses this new Xbox One controller with general manager Zulfi Alam. Watch the video to take a look at it. Otherwise, you can read about all of the below. Impulse Triggers – Xbox One’s Wireless Controller sports four vibration motors – a small one behind each trigger that adds precise haptic feedback to the fingertips, and a larger in each grip for large scale rumbles.  This gives users a sense of in-game directionality and depth, creating rich, immersive experiences where gunshots, car crashes and explosions can come to life. For example, in “Forza Motorsport 5,” Turn 10 Studios is using impulse triggers to provide players with precise feedback that enhances the racing experience. If your tires break traction from over-acceleration or if you drift on the gas pedal, the triggers emit very distinct vibrations.  This ...

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Yesterday, Windows 8.1 build 9471 x64 got leaked on the web. As expected, this new build has got several improvements over the past builds we saw. Motion accents/animated start screen backgrounds now available. Updated mail app with drag and drop support and more. Updated People hub with some new UI. Updated Xbox Video app Apps now has hint to show users about availability of Apps bar. New Helps+Tips app Assigned Access feature is back. SkyDrive storage location can be changed on your PC.     ...

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Microsoft Skype today updated their Skype app for iOS devices which brings in new improvements such as HD video call support in iPad 4. Enjoy free voice and video calls to anyone else who is on Skype and make HD  quality video calls from your iPad 4. Message friends and send photos in an instant, send Video messaging, etc,. Change log: Call quality improvements - Make HD quality video calls from your iPad 4. - General improvements to call quality and stability. General fixes and improvements - A redesigned country code picker on the dial pad. Download it here from App Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today launched a new web page called “Microsoft by the Numbers” which is a collection of visual statistics about Microsoft products and services. It has many interesting stats as follows, - Skype users spend up to 2 billion minutes per day using the service. - Microsoft’s employee Giving campaign has donated $1 billion to over 31,000 charities. - Outlook.com has over 400 million active users and is the world’s fastest-growing email service - MSN received 5.8 billion page views worldwide in June 2013. Read more from the link below. Check out the website here. Download the numbers as pdf here. ...

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Microsoft started Scroogled campaign last year to educate consumers about how Google crosses the privacy line to target and deliver ads. They scan your email content to deliver ads related to it. For example, if you and your doctor are exchanging some information about the problem you have, Google will deliver ads on the problem you had. Recently, they have stepped up their efforts to deliver ads to consumers in a more direct way. They will send ad emails to your Inbox. Yes, for the first time ever, an email provider spams their own users with ads. You can watch the above video to see how it works. Please sign the petition to stop Google from going through personal email to sell ads. Try Outlook.com. Source: Microsoft   ...

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Microsoft today detailed the Xbox Live Gold features in Xbox One. Microsoft also announced a new feature called Home Gold which provides a new way to share Gold benefits to others. Sharing Digital Games: Everyone in your home can share digital games with each other. Your Xbox One can become your virtual game library filled with digital games that different people in the home bought. Anyone can pick any digital game on your Xbox One, sign in with their own gamertag and play – even if the owner is not signed in. Sharing Xbox Live Gold Benefits At E3 this year, we briefly highlighted a new benefit we’re bringing to Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One. We’re calling it Home Gold.  It will enable any Xbox Live Gold member on Xbox One to extend many Gold features to others at no additional cost.  One Xbox Live Gold account delivering ...

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Asus has announced that it will no longer make Windows RT tablets from now on. Asus Chief Executive Jerry Shen told that they are going away from Windows RT due to lack of backwards compatibility and they will continue to work on Intel based Windows devices. He also revealed that the company took a writedown on its Windows RT tablets in the second quarter similar to what Microsoft did for its Surface RT devices. “It’s not only our opinion, the industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has not been successful,” Asustek Chief Executive Jerry Shen told The Wall Street Journal on the sidelines of its post-earnings conference. Source: WSJ ...

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