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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

We all know Intel is “all in” about bringing Ultrabooks to mainstream. They even announced the Ultrabook fund of $300 million to bring down the cost of Ultrabooks that would enable volume shipments. At an Intel conference yesterday, CEO Paul Otellini said that Touch based Ultrabooks based on Windows 8 will be a main focus for Intel next year. “To do that, we have to get touch to a lower cost. This is particularly important, as we move to the launch of Windows 8. The iPad and the iPhone have made touch a paradigm,” he said. Windows 8 in 2012 will usher in touch-based “ultrabooks,” as Intel calls the form factor. “Starting with Windows 8, you have a mainstream operating system incorporating touch. Our view is that in the ultrabook lines, touch is a pretty critical enabler. When users see that new Windows interface, they’re going to want to touch it. If the screen ...

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Few months ago we came to know that Microsoft Research is developing a social network called Socl.com. The domain became public and later removed by Microsoft. And now The Verge has got its hands on the Microsoft Research’s Socl.com. Its a combination of social, search and collaboration. It has similar design as Facebook with the addition of tagging. You can read more on this in detail at The Verge. ...

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Today Activision announced that about 12 million of copies of Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 3 game copies were sold throughout the world. This is approximately equal to estimated $738 million from direct sales. This marks the record sales ever in the history of entertainment. The good news for Microsoft is that over 7 million copies of the sold game copies were for Xbox platform. This leaves the remaining 5 million number of Sony, Nintendo and PC gaming platforms. Its a sweet news for Xbox platform on its 10th birthday. Btw, Microsoft is giving a free Xbox Avatar prop celebrating its 10th anniversary. Find it here. via: BGR ...

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Today two of the top technology giants are in celebratory mode. First Microsoft is celebrating a decade of Xbox gaming. As you can see in the image below, Bill Gates hands over the first Xbox video game system to a person at Toys "R" Us store in New York City shortly after midnight, November 15, 2001. You can check out Microsoft press release and media here. Meanwhile, Intel is celebrating this day as 40 years ago, Intel Corporation introduced the world’s first commercially available microprocessor – the Intel® 4004 which is one of the main cause of PC revolution. Its a great indeed. Press Release: ...

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Today Bing dropped its beta label in Australia to officially launch its desicion engine. Microsoft claims key features of  Bing are: Bing is task oriented – designed to help you get things done more quickly, with less queries Bing is visually organised – displays search results with more than just blue links Nearly 3 million Australians use Bing search engine each month and local Bing users are increasing. Traffic increased by more than 65% between June 2009 and Sept 2011. Also Microsoft has done localisation effort to match Bing with local customers. Bing Australia partners and suppliers include: Australian syndicated content provider HWW, Navteq/Nokia, Sensis and Australian photographers for local Bing homepage images. Thanks to these partnerships, there are now more than 1,000 Australian attractions covered by the Bing ‘attraction feature’ and more than 1.25 million Australian local business listings in Bing local. You can read the full press release ...

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Microsoft today detailed the Windows  update mechanism in Windows 8. Usually we will get notifications from Windows that an update is available, once we click to install it, it will ask for restart after some process. If we postpone it, it will remind us after some time, we have to deal with it every time. In Windows 8, Microsoft has streamlined the experience which will be less annoying and cumbersome. Here is the timeline of what will happen in Windows 8 for updates, 1. A message about the upcoming restart is shown in the login screen for three days or until the PC is restarted (whichever is sooner). This means you now have three days to restart the PC at your convenience. All you need to do is see the login screen once in 3 days to see the message about the upcoming restart and by default the lock screen ...

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Yes, you read it correct. Just today Google announced the launch of 24X7 Business support for its Google Apps Enterprise product. Even small stores and web services these days have 24X7 support through phone. But Google offered only email based support for all its enterprise customers including some governments so far. From their announcement, Since we launched Google Apps for Business in 2007, we’ve been working hard to build a global support offering that’s responsive to the needs of our business customers. In the early days, our customers reached us mainly through email, and our 24 x 7 phone support was limited to critical issues. To improve the experience of our customers, we now provide 24 x 7 phone support to small, medium, and large Google Apps for Business customers for all issues affecting the core services. They even claim that over 95% of the customers are satisfied with their ...

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Microsoft today revealed the information about v.Next of Windows Embedded Family of products. Windows Embedded family of products powers devices such as point of service (POS) terminals, in-car infotainment, medical equipment and even bar-top game machines. Windows Embedded Standard v.Next will support the ARM architecture, and Windows Embedded Compact will continue to provide a proven, real-time operating system and a full tools suite for a streamlined development experience on small-footprint, specialized devices. Windows Embedded Standard v.Next will deliver technologies for customized, rich user interfaces, enhanced always-on connectivity, and all of the management and security functionality provided by Windows 8. There are several versions of Windows in the Windows Embedded family, so you can check for more detailed information about each from Microsoft here. ...

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Microsoft today launched a new website in tribute to 10th Anniversary of Halo franchise. Halo gamers can upload images featuring their favorite moments from Halo, and each picture will blend together to form an interactive, 3-D mosaic of Master Chief. You can visit the website here. Microsoft even released a reworked version Original Halo as Halo CE: Anniversary version game. You can find a review of this game from neowin here. ...

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Today Intel and MasterCard announced their new collaboration in providing simple & secured payment solution for consumers. Their new solution will replace our old way of making payment online by typing our 16 digit credit card number, expiry date, etc,. You just need to tap your credit card  on the ultrabook, after that payment can be done in few clicks. Its that easy ! !  ! The two companies are working together to optimize a variety of emerging payments technologies, including MasterCard’s PayPass® and Intel® Identity Protection Technology (IPT). Intel® Identity Protection Technology can enable consumers to use strong two-factor authentication and hardware-based display protection. This provides increased online security against malware. Additionally, when used with an Intel® Identity Protection Technology-enabled reader, consumers will be able to pay for online purchases with a simple tap of their PayPass-enabled card, tag, or smart phone on an Ultrabook device. If all goes well, Windows ...

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Lenovo is planning to launch a new ThinkPad model called X1 Hybrid that can boot both Windows 7 and an instant media mode. Booting the ThinkPad in instant media mode allows you to instant-on, browse the internet or consume video with double the battery life of about 10 hours. Lenovo is planning to deliver this feature as an update to existing X1 owners as well. Also Lenovo is expecting Microsoft to complete Windows 8 by Fall 2012 and planning to introduce notebooks and tablets based on Windows 8 along with Intel’s new Chief River Processors / Ivy Bridge Platform. Source: Lenovo via: Engadget  ...

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We all know that Xbox platform is having great momentum in both hardware and games sales but there is an another service associated with it called Xbox LIVE which provides bunch of entertainment services right from gaming to video streaming. Robin Burrowes, Head of Marketing of Xbox LIVE at Microsoft has revealed some stats about Xbox LIVE service. Microsoft is now adding a new Xbox LIVE member every 2 seconds. It now has a total of 35 million users, with an astonishing 15 million joining in the last year alone. That’s a pretty impressive number ! ! ...

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Bing Weekly Ads is a new section under Bing Shopping that lets you find the local store’s weekly deals. For example, you can fix your location as Redmond, WA and you will have list of stores to choose from. If you click staples, you will be presented with the above screen where you can find the current weekly deals in the particular store. You already have Sears, Macy’s, Staples, Radioshack and Best buy in the current list. You can check it out here and for example Redmond, WA deals at Staples here. ...

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Bing Editor’s Picks is a new section of Bing where websites are listed under different categories by Bing Editor’s manually. Bing editors selected these sites to make it easier and faster to find what you’re looking for. And we’ll be adding more sites with information we think you’ll want and collecting them right here. So select one of the topics below and let us know what you think. Its US only, you can check it out here. Thanks to Kip from LiveSide for the help. Update: Bing has officially announced this feature today. How we choose sites The job of Bing editors is to enhance your experience on Bing. For example, when we know you’re looking for something really specific — like “How to use a semicolon” or “Free clip art”— we’ll provide a list of editorially selected sites on that specific topic (in addition to our algorithmic results) to help ...

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Steven Bathiche, Microsoft – Thinking Digital 2011 from Codeworks Ltd on Vimeo. Its a 6 month old video, but still it shows the whole summary of things Microsoft Research is working on to make their future vision happen in real world. We have seen the Future vision video from Office labs and even the new one from them. Microsoft is already working on number of concepts that were shown on the video and Steven shows some of them. Its a 30min long video, I think its worth watching it on this boring Sunday ! ! ! Video from http://www.thinkingdigital.co.uk/ ...

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