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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft recently got a patent related to mobile phone behavior under special circumstances. Microsoft describes it as “inconspicuous mode” of operation in which a reduced set of information is presented on a home screen of a display of the device in comparison to a set of information presented on the home screen in the normal mode of operation. Read the full abstract below. A communication device is configured to switch from a normal mode of operation to an inconspicuous mode of operation in which a reduced set of information is presented on a home screen of a display of the device in comparison to a set of information presented on the home screen in the normal mode of operation. In addition, other display properties such as contrast and brightness may be adjusted to make them less conspicuous. The home screen in the inconspicuous mode of operation is less obtrusive or ...

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Microsoft today announced that Xbox 360 lead the console sales for 24 consecutive months in US. According to the NPD Group, Xbox 360 ended this year as the best-selling console in the U.S. in 2013, selling 1.4 million units in December. NPD data also shows that in December, Xbox 360 held seven of the top 10 console game titles, including “Halo 4,” “Assassin’s Creed III,” “Just Dance 4,” “NBA 2K13,” “Far Cry 3,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” and “Madden NFL 13.” Microsoft also hinted that even more offerings are coming to the Xbox platform and as a result expects 2013 to be another big year for Xbox 360. via: Microsoft blog ...

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Microsoft Skype today released an update for its Windows Desktop client. The new v6.1 includes Microsoft Outlook integration and a visual update to the toolbar. It’s easy to get in touch. We have integrated Skype and Outlook to display contacts’ online status, contact information and mood message within the Outlook contact card. Call any phone. When you want to call someone on their mobile or landline from Outlook, Skype will initiate the call for you. You can call anyone as long as you have their contact information in Outlook, but you don’t need to be friends on Skype. You can use your existing Skype credit or subscription to reach them. Stay in touch with your Skype contacts. When you want to contact anyone in your Outlook contact list who is already on Skype, you can instant message, audio or video call them. To do so they need to be in ...

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According to the report from research firm IFI, Microsoft was ranked among top 10 US patent winners. IBM topped the list for 20th consecutive year with 6, 478 patents in 2012 alone. IBM generates more than $1 billion a year in licensing revenue from its patents and invests around $6 Billion in R&D each year. Microsoft won 2,613 patents in 2012 with R&D costs around $9 Billion. The Top 10 U.S. Patent Winners of 2012: 1) IBM 6,478 2) Samsung 5,081 3) Canon 3,174 4) Sony Corp. 3,032 5) Panasonic Corp. 2,769 6) Microsoft Corp. 2,613 7) Toshiba Corp. 2,447 8) Hon Hai Precision 2,013 9) General Electric Co. 1,652 10) LG Electronics Inc. 1,624   ...

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During Samsung keynote at CES today, Eric Rudder, Microsoft’s Chief Technical Strategy Officer made an surprise appearance and shared Microsoft’s vision for extending computing interactions to any surface such as room walls. He revealed a Microsoft Research’s project called Illumiroom which augments the area around your screen with visualizations that will make an more immersive experience for the user. IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept system from Microsoft Research. It augments the area surrounding a television screen with projected visualizations to enhance the traditional living room entertainment experience. IllumiRoom uses a Kinect for Windows camera and a projector to blur the lines between on-screen content and the environment we live in allowing us to combine our virtual and physical worlds. For example, our system can change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences. Our system uses the appearance and the geometry of the room ...

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    Dell today announced a new low cost Windows 8 tablet called Latitude 10 Essentials. This new tablet will go on sale at starting price of $499 for the base configuration. This is basically the stripped down version of previously announced Latitude 10 tablet. Here is the difference between the both, Features Latitude 10 Latitude 10 essentials configuration  Wacom Active Stylus support Yes  No, Passive stylus support only  Swappable Battery  Yes  No  Max Storage  64GB  64GB  Camera  2MP front and 8MP rear with rear LED flash.  2MP front and 8MP rear  Ports USB, combo audio port, lock slot, dock connector, mUSB (charge only), mHDMI  USB, combo audio port, lock slot & dock connector  Slots  Full size SecureDigital card slot and micro SIM slot  Full size SecureDigital card slot  Dimensions  274 x 176.6 x 10.5mm / 658g (2-cell)                                       820g (4-cell)  274 x 176.6 x 10.5mm/649g  Security  Hardware TPM 1.2 & Software ...

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Microsoft today announced via email to Messenger users that the Windows Live Messenger service will be discontinued on March 15th. You need to upgrade to Skype to continue using the IM service. The old service will retire globally except for mainland China. So, what’s happening between now and 15th March? Messenger will continue to work as you know it today. If you are signed in with Messenger on your desktop** you will see a banner notification to upgrade. When you click on the banner, an installer window will open with the request to upgrade. This will take you through our installer flow to install Skype and automatically uninstall Messenger. So, what’s happening after 15th March? Messenger users on desktops** will not be able to sign in and will only be able to upgrade to Skype. If you attempt to sign in, a notification will appear, and if you continue, you ...

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Motion to Terminate re H.264 Patents Motorola, the wholly owned subsidiary of Google today decided to drop its standard related patent claims against Microsoft. They filed with the U.S. ITC to terminate its attempt to stop Microsoft from using video compression technology on the Xbox. Earlier Motorola demanded huge licensing money from Microsoft to license two standards-essential patents for H.264 that is used in Xbox, Windows Media players, etc,. Microsoft and Motorola were fighting over these patents in various courts and now it has come to an end. Last week, Federal Trade Commission announced that Google had to license patents used in standards to willing parties as part of the settlement with them. Source: ATD ...

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Microsoft SkyDrive.com team today announced the new improved sharing, drap-and-drop support and more. You now have a single, unified view into how each of your files is shared so you can more easily control who has access to your files. We’ve also added more HTML5 features for touch devices making the SkyDrive experience faster and more fluid across devices And we’ve introduced more drag-and-drop capabilities to make it easier to manage your files, photos and documents. Along with the above features, SkyDrive.com is now made even faster and more reliable and these features are releasing today and should be available in your SkyDrive soon. Read more about it in detail from source link below.   Source: Windows Blog ...

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Panasonic today surprised everyone at CES at their press event by revealing their new 20-inch Windows 8 devices. Their new Windows 8 device will support stylus as well. All changes made on screen with the stylus (or by hand) can be implemented directly over the cloud. The main highlight about this 20-inch tablet is the 4K resolution. Yes, 4K resolution on a tablet, not on a TV. Source: CNET ...

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In the midst of array of new Windows 8 devices, two popular last generation Windows Ultrabooks got neat update. Dell has announced that the XPS 13 Ultrabook with 13.3-inch display will be updated with Full HD 1080p display from its current 1366×768 resolution display. The updated XPS 13 will be available later this month. Also, Samsung has announced that its Series 9 Ultrabook which currently has 1600 x 900 display will be upgraded to 1080p display later this year. ...

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Annual Consumer Electronics Show kicks off officially tomorrow in Las Vegas with pre-show keynote delivered by Qualcomm yesterday. Even though Microsoft decided not to be part of the show, its partners like Intel, Qualcomm and other PC OEMs are there in the show. No.of new Windows based devices are being showcased by PC OEMs like Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, etc,. Microsoft today blogged about some of them. Watch the highlights of the new PCs in the video above and read more about them in the source link below.   Source: Windows Team Blog ...

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Press Release: New Smartphones, Tablets and Ultrabook™ Convertibles to Redefine Mobile Computing NEWS HIGHLIGHTS •New Intel® Atom™ processor-based platform aimed at value segment of smartphone market with support from Acer®, Lava International* and Safaricom*. Highlights forthcoming “Clover Trail+” platform aimed at performance and mainstream market segments. •Wide range of Intel-based tablets running Windows 8 now available on shelves and online; First 22nm quad-core Atom™ SoC for tablets expected to more than double the computing performance of the Atom™ Processor Z2760 platform; available holiday 2013. •Lower-power Intel® Core™ processor lineup reaches as low as 7 watts, enabling thinner, lighter, touch-based Ultrabook convertibles, detachables and tablets. •4th generation Intel® Core™ processor family (formerly codenamed “Haswell”) will enable a broad new range of Ultrabook convertibles, detachables and tablets with all-day battery life; the biggest battery life gain over a previous generation in company’s history3. INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2013 ...

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Microsoft is planning to create original content for its growing 40 million Xbox LIVE customers. Microsoft is setting up a TV studio in Los Angeles that will create original programming for Xbox. Microsoft is planning to produce all forms of content for every member of the family like live events, reality, game shows, documentaries and scripted comedy or drama. According to Nancy Tellem of Microsoft, Microsoft and Xbox are in a unique position with a technology that allows you to deliver multi-platform programming.  The technology is there, not only for the audience that just wants to watch passively, but also for those who want to engage the content more, whether by mobile, tablet or on TV. Source: Hollywood Reporter ...

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Dropbox has released their Windows 8 app in Windows Store. The client is pretty basic in functionality for now and you can expect updates in the future. Description: With the Dropbox app for Windows 8, you can easily browse all your files, view your pictures, and watch your videos with a tap! Features: Browse and preview all of your files and photos on Dropbox Open, edit and save files from other Windows 8 apps Share any photo, file or folder with the Share Charm Find your files with the Search Charm. Download it from Windows Store here. ...

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  US Defense Department has announced a joint enterprise license agreement for Microsoft products worth $617 million for a period of over 3 years. As a result, all the Defense Department users can avail Microsoft Office 2013, SharePoint 2013, Windows 8 and Windows Server products as well. Microsoft is committed to making sure that the technology within the agreement has a mobile-first focus, and DOD expects to begin to take advantage of Microsoft’s mobile offerings as part of our enterprise mobility ecosystem.” Read full press release below. Press Release: WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2012 – The Defense Department has leveraged the buying power of more than two million information technology users to award a three-year, $617 million joint enterprise license agreement for Microsoft products, defense officials announced. The deal, led by the Army Contracting Command in collaboration with the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Army and the Air Force, demonstrates the ...

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