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In their quarterly earnings report, Asus CEO Jerry Shen said that prices of Windows 8 tablets likely to fall below $300 this year and as a result they are very optimistic about sales for Windows 8 tablets this year. He also cited the optimism was due to Microsoft’s smaller form-factor program. WSJ reported in April that Microsoft is planning to produce a seven-inch version of its own Surface tablet which will be released this year. An Acer 8-inch Windows 8 device got already leaked in the public and it is also expected to hit the market later this year. Microsoft is working on an update for Windows 8 called Windows 8.1 which brings significant UI/UX improvements to Windows 8 across all the form factors. Source: WSJ ...

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It seems that Windows 8.1 will come with the ability to automatically update apps in Windows Store in the background. In the current Windows 8, user has to go to Windows Store and update the apps, but enabling auto-updates will further simplify the user experience. Google Android OS already has this similar feature where user can give permission for an app to automatically update when it is available. Recently, the Movie Moments app in Windows 8.1 build got updated automatically without user’s consent. Here is the observation from winbeta, After further investigation, in the Windows Update “installation history,” it shows “Installation Successful: Windows successfully installed the following update: Microsoft.MovieMoments.” Not only was that the only app that was updated, but apps by the names of “PlayReady Client”, “VCLibs Preview Internal” and “WinJS 2.0 Preview Internal” are also updated, and have version numbers ranging from 6.3.9345 to 6.3.9391. Source: Winbeta via: ...

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Following the release of Star Trek app for Windows Phone 8 devices, Paramount Digital has released the same app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: Be the first to experience Star Trek Into Darkness! Join Starfleet for your chance to rise in the ranks from New Recruit to Captain and beyond!! Stay up-to-date on the latest Star Trek Into Darkness news, along with exclusive articles found only in the app. You will have first access to insider looks, and can complete a variety of missions including trivia and polls. By doing so, you’ll rise in the ranks of Starfleet! Features: Trivia: Complete quizzes to see how much you really know about Star Trek. Polls: Let your voice be heard by sharing your thoughts and opinions. Web Missions: Read articles, watch videos, and discover interesting pieces of information on the next film. Latest Star Trek News Purchase Tickets to ...

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Acer today announced no.of new Windows 8 devices at its press event. The new devices are Aspire R7, Aspire P3, Aspire V5 and V7 Series. All these devices will be available with touch screens running Windows 8. Here are the details from Windows team blog, Aspire R7 ($999.99): Aspire R7, a revolutionary 15.6-inch notebook that will redefine the touch and type computing experience. Featuring a Full HD 1920×1080 touch screen, the Acer R7 was made for the new computing lifestyle, which increasingly combines touching and typing. With a repositioned keyboard and a revolutionary “Ezel Hinge” that moves the display forward and into different positions, the R7 makes the combination of touching the screen and using the keyboard more intuitive and natural. Its ergonomic design allows users to explore and determine their own preferred way to interact with technology. A full HD 1920 x 1080 touchscreen display. An Intel Core i5 ...

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The previously leaked Acer W3 8.1 inch Windows 8 device is now listed on Amazon.com for just $379.99. I think the price is correct for a device with 32Gb memory and  1280 x 800 pixels 8.1 inch display. The device runs on Intel Atom dual core processor with 8 hours of battery life.  Acer Iconia W3-810-1600 Tablet comes with these high level Specs: Intel Atom Dual-Core Processor Z2760, Windows 8, 8.1″ HD 1280 x 800 resolution high-brightness (300-nit) Acer CrystalBrite LED-backlit TFT LCD, 10-Point multi-touch screen, supporting finger touch and image auto rotation, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator with 64MB of dedicated system memory, High-definition audio support, 2048MB of LPDDR2 800 MHz Onboard memory chip support , 32GB Internal Storage, 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth 4.0+EDR, 2MP Rear-facing camera, 2MP Front-facing camera, 1 – Micro USB 2.0 Port, 1 – Micro-HDMI with HDCP support, 2-Cell Li-Polymer (3500 mAh) Battery, Up to 8-hours Battery ...

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The best looking and most intense RPG for Windows 8 is now available in Windows Store. The Harvest is a visually stunning and expanded release of the critically acclaimed Sci-Fi RPG. Play through the story with exclusive content (two new playable characters) and support for synchronous co-op multiplayer. Description: A visually stunning and expanded release of the essential Windows Phone 7 Launch App is now available on Windows 8! The Harvest for Windows 8 features all the fun of the original game and adds exciting new synchronous multiplayer to the already intense action. In this science-fiction-themed action RPG set in a distant future, hostile aliens are out to turn Earth’s organic life into cyborgs. These aliens, known as The Harvesters, use humans and animals to create cyborgs: crude amalgamations of flesh and machinery. Thanks to the development of human controlled mechanized infantry units, you and the rest of mankind may ...

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Recently, a Windows 8.1 build ’9385′ got leaked on the web. This build revealed new features such as improved IE11 F12 developer tools, Assigned Access Mode, lock screen settings now allows you to choose an app to show alarms and more. Digging through the source code, it was revealed that the camera app in Windows 8.1 will include Photosynth into it. Photosynth allows you to capture and view the world in 3D. You can share your creations with your friends on Facebook, publish them to Bing, or embed them in your own blog or Web site. Photosynth offers two styles for creating immersive 3D experiences: panoramas and synths. Source: @Walkingcat ...

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One of the top rated YouTube app on the Windows Phone Store is now available for Windows 8/RT devices. The developers have revealed that Playlist support, ability to pin authors to start screen, preloading videos for offline content, etc are coming soon as update. Features: Stream vidoes in HQ, HD and Full HD Access subscriptions, favorites and watch later feeds Customize main hub Live tile Video sharing Video search Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have completed the upgrade of 400 million Hotmail accounts to new Outlook.com. With the announcements, they also added two new features to Outlook.com: SMTP send, so it’s easier to send mail from different email addresses, and deeper integration with SkyDrive. Deeper SkyDrive integration: insert files and pictures directly from SkyDrive: There are a number of ways we’ve integrated Outlook.com and SkyDrive: a single Microsoft account for signing in, a shared contact list and set of connected networks, the ability to send large attachments, a shared header, and much more. Today, we’re excited to release the direct integration of SkyDrive into the Outlook.com compose experience. When you’re sending an email message, you can select files from your SkyDrive and we’ll automatically turn those into the right thumbnails with links that have the right permissions tied to people that receive the email. When you insert pictures from ...

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Few days back Microsoft released preview version of Skype desktop app with Video messages feature. Today, Skype team updated the Windows 8/RT modern UI app with support for video messages features. Skype video messages allows you to send recorded videos to someone as messages. They look like the above screenshots. Download it from Windows Store here. ...

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Microsoft has released a new update for Xbox Games app on Windows 8/RT devices. This new update includes updates for app home screen, improvements in browsing games, etc,. Key updates include: - A new home panel that shows you information about your recent game activity, messages, achievements, and friends - Letting you view and browse screenshots for games - Letting you see and send text messages to friends - Improvements to general browsing of games and game extras and app layout - Additional minor fixes and improvements Update it here from Windows Store. ...

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According to sources from the upstream supply chain of Digitimes, Microsoft is expected to announce second-generation Surface device at BUILD Developer Conference scheduled from June 26-28. They also reported about the component manufacturers for the upcoming Surface units. Microsoft retained most of its component suppliers from the first-generation models for the second-generation ones with Pegatron Technology staying as the devices’ manufacturer. Chassis are supplied by Ju Teng, switching from China-based Chungnam Precision Casing; displays are supplied by Samsung Electronics and LG Display, glass Corning, batteries LG Chem, processors Intel and Nvidia, keyboards Chicony Electronics and Ko Ja (Cayman) and touch panels TPK and Youngfast, the sources noted. However, these component makers have all declined to comment about Surface shipments. Source: Digitimes ...

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Microsoft entered the top 5 tablet vendor list for the first time. According to IDC, Microsoft sold about 900,000 Surface devices which includes Surface RT and Surface Pro. They also reported that many of them were Surface Pro units. Microsoft held 1.8% of the total market share and for a comparison, company like Amazon which is selling low cost tablet devices just had 3.7% of the market share. Microsoft has said that it is actively widening its regional distribution of both Surface RT and Surface Pro products. Beyond the Surface products, Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets continued to struggle to gain traction in the market. Total combined Windows 8 and Windows RT shipments across all vendors reached 1.8 million units. IDC commented on the recent rumors that Microsoft is adding support for 7-8 inch Windows RT/8 devices as the following, “Recent rumors have circulated about the possibility of smaller ...

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Microsoft has sent out invites to the press for its Xbox E3 2013 media briefing which is scheduled to happen on June 10. Microsoft has already planned for another event before E3 media briefing on May 21st at their campus. As they announced, Xbox vNext details will be first revealed on May 21st and then the announcements will continue on June 10th. On a related note, I’m more excited about my birthday this year than ever. It’s on June 10th, with Xbox E3 briefing and WWDC ! ! ...

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MELVILLE , NY, May 01, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — CopyTele, Inc. (“CTI”) (otcqb:COPY), a company specializing in patent monetization and patent assertion, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Secure Web Conference Corporation, filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York against Microsoft Corporation, with respect to encryption technology utilized by Microsoft’s SKYPE video conferencing service. Reports indicate that SKYPE, which was purchased by Microsoft in May of 2011 for $8.5 billion, has approximately 250 million active monthly users. Robert Berman, CTI’s President and CEO, stated, “With coverage on web conferencing technology across an industry that generates over $4 billion in annual revenue, these encryption patents are a prime example of the enormous, untapped potential at CTI. The new management team was attracted to CTI because of the tremendous value of its patents that were masked by its previous business ...

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According to the April data from Net Applications, Microsoft’s Windows 8 has captured 3.82% of the all traffic captured by Web tracker Net Applications in April. This is not a significant increase from last month as Windows 8 had 3.2 percent share in March. Preview release of Windows 8.1 and the retail release of Intel Haswell based processors in June should somewhat accelerate the adoption of Windows 8 in near term. What do you think? Source: Netmarketshare ...

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