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Microsoft today announced that they have enabled optional two-step verification for Microsoft accounts. With this release you can choose to protect your entire account with two-step verification, regardless of what service (or device) you are using with your Microsoft account. It’s your choice whether you want to enable this, but for those of you that are looking for ways to add additional security to your account, we’ve worked hard to make set-up really easy. We’ll verify that you have at least two pieces of security information on file (it’s always good to have a second in case you lose the first). If you have a smartphone, we’ll help you set up an authenticator app, which allows you to receive two-step verification codes even while offline (very useful on vacation and to avoid messaging fees). The next time you sign on, you’ll be prompted for a code. To get started, go ...

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Yesterday we reported about the newly leaked Windows 8.1 Blue update build 9369. The new build revealed some new features. Under Search tab of Apps settings page, you can now select option to include search suggestions from the web and even you can control the SafeSearch options. For example, you can choose Moderate level to filter adult images and videos but not text from your search results. There is a new trackpad settings which allow you to turn on or off edge gestures and change the scroll direction. New ModernUI file manager which lets you cut/copy/paste, rename, move files. Source: WinBeta ...

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Microsoft is not new to the world of smart watches. Microsoft introduced Smart Watch category a decade ago by partnering with various watch manufacturers. Those devices used radio waves to get some basic data such as weather report, etc,. Later, Microsoft discontinued the platform due to poor adoption by consumers. Last week WSJ reported that Microsoft is also working on a Smart Watch on its own. Today, The Verge reported that Microsoft’s Xbox team is working on prototypes of Smart Watch. The Smart Watch is expected to have 1.5inch display with removable bands. Microsoft’s smartwatch is said to be in the prototype phase, with teams who have worked on Xbox accessories and the Kinect sensor focused on the device. We’re told it features removable bands attached to a 1.5-inch touch display. One prototype includes the same magnetic power connector that Microsoft uses on its Surface tablets. The MagSafe-like connector is ...

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Toshiba today announced their high-end touch screen laptop lineup called KIRAbook. KIRAbooks comes with PixelPure display with the resolution of 2560 x 1440 powered by Intel Core i7 processors. KIRA REVEALS THE LUXURIOUS SIDE OF TOSHIBA Company Introduces 13-inch KIRAbook with PixelPure Ultra-High Resolution Display and Striking Ultraportable Design; Showcases Toshiba’s Commitment to Engineering Innovation and VIP Customer Service IRVINE, Calif.-April 18, 2013-Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced KIRA™, a new premium brand for consumers. The first device to launch under the brand is KIRAbook™, an all-new Ultrabook™ featuring the company’s first ultra-high resolution PixelPure™ display and a striking new lightweight and compact design precision engineered with AZ91 pressed magnesium alloy. KIRAbook embodies the elegant nature of the new brand with a striking industrial design, premium build materials and an exceptional overall experience with a two-year warranty1, plus complimentary Platinum service ...

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The official app for Deezer music streaming app is now available in Windows Store. Description: Take music to a new dimension! The Deezer app lets you discover, enjoy, and share all the music you want, anytime, anywhere. Enjoy over 20 million tracks for free. Build your music library and create your own playlists. Listen to thousands of artist-based and themed radio channels. Discover the latest tracks and music trends with new releases and Deezer Picks. Take it to the next level with Deezer Premium+: Listen without limits to over 20 million tracks and build your own music library. No ads, no interruptions. Do you have a computer, a mobile, and a tablet? Access your music on up to three devices with one subscription. The Offline Mode will soon be available for Windows 8, allowing you to sync your albums and playlists to your device so that you can listen without ...

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According to recent data by NetMarketShare which just started measuring Chromebook usage this month, Chromebook adoption seems very slow even when compared to Windows RT which was criticized for poor sales. For the week of 4/8 – 4/14, ChromeBook has 0.023 percent weighted worldwide usage. Because it rounds to less than 0.1 percent it’s not showing up in our reports. According to ZDNet, as of April 2013 all Chromebooks combined have managed to achieve 7/10 of 1 percent of the usage of Windows 8 PCs worldwide. After nearly two years on the market, Chromebooks have achieved a smaller percentage of usage than Windows RT which was released only few months back on the market. While Windows RT has been widely considered a disappointment, what about Google Chromebooks now? Read more at the source link below. Source: ZDNET ...

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Windows based Tablets, Touch enabled laptops and hybrids are yet to take off in sales. While Microsoft provided their support with Windows 8, hardware manufacturers were not ready. There are only few touch enabled laptops/tablets on the market and with high price tags. At their financial earnings report, Intel executives said that they are expecting Intel Windows tablets to hit the price point between $200 – $300 this holiday season. We have a certain spec for ultrabooks, and that is the product that Stacy said is going to be centered at as low as $599 with some [diverse] SKUs to $499. If you look at touch-enabled Intel based notebooks that are ultrathin and light using non-core processors, those prices are going to be down to as low as $200 probably. Are you ready for the new wave of Windows based touch products? via: Engadget ...

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Yesterday we reported about the new leaked Windows Blue Build 9369. This leaked build does not reveal any significant changes from the already leaked build. But there are some small features which are new in this build. For example, under Search tab of Apps settings page, you can now select option to include search suggestions from the web and even you can control the SafeSearch options. For example, you can choose Moderate level to filter adult images and videos but not text from your search results. via: Neowin ...

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Following the leaks of  Windows Blue 9364 few weeks back, it is time for another build. Windows Blue Build 9369 has leaked online and available for download from p2p networks. We are yet to download and check for new features and updates in Windows 8, if you do before us, please let us know the updates/changes in the comments section below. Windows Blue Build 9364 revealed following changes/features few weeks back, Internet Explorer 11 with synced tabs New personalization features such as choosing from various accent colors Ability to move group of Live Tiles together Improved PC Settings Page with search and recently/most used settings SkyDrive is now part of PC Settings page where you can manage device backup, etc,. Ability to automatically upload Pictures and videos to SkyDrive based on quality. New apps – Movie Moments, Calculator, Alarm and Voice Recorder Improved Multitasking – New side-by-side snapping of upto 3 ...

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Microsoft has updated their Outlook.com app for Android devices. The new app almost replicates the Windows Phone Mail app with clean Modern UI. App Description: The official Microsoft Outlook.com app gives you easy access to Outlook.com so you never miss a thing. Send and receive emails on the go from your Android device. Sign in using your existing Microsoft account, usually your Outlook.com email address and password. Key features include: - New intuitive design, look and feel - Get emails right away with push notifications - Sync with your device Calendar and Contacts - View and sync standard and custom folders, including sub-folders - Group your email conversations with Conversation Threading - Send, receive, and view photos and other attachments - Easy to use search functionality - Use with multiple Outlook.com accounts Tips - Filter your emails (all, unread or flagged) by clicking on Inbox in the top menu. - ...

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Leap Motion today announced that they are brining their 3-D Motion control to HP laptops this summer. Press Release: Leap Motion, the motion-control software and hardware company changing the future of human/computer interaction, today announced a collaboration with HP to bring 3-D motion control to unique HP devices. San Francisco – April 16, 2013 Leap Motion, the motion-control software and hardware company changing the future of human/computer interaction, today announced a collaboration with HP to bring 3-D motion control to unique HP devices. The relationship will start with the Leap Motion Controller bundled with select HP products and evolve to unique HP devices embedded with Leap Motion’s technology. “Our focus at Leap Motion is to fundamentally improve how people interact with their devices, and offer as many ways as possible to achieve that vision,” said Leap Motion co-founder and CEO Michael Buckwald. “The possibilities for innovation are incredible, when you think about what ...

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Microsoft today announced the general availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services and a new price commitment that will put an end to the doubt whether Windows Azure was more expensive. Microsoft has promised that they will match Amazon Web Services prices for commodity services such as compute, storage and bandwidth. Aggressive move by Microsoft! ! Here is the announcement, Today is an exciting day for Microsoft, Windows Azure and all of our customers around the world. I am very pleased to announce the general availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services. This new service now makes it possible for customers to move applications into the cloud. Our announcement today is a significant step in our cloud computing strategy, which has been influenced directly by our discussions with customers and partners around the world. Throughout these conversations, one thing holds true in every discussion – enterprises know that success with the cloud ...

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According to various reports that emerged in the past few days on the internet, Microsoft may bring back the Start button in the upcoming Windows update codenamed Blue. Microsoft removed the Start button with Windows 8 forcing users to experience the new immersive Start screen experience. This decision didn’t go well with few consumers and lots of enterprise. So, Microsoft may add Start button to bridge the old UX with the new UX. Also, Microsoft is planning to add boot to desktop option with the upcoming Blue update. It will let users login to Windows straight to desktop instead of the new flashy Start Screen which some enterprise hate to have. Of course, both the above options are optional, by default it will work as it is already in Windows 8 today. Read more about it here. Source: ZDNet ...

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Microsoft today detailed their recent efforts at their home campus in Redmond to make it achieve energy savings and other efficiency gains. They installed thousands of sensors across the campus to sense everything, at the end you can now control whole of the Microsoft campus energy spending with a single laptop. A small, covert team of engineers at Microsoft cast aside suggestions that the company spend US$60 million to turn its 500-acre headquarters into a smart campus to achieve energy savings and other efficiency gains. Instead, applying an “Internet of Things meets Big Data” approach, the team invented a data-driven software solution that is slashing the cost of operating the campus’ 125 buildings. The software, which is saving Microsoft millions of dollars, has been so successful that the company and its partners are now helping building managers across the world deploy the same solution. And with commercial buildings consuming an ...

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Microsoft Bing team has updated all their core apps for Windows 8/RT devices. The list of updates available includes the following. All these updates brings new features and improvements in each of them. Read the whole change log below. Bing News App: • Bing News – See the day’s top stories and trending topics. Swipe through the latest national, world, tech, business and sports news, and more. • Customize Your News – Get the news you care about on your home screen by adding, removing and re-ordering content. • Add A Source – Choose from well-known news sources around the world or add your favorite RSS feeds straight to your home screen. • Add A Topic – Pick topics you care about —like your favorite sports team, celebrity, or gadget—and follow stories about them. • International Editions – Interested in what’s making the news in other parts of the world? ...

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