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Microsoft today announced a new feature for SkyDrive called Photo Timeline. In the timeline view you can scroll down to navigate through all the images. They’re organized into groups by event and time. Photos will appear as two different groups in the timeline based on the time in which they were shot. The new view is convenient when you want to quickly get to a photo from June and you only have access to a web browser. Maybe the reason you only have access to a web browser is because your laptop was accidentally destroyed by a random camping accident. They have also improved the performance  for uploading photos via the SkyDrive desktop app. In the past few months we’ve also been hard at work addressing the feedback we’ve received about how long it sometimes takes to upload via the SkyDrive desktop app. To improve upload times, we worked on changes to both ...

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Microsoft is working on an update for Windows 8 codenamed Blue which will be released as preview in June. Various Windows Blue update got leaked in the past few months and revealed number of improvements over Windows 8 UX. It includes improved PC Settings menu, Start screen, lockscreen, etc,. ZDNet reports the following changes too, In addition to the optional Start Button and boot-to-desktop options, there may be other interface adjustments in the works, according to one of my Blue tipsters. I hear the Windows team may also be tweaking the Charms to make them a bit easier to use with a mouse. There might be new built-in tutorials and in-context help coming to Blue. And word is there may be adjustments to the Start Screen designed to make Blue easier to use for Desktop users. One of my sources said some of these tweaks may not be in the ...

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Speaking at the earnings report conference, Rene Haas, Nvidia’s VP of computing products told that Nvidia is working on next-generation Tegra 4 processors that will run on Windows RT tablets. “Nvidia is very invested and very committed to Windows RT, and we feel it has a bright future,” said Haas said. “We feel this [platform] is where things are going.” He also revealed that next-generation Tegra 4 processors will run on “multiple” versions of upcoming Windows RT tablets without specifying which OEM will release it and when it will be on sale. Tegra 4 is Nvidia’s next gen chip which has a quad-core system-on-a-chip based on ARM’s Cortex-A15 architecture that has been clocked at 1.9GHz. It also includes 72 custom graphics processor cores to support super-high-definition 4K resolution, console level graphics gaming and High Dynamic Range photography. Read more at the source link below. Source: CW ...

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Latest Windows 8.1 build has revealed some changes Microsoft is making to its Explorer window. The traditional ‘Computer’ name has been renamed as ‘This PC’, but the icon remains the same. Also the ‘libraries’ has now become ‘folders’. Also the new ‘Folders’ is now available for access right inside the ‘This PC’ explorer windows as opposed to the past where you will have shortcuts in the sidebar. It is good to see that Microsoft is improving the classic Explorer Windows experience along with the Modern UI experience. We should know about it more when Microsoft releases public preview of Windows 8.1 in June. via: Neowin via: WinBeta ...

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Game Description: Imangi and Disney/Pixar’s hit game Temple Run:Brave is now available for download from Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. Description: TEMPLE RUN: BRAVE IS AN OFFICIAL APP FROM IMANGI AND DISNEY/PIXAR WITH AN ALL NEW LOOK AND NEW ARCHERY FEATURE! From Imangi, the makers of Temple Run, and Disney comes a new take on the most exhilarating app in the App Store. Join Merida from Disney/Pixar Brave as you run, slide, jump, turn and shoot your way across the wilds of Scotland on an endless running adventure! New features just for Temple Run: Brave — • Introducing ARCHERY – tap targets to shoot a bullseye and earn extra coins • New, amazing visuals. It looks better than ever! • All new environments inspired by Disney/Pixar Brave and the wilds of Scotland • Play as Merida and King Fergus from Disney/Pixar Brave • Outrun Mordu, the demon bear, to ...

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Sony currently has a Windows 8 hybrid called VAIO Duo 11 in the market. A recent YouTube video has apparently revealed an upcoming 13-inch Ultrabook hybrid device. The device will come with a 1080p Triluminos touchscreen display, with stylus support. The device was in silver/white color with “SurfSlider design,” backlit keyboard, ClearAudio+ and ActiveSleep tech, NFC, 8-megapixel camera with Exmor RS sensor, Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD and a 10 hours of battery life!  Specs and design sounds great, I hope Sony delivers its promise.       Source: Notebook Review ...

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At this year’s Developer Conference (DevCon1), Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 team presented a video for saying thanks to web developers  for everything they  have done. If you are an web developer/engineer, you need to watch this for sure. There are presentations that leave you daydreaming about a warm bed and a good book. Then there are presentations like this… www.modern.ie Filmed at this year’s Developer Conference (DevCon1), web developer Ted Knealey gets more than a little carried away as he explains the impact his profession has had on the world today. And why not? After all, it’s not the browser that makes the web brilliant. It’s you. via: istartedsomething Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft helped Nook Media split from the retail arm of B&N last October with its $300 million investment. It was valued by Microsoft for a 16.8 percent stake in the Nook Media LLC. At the time of the deal, the partnership was aimed at getting B&N content on Windows 8 tablets through Nook apps. There were various reports and rumors about Windows based Nook device, but it didn’t happen. Today, TechCrunch reports that Microsoft is planning to buy Nook Media business for about $1 billion. Microsoft is offering to pay $1 billion to buy the digital assets of Nook Media LLC, the digital book and college book joint venture with Barnes & Noble and other investors, according to internal documents we’ve obtained. In this plan, Microsoft would redeem preferred units in Nook Media, which also includes a college book division, leaving it with the digital operation — e-books, as well ...

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Microsoft YouTube account yesterday posted three strange Windows 8 ads that never really shows the actual product. All the above ads involves Japanese people doing some weird things on screen. Neowin posted an explanation of these ads which are considered to be metaphor for Windows 8 features. Aside from the fact that the content of each ad is very strange, the other thing that’s noticeable is that a Windows 8 PC is nowhere to be found in any of these commercials. Microsoft seems to be using the ad’s content as a metaphor for features in Windows 8. The watermelon ad is linked to the touchscreen experience and the piano-ping pong clip is meant to show that Windows 8 can do two things at once. The third commercial is supposed to show that Windows 8 can be both “beautiful and fast” but that’s reaching a bit for that metaphor to work. ...

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Klout today announced a new program called Klout Experts. With Klout Experts, our goal is to enable every person to share their passions and expertise with the world. Klout Experts will create a path to not only increasing your Klout Score, but also to helping others by sharing your insights and opinions. Here is how it works: During this preview period, we’ve made Klout Experts available to a small percentage of our users. If you’re one of the influencers we’ve tapped for early access, when you come to Klout you will have the opportunity to share your insights to questions about the topics you are most interested in. You can also request early access to Klout Experts by signing up for the waitlist. For example, a person building their influence in photography might be asked, “What’s the best digital SLR for beginners?” Someone who is an expert about fitness might ...

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Speaking to The Australian Mark Whittard, managing director of Toshiba Australia accused Microsoft for confusing the PC market with couple of different flavours of Windows. He said that the consumers bought Windows RT devices and discovered that they had to buy a different suite of apps which is because Microsoft’s marketing didn’t educate the consumers enough. He also cited the low Windows 8 device sales due to lots of Windows 7 devices that were already in channel  and high costs associated in producing touch panels. He said consumers also were wary at the price jump going from Windows 7 to Windows 8, a gap that increased further when Windows 7 computers were discounted to clear. “They were going even cheaper than the traditional RRP (recommended retail price), so the gap wasn’t just the $100 or $200 from non-touch to touch, it was $400 and the customer’s going: “Hang on a sec, ...

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Microsoft today announced about its expansion of retail presence in US with four new specialty stores. REDMOND, Wash. — May 8, 2013 — Consumers in Roseville, Calif.; Arlington, Texas; Novi, Mich.; and Seattle soon will have access to the same excellent choice, value, service and engaging experience that Microsoft Corp.’s products and services offer in other markets across the United States and Canada. The four Microsoft Specialty Store locations will open in the following markets: •  May 24: Westfield Galleria at Roseville (Roseville, Calif.) •  June 5: The Parks at Arlington (Arlington, Texas) •  June 5: Twelve Oaks (Novi, Mich.) •  June 21: Pacific Place (Seattle) Microsoft announced the opening of five new Specialty Stores in April, and the company is expanding on its existing retail footprint in the U.S. to deliver an assortment of products, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro with Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Microsoft Office ...

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Microsoft today shared it vision for the future of computer technology involved in automotive industry. Microsoft called the “intelligent car” is a scenario in which telematics data can help improve both the driving experience and the design of the vehicle for the driver. Read the below description of their vision, It means a world in which the same information that is available to drivers today to improve fuel efficiency or vehicle maintenance – speed, braking, fuel consumption, tire pressure and environmental conditions – can be used by carmakers to evaluate day-to-day performance to improve design on next year’s model or even fine tune an engine “over the air” to improve fuel economy of the current model year. Carmakers will increasingly have the ability to provide iterative updates, much in the same way that computer software works today, that refresh the driving experience and extend compatibility to the latest consumer devices. ...

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Microsoft Office Web Apps team today made some announcements regarding the online service. First, they are improving the overall Office Web Apps experience by increasing performance, etc,. Second, they are adding support for Android tablets, with which you can edit documents from your Chrome browse. Third, they are added real-time co-authoring just like what Google Docs currently works. Online user experience We tend to see consistent customer feedback around the next must have features people consider essential to their Office experience. We’ve prioritized features that make it easier to work via the Web, including things as simple as adding find and replace in Word Web App to improving the general experience by speeding up launch times and making file management simpler. While we’ll continue to deliver a great Office experience on the desktop, Office Web Apps provide yet another option for Office customers to be more productive. With these changes, ...

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We have already seen some reports in the past that HTC is working on Windows RT devices. Today, Phonearena reports that HTC is working on two Windows RT devices codenamed R7 and R12. The R7 will come with 7″ Full HD screen, powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB RAM. It will come with 16GB of internal storage with a microSD slot, for expansion, 13 MP autofocus camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and A-GPS. It will also comes in a version with LTE/HSPA+ connectivity. Another Windows RT device HTC R12 will have same specs as the R7, but comes with 12″ 2048×1536 pixels display and more connectivity options. The device is expected to be on sale for holiday season and will be revealed on Oct 13th. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Phonearena ...

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Julie Larson-Green, Corporate VP for Windows at Microsoft confirmed at Wired Business Conference happening right now confirmed that Windows Blue update preview will be released in June. She confirmed that Windows 8.1 based small screen devices will be available for hand-on experience next month. She also revealed that Windows 8 updates are coming throughout the year which will improve the experience like battery life, performance, etc,. She also hinted that Microsoft may reveal new Surface device in coming weeks. The conference is still going on. Watch it above.. Source: Wired ...

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