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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft is planning to port the 1996 hit arcade game Killer Instinct 2 to Xbox One. This information was revealed when this game was submitted to Korea Game Rating Board. This game will be branded as Killer Instinct Classic 2 in Xbox Store. Microsoft has already brought 1994 game Killer Instinct to Xbox One. Killer Instinct for Xbox One:  The legendary fighting game franchise is back with next-generation visuals, over-the-top action, a wild cast of combatants, rocking reactive music, and C-C-C-COMBO BREAKERS! Choose from amongst a wild cast of combatants each with fluid animations, unique combat tactics, and flashy special attacks. Utilize an open-ended combo system to rack up huge combos as your opponent looks for openings to break you and turn the tides of battle. Go online and test yourself against players from all over the world, or brush up on your combat skills in detailed tutorials. The downloadable version ...

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Microsoft today announced that John W. Stanton, wireless industry pioneer and chairman of Trilogy Equity Partners has been appointed to the company’s board of directors, increasing the board’s size to 11 members. John W. Thompson, Microsoft chairman said that “John brings extraordinary experience in the mobile communications industry and deep business acumen, and we are delighted that he is joining Microsoft’s board of directors.” Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella commented the following regarding John, “John’s insights into mobility around the globe and his expertise in working with organizations as CEO and as a board member will be invaluable as we transform Microsoft for growth and leadership in the mobile-first, cloud-first world.” Stanton will join the Compensation Committee of the Microsoft board. In addition to Stanton, Microsoft’s board of directors consists of John W. Thompson, Microsoft chairman and chief executive officer of Virtual Instruments; Steve Ballmer, former chief executive officer of ...

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Microsoft today highlighted the amazing line up of games coming to Xbox One platform this holiday season. Totally nine exclusive blockbuster games coming to Xbox One in addition to other DLC on first on Xbox titles. In fact, Xbox One’s 2014 exclusive games lineup got more than 60 nominations and 25 award wins to date, including seven nominations for the prestigious Game Critics Best of E3 2014 Awards, leading the industry for 2014 games. With the best exclusives, spectacular new franchises and the best multiplayer community, it’s more fun on Xbox One. Find the lineup of games for Xbox below, “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” (343 Industries, Microsoft Studios). “Assassin’s Creed Unity” (Ubisoft, Ubisoft). “Phantom Dust” (Microsoft Studios). “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” (Sledgehammer Games, Activision). “D4:Dark Dreams Don’t Die” (Access Games, Microsoft Studios). “Dance Central Spotlight” (Harmonix Music Systems, Microsoft Studios). “Dragon Age: Inquisition” (BioWare, Electronic Arts). “Evolve” (Turtle ...

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Microsoft is staying committed to a promise made by their chief counsel Brad Smith a few months ago. Smith said the company would fight legal demands from U.S. authorities to turn over data stored in Microsoft computing hubs outside the country. The promise was made after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents that claimed Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and others were complicit in helping the U.S. government spy on its citizens. Brad Smith today posted on WSJ that Microsoft will oppose the U.S. government at a hearing in federal court tomorrow in New York, arguing that it can’t force American tech companies to turn over customer emails stored exclusively in company data centers in other countries. Microsoft believes you own emails stored in the cloud, and that they have the same privacy protection as paper letters sent by mail. This means, in our view, that the U.S. government can obtain emails only subject to ...

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Zen Studios earlier this month announced that “Pinball FX2” game is coming for Xbox One on July 31, and it will be available for free. The game will feature all new graphics running at 60 frames per second and in stunning 1080p. There will be playable demos of each table so you can try before you buy. Today, they announced that game got delayed to next month. The main reason is that they are implementing a feature that will allow Xbox 360 gamers to import their tablets to Xbox One version. First of all, we’d like to thank the Zen Studios community for their feedback on our announcement of the Xbox One version of Pinball FX2. We cannot underestimate the importance of your support, insight, and yes, even criticism regarding our projects. Zen Studios has a few announcements to make affecting Pinball FX2 fans and particularly the Xbox One version of the ...

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At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June, Ubisoft announced that the next installment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed Unity, will be released worldwide on October 28. Set in a once-magnificent Paris, Assassin’s Creed Unity plunges into the terror of the 1789 French Revolution and features the most dense and immersive Assassin’s Creed city ever created. It may be the grittiest, biggest, deadliest “Assassin’s Creed” ever. At a special San Diego Comic-Con 2014 panel last week, fans were able to talk with the creators of the game, and get some cool behind-the-scenes info. Fans were treated to a demo of the game, the first time the public has gotten to see it running in-person. The in-game city of Paris is huge, and filled with crowds of people, large buildings that you can enter, and massive cathedrals. And once you’re in the game, there are no load times; Amancio promised ...

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Back in 2010, Apple launched iPad tablet following which number of companies including Microsoft released various tablets in the market. Everyone expected tablet sales to exceed PC sales in 2014, but it never happened. Tablet sales growth is now at a decent 45% YoY which is not a bad thing, but for a new product which is gaining adoption around the world, this growth story is not encouraging. The main reason for lack of explosive growth is the purpose to upgrade old tablets and their too restrictive use cases. If you own a tablet, you can use it for browsing, watching videos, playing games and few other things. When you are on the go, you prefer your smartphone to be with you. When you want to get some real work done, you will use your laptop. In such scenarios, a 2 year old tablet can still serve the same purpose ...

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We reported few hours back that popular display research firm DisplayMate rated Surface Pro 3 display as one of the very best and most accurate displays available on any mobile platform and OS. They came to the conclusion by analyzing various lab measurements in the following categories: Screen Reflections, Brightness and Contrast, Colors and Intensities, Viewing Angles, LCD Spectra, Display Power. They called it “an excellent top tier display for professionals that need a very accurate and high performance display for their work, and for consumers that want and appreciate a really nice and beautiful display.” Microsoft Surface Display team today highlighted this accolades in their blog post and offered a detailed look on how Microsoft improved the Surface Pro 3 display on various factors. Reflectivity and Ambient Contrast: For Surface Pro 3, the team wanted the images displayed to appear clear and with pure color, like the sky to ...

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  Nokia today announced an update for HERE Maps for Nokia X devices with new usability improvements. Another key update is the support for global navigation which was earlier supplied only on premium Lumia devices. New improvements in this version, The first time app experience was improved. Instead of lots of wizards for performing various tasks, they have now simplified it and also you can skip them in few taps. They have updated the app when there is slow internet and poor GPS connections. The app will now display appropriate messages instead of going blank. They have improved satellite imagery. Changed the HERE user registration page. Source: Nokia   ...

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We already know that Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has one of the best displays available on any consumer product. If you need any scientific proof for that, the new report from DisplayMate should be enough. In fact, based on their extensive lab tests and measurements, the Surface Pro 3 has one of the very best and most accurate displays available on any mobile platform and OS. The Display Shoot-Out Comparison Table summarizes the Lab measurements in the following categories:  Screen Reflections,  Brightness and Contrast,  Colors and Intensities,  Viewing Angles,  LCD Spectra,  Display Power. Based on our extensive Lab tests and measurements on the display for the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft has produced an excellent professional grade high performance display for Windows. In fact, the Surface Pro 3 has one of the very best and most accurate displays available on any mobile platform and OS. It joins near the top of ...

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EA yesterday announced that have partnered with Microsoft to deliver EA Access, an all-new monthly (or annual) membership for gamers exclusively on Xbox One. With this subscription which starts at  $4.99 a month, users can access a collection of EA’s biggest games on Xbox One ready for you to download and play. During the beta, gamers will have unlimited access to four great EA games: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4™, with more titles being added soon. Commenting on this new service, Sony has said that this service does not offer much value to customers. Sony spokesman said, “We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect.” “We don’t think asking our fans to pay an additional $5 a month for this EA-specific program represents good value to the PlayStation gamer.” Sony is claiming that PSN signups are ...

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Microsoft today officially announced that Xbox One will go on sale in China on September 23rd. The launch lineup of games was also revealed. The console is priced at ¥3,699 RMB. At the Xbox One media briefing, Microsoft and BesTV revealed that more than 25 developers are building more than 70 games for Xbox One including exclusive content, free to play games, and blockbuster titles. In partnership with BesTV, Xbox One will bring hundreds of thousands of hours of entertainment content including blockbuster movies, sports, documentaries and on-demand TV programs, fitness and exclusive, locally developed applications. Finally, Xbox One is bringing unique value to the Chinese market including innovative pricing models for games, compelling console bundles, local customer support and two year warranty. Xbox One unveils gaming portfolio roadmap for China: Recognized for the best games lineup of 2014 at the E3 trade show, Xbox will bring its long history ...

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Following the launch of Now TV on PS4 last week, Sky has released their Now TV app for Xbox One users. The addition of Xbox One to the NOW TV device line-up gives customers yet another great way to get the popular contract-free streaming service. NOW TV offers a flexible way to watch the latest blockbuster movies, live action from all Sky Sports channels and must-see shows on 12 of the best pay TV channels including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living and recently added Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. With the NOW TV Entertainment Month Pass customers can see the hottest shows around for £4.99 a month. In August they can enjoy Silicon Valley (Sky Atlantic), Geordie Shore (MTV), Got To Dance (Sky 1) and Nikita (Sky Living).  Plus watch the first two seasons of the number 1 US network drama, Scandal (Sky Living), before brand new season 3 premieres ...

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Verizon announced that updated FiOS app for Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles have added 14 channels to the lineup which includes AMC HD, AXS TV, beIN Sport, beIN Sport Espanol, Bloomberg TV, Cine Sony, Cooking Channel, Encore, Showtime, Showtime Extreme, Sony Movie Channel, Starz, Trinity Broadcast, and Universal Sport. Verizon also highlighted the fact that users will no longer require an Xbox Live Gold Subscription to stream live TV and content through the FiOS TV app. Customers can immediately start using voice and gesture commands to control the TV through Kinect. The consoles bring together TV channels and entertainment app channels into one seamless interface. Customers can create their own personal favorites through the electronic program guide. For easy navigation, users can search for TV, movies, games or music scans across all apps to find exactly what they’re looking for — without having to hunt through each app individually ...

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Microsoft announced the Independent Developers @ Xbox Program (ID@Xbox) which allows independent developers to publish games for Xbox One. First, you have to apply for the developer program. After the application is approved, Microsoft will offer developers free development kits and access to its Xbox One tool set which includes Kinect, Cloud, etc. There is no developer application fees as well. But once you have developed the game, you need to publish it in Xbox Store which involves several thousand dollars. Happion Labs launched their Sixty Second Shooter Prime for the Xbox One through their ID@Xbox program. They have revealed the costs associated with publishing a indie game on Xbox Store. You need at least $3000 to it! There are three main things that would cost you, Localization E&O Insurance Foreign ratings boards (PEGI, USK) Microsoft requires Errors & Omissions Insurance which costs more than $2000. Apart from this, you ...

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Nokia today updated the HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 app with new features and the app is now available globally. Check out the list of new features in this release apart from under the hood improvements. Manual Positioning: You can now manually set your location under settings menu. You can switch between Automatic and Manual positioning modes. Nokia has redesigned the City pages to bring more relevant and more exploration to the foreground. You can explore cities in the new City page and see detailed weather forecast. You can now change your route plans by selecting/de-selecting modes of transport to avoid Ferries, etc,. You can also add waypoints to your route. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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