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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

The War Horse Journey is a war drama film directed by Steven Spielberg and released in the United States on 25 December 2011 and in the United Kingdom releasing on 13 January. The film creators have done a beautiful website to promote their film.  The site has two parts, a gallery and the TimeMap. The Gallery uses Deep Zoom technology to let the user explore a patchwork of historical images, maps and shots from the film. It’s an interactive exploration of the world of War Horse. The TimeMap uses Bing Maps and Map Cruncher to overlay today’s map of the WWI battle area with historical maps and photos. You can scroll a viewer around to see, for example, where the front line ran and the pockmarked landscape. It’s a powerful use of Microsoft technology to bring history to life and add depth and context to the film. In both regards, ...

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Microsoft is expanding its street-side imagery in Germany. They are adding 360 deg images to the following cities from today. The new cities added are, Augsburg, Berlin, Darmstadt, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Ingolstadt, Mainz, Munich, Nuremberg, Offenbach am Main, Regensburg, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden and Würzburg. You can check out at Bing Maps to explore it. ...

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    Hybrid maps with embedded street-side images: The claimed subject matter relates to a computer-implemented architecture that can generate a map. The map can be a hybrid between an orthographic projection map and street-side images, thus including useful aspects from both types of representations. For example, an orthographic projection map is very effective at presenting global relationships among the features of the map but not effective at presenting local detail. In contrast, street -side images show excellent detail but do not convey the global information of an orthographic projection map. The hybrid map can thus provide a richer set of information than conventional maps and can also display objects/features of the hybrid map in multiple perspectives simultaneously on a single representation that is printable. Recording media on gaming consoles Abstract An integrated gaming and media experience is disclosed, including recording of content on a gaming console. A digital video ...

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According to a post by Epic Games community manager Will Kinsler, Microsoft is planning to remove gun-like avatar items from the Xbox Avatar Marketplace. So far gun-like avatar items were in sale from the marketplace for a long time and Microsoft has not responded to this issue so far. From the forums, Heads up! Starting on Jan. 1, 2012, the Lancer and Hammerburst avatar items will no longer be available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace,” “If you’ve purchased the items prior to Jan. 1, you will be able to keep them. A new policy goes into effect for all gun-like avatar items on the Marketplace, so get them while they’re hot.” via: PCM ...

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Microsoft today announced that it won’t be presenting at CES from this year. Microsoft has a long tradition of having big presence at Consumer Electronics show. Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman had a tradition of pre-show keynote at CES every year until he left his full time job at Microsoft. Steve Ballmer continues Bill’s tradition for past couple of years. Now since Microsoft has decided to pull out of CES, we should wait till next year to see what Microsoft will be doing for showcasing its products and annoucements. From Microsoft’s blog post, After thinking about questions like these, we have decided that this coming January will be our last keynote presentation and booth at CES. We’ll continue to participate in CES as a great place to connect with partners and customers across the PC, phone and entertainment industries, but we won’t have a keynote or booth after this year because our ...

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Everyday we are seeing new screenshots of newer builds of Windows 8. Today PCBeta.com has posted few screenshots of Windows 8 Build 8172. The screenshots indicate that the Windows 8 beta is nearing and the product is looking more polished than ever. Also it seems Microsoft has made the decision to keep ribbon in Windows Explorer to be folded by default. Check out more info at PCBeta.com ...

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Microsoft today sold its online property Ciao to Leguide.com. Ciao is a shopping guide website in Europe which lets consumers to compare their product across different stores with their reviews, price, etc,. Microsoft bought Ciao few years back for $486 million which attracted about 25 million visits a month. Ciao is so far and still powering the Bing shopping vertical in Europe. Since Microsoft has sold it, still we don’t know about Microsoft’s future plans for shopping vertical in UK. You can visit ciao at ciao.co.uk or Bing UK Shopping. More on this at Techcrunch. ...

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Microsoft today announced that the next wave of Xbox apps are now available for download. Following are the list of apps that are made available in marketplace today. · 4 on Demand (C4). United Kingdom · ABC iView (Australian Broadcasting Corp.). Australia · Dailymotion. Available in 34 countries globally** · Demand 5 (Five). United Kingdom · M6. France · MSN Video. France · UFC on Xbox LIVE (UFC). Canada, United States · VUDU (Wal-Mart). United States Source:  Major Nelson ...

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We all know the success story of Microsoft Kinect selling millions of units since its launch. But the real potential of Kinect is still to be explored. Microsoft on its part released the Kinect SDK for Windows to ramp up the development around Kinect. Yesterday, Microsoft posted a featured story showcasing how Microsoft Kinect helps doctors in hospitals to make stroke patients regain their movement. Doctors are using Kinect to help stroke patients regain movement. Surgeons are using it to access information without leaving the operating room and in the process sacrificing sterility. Healthcare workers are even using it to help with physical therapy and children with developmental disabilities or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). “Honestly, what we know about here at Microsoft is but a tiny fraction of what is actually going on,” said Bill Crounse, a medical doctor and Microsoft’s senior director of worldwide health, referring to medical ...

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We already saw at BUILD conference that Windows 8 will provide variety of soft keyboards for users to type on their touch screens. One of the most ergonomic way to type is to use the new split keyboard in Windows 8. Today winunleaked posted some screen-shots from the recent Windows 8 beta builds  showing an option to select different sizes of split keyboard in Windows 8. This is a nice little addition to enjoy ! ! Source: Winunleaked ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Download this video to view it in your favorite media player: High quality MP4 | Lower quality MP4 Last week Microsoft detailed the new Picture password mechanism for unlocking in Windows 8. There were many comments on the security aspect of this new nifty feature. So Microsoft today followed up with an another blog post detailing more on the security of this new picture password mechanism. You can read more on this at Building Windows 8 blog. ...

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Skype is going to offer free Wi-Fi for travelers across 50 airports in US starting Wednesday. Users can connect through this free wi-fi using their Windows PC’s, Mac’s and even iOS devices. Skype is setting out to make travel a little more pleasant this holiday season by offering a free hour of Internet access to third-party wireless hotspots within the Skype WiFi hotspot footprint in select airports across the U.S. From December 21st thru December 27th, travelers passing through or delayed in over 50 airports across the country will be able to access third-party hotspots using Skype WiFi and connect with loved ones via a Skype video or voice call for free.* Source: Skype  ...

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We all know that  Microsoft is set to deliver the Windows 8 Beta build in February. But some pre-beta builds of Windows 8 are circling around the internet revealing more information on Windows 8. The latest one is from win8china.com which shows the intial setup process of Windows 8 and the new theme picker screen. As you can see in the image above, Microsoft has given us the choice between some dark colors.  You can see more screenshots over at Win8china. ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft Research FUSE Labs tooks the wraps of its new project called Socl (So.cl). This is not anything to do with other social networks like Facebook, etc,. Its a research project focused on students (for now) to improve their collaboration among others. This is something like a place where Search meets Social or Social meets Search. The core part of it is to reimagine how our everyday communication and learning tools can be improved, by researching, learning and sharing in their everyday lives. I tried this service for almost 24 hours and it seems to be great fun. You would love to use it and explore what others are searching for. Signup for an invite at So.cl. ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Download this video to view it in your favorite media player: High quality MP4 | Lower quality MP4  Microsoft today detailed its Picture password feature in Windows 8. Instead of typing regular passwords and pin numbers, picture passwords will allow you to unlock your PC in simple and secure manner. Recently Google introduced a new feature to unlock android phones using face detection in the phone. It was later revealed that the device unlocks even for the photo of the phone owner which is pretty lame ! ! This is how Picture password in Windows 8 works, At its core, your picture password is comprised of two complimentary parts. There is a picture from your picture collection and a set of gestures that you draw upon it. Instead of having you pick from a canned set of Microsoft images, you provide the picture, because it ...

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