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TECHNIQUES TO AUTOMATICALLY UPDATE SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS Techniques to automatically update software applications are described. An apparatus may comprise a processor and a memory. The memory may store an update component that when executed by the processor is operative to manage updates for an application program. The update component may comprise an update manager and a permission manager. The update manager may be operative to update a file version for one or more application files of the application program and store one or more current file version identifiers for the one or more application files of the application program in the memory. The permission manager may be operative to receive a communication request to communicate with a remote device from the application program prior to communicating information to the remote device, and send a communication response granting or denying the communication request to the application program based on the one or ...

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As every retailer does, Microsoft Store also announced their Black Friday deals. You need not visit physical Microsoft Stores and stand in line to get these deals, instead you can purchase it online. Here are the deals, Samsung RC512 Laptop – $499 . Get any new Windows Phone for free under 2 year contract. Xbox 360 with Kinect Ultimate Bundle that includes a game of your choice, Razer Onza Tournament Edition Professional Gaming Controller and more - $400 Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 – $119 Sony S137GX Laptop – $599 Acer Iconia Dual Screen Notebook- $599 Kinect Sensor with three games – $99 There are lots of other offers on various products, visit Microsoft Store for more details. Thanks to Ram for the tip.   ...

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Microsoft has pretty big agenda planned for Kinect than we thought. A day before Microsoft announced that Kinect hardware specially designed for Windows PC’s is coming early next year. Now The Daily reports that, according to their sources Microsoft is planning to integrate Kinect in to next generation of TV’s. They are even in talks with manufacturers like Sony, Vizio, etc. Microsoft is planning to integrate its Kinect motion sensor into next-generation television sets, The Daily has learned. Sources familiar with the subject told The Daily that the tech giant wants to aggressively push the Kinect into as many living rooms as possible, even those without its Xbox 360 gaming systems. Microsoft is said to be in the early stages of licensing its Kinect technology to television hardware manufacturers like Vizio and Sony. If this turns out to be true, Kinect will become more and more mainstream opening up the possibilities ...

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Microsoft is giving Bing a huge marketing push this holiday season to capture the minds of people using Google. Their marketing theme is based on the characters from Rudolph the reindeer. Microsoft  licensed the rights to the characters from Rudolph’s 47-year-old holiday special after convincing their owners that the Bing commercials would further enhance reindeer’s story among the public. There’s no mistaking the common theme in the four Rudolph ads produced for the Bing promotion. The ads are all done in the same stop-motion puppet animation used in the original 1964 TV special. One features Bumble the Abominable Snowman using Bing to get ideas for a more fearsome roar. Another shows some of the characters turning to Bing for suggestions on a vacation that leads to a getaway on an island of misfit toys. Microsoft has bought seven slots on national TV to run those four 30-second ads. The company ...

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According to sources familiar with the matter, Microsoft has signed NDA with Yahoo to begin talks about bidding for the assests of Yahoo reported New York Times today. Microsoft will join the private equity firms like Silver Lake, TPG Capital and others who were also signed similar NDA’s with Yahoo last month about buying Yahoo. Even though Microsoft has several year Search deal with the company, other assets of Yahoo will largely overlap with Microsoft assests. Some of them are Yahoo.com, Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Messenger, Yahoo News, etc,. Microsoft may not need those assets but they are closely related to search, so it may help other firms to buy Yahoo by financing the deal to keep its search deal in action as it is today. Lets see how the deal plays out.. Source: NYT ...

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Today Bing team blogged about Bing.com/shopping features to make consumers Black Friday shopping an easy process. Two weeks ago we wrote about Bing Weekly deals. Head over to www.bingblackfriday.com to check out which products will be discounted. If you miss out this weekend, check out our weekly e-circularssections that highlight circulars from leading retailers (updated on a weekly basis.) There is a new Price History feature using which you can find out whether prices are rising or dropping and whether you should buy now or wait. It shows a nice little graph as well. Also when you search for an item, related products are listed above the results which may come handy to further explore the category and then Bing allows you to further narrow down your search with filters on the left-hand side of the screen. For example if you choose digital camera, you can filter by brand, lens, pixel count,etc,. More details ...

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We all know about the ongoing patent fight between Microsoft and Motorola in USA. But as noticed by Florian Muller of FOSS Patents, recent US Court proceedings reveal that Microsoft and Motorola are fighting patent lawsuits even in Germany. Motorola Mobility and its wholly-owned subsidiary General Instrument Corporation brought lawsuits in Mannheim, while Microsoft filed actions over three patents with the Munich I Regional Court (Munich has two district courts, with Munich I covering the city of Munich and Munich II the outskirts). Motorola has asserted the following patents against Microsoft in Mannheim( A city in Germany), EP0739521 on a “method of splitting handwritten input” EP0847654 on a “multiple pager status synchronization system and method”; this one was also at issue against Apple in a hearing last Friday Microsoft is asserting the following three patents in Munich: EP0669021 on “multi-lingual computer programs” EP1304891 on “communicating multi-part messages between cellular devices using a standardized interface” EP0651328 on an ...

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Dynamic user interface for previewing live content A dynamic user interface for previewing live content includes multiple tiles. Information for multiple pieces of live content available from a gallery is obtained, and this information is presented in the multiple tiles of the user interface in accordance with a current user interface layout. In accordance with one aspect, this current user interface layout changes automatically over time as the user interface is displayed. In accordance with another aspect, one or more of the multiple tiles is displayed in the user interface more prominently than the other tiles, and which information is to be displayed in the one or more tiles is based at least in part on a received fee.  Vehicle computer system with audio entertainment system A vehicle computer system has an audio entertainment system implemented in a logic unit and audio digital signal processor (DSP) independent from the host ...

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Microsoft today announced that its preparing a new Kinect hardware specially designed to connect with PC’ and its coming in early 2012. This is a great news for the PC world which expands the possibilities. Here is the announcement from Kinect for Windows Blog, Since announcing a few weeks ago that the Kinect for Windows commercial program will launch in early 2012, we’ve been asked whether there will also be new Kinect hardware especially for Windows. The answer is yes; building on the existing Kinect for Xbox 360 device, we have optimized certain hardware components and made firmware adjustments which better enable PC-centric scenarios. Coupled with the numerous upgrades and improvements our team is making to the Software Development Kit (SDK) and runtime, the new hardware delivers features and functionality that Windows developers and Microsoft customers have been asking for. Simple changes include shortening the USB cable to ensure reliability ...

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  As reported earlier, Microsoft just confirmed the acquisition of Videosurf and it will integrate with Xbox LIVE Entertainment system for easy content discovery. Press Release: REDMOND, Wash., and SAN MATEO, Calif. — Nov. 22, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. has announced the acquisition of California-based video discovery technology company VideoSurf Inc. Founded in 2006, VideoSurf offers a back-end computer vision technology that “sees” frames inside videos to make discovering content fast, easy and accurate. Over time, Microsoft will integrate this technology across its entertainment platform to augment the Xbox 360 ecosystem and evolve search and discovery of entertainment content on Xbox LIVE. “VideoSurf’s content analytics technology will enhance the search and discovery of entertainment content across our platform,” said Alex Garden, director of Xbox LIVE for the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “This holiday we will launch voice search across our entertainment partners on Xbox LIVE. Over time, as we ...

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Microsoft has made an acquisition after a long period of time. Microsoft has bought VideoSurf, an Israeli based startup focusing on Video search. The deal amount is said to be about $70  million. VideoSurf raised $28 million from former US President Al Gore, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Verizon Investment Fund, Pitango Venture Capital,Orbotech Ltd. founder Hanan Gilutz, and SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg. The company’s technology scans video websites, such as Hulu, Metacafe, and Dailymotion, enabling users to easily find a specific video online. The technology can scan video clips quickly, implement a thorough search of their content (such as faces or events), and tag the various clips. Another Israeli company AnyClip Ltd. supplies Hollywood video content to Videosurf to enable video search based on content.  The site has more than 20 million users view each month. I think Microsoft will try to integrate VideoSurf’s technology into Bing Videos and even Xbox to make finding videos easier for consumers. More details here. ...

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Today Bing team announced that Bing Daily Deals will be rebranded as MSN Offers. MSN Offers lets you subscribe to daily email notifying you about the best deals in your local area. Since people will get confused with the Bing.com/deals which aggregates thousands of daily deals everyday, Microsoft rebranded it as MSN Offers. We wanted to give you a heads up that Bing Daily Deals will soon be re-named MSN Offers. It’s the same great set of values in your local area, but we wanted to clear up confusion between the Daily Deals you receive via email and the Bing Deals feature which aggregates daily deals from hundreds of providers at Bing.com/Deals. Moreover, better aligning Daily Deals with MSN, where you can go to find the best things going on in your local area, seems to make good sense. You don’t need to do or change a thing. You’ll still ...

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Microsoft today announced that it will deliver the Xbox LIVE Dashboard update to consumers on Dec-6th. Last month Microsoft begun the beta testing of the new dashboard update that’s designed with Metro Design Language in mind. The revamped Dashboard also enabled improved navigation, online game storage, new kinect based experiences, etc. So, get ready folks. Its December-6th. ...

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Microsoft has partnered with Novotel, a hotel group which has close to 400 hotels and resorts in 60 countries to create a “Hotel Room of the Future”. Experience something completely new at Novotel Paris Vaugirard. Technological innovations and new experiences are all packed into this unique room that won’t last, where you can relax and rest, and be surprised too. This new hotel  “Room 3120″ concept at the Novotel Vaugirard Montparnasse in Paris contains technology from Microsoft including Kinect, Xbox, Surface, etc,. They are targetting at both business travellers and families to book this room of future with €199 a night, room for up to 2 adults and 2 children under 16. You can book the room here.   Hit the source and via links for more details and galleries, Via: istartedsomething.com Source: Australian Business Traveller  ...

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It seems Facebook is not satisfied with the third party Facebook desktop clients like Windows Live Messenger, because now they are testing their own client. The new client may not replace the web version of Facebook as a whole instead it will compliment the experience. It will offer multi-tab chat window, notifications, new news ticker stories, etc,. Obviously when you click any of the notification or stories on ticker it will open Facebook web in the browser. You can check out here for more details about the client. Source: Techcrunch ...

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Microsoft is giving out free bacon to anyone who ask just outside the Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle. What’s the reason behind it ? Microsoft is doubling the size of its Kinect Engineering team in Redmond from 35 to 70. So it hired an ad agency Wexley School. The ad agency did this campaign, with the tagline “Wake up and Smell the Future.” by giving away free bacon strips ! ! Read more on this at the source link. Source/Image Credit: Seattle Times ...

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