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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

GESTURING TO SELECT AND CONFIGURE DEVICE COMMUNICATION Described is a technology by which a gesture made with a source device (e.g., a cellular telephone), such as a throwing or pointing motion, is used to automatically set up a connection with another device to which the gesture is directed. Audio signals output during the gesture, e.g., such as at the start and end of the gesture, are detected by candidate (listening) devices. The device having the least time difference between detection of the start and end signals is the device that is generally best aligned with the throwing or pointing motion, and thus may be selected as the target device. Once selected, a connection such as a network connection may be set up between the source device and the target device for further communication, such as for application data exchange. Personalized Apparel and Accessories Inventory and Display Viewing apparel in a ...

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Today Office Web Apps team announced a small update to the service which will bring some new features to Office Web Apps. 1) OneNote Web App: It now allows you to view your handwritten notes and drawings in the OneNote Web App. 2) Excel Web App: You now have the ability to merge cells, and to automatically fit cell sizes based on the content the cells contain (AutoFit). You can print Excel spreadsheets directly from the Excel Web App. You can right-click on cells in the Excel Web App to Cut, Copy, Paste, and work with HyperLinks.   Added to the above, some performance improvements which will make Office Web Apps more reliable and faster. More details on Office Web Apps team blog. ...

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Today Bing Maps team announced the launch of Airport maps which will join Mall maps in the list of venue maps. Airport maps include information on parking garages, ticket counter location, terminals and gates, baggage claims, currency exchange and more. Also you will also see a sortable directory of airlines, cafes and restaurants. From Bing blog, Finding Airport Maps We’ve made locating airport maps an easy task from your desktop. There are two ways to do this: 1. Just search for the airport (by name, city, or even code) on Bing Maps, and zoom in using map. 2. Search for your flight status on Bing (for example: CO 1665), and click on the map link besides the airport to see its map. You can also view different levels within your selected venue by clicking the “Level” button at the top of the screen and then selecting the correct level from ...

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After the last week’s reports that Microsoft is working on bringing Comcast’s Xfinity TV and Verizon’s FiOs content to Xbox, Bloomberg today reports that Microsoft is bringing much more than that. Microsoft is in talks with  almost two dozen providers of music, sports, movies and TV shows in the U.S. and Europe. The list includes HBO, NBC’s Bravo,etc. And Microsoft is expected to announce this new Xbox LIVE TV service next week when it rolls out the new Xbox Dashboard UI which has also undergone Metro Design language refresh. Exciting time ahead for Xbox owners ! ! ...

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Microsoft is a company that deeply cares about your privacy more than anything. Microsoft Advertising uses user’s personal data to target advertisements that relate to them. But they do that in a transparent manner. Just to show how transparent are they, visit this website. You can see what data they use to place relevant ads for you. They don’t sneak into your personal data like email to place ads. Take a look at the screenshot of the dashboard above, First they make use of your profile details which you can always update through profile.live.com. In the my data tab as seen above, you can see your past Bing searches which Microsoft used for ads, again you can delete them anytime. You can select your edit your topics of interest to have more personalized ads. Under the My Choices tab, you can just opt-out of the whole personalized advertising in single click. ...

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Google yesterday dropped its lawsuit against US interior department on favoring Microsoft based productivity solution against Google Apps. Google filed the lawsuit last October saying that the Interior department’s e-mail contract unfairly favored Microsoft products and didn’t give full consideration to the company’s “Google Apps for Government” product. Now Google has dropped the lawsuit as US Interior department said that it would reopen the competition. Matt Donovan, a spokesman for Microsoft, said .. the company is “pleased” the Interior Department “can proceed to obtain the secure e-mail system it needs.” “We are fully prepared to continue competing for the Department’s business and are confident that we offer the best cloud solutions and value,” Donavan said in an e-mail. C’mon Google, you want to compare Microsoft Office 2010/365 with Google Docs??? I can’t even do it.. ...

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The Metro Design language which started with Windows Media Center in now influencing Zune media players, Zune desktop client, Windows Phones, Xbox dashboard and now Windows 8. The touch UI of Windows Phone with Metro design has a story behind it. Watch it in the video above. Sam Moreau, Principal UX Designer for Windows, joined me at \\Build on Day 2 to talk about the Metro Windows 8 UI. Where did swiping from the edges come from? What is the idea behind Charms? How do you swipe through apps backwards? Should every application migrate to a Metro style over time? Where should developers who are new to Metro start? We cover all of these and more. Source: Channel 9 ...

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Google just responded to the Microsoft-Samsung Patent deal, Here is their statement, “This is the same tactic we’ve seen time and again from Microsoft. Failing to succeed in the smartphone market, they are resorting to legal measures to extort profit from others’ achievements and hinder the pace of innovation. We remain focused on building new technology and supporting Android partners.” via: Techcrunch ...

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Lots of information regarding Windows Phone Mango update got released today. 1) Updated “Where’s my phone update?” : Microsoft updated the “Where’s my phone update” page for both US ans International customers. The list which contains the current phase of the update on a particular carrier has been updated. 2) Windows Phone Web Based Marketplace Launched: This will enable customers to shop, share and buy/download apps and games from any PC and send them directly to their phones. 3) Updated WindowsPhone.com My Phone Service and Scrapbook:   Along with the web based marketplace, Microsoft has also updated the MyPhone/Windows Phone Live webpage. My Phone page now allows you to access your SkyDrive phones, documents, customize Xbox Live avatars, etc. Scrapbook allows you to explore your check-ins and photos on Bing Maps interface. 4) AT&T and Sprint’s Windows Phone Mango Support pages goes live: Both the network has made their support pages for ...

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Early this year, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Skype for $8.1 billion. Since the announcement, the deal is being approved by various legal organizations around the world. In June, US antitrust regulators approved the deal and Microsoft is waiting for European Commission’s approval. We have not seen any announcements from Microsoft on any product integration with Skype so far but that didn’t stop Italian VoIP telephone trovider Messagenet SpA to file a complaint to EU regarding Skype/Microsoft. In the letter sent to EC they claim, “Anti-competitive bundling of Skype into the Microsoft Operating system should be prohibited in any case,” “Skype and Microsoft should be obliged to make interopeable their IP-to-IP voice and videotelephony and presence services, by disclosing to competitors the interfaces required for their products to be able to ‘talk’ with the ubiquitous Skype software, including HD voice functions,” EU antitrust spokesperson Amelia Torres said on this matter that, “As in any merger case, we ...

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Today Microsoft Research is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Since its inception from 1991, MSR centers across world have contributed technology to numerous products from Microsoft. Microsoft Research was also the backbone of various disruptive technologies such as Kinect, Surface, etc. Peter Lee, MD of Microsoft Research Lab at Redmond on Microsoft Research, “My view is that Microsoft Research, as illustrious and as successful as it’s been—and it’s been hyper-successful; the recruiting power is massive, the quality of the researchers and the engineers here is unparalleled, and their work finds its way into products such as Windows, Office, Bing, and Xbox—even with all of that, it has only now grown up. The best and most important ideas are still to come. “That’s not so surprising. If you look at some of the great industrial research labs, like Bell Labs, as successful as they were from the start, it wasn’t until the third decade that really ...

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Microsoft Research today posted information on project codenamed “Tiger” to develop next generation indexing platform for Bing based on SSD technology which improve overall efficiency and open doors for further improvements on Bing. Microsoft Research Asia and Bing’s engineering teams in China and the US collaborated to develop “Tiger,” the next-generation index serving platform for Bing. Index serving is the most critical infrastructure for any search engine. The new architecture in Tiger leverages emerging Solid State Disk (SSD) technology to improve overall efficiency and open doors for further improvements Source: Microsoft Research Video: Geekwire ...

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Download this video to view it in your favorite media player: High quality MP4 | Lower quality MP4 Today Microsoft detailed the Windows Live ID integration in Windows 8. Users now have an option to enter into the Windows 8 PC using Windows Live ID that will give them array of benefits. Signing in with an ID allows you to: Associate the most commonly used Windows settings with your user account. Saved settings are available when you sign in to your account on any Windows 8 PC. Your PC will be set up just the way you are used to! Easily reacquire your Metro style apps on multiple Windows 8 PCs. The app’s settings and last-used state persist across all your Windows 8 PCs. Save sign-in credentials for the different apps and websites you use and easily get back into them without having to enter credentials every time. Automatically sign ...

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Samsung Series 7 laptop is now available for pre-order from Best Buy. This strong specs’d laptop will compete with Dell Inspiron Z and HP Elite series. This is not an ultrabook, but a regular laptop with impressive specs and more impressive price. Look at the details below,   Specs:   Intel® Core™ i7-2675QM processor 6GB DDR3 memory Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support 15.6" LED high-definition widescreen display Intel® Wireless Display 750GB hard drive (5400 rpm) AMD Xeymour graphics Built-in high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n) Embedded 4G WiMAX mobile broadband technology Built-in Gigabit Ethernet LAN Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled The price of this laptop is just $880. Its 1600 x 900 HD matte display, 4G WiMAX and USB 3.0 ports will be the deciding factors according to me when compared to other devices of its range. You can pre-order it here. via: Engadget ...

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Today Microsoft Research announced their launch of their new Facebook game called Project Waterloo. This was not released in competition to Zynga or PopCap games instead it was created for research purposes. From MSR, The goal of this project is to build a platform for research in behavioural game theory on social networking sites which will enable experiments of unprecedented scale, resolution, interactivity and social embedding. We aim at testing the behaviour of real people in game theoretic interactions in social networks. How do people negotiate with one another? How can we aggregate opinions of individuals to arrive at high-quality decisions? In what ways do people reciprocate other people’s actions? Apart from the above goals, Microsoft Research is also planning to launch a Facebook game theory lab. Our next major goal in the project is establishing a “Facebook Game Theory Lab”. This is platform that would allow us to carry ...

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