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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Yesterday at BUILD conference,  Microsoft have made some announcements regarding its Microsoft Translator API service, From their blog, Microsoft Translator API available via the Windows Azure Marketplace at various volume levels to meet your needs Reiterating our support for standards by supporting OData and adding standards based (OAuth) authentication for greater security Publishing the pricing model for the various subscription tiers to best fit your needs (in addition to the free tier that we currently offer) In addition to the MS Translator API in Windows Azure Marketplace, the following are the changes to the pricing model. The good news is that existing licenses are not affected by this announcement and free tier API’s for hobbyists still exists. In addition to a no-cost tier that is designed for low-volume and hobbyist use, you can today subscribe to higher volume tiers at an attractive price point. You can subscribe to tiers ranging from 4M ...

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At Financial Analyst Meeting held yesterday at BUILD, Microsoft showed this slide to Wall Street analysts. The slide pretty much explains how Microsoft is taking on consumerization Of IT which everyone in the industry is aware of. As you notice apart from the traditional things like Windows, Office,etc,. SharePoint-the Facebook of the enterprise, Lync-the communication platform behind the firewall, Windows Intune- PC management through Cloud and at last HTML5 makes the Microsoft’s Enterprise Portfolio stronger than ever. I think no other enterprise player have such broad and coherent working solutions. You can find more from FAM here and here.   ...

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When I was reading different views and opinions on Windows 8 across the web, this one caught my attention. Because I disagree with many of the author’s views and I just decided to write on that. John Gruber starts his post by quoting Paul Thurrott’s tweet on Windows 8, “Hello, Windows 8? This is iPad. You win.” He doubts that will happen in the future and went on to add that, One of the implications of Microsoft’s everything-except-phones-in-one-OS strategy for Windows 8 is that it could utterly fail as an iPad competitor, but still be a successful OS. I’m imagining here in this paragraph a scenario where Windows 8 proves to be good and popular for traditional desktop and notebook PCs — where by “good” let’s say we mean “better than Windows 7” — but doesn’t gain any traction at all in the tablet market. So first he says Windows 8 ...

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The day one of BUILD Windows conference is over. Here is the quick summary of what happened there, Microsoft Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky took stage for the keynote. With little background of Windows 7,  Steven introduced Windows 8. Windows 8 is Windows reimagined. Windows 8 PC’s will have no compromise on any aspect of a PC. Windows 8’s core UI experience is shown. Windows 8 will sport new start screen with Live Tiles. Users can customize Live Tiles, rearrange them, group them, rename the groups,etc,. Windows 8 will have new Lock screen with picture based password support. Gesture support and multitasking on Windows 8 was shown. Metro Style apps will take full screen always and suspended when moved away from screen. New control panel for Metro UI with access to commonly used settings. User can switch back and forth between Windows 32 app and Metro Style app anytime. User can ...

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  NVIDIA today announced its Windows 8 Developer Program to provide developers with tools and resources for building applications on its ARM based processors and support x86 versions too. All four NVIDIA processor brands will support Windows 8. Nvidia is also working on next-generation, quad-core Tegra processor, code-named Project Kal-El, that will run Windows 8 on it. Find press release after the break. more on it here.   ...

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As we are just few hours away from the official preview of Windows 8, information on Windows 8 is leaking all over the web. Once such thing is the image of the Samsung Windows 8 tablet which Microsoft could give away to BUILD conference attendees. It seems like a real product and not fake… What do you think? Update:  Here is some specs: 11.6in PLS screen, 1366×768, Core i5, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD, Wacom stylus, Bluetooth keyboard, dock, HDMI, USB2, Wi-Fi N, Bluetooth, 3G Sell me that for $500 and I will be all in! ...

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comScore have released their search market share  report today. Microsoft powered search continues to trend upwards while Google powered search slips. Both Bing and Yahoo increased their search market share while Google lost some points. From comScore, Month of August: U.S. explicit core search was up 9% y/y for the month of August a deceleration from +10% y/y in July. Google search was up 8.1%, Yahoo! up 2% and Microsoft up 44%. September Quarter (Quarter over Quarter) Pacing: We examine how the search quarter is pacing after the second month of the quarter. We define pacing as taking the reported period (month of July and August) and dividing it by the monthly average of the previous quarter. To that end, U.S. explicit core search is pacing up 2.7% q/q for 3QTD (vs. +2.8% as of July), with Google up 1.9%, Yahoo! up 4.7% and Microsoft up 5.2%. Share of Market: Google’s at share was 64.8% is ...

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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 the boot time improvements in Windows 8. As boot times are important factors when talking about performance of the system, Microsoft has improved the boot time efficiency. These improvements not only work for SSD’s but also for normal hard drives. Here is the improvement chart comparing to Windows 7, More than anything, take a look at the video above to know what Microsoft is trying to do.. Pretty Great stuff. More details here. ...

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Bing is currently testing a HTML5 Web app, and we can access it too. But the app is not completed, so its broken in many places, also it gives you an idea of how the app will be. Michael Gillett from MML have posted the above images showing search results and home page of new web app under testing. The app seems to be more optimized for touch, Windows 8 may be the reason behind it. Thanks to Tom Warren of Winrumors who tweeted the link to access this new web app. You can try it here, Bing.com/bingwin. ...

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In the latest edition of Health Tech today, Jim Karkanias, Senior director for applied research technology in Microsoft’s Health Solutions Group is discussing the future of health care industry enabled by Kinect with Bill Crounse, MD Senior Director, Worldwide Health , Microsoft. He says that there is a paradigm shift in how we interact with computers and that is going to help both consumers and doctors in multiple ways. More about it here. ...

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Learning transportation modes from raw GPS data Described is a technology by which raw GPS data is processed into segments of a trip, with a predicted mode of transportation (e.g., walking, car, bus, bicycling) determined for each segment. The determined transportation modes may be used to tag the GPS data with transportation mode information, and/or dynamically used. Segments are first characterized as walk segments or non-walk segments based on velocity and/or acceleration. Features corresponding to each of those walk segments or non-walk segments are extracted, and analyzed with an inference model to determine probabilities for the possible modes of transportation for each segment. Post-processing may be used to modify the probabilities based on transitioning considerations with respect to the transportation mode of an adjacent segment. The most probable transportation mode for each segment is selected. User notification system with an illuminated computer input device A user notification system and a ...

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Augmenting images for panoramic display Methods and systems are provided methods and systems for augmenting image data (e.g., still image data or video image data) utilizing image context data to generate panoramic images. In accordance with embodiments hereof, a position and orientation of received image data is utilized to identify image context data (e.g., three-dimensional model data, two-dimensional image data, and/or 360.degree. image data from another source) rendered based upon the same position or a nearby position relative to the image data and the image data is augmented utilizing the identified context data to create a panoramic image. The panoramic image may then be displayed (e.g., shown on a LCD/CRT screen or projected) to create a user experience that is more immersive than the original image data could create. Method and system to segment depth images and to detect shapes in three-dimensionally acquired data A method and system analyzes data ...

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Off-Screen Gestures to Create On-Screen Input Bezel gestures for touch displays are described. In at least some embodiments, the bezel of a device is used to extend functionality that is accessible through the use of so-called bezel gestures. In at least some embodiments, off-screen motion can be used, by virtue of the bezel, to create screen input through a bezel gesture. Bezel gestures can include single-finger bezel gestures, multiple-finger/same-hand bezel gestures, and/or multiple-finger, different-hand bezel gestures. MULTI-SCREEN DUAL TAP GESTURE Embodiments of a multi-screen dual tap gesture are described. In various embodiments, a first tap input to a displayed object is recognized at a first screen of a multi-screen system. A second tap input to the displayed object is recognized at a second screen of the multi-screen system, and the second tap input is recognized approximately when the first tap input is recognized. A dual tap gesture can then be ...

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Meeting lobby for web conferencing A conferencing system provides the scheduling of virtual meetings with meeting lobbies so that a meeting presenter can conduct a virtual meeting without the need to send out invitations to attendees. A person that wants to conduct a virtual meeting can schedule with the conferencing system a meeting with a meeting lobby. The meeting lobby has an address, but there is no associated privileged information, such as a meeting password. Would-be meeting attendees use the meeting lobby address to enter the meeting lobby as visitors in the lobby, and request to enter the meeting from the meeting lobby. A meeting presenter can then either grant authorization for a visitor in the meeting lobby to enter the meeting, or deny authorization for a visitor in the meeting lobby to enter the meeting. If a visitor in the meeting lobby is denied authorization to enter the meeting ...

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