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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft released an update for its Mail, Calendar, and People apps for Windows 8.1 devices couple of days back. This new update brings several new features and improvements in all three apps. Microsoft has provided the detailed change log which you can read them below. What’s new in Mail • See all messages from your favorite people in one place. • See a more organized Outlook.com inbox with social updates and newsletters filed away automatically. • Use Sweep to clean up your Outlook.com inbox. • Delete, flag, and mark messages from the message list. • Drag and drop messages into folders. • Select multiple messages at once with checkboxes. • Write new messages without leaving your inbox. • Open a message, draft, or attachment in a separate window. • Search across all mail in all folders. • Create automatic replies for when you’re away. • Choose the default font and color ...

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  Ifixit today posted their Microsoft Xbox One tear down just few hours after its launch. Xbox One scored a repairability score of 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair). I think 8 of 10 is a number which should surprise everyone given the recent repairability scores of Surface devices from Microsoft. Ifixit posted their experience as below, Only a few tools are required to take the whole console apart. The opening procedure is similar to, but much easier than, any Xbox 360. Once inside, a clean, no-nonsense modular design allows the drives, fan, heat sink, wireless board, and front daughterboard to be easily replaced. Clips instead of screws make opening the case more difficult than necessary, but the absence of adhesive and proprietary screws helps soften the transgression. The hard drive is relatively difficult to access; you’ll have to void the warranty if you’d like to upgrade/replace it. Source: Ifixit ...

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Microsoft today announced the long awaited update for the SkyDrive app users on iOS devices. SkyDrive app now supports auto backup of photos from your camera roll. With the new camera backup feature, you can control if uploads happen over Wi-Fi or your data network, whether photos are uploaded at original resolution or down-sampled to save space on your SkyDrive, and whether videos are included. Microsoft also announced improved viewing and editing experience for people who use Office Mobile for iPhone and OneNote for iOS. With this update, when you’re using Office Mobile to select a recent doc from SkyDrive, you can open it directly in Office Mobile or OneNote, instead of the Quicklook viewer that we offer today. After you make edits, you can save your changes back to SkyDrive. This means you get a more seamless editing experience, no matter where you choose to open the file. Apart from ...

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TripAdvisor today announced their partnership with Microsoft to integrate their Hotel reviews, photos, ratings in Bing web search results and Smart Search results. Read about it below. NEWTON, Mass., Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel website, today announced two new experiences with Microsoft, through which TripAdvisor’s reviews, ratings, photos and other content will be embedded into both the search engine results display on Bing.com and Bing Smart Search results on Windows 8.1 devices. These experiences will make it easy for people to move from thinking about where they want to travel to being ready to book in a matter of seconds. As a result of the partnership, TripAdvisor’s price comparison tools, traveler reviews and photos are now embedded into the search engine results display on Bing.com for the first time. This allows people to quickly and easily compare hotel prices and availability via Bing’s search results ...

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TripAdvisor’ today released their official app for Windows 8.1 devices that will help travelers plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor’s new app for Windows 8.1 is optimized for touch, and it is integrated with Bing Smart Search, which enables you to tap or click directly into the app when it is relevant to whatever you’re searching for. Also when you do search in Windows 8.1, content, such as hotel ratings and reviews from within the TripAdvisor app, is presented within results to give people an at-a-glance view of what’s available when they open the app itself. With just a single tap or click, consumers will then have instant access to the TripAdvisor app’s content and features, including its Hotel Price Comparison search tool. Description: Millions of traveler reviews, photos, maps from TripAdvisor. Plan and have your perfect trip. With over 100 million reviews and opinions by travelers, TripAdvisor makes ...

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Acer’s updated Aspire R7 2-in-1 notebook with latest Intel Haswell processors and Active Pen support is now on sale from BestBuy. Apart from latest CPU and updated display, Acer has also updated the machine with 8GB RAM and 1TB HDD. The device will go on sale for $899 from BestBuy. Aspire R7 – A touch more apps with active pen support With four modes of operation, the R7 can easily be used as a traditional notebook, a table top pad, a display, or switched into “Ezel” mode, allowing the screen to float over the keyboard at various angles. Whether sitting or standing, at a desk or outdoors, users can always find the most suitable and comfortable way to use the R7, seamlessly transitioning from one mode to the other, from touching to typing, then from writing to drawing. The Ezel Hinge makes it easy to flip the 15.6-inch full HD ...

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New Zealand is the first country in the world to launch the Xbox One due to its time zone. And the world’s first Xbox one was officially sold to a customer named Dan. Xbox New Zealand posted the above photo of Dan receiving his Xbox One console. Xbox One releases for retail sale on Friday, November 22, 2013 in 13 markets around the world. Microsoft has planned thousands of mid-night launches across the US to celebrate the launch with Xbox One customers. ...

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When Xbox One console arrives tomorrow, everyone should update their system with Day 1 patches. Once you connect your Xbox One to internet, it will prompt you to download the latest update. During launch day, Xbox Live servers which delivers updates for Xbox One might become slow or broken. In case that happens, Microsoft has alternative plans in place. You can download Day One update to your PC now and use it to update your Xbox One when it is available. Microsoft calls it Emergency Offline Update (EOU), which can be used to perform a system update to a console that’s having trouble downloading the system update from Xbox Live. To perform the EOU, you’ll need: •A USB flash drive formatted as NTFS with a minimum 2 gigabytes (GB) of space •A PC with an Internet connection and a USB port. Read the below instructions carefully before updating it. Step ...

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Tesco UK yesterday announced that Tesco will be selling stock on a first come first served basis at more than 100 of its Extra stores from midnight on Thursday Nov 21. It will also be available online whilst stocks last. Also consumers will be able to try out the new console for themselves at the following stores: Cheshunt Extra on Friday Nov 22; Coventry Extra on Saturday Nov 23 and Slough on Sunday Nov 24. Tesco is also celebrating the launch event by altering the signs on the front of 10 of its stores to include the Xbox logo as you can see in the image above. Tesco Home Entertainment Manager Stephen Owusu said, “The launch of the Xbox One is a massive event for millions of gamers around the world and the console is sure to top many Christmas present lists this year. “The last Xbox console – the ...

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One of the most comprehensive features of Microsoft Xbox One is the ability to control your system via voice commands through Kinect. For now, the supported system commands are limited. You have to use the following commands for system control and each apps will have their own voice control commands which will be listed on screen guide. Gameinformer compiled the list as below, System Commands Xbox on – Wakes up Xbox One, turns on television and cable/satellite set-top box Xbox turn off – Puts Xbox One to sleep/off, can turn off television and cable/satellite set-top box Xbox – Shows menu of global voice command options and begins listening for the next command Xbox select – Shows voice command options for everything on the screen that are supported. Shows channel shortcuts during full screen TV viewing Stop listening – Stops Kinect from listening or cancels voice commands if Kinect is triggered ...

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Google surprised everyone earlier today by releasing Waze app for Windows Phone devices. Here is the next one, YouTube app for Xbox One consoles. As expected, this app takes advantage of Xbox One platform features such as Voice, gestures, etc,. The YouTube app for Xbox One also makes it easier to find and watch whatever you want: Voice – Control the app just by saying “YouTube” wherever you are in the app. Commands like play, pause, and fast forward will instantly pop up on screen. Gesture – Grab the screen to scroll through videos, and use your hand to pick which one you want to watch.   When your Xbox One arrives later this week, give this app a try. Source: Google ...

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Walgreens is the largest drug retailing chain in the United States and they have released their official app for Windows 8.1 devices in the Windows Store. It is a fully featured app and it works pretty well. Description: The Walgreens Windows 8 App featuring Refill from Account and QuickPrints, makes your life easier. Refill prescriptions faster, print your mobile photos and pick-up in about an hour. BALANCE® REWARDS FEATURES • Save, earn, redeem, in store and online • Get exclusive pricing as a member PHARMACY FEATURES • Refill from Account – Simply scan the barcode on your prescription bottle for instant refills • Transfer Prescription – Easily transfer your prescriptions to Walgreens • Refill Reminders – Sign up to get Rx Text Alerts to know when it’s time to refill your prescriptions PHOTO FEATURES • QuickPrints – Choose pictures from your Windows albums to print and pick up at your local ...

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This is a new ad from Microsoft to promote Windows convertible Lenovo Yoga 11s. Helena Stone, Editor-in-Chief of Chip Chick and Chip Chicklets shares her story and how she uses her Lenovo Yoga 11s with the new Windows. Lenovo Yoga 11s comes with a 11.6″ high-definition touch screen display. The 2-in-1 design enables you to use in laptop, stand, tent and tablet modes for versatility. Full Specs: 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i5-3339Y processor Features a 3MB L3 cache and 1.5GHz processor speed with Turbo Boost up to 2.0GHz. Intel® Core™ i5 processor Features smart 4-way processing performance with a speed boost. Intel® Turbo Boost Technology Delivers extra performance when you need it and increased energy efficiency when you don’t. Intel® HD graphics provide extra graphics power for your laptop when you need it. 4GB DDR3 memory For multitasking power. Note: Optical drive not included Compatible with optional external recordable CD/DVD drives (not included). ...

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Microsoft today confirmed that Office 2013 SP1 is coming early next year. It will include performance improvements, feature updates and improved compatibility with Windows 8.1. I want to give you a quick heads up that early next year we’ll release Service Pack 1 (SP1) for the 2013 set of products including Office, SharePoint and Exchange.  SP1 will deliver performance enhancements, feature updates and improve compatibility with Windows 8.1.  Of course if you’re an Office 365 customer, you’re always up to date with the latest versions of our products.  We’ll have more details to share on all that is coming in SP1 and how customers can acquire it closer to availability. Source: Office blog ...

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  All new Xbox One comes with 500GB internal storage which is not removable and upgradable too. Microsoft also revealed that the support for external storage won’t be available at launch. From the reviews of Xbox One, each big next generation game after installation takes about 50GB of storage. So, basically you can install about 10 huge games at a time on your Xbox One. One of the glaring omissions on Xbox One OS seems to be the storage management. There is no overview page where you can look at the storage space remaining, which game is taking more storage, etc,. It seems Xbox One OS itself will do the storage management somehow. Neowin spoke with Microsoft and got the following response, Xbox One was designed to make storage management automatic. For saved games, settings, and other information that Xbox One customers save to the cloud, space is virtually unlimited. On the ...

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  Skype on Xbox One will miss one key feature at launch. The ability to snap video calls while playing games won’t be available at launch but it will be made available in the future via updates. But it is integrated with Xbox Kinect’s voice commands, supports upto four people group video chat and more. Microsoft also confirmed that an update will be available on Day 1 which will allow users to use Kinect to update your profile picture and fixes several bugs. Read the top features of Skype on Xbox One below. No. 5: Notifications Now you’ll never miss a chance to connect with the people who matter thanks to notifications that pop up when you receive calls and messages, whether you’re playing a game like Forza Motorsport 5, watching live TV, or doing Xbox Fitness. No. 4: Wide View Camera with Auto Zoom and Pan With Kinect’s new ...

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