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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

As part of patch Tuesday updates, Microsoft yesterday fixed over 29 different vulnerabilities in Windows. Microsoft released the following summary that lists security bulletins released for July 2014. With the release of the security bulletins for July 2014, this bulletin summary replaces the bulletin advance notification originally issued July 3, 2014. Bulletin ID Bulletin Title and Executive Summary Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected Software MS14-037 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2975687) This security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and twenty-three privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those ...

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Dubai-based low cost carrier Flydubai has joined many other organizations in adopting Windows 8 based tablets. Flydubai is now using Windows 8 based tablets at Dubai International Airport to facilitate passenger check-in. Because of this Windows 8 based solution, Flydubai has reduced the check-in time to two minutes per passenger. The airline’s new app connects to their backend services and is integrated with a passport scanner and printer. It aims to ease the check-in process by allowing staff to scan passenger information, assign seats and issue boarding passes on the spot. This solution was developed in partnership with Microsoft Gulf “Travel is one of the fastest growing industries in the region,” said Michael Mansour, directors of Apps and Innovation at Microsoft Gulf. “It is under increasing pressure to deliver improved quality of service while tackling productivity and workforce shortage challenges. The Windows 8 App developed for flydubai is a regional ...

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Microsoft OneNote team today announced the new partnership with Mod Notebooks. Mod is a paper notebook service that allows you to sync your notes to the cloud so that you can access your hand written notes from any device through OneNote. OneNote is the one place to bring together those ideas in one digital destination to be organized into a larger portfolio or shared with others. How it works? Step 1: Enjoy your new Mod notebook. Fill it in 2 days or 2 years. We’ll digitize it when you’re ready. Step 2 Once you’ve filled your notebook, mail it back to us using the pre-paid shipping envelope hidden in the back cover (shipping included). Step 3 We scan and digitize it for free within 5 days. Have the notebook recycled or returned to you. It’s your choice. Step 4 Enjoy your notes from anywhere in beautiful Mod app or OneNote. ...

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Nokia is continuing their tradition of rewarding free games to their low-end mobile owners, Gameloft and Nokia today announced that they have special edition games worth over 40€ (or equivalent value in local country)available for free, until August 31. So, starting starting July 1 until August 31, all Nokia X device owners can download these games with bonus in game content at no charge. The games available includes Real Football 2014, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dungeon Hunter 4 and more. So how do you get your hands on these special edition games? Launch the Nokia Store from the Menu. Select the “Exclusive Free Offer” category from the Collections section and tap next to the game you want to download. Follow the steps on-screen to download and install the app. Alternatively, you can also search for each game in the Nokia Store. From the main menu, tap Search, enter the name of ...

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 John Platt, a Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research today blogged about the history of machine learning at Microsoft. Machine Learning has become a buzz word these days, thanks to consumer facing features such as Cortana, Google Now, etc. Microsoft is using the concepts of machine learning for over 20 years starting in 1992. It is being used in content-based spam detector, speech recognition, predictive analytics to the Commerce Server product, Data mining product in SQL Server, and more. More recently, Microsoft announced Microsoft Azure ML which will allow users to create models that can be deployed to the cloud, rather than being restricted to one particular data management platform (such as SQL). The story of ML at Microsoft started in 1992. We started working with Bayesian Networks, language modeling, and speech recognition. By 1993, Eric Horvitz, David Heckerman, and Jack Breese started the Decision Theory Group in Research and XD Huang started ...

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Back in March, Microsoft announced a cool new feature in OneNote service which allowed users to add notes to your OneNote via email. You can use any ‘Email this’ button you find online everywhere to send content to OneNote. Just use me@onenote.com as To address and your linked email address as From address. Today, they have updated the service to make even easier than ever to clip the web. You can now send an email with a URL to me@onenote.com, OneNote service will clip a screenshot of the webpage along with the email’s contents into your OneNote notebook. Consider the following scenarios, Find an article in a news reader app? Share it via email and type me@onenote.com. Browsing the web on your smartphone? Hit “Share”, pick Email, and send it to me@onenote.com. Friend emailed you a funny link? Forward it to me@onenote.com. To get started, just send an email containing a single URL ...

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I recently came across few deals at Amazon on Windows devices. It includes Dell XPS 11 XPS11 11.6-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop, Acer Aspire S7 13.3-Inch WQHD Touchscreen Ultrabook and HP Pavilion 13 13.3-Inch Detachable 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop. Find the specs and the deal price below. Dell XPS 11 XPS11-7693CFB 11.6-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop: XPS 11 is made with machined aluminum and more carbon fiber than ever before. The edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass NBT is up to 10 times more scratch-resistant than soda lime glass, so it helps prevent scuffs caused by handling, cleaning or wiping. 4.0 GB DDR3L SDRAM 2560 x 1440 p resolution Display NFC Intel Core i5-4210Y Processor (3M Cache, up to 1.9 GHz) 128 GB Solid-State Drive 11.6-Inch Screen Windows 8 It now starts at just $749, down from its regular price of $1199. Find the deal here from Amazon. ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are releasing Project Spark for Xbox One and Windows 8.1 on October 7th. Project Spark offers a supreme gaming experience by making unique and instantly playable levels, games, and worlds, and then share them with a global community. Purchase content packs using Spark Tokens for new gameplay and building blocks for creation. Unlock new content using Creation Credits, earned by creating, playing, and sharing games. All content is available across all platforms, so games created on one platform are available to play and remix on any other. At that time, we’ll also be making an Xbox One disc edition of Project Spark available at retail for $39.99 USD. The “Project Spark Starter Pack” is loaded with great content, including starter packs filled with sounds, effects, animations, and props, plus advanced creator features, offline content, and experience boosts which allow players to unlock new content that much faster. ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of CTP 2 of Visual Studio “14”, the upcoming version of Visual Studio. In addition to the new features that were included in CTP 1, this CTP 2 includes the following new features and improvements, Save and Apply Custom IDE Layouts. You can now save and apply custom layouts for tool windows in the IDE. The Save Window Layout and Apply Window Layout commands are under the Window Menu and you can also rename, reorder, and delete layouts from Manage Window Layouts. Light Bulb Editor Adornment. Light Bulbs are an extensible editor adornment to identify and help you fix issues in your code. To use them, place the caret on a line with an issue or hover over an issue and you’ll see a light bulb that lists actions you can take to resolve the problem and even a preview of proposed solutions. Editor Touch Support. The ...

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It is Patch Tuesday and on schedule Microsoft has released a number of updates for the the Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro, Pro 2 and Pro 3. Find update details below. Surface Pro 2: The following updates will be listed as “System Hardware Update – 7/8/2014” within the Windows Update History. Wireless Network Controller (v 14.69.24054.176) enables functionality on wireless networks utilizing hidden SSIDs. Surface Pro: The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 7/8/2014” within the Windows Update History. Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware (v2.84.0350) improves battery management when a Surface Cover is attached. Surface Pro UEFI (v1.6.350) provides support for PXE boot with the new Surface Ethernet Adapter. Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000 (v10.18.10.3496) improves Miracast wireless display experience and enhances display stability. Intel(R) Display Audio (v6.16.00.3135) enhances compatibility and improves the display experience for DisplayPort monitors. Surface Accessory Device (v1.0.338.0) improves the experience when using ...

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Microsoft has recently published the list of the products reaching end of support in the next 6 months. This list includes Windows Phone 7.8, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and more. Along with these, Microsoft has also listed Service Packs that will retire in the next 6 months Key Products Transitioning from Mainstream Support to Extended Support: The following products will be moving into Extended Support in the next 6 months. Extended Support lasts for 5 years and includes security updates at no cost, and paid hotfix support. Additionally, Microsoft will not accept requests for design changes or new features during the Extended Support phase. Products Moving to Extended Support Effective Date Dynamics C5 2010 Mainstream Support ends January 13, 2015. Dynamics NAV 2009 Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 Exchange Server 2010 Enterprise Mainstream Support ends January 13, 2015. Exchange Server 2010 Standard Windows 7 Enterprise Mainstream Support ends January 13, 2015. Windows ...

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Respawn today announced Frontier’s Edge, the second DLC pack for Titanfall that introduces three exciting new maps including the isolated mining outpost of Dig Site, the exclusive beach resort of Haven and the mining hub on the side of a mountain known as Export. If you have Titanfall Season Pass, you can get this content pack for free. Otherwise, you can buy it for $9.99. Set in the near future on a distant frontier torn apart by war, Titanfall drops players in the middle of a conflict between the Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation (IMC) and the Militia. The action is rapid and varied – featuring parkour-style wall running, massive double jumps and the ability to hijack titans. The freedom to shift back and forth between pilot and titan allows players to change tactics on the fly, attacking or escaping depending on the situation and extending the action vertically to new heights. ...

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Last week we reported that T-Mobile may soon start selling Lumia 2520 Windows tablets to its consumers in the US. Today, @evleaks posted an image of it connected to T-Mobile’s 4G network. AT&T and Verizon are already offering Nokia Lumia 2520 from last year. Lumia 2520 is already available online and in select stores. For Verizon, only the Black color model will be available in stores, and if you want the red one, you should order online. Verizon website will have both Black and Red color models. The Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet for AT&T (No Contract) is now available for just $399, down from its original price of $499. Nokia Lumia 2520 comes with a 10.1-inch Full HD display with enhanced screen readability, 4G LTE connectivity, super-fast charging, and a 6.7 MP camera with ZEISS optics. It also comes with built-in Microsoft Office 2013 RT. Key Specs: 10.1-inch Full HD touchscreen 4G ...

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At the Develop conference in Brighton, Microsoft today announced that Zoo Tycoon Friends game is coming to Windows and Windows Phone devices. In “Zoo Tycoon Friends,” players will join Arthur and his daughter Simone on a journey around the globe to tackle 15 missions and more than 100 quests to save exotic animals. “Zoo Tycoon Friends” is free to download, and will include advertising and the option of buying in-game virtual items. This game will feature the following, - Adopt and care for over 40 unique species – Construct gorgeous habitats, concessions, roads and decorations to please your visitors and express your style – Experience intuitive, natural touch, stylus and keyboard / mouse controls. The game adapts instantly based on your input – Feed, heal and play with animals to discover their unique personalities and behaviors – Nurture adorable babies and help them grow into powerful adults – Player progress ...

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User posts on NeoGAF forums have revealed that Microsoft is now offering $75 promo code to users of Xbox 360 who are upgrading to Xbox One. The promotional message appeared when Xbox 360 users logged in to their system yesterday. Many users reported that they didn’t get any message under similar scenarios, so it is unclear how Microsoft is offering this deal to users. Users can use this $75 promo code to buy games, videos and other content from Xbox Store. Source: NeoGAF ...

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Last week, we reported that Microsoft is joining AllSeen Alliance to participate in the industry discussions around Internet of Things platform. Actually, Microsoft is also joining  Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). Microsoft believes that Internet of Things (IoT) represents an undeniable opportunity across a range of industries, and they want to make sure they deliver the right set of platforms and services to realize the IoT opportunity. Today, Intel, Samsung and others have formed yet another consortium to develop standards for IoT. International Data Corporation expects the installed base of the Internet of Things will be approximately 212 billion “things” globally by the end of 2020. This is expected to include 30.1 billion installed “connected (autonomous)” things.  Today, these devices are connecting to each other using multiple, and often incompatible approaches. Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, Samsung and Wind River believe that in order to achieve this scale, the industry will need both the collaboration of the ...

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