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Microsoft today announced this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Some deals are valid for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members. And prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Find the list of games below. In Xbox One, Content Title Content Type Discount % Tomb Raider Xbox One Game 50% Strider Xbox One Game 50% Killer Instinct: Sabrewolf* Add-on 80% In Xbox 360, Content TitleContent TypeDiscount % Bully Games on Demand 75% LA Noire Games on Demand 75% Midnight Club LA Games on Demand 75% Max Payne 3 Games on Demand 75% Red Dead Redemption Games on Demand 75% Max Payne 3 – R* Pass Add-on 75% Deadfall Adventures Games on Demand 80% Saints Row: The Third - Season Pass* Add-on 50% Saints Row: The Third - Online Pass* Add-on 50% Saints Row IV Season Pass* Add-on 60% You can get these discounts from now through 23 June 2014 ...

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Are you ready to fight? Featuring full-body deformation, UFC for Xbox One delivers all the visceral detail that goes with being punched, kicked, and choked out. EA SPORTS  UFC is the next-generation of fighting that has been built by the team behind the critically-acclaimed Fight Night franchise. Game Features: Step into the Octagon with the most realistic take on fighting ever achieved. Powered by EA SPORTS IGNITE technology, every fighter, strike, takedown and submission will make you feel the fight. • MMAi – A mixed martial artist’s mind is as important as his heart. Every licensed fighter in the game will have changing goals and fight plans, based on their real-life tendencies and each fight situation. Stop their Plan A, and they will adapt to Plan B or C. Down on the scorecards, look for the AI to end the fight with a knockout or a submission. A smarter opponent ...

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Peter Lee, Corporate VP and Head of Microsoft Research at Microsoft was recently interviewed at FiRe 2014 conference by BBC presenter Ed Butler. The topic of discussion was “Artificial Intelligence Helping Humans: Future Research”. Peter started by talking about what Microsoft Research, how it is well funded by Microsoft and how it touches all parts of Microsoft with its work. Microsoft Research also contributed significantly to the Cortana digital assistant for Windows Phone. He said that Cortana in its current form is the least which you can derive from mining data from users and he expects it to grow in many other ways in the future. He also talks about the limits of Cortana like situational awareness, correlation of data from lots of noisy data and more. Watch the full video above.   ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have partnered with prime[31],  a popular Unity plug-in provider to bring all their Windows and Windows Phone Unity plug-ins for free for a year. prime[31] plug-ins makes it easier for developers to implement in app-purchases, use Live Tiles, monetize via ads, and connect to Azure storage. Download them from the link below. Functionality provided Windows Store 8.0 and 8.1     Windows Phone 8.0 * Handling trial and in-app purchases Store plug-in Store plug-in To get Live tiles, toast notifications Metro Essentials plug-in Metro Essentials plug-in To give you access to the Microsoft Ad SDK Microsoft ads plug-in Microsoft ads plug-in For easy access to Azure storage Microsoft Azure plug-in Microsoft Azure plug-in *Note that Windows Phone 8.1 support and corresponding free plug-ins will be coming soon. To take advantage of this offer and get your free plug-ins, visit the prime[31] website; free plug-ins will be marked ...

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Microsoft today announced a new startup accelerator focused on home automation. Microsoft is doing this with the partnership from American Family Insurance’s American Family Ventures, the direct venture capital arm of American Family Insurance, makes early stage investments in emerging technology companies. Microsoft will provide mentorship, workspace and an immersive experience to create world class companies to the selected startups. Read the full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. — June 17, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. and American Family Insurance are launching a unique business accelerator for startups focused on home automation. The accelerator will help the next generation of startups create advancements that can help lead to safer and smarter homes. Startups interested in participating in the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in partnership with American Family Insurance can apply now at http://www.microsoftventures.com/accelerators/seattle. The new Microsoft Ventures Accelerator was announced at the tech company’s Global Startup Day in San Francisco, celebrating startups from several ...

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Microsoft today announced that Kinect Sports Rivals users can now shows their national spirit by using the newly available 39 different national kits in the game. To join in the “Kinect Sports Rivals: Summer of Sport”, head to your “Kinect Sports Rivals” locker room and find 39 different national kits. You can choose the nation’s team kit of your choice and compete across all six sports, earning bonus fans for your country along the way. To earn even more fans for your nation, compete in “Kinect Sports Rivals” Challenges. You’ll also be able to participate in a challenge to win an exclusive Xbox One soccer ball. But you’ll have to hurry! This prize is only available for a limited time. This nation kit program is available only from today till July. So, hurry up! To fully experience the “Kinect Sports Rivals: Summer of Sport,” make sure to download the “Kinect ...

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Microsoft started taking pre-orders of Surface Pro 3 two weeks back. While you can pre-order all the SKUs, only few SKUs will be shipping later this week on 6/20/2014. Other SKUs will be shipping by 8/31/2014. Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB and 4 GB of RAM SKU which costs $999 seems to be the most ordered SKU. It was evident from the fact that the shipping date for this 128GB / Intel i5 Surface Pro 3 is now delayed by 10 days to June 30th for all new orders. Find the store listing below. Surface Pro 3 Estimated retail price (USD) Intel® Core™ i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM $799 Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB and 4 GB of RAM $999 Intel® Core™ i5, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,299 Intel® Core™ i7, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,549 Intel® Core™ i7, 512 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,949 ...

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Lincoln Electric System (LES), a utility company that serves more than 114,000 residential customers and 15,000 commercial and industrial customers in Nebraska, has selected Microsoft partner Schneider Electric to implement the task-based, map assisted mobile solution, Orbit, to accurately capture, manage and unify all field data from transmission poles, while improving the efficiency of infrastructure upgrades and repairs. Since it is powered by the Microsoft Azure platform, Orbit provides real-time capabilities to the solution, allowing updates and data to be distributed throughout the entire workforce immediately. According to John Leiferman, Schneider Electric senior vice president of Cloud Services, “Orbit represents a new wave of data capture capabilities in the field. We are proud to offer secure solutions that help utilities operate efficiently and provide the best service to their customers.” “With Orbit, Schneider Electric is providing LES with easy integration of field inspection data and assets, eliminating the delay and ...

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Microsoft today announced Safer Families programme to educate parents on how to teach their children online safety. As part of this programme, Microsoft will offer free workshops in workplaces across the UK, including Argos to educate parents on how to maintain the safety of their children online. Most of the Microsoft’s products comes with family safety included, but many people are unaware of it. To tackle this problem, Microsoft has created a series of videos explaining how to activate family safety settings across Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows Phone, Windows 7 and 8 operating systems. Nicola Hodson, general manager of marketing and operations at Microsoft, said parents face a challenge in keeping track of the technology within their home. “Our advice is to really think hard about letting your children be online unsupervised,” she said. “Make sure you use the tools available to block access to inappropriate websites, films and ...

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With the upcoming Surface Pro 3 device, Microsoft wants to clear the Surface Pro 2 stocks. Last month we reported about the reduced price in Microsoft Store UK. Now, Microsoft Store US is selling the device up to $200 discount to the consumers. The Surface Pro 2 256GB model for example is now available for $1099 as opposed to its original price of $1299. Find the new price in the listings below, Surface Pro 2 64GB – $799 Surface Pro 2 128GB – $899 Surface Pro 2 256GB – $1099 Surface Pro 2 512GB – $1599 The Docking Station designed exclusively for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 is available on $20 discount, Docking Station – $179 Go to Microsoft Surface Pro 2 page here to place order from Microsoft. If you are interested in larger sized upcoming Surface Pro 3, pre-order it from Microsoft Store today. via: WPC ...

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Today, Microsoft announced a new way to track all your Xbox game achievements you earned on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows and Windows Phone in once place. In the browser, you have to visit this URL to know the list of games and the achievements you have earned through them. The webpage looks like the above image. You can now track your Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows and Windows Phone achievements on http://t.co/CCciWRcOOLhttp://t.co/567kL5XkIP — Larry Hryb (@majornelson) June 16, 2014 Visit https://account.xbox.com/en-US/Achievements/ for your details. ...

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Scribd is the popular document sharing service on the web it has about 80 million users. With Scribd subscription and this new app, you can access over 400,000 books on your Windows device. Description: Scribd is the world’s largest digital library with over 80 million users. Use the Scribd app for unlimited access to over 400,000 books for just $8.99 / month. Included with a subscription are books from over 900 publishers, including NYT bestsellers, literary classics, groundbreaking non-fiction, and reader favorites in every genre. We also have the world’s largest digital document collection, with millions of user-uploaded written works. Note: in the Windows version of the app you must be connected to the internet to read books. Features •Instant access to 300,000+ books from 900+ publishers in every genre •Discover new favorites with our editorial collections and personalized recommendations •Millions of user-contributed documents and written works •No limits: read ...

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The official Rdio music streaming app has finally made its way in to Windows Store. Windows 8/RT device owners can enjoy over 20 million tracks with Rdio subscription! Discover your next favorite track with Rdio, a social jukebox with over 20 million tracks to play — instantly or in stations. Play what you want, when you want, from new hits to classic albums. Or, start a station based on any track, artist or genre and lean back while Rdio plays a perfect mix of songs. Once you’ve found some favorites, add them to your Collection or put them in a playlist. Feeling social? Follow friends, artists and other music lovers to see what they’re playing. The more people you follow, the more music you’ll discover. It’s music evolved. Go and play Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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For the fifth straight month, Sony’s PlayStation 4 beats Xbox One in sales in the US. In whatever way you see, it is a bad news for Microsoft. Despite having a solid platform for both games and entertainment apps, Microsoft’s console sales is not up to the mark. I’ll blame marketing team for this poor show in the market. The total sales of consoles and portables combined was $187 million, a 95 percent increase over the $96 million in sales during the same period last year. Top Games in May: 1)Watch Dogs (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC) 2)Mario Kart 8 (NWU) 3)MLB 14: The Show (PS4, PS3, PSV) 4)Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC) 5)Minecraft (360, PS3) 6)The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, 3DS, NWU) 7)NBA 2K14 (360, PS4. PS3, XBO, PC) 8)Titanfall (360, XBO, PC) 9)Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS) 10)Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, ...

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When Surface Pro 3 was originally announced last month, few artists like Penny Arcade’s  Gabriel pointed out the annoying home button issue while they are drawing on Surface. Whenever he was trying to draw , he kept brushing that home button and getting kicked out to the desktop. Microsoft Surface team invited him to the campus and a team of designers and engineers watched him actually draw to find a solution to the issue. Gabriel also pointed out how pressure sensitivity felt a little off to him when compared to Surface Pro 2 and then there was some lag. After few weeks, Microsoft team sent out few devices with fixes for him to try. For home button issue the fix is that basically when the pen is in contact with the screen the home button is disabled. It stays disabled for a couple seconds after lifting the pen up so that you can ...

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The Madefire Motion Books app is now available for Windows PCs and tablets in Windows Store. It takes standard digital comics and transforms them into interactive experiences by adding motion, sound and depth. Windows users can get Transformers content exclusively for free. Description: Madefire Motion Books is a free app that delivers the most innovative reading experience for mobile devices as it pioneers the next chapter in storytelling. In its purest form – the Madefire app is a free comic book reader that takes digital comics and cartoons a step further than traditional static images with the new format called Motion Books. Motion Books immerse the reader in an interactive experience with sound, motion, and depth. This current release is a “Preview” version, featuring exclusive Transformers content exclusive to Madefire and Windows 8. In an update release, we will open the full Madefire catalog to Windows 8 – be sure ...

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