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Microsoft today detailed the Twitch experience on Xbox One. Twitch is the the world’s leading video platform for gamers. It will allow you to view the full content catalog from tens of thousands of PC & console broadcasters on the Twitch platform. Apart from the regular features, it supports Xbox One platform features such as Snap mode, instant switching, Xbox OneGuide, etc,. Also it supports the new media achievements which you can earn as you watch videos on this app. Here are some, Watch one hour of live video on Twitch to become a Newcomer Watch 10 hours of live video on Twitch for Competitive Watch 100 hours of live video on Twitch for Best Viewer Watch one hour of live video on Twitch channels that have less than 10 viewers to be the Hipster Microsoft also revealed that game broadcasting on Twitch app is not coming at launch. Microsoft is working with Twitch to ...

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Microsoft today announced the launch of Microsoft Store on eBay in the US. It is basically Microsoftstore.com within eBay. Microsoft is expanding their online retail presence with this move. As you can expect, all Microsoft products from Xbox to Surface are available. Our customers continue to tell us they want more choice, value and service and appreciate how our stores connect them to the best of Microsoft. This delights us to no end. By working with eBay, a top global shopping destination with more than 124 million active users globally, even more customers can now purchase their favorite Microsoft first-party products including Surface and Xbox, as well as accessories. Our customers can expect the same safe online shopping experience, return policy and free shipping from the Microsoft Store on eBay that they’ve come to expect on microsoftstore.com. Visit Microsoft Store on eBay. ...

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Ryse: Son of Rome is an action-adventure video game developed by Crytek and published by Microsoft Studios as an Xbox One exclusive launch title. Today, the launch trailer of the game got released. You can watch it above. Ryse: Son of Rome tells the story of Marius Titus, a young Roman soldier    who witnesses the murder of his family at the hands of barbarian bandits,    then travels with the Roman army to Britannia to seek revenge. Quickly    rising through the ranks, Marius must become a leader of men and    defender of the Empire on his quest to exact vengeance – a destiny    he soon discovers can only be fulfilled much closer to home. Ryse: Son of Rome presents a cinematic recreation of the Roman Empire in breathtaking detail, from the northern reaches of Britannia, to the Coliseum and the very heart of Rome itself. Stunning visuals bring every aspect of the Empire ...

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  Designers from design consultancy company Teague have reviewed the Sony PS4 design. Teague designed the original Xbox, conceptualized controllers for the Xbox brand, and created the Xbox 360 racing wheel. The review just focuses on the industrial design of the PS4. The console got some positive news, they commented that PS4 is a good-looking, nicely proportioned console that fits well into the modern living room. The controller and the design connection between controller and the console was criticized. Creative Director David Wykes commented that Sony’s controller looks like a piece of clay that’s been worked with too much. It’s always a challenge to design two functionally apposed objects to look like they’ve been born from the same creator; one a box to be quietly placed, admired, and left alone, the other a controller to be held and beaten into submission.  But the controller is the main touch point for the console; ...

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Microsoft revealed during Xbox One announcement that Game DVR and Upload features are built into Xbox One. You can record your clips and personalize them for your Xbox Live friends to see. If you have a SkyDrive account, you can save your edited game clips directly to the SkyDrive folder and share the way you want to share without any restrictions or limitations. What are Game DVR and Upload Studio? Game DVR makes it possible to capture the most epic moments in your gaming experience. You can snap it to the side of your game to begin recording up to five minutes of footage at any time. You get to choose whether you want to capture the last five minutes of gameplay or quickly capture the last 30 seconds simply by saying “Xbox, record that.” Hit the Game DVR notification or say “Xbox, go to Upload Studio” and you will ...

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When Microsoft revealed the new Xbox One controller, it looked almost same as the Xbox 360 controller. It didn’t have touchpad or light bar like Sony’s PS4 controller. You will be surprised to hear that Microsoft invested well over $100 million for developing this Xbox One controller. When Microsoft started this project of developing next generation Xbox One controller, they were aware of the fact that people just love Xbox 360 controller and it was the best in class controller. “We knew that there were things we could improve, even though it was the best-in-class controller,” said Microsoft senior industrial designer Quintin Morris. “We absolutely look at our competition, because we respect the competition,” said Alam. “But quite frankly, in the controller space, we are convinced that our device is the best in class. I think it’s a well-known fact. You double-check and look around you to make sure you’re ...

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Toshiba last year announced its premium notebook series called Kirabook with impressive screen resolutions and build quality. They are yet to announced the next generation Kirabooks this year. However, Toshiba Japanese has announced two new Dynabook KIRA V654 and Dynabook Kira V834. Both these devices are powered by Intel’s new Haswell processors, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, IEEE 801.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and DTS Studio sound. These Ultrabooks come pre-installed with Windows 8.1, Office Home and business 2013 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. Dynabook KIRA V654: Dynabook KIRA V654 does not have touch screen, but it has 13-inch 1,366 x 768 resolution screen and weighs at just 1.12kg. There is also an optional high-resolution model 2,560 x 1,440. What’s so impressive about this Ultrabook? The 13-inch 1,366 x 768 resolution model will give you 22 hours of battery life and the 2,560 x 1,440 will give you 14 hours battery life. ...

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Verizon today officially announced the availability of Nokia Lumia 2520 from Nov 21st. Lumia 2520 will be available online and in select stores starting Nov. 21 for $499.99. For a limited time, customers can get the Lumia 2520 for $399.99 when purchasing with a new two-year activation. Customers can add the tablet to their Share Everything account for $10 per month. 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. When thinking about the “PC experience,” desktops and laptops are what usually come to mind. But the Lumia 2520 comes with Windows RT 8.1, so it combines the functionality of a PC – such as having Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student and Outlook RT – with the mobility of a tablet. The device also features 4G LTE connectivity, which ...

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We rarely happen to see Microsoft and Google working on something together. Last time, we saw them together to for patent issues and then for PRISM spying scandal. Today, Dailymail reported that Google has agreed to block child porn related links from its search results. Google will now prevent depraved images and videos from appearing on its search results, and they will expand this blockage to 156 other languages in 6 months. ‘We’ve fine-tuned Google Search to prevent links to child sexual abuse material from appearing in our results.’ Microsoft will also make similar restrictions on its Bing search engine. While Microsoft will be providing the technology called PhotoDNA that will allow officials to automatically find child porn images across the web, Google has developed breakthrough technology that will allow illegal videos to be ‘tagged’ so that all duplicate copies can be removed across the internet. Good job by both Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today announced a new project called Office Remote. It is a collaboration between Microsoft Research and the Microsoft Office engineering team that will allow you to control Office apps on your PC from your Windows Phone device. “Office Remote turns your phone into a smart remote that interacts with Microsoft Office on your PC,” says Bert Van Hoof, an Office group program manager. “The app lets you control Word, Excel, and PowerPoint from across the room so you can walk around freely during presentations.” “With Office Remote,” Van Hoof adds, “you can start your PowerPoint presentation, advance the slides, see your speaker notes, and control an on-screen laser pointer with a touch of your finger—all from your phone. You can also navigate between Excel worksheets and graphs, and control data slicers from the palm of your hand. And you can scroll through a Word document or quickly jump to specific sections ...

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  Microsoft announced the Machinima app for Xbox One last month. It features Machinima Wingman, an exclusive Snap mode-enabled companion experience that will be available on Xbox One from Nov 22nd. Today, they revealed the official list of titles that will be available at launch. Machinima will create 30 custom Machinima Wingman videos for each game title that will automatically populate in the Snap window after saying “Xbox, Snap Machinima.” At launch, you can find exclusive videos for: “Dead Rising 3” “Battlefield 4” “Ryse: Son of Rome” “Call of Duty: Ghosts” Some achievements include: License and Registration: Simply download the Machinima App. n00b: Watch a video on the Machinima App. Thanks for the Sub: Subscribe to a show, game or partner on the Machinima App. Addict: Launch the Machinima App 10 times within 30 days. Night Owl: Launch the Machinima App between 1 and 4 a.m. local time. You Can Be My Wingman ...

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AT&T has announced their plans for launching Nokia Lumia 2520 last week. It seems Verizon is also launching Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet this week. According to the information we received, Verizon will make the announcement on Wednesday. Nokia Lumia 2520 will cost $399.99 on 2 year contract from Verizon. If you buy it along with Nokia Lumia 929 Windows Phone 8 device, you can get this for $199. I think this bundle deal offers great value for customers. As opposed to various colors of Lumia 2520 tablet on AT&T, Verizon will sell only Black and Red devices.   ...

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Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is one of the best Windows Ultrabook convertible available right now in the market. However, the first batch of devices seems to be affecting with Yellow screen issues. The yellow pixels on the display turned out to be more of a blue/green shade of yellow instead of pure yellow. Lenovo forums had lots people complaining about the same and Lenovo quickly acknowledged the issue. The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro utilizes a Samsung LCD panel with a Pentile Red-Green-Blue-White (RGBW) pixel matrix, as opposed to a standard Red-Green-Blue (RGB) matrix on more conventional LCD panels.  The Pentile matrix uses a modified physical layout of the pixels, taking advantage of white sub-pixels to deliver a brighter display at lower power consumption level. A drawback of this modified matrix is a lower color luminance than a standard RGB matrix.  This is most noticeable when viewing yellows.  Some yellows may appear greenish ...

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  Israeli news site Calcalist today reported that Apple has bought PrimeSense, the technology that powered the original Kinect released by Microsoft. During the release of original Kinect, Microsoft said the following on PrimeSense, “PrimeSense has delivered an important component to the technology, helping us deliver revolutionary controller-free entertainment experiences in the living room.” However, the current Xbox One Kinect is fully engineered by Microsoft. PrimeSense is the leader in 3D sensors and it already powers over dozen of natural interaction products in the market. They claim that their technology is already powering more than 24 million devices around the world. According the report, Apple bought PrimeSense for over $345 million which I think is a great deal. If Apple is planning for a media console, PrimeSense could become the technology powering it. Also PrimeSense is already developing 3D sensor chips which can be embedded in smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc, ...

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Microsoft today detailed the Internet Explorer experience for Xbox One. Internet Explorer for Xbox One comes with support for modern web standards like HTML5 and CSS3, so all your websites should look the same as in desktop. With Xbox One you can navigate the web with your voice, use gesture input with Kinect, grab an Xbox One controller, or pick up a companion device with the Xbox SmartGlass app. Finally, any pinned sites or favorites you saved in Internet Explorer on your Xbox 360 will be pulled forward to your Xbox One. Apart from web standards support, Microsoft has also added feature like website pinning, multiple tabs, inPrivate browsing, SmartScreen, Cookie blocking, and Do Not Track. As you expect, IE supports snap mode in Xbox One as well. As it is a Xbox One app, it supports voice and gesture as well. Hands off Xbox One features brand new support for ...

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  In an interview to WSJ, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talked about his decision to leave Microsoft, how he informed everyone about his decision, his future plans, etc,. When Steve Ballmer planned to transform Microsoft into devices and services company last year, he decided that he  will remake the whole brand. As part of this, he started drafting the huge management-reorganization plan which was recently made public as well. While he was on a business trip, the thought of him retiring from came on his mind and he started discussing with the board and eventually with his family after the decision was made. “Maybe I’m an emblem of an old era, and I have to move on,” the 57-year-old Mr. Ballmer says, pausing as his eyes well up. “As much as I love everything about what I’m doing,” he says, “the best way for Microsoft to enter a new era is ...

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