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Microsoft today sent out invites to the press for a Surface related event for May 20th. Microsoft has hinted that possibility of showing Surface mini by mentioning ‘small’ word in the invite. The event will kick-off at 11am EDT / 8AM PDT on May 20th. We have heard many rumors about the upcoming Surface Mini tablet from Microsoft. One of the main thing was, it will run on Qualcomm Snapdragon processor as opposed to Nvdia Tegra processor in Surface 2. Also, the device was rumored to have a 8-inch device. Another report claimed that the device will be marketed a “consumption-class” device that is also ideal for note taking. As with the current Surface 2, the Surface Mini is expected to ship with Office. The Surface Mini will also support an an active digitizer and theoretically could support a Wacom digitizer with the correct drivers. It may be a pen/stylus ...

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Watch the latest video at <a href=”http://video.foxbusiness.com”>video.foxbusiness.com</a> In an interview with FOX Business Network’s Liz Claman, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates spoke about their respective fields and some things which are in common. Bill Gates was asked by a student on whether Microsoft should spin off Bing and Xbox business to create more value to the shareholders. He replied that he don’t think Microsoft would do that. Because, Bing is becoming a fundamental technology platform that nowadays powers even Microsoft’s core business Office. He also pointed out that Microsoft has spin off companies that they think are not relevant to Microsoft’s vision, some of the examples are Expedia and Slate magazine. But the basic research and the stuff that goes into Bing simple makes it impossible for Microsoft to spin it off. Similarly in Xbox business, Microsoft is bringing the power of PC gaming to console and they are trying ...

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If you are a NFL fan, you will be eagerly waiting for 2014 NFL Draft hoping that maybe this season is your team’s year. If addition to the existing feature-packed NFL experience Xbox One offers to football fans, starting today, Xbox Gold members will be able to experience the 2014 NFL Draft with an all-new draft channel and all-new draft-related content. On Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 10, all Xbox Live Gold Members can get up close with the NFL Draft, by streaming the event live through the NFL app on Xbox One. The Draft Tracker can be snapped on your TV screen while you are watching something else with your family. The app works like you’d expect: The teams are listed in their draft order, with details on what kinds of players they still need. When they make a pick, the app updates instantly and shows who got ...

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At Retail Tech Japan 2014 show held in Tokyo, Microsoft showcased the products and solutions around Windows Embedded and Microsoft Azure that can offer great platform for POS, kiosks, vending machines and digital signage for retail. They also revealed a unique tablet POS for retail, created by Empathy Co. Ltd. and running on Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry. This Windows tablet can read NFC cards, magnetic credit cards, chip based cards, has Bluetooth integrated into it and when you combine it with the power of cloud through Windows Azure, it offers great experience for retailers and restaurants. This leading-edge vertical device illustrates the potential of the Internet of Things by enabling data insights and creating new efficiencies for all kinds of retail and hospitality solutions. ...

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New Xbox head Phil Spencer answered lots of questions from Xbox fans and followers on Twitter. Few things were quite interesting, which you can read below. He confirmed that Microsoft will not do a dedicated handheld gaming device. Microsoft is focusing on gaming on Windows Phone and Windows tablets and controller support may come someday. Also, he answered few queries on E3 announcement. He said that Cortana won’t be part of the E3 presentation. He confirmed that Microsoft will announce new IP and new sequels at E3 this year in June. @mattwestcott There was an idea to use Cortana as the VOG for the show, I didn’t like that. I like WP feature but don’t want to overdo it. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) May 5, 2014 <blockquoteclass=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”> @slade6alpha I know external storage is something people are asking for and need. Watch the monthly updates. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) May ...

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Xbox Music app just got updated in Windows Store. This update brings some improvements to UI and UX of the app. One of the most annoying design element has been changed, the shuffle and repeat icons now appear directly on the playback bar. Read all the changes below. Key updates include: When there’s enough room, the shuffle and repeat icons appear directly on the playback bar – no more need to dig in a pesky menu! You can now grab the folder path for songs in collection (select one and choose Properties) so you can find them quickly in File Explorer It’s easier to tell what’s playable when you’re offline and what isn’t – particularly on an artist page! With a child account it’s more clear when content is explicit and can’t be played Download Xbox Music app here from Windows Store for free. To see which features are available ...

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Amazon’s deal of the day offers up to 80% off on select PNY Memory cards, Smartphone powerpacks and flash drives. For example, you can get a PNY 32GB SDHC Elite Performance UHS-1 90MB/sec card for just $16.99. Find more such deals from the link below. Find the deals here from Amazon. ...

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Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs game which won over 90 awards at E3 is going on sale from May 27th. The game is available from various retailers, and all of them have some special offers. Microsoft Store for example offers $15 Xbox gift card when you pre-order the game while BestBuy and Amazon offers exclusive content packs. Find the details below. Microsoft Store Exclusive Pre-order Bonus Offer: Exclusive offer: Pre-order by 5 PM Pacific Time on May 22 and get it the day it’s released.* Plus, get a $15 Xbox gift card.** Pre-order Watch Dogs from Microsoft Store. BestBuy Exclusive Pre-order Bonus Offer: Best Buy Exclusive The Breakthrough Pack. Includes an exclusive single-player mission plus vehicle bonus perks. Pre-order now. Token code e-mailed on Release date: 05/27/2014 Pre-order Watch Dogs from BestBuy. Amazon Exclusive Pre-order Bonus Offer: Pre-order Watch Dogs for Xbox360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, WiiU, or PC Digital ...

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Red Stripe deals for this week went live few days back in Windows Store. It includes hit games like Bejeweled LIVE, Smurfs Hide & Seek with Brainy, Educational Puzzles Games for Kids and Tots, Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink (full version), Farming Simulator 14, and Mahjong Travel. Bejeweled LIVE: Enjoy this classic match-3 game pumped up with fiery graphics and slick animation, or try a variation where you blast your way through a diamond mine or save butterflies from a crazy spider! Earn Xbox LIVE achievements, check out your personal best scores, and share with friends. Get it this week for $2.49 on Windows, or $1.99 on Windows Phone (was $4.99 on both). Smurfs Hide & Seek with Brainy: Search for hidden objects – kind of like a Where’s Waldo with Smurfs! Zoom in close or ask for a hint if you get stuck. Solve puzzles in twelve Smurfy ...

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Nokia today announced the launch of 100 million fund for investing in promising auto tech and local services companies in collaboration with HERE through Nokia Growth Partners (NGP). Nokia is already a major player in the automotive industry providing location intelligence for connected vehicles through HERE and also 4 in 5 cars worldwide now runs on HERE location technologies. “NGP has been consistently performing well bringing in both new innovation and financial return to Nokia,” said Rajeev Suri, Nokia President and CEO. “Our new USD 100 million venture fund launched today further underlines our belief that the connected car is a significant growth opportunity where NGP is poised to make great investments.” “For the last few years there has been a surge in innovation that has brought technological advances leading to safer, cleaner, increasingly connected, intelligent and more affordable vehicles. Vehicles are becoming a new platform for technology adoption very ...

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Despite having two competing tablet devices within the company, Microsoft is continuing its roll out of Lumia 2520 tablet throughout the world. Lumia 2520 and Surface 2 devices have almost similar specs running Windows RT 8.1. Today, Microsoft Mobile division(previously Nokia) announced the availability of Lumia 2520 in Australia from tomorrow (May 6th). It will be initially available with Telstra online from 6 May 2014 and retail store launch from next week (May 13th). The Lumia 2520 tablet is priced at AU$840, and the Nokia Power Keyboard will be available for AU $240. If you are interested in contract, you can buy the Lumia 2520 on a 24-month, $35 Telstra Tablet Plan (along with $25-per-month device repayment), including 4GB of data ($0.85c/MB) for use in Australia. If you want Power Keyboard, then you can buy it with a $10-per-month Accessory Payment option over 24 months. ...

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Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft took the stage for the first time after retiring from the post of CEO at Microsoft. The stage was The Oxford Union Debates, one of the most famous debating chambers in the world. He discussed about his experience at Microsoft starting as a sales manager for a 30 people company with a annual revenue of $30 million. When Steve Ballmer left Microsoft, it was about $80 billion revenue with headcount around 100,000. Also, he talked about companies having one trick pony can be successful, but they need to have the tricks coming in the technology industry to keep thriving. He cited Microsoft and Apple as the two trick pony companies. Microsoft started with Windows as the first trick, and the server business was the second trick. Similarly, Apple did it twice starting with Mac and then now with iPhone and others. He also ...

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  If you own a Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 from Parrot, then this AR.FreeFlight is a must have app for you. You can now control your Drone using this app on your Windows 8.1 device. You can take pictures, record video and do more. Description: Discover and pilot the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 from Parrot using the new application, AR.FreeFlight. INTUITIVE – Download AR.FreeFlight, the free control application, and you are ready to fly! By tilting your device you control the direction of your AR.Drone. When you release control, the AR.Drone is instantly stabilized in the air. AR.FreeFlight is compatible with the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 FLY LIKE A CHAMPION – The AR.Drone is equipped with intuitive sensors that allow it to remain stable in the air, virtually flying itself. Anyone can fly like a champion as the embedded sensors allow for easy take-off and landing. With the AR.Drone 2.0 and AR.FreeFlight, you can ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on a “Halo” television series in association with Steven Spielberg. The “Halo” television series is a groundbreaking original series based on the award-winning “Halo” franchise. Award-winning filmmaker, director and producer Steven Spielberg will executive produce the live-action TV series, created in partnership with 343 Industries and Amblin Television. Today, Variety reported some information regarding this upcoming Xbox Original. Xbox Entertainment Studios is deep in negotiations with Showtime to develop a live-action “Halo” drama series that is a high priority for the Microsoft production unit headed by Nancy Tellem. Xbox Studios has been developing a drama series spin on the vidgame franchise with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV banner for more than a year. It’s understood that the company is close to a deal with a pair of showrunners to steer the series adaptation of the expansive bible developed by screenwriter Stuart Beattie, but the deal ...

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Microsoft last year launched The Skype Collaboration Project, an online destination that focuses on the intersection between technology and creative industries. This project shines a spotlight on creative talent, including celebrated British fashion designer Victoria Beckham. Fashion designer, entrepreneur and style icon Victoria Beckham has shared the story of her remarkable journey through a collaboration with Skype. In just five short years, Victoria Beckham and her team have built a hugely successful international fashion brand and Skype has played a part in enabling them to achieve this. “I had been waking up every morning and feeling like I was juggling glass balls. I lived in LA, my business was run out of London, and most evenings I was in front of Skype speaking to my studio in London.” – Victoria Beckham. In the above video, you can watch Bag Snob’s Tina Craig in a Skype group video call with Victoria Beckham, joined ...

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Last week, we reported that Microsoft will be investing over billion dollars in providing latest Windows devices to students in the US. Today, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) announced that they will be distributing about 150,000 Windows 8.1 devices to students over next few years that will have impact in their education, and also also takes transformational learning methods. Today is a milestone day for Baltimore, as Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance visits a number of classrooms to start the distribution of some of the devices that will be a part of the District’s journey toward 1:1 classroom scenarios. We’re working with Dr. Dance and his team of educators and staff to execute on the district’s Students & Teachers Accessing Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.) initiative aimed to fundamentally shift teaching and learning. Together with Hewlett Packard and Daly Computers Inc. we’re helping the district rollout 150,000 HP Elitebook 810 Revolve Windows 8.1 devices to all students and teachers ...

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