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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

A Microsoft patent filed on December 6, 2012 became public today. It describes the touch interactions on a eyewear as we have seen in the Google Glass in the recent times. The patent basically describes that the eyewear can have one or more multi-touch sensors configured for user interaction. The sensors will be able to detect swipe, press gestures and even pressure of the touch. Microsoft describes that sensors could be of resistive, capacitive, piezoelectric, optical, reflective or light based sensor. And these sensors may be affixed or molded into frames of the glass. Abstract: The subject disclosure is directed towards eyewear configured as an input device, such as for interaction with a computing device. The eyewear includes a multi-touch sensor set, e.g., located on the frames of eyeglasses, that outputs signals representative of user interaction with the eyewear, such as via taps, presses, swipes and pinches. Sensor handling logic ...

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Stem cells are undifferentiated biological cells that can differentiate into specialized cells and can divide to produce more stem cells. Stem cells can be used to repair damaged tissue and even grow into new organs. Even though Stem cells are used in come medical therapies, it is limited due to the highly complex web of genetic and environmental interactions based on which Stem cells can do either self-renewal or differentiation. Researchers are finding the way to determine the fate of any particular stem cell. A computational biologist at Microsoft Research in Cambridge has found a more deterministic, reliable method to do that. His method uses Microsoft’s Windows bug testing software which uses the technique called Formal Verification. Researchers have found they could use the software to predict with about 70 per cent accuracy how the cells would respond to genetic changes. They used a technique pioneered at Smith’s lab that ...

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This is an annoying issue affecting for Microsoft Azure customers. Some Azure customers may have noticed that for a VM deployed in a US region, when they launch a localized page on a web browser it may redirect them to an international site. Microsoft explained the cause of this issue in a blog post yesterday. Microsoft is running out of IPv4 address space in the US as they have used all of them. Microsoft is now trying to use the IPv4 addresses they got in other countries. Microsoft is already working with a few major IP geo-location database companies to update the location of these IPs which should help alleviate the issues this may be causing. Potential Cause IPv4 address space has been fully assigned in the United States, meaning there is no additional IPv4 address space available. This requires Microsoft to use the IPv4 address space available to us ...

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Former Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo has pleaded guilty to stealing the Redmond software giant’s trade secrets back in April. He was also the person who leaked “Activation Server Software Development Kit,” a propriety system that is used by Microsoft and its OEM partners to prevent the unauthorized copying of Microsoft programs to French blogger Canouna. Kibkalo and federal prosecutors reached an agreement in which prosecutors were recommending a 3-month prison sentence for Kibkalo, as well as a payment of $22,500 in restitution to Microsoft. Yesterday, Judge John C. Coughenour from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington three months in prison and ordered Kibkalo to pay only a $100 fine! Read more about the case from the source link below. via: Geekwire ...

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    Microsoft has joined other companies Goodwill Industries, Xerox and Sony America as a founding member of R2 Leaders. R2 Leaders are organizations that encourage use of the R2 Standard and have demonstrated a commitment to the safe, sensible and sustainable repair and recycling of used electronics. Microsoft by joining R2 Leaders have shown their commitment towards safe recycling of electronics by following the requirements relating to environmental, health, safety, and security aspects of electronics reuse and recycling. The R2 Standard overlaps with a number of existing Microsoft activities and programs. For example, Microsoft already has in place a global network of suppliers responsible for removal, reuse and disposal of retired Microsoft IT assets in compliance with local and national data security and environmental regulations. When selecting IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) suppliers, certifications like R2, e-stewards and ADISA are included in the supplier selection criteria. Microsoft also operates recycling ...

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Microsoft announced Cortana digital assistant with the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview. Lots of users are already using it in beta form around the world even though Microsoft has officially restricted the launch to the US. How about Cortana experience on Windows or Xbox? Microsoft has not revealed any info about it so far, but it is as obvious thing for Microsoft to expand this personalized service to all their platforms. Recently, WPC forum member claiming to be a Microsoft employee revealed the following, Cortana on Xbox One and Windows 8 PC’s Yes, it’s coming, no, no ETA but I have been testing it on XB1 and it’s very neat, especially when playing a Halo game. Microsoft’s Marcus Ash (Group Program Manager for Windows Phone) and Rob Chambers (Group Program Manager, Applications and Services Group) was at SMX Advanced conference talking about Cortana hinted the same, Will Cortana jump ...

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Video: Collaborate using Office across devices: Student Microsoft recently blogged about the advantages of using Microsoft Office Suite by students for collaboration. Microsoft cites familiarity with Office and file fidelity are the two main advantages. If you students want your ideas and creativity to be intact as you collaborate with other team members using different devices? With Office available on both PC and iPad, you can easily share Office documents among team members without worrying about losing the fidelity of the standard Office document format. Even when a feature is not supported on a particular device, Office retains the file fidelity and document formatting. So when you reopen the document on a platform that does support the feature, all capabilities are intact. Microsoft also highlighted the suboptimal experience of using Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. Office is already available on Windows and iOS and will be made available in other ...

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Microsoft previously announced that Seattle Children’s Hospital have committed to purchasing and deploying Surface Pro 3 inside their organization. Apart from it, Avanade, BMW Group, The Coca-Cola Company and Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy have already committed to purchasing and deploying Surface Pro 3. Surface Pro 3 allows these organizations the complete laptop experience with the power to run all the Windows software they need, including the full Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Cloud. Today, Microsoft announced that UPMC has chosen to deploy 2000 Surface Pro 3 devices for use with their innovative Convergence application to give their physicians quick access to the most important information they need about every patient they see. Microsoft touts that health care customers are loving Surface Pro 3 over others. Like its predecessor, Surface Pro 3 was designed to be a Clinical Grade device–designed from the ground up to ensure maximum performance and usability for healthcare ...

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As announced this week, Microsoft has released the redesigned Skype app for iPhone users. This update brings Skype app for iOS to the same UI which Windows Phone and Android users already enjoy. We’re excited for you to see how the new app has been redesigned to put your conversations first, providing you with a smoother, leaner and more integrated experience. Skype for iPhone is up to five times faster and it is also more stable and more reliable. Navigating through the new UI is easier and more fluid. Whether it’s creating a group chat, sending a photo or starting a video call, the new Skype for iPhone has been rethought to be simple and intuitive. New changes: Faster: You’ll notice the effort we’ve put into this overhaul as soon as you launch Skype 5.0 for iPhone. The new version is over 5 times faster than the old version. Smoother: ...

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Station Q is a Microsoft Research lab located on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Topological quantum computing is the main research area over there. They are exploring theoretical and experimental approaches to creating the reliable quantum analog of the traditional bit—the qubit. Speaking to MIT Technology Review, Microsoft Research CVP Peter Lee revealed that Microsoft had previously kept its quantum effort relatively quiet, but that positive results have convinced him to be more open. The theoretical basis of topological qubits was first sketched out at UC Santa Barbara roughly eight years ago, says Lee. Then, around four years ago, Microsoft researchers led work to pose a series of key tests that could show whether those ideas could work in reality. Microsoft funded several labs around the world to work on those questions, says Lee. “Two years ago the results started to come in positive.” Work is ...

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European Union court ruled last week that search engines like Google should be able to remove personal links of users on request. Google has already started implementing this Right To Be Forgotten request form last month, and as per Search Engine Land, it has been taking in about 10,000 requests per day. This law applies for Bing too. But, Microsoft Bing team is still working on implementing this process. Here is the statement from Microsoft, We’re currently working on a special process for residents of the European Union to request blocks of specific privacy-related search results on Bing in response to searches on their names.  Given the many questions that have been raised about how the recent ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union should be implemented, developing an appropriate system is taking us some time.  We’ll be providing additional information about making requests soon. Source: Bing ...

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Microsoft announced in April that they have ended the custom domain support for Outlook.com. Custom domain support was one of the coolest feature that differentiated Outlook.com/Hotmail from Gmail in the recent years. Microsoft posted on Windows Live Admin Center homepage that Outlook.com no longer offers support for new custom domain sign ups and new customers looking to manage custom domains are encouraged to use Office 365. Microsoft yesterday sent out e-mail to existing Outlook.com custom domain users that as of 31 July 2014, you will no longer be able to add or remove accounts in your domain. They are also offering complimentary 90-day subscription to Office 365 Small Business Premium for 5 users if you sign up before 15 July 2014. Dear Outlook.com Customer, We want to inform you of some important changes to the Windows Live Admin Center: As of 10 April 2014, Outlook.com no longer supports new custom ...

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Imagine you are going for a clothing store fitting room, and you can get the different size, color of the garment you need with a simple touch. This is becoming real as a new project by Accenture, Avanade, and Microsoft has prototyped exactly this. This “Connected Fitting Room” project makes uses of RFID technology to track what you try on and use that data for other purposes such as recommendations, etc. In the Connected Fitting Room, each garment in the store is labeled with an RFID tag–a low-power radio transmitter that identifies itself, like, “Hey, I’m a medium Ralph Lauren plaid shirt!” Then, inside the fitting room, there’s a an RFID reader. So when a shopper walks into the room, that clothing uploads to the network, and then it appears on a screen in the room. Want another size or color? Just tap the screen, and a clerk will receive ...

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Microsoft yesterday sent out email to its users saying that they are updating their terms of use and privacy statement. The update was focused on increasing the privacy, transparency and simplicity. This Microsoft Services Agreement applies to your Microsoft account and includes many of Microsoft’s consumer services such as Outlook.com, OneDrive and Bing, while the privacy statement explains how your personal information is collected, used and protected across your Microsoft account, Outlook.com and OneDrive. Privacy: As part of our ongoing commitment to respecting your privacy, we won’t use your documents, photos or other personal files or what you say in email, chat, video calls or voice mail to target advertising to you. Transparency: We updated our Code of Conduct so that you can understand better the types of behaviour that could affect your account, and added language that parents are responsible for minor children’s use of Microsoft account and services, ...

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Tim Hortons is a Canadian multinational fast casual restaurant known for its coffee and doughnuts. It has a large presence in Canada and USA. They have released their official app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: Tim Hortons official app makes it easy to pay with your smartphone! Grabbing lunch at Tims? There’s no need to reach for your wallet. With our new mobile payment feature, just register your Tim Card® and enjoy a secure, convenient way to pay. It’s as easy as one, two, scan! Tim Card® Set it and forget it! Now you can set your registered Tim Card to auto reload right from your mobile device. Perform a one-time reload or opt for re-occurring auto reload for your convenience! All you need to do is tell us when you want your Tim Card reloaded and how much to add and we’ll handle the rest for ...

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The official GoPro Channel app is now available in Windows Store. It allows you to enjoy a front-row seat to first-person point-of-view videos and shots of sports tricks, adrenaline-pumping sports action and more. Welcome to the GoPro Channel on Windows 8.1. Watch the latest GoPro videos, and experience life as captured by the world’s most versatile camera. From skydiving to scuba diving, surfing to snowboarding, music to motorsports and beyond—whatever your passion, you’ll find it here. Come along for the ride, and get the gear you need to capture and share your own life with GoPro. Browse through special videos of the day and category playlists, and if you’re in the market for a new camera, you can learn about GoPro’s latest cameras right within the app. Install the GoPro Channel from the Windows Store. ...

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