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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

America’s second largest school district made a big announcement last year that they will be giving all its students iPads. While students and teachers community welcomed the news, many education analysts questioned the effectiveness of iPads in classrooms. Now, Los Angeles school district has realized that iPads are not the best in the business when it comes to students. They are now allowing schools to choose from six different Windows laptop computers for their students instead of iPads. In the fall, administrators, teachers and students at those schools will test the laptops to determine the device they should be used going forward. Also, the previously planned distribution of the iPads is on hold. This is not the first time they have put on hold the roll out of iPads. Last year, students found an easy way to bypass iPad’s profile system which restricted them from accessing social networks and other ...

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Microsoft’s Xbox One is lagging behind Sony’s PS4 in sales. Lots of factors can be said to justify the same, but many analysts believe that Xbox One’s pricing was the significant one. Microsoft realized this and announced a new SKU for a cheaper price last month. Another factor could be around marketing of the console. Microsoft positioned Xbox One as the all-in-one entertainment console whereas Sony marketed it as the pure gaming console. A recent report from WSJ reveals that Sony is now out-spending Microsoft in TV ads for promoting their consoles. According to numbers from January 2014 through May via research firm iSpot, Sony had spent $59M to Microsoft’s $34.7M. Sony spent the most on networks like FOX, FOX Sports, Comedy Central, ESPN and TNT. Microsoft spent a lot on the two FOX channels and Comedy Central, AMC and TBS. The brand’s most digitally effective ad year-to-date is its ...

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Panasonic today unveiled its new 3E 2-in-1 student device custom developed for education market. It includes education software and a suite of professional development programs that ensure teachers are able to maximize schools’ technology investments and stay apace of emerging technology trends. Built to the IP51 standard, the 3E combines a shock-absorbing, rubber mid-frame with a tough, easy-to-grip textured exterior that can handle a fall from 70 cm and take life in a backpack without scratching or denting. Students can draw, take notes and navigate intuitively using their fingers and multi-touch gestures. For fine and detailed work, the included stylus offers precise control. It also comes with 1.2 MP front and 5MP back cameras. The 3E’s The keyboard features a reversible dock, so the screen can be used facing the student for individual work or facing the world for presentations and group activities. Closed, the keyboard protects the screen and ...

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Microsoft today posted a video showing how St. Thomas School in the US has adopted. Surface tablets for their students and teachers. Students are using these devices to take notes, learn new things from various content, and more. This digital transition is not just happening in the U.S., but also in schools around the world where technology is empowering students. Watch more about it from the video above. A recognized leader in early childhood through eighth grade education, St. Thomas School has adopted both Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro tablets as their 1:1 student computing device in their 2nd and 3rd grade classes. “The one-to-one program has given the school more than we ever anticipated,” says Kimberly Mecham, Director of Information and Communication Technology at St. Thomas School. “It’s really allowed us to personalize learning in second grade through innovative and differentiated ways, and to enhance project-learning in third grade ...

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Microsoft today posted a video about Selinsgrove Area School District in the US which has recently selected Surface Pro 3 as their device for students and staff over traditional laptops and Surface Pro 3. There are obvious advantages like the thin and light form factor, stylus support, all day battery life and more. Find the video above to know more about it. In 2013, Selinsgrove Area School District applied for and received a “Keystones to Opportunity” literacy education grant from the US Department of Education. Selinsgrove used its literacy grant funding to supply students and teachers in the fourth through twelfth grades with Microsoft Surface tablets. The district chose the Surface tablet over a traditional laptop and the Kindle Fire HD e-book reader due to its battery life, two-in-one form factor, and versatility. District leaders and Educators have already seen increased interactivity in the classroom, support for creative learning, and improved study skills due ...

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Last week we reported that a loophole allowed consumers to get a 5% discount on Surface Pro 3 by using the promo code obtained from Bing rewards. Microsoft has recently fixed this and Surface Pro 3 is now excluded from the list of items on which you can get 5% discount. At the online Microsoft Store, we’ve hand-picked the latest technology products. Redeem for this reward and receive a 5% discount – restrictions apply.* You’ll also enjoy free ground shipping and free returns on everything we sell. *Valid from 11/13/2013 – 12/31/2014. Offer valid online only at the US Microsoft Store. May not be combined with other offers or applied to prior purchases. Exclusions include but are not limited to the following: gift cards, pre-ordered products, Office 365, Volume Licensing, Xbox One console, Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3. Limited to stock on hand. Discount applies before taxes, shipping and ...

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Bungie’s next-generation, first-person shooter “Destiny” beta will be made available to Xbox One and Xbox 360 users late next month. The actual game will be released on September 9 for both the platforms. But the Destiny beta will be landing on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in late-July for fans who have pre-ordered the game. You can Pre-order Destiny for Xbox from Amazon here. Bungie today revealed the list of Xbox Live achievements that you can earn via Destiny on Xbox. Find the list below.   Source: Bungie ...

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Microsoft usually alerts users to provide them with an overview of the new security bulletin(s) being released on each month via email. Security bulletins are released monthly to resolve critical problem vulnerabilities. Microsoft has recently sent an email to Security Bulletin subscribers that they are going to suspend the use of email notifications and recommends RSS feeds to users. Notice to IT professionals: As of July 1, 2014, due to changing governmental policies concerning the issuance of automated electronic messaging, Microsoft is suspending the use of email notifications that announce the following: Security bulletin advance notifications Security bulletin summaries New security advisories and bulletins Major and minor revisions to security advisories and bulletins In lieu of email notifications, you can subscribe to one or more of the RSS feeds described on the Security TechCenter website. For more information, or to sign up for an RSS feed, visit the Microsoft Technical Security Notifications ...

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Microsoft made an announcement on Sunday at the International Society for Technology in Education conference in Atlanta that Pasadena Independent School District (ISD) in Texas has chosen Microsoft’s technology for their students to help transform the student learning experience in the classroom. This is not the decision they took in few months, they have chosen Microsoft after a two-year pilot at schools around the district. After carefully evaluating its device options, Pasadena ISD decided to go with Microsoft because of the inking capabilities in Windows 8.1, combined with the power of OneNote, gave students and teachers the most engaging experience possible. As part of this program, Pasadena ISD will give students and teachers 12,900 Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablets with Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office 365 with OneNote. “There is a massive transition to digital happening across the country and around the world in education, and schools looking to prepare their students for ...

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  In the recent past, we have heard various rumors about Microsoft developing its own smart watch. WSJ reported that Microsoft has requested 1.5-inch displays from component makers as per an executive at a component supplier. Another report claimed that Microsoft’s smartwatch prototypes which are now being part of Surface team is making variety of removable wrist bands in blue, red, yellow, black, white, and grey colors for smartwatches. Also these prototypes were reported to be made of Oxynitride Aluminum, an expensive “translucent aluminum” that is said to be three times harder than glass. This reported smartwatch will work not only with Windows Phone devices, but with other Android and iOS devices as well. Today, Tom’s Hardware reported some new information about Microsoft’s Smartwatch(they claim it to be smart band). The device is cross-platform compatible. The display of the device will be on the inside of the wrist as opposed to ...

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Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith today(Yes, on Saturday!) blogged about his views on recent ruling regarding consumer privacy by the US supreme court. It was the case of Riley v. California in which court ruled that warrantless searches cannot be extended to mobile devices and government agencies should get a warrant to search a device of the accused. Over time, privacy protection has advanced in key moments. These have involved judges and advocates who appreciated new technologies and found ways to ensure privacy prevailed in a changing world. This week’s unanimous decision by the Supreme Court in the case of Riley v. California ranks with other key historical moments. More than in any other recent decision, the Supreme Court this week advanced privacy in a digital era characterized by ubiquitous computing. As a result, the scales of justice shifted in a profound way toward a new ideal of privacy in a digital ...

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Cinemark is a leader in the motion picture exhibition industry. They have released a preview release version of their official app in Windows Store. With this Cinemark Theatres app, you get easy access to any domestic Cinemark theatre. Keep the Best Seat In Town at your fingertips to access showtimes, movie info and Cinemark theatre locations on the go. Download the FREE Cinemark Theatres app now! Features: •Find Cinemark theatre locations near you •Access your My Cinemark favorite theatres •View movie information and trailers •Purchase tickets securely •View your Purchases, Rewards and Gift Cards You can send them feedback at sitesupport@cinemark.com. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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This week’s Red Stripe deals in Windows Store includes popular Xbox game Rayman Jungle Run, Caillou House of puzzles and more. With Rayman Jungle Run, the legendary platforming hero is back in a brand new adventure and it includes 70 gorgeous levels. Find the list of titles under deals below. You can find Rayman Jungle Run now for 67 percent off in the Windows Phone Store for 99 cents and in the Windows Store for half-off at $1.49.  “Caillou House of Puzzles” (99 cents in the Windows Phone Store, $1.99 in the Windows Store),  “9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek (Full)” ($3.49 in the Windows Store), “Joining Hands 2” ($1.49 in the Windows Phone Store and in the Windows Store), Billminder ($1.49 in the Windows Store) “Chimpact” (99 cents in the Windows Phone Store, $2.49 in the Windows Store). via: Microsoft   ...

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Microsoft previously announced that with June’s system update will debut Games with Gold on Xbox One, with two great games – “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault.” And on Xbox 360, members will receive “Dark Souls,” “Charlie Murder” and the bonus game “Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.” Recently, they revealed the upcoming games for the month of July. Coming up in July, Xbox Live Gold members can look forward to three new free games on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition will debut on Xbox One as a free download, replacing June’s Xbox One Games with Gold title Halo: Spartan Assault (so be sure to grab it now if you haven’t already). Max: The Curse of Brotherhood will remain available for Xbox Live Gold members to download for Xbox One. On Xbox 360, starting Tuesday, July 1st, Gotham City Imposters (normally US $14.99) will be free for ...

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Microsoft and IEEE are partnering for a coding contest called Beauty of Programming (BOP) for the past three years. This year’s BOP contest attracted over 18,000 students across the China. The contest is over now as the winners will be eligible for Microsoft internships—a win-win outcome, as Microsoft can benefit from the expertise and enthusiasm of these young IT developers, while the students receive opportunities to work on innovative projects. Throughout the year, Microsoft Research Asia representatives visit numerous university campuses to showcase our latest technology and, coincidentally, to promote the BOP contest. This spring, we visited 21 schools in 12 cities throughout China, motivating young computer programmers to enter the contest and demonstrate their extraordinary skills. The 18,000 contestants in the 2014 BOP contest represented 150 universities and, for the first time, included students from Hong Kong and Taiwan. The event started with a qualification round, followed by a preliminary ...

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Microsoft today posted a new video on how OneNote in being used in the education. They highlighted Cary Academy’s teachers using OneNote in the classroom.  Take a look at how the teachers at Cary Academy in Cary, North Carolina, seamlessly integrate OneNote into their classrooms to elevate the education of students through presentation, organization, and real-time collaboration with both students and other educators. Microsoft OneNote is your digital notebook for keeping track of what’s important in your life. Jot down your ideas, keep track of classroom and meeting notes, clip from the web, make a to-do list as well as draw and sketch your ideas.  OneNote is your one place to capture and organize everything. Whether you’re at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. They are automatically saved and synced in the cloud, so you always have the latest on all your devices. Share notes with friends and ...

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