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At COMPUTEX, Asus today announced Transformer Book T300 Chi claiming to be the “world’s thinnest 12.5-inch detachable tablet.” This will compete directly against recently announced Microsoft Surface Pro 3. It is a 12.5-inch tablet with a 2,560 x 1,440 touch screen display, built-in LTE and “next-generation” Intel Core processors and comes with an keyboard dock. It is just 14.3mm (0.56 inch) with the dock and 7.3mm (0.29 inch) thick for just the tablet which is impressive than a Surface Pro 3. The only bad news is that Asus is not providing any availability and pricing details for now. My guess is that it will come in October-November time frame for US holiday season.   via: Engadget If you still prefer Surface Pro 3, Pre-order it from Microsoft Store today.   ...

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According to the latest market share data from Net Applications, Windows 8.1 has finally passed Windows 8 in terms of worldwide market share. The growth of Windows 8 is on the negative side while Windows 8.1 is growing slowly. Windows 8.1/Windows 8 combined got increased by 0.40% (from 12.24 percent to 12.64 percent). While Windows 8 slipped 0.07 %(from 6.36 percent to 6.29 percent), Windows 8.1 gained 0.47% (from 5.88 percent to 6.35 percent). The surprising part of the stat was that Windows 7 is continuing to grow despite Windows 8.1′s presence. It gained 0.79% (from 49.27 percent to 50.06 percent). One good news for Microsoft is that Windows XP lost 1.02% (from 26.29 percent to 25.27 percent). Microsoft will hope people will migrate from Windows XP at a faster rate though. via: TNW Source: Net Applications ...

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HP today announced upgraded HP Split x2 detachable Windows device that enables users to shift effortlessly from work to play by combining tablet portability with notebook productivity in a sleek, lightweight device. It comes with a powerful Intel Core processor, a 10-point touchscreen display and an ultra-quiet fanless design, the HP Split x2 combines power and portability with the Windows 8.1 OS. It comes with an optional dual battery system—one battery in the base and one in the tablet—users can easily switch from notebook to tablet and back on this 13.3-inch detachable PC. The HP Split x2 is expected to be available in the United States on June 29 for a starting price of $599.99. ...

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HP today announced extension of its lineup of touch convertible PCs with the new HP ENVY x360 and the next-generation HP Pavilion x360, both of which enable customers to switch easily from a notebook to a stand, tent or tablet. The HP ENVY x360 is a 15.6-inch device that you can configure with Intel Core processor, Full HD 10-point touch screen display, and the HP Control Zone trackpad. The HP ENVY x360 is designed to tackle any task, while its unique hinge enables users to seamlessly shift to tablet or tent mode for watching videos or playing games. You can also configure storage up to 1TB, with the option of a hybrid hard drive for faster boot-ups. The device will go on sale at $680. The HP Pavilion x360 is a 13.3-inch diagonal touchscreen device that will be available in multiple colors. It comes with multiple CPU options with the latest Intel or AMD processors, Beats Audio, ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are partnering with ESPN to bring the ESPN FC World Cup Essentials sports hub to the web. This website ESPN FC World Cup Essentials will help fans keep them informed and in top form for the 2014 World Cup. The site was built using latest web technologies such as WebGL, CSS3 animations, transitions and 3D transforms, and has fast, fluid touch navigation along with responsive web design to auto-fit any device you have. Circle the 3D globe to swipe through the best of the past to relive your favorite moments in sporting history. Go back to the inaugural 1930 games in Uruguay or relive Spain’s victory from Johannesburg four years ago. Want to show your team pride? Learn chants and traditions with fun fan videos, so you can show your passion during the match. Swipe to browse real-time sports news and social media updates from ESPN – ...

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MonoFusion is a Microsoft Research project that uses a camera that could be already available in a tablet or a phone for creating 3-D scans of arbitrary environments in real time, utilizing only a single RGB camera as the input sensor. You should note down that there is no additional input hardware like Depth sensor is required for this technology. If Microsoft uses this technology in Lumia devices, in seconds, a user can generate a compelling 3-D model, which can be used in augmented reality, for 3-D printing, or in computer-aided design. MonoFusion allows a user to build dense 3D reconstructions of their environment in real-time, utilizing only a single, off-the-shelf web camera as the input sensor. The camera could be one already available in a tablet, phone, or a standalone device. No additional input hardware is required. This removes the need for power intensive active sensors that do not work robustly in natural outdoor ...

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As previously announced, indie game Worms Battlegrounds is now available on Xbox One.Worms: Battlegrounds” for Xbox One, which promises to be the best entry in the series to date; with the most weapons, the biggest maps, and the finest single- and multiplayer experiences, it’s certainly the most comprehensive. “Thanks to the increased power of the Xbox One hardware, ‘Battlegrounds’ is the ultimate version of ‘Worms’ to play with friends, around one machine or online,” says Debbie Bestwick, CEO. “’Worms’ has always been a sociable game to play with friends, and this is the ultimate experience.” Team 17 has created a brand-new single player game, with a storyline and a platformer-like experience, capitalizing on the Xbox One’s extra physics processing power to create all manner of devious contraptions and bizarre machinery for players to overcome. Game description: Worms™ Battlegrounds Worms™ Battlegrounds brings friends and families together in the noble pursuit of ...

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Red Stripe Deals for this week in now live in Windows Store which includes games like PAC-MAN, Sunny Hillride and apps like KVADPhoto+ PRO. Find the store links and deal prices from the below list. PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+: This official sequel to the neon ghost-eating 80s arcade classic is incredibly addictive. And this week, you can get it for $4.99 in the Windows Store and just $2.99 in the Windows Phone Store. Sunny Hillride: Load up your car and race across the countryside performing daredevil stunts while trying to keep your pile of luggage, your pet parrot, and fellow travelers intact. Get it for just $.99 for Windows or for $.99 for Windows Phone. Deadlings: Experience over 100 levels of zombie madness, working your way through the deadly laboratory mazes in this side-scrolling arcade game. Get it for $.99 this week on Windows as well as on Windows Phone. ...

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After selling the Devices and Services division to Microsoft, Nokia is now trying to  build a great location platform out of HERE. Yesterday they announced that they have acquired Desti, an SRI international spin-off that uses artificial intelligence and natural language understanding to create deep knowledge of destinations by reading everything about them, and understands users’ natural language, so they can be specific and get the best results, immediately. Desti is the first travel planner that understands you and understands travel. Desti’s iPad app helps you find exactly what you’re looking for when planning a trip – by simply asking for it. Desti uses artificial intelligence to sift through thousands of places, find you the best matches – and explain the relevance. Want to check what’s near this hotel? Just ask! Need a pet friendly park? Just ask! No more spending hours sifting through irrelevant search results. Desti will even read ...

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Microsoft recently confirmed the availability of new Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU for OEMs. At BUILD conference, Microsoft announced that Windows will be available for 0 dollars to their hardware partners for Windows Phones and tablets smaller than 9-inches in screen size. This free Windows for OEMs will be the Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU. Also with the Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft is enabling the hardware partners to build lower cost devices with only 1GB of memory and 16GB of storage that provide customers with the fast and fluid experience they expect from a Windows device. We can expect devices from OEMs running this new Windows SKU at COMPUTEX event next month. Today, this Windows with Bing build got leaked on the web and you can see it from the screenshot above. Source: CentrumWindows  via: Neowin ...

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  Microsoft was expected to announce a Surface Mini device at an press event on May 20th. But, it never happened as Microsoft chose to announce only the Surface Pro 3 device. Later we reported that Microsoft decided to delay it for some reasons. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft was not confident that the product offered enough differentiation from the competitors to release in the market. Microsoft didn’t want to do the same mistake it did with Surface RT. Now, information from supply chain of component manufacturers hints us that the device might be coming later this year. CNET today reported this information, “From the supply side of it, we continue to see activity from them on the [smaller] Surface product,” said Rhoda Alexander, who directs IHS Technology’s monitor and tablet research, referring to displays. (Alexander correctly predicted the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 before it launched.) But “as it currently stands, it ...

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Microsoft Studios has acquired the “Rise of Nations” franchise and has announced “Rise of Nations: Extended Edition” is coming to Steam Store next month. Rise of Nations is a real-time strategy game that spans all history.  Start with a single city in the Ancient Age; gather resources; build an infrastructure; research technologies; construct Wonders of the World such as the Pyramids and the Eiffel Tower; and expand your military might across the world, conquering hostile nations with bombers, battleships, and tanks—all over your lunch hour! In Rise of Nations there are: 18 Nations—each with special abilities and unique military units. Over a hundred military units operating on the ground, sea, and air— from Hoplites to Frigates to Helicopters. Over two dozen buildings with upgrades and technologies that will take your nation from a small City to an Information Age society. 14 Wonders of the World—the Terra Cotta Army, the Taj Mahal, the ...

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Microsoft OEM Twitter account today revealed that new Windows devices will be announced at the Computex conference next week in Taiwan. COMPUTEX Taipei is a computer expo held annually in Taipei, Taiwan and lots of ODMs, component suppliers, etc, from around the world meet to share their latest work. Microsoft used these events in the past focused on hardware specific announcements related to OEMs. This year, Microsoft has revealed that there will be new Windows devices being announced at this event. I expect OEMs like Dell will announce their next gen Windows tablets. How about a Dell Venue 8 Pro 2? Acer W5? Post your wish in the comments section below. Source: Microsoft ...

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According to market research firm Canalys, Microsoft is now at 4th place in the UK tablet market with their Surface devices. Apple, Samsung and Amazon are above them and Google Nexus devices is following them in sales. Microsoft sold 71,540 units in the quarter, up 27.1 per cent on a year earlier, to grab a 3.3 per cent market share. Out of which, 58 per cent of these units were of the ARM-powered RT version with the Surface Pro devices comprising the rest. Canalys senior analyst Tim Coulling reckons channel partners helped Microsoft shift more devices, but added that weakness in consumer spending was hitting the Surface less dramatically than others. “There is more of a commercial opportunity for Surface,” he told The Channel, “plus Microsoft has a channel programme and is putting units into Authorised Device Resellers (ADRs)”. Relegated to fifth spot by Microsoft, Google struggled to gain traction, ...

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  Microsoft recently announced that they are expanding the Games with Gold program to Xbox One users. Also, a Xbox Live Gold member can enjoy Games with Gold program for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One at the same time. Microsoft today announced that “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault.” will be the first two games available for free for Xbox One and on Xbox 360, members will receive “Dark Souls,” “Charlie Murder” and the bonus game “Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.” Find all the details about the game below. “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” (Xbox One, $14.99 ERP)  Coming in June (specific dates coming soon) is Press Play’s beautiful side-scrolling platformer “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood.” As Max, you’ll need to rescue your little brother from the clutches of a cartoonish villain named Mustacho. Along the way, you’ll solve challenging elemental puzzles and platform your ...

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“Ryse: Son of Rome” latest add-on “Morituri Pack” is now available for download in the game. It includes three new arenas for Gladiator mode – Beacon, False Gods and Revolution – and two for Survival mode – Sulfur River and The Forbidden Forest. Crytek has also included hid nine of them in “Ryse: Son of Rome”. The “Morituri Pack” introduces three new arenas for Gladiator mode – Beacon, False Gods and Revolution – and two for Survival mode – Sulfur River and The Forbidden Forest. Beacon tasks players with infiltrating a barbarian camp, False Gods has gladiators battling in Ancient Egyptian temples, and Revolution is set amid the crumbling ruins of the once majestic Roman Empire. In Sulfur River and The Forbidden Forest, navigate an onslaught of perilous traps as you battle against insurmountable odds until the bitter end. If fighting in the arena alone is more your style, the “Morituri Pack” also includes ...

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