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Microsoft today announced Destination Brazil on Xbox One. Destination Brazil is a hub for all the activities around Football world cup on your Xbox One. Using this hub, you can access  Brazil Now, a new app that snaps next to live TV to enhance your match viewing experience, enable you to play “EA SPORTS™ FIFA 14 Ultimate Team: FIFA World Cup and check out various series about your favorite football clubs from Copa90. Also, the previously announced realty show “Every Street United” can be accessed through Destination Brazil and watch as legendary football players Thierry Henry and Edgar Davids scout the world’s most gifted, undiscovered street stars. Brazil Now Brazil Now is a new app on Xbox One that brings you as close to the action in Brazil as possible without leaving your living room. You can personalize the app to your team, receive alerts and score updates for all the games, and watch ...

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I guess Microsoft should be pretty confident on their E3 announcements. Because, they are continuing to make major announcements every other week despite the fact that E3 event is just a week away. Microsoft today revealed that their next installment in their flagship racing series Forza Horizon 2 is in development for Xbox One and Xbox 360 and due for release this fall. Previously, Forza Horizon was released for Xbox 360 and Forza Motorsport 5 for Xbox One. This Forza Horizon 2 will be available on both the platforms and it is being developed by Horizon 1 studio Playground Games collaborating closely with the Motorsport team at Turn 10 Studios. As you can expect, there will be hundreds of cars, new weather system, Forza Motorsport 5′s Drivatar system, and more. Read more about it from the source link below. Source: IGN ...

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At Build, Microsoft announced that they are bringing back Start Menu to Windows 8.1. Currently, you have a Start Button there and when you click it, you are presented with the Start Screen. The upcoming Start Menu will look like the above with the combination of Live Tiles and program shortcuts as seen above. It was expected to be coming via update to Windows 8.1 in late 2014. But today, Mary Jo Foley reported that Microsoft has changed their plans and this new Start Menu will not be released to the public in Windows 8.1 Update 2 in 2014. Microsoft’s operating systems group has decided to hold off on delivering a Microsoft-developed Start Menu until Threshold, the next “major” release of Windows. Threshold, which may or may not ultimately be called Windows 9, is expected to be released in April 2015. I’m not clear whether the postponement is because the ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have hired former Yahoo and Google executive Preston McAfee as their new chief economist. Preston, was most recently director of Google strategic technologies and previously Vice President and Research Fellow at Yahoo. In his new role at Microsoft, Preston McAfee will be responsible for leading a team of economists who will work closely with Amy Hood, chief financial officer, and business and engineering groups across the company on developing new business models and metrics, designing marketplaces for advertising and apps, assisting with government relations and policy, and developing an economic strategy for the company. Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Technology and Research, at Microsoft commented the following on McAfee, This isn’t the first time Preston will be a chief economist. For five years, from 2007 to 2012, Preston was chief economist and research fellow for our search partner, Yahoo!, where he captured our attention by ...

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Along with the announcement about Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Competitor Transformer Book T300 Chi, Transformer Book V – a 5-in-1 Device Running Windows And Android, Zenbook NX500 – A 4K/UHD Display Ultrabook With NVIDIA Graphics and Lenovo Yoga Like ASUS Transformer Book Flip Device, Asus also announced a Portable AiO named PT2001. ASUS Portable AiO is a 19.5-inch touchscreen All-in-One (AiO) PC weighing only 3.2kg and featuring a sturdy, foldaway handle, Portable AiO is easy to carry and set up anywhere. It also got an internal battery that lasts up to five hours. For use on a table or desk, the pull out kickstand provides solid support, and folds flush into the back of Portable AiO when not needed. You can configure the device up to 4th generation Intel Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce 820M GPU fpr performance. Read more about it below. The centerpiece of Portable AiO is its ...

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Dell today announced a new entry-level Inspiron All-in-One PC – the Inspiron 20 3000 Series. It comes with 19.5-inch display with  Intel Pentium quad-core processors and Waves MAXXAudio and an integrated sub-woofer. The new Inspiron 20 3000 Series AIO is the latest entry-level AIO from Dell that packs an attractive feature set and premium speakers into a radically thin and light design. With a 19.5-inch HD display, and with up to Intel Pentium quad-core processors, this AIO is light enough to easily move around the house as needed, allowing families to choose how they view their content and where. If families want to use it primarily as a family PC in the den, but occasionally move it to a child’s room for quiet concentration when doing homework, it’s easy to do so. The AIO has an adjustable A-frame stand for multiple viewing options, and a comfortable, intuitive experience no matter where ...

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Dell today unveiled its new Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 and Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 devices at COMPUTEX. This is an another Lenovo Yoga like machine in which users can flip from scrolling to typing in an instant by the hinge design that rotates 360 degrees between laptop, easel, tent, and tablet configurations. Dell is also providing 20GB of Dropbox cloud storage for sharing, saving and collaborating, and facial recognition software to make using password-enabled web sites safer. The Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 is a low-end among these two with only Intel Pentium quad-core processors, but starts at just $499. The Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 comes with latest Intel 4th gen CPUs, Full HD displays and passive stylus. The Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 with up to Intel Pentium quad-core processors delivers exceptional mobility and offers 500 GB[i] of generous storage capacity so people can bring all ...

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After Lenovo Yoga’s success, every other Windows OEM is releasing devices with similar 360 degree hinge. The new ASUS Transformer Book Flip was announced today which also comes with hinge design that enables the screen to be set at any angle between zero and 360 degrees. It will come with Full HD 1920 x 1080 touchscreen, Intel Core up to i7 processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce GT840M discrete graphics, three screen sizes available — 13.3 inches, 14.0 inches and 15.6 inches. Flip starts at £449 for the 13.3-inch Core i3 model, with the top-of-the-range 15.6-inch Core i7 is priced at £699. Read full press release below. Computex, Taipei, Taiwan (2nd June, 2014) — ASUS Transformer Book Flip was announced today, a stylish, innovative and affordable Windows 8.1 laptop with a remarkable hinge design that enables the screen to be set at any angle between zero and 360 degrees. Flip ...

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Asus today announced a new Ultrabook named Zenbook NX500 that will take on devices like Apple MacBook Pro Retina, Dell XPS 15, etc. The device is made of sleek aluminum unibody construction and slim form factor. It is powered by an Intel Core up to i7 quad-core processor and up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 850M graphics, supported by 2GB of GDDR5 video memory. On storage side, it comes with SATA 3 RAID 0 or PCIe x4 SSD storage which will enable fast read and write speeds, fast boot up and more. On wireless side, it comes with Broadcom® 3-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi for great speeds. The main highlight of the device is the 4K/UHD display. As the first ASUS notebook with a 4K/UHD display with VisualMaster technology, Zenbook NX500 delivers stunningly crisp graphics and text, and comes ready to support future 4K video content. Its 15.6-inch 3840 x 2160 resolution IPS ...

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At COMPUTEX, Asus announced a new device called Transformer Book V. It is the world’s first five-mode, three-in-one converged laptop that features a Windows and Android laptop and tablet as well as an Android smartphone. The design comprises a laptop with a detachable 12.5-inch screen that becomes a separate tablet and a 5-inch smartphone that docks into the tablet. User can use the OS of their choice in the mode they want to use. As a laptop, Transformer Book V includes a full QWERTY keyboard and touchpad, and runs both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 KitKat. A dedicated hardware button provides instant and seamless switching between the two operating systems. The laptop features a next-generation Intel® Core™ processor providing high performance for an efficient and productive user experience. The 12.5-inch HD IPS display has sharp graphics and rich, vibrant color, and touch support adds additional convenience and functionality when using ...

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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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