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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft today announced Safer Families programme to educate parents on how to teach their children online safety. As part of this programme, Microsoft will offer free workshops in workplaces across the UK, including Argos to educate parents on how to maintain the safety of their children online. Most of the Microsoft’s products comes with family safety included, but many people are unaware of it. To tackle this problem, Microsoft has created a series of videos explaining how to activate family safety settings across Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows Phone, Windows 7 and 8 operating systems. Nicola Hodson, general manager of marketing and operations at Microsoft, said parents face a challenge in keeping track of the technology within their home. “Our advice is to really think hard about letting your children be online unsupervised,” she said. “Make sure you use the tools available to block access to inappropriate websites, films and ...

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With the upcoming Surface Pro 3 device, Microsoft wants to clear the Surface Pro 2 stocks. Last month we reported about the reduced price in Microsoft Store UK. Now, Microsoft Store US is selling the device up to $200 discount to the consumers. The Surface Pro 2 256GB model for example is now available for $1099 as opposed to its original price of $1299. Find the new price in the listings below, Surface Pro 2 64GB – $799 Surface Pro 2 128GB – $899 Surface Pro 2 256GB – $1099 Surface Pro 2 512GB – $1599 The Docking Station designed exclusively for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 is available on $20 discount, Docking Station – $179 Go to Microsoft Surface Pro 2 page here to place order from Microsoft. If you are interested in larger sized upcoming Surface Pro 3, pre-order it from Microsoft Store today. via: WPC ...

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Today, Microsoft announced a new way to track all your Xbox game achievements you earned on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows and Windows Phone in once place. In the browser, you have to visit this URL to know the list of games and the achievements you have earned through them. The webpage looks like the above image. You can now track your Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows and Windows Phone achievements on http://t.co/CCciWRcOOLhttp://t.co/567kL5XkIP — Larry Hryb (@majornelson) June 16, 2014 Visit https://account.xbox.com/en-US/Achievements/ for your details. ...

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Scribd is the popular document sharing service on the web it has about 80 million users. With Scribd subscription and this new app, you can access over 400,000 books on your Windows device. Description: Scribd is the world’s largest digital library with over 80 million users. Use the Scribd app for unlimited access to over 400,000 books for just $8.99 / month. Included with a subscription are books from over 900 publishers, including NYT bestsellers, literary classics, groundbreaking non-fiction, and reader favorites in every genre. We also have the world’s largest digital document collection, with millions of user-uploaded written works. Note: in the Windows version of the app you must be connected to the internet to read books. Features •Instant access to 300,000+ books from 900+ publishers in every genre •Discover new favorites with our editorial collections and personalized recommendations •Millions of user-contributed documents and written works •No limits: read ...

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The official Rdio music streaming app has finally made its way in to Windows Store. Windows 8/RT device owners can enjoy over 20 million tracks with Rdio subscription! Discover your next favorite track with Rdio, a social jukebox with over 20 million tracks to play — instantly or in stations. Play what you want, when you want, from new hits to classic albums. Or, start a station based on any track, artist or genre and lean back while Rdio plays a perfect mix of songs. Once you’ve found some favorites, add them to your Collection or put them in a playlist. Feeling social? Follow friends, artists and other music lovers to see what they’re playing. The more people you follow, the more music you’ll discover. It’s music evolved. Go and play Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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For the fifth straight month, Sony’s PlayStation 4 beats Xbox One in sales in the US. In whatever way you see, it is a bad news for Microsoft. Despite having a solid platform for both games and entertainment apps, Microsoft’s console sales is not up to the mark. I’ll blame marketing team for this poor show in the market. The total sales of consoles and portables combined was $187 million, a 95 percent increase over the $96 million in sales during the same period last year. Top Games in May: 1)Watch Dogs (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC) 2)Mario Kart 8 (NWU) 3)MLB 14: The Show (PS4, PS3, PSV) 4)Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC) 5)Minecraft (360, PS3) 6)The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, 3DS, NWU) 7)NBA 2K14 (360, PS4. PS3, XBO, PC) 8)Titanfall (360, XBO, PC) 9)Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS) 10)Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, ...

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When Surface Pro 3 was originally announced last month, few artists like Penny Arcade’s  Gabriel pointed out the annoying home button issue while they are drawing on Surface. Whenever he was trying to draw , he kept brushing that home button and getting kicked out to the desktop. Microsoft Surface team invited him to the campus and a team of designers and engineers watched him actually draw to find a solution to the issue. Gabriel also pointed out how pressure sensitivity felt a little off to him when compared to Surface Pro 2 and then there was some lag. After few weeks, Microsoft team sent out few devices with fixes for him to try. For home button issue the fix is that basically when the pen is in contact with the screen the home button is disabled. It stays disabled for a couple seconds after lifting the pen up so that you can ...

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The Madefire Motion Books app is now available for Windows PCs and tablets in Windows Store. It takes standard digital comics and transforms them into interactive experiences by adding motion, sound and depth. Windows users can get Transformers content exclusively for free. Description: Madefire Motion Books is a free app that delivers the most innovative reading experience for mobile devices as it pioneers the next chapter in storytelling. In its purest form – the Madefire app is a free comic book reader that takes digital comics and cartoons a step further than traditional static images with the new format called Motion Books. Motion Books immerse the reader in an interactive experience with sound, motion, and depth. This current release is a “Preview” version, featuring exclusive Transformers content exclusive to Madefire and Windows 8. In an update release, we will open the full Madefire catalog to Windows 8 – be sure ...

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At Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Microsoft Advertising revealed six new, cutting edge advertising experiences built for Activision, Emirates airline, Ford, Lexus, O2 Telefonica and Microsoft itself. These are the campaigns that spans across devices and uses Microsoft’s new suite of multi-screen features like Creative Sequencing and Frequency Controls so that a brand can engage a consumer in consecutive chapters of a story as it unfolds across multiple screens. Watch the six experiences below. The art of storytelling is as old as time itself; from the founding myths to fairy tales, stories have an innate power to capture our imagination, draw us in, and influence us. All good advertisers instinctively understand this. However, despite its fundamental importance to the industry, there has been no digital advertising solution capable of bringing together the wonder and intrigue of a story well-told with the multiple screens and devices that we use every day; games console, smartphone, tablet, PC. ...

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Bill and Melinda Gates, philanthropists and founders of the Gates Foundation, spoke at the Stanford’s 123rd Commencement Exercises on Sunday, June 15, 2014 in Stanford Stadium. You can watch the complete webcast above. The ceremony begins 45 minutes into the recording. In the above video, Bill and Melinda spoke about their current life and how they are working towards lives of so many others. They urged students to change the world through optimism and empathy. They advised them to truly connect with the poor and sick, channel the thoughts to make the world a better place. ...

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Microsoft today announced that Azure ML will be available as public preview in July. Azure ML will allow organizations to create new solutions that bring together big data insights, the Internet of things and predictive analytics. In current scenario, machine learning is usually self-managed and on premises, requiring the training and expertise of data scientists. Since, data scientists are in short supply, commercial software licenses can be expensive and popular programming languages for statistical computing have a steep learning curve, Microsoft has come up with  Azure ML. Azure ML is a fully-managed cloud service for building predictive analytics solution. Azure ML, which previews next month, will bring together the capabilities of new analytics tools, powerful algorithms developed for Microsoft products like Xbox and Bing, and years of machine learning experience into one simple and easy-to-use cloud service. For customers, this means virtually none of the startup costs associated with authoring, developing ...

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Microsoft today updated their Lync Room System with June system update. This new update includes all the usual fixes and minor updates, but contains one major new feature called Room PC View. Microsoft says this feature will improve the content capture experience for a computer that is always connected in the Lync Room System. Currently, the LRS content capture feature was originally designed to activate and share the screen when the content capture cable was connected to a laptop, and then deactivate when detached. As some users wanted to hard-wire the content capture cable connection to an in-room, always connected PC, Microsoft created this new feature, Our solution? We created a Room PC View button on the console that controls the display of the in-room PC screen share. If you want the screen share to display in the room, you can turn the button on; if you want to keep the screen share ...

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Microsoft today surprised everyone by announcing the release of the Internet Explorer Developer Channel. IE Dev channel will be a fully functioning browser which will allow Web developers and early adopters a sneak peek at the Web platform features Internet Explorer team is working on. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox already offers similar developer release programs. Another good news for developers is that, IE Developer Channel can run alongside and independently of IE11, and has all of the browser features that you love in IE11, as well as the latest platform features that will come in the future. The current IE Developer Channel comes with support of the emerging Gamepad API standard that lets developers use JavaScript to add gamepad support to your Web apps and games. Yes, you can use Xbox 360 controller to play web based games! IE Developer Channel also improves WebGL performance and adds support for ...

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Recently, we covered a key patent Microsoft filed for its eye-wear represented in the patent application as before. According to leaked Xbox documents, Microsoft is expected to reveal their AR glasses for games this year. We didn’t hear anything from Microsoft on this front from E3, so there is a possibility that the project got delayed due to some reasons. Today, WPDang reported that Microsoft’s augmented reality project is currently put on hold. According to their sources, the issue is related to patent licensing. The key patents related to Kinect sensor are limited to their current purpose and cannot be used for these glasses. Bing translated content from WPDang, But recently, the WPDang learned through their own channels, users who expect the Xbox virtual glasses may be disappointed. In current Microsoft Xbox team‘s internal plans, has canceled plans to the glasses, actually related development and without any problem, the main ...

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Microsoft deploys thousands of servers every year in its data centers to run its growing web services and cloud business. In fact, they recently revealed that have about one million computers in more than 100 data centers spread over 40 countries. Microsoft’s problem is that chips are no longer improving at the same rate they once were. They want to improve the data center efficiency. So far, all of Microsoft’s data centers are powered by traditional Intel CPUs running usual server software. Now, they are planning to replace it with field-programmable arrays, or FPGAs, processors that Microsoft could modify specifically for use with its own software. These FPGAs are already available in the market and Microsoft is sourcing it from a company called Altera. This whole idea was started by Doug Burger from Microsoft Research, he called it Project Catapult. In a first for Microsoft, he approved a 1,600-server pilot-system to ...

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Last Friday, we reported that AT&T and Verizon has filed their support for Microsoft’s case in the court. Today, Cisco and Apple have joined others by filing a a joint amicus brief detailing their response. Other tech companies are also expected to join Microsoft soon. Back story on what’s going on, Microsoft has a global network of data centers included more than one million computers in more than 100 data centers spread over 40 countries. Microsoft as an enterprise vendor stores data of lots of different organizations and companies around the world in its various data center. As per US law, Microsoft is forced the disclose the content it stores in its data centers on request from agencies like FBI. Microsoft is now challenging the authority of federal prosecutors to force the Microsoft to hand over a customer’s email stored in a data center in Ireland. Microsoft’s argument is that, just ...

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