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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

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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Microsoft today announced the details for in-store events and experiences in the more than 90 Microsoft retail stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, to celebrate the launch of Surface Pro 3. Microsoft Stores already has Surface Pro 3 devices for demo. Visit the nearest store to experience the device. Also, Microsoft Stores will have all the Surface Pro 3 accessories and Microsoft Store exclusive red type cover. You can pre-order Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft Store today. Celebration events in all stores on June 20 To celebrate the arrival of the Surface Pro 3, all Microsoft retail stores in the U.S. and Canada will host launch day activities starting when stores open on Friday, June 20, including VIP white-glove pre-order pickup, giveaways, music, food and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to win dozens of giveaways and prizes, including a family vacation to Honolulu, Hawaii, for four. See https://microsoft.promo.eprize.com/surfacepro3 for ...

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On the eve of World Cup Football event, Microsoft Bing today posted their predictions for this biggest sporting event in the world. Microsoft recently posted predictions on which contestants were most likely to get voted off or win The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, and American Idol, and they are taking the experiment a step further applying it to the World Cup.   When a user search for “World Cup”, “Predictions”, or any matches, Microsoft will display the chances of each respective team to win as seen in the image above. How Did We Come Up with the Predictions? The process of predicting outcomes of sporting events is unlike voting show predictions, as popularity and some sentiment signals do not play similar roles in determining who wins a contest.  Rather, the actions and performances of a handful of individuals solely determine who wins, loses, or ties.  For the tournament, our models evaluate the ...

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World Cup Football event kicks off in Brazil tomorrow. Millions of people will be using Internet to find latest info on World Cup. To help you get the most out of the tournament, Microsoft is rolling out a host of features for checking scores, schedules, player info and more on Bing. Let’s take a look at what is rolling out: Bing Predicts: Which Team Has the Best Chance of Winning? Starting today, if you search for “World Cup”, “Predictions”, or any matches (both preliminary as well as later in the single elimination rounds) we will display the chances of each respective team to win. Schedules and Scores Curious to know when your team is playing?  Looking to find out who won a match? We have fine-tuned our index to provide you with schedules and scores directly in the search results.   Search for “World Cup Schedule” or “World Cup Scores” and we’ll serve up ...

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As announced at the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in March, Microsoft today released a native OWA mobile app to Android phones. This is a pre-release of this app available in the Google Play store. Microsoft is looking to gather feedback, fixing bugs and making sure the app is ready for prime time! You can vote which devices support Microsoft should add next by voting here. Can I use OWA for Android? Here are the requirements to use OWA for Android: Your device is running Android 4.4 Kit Kat or higher Your mailbox must be running on Office 365 for business (doesn’t include Office 365 personal, Office 365 Home or Outlook.com) Your device size is considered “small” or “normal” by Android OS So does this app do anything differently than OWA for iPhone? With OWA for Android, if you’ve enabled the app to sync your contacts to your device, you can update those contacts directly ...

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Microsoft today highlighted the great exclusives in store for the holiday for Xbox One gamers. It includes AAA first-party titles like “Sunset Overdrive” and “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” to blockbuster third-party games like “Dragon Age: Inquisition” and “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” both of which offer content you’ll find exclusively on Xbox One. Find the list of the games coming to Xbox One this holiday below. Pre-order from the links below. “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” (343 Industries, Microsoft Studios). “Project Spark” (Team Dakota, Microsoft Studios).  “Sunset Overdrive” (Insomniac Games, Microsoft Studios). “Forza Horizon 2” (Playground Games, Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios). (Xbox 360 Version) Find more at Microsoft Store here. ...

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Earlier this year, Microsoft announced their partnership with Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival that they will be bringing the music festival experience right into your living room through your Xbox. Various HD streams from the festival will be available for viewing. This new partnership will give Xbox users unprecedented access to the live Bonnaroo experience through an exclusive, interactive television event that will be streaming in high-definition where available. Enjoy live music like never before, with multiple streams featuring the best performances, biggest artists and amazing SuperJams. Today, they detailed the experience users can have at this festival. If you’re at home, Bonnaroo comes to Xbox, the exclusive broadcasting partner for the festival, for the first time. We will have great experiences to share at the festival, and with the live interactive music experience on Xbox One and Xbox 360, giving our fans the opportunity to experience Bonnaroo for the first time ...

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Microsoft Store is now taking pre-orders for all the new games announced at E3 2014 for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The list includes Sunset Overdrive, Halo – The Master Chief Collection, Halo Guardians, Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare and more. Find the list of games below, click the title for Microsoft Store links to pre-order. “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” (343 Industries, Microsoft Studios). “Assassin’s Creed Unity” (Ubisoft, Ubisoft). “Phantom Dust” (Microsoft Studios). “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” (Sledgehammer Games, Activision). (Xbox 360 version) “Dragon Age: Inquisition” (BioWare, Electronic Arts). “Evolve” (Turtle Rock Studios, 2K). “Forza Horizon 2” (Playground Games, Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios). (Xbox 360 Version) “Halo 5: Guardians” Multiplayer Beta (343 Industries, Microsoft Studios). “Scalebound” (Platinum Games, Microsoft Studios). “Crackdown” (Dave Jones, Microsoft Studios). “Project Spark” (Team Dakota, Microsoft Studios). “Rise of the Tomb Raider” (Crystal Dynamics, Square Enix). “Sunset Overdrive” (Insomniac Games, Microsoft Studios). “Tom ...

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Microsoft revealed that a new Office subscription offering, Office 365 Personal back in March. It is available for purchase–$69.99 USD/year or $6.99 USD/month (ERP). Office 365 Personal enables you to install the latest full desktop version of Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook, on 1 PC or Mac, in addition to 1 Windows tablet or iPad — so you can use all the features offline as well as online. You can also install Office on multiple smartphones.   Office 365 Home enables you to install the latest full desktop version of Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook, on up to 5 PCs or Macs, in addition to 5 Windows tablets or iPads—so you can use all the features offline as well as online. You can also install Office on multiple smartphones for easy access. Watch the below videos from Microsoft explaining them. Amazon is ...

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The official New Scientist magazine app is now available for download from Windows Store for Windows RT/Windows 8 devices. Description: New Scientist is the world’s most-read weekly popular science and technology magazine. Every week, New Scientist offers: – Accurate, easy-to-understand coverage of the latest discoveries – and what they will mean for your life. – A fresh, rational perspective on international news, from healthcare to energy. – In-depth features that explore the big questions about life, the universe and what it means to be human. The New Scientist app allows you to read each weekly issue on your Windows 8 device, including in-depth articles, videos and links to references. Download the New Scientist app and read sample issues for free, buy individual issues or buy a subscription. Features: Get each week’s latest issue before it is available in stores Read whenever you like, wherever you are with all your issues ...

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Reuters yesterday reported that Microsoft has signed a deal with Chinese Internet security specialist Qihoo 360 Technology in which both the companies will work on mobile Internet and artificial intelligence technology. The report claims that there will be technology exchanges in artificial intelligence. But, both Microsoft and Qihoo declined to provide comment on this deal. The tie-up with Qihoo, known for its security software, mobile application store and search engine, comes as Microsoft struggles with scrutiny from China’s government and state-owned businesses over the security of its products. U.S. technology companies are battling anti-American sentiment in China. Firms like Microsoft, Apple Inc and Google Inc have been accused by state media of working with the U.S. government in cyber-espionage, with doubts raised about their products’ security. Source: Reuters ...

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Recently I came across couple of interesting patents filed by Microsoft. Find their abstracts below. Sensor-in-pixel display system with near infrared filter A display system includes both a cover panel and a display panel. The display panel includes multiple display pixels and multiple sensor elements configured to detect infrared light reflected from an object touching or close to the cover panel. The filter layer is configured to increase rejection of near infrared light reflected from the object prior to detection of the infrared light by the multiple sensor elements. The filter layer can be positioned in different locations, such as between the display panel and the cover panel, within the display panel, or within or on top of the cover panel. Glow touch feedback for virtual input devices The claimed subject matter is directed to providing feedback in a touch screen device in response to an actuation of a virtual ...

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Microsoft’s Xbox chief Phil Spencer spoke to Engadget at E3 2014 discussing Microsoft’s focus on games at E3, virtual reality platform, bringing legacy Xbox 360 games to Xbox One and more. Watch the full interview above. His response related to Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus, “I look at VR as an interesting technology. I’m watching what’s going on out there; I don’t really think it’s a mainstream technology yet today. The nice thing at Microsoft and Xbox is we’ve remained invested in experimenting with a lot of what’s out there, whether it’s voice, or motion. Right now I’d say we have our skunkworks stuff that we’re working through, but right now we’re watching how the VR space evolves to see if it ends up as a mainstream consumer scenario.” We already know via couple of leaked documents and patents that Microsoft is working on VR headset. Phil has now ...

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Microsoft has constantly improved Internet Explorer in a rapid pace in the past few years. IE11 is the most standard complaint, faster and more secure IE ever. But the real problem is that two-thirds of all desktop computers are still using older, less secure browsers. To improve this situation, Microsoft is enabling automatic updating ensures that users will always be up-to-date. Also, Microsoft today detailed the security improvements made over the years in IE in the infographic above. Every version of Internet Explorer includes new and improved security protection, building on improvements from the previous version. Below are just a few of the security features added by each major version of Internet Explorer since 2001. These security features and improvements are augmented with updates such as the ones being released this month, to make socially-engineered attacks and browser exploits more difficult on modern versions of Internet Explorer. According to NSS Labs, for ...

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The creators behind the super hit Halo series is now working on a new game called Destiny. Destiny will be releasing in September for on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Bungie is planning to release a beta of this game in the coming weeks and you can get access to the beta by pre-ordering the game from Amazon. The Destiny Public Beta begins on July 17th, 2014. Watch the official E3 game play demo above. Mark your calendars. It’s our goal to make the Destiny Beta the largest pre-launch experience we’ve ever made available. So big, we hope, that we’re running an Alpha right now to help us get geared up. To guarantee your spot in the Destiny Beta, all you have to do is pre-order the game with participating retailers. Pre-order Destiny for Xbox from Amazon here. ...

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Microsoft Photosynth team released the Photosynth Tech Preview back in December and today they are releasing another update to the Technology Preview with lots of new features. For example, you can now create highlights in your synths, you can geo-tag them, view them in maps and more. Read the highlights of this latest update below. Geo-tagging my synths: You can specify a location for the synths you create.  You can provide the location information when creating a new synth or by editing a synth’s information at a later time.  Once a synth is geo-tagged, everyone can see its location. Synth highlights: You can create highlights to annotate your synth.  When looking at one of your synths, you will see a New Highlights button alongside the playback icons in the middle of the player.  Click on this button to create a new highlight.  Highlights support text and links. Map view of my synths: You can ...

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