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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft announced Surface Pro 3 device at a press event two weeks back. This 12-inch device scales at 1.76 pounds, but packs all the power and performance of a premium laptop in a thin and lightweight design. It also comes with the all-new Surface Pen which delivers a natural writing and drawing experience. If you want to experience this device in person, Surface Pro 3 Demo devices along with new Type Covers are now available in Microsoft Stores from June 6th, you can find the nearest Microsoft Store here. If you already had a hands-on experience, you can pre-order it from Microsoft Store website before it goes out-of-stock. If you don’t have Microsoft Stores nearby your home, it is also now available at the Windows stores at Best Buy. To get the most out of your hands-on time with Surface Pro 3, Microsoft suggests 5 things you should do to get a feel for the new device. ...

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Earlier this week, Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs at Microsoft blogged about need for the U.S. Government to address important privacy issues and others it has created. One year back, it was revealed that the US government did  surveillance of phone and Internet records, sometimes in partnership with others without any proper government orders. There were reports that the US government even hacked in to data centers of various companies to access data illegally as under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, users have a right to keep their email communications private.  Microsoft wants the following five things the U.S. government still needs to do: Recognize that U.S. search warrants end at U.S. borders: We’re concerned about governmental attempts to use search warrants to force companies to turn over the contents of non-U.S. customer communications that are stored exclusively outside the United States. The U.S. government ...

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Last week, Microsoft announced their partnership with Salesforce.com in which Salesforce can be now integrated with Office 365 and you can host Salesforce apps on Azure. Even though it is a win-win situation, Microsoft Dynamics partners are not so happy about this deal. Microsoft Dynamics is the competing CRM product against Salesforce and it has lost one of the main advantages of having an easy integration with Office 365. Since both Dynamics and Salesforce has Office 365 now, Dynamics partners will have hard time convincing their customers. According to R “Ray” Wang, principle analyst at Constellation Research, after the deal was announced dozens of Microsoft partners he advises expressed displease with the news. “They were pissed!” Wang said. But analyst claims that Dynamics will still be the best choice for Microsoft shops, Are there concerns justified? Yes and no, Wang says. The reality is Dynamics and Salesforce are the two big ...

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Razer Blade is now getting lots of serious contenders in the market. At COMPUTEX, they have revealed the new Aorus X3 line which claims to be the world’s “most powerful and lightest” gaming laptop. The device will weigh 1.87kg, and you can choose between 13.3-inch QHD (2,560 x 1,440) LCD or QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) version. Since it is gaming machine, you have got top of the line hardware specs. Intel Core i7-4710HQ (2.5-3.5GHz), 8GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M with 6GB of GDDR5 memory, 256GB or 512GB SSDs configured in RAID 0 will allow you to enjoy gaming with ease.. On networking side, it has got 802.11ac WiFi, Tthe X3 and the X3 Plus will go from $2,099 when they launch in Q3 this year, with one-year global warranty plus one-year local warranty included. Source: Engadget ...

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With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft released a touch based IE to work well with touch devices. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft improved the user experience of the touch browser with lots of UI changes and new features such as browser sync across Windows devices. With all the releases, the UI of desktop version of IE remained the same. Based on the response from Microsoft Connects website, it looks like Microsoft may revamp the UI of desktop IE with the next release of the browser. The user suggestion, It would be brilliant if the favourites bar on future versions of IE could be the same colour as the windows 8 window colour – this would finally unify all aspects of IE, and make it all link together as on programme – rather than the favourites and menu bar looking like a crude add-on. To finally be able to use IE as a whole ...

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ASUS Transformer Book T100 is one of the best selling laptops in the lower-end category on Amazon. It comes wit a 10” detachable tablet and 500 GB of HDD storage in the keyboard dock. It offers an amazing 11 hours of battery power running the latest Windows 8.1 operating system and Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 preinstalled. Amazon is now selling the device for just $374. Find details below. Includes keyboard dock with USB 3.0 port. Intel Quad-Core Baytrail-T Z3740 1.33GHz. 2GB RAM. Preinstalled Full License MS Office Home & Student 2013. Full Version Win 8.1. Storage Capacity: 32GB solid-state in tablet, 500GB harddrive in dock. 11-Hour battery life. 1.2MP webcam. MicroHDMI. MicroUSB. Bluetooth 4.0. MicroSDXC slot. You can order the device from the below links, ASUS Transformer Book T100 32GB With 500GB Keyboard Dock – Amazon ASUS Transformer Book T100 64GB – Microsoft Store ...

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Red Stripe Deals for this week is now live in Windows Store. It includes cross-platform messaging app IM+ Pro, popular games like ilomilo plus and more. Find the deal prices and store links below. IM+ Pro: This cross-platform messaging app supports pretty much any major IM service you can think of, including Messenger, Facebook, Skype chat, Google Talk, AOL/AIM/iChat, Yahoo!, ICQ, Vkontakte, Mail.Ru Agent, Odnoklassniki, Yandex chat, Mamba.Ru, Mig33, SINA Weibo, Renren, Fetion, Gadu-Gadu, MeinVZ and Jabber. Get it this week for $1.99 in the Windows Store and $1.99 in the Windows Phone Store. ilomilo plus; In this cute but challenging puzzle game, you try to reunite two sweet friends named ilo and milo as they travel a surrealistic and ever changing world made of cubes. Leap from cube to cube on Windows for $2.49 this week, or on Windows Phone for just $1.99. Doodle Devil: In this evil counterpart to ...

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Last week, a Chinese OEM called Vido has announced three new Windows tablets based on Intel processors. The three tablets named W10 Pro, Vido W11 Pro and Vido W11C come in various colors. Vido W10 Pro:  It will be powered by Intel Bay Trail-T Z3770 quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It also includes full HD display, one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port, 8000 mAh. The device is priced at 2699 CNY(420 USD) and comes along with a keyboard case. Vido W11 Pro: It has same specs as W10 Pro, but CPU is Intel Bay trail-T Z3740D quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, Huawei UltraStick 3G support and GPS is added. Vido W11C: It comes with 10.1-inch full HD IPS AUO screen, Intel’s 64-bit quad-core processor, 2GB DDR3L RAM and 64GB of storage. It will have 2MP front and rear cameras, GPS, TF card slot, gyroscope, light sensor, Huawei UltraStick 3G suport and a built-in 8400mAh battery. ...

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I recently came across this interesting patent from Microsoft related to gaming on mobile devices. Usually in console gaming, you have controller in your hands with display few meters away. In the case of mobile gaming, you hold both the controller and the display unit on your hands. In this patent, Microsoft is trying to propose a controller system for mobile devices that will be rendered during games. If Microsoft implements it, we can start enjoying on games on mobile devices with standard controller interface as opposed to various types controllers we see in mobile games. Also, this may allow Microsoft to port Xbox games easily to mobile devices. Last year, during annual company meeting, Microsoft demoed Halo game being streamed from internet on a Lumia 520 device. Patent Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to controlling a game with a mobile touch-enabled device. A thumbstick and a mode selection button can ...

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Microsoft ended support for Windows XP, a decade old OS back in April. Since lots of Chinese Government computers still use Windows XP, they are exposed to security attacks. Last month, Chinese government made a strange move by announcing the ban of Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS in government computers. As per reports, the ban is due to the notice on the use of energy-saving products. The official Xinhua news claimed that it was due to security concerns. There were also reports that Microsoft supporting NSA for spying Chinese computers running Windows XP, etc,. Microsoft has posted the following information on its official Weibo account to clarify on this matter, Microsoft has never assisted any government in an attack of another government or clients. Microsoft has never provided any government the authority to directly visit our products or services. Microsoft has never provided any so-called “Backdoor” into its products or services. ...

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So far if you want to buy Leap Motion, you need to buy sensor separately or buy a HP laptop or desktop that comes with Leap Motion sensors technology. HP is now looking to change the situation by making Leap Motion keyboard available for sale separately for $99. And it will work fine on any Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC as long as you have the Leap Motion software installed. This is a great news for developers and enthusiasts who wants to experience gesture tracking on their PCs. Source: Engadget ...

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Tim Cook recently made a visit to Apple’s factory in the USA where they are producing few Mac models. During inspection, Tim Cook tweeted the above photo showing a worker doing his job at the factory. You can see from the iMac behind that it is running Windows. So ironically, Apple Mac production line uses Windows in their factories. ...

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Microsoft announced Surface Pro 3 device at a press event two weeks back. This 12-inch device scales at 1.76 pounds, but packs all the power and performance of a premium laptop in a thin and lightweight design. It also comes with the all-new Surface Pen which delivers a natural writing and drawing experience. If you want to experience this engineering marvel in-person, then you can do it now. Surface Pro 2 Demo devices along with new Type Covers are now available in Microsoft Stores from June 6th, you can find the nearest Microsoft Store here. You get expert-picked products to world-class customer service from Microsoft Stores. If you don’t need a hands-on experience before buying it, you can pre-order it from Microsoft Store website before it goes out-of-stock. You can pre-order it from Microsoft Store now. ...

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At Computex, Darfon has revealed a new Maglev Keyboard which is super thin and uses technology different from what we have. Instead of the rubber providing the cushion, the Darfon keyboard uses the magnetism. Since it doesn’t use any traditional parts like rubber caps, it is possible to have a super thin keyboards. Also, users will be able to tweak the resistance electronically, so the keys will have various degrees of pressure depending on the preferences of their customers. Darfon has confirmed that that we will see notebooks with its technology some time in the second half of the year. Compared to a scissor switch-based keyboard’s 10 million stroke product life, Darfon said its maglev keyboard is able to endure up to 15 million strokes. The maglev keyboard is ready to enter mass production and has received orders from several notebook vendors. The keyboard is expected to start appearing in high-end notebooks by the end of 2014 ...

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Microsoft OneNote team today had couple of announcements. First, they are releasing OneNote clipper as a Google Chrome extension. Second one will be helpful to Springpad users since the service is going to end soon.  Springpad to OneNote migration tool will help these users to migrate their data to OneNote. Try OneNote Clipper for Chrome now To get started, open your Chrome browser and visit www.onenote.com/clipper. Click the purple Install to Chrome button, then click Add. Congratulations, now you’re all set to start clipping the web to OneNote. If you have already installed the OneNote Clipper to your bookmark bar in Chrome, you can simply remove it and install the Chrome extension if you wish. The Chrome extension has all the functionality of the bookmarklet, so you won’t miss a beat. To clip, just browse to any webpage and click the OneNote Clipper button. For more details on the clipping experience, ...

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Last week, Microsoft announced the voting for the 2014 Xbox 360 Game Awards is open, fans can vote for their favorite games until June 3 in nine categories, including your favorite hero, villain and the game that keeps you up all night. Fans can vote for their favorites across nine categories right on their Xbox console. Xbox has handed out awards for arcade games before, but this is the first time Xbox has rolled out the ceremony across all Xbox 360 games. Today, they announced the winners. Find them below. Why So Serious: Black Mask (“Batman: Arkham Origins”) Black Mask is kind of the antithesis to Batman alter-ego Bruce Wayne. He grew up rich, but he grew to hate the city – and his parents. So he murdered them, and carved a mask out of his father’s coffin. That’s pretty freaking messed up, which is probably why he’s your favorite villain. Mooaarr Brainsss: “The ...

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