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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

The WorldWide Telescope is a rich visualization environment that functions as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground- and space-based telescopes to enable seamless, guided explorations of the universe. WorldWide Telescope, created with Microsoft’s high-performance Visual Experience Engine, enables seamless panning and zooming across the night sky blending terabytes of images, data and stories from multiple sources over the Internet into a media-rich, immersive experience. The WorldWide Telescope experience scales from a web browser all the way to multi-channel full dome in some of the world’s most advanced planetariums. About 10 months ago, China’s first planetarium driven by the WorldWide Telescope (WWT) was launched at the Shixinlu primary school which enabled students not only to see and study the stars and the universe in an immersive planetarium setting, but it also has allowed them to create their own tours of the heavens and have them displayed on the ...

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Early this year, Microsoft indirectly reduced the price of Xbox One in the available markets. They did it in the name of celebrating the launch of “Titanfall”, and they wanted more people to join on day one for “Titanfall” on Xbox One. So, based on this special, limited time offer, the Xbox One “Titanfall” Bundle was made available starting March 11 for $499.99 at select retailers. This bundle included the following, Download code for a digital copy of “Titanfall” Standard Xbox One console and Kinect sensor Standard Xbox One wireless controller Standard Xbox One Chat Headset One month Xbox Live Gold membership Basically, you get the Titanfall game for free when you buy Xbox One console. Answering to a question on Twitter, Phil Spencer revealed that Microsoft is not planning to release any Xbox One Titanfall bundle without Kinect. @Shane_Stocks Titanfall bundle is done. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) August 19, 2014 You can ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Visual F# Tools 3.1.2 which includes updates to the Visual F# compiler and F# IDE tooling for Visual Studio. Microsoft is continuing to expand .NET portable library support in Visual F#, with this release you can find F# project templates, along with compiler and runtime support, for two additional portable profiles: Profile 78 (.NET Framework 4.5, Windows 8, Windows Phone Silverlight 8) Profile 259 (.NET Framework 4.5, Silverlight 5, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8.1) Some other new features in this release, Non-locking assembly references in FSI F# developers love the quick-iteration development workflow enabled by F# Interactive – “edit-compile-test” is more or less distilled to “edit-test” – and tend to dislike anything that slows them down. Those errors should no longer be an issue. F# Interactive now supports non-locking #r references via shadow copy. Support for Publish in web and Azure projects If you are using ...

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In a recent email promotion sent to consumers, HP is promoting its PCs with the line “Windows 7 PCs on sale, just in time for school.” Also, several Windows 7 PCs are still on sale at HP’s website. This is not the first time HP was found to be actively marketing 5 year old OS. Earlier this year, HP started promoting on its homepage on sale of Windows 7 PCs with a huge marketing message “Back on popular demand.” At the time HP clarified that they are trying to give choice to the customers, Whether you’ve been reading the tech news blogs – or just saw an ad on our HP Shopping page, you’ve probably been asking yourself, “Why is HP selling Windows 7 PCs in a Windows 8 world?” The answer is dead simple: Choice. We like giving our customers the option to get the computer that’s right for them. Do ...

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Following Satya Nadella , Steve Ballmer, Melinda Gates and Bill Gates, Xbox Chief Phil Spencer and Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela took the ALS ice bucket challenge. Watch the videos below. Phil Spencer accepts Notch’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominates Shuhei Yoshida from Sony, Reggie Fils-Aime from Nintendo and Gabe Newell from Valve to participate and raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Thanks to a challenge from Rob Bennett I got to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness and find a cure for ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). I now pass this challenge along to Jeff Raikes (mentor and former boss), Ted Donato (college roommate and Harvard Hockey coach) and Amy Hood (current CFO of Microsoft and great colleague). Please visit als.org for more information. ...

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Microsoft has announced that they are dropping their membership with ALEC. The American Legislative Exchange Council(ALEC) is a lobbying group that works to advance limited government, free markets, and federalism at the state level through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, members of the private sector and the general public. But it was recently revealed that ALEC was involved in lobbying for measures to repeal renewable energy standards, block meaningful disclosure of chemicals used in fracking and more. Microsoft provided the following statement regarding ALEC, “In 2014 Microsoft decided to no longer participate in the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Communications and Technology Task Force, which had been our only previous involvement with ALEC, With this decision, we no longer contribute any dues to ALEC…we are no longer members of ALEC and do not provide the organization with financial support of any kind.” Greenpeace senior IT policy analyst Gary ...

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Recently, Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition was released on Xbox One and it brings with it a host of new features for Blizzard’s isometric action-role-playing game. Back at E3, Blizzard said that Diablo III would run at 900p/60fps on Xbox One for better performance. Microsoft came to know about it and worked directly with Blizzard to boost the resolution to 1080p on Xbox One. In fact, Microsoft released a patch for Xbox One to enable this. 1080p has become a new marketing gimmick for game developers as they highlight it whenever possible to project it as a next generation console. Microsoft didn’t want consumers to experience lower resolution than PS4 for Diablo on Xbox One, so they went directly to the developer to fix this issue. “We did have 1080p, but we were finding it challenging to keep our frame-rate. Because Diablo’s so much of an action game, we wanted to have ...

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Nokia today announced that their HERE group CEO Michael Halbherr has decided to leave Nokia to pursue his own entrepreneurial interests. While Microsoft has completed the transition and restructuring after acquiring Nokia’s Devices and Services unit, seems like Nokia haven’t settled yet. Since Michael is leaving, Nokia will now begin a search for a new leader of HERE both inside and outside the organization. In the meantime, Cliff Fox, currently SVP of Core Map Group at HERE will assume the position of acting CEO. “It has been a pleasure and honor to work with remarkable and smart people during my time at Nokia and HERE,” said Michael, who joined Nokia after the Finnish group acquired his Berlin-based location software company Gate5 in 2006. He added: “I am proud that we have been able to create a leading location cloud company widely recognized across industries, by customers and by opinion leaders. Now the ...

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GTA Online’s San Andreas Flight School Update is now available as a free download on Xbox Store. Enjoy the thrill and exhilaration of being a patriotic hero with the San Andreas Flight School Update for GTA Online. This new update features a collection of new air and land vehicles, aerial solo challenges, and much more. Grab the stick of the fast and nimble Western Besra training jet and push it to the edge of the envelope. Master absolute air superiority in 10 new solo missions that will make you comfortable in any pilot’s danger zone, including combat maneuvering, low-flying challenges, formation flying and more. Once it’s ‘mission accomplished’ and you’re out of your heroic new Flight Suit, spend your shore leave buzzing the skies in the luxury Swift helo, or cram your entire squad into the new 16-seater Buckingham Mil-Jet for team transport in style. Hit the silk with a collection ...

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Microsoft has finally fixed the multi-device notification issue. I’m sure you must have experienced the never ending notifications on all the Skype clients when you are using it on only on devices. tActive endpoint is a new feature designed to only deliver chat notifications to the device that you’re currently using.  How it works If you are signed in to Skype on multiple devices (a laptop, tablet and a smartphone) and you are sending chat messages to a group of friends from your tablet. Skype will only send new message notifications to your tablet and not to any of your other devices. All of your other devices will remain blissfully silent.  You can continue to focus on the most important thing, your conversations, without being disturbed by the bleeping and buzzing from all of your other devices. The moment you stop actively using Skype on any device, all devices will ...

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As announced yesterday, MTV app is now available for download from Xbox Store for Xbox One customers. This app is launching on Xbox One in the U.S. with sneak peeks, bonus clips, recent full episodes from select MTV series with a TV subscription and more. You’ll also be able to read the latest in pop culture news, fashion and go behind-the-scenes of blockbuster movies. If you’re a huge fan of festivals, and music and video awards, MTV on Xbox One follows the latest and greatest. Download the app from Xbox Store. ...

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Recently, a new Microsoft patent titled ‘Wearable display device calibration’ was published by USPTO. This patent is trying proposing a method to calibrate a wearable display device. A challenge to the implementation of wearable display devices, such as a head-mounted display (HMD), for augmented reality is maintaining the alignment of the two, independent left display lens system and right display lens system of a wearable display device. For binocular viewing systems, such as a wearable display device (e.g., glasses or a head-mounted display), the left and right display lens systems generate independent images of the same view. If the left and right display lens systems are not properly aligned so that the left and right images are projected directly one over the other, then the user’s view will appear blurry. This is particularly noticeable for a vertical misalignment of the images, whereas a person’s eyes can adjust to correct for ...

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Microsoft today highlighted in a blog post that they are the only company that is positioned as a Leader in four Gartner’s Magic Quadrants for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, x86 Server Virtualization, Enterprise Application Platform as a Service and Public Cloud Storage Services. You have Amazon, Google, IBM, Salesforce, VMWare and few others, but Microsoft has a unique set of capabilities to help enterprise customers provision and manage their infrastructure, whether it is on-premises, in a Microsoft datacenter, or delivered by a hosting service provider. Only Microsoft has achieved recognition as a Leader across all four capability areas. Cloud Infrastructure as a Service: We feel the pace of innovation in our cloud solutions led to much greater customer adoption in the past year, contributing to a very strong showing in the Cloud IaaS space. x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure: Recognized as a leader for the fourth year in a row, ...

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If you are interested in interaction and experience design, then these are must watch videos for you. Connecting: Makers which you can watch above is the second film in the Connecting Series. It is produced by Albert Shum, Thamer Abanami, Kat Holmes, and Molly McCue. Released June 2014. Why do we make? Connecting: Makers examines how the connected world is changing the nature of creativity. When everyone is a maker, new possibilities emerge, but with them come new responsibilities about digital transparency, cultural awareness, and the role of the designer. The above one is the first film in the Connecting Series. It is produced by Albert Shum, Mike Kruzeniski, and Kat Holmes. Released in 2012. What is Interaction Design? Connecting explores this question with some of the industry’s foremost thought leaders. When digital and physical worlds become one, new behaviors become possible, enabling connected humans with a collective capacity to change the world. ...

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Microsoft today released a system firmware update for Surface Pro 3 devices. Usually, Microsoft releases firmware updates once in a month during patch Tuesdays. This week’s update includes features to display BIOS password state and asset tag information, as well as improving boot times in some scenarios. This week’s firmware update: The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 8/19/2014” when you view your update history. Surface Pro UEFI (v3.9.150.0) adds features to display BIOS password state and asset tag information, as well as improving boot times in some scenarios. Last week’s firmware update: Surface Pro Embedded Controller Firmware (v38.4.50.0) improved support for Surface Power Cover. Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware (v3.9.250.0) improved support for Surface Power Cover and enhances overall system stability. Microsoft LifeCam Front (v5.20.1034.0) significantly improves power consumption during video chat such as Skype, supports Flash camera streaming in Internet Explorer, and improves overall functionality ...

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You can now save up to $199.98 by buying the Surface Pro 3 Essentials Bundle from Microsoft Store. You can build a bundle that includes Surface Pro 3, choice of Type Cover and Surface sleeve, 2-year warranty, and 1 year of Office 365. Essentials Bundle includes Surface Pro 3, your choice of Type Cover, choice of select Surface sleeves, Microsoft Complete Warranty Protection for accidental damage, and 1 year of Office 365 Home or Personal. Surface Pro 3: Offering unmatched versatility, the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 tablet has 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. Type Cover: Transform your Surface Pro 3 into a premium laptop with the Surface Pro Type Cover. Available in multiple colors, the Surface Pro Type Cover features magnetic stability to keep the ...

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