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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Microsoft Research is now exploring the area of ‘Emotional Intelligence” which could play a key factor in the future where Cortana might become the true personal assistants for people. Inspired by Spike Jonze’s slightly futuristic, boy-meets-artificial intelligence love story ‘HER’ last year, Microsoft designers came up with the question: How can human emotions inspire new interactions with technology and each other? They partnered with Motherboard, Warner Brothers Studio and design students in L.A. and NYC for a design experiment where their mission was to explore the impact of emotion on human machine interaction. You can watch the video above, giving you a glimpse of what they learned. “Her” is a love story, first and foremost. It inspired a wide community of designers in surprising ways. We hosted private screenings of the film followed by a 2-day design workshop. We asked one question: How can human emotions inspire new interactions with ...

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Today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) released its fourth annual reportrating technology companies on their efforts to protect customer data from the government. Microsoft was awarded the maximum of 6 stars since Microsoft met every one of six factors that companies were rated against, including the stringency of the legal demands companies require before providing data, their efforts to notify customers about government demands, and more. Microsoft commented the following on this honor, EFF’s award of six out of six stars to Microsoft is a reflection of the guiding principles, practices and policies that Microsoft employs on behalf of all customers. We encourage you to review the report for additional details and trends impacting data privacy. EFF’s report on Microsoft can be read below, Microsoft earns 6 stars in this year’s Who Has Your Back report. We are pleased to see Microsoft requiring a warrant before handing user data to the government ...

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Microsoft Skype has chosen hyper-connected beauty blogger Lara Eurdolian as their Beauty Ambassador. New York-based Lara is a blogger of fashion industry and she shares it on PrettyConnected.com. She also runs a company that mainly depend on Skype for their everyday communication. When asked about whether she uses Skype everyday, she said the following, Often with collaborations it’s great for updating clients and members of my team on where we are with timelines. For instance, in a previous partnership, bloggers across different categories (I was picked for beauty) were asked to design a wrap for their car. I was on a road trip at the time from LA to San Francisco and was using Skype to give my feedback and comments to my designer so we could create mine. She is also a Program Director for Family-to-Family a national non-profit hunger and poverty relief organization that “creates a bridge between communities with ‘more’ and some ...

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In various mobile devices, such as tablet PCs, hand-held devices, and small multi-screen devices, include wide bezels to enable a user to hold the device without accidentally touching the combined display and touch screen. Even with the inclusion of a wide bezel, however, accidental touches can occur. When a user accidentally touches the screen, for instance, the device may perform undesired actions because it is unable to distinguish between an intentional touch by the user and an accidental touch by the user while the user is holding the device. A recent Microsoft patent is trying to solve this issue with touch sensors in the bezel. Touch-sensitive bezel techniques are described. Touch sensors are located in a bezel portion and a display portion of a display device of a computing device. The touch sensors detect a touch input and are used to determine, based on characteristics of the touch input, a ...

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During SQL Server 2014 launch from April 15 – 17, the general public was invited to step into infinity and discover new insights at the Microsoft Infinity Room in San Francisco, California. Microsoft created this project to show the power and value of Big Data. Watch the video above to see the experience in action. In collaboration with data journalist Simon Rogers, Universal Everything created an immersive data narrative experience exploring the power of big data. A 15′ x 8′ mirrored room and subtly choreographed pixel spheres echoed the LED animations, creating an endless digital landscape. Designed in code and running in real-time, the experience tells the story of the world around us through the medium of a simple US quarter. Tied into a major Microsoft product launch, the Infinity Room was installed at 3 Embarcadero Center in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District over three days. Members of the public and ...

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Microsoft acquired Nokia’s Devices and Services division last month. For celebrating this acquisition, Microsoft and Nokia asked Shoreditch-based media company TCOLondon to create a book that illustrates the history of Microsoft and Nokia together. This 128 page book was given to 20,000 Nokia employees who joined Microsoft in more than 90 cities in 53 countries. The Verge reported about the contents of the book as follows, It’s a celebration of the rich history that Nokia and Microsoft both share, including etchings of Nokia’s origins in a paper mill in Finland and Microsoft’s roots in New Mexico. Illustrations range from the first-ever GSM call to surgeons using the Kinect sensor for operations. Nokia and Microsoft approached TCOLondon in mid-December, with the original plan to have the book ready and finished for February 1st. A later-than-expected acquisition meant the book was delivered to employees at the deal closure in late April. They also reported that ...

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Nokia’s flagship device in its X series platform Nokia XL is on sale in India. It comes with a great 5″ display and a 5MP autofocus camera, complete with flash. Also, it comes with in an array of eye-catching colours, with the Nokia build quality you know and love. The device is priced at Rs.11, 489. Since this is based on AOSP, you can access the world of Android apps and flow between your favourites faster and smoother with Fastlane UI. Key Specs: Dimensions Height: 141.4 mm Width: 77.7 mm Thickness: 10.9 mm Weight: 190 g Display Display size: 12.7 cm Display features: Brightness control, Tactile feedback, Orientation sensor, Nokia Glance screen, Screen double tap, Wide viewing angle Photography Main camera sensor: 5 MP Camera resolution: 2592 x 1944 pixels Main camera focus type: Auto focus Power management Maximum standby time with dual SIM: 30 days Maximum standby time: 37 days Maximum talk time (2G): 16 h Processor name: ...

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Recently, I came across the following deals in Microsoft Store. Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS Watch: Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS Watch which was originally available for $149 is now on sale for just $89.99. GPS-enabled trainer watch accurately records your distance, time and pace High-sensitivity GPS receiver stays locked on satellites, even near tall buildings or under tree cover Rechargeable battery provides 8 hours life in training mode, 3 weeks in power save mode Upload data to Garmin Connect site to view workout summaries, create goals and more Add ANT+ heart rate monitor for heart rate-based calorie computation,Water resistant: yes (IPX7) Order Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS from Microsoft Store. Order Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS from Amazon. Jawbone MINI JAMBOX: Jawbone MINI JAMBOX bluetooth speaker which was available for $179 is now on sale for $129. Amazon is selling some colors on even low price of $115. Small enough to fit in ...

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Popular push-to-talk service Voxer has now released a desktop app for Windows users. Voxer for Windows desktop allows you to get everything you love about Voxer Business on your PC – live and recorded voice, text and photos at your fingertips on a desktop. For example, you can listen and respond to multiple conversations on one screen, hear live audio as it comes in, click to talk back, monitor and dispatch employees at your organization and more. Features: Access multiple chats at the same time: Desktop users can have multiple chats open on one screen and listen and view messages simultaneously. Listen to live messages concurrently: Users can hear live messages as they are received, and with multiple chats open. These live messages can play at the same time, creating a walkie-talkie type feel but with multiple conversations. Download messages onto the desktop: With Voxer Windows Desktop, users can download ...

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Microsoft Studios has released a new Xbox game titled Tentacles: Enter the Mind in Windows Store. It is a free to play game that is available for download for both Windows RT and Windows 8 users. Game Description: Dr. Phluff’s failed attempts to create ultra-cute animals have driven him mad! Only you, the adorable, tentacled Lemmy, can save him. Following the guidance of Dr. Phluff’s well-meaning subconscious, tap or click to navigate through the layers of the doctor’s outrageously bizarre mind. Gobble enemies’ eyeballs, collect secret eggs, and gain new powers and abilities. And when you reach the depths of Dr. Phluff’s mind, survive as long as you can! Xbox and Facebook integration lets you collect achievements, track high scores, and compete with friends on the leaderboards. You can save your game in the cloud to play across multiple devices. Offline play is also available. NOTE: Tentacles: Enter the Mind ...

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The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 3 – In Harm’s Way is now available for download for Xbox 360 users. Watch as Clementine and her group try to escape from the fort they built in Episode 3, “In Harm’s Way,” from Season 2 of “The Walking Dead”. Game Description: Captured, bloody and beaten; Clementine and her group learn what it’s like to live under the heel of a leader whose intelligence is rivaled only by his propensity for brutal violence. With escape being a priority, Clem is forced to make hard-hitting decisions in this episode. If you already own The Walking Dead: Season Two – Season Pass, you need not purchase this again. If you do, you will be charged again! ...

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Guardian last year reported that Microsoft handed the NSA access to unencrypted Skype and Outlook.com messages. It said that Microsoft collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users communications to be intercepted. Microsoft responded to the allegations saying that they comply with US laws. The following was the response from Microsoft regarding Outlook.com messages data, First, while we did discuss legal compliance requirements with the government as reported last week, in none of these discussions did Microsoft provide or agree to provide any government with direct access to user content or the ability to break our encryption. Second, these discussions were instead about how Microsoft would meet its continuing obligation to comply with the law by providing specific information in response to lawful government orders. Today, Greenwald via his new books has revealed the documents which shows the discussion Microsoft and the US government had regarding PRISM program. It ...

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Microsoft today released an update for OneNote app for Windows 8 devices in Windows Store. This is a minor update which includes added support for stroke eraser, security improvements and lots of bug fixes. What’s new: Added stroke eraser. Security improvements. Various bug fixes. Full List Of Features: Make lists — Quickly write up to-do lists with check boxes. Draw and write — Use your device’s pen or your finger to draw in your notes. Take pictures — Take photos with your device’s camera to put in your notes, text in the images will be searchable with OCR. Scan whiteboards and documents — use your device’s camera and they will be auto cropped and enhanced. Share to OneNote — You can clip content to OneNote using Share option in Windows Charms bar. Recent Notes and page thumbnails — Find your notes quickly with page previews and your recent notes on ...

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There is a new report from CNET in which an Analyst claims that Microsoft may reveal a larger Surface Pro tablet soon. We already know that Microsoft will talk about multiple Surface devices at their press event scheduled to happen next week. One of the Surface device will be of 7-8 inch display with stylus support, another Surface device will be based on new Intel Haswell processor. This analyst claims that there is a strong possibility that the Intel based Surface device to be revealed may have a 12-inch display. “There are strong indications that there is a 12-inch product coming down the pipeline,” Rhoda Alexander, who directs IHS Technology’s monitor and tablet research, said, referring to Microsoft’s Surface product line. The current Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 have 10.6-nch displays. When asked if it’s possible that a bigger Pro product will launch with the expected “Surface Mini,” on May 20, Alexander said a ...

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When Microsoft revealed Kinect for the first time, we knew that the possibilities with this system will be endless. Kinect is now being used in various types of setup everyday across the world from military purposes, hospitals to gaming consoles. Today is a milestone in Kinect’s journey in Healthcare world. Jintronix, which developed a Microsoft Kinect based Stroke rehab system has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This marks an important milestone for Jintronix as well.  “We’re very excited about receiving FDA clearance, which paves the way for Jintronix to help in the rehabilitation of countless stroke victims,” said CEO Shawn Errunza. Jintronix tackles all of the issues of Stroke patients by providing patients with fun, “gamified” exercises that accelerate recovery and increase adherence. In addition, Jintronix gives patients immediate feedback, which ensures that they perform their movements correctly. This is critical when the patient ...

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Summer break is just around the corner! And many parents struggle to come up with ways to keep their kids learning and engaged with fun activities throughout the summer months. Microsoft has now offered an help to all such parents by announcing several programs, classes and opportunities to continue the learning and fun after the schools get over this season. As part of Microsoft YouthSpark program, Microsoft is organizing YouthSpark Summer Camps for kids at your local Microsoft retail store. These camps include activities such as Smart Game Coding and Smart Game Designing where students will learn how to build, publish and bring mobile games to life. In addition, Smart Movie Making and Smart Photo Taking offers students a chance to produce and design movies and images. Calling all campers Registration is open for free weekly in-store camps. Camps are broken up into two age groups for Jr. Designers (recommended for ages 8-10) ...

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