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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

At IFA today, Sony announced their competitor to Microsoft Surface called VAIO Tap 11. This 11-inch device comes with a kickstand similar to Surface Pro, comes with latest Intel Core processor, 1,920 x 1,080 IPS touch display with support for pen and attachable keyboard. Read about it below. Available in both black and white options, the new VAIO Tap 11 Tablet PC is the world’s thinnest (0.39″) Windows 8 Tablet PC with Intel® Core™ Processor family. * Featuring an aluminum magnetic full pitch keyboard/cover with a touch pad, users can be as productive as they are on a traditional notebook PC. In addition, the keyboard uses magnets to easily attach to the display when it is not being used, providing a cover and charging the keyboard in this position. VAIO Tap 11 models are also equipped with fourth generation Intel Core processors with up to Core i7 and Solid State Drives for ...

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Lenovo yesterday announced five new ThinkPads which includes T440s, T440 and X240 Ultrabooks and business focused S440 and the S540. These new devices includes latest Intel Haswell processors, optional full HD display, updated touchpads which supports Windows 8 gestures, long battery life upto 17 hours, new Power Bridge technology and more. Read full press release below. BERLIN, GERMANY. – September 3rd, 2013: Lenovo today announced new thinner and lighter additions to the ThinkPad portfolio. The ThinkPad T440s, T440 and X240 Ultrabook laptops demonstrate a deliberate and purposeful look and feel. The new modern design of the ThinkPad laptops delivers the performance users expect in business while eliciting the excitement and appeal of a consumer designed laptop. This includes 20 percent thinner form factors, a variety of panel options and up to 45 percent larger trackpads with improved click functionality supporting Windows 8 gestures. These new laptops deliver all day battery ...

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While there are many positives and negatives one can list out for the announced Microsoft-Nokia deal, I have only one concern. The marketing team at Microsoft is completely different from the marketing team at Nokia. You can just tell the difference by observing them from the recent campaigns. Nokia’s marketing is always bold, straight-forward and nowadays takes on its competition directly and in-directly through various forms of marketing activities. It worked most of the time for Nokia and I fear Microsoft could change this. In his letter to Microsoft, Steve Ballmer revealed that Microsoft is planning to integrate global marketing under Tami Reller and Mark Penn. We are planning to integrate all global marketing under Tami Reller and Mark Penn. It is very important that we pursue a unified brand and advertising strategy as soon as possible. I don’t think Microsoft’s unified marketing strategy will work the way they expect. Marketing ...

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Microsoft today posted the full transcript of the webcast in which Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Terry Myerson, Stephen Elop and others discuss Nokia/Microsoft deal and answers questions from analysts. Here is the full transcript of Q&A. STEVE BALLMER: Fantastic. Chris, I think that pretty much wraps up and we would love a chance to take some questions. OPERATOR: Walter Pritchard, Citigroup, your line is open. WALTER PRITCHARD: Great. Thanks for taking the question. Steve Ballmer, on the tablet side, obviously, we could say many of the same things as you’ve put into this slide deck as rationale for doing an acquisition on the phone side as we could say about the tablet side including picking up more gross margin. I’m wondering how this transaction impacts the strategy going forward in tablets and whether or not you need to, in a sense, double down further on first-party hardware in the tablet ...

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  Microsoft yesterday announced that they are acquiring Nokia’s Devices and Services division for about $7.1 Billion. While Microsoft has revealed almost all the information on what the deal with Nokia is and how they will approach it, we are yet to know the changes inside Microsoft after the Nokia deal. The biggest question I have in mind is about the future of Surface brand and the team. The History Of Surface: Microsoft created the Surface brand and released their first device Windows RT back in November in an effort to showcase Windows 8. After three months, they released Surface Pro device running full versions of Windows 8 focusing on enterprise users. During last financial quarter, Microsoft announced a $900 million write off due to unsold inventory. Microsoft has just started expanding the availability of Surface devices to over dozen countries through partner retailers. They just started limited channel availability  of Surface ...

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Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox One will support up to 8 controllers at once. This is a great news for the upcoming Xbox One customers. While Sony usually one ups Microsoft’s numbers regarding Xbox One, unfortunately this time they revealed that PS4 will only support upto 4 controller at once. Features: The greatest gamepad – now even better The Xbox One Wireless Controller features over 40 improvements to the award-winning Xbox 360 Wireless Controller. More immersive Feel the action like never before with Impulse Triggers. New vibration motors in the triggers provide precise fingertip feedback bringing weapons, crashes, and jolts to life for a whole new level of gaming realism.* New expansion port with high speed data transfer enables clearer chat audio when using a compatible headset.** More precise Newly designed D-pad is responsive to both sweeping and directional movements. Thumbstick improvements enable better grip and accuracy. Trigger and bumpers are ...

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Microsoft showed off its ESPN and the NFL apps for Xbox One to the media recently. These apps are designed similar to the existing ESPN Xbox 360 app with few changes and features that take advantage of Xbox One platform. Microsoft also announced NFL.com Fantasy Football on Xbox 360, Windows 8 and Windows Phone which are available for download today. The NFL on Xbox One and Surface Tailored for you, the NFL on Xbox One will deliver the best of the NFL, in a way that will completely reimagine the way you experience football from the comfort of your home. Only Xbox One can bring interactivity to live games, stats, scores, highlights and your NFL.com Fantasy Football team all together on the best screen in the house – your TV. Xbox One will personalize your NFL experience, for your team, with the best content the NFL has to offer including ...

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Sony has recently confirmed that their PlayStation 4 console will support Xbox-Kinect style voice recognition through their PlayStation Camera. Sony said that they will share more details on this shortly.  PS Camera is expected to support navigational voice commands to facial recognition similar to Kinect. We are yet to see all these in action from Sony.   While Microsoft has decided to bunde the new Kinect with the Xbox One for £429, Sony is going to sell the device separately for £55 to reduce the price of the £349 console.     Source: Eurogamers ...

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  Microsoft has revamped their Xbox Live Rewards program. With Xbox Live Rewards, it’s easy to get rewarded for being loyal to Xbox Live. The more you use Xbox Live services, the more rewards you get. You get rewards for playing games, watching movies and more. For example, renewing your Xbox Live Gold membership  gets you 3,000 Rewards Credits, take monthly surveys (250 Credits) and more.  Complete a Punchcard: With MyPunchcard, you have access to big rewards with a mighty punch. Track your progress here, complete exclusive offers, and earn Rewards Credits. New Punchcards are always popping up, so check back often to see if you can complete them all! More details can be found here. ...

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We heard about Microsoft’s IllumiRoom project back at CES and since then there were reports that Microsoft is planning to release it as a consumer device as part of Xbox offering in 2014. Speaking to Ausgamer, Albert Penello, head of product planning for Xbox One revealed that IllumiRoom is not coming anytime soon. “I wouldn’t expect you’ll see that,” Penello said. “It’s very, very cool tech but it’s, like, for a consumer, it requires projectors and things. It’s really super-neat if you’re in the lab and you’ve got Microsoft money and you could totally set up this awesome lab, but… we looked at it, but for an average customer it’s, like, thousands of dollars [for the set up].” Some info about IllumiRoom, IllumiRoom uses a Kinect for Windows camera and a projector to blur the lines between on-screen content and the environment we live in allowing us to combine our ...

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Acer today announced updated Aspire R7 notebook with latest Intel Hasewell processors and Active Pen support. They are also updating Aspire E series notebook with 10 point touch screen support and more. Read about it in detail below. BERLIN, Sept. 2, 2013 – Acer today announced its award-winning Aspire R7 notebook now includes the latest 4th generation Intel processor and an Acer Active Pen to further redefine the notebook touch experience. Designed to provide the best environment for both touch and typing, the R7 features a repositioned keyboard and high-definition touchscreen mounted on a revolutionary “Ezel hinge” that allows it to flip, reverse, lie flat or float. Unveiled in May, the Aspire R7 has won several awards for its revolutionary design, including the best Choice Award at Computex 2013, the Red Dot Award for product design, and the Computex d&i Award. Acer also unveiled additional trendy colours for the Aspire ...

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Microsoft announced the Independent Developers @ Xbox Program which allows independent developers to publish games for Xbox One. First, you have to apply for the developer program, once the application is approved, Microsoft will offer developers free development kits and access to its Xbox One toolset which includes Kinect, Cloud, etc. There is no developer application fees as well. After becoming ”registered Xbox One developers,” , developers will be able to do self-publishing of games on Microsoft’s Xbox One. Developer can also take advantage of Xbox Live features like Achievements, Online multiplayer, SmartGlass, Kinect, etc,. Microsoft portfolio director for digital games Chris Charla when speaking to Joystiq at PAX Prime revealed that ID @ Xbox program will support every other business model that any other Xbox One game will have such as indie games with premium pricing, micro-transactions or free-to-play models Independent developers are free to utilize “every business model ...

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According to Netmarketshare’s numbers, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser gained market share in August hitting a two-year high of 57.6 percent. Google Chrome lost the most among the major browsers which saw its usage drop from 17.76 percent to 16 percent. I was surprised by the numbers when I saw it first, then came to know that Netmarketshare changed the way they measure their numbers this month. Ed Bott from ZDNet summarized it as follows, Net Applications recently changed its formula for measuring usage. In an undated note labeled “Important methodology change,” the company explains: This month we start deducting hidden pages from our usage share statistics. Hidden pages are pages that are rendered but never viewed by the user, therefore, they should not be included in usage share data. An example of a hidden page is a page that loads in a background tab upon the launch of the browser ...

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According to the latest report from Netmarketshare, Microsoft’s Windows 8 now holds 7.65 percent of worldwide desktop OS market share. This number suggests that Windows 8 now has more users worldwide than all versions of Mac OS X combined. Microsoft just started selling Windows 8 from last October and this number reveals that more than 100 million units of Windows 8 devices have been sold since then. Windows XP saw the biggest drop in terms of market share from 37.19 percent to 33.66 percent. Source: Netmarketshare ...

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Microsoft has finally renamed their Xbox Live Marketplace to Xbox Games Store. Microsoft begun aligning their Xbox services strategy few months back and since then they are making changes in branding, etc,. The newly changed Xbox Games Store brand is in line with the Xbox Music Store and Xbox Video Store. Rather than the old way downloading everything from Xbox Live Marketplace, the new Xbox Games Store will allow gamers to browse all titles, and either purchase or download them to their console. For videos, music, etc, you need to download from respective store. ...

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According to the latest report from Digitimes, Dell is working on a 8-inch Windows 8.1 device that will be released before end of this year. Dell is also working on a 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 device that will be either Intel Atom or Core i Series based device targeting mainly the enterprise market. As Microsoft is ready to release Windows 8.1 on October 18, Jeff Clarke, Dell’s vice chairman and president of Global Operations and End User Computing Solutions, has expressed his optimism about the operating system. Compared to Android and iOS, Windows’ security and management abilities will allow the OS to become the top pick of the enterprise PC industry, Clarke noted. Although Clarke has mentioned that Dell is planning to release several Windows-based tablets in the second half, he has not provided much detail for the related plans. Are you looking for the device from Dell? Source: Digitimes http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20130829PD204.html   ...

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