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Earlier this week, Microsoft rolled out updates to the Bing for Android app that includes a new streamlined look and feel, improved performance, support for Bing Rewards and more. Also, the performance of the app has been improved. More immersive search results pages New built-in full screen browser Added controls to search in specific countries Refreshed interface The changes are more than just cosmetic, we have optimized for performance. You will now notice that the app is markedly faster than the previous version. For Bing Rewards fans, we have included a way to track your points natively within the app so you can keep tabs on your progress. With last week’s roll out of Bing for Schools this is another great way to help your favorite school earn Surfaces. Download the app from Google Play Store. ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming Xbox One system update that will roll out for folks in the early access program beginning this week. This update will be rolled out to other users in May. This update include a new sound mixer for snapped apps, chat volume controls when using Kinect and the option to help us improve speech recognition. Sound Mixer for Apps with Snap and Volume Controls When Using Kinect with Chat We’ve received great feedback from fans asking for more control over audio levels and background sound. As a result, under Settings we’ve added two new features for controlling your audio options. With the new Sound mixer, you’ll be able to control the volume levels of two apps when you’re using Snap letting you decide which app is louder. In this same section, you’ll also be able to control the volume levels when you’re using Kinect for chat. ...

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OpenTable app allows you book a table at more than 20,000 restaurants in the US, Canada and Mexico. You can choose a date, time, and party size to see all available tables in real time and tap the table you want and the reservation is yours. The app got updated to v2.0 in Windows Store with new features such as in-app restaurant menus and verified diner reviews and more. Find the full list of changes below. New in 2.0 for Windows 8.1: Restaurant menus and verified diner reviews are now viewable directly within the app! Resizable windows Search on Canvas for quick access to restaurants More live tile sizes Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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CDI College, one of Canada’s leading career training institutions, will provide more than 5,800 Surface 2 devices to students by the end of this summer. Surface 2 will act as one of the primary tools students and faculty will use to facilitate the educational experience across all of its campuses. “The experience students receive with the enterprise-quality technology of the Surface devices and Microsoft productivity tools help us achieve our goal of preparing them with the skills and experiences they need to succeed in their career now and 20 years from now,” said Dr. Bohdan Bilan, vice president of Academics and Regulatory Affairs at CDI College. “We need to provide students with the tools they will use when they graduate and the skills that will translate in the future as technology continues to evolve, so the Surface 2 and Microsoft software was perfect for us.” The inclusion of Office 2013 ...

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Microsoft Store is now running a great deal on a HP touch laptop. The device named HP ENVY TouchSmart 15-j152nr Touchscreen Notebook comes with great build quality, latest Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of memory for great performance and full HD screen for enjoying content. The device which costs $799 usually can be now bought for $599 from Microsoft Store. Use the promo code ‘GRADUATION’ during check out for buying this laptop under the great price. Key specs: Display: 15.6 in Full HD BrightView LED-backlit (1920 x 1080), 10-finger multi-touch support Processor: Intel Core i5-4200M 2.50 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.10 GHz Memory: 8GB DDR3L 1600 MHz Hard drive size: 750GB 5400 RPM HDD Audio: Beats Audio quad speakers and two subwoofers. Battery: 6-cell lithium-ion (up to 5 hours, 45 minutes)* Camera: HP TrueVision Full HD webcam Ports: 4 USB 3.0 (1 supporting USB Boost) Security: ...

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A class action complaint was filed against Google yesterday for using secret deals by exploiting their Android monopoly by forcing smartphone OEMs such as Samsung and others to make Google search engine the default choice on their mobile devices. The lawsuit claims that this move by Google harms consumers by making the devices cost more. Because, Apple receives over billion dollar from Google for making Google as the default search engine. If any Android OEM wants to make similar deal with Microsoft or Yahoo for making default search engine, they will lose access to Google Apps and Google Play Store in Android. Under the secret MADA’s, device makers must allegedly include all of the following applications: Set-up Wizard, Google Phone-top Search, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, YouTube, Google Maps for Mobile, Google Street View, Contact Sync, Android Market Client (not products downloaded from Android Market), Google Voice Search, and Network Location ...

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Net Applications today released their latest worldwide browser marker share for April. Internet Explorer market share is down 0.08%, from 57.96 percent to 57.88 percent. Among the Internet Explorer versions, IE11 showed a strong growth by increasing by 0.9% from 15.71 percent to 16.61 percent. Internet Explorer 8 remains the most popular browser in the market with about 20.85% market share. Developer’s nightmare IE6 is now at 3.73%, we expect the number to go down in the coming months as Microsoft has ended the support for Windows XP in which it was the default browser. Among other browsers, Google Chrome gained 0.4% to grab 17.92% of the browser market while Firefox lost few percentage to now hold 17% of the market. Read more about it from the links below. via: TNW Source: Net Applications ...

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Microsoft today announced the acquisition of GreenButton, a New Zealand based Cloud focused startup. GreenButton is a leading provider of integrated on-demand solutions that allow customers to manage compute-intensive workloads in the cloud. Using GreenButton’s solutions, applications can be cloud-enabled quickly without recoding existing software. This will help enterprise customers in processing massive amounts of information and running compute-intensive simulations with ease. GreenButton solutions won’t be available for customers after this deal, instead Microsoft is working in integrating this into Microsoft Azure platform. . As a result of today’s acquisition, we’ll be working to integrate those solutions with the Microsoft Azure platform, enabling customers to simply and easily solve complex problems, get more from their data and drive their business forward. Our work integrating GreenButton’s leading technology with the enterprise-grade scale and global reach of Azure starts today, as we welcome the New Zealand-based team to the Azure family. As a result, the ...

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Along with the major update for OneNote for iPhone, Microsoft also announced a significant update to the OneNote for Mac. Some of the great new features are the ability to print the notes, save notes as PDF, copy and paste formatted content, drag and drop pictures and more. Print notes: You can now print out your lecture notes, travel itineraries or recipes by simply navigating to the page of your choice and bringing up the standard system print dialog from the menu. In addition, you can save the page as a PDF file through the Print dialog. Drag and drop images: Yes, this is as easy as it sounds! If you are browsing the web for ideas for a remodeling project and find some pictures you want to capture, you can easily drag and drop those into OneNote. If you have an album on your local machine, you can simply ...

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Microsoft today released a major update for OneNote app for iPhone devices. The app design has been completely revamped to match the iOS 7 design principles, and it looks great. Microsoft has also added support for Office Lens which allows you to scan documents, whiteboards to your OneNote. Also, they have now added the ability to create new notebooks and sections from iPhone. Apart from this, they have also made some great performance improvements to the app. This update untethers OneNote for iPhone from the desktop with the ability to create new notebooks and sections. This means that you can now create a new notebook, share it with others, and get on the same page–all from the convenience of an iPhone. We’ve built Office Lens into OneNote for iPhone. Similar to Office Lens on OneNote for iPad, this popular feature turns your iPhone into a pocket scanner so you can use it to take ...

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IDC today released worldwide tablet plus 2-in-1 shipments number. Total shipment is now down to 50.4 million units in the Q1 2014, this is decline of -35.7% from the holiday quarter and just 3.9% growth over the same period a year ago. IDC expects even more challenging year ahead for this category. So, What’s going wrong for tablets? There are two main factors. First, there is a huge rise in Phablet form factor which serves both as a phone and tablet to users. Second, the upgrade cycle for tablet owners are longer than expected. Tom Mainelli, IDC Program Vice President, Devices and Displays said, “In addition, commercial growth has not been robust enough to offset the slowing of consumer shipments.” Apple maintained its lead in the worldwide tablet plus 2-in-1 market, shipping 16.4 million units. That’s down from 26.0 million units in the previous quarter and well below its total ...

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With the Nokia/Microsoft deal officially closed last week on April 25, Stephen Elop has made his triumphant return to Microsoft. Elop is now the executive vice president (EVP) of the Microsoft Devices Group overseeing an expanded devices business that includes Lumia smartphones and tablets, Nokia mobile phones, Xbox hardware, Surface, Perceptive Pixel products, and accessories. Stephen Elop was paid 24.2 million euros ($33.4 million) in cash and shares after he left Nokia, thanks to rising Nokia share prices, he got more than what he was entitled to get. Elop himself is returning to the software giant after the deal closed on Friday, and based on Nokia’s share price in September he had been in line to get around 18.8 million euros for the early termination of his contract. Elop, whose severance payment includes just over 4 million euros in cash, stood down as Nokia chief executive in September and led the phone unit ...

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  For all qualifying Xbox Live Gold members, Microsoft is giving away two free Xbox 360 games each month for the rest of the year as part of Games with Gold program. Each game will be available to download only for a limited time, so grab them before they’re gone and keep them no matter what. This month, the following games will be available for free.   “Saints Row: The Third” ($19.99 ERP): Available from May 16-31 - And of course, if you’re in for something a little bit grittier, Volition’s critically acclaimed “Saints Row: The Third” might be just the kind of raw, hilarious, and over-the-top open-world adventure you need, when it blows into town (or at least, Games with Gold) on May 16. As the leader of the Third Street Saints, it’s up to you to lead your gang to victory in the crime-ridden city of Steelport, get rich, ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are bringing improvements to Bing Smart Search in Windows 8.1 devices. Bing Smart Search allows you to swipe or type from the start screen to find what you need – whether it’s a document on your PC, a photo album in the cloud, your favorite app, or a website. Today, Microsoft is adding natural language capabilities to this search experience. For example, when you search for ‘install a printer’, you will have related Device Settings in the search results. Search More Naturally Have you ever tried to get something done on your device but you weren’t exactly sure what you were looking for? For instance, how do I take a screenshot or how do set-up a printer? Based on the most common tasks people perform on Windows 8, we are taking steps to allow Smart Search to showcase results based on natural language understanding. Now ...

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World Wrestling Entertainment network today announced the availability of WWE app for Xbox One system. It allows users to enjoy WWE content through special subscription. STAMFORD, Conn., April 30, 2014 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced that WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 streaming network, is now available on the Xbox One® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Available for only $9.99 a month – with a six month commitment – fans can subscribe to WWE Network at WWE.com, download the WWE Network app on Xbox One*, sign in to their WWE Network account and instantly have access to live and scheduled WWE programming, all 12 live WWE pay-per-view events including Extreme Rules this Sunday at 8 pm ET, as well as the most comprehensive video-on-demand library. In addition to Xbox One and Xbox 360®, WWE Network is available on connected devices including Apple TV, Roku streaming devices, Sony PlayStation® ...

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Yesterday, Apple announced a small upgrade for their MacBook Air lineup and announced $100 price cut for all their models. Especially, MacBook Air 11 now starts at $899 as opposed to $999. There were lots of coverage in the press yesterday citing that MacBook Air 11 offers best value for money. Today, Microsoft Store has reduced the price of HP Pavilion 11, a 2-in-1 Windows device that directly competes with MacBook Air 11. HP Pavilion 11 which was selling for $799 is now on sale for just $599. How about specs? It offers almost the same specs as the new MacBook Air. Compare them below, While MacBook Air 11 is just a conventional laptop, HP Pavilion 11 is a 2-in-1 Windows PC that you can use either as tablet or a laptop. Its magnetic hinge lets you easily attach and detach your tablet to and from its keyboard dock in ...

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