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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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In U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Google is facing a privacy lawsuit for its data-mining practices of students email in its Google Apps for Education program. Even though the ads are not served for Google Apps for Education users, Google itself admitted that it scanned emails sent and received by students who attend schools that use Apps for Education. Google is using the data to build a profile that could be used for ad targeting outside Google Apps. The data-mining practices behind Google’s Gmail electronic-messaging service violate federal and state wiretap and privacy laws. Gmail is a key feature of Google Apps for Education, which has 30 million users worldwide and is provided by the company for free to thousands of educational institutions in the United States. Student-data-privacy experts contend that the latter claim is contradicted by Google’s own court filings in the California suit. They ...

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Microsoft Store is now offering great deals for Mother’s Day and Gifts for Grads. For example, you get free sleeve while buying Surface 2, you can get $100 off on all PCs ovr $599 and more. Below are a selection of offers running this week, click the respective offers below for Microsoft Store links. Mother’s Day: Great Moms deserve great gifts. Shop Mother’s Day Presents at Microsoft Store Graduation: Shop the Graduation Gift Guide At Microsoft Store. Great gift ideas for the Class of 2014. Great PCs for Graduates. Save $100 on all PCs over $599. Use Promo code GRADUATION at checkout Other Promotions: Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS Watch: Was $149.99, now only $89.99 at Microsoft Store Limited time offer: Buy Surface 2 and get a free bag or sleeve (up to $49.99 value) Shop great Xbox games at great prices Source: Microsoft ...

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Last week, Nate Silver posted a blog from the survey data collected from people in the US showing how much major US cities differ in terms of when they arrive at work. Inspired by this experiment, Microsoft Bing team today posted an infographic by using Bing usage as a proxy for when people get online, start work or otherwise wake up. Check out out below. How did we come up this? We calculated the time at which we receive 50% of daily peak traffic from each metro area in their local time zones. The 25 cities follow the same general curve across all seven days of the week. While the patterns are the same, we did see a 43 minute shift between the earliest risers and the late risers. Based on this, the metro area that wakes up earliest is San Francisco, reaching 50% of traffic at 6:43AM and on ...

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“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” game is now available on Xbox One and Xbox 360. The gameplay takes place outside the events of the second film in an original story where Spider-Man discovers a larger threat that has turned the underworld upside down. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game story: What started out as the search for a killer very quickly becomes something so much more. In a unique story set alongside the events of the second film, Spider-Man discovers he’s not the only one tracking down Manhattan’s criminals. The underworld has been turned upside down with a one-man campaign of violence and murder that has captured the city in an iron grip of fear. Villains from the film as well as fan-favorite, classic Marvel characters are woven together in a twisted web of adrenaline-fueled, free-roaming, web-slinging action that puts players on a collision course with an evil far beyond Spider-Man’s reckoning. ...

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Acer yesterday announced two new All-in-One Windows PCs. Both these PCs comes with wide angle viewing with 23-inch Full HD IPS displays, latest Intel processors, range of memory and storage options as well. The premium Aspire U5-620 boasts advanced video and audio communications certified by Skype, including a dual array microphone and 1080p webcam with a wide field of view. It also allows you to tap, swipe and pinch with fewer fingerprints anti-fingerprint coating. The mainstream Aspire Z3-615’s ergonomic display can be adjusted between -5 to 25 degrees and touts dynamic audio with Dolby® Digital Plus™ Home Theater®. Read the full press release below, Acer today unveiled two new all-in-one (AIO) desktop PCs with 23-inch Full HD IPS displays, delivering vibrant and clear wide angle viewing. The new AIOs include the Acer Aspire U5-620 for consumers desiring a premium PC to serve as the home’s digital entertainment hub and the ...

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Microsoft reported its latest financial quarter results last week and it was better than what many analysts expected. As Microsoft is transforming into a Devices and Services unit, the results of the newly formed Devices unit is an important one. As per the recent SEC filing by Microsoft, Microsoft is still losing money on every Surface device sold. The sales of the tablet has not hit the volume to make it profitable. For the quarter ended on March 31st, Microsoft lost about $45 million in Surface sales and about $300 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2014. Three months ended March 31, 2014 compared with three months ended March 31, 2013: Surface revenue was $494 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014. Surface revenue increased due to a higher number of units sold. Surface cost of revenue was $539 million for the three months ended March ...

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In an interview to GigaOM, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth praised Microsoft’s Cloud service Azure for treating Linux as a first class citizen in the product. Also, he pointed out that Microsoft Azure might be the service that might give Amazon Web Services a run for its money in the future. “I have never had an experience engaging with the Microsoft cloud guys where I felt that they saw Linux as a second-class citizen. I think they have an undeniable institutional prerogative to make Windows a great experience and to convince people that it’s going to be the right platform for themselves. But I think the Azure team saw straightforwardly that if they wanted people to trust them in moving their data centers into Microsoft’s data center, then they had to be able to move everything — and a lot of that was going to be Linux.” And, he added, “The ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are launching Xbox One in China in September. Thanks to the partnership with BesTV, Xbox One will also be the first system of its kind to launch in China. Launching Xbox One in China is a significant milestone both Microsoft and for the industry. Today marks a monumental day for Xbox, as together with our partner BesTV New Media Co., we announced we will bring Xbox One to China in September of this year. This is a historic moment in our partnership as we work toward the first official Xbox launch in China. Xbox One will also be the first system of its kind to launch in China. The culture of games and entertainment is rapidly growing in China, with nearly half a billion people playing games – roughly a third of the country’s population and more than the entire population of North America. The ...

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    Acer today announced Aspire E 14 and E 15 notebook series which comes in colorful notebooks to accentuate users’ personalities. These laptops offers outstanding productivity tools with 14- and 15.6-inch displays and options for 4th generation Intel Core processors, discrete graphics and up to 1 TB of storage and also come with precision Touchpad improves pinch to zoom, smoother scrolling and screen navigation experience. Another good this is the Skype Certified(1) voice over IP (VoIP) experience. Read the full press release. Acer today announces the Aspire E 14 and E 15 notebook series built with time-tested technologies ideal for users who require everyday productivity and infotainment at an affordable price. In addition, a variety of fashionable colors are available to accentuate users’ personalities. A complete range of viewing options is available to satisfy differing customer needs with the choice of Touch/Non-Touch, Full HD/HD, and glare or matte display. ...

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Just after a month of its release, Microsoft has updated Office for iPad apps today with several new features. One of the most requested feature by users since its release was printing support, Microsoft has added that now. Also, they have added Smart Guides in PowerPoint and more. Your top request is here! You can now print Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations to an AirPrintTM printer. In Word for iPad, you can choose to print a document with or without markup. In Excel, print a selected range, a single worksheet or an entire spreadsheet. Of course, you can select the pages or slides you want to print. SmartGuides in PowerPoint help you align pictures, shapes, and textboxes as you move them around on a slide. With very little effort, your presentations will look beautifully designed. AutoFit in Excel now lets you adjust the width of multiple rows or ...

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