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If you are among the people who face battery draining issue on Surface RT devices running Windows 8.1 preview, there is a temporary workaround to fix it. The solution is strange but according to lots of people, it works! “Do you have your Bluetooth radio turned off, e.g. through airplane mode? If so, please turn it on as a workaround. Swipe in from right to bring in charms bar, tap on Settings and then on Change PC Settings at the bottom. Subsequent steps to get to the switch to enable Bluetooth: Change PC Settings > PC and Devices > Bluetooth,” Microsoft is already aware of the bug and should be working on an actual fix. For now, you can use the above method to save power. via: Winbeta.org ...

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Microsoft Surface RT devices does not support External Ethernet so far and there were some workarounds to make it work. But even those solutions are not working right now. According to ZDNet, Microsoft is working on bringing  External Ethernet support to Surface RT devices. Also Microsoft is working with hardware partners to make external Ethernet dongles that support Connected Standby, the Windows 8 feature that provides instant-on/off whenever network connections are available. Another related news about Surface RT is that Microsoft has extended the discounted Surface RT availability program for qualifying education institutions till end of September. “In June, we announced a one-time offer for Surface RT that starts at $199 for qualifying education institutions, valid for all K-12 and universities purchasing from Microsoft. Thanks to great customer interest, we are thrilled to share that this special offer to education institutions will continue until the end of September. Microsoft has a ...

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Microsoft Xbox team today updated their video app for Windows 8.1 preview devices. The previous update for Xbox Video app brought in some under the hood improvements and the ability to download videos while using other apps. This update brings a new darker look to the app, making it look inline with the upcoming Xbox One console UI. There are no other significant changes spotted in this update. Download it here from Windows Store for free. via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced their partnership with 500px to showcase great photography on Bing.  500px which is a leading photo sharing platform for aspiring and professional photographers will bring even more of the world’s great imagery to Bing’c iconic home page. In the coming months, we will highlight select images from over 2.5 million members of the 500px community thru selected parts of the Bing.com experience. As a passionate photographer myself, I am particularly excited about the platform and exposure this will provide to photographers around the world. In the meantime, go check out 500px or Bing.com. Stay tuned for further details and of course, more world class images on Bing. Source: Bing ...

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MSI today announced an impressive gaming laptop called GS70 which has latest specs and also features thin and light profile. Read all about it below. Introducing the world’s thinnest and lightest 17-inch gaming laptop featuring Intel® Haswell processor, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX and dual fan thermal control City of Industry, Calif. – August 5, 2013 – MSI Computer Corp, leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, unveils the GS70, the world’s thinnest and lightest 17-inch portable gaming powerhouse designed to fuse the power needed to tackle the most demanding games with the portability required to take battles on the road. The answer to portable gaming players, the GS70 features a lethal arsenal of cutting-edge components, including the latest 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 765M, Killer™ DoubleShot and a SteelSeries full color backlit keyboard with Anti-Ghosting keys. In addition, it showcases MSI’s latest ultra-thin and light brush ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of both Surface RT and Surface Pro devices in Taiwan. Even though Taiwan’s Pegatron makes Surface tablets for all parts of the world, their home country got Surface devices nearly after 9 months of the launch. According to Neowin, the new reduced price of Surface Pro is also live in Taiwan for a limited period. Sales of the tablets began at noon Sunday, when 100 Tsann Kuen Enterprise and Fayaque electronic stores became the first outlets to officially sell the Surface RT and Surface Pro in the country. The Surface Pro will feature a reduced price until Aug. 29, when Microsoft plans to end its temporary price cut; Taiwanese customers will pay the equivalent of about $100 less for the tablet until that time. Source: Microsoft via: Neowin ...

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Acer Iconia W3, the first 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet is now available starting from just $299. The price of 32GB model has been reduced to $299 from $379 and the 64GB model now costs just $349. Key specs: 8.1″ 1280 x 800 resolution, high-brightness (300-nit): with integrated 5-Point multi-touch screen, supporting finger touch and image auto rotation Windows 8 Intel® Atom™ Dual-Core Processor Z2760 1.5GHz with Intel® Burst Technology up to 1.8GHz 2048MB of LPDDR2 800 MHz Onboard memory chip support Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator with 64MB of dedicated system memory 32GB Internal Storage High-definition audio support Two Built-in Stereo Speakers Integrated Digital Microphone 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless Bluetooth® 4.0 + EDR 1- Micro USB 2.0 Port 1 – Micro-HDMI™ with HDCP support MicroSD memory slot up to 32GB(SDHC 2.0 compatible) 2MP Rear-Facing Camera 2MP Front-Facing Camera Sensors:Gyroscope, E-Compass, G-Sensor, Ambient light sensor 2-Cell Li-Polymer Battery Source: Amazon, Microsoft Store.     ...

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Samsung Ativ Tab 3 is now available on Amazon at a price of $559. Ativ Tab 3 runs on full Windows 8 with 10.1 inches multi-touch HD-ready display. It also comes with 64GB built-in memory and weighs just 1.3 pounds. Now it’s even easier to enjoy full PC capability wherever you go. The streamlined ATIV Tab 3 is so thin and light you’ll stay ultra-productive and entertained 24/7. And with enhanced sync and sharing capabilities, you can bring content from other devices with you no matter where you go. Key specs: Screen Size 10.1 inches Screen Resolution 1366 x 768 Max Screen Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels Processor 1.8 GHz Atom Z670 RAM 2 GB DDR3 Memory Speed 800 MHz Graphics Coprocessor Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Chipset Brand Intel Wireless Type 802.11bgn Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1 Source: Amazon ...

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Following the price cuts for Surface RT devices by $150 per unit, Microsoft has also reduced the price of Surface Pro devices by $100 today. The discounted price is now live in Microsoft Store online. Surface Pro unit with 128GB now costs $899.00, $100 down from the original price of $999. Also the Surface Pro Bundle which includes Office Home and Student 2013, Complete for Surface Pro 2-year warranty, Type Cover, INCIPIO Surface Sleeve, and Surface Pro Screen Protector now costs just $309.99 down from the original price of $478.96. Source: Microsoft ...

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At  Blackhat 2013 conference, Microsoft discussed about improved security capabilities in Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 now features the ability to enable devices to be fully locked down by IT, remote security options for BYOD devices and more. Group Program Manager for Windows Security & Identity summarized the whole thing as below. #1 Trustworthy Hardware Trusted hardware is a key investment area for Microsoft in Windows 8.1. Often in a BYOD scenario, if an employee buys a new computer, it can be hit-or-miss as to whether the device will have all the tools baked in that an IT department needs to make sure any data on that device is secure. With Windows 8.1 we take away the guesswork. The Trusted Platform Module: TPM is a hardware security device or chip that provides a number of crypto functions, including securely storing keys and performing cryptographic measurements. It’s a great tool for the enterprise, ...

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  Microsoft Skype yesterday announced the free WiFi availability for Skype Premium users in over 1 million hotspots around the world. If you are a frequent traveler, then this is a great deal for you. Read more about it below. It doesn’t have to be this way. With Skype WiFi, you can buy just as much WiFi as you need. You don’t have to drag out your credit cards when you’re on the move, you can just pay for it right out of your Skype Credit. Plus, it’s available at over 1 million hotspots worldwide.** But it gets even better. Throughout the month of August, if you’re a Skype Premium subscriber, you get Skype WiFi for free! If you’re headed to the beach or have a business trip, you can email, check the news, make your family jealous with awesome vacation photos, laugh at LOLcats, and yes, even chat on Skype ...

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A patent about head-mounted display for multi-player gaming from Microsoft went public today. This is not so surprising as we already know that Microsoft is working on similar glass display system. An internal document on Microsoft Xbox which got leaked last year revealed that Microsoft is planning to release some fortaleza glasses in 2014. I think this patent might be related to that Fortaleza glasses. These Fortaleza glasses will also have 4G/LTE connectivity as well. Abstract: A system and related methods for inviting a potential player to participate in a multiplayer game via a user head-mounted display device are provided. In one example, a potential player invitation program receives user voice data and determines that the user voice data is an invitation to participate in a multiplayer game. The program receives eye-tracking information, depth information, facial recognition information, potential player head-mounted display device information, and/or potential player voice data. The program associates ...

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Microsoft Security Research & Defense blog today revealed about the new Xbox Live Avatar awards for security experts. These custom Xbox Live avatar items will be awarded to anyone who completes any track of the BlueHat Challenge. You can win all three avatar items “hacker” T-shirt, “MSRC” T-shirt, “hacker” blue hat. The challenges are all about fun and trying new things. To sign up for any of the three tracks (reverse engineering, vulnerability discovery, design-level web browser manipulation tricks), just email us at bhchall@microsoft.com. In the subject line or in the body of the message, include either [reverse], [vulns], or [web] (or click on any of those three links). Signing up for any of the three tracks will also include instructions on participating in all tracks so you can send just one email to get started. The Challenge is designed to appeal to a wide range of people, so if the first ...

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Xbox VP Marc Whitten today revealed some information about the progress in Xbox One development during Major Nelson’s this week podcast. He revealed that Microsoft has begun the internal beta for Xbox One console. And Xbox One’s GPU clock speed was increased from 800MHz to 853MHz. And Microsoft has released its “mono driver” to developers, these mono drive is a DirectX graphics driver “100% optimized for Xbox One” that will allow game developers to build games with great performance taking advantage of the underlying hardware. Microsoft is planning to reveal more information about Xbox One at Gamescom in the coming weeks. Source: Major Nelson ...

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The official Twitter app for Windows 8/RT devices got updated with many new features. The first important feature is that Twitter has added the ability for you to sign-in with multiple accounts. They have also added the ability to pin lists and user profiles to your Start screen. Twitter had also added list support where by navigating to a person’s profile (or your own), you can view lists. To add a new account, just swipe from the top or bottom (or right-click) to bring up the app commands and click the people icon that will be at the top right. You will then see the “plus” button at the top right allowing you to add additional accounts. You will also see “x” buttons appear next to already added accounts letting you quickly delete the accounts you don’t want. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Update: Microsoft will be forced to rename SkyDrive worldwide. Microsoft has reached a settlement with BSkyB over the SkyDrive trademark dispute.  Most likely the SkyDrive name will have to be changed in all of Europe.  Here is what Omar Shahine, Group Program Manager of SkyDrive, said on the issue just yesterday: Mona and I work on the engineering team, so we’re not really equipped to answer this question. We want to deliver a killer experience, and unfortunately we don’t have any additional info at this time. British Sky Broadcasting and Microsoft Reach Settlement in Trade Mark Case Sky allows Microsoft temporary use of SkyDrive name during transition period following trade mark infringement judgement – while Microsoft agree to forego planned appeal British Sky Broadcasting Group plc (“Sky”) and Microsoft Corporation (“Microsoft”) have today announced the settlement of trade mark infringement proceedings in the European Union brought by Sky against Microsoft ...

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