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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

LeanBox is a convenient, grab and go vending machine for your workplace. They offer meals, lunches, snacks and functional beverages for working people. This vending machine from one of the newest startups offers healthy, fresh food items (many of which come from local startups themselves) available in under a minute. Leanbox makes use of Microsoft Surface as their point of sale device in all their vending machines. LeanBox utilizes the Microsoft Surface tablet for their front facing point of sale.  Coakley explains that it gives the customer a nice, clean, easy checkout and gives them the full Windows backbone needed for their robust back end inventory system. Their software stack optimizes the classic Microsoft components – SQL, .NET and ASP.Net for a dependable consumer platform. Read more from Microsoft. ...

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Yesterday, we reported about few details on the upcoming Surface Mini device that Microsoft will reveal at the event on May 20th. The Surface Mini is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, differing from the Surface 2 which is based on the NVIDIA Tegra processor. It is likely other specifications will match with the Surface 2 and the Surface Mini will come in 32GB/64GB variants and with 2GB RAM. No built in Kickstand An accessory cover will work as a kickstand Likely to be available in Silver, similar to the Surface 2 ARM based device (Windows RT) Ships in June 7.5-inch device 1440 x 1080 display 4:3 aspect ratio similar to iPad (unlike 16:9 Surface & Surface Pro) Active Pen support (similar to Surface Pro) Ships by end of June Now, Bloomberg reports that Microsoft will also reveal an Intel based Surface device at the same event. Microsoft will unveil ...

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Microsoft India yesterday launched the Office 365 Personal subscription service in India. The subscription service is priced at Rs 330 a month or Rs 3,299 a year. An Office 365 Personal subscription allows for one PC or Mac, and one tablet (including iPad) to be connected to the service, and is the best option for individuals interested in using Office 365. Office 365 Personal allows users to connect up to two home devices to the service as opposed to 5 in Office 365 Home subscription. Commenting on the launch of Office 365 Personal, Ram Kumar Pichai, General Manager, Microsoft Office Division said, “More and more consumers today are looking for a home productivity suite which will allow them to move between devices and have constant access to important documents online. Office 365 Personal will address the needs of all these consumers.” Office 365 Personal is available for sale beginning this ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft released updates to their Bing suite in Windows Store. About 6 Bing apps got updated and unfortunately all of them seems to be minor updates. There are no change log in the Store listings and no new features were spotted. It must be a bug fix release. You can find the updates in Windows Store. Bing Weather - The Weather app, powered by Bing, helps you prepare for the latest conditions with hourly, daily and 10-day forecasts. Designed for Windows, featuring beautiful weather images, the Weather app puts control at your fingertips. Compare weather from multiple providers, check radar maps and view historical weather. Get current weather information for your location and for the other places you care about, like a family member’s city or your next vacation destination. Bing Sports - The Bing Sports app, powered by Bing, makes it easy for you to keep up with ...

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  Microsoft Research head Peter Lee spoke to Digital Trends and he discussed about the ongoing projects at MSR, people’s perception about Google X and more. Microsoft Research has 1,100 computer scientists, researchers, and engineers in labs all around the world and combining them with over 1,200 PhD student interns every year, it is one of the largest research organization in the world. When Peter was asked whether he is frustrated by the tech press focusing on Google X than MSR’s work, “Frustrating is not quite the right word,” Lee told Digital Trends, in an interview ahead of the ribbon-cutting ceremony for MSR’s New York City office. “I like Google X. The people there are good friends of mine. Astro [Teller, “Captain of Moonshots” with Google X] took classes from me at Carnegie Mellon, he’s a great guy doing great stuff. But the missions are different. We want to make things better and ship them. ...

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Along with the release of Windows Phone version, Microsoft has also released the new Xbox LIVE enabled Wordament Snap Attack game in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. Description: Wordament Snap Attack® is a brand-new, fast-paced word-building tournament that challenges your brain in 2 1/2-minute rounds. Players from around the world compete on the same board, using the same clock, making as many Snaps as possible. At the end of each round, a real-time leaderboard shows how all participants ranked by score. In Wordament Snap Attack, score points by building words with colored movable letter tiles that connect to fixed black letter tiles on the game board. Snaps are valid words that can be read from left to right or top to bottom. The more tiles a Snap includes, the more points it’s worth. Wordament Snap Attack tracks your progress by maintaining rich statistics about your gameplay, including your best ...

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Microsoft today released a minor update for Skype app in Windows Store. This updated app v2.8.0.1001 now includes a neat feature where the favorite contacts added are synced across devices. Also, your favorites and recent conversations take up less space so you easily see your entire contact list. What’s new: - Favorites sync across devices – You’ll have the same list of favorite contacts synced across all your devices Less scrolling – Your favorites and recent conversations take up less space so you easily see your entire contact list Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today launched the public preview of Office Mix, a new tool that will allow users to create interactive online lessons using PowerPoint. You can add whatever content you want into the Mix. Add audio and video of yourself giving your presentation, write on slides as you talk to them, insert quizzes, practice exercises, and more – all from within PowerPoint. You need Office 2013 and the free Office Mix add-in to do this. Features: Record. Write. Draw. Record audio or video of yourself giving a lecture. Write and draw directly in PowerPoint, just like you would on the whiteboard. Work in PowerPoint. Creating a mix is as simple as making a PowerPoint document. Just install our PowerPoint add-in, and then create lessons from your existing PowerPoint presentations or new ones. Save Time. Everything you need to create a mix is included in the PowerPoint add-in, so you don’t have ...

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If you are looking for a cheap 10-inch tablet that will also serve you for your productivity needs, here is the answer. The first generation Microsoft Surface 64GB model with Black Touch Cover is now available for just $299 from Microsoft Store. This is a 5 day sale from Microsoft Store. That’s $30 off of current discounted price – but a whopping $200 savings from original price of $499! Offer Starts today and ends 5/9, end of day 11:59 pm. Place the order for Microsoft Surface 64gb with black Touch Cover for on Microsoft Store for $329, use the Promo code AFF5DAY at checkout for the $299 deal price. You can order Surface 64GB Surface for $299 here. ...

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Microsoft Store is running a great limited time deal for graduates and students in the US on Surface 2 devices. They can get a $75 off on Surface 2, so you can now buy a Surface 2 device starting at $374. There is also another offer going on which can be combined with this $75 off promotion. You can buy Surface 2 and get a free bag or sleeve worth $49. For $374, you get the awesome Surface 2 32GB device along with a bad/sleeve of your choice. What a great deal! Find the offer link below. Order Surface 2 for $374 from Microsoft Store here. At less than 1.5 pounds and just 8.9 mm thick, Surface 2 lets you carry less while you do more. It runs Windows RT 8.1 and comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office 2013 RT, so you get Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote—right out of ...

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Microsoft has recently released a new promo video in the ‘Honestly’ series of ads. This ad features Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. It is a video to promote Surface Pro 2 and its features. Surface Pro 2 allows Russell enjoy games on the go, use OneNote to plan and schedule things, to Skype with children, and more. Microsoft is trying to project Surface Pro 2 as the 2-in-1 device that will serve both as a laptop and tablet. The New Windows: One experience for everything in your life. http://windows.com/honestly Find the Microsoft Store listings below, Surface Pro 2 64GB – $899 Surface Pro 2 128GB – $999 Surface Pro 2 256GB – $1299 Surface Pro 2 512GB – $1799 The Docking Station designed exclusively for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2. Docking Station – $199 ...

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As Google and Intel has some plans to announce regarding Chromebooks later today, Microsoft is looking to crash the party with a great deal for a Windows laptop. Microsoft Store is now offering a neat deal in which you can get an ASUS X200-MA touch laptop for only $199. You can take advantage of this offer at both online and in physical retail stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada. This Asus device offers much value than any Chromebook available in the market. For example, the recently announced Lenovo Chromebook N20P offers similar spec and with the exception of storage which is limited to 16GB for a price tag of $329. I guess this Asus machine offers lot more value to users than a Chromebook. Key Specs: 11.6 in HD LED-backlit (1366 x 768), 10-finger multi-touch support Intel Celeron N2815 1.86 GHz with Burst Performance Technology up to 2.13 ...

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Microsoft today sent out invites to the press for a Surface related event for May 20th. Microsoft has hinted that possibility of showing Surface mini by mentioning ‘small’ word in the invite. The event will kick-off at 11am EDT / 8AM PDT on May 20th. We have heard many rumors about the upcoming Surface Mini tablet from Microsoft. One of the main thing was, it will run on Qualcomm Snapdragon processor as opposed to Nvdia Tegra processor in Surface 2. Also, the device was rumored to have a 8-inch device. Another report claimed that the device will be marketed a “consumption-class” device that is also ideal for note taking. As with the current Surface 2, the Surface Mini is expected to ship with Office. The Surface Mini will also support an an active digitizer and theoretically could support a Wacom digitizer with the correct drivers. It may be a pen/stylus ...

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Watch the latest video at <a href=”http://video.foxbusiness.com”>video.foxbusiness.com</a> In an interview with FOX Business Network’s Liz Claman, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates spoke about their respective fields and some things which are in common. Bill Gates was asked by a student on whether Microsoft should spin off Bing and Xbox business to create more value to the shareholders. He replied that he don’t think Microsoft would do that. Because, Bing is becoming a fundamental technology platform that nowadays powers even Microsoft’s core business Office. He also pointed out that Microsoft has spin off companies that they think are not relevant to Microsoft’s vision, some of the examples are Expedia and Slate magazine. But the basic research and the stuff that goes into Bing simple makes it impossible for Microsoft to spin it off. Similarly in Xbox business, Microsoft is bringing the power of PC gaming to console and they are trying ...

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If you are a NFL fan, you will be eagerly waiting for 2014 NFL Draft hoping that maybe this season is your team’s year. If addition to the existing feature-packed NFL experience Xbox One offers to football fans, starting today, Xbox Gold members will be able to experience the 2014 NFL Draft with an all-new draft channel and all-new draft-related content. On Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 10, all Xbox Live Gold Members can get up close with the NFL Draft, by streaming the event live through the NFL app on Xbox One. The Draft Tracker can be snapped on your TV screen while you are watching something else with your family. The app works like you’d expect: The teams are listed in their draft order, with details on what kinds of players they still need. When they make a pick, the app updates instantly and shows who got ...

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At Retail Tech Japan 2014 show held in Tokyo, Microsoft showcased the products and solutions around Windows Embedded and Microsoft Azure that can offer great platform for POS, kiosks, vending machines and digital signage for retail. They also revealed a unique tablet POS for retail, created by Empathy Co. Ltd. and running on Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry. This Windows tablet can read NFC cards, magnetic credit cards, chip based cards, has Bluetooth integrated into it and when you combine it with the power of cloud through Windows Azure, it offers great experience for retailers and restaurants. This leading-edge vertical device illustrates the potential of the Internet of Things by enabling data insights and creating new efficiencies for all kinds of retail and hospitality solutions. ...

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