Review Category : Hardware

Microsoft retail stores and MicrosoftStore.com today said that they will be delivering the choice value and service for customers this back-to-school season by offering students an online flash sale only available at MicrosoftStore.com for the Acer Aspire E-15. Acer Aspire E-15 will be on sale for just $199, down from its regular price of $249. Key Specs: 15.6 in HD widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit (1366 x 768) Intel Celeron N2830 CPU 4GB memory/500GB HDD Up to 4.5 hours battery life Acer Crystal Eye webcam Windows 8.1 with Bing, 64-bit This deal will be offered only on Friday, Aug. 29 while supplies last. Order it from the link below, Acer Aspire E 15 ES1-511-C590 Signature Edition Laptop – $224 ...

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 models are now available for lower prices from Microsoft Store. The entry level model is now available for just $720 and the savings increases up to $195 when you order the Intel Core i7 / 512GB model. Find the new pricing and Microsoft Store links below, Surface Pro 3 Estimated retail price (USD) Intel® Core™ i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM $719.10 (Actual: $799) Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB and 4 GB of RAM $899.10 (Actual: $999) Intel® Core™ i5, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,169.10 (Actual: $1,299) Intel® Core™ i7, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,394.10 (Actual: $1,549) Intel® Core™ i7, 512 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,754.10 (Actual: $1,949)   All the Surface Pro 3 units will come with 12″ ClearType Full HD Plus multi-touch display with 2160 x 1440 resolution and stylus as well. You can find the detailed specs ...

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A revolution in ultra-compact device design, Intel NUC packages a fully scalable computing solution in the smallest possible form factor. Today, FanlessTech leaked the complete roadmap of Intel NUC for 2015 and beyond. It revealed several new information such the Broadwell NUC will be available in Q1 2015. More Highlights: ✓ Broadwell NUC officially moved to Q1 2015 ✓ i5 version aimed at serious gaming (SteamBox anyone?) ✓ i5 and i3 versions aimed at content creation (full desktop replacement?) ✓ M.2 storage and 2.5″ bay, or M.2 storage only for super slim chassis ✓ Kisses external USB 2.0 ports goodbye ✓ Bids adieu to mSATA SSD ✓ Entry-level Braswell (Bay Trail’s successor) version available in Q2 ✓ Braswell SKU to feature TOSLINK jack and SDXC UHS-I card slot (nice) ✓ All compatible with 3rd party fanless chassis Find more information from the link below. Source: FanlessTech   ...

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In a recent email promotion sent to consumers, HP is promoting its PCs with the line “Windows 7 PCs on sale, just in time for school.” Also, several Windows 7 PCs are still on sale at HP’s website. This is not the first time HP was found to be actively marketing 5 year old OS. Earlier this year, HP started promoting on its homepage on sale of Windows 7 PCs with a huge marketing message “Back on popular demand.” At the time HP clarified that they are trying to give choice to the customers, Whether you’ve been reading the tech news blogs – or just saw an ad on our HP Shopping page, you’ve probably been asking yourself, “Why is HP selling Windows 7 PCs in a Windows 8 world?” The answer is dead simple: Choice. We like giving our customers the option to get the computer that’s right for them. Do ...

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You can now save up to $199.98 by buying the Surface Pro 3 Essentials Bundle from Microsoft Store. You can build a bundle that includes Surface Pro 3, choice of Type Cover and Surface sleeve, 2-year warranty, and 1 year of Office 365. Essentials Bundle includes Surface Pro 3, your choice of Type Cover, choice of select Surface sleeves, Microsoft Complete Warranty Protection for accidental damage, and 1 year of Office 365 Home or Personal. Surface Pro 3: Offering unmatched versatility, the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 tablet has all the power and performance of a premium laptop in a thin and lightweight design. It also comes with the all-new Surface Pen which delivers a natural writing and drawing experience. Type Cover: Transform your Surface Pro 3 into a premium laptop with the Surface Pro Type Cover. Available in multiple colors, the Surface Pro Type Cover features magnetic stability to keep the ...

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Microsoft today revealed the new larger Xbox 360 500GB Media Hard Drive. With this new hard drive, you’ll get more space for games, HD movies, and demos. As you already know, you can even install game discs to your hard drive. This will cost $109.99 when made available. Microsoft’s official website says pre-order is coming soon. Currently, Microsoft is selling Xbox 360 320GB Media Hard Drive for $129.99 at Microsoft Stores. So, this upcoming Hard Drive is a great deal. Find the official page here. Find out more about Xbox 360 storage devices here ...

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Pointer events is a new standard which Microsoft initiated at first and later developed by the W3C to define a unified device input model – pen, mouse and touch – across multiple browsers. Pointer Events makes it easier to support a variety of browsers and devices by saving Web developers from writing unique code for each input type. To demonstrate cross browser interoperability for Pointer Events, Microsoft contributed patches to Blink and Mozilla browser engines, and developed interoperability prototypes, including a Pointer Events prototype for WebKit. Also, Pointer Events was well received by the web community. Last week, Chrome team posted that they are planning to drop Pointer Events support in Chrome citing the following reasons. Issue 162757 Very briefly, pointer events has 3 main drawbacks relative to the alternative: 1) Mobile-first web: Pointer events would likely never supplant touch events on the web (especially without support from Safari). Since touch events are here to stay, supporting ...

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Microsoft was giving away Intel Galileo board to developers who sign up for their new Windows on Devices program. Last month, Microsoft detailed the roll out of the program on their official blog. Microsoft has updated their website Windowsondevices.com with SDK document and examples. Through this program we are introducing a new Windows Developer for IoT Portal, with documentation and examples to support the developer kits we are starting to ship in small batches. These developer kits include a Galileo board and preview Windows image that supports the standard Arduino Wiring API set and a subset of Win32 API. This Windows image does not yet support Galileo boards outside of our program. If you received received one through the Windows Developer Program for IoT or If you have bought your own Intel Galileo, now you can update it to run Windows. The version of Microsoft Windows released for the Windows Developer Program ...

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Earlier this month, we reported that Microsoft has filed a legal action against Samsung in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. The reason behind was that Samsung has stopped paying patent royalties as per the contract it signed in 2011 pointing out reasons like Microsoft has now acquired Nokia’s Devices and Services business. We all know that Microsoft and Samsung need each other. While Microsoft is a leader on software front, Samsung leads in the hardware. Today, Korea Times reported that Microsoft and Samsung has now resumed talks to resolve this contract issue. “The key point is that Microsoft wants to settle the lawsuit and it’s no surprise to see that the two technology giants have resumed ‘working-level’ discussions on how to dismiss lawsuits filed by Microsoft to a New York court,” said an industry official by telephone, Sunday. The official added the settlement would not take long because the main issue ...

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Acer Aspire S7 is one of the best Ultrabook out there in the market both in terms of looks and performance. The Acer Aspire S7 is incredibly slim at 0.51″ and light at 2.87 lbs. The aluminum unibody design along with the Gorilla Glass 2 cover keeps the device scratch resistant, easy to clean and beautiful to the eye. Acer made the WQHD versions of Acer Aspire S7 in the US market starting $1499 during the launch. Now, the device price has come down and it is available starting $899! Microsoft Store is now selling these at huge discounts. You can get the Intel Core i5-4200U, 8GB memory/128GB SSD model along with Office 365 for just $949. Without Office 365, you can get it for just $899 Find the Microsoft Store listings below, Intel Core i5-4200U, 8GB memory/128GB SSD + Office 365 – Microsoft Store for $949 Intel Core i5-4200U, 8GB memory/128GB SSD – ...

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At SIGGRAPH 2014, Microsoft Research demoed several new projects they have been working on. One of them was the controllable high-fidelity 3D facial performance transfer which allowed to transfer your facial expressions to a dog’s face. Read more about it here. Another interesting project is around of non-rigidly deforming physical objects with arbitrary shape in real-time. Watch the video above and the description below to know more. Among Microsoft Research’s contributions to SIGGRAPH 2014, a combined hardware and software solution for markerless reconstruction of non-rigidly deforming physical objects with arbitrary shape in real-time. Our system uses a single self-contained stereo camera unit built from off-the-shelf components and consumer graphics hardware to generate spatio-temporally coherent 3D models at 30 Hz. A new stereo matching algorithm estimates real-time RGB-D data. The system is an order of magnitude faster than state-of-the-art methods, while matching the quality and robustness of many offline algorithms. We demonstrate how acquired models ...

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During the launch of all of its Surface products, Microsoft always touts the design of these tablets that can withstand casual drops. One of Microsoft’s key marketing points for Surface is the tablet’s durability. Panos Panay couple of times dropped the tablet on stage to demonstrate this. In the recent patent filings, we noticed that Microsoft is patenting a ruggedized display device. We are not sure whether this is an existing technology found on Surface tablets or it will be seen on upcoming devices. Abstract: A ruggedized display device is disclosed. The ruggedized display device may include an optical stack configured to resist a load up to a load threshold. The optical stack may include an electronic display including a top surface and a bottom surface, and a top protective component coupled to the top surface of the electronic display via a bonding material layer, to shield the electronic display. ...

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Microsoft today announced that Docking Station for Surface Pro 3 is now available for order from Microsoft Store. Docking Station allows you to turn your Surface Pro 3 into a full-blown desktop PC, giving you easy access to your external monitors, keyboard, mouse, printer, speakers, and more. Microsoft also highlighted the improvements they have made over last generation Docking Station. For example, they have added more USB ports and many of them support USB 3.0. While you docked the SP2, the USB 3.0 port on the Surface  is still available for use when it is docked. Also, they have added Security Lock slot to it. Docking Station features: Instant office Just click your Surface Pro 3 into the dock and go from tablet to full desktop PC in an instant. With an Ethernet port, Mini DisplayPort, and five USB ports (three USB 3.0, two USB 2.0) you can easily connect an HD monitor, wired ...

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  Back in March, Microsoft officially announced DirectX 12 gaming platform at GDC. DirectX 12 will feature the next version of Direct3D, that is faster and more efficient than ever before. Direct3D 12 works across all the Microsoft devices, from phones and tablets, to laptops and desktops, and, Xbox One. Microsoft worked closely with all the leading GPU vendors like AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm and Intel. One of the main design decisions on Dx12 is to make it more power efficient. To demonstrate it, Intel created a SIGGRAPH 2014 demo to demonstrate the performance and power benefits of DirectX 12 on the Surface Pro 3 with Intel HD4400 graphics. In the demo, an asteroid field with 50,000 unique asteroids are rendered, which equates to 50,000 draws per frame. To demonstrate the power gains of DirectX 12, Intel locked the framerate of the demo, rendered with DirectX 11 for a period of time and then toggled to DirectX 12 rendering the ...

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Everyday we use all kinds of gadgets with storage associated with it. Apart from the internal storage from these devices, you can extend them by buying external memory cards. Amazon is now offering up to 50% on select SanDisk, Sony other memory cards. These include SD cards, microSD cards, pen drives and more. Some of the deals available include the following, SanDisk Ultra 32GB SDHC Class 10/UHS-1 Flash Memory Card – $20.71 (instead of $48.99) SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB SDHC UHS-1 Flash Memory Card – $47.92 (instead of $199.99) SanDisk Extreme 32GB SDHC UHS-1 Flash Memory Card – $25.87 (instead of $79.99) SanDisk Ultra 16GB SDHC Class 10/UHS-1 Flash Memory Card – $11.09 (instead of $29.99) Sony 64GB microSDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card – $38.99 (instead of $89.99) Sony 32GB microSDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card – $16.95 (instead of $39.99) SanDisk Extreme Plus 64GB MicroSDXC UHS-I Memory Card ...

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Lenovo today reported results for its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, with quarterly revenue of US$10.4 billion, an 18 percent increase year-over-year while quarter pre-tax income increased 22 percent year-over-year to US$264 million. The main highlight is that Lenovo is maintaining its position as the world’s largest PC maker for five consecutive quarters. Also they have achieved highest-ever quarterly market share of 19.4 percent* up 2.7 points year-over-year, driven by growth in EMEA and the Americas. And as expected, Lenovo’s shipment growth outperformed the industry as a whole by shipping 14.5 million units, up 15% YoY. From Lenovo’s press release, During the first fiscal quarter, Lenovo’s Laptop computers generated 49 percent of Lenovo’s total revenue. Across the industry, laptop shipments were down 3.7 percent year-over-year, an improvement from the year before when declines were nearly 13 percent year-over-year driven by corporate refresh and innovations in the ...

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