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Tyler Schrenk was paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident two years ago, and since then his daily activities became a lot more challenging. Thanks to Microsoft software engineer Jose Blakeley whom he met in a Church last year, he became aware of Windows speech recognition. To make use of it, he bought Microsoft Surface running Windows 8 to use for his daily activities. Using his voice, Schrenk operates a variety of Microsoft products and services – Internet Explorer, Bing, Outlook, Word and Excel. Now, he uses his tablet for a growing number of tasks: an Excel spreadsheet to track his caloric intake; Outlook to send email; and Internet Explorer to keep track of his fantasy football league, and follow his favorite teams: the Seattle Seahawks and University of Washington Huskies. Not just Surface, he also uses Xbox One with Kinect. Since the whole system is voice enabled, ...

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Net Applications today released their latest worldwide browser market share stats for the month of June. Internet Explorer market share is up 0.21%, from 58.17 percent to 58.38 percent. Among the Internet Explorer versions, IE11 showed a modest growth by increasing by 0.2% from 17.01 percent to 17.03 percent. Internet Explorer 8 remains the most popular browser in the market with about 20.89% market share. Developer’s nightmare IE6 is now at 3.55%, 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 nearly 2% to grab 19.34% of the browser market while Firefox lost few percentage to now hold 15.54% of the market. ...

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Back in April, Microsoft 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 for both Microsoft and for the industry. Today, Chinese online electronics site Zol.com posted an image showing that Xbox One will cost around 4500 RMB in China. 4999 RMB is about $800! Yes, China will have to pay more the console even though it was manufactured locally due to their taxing structure. Kotaku claims that this is just the expect price of the unit, Zol and the rest of Chinese media are citing one webpage, a webpage that Kotaku’s been unable to access, as the source of the 4999 RMB price point. Looking at the screen capture, the 4999 RMB price tag might just be the ...

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Microsoft coined the term Lapability last year to describe how well you can work using the device on your lap. Lapability means being able to get work done comfortably in tight spaces. They improved Lapability of Surface 2 with two stage kickstand, but with Microsoft made it perfect with the release of Surface Pro 3. Microsoft closely paid attendtion to a lot of aspects of the device ensure that Surface Pro 3 works great on your lap in a variety of settings. Microsoft highlighted the following three aspects in SP3 which makes it great to use on a lap. The kickstand Surface Pro 3 features a ‘continuous’ kickstand that uses friction to easily adjust to any angle up to 150 degrees. This obviously allows for a lot of viewing angles on tables and desks of different heights, but it also allows the kickstand to accommodate a lot of different lap positions. Surface Pro ...

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America’s second largest school district made a big announcement last year that they will be giving all its students iPads. While students and teachers community welcomed the news, many education analysts questioned the effectiveness of iPads in classrooms. Now, Los Angeles school district has realized that iPads are not the best in the business when it comes to students. They are now allowing schools to choose from six different Windows laptop computers for their students instead of iPads. In the fall, administrators, teachers and students at those schools will test the laptops to determine the device they should be used going forward. Also, the previously planned distribution of the iPads is on hold. This is not the first time they have put on hold the roll out of iPads. Last year, students found an easy way to bypass iPad’s profile system which restricted them from accessing social networks and other ...

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Microsoft’s Xbox One is lagging behind Sony’s PS4 in sales. Lots of factors can be said to justify the same, but many analysts believe that Xbox One’s pricing was the significant one. Microsoft realized this and announced a new SKU for a cheaper price last month. Another factor could be around marketing of the console. Microsoft positioned Xbox One as the all-in-one entertainment console whereas Sony marketed it as the pure gaming console. A recent report from WSJ reveals that Sony is now out-spending Microsoft in TV ads for promoting their consoles. According to numbers from January 2014 through May via research firm iSpot, Sony had spent $59M to Microsoft’s $34.7M. Sony spent the most on networks like FOX, FOX Sports, Comedy Central, ESPN and TNT. Microsoft spent a lot on the two FOX channels and Comedy Central, AMC and TBS. The brand’s most digitally effective ad year-to-date is its ...

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Microsoft today posted a video showing how St. Thomas School in the US has adopted. Surface tablets for their students and teachers. Students are using these devices to take notes, learn new things from various content, and more. This digital transition is not just happening in the U.S., but also in schools around the world where technology is empowering students. Watch more about it from the video above. A recognized leader in early childhood through eighth grade education, St. Thomas School has adopted both Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro tablets as their 1:1 student computing device in their 2nd and 3rd grade classes. “The one-to-one program has given the school more than we ever anticipated,” says Kimberly Mecham, Director of Information and Communication Technology at St. Thomas School. “It’s really allowed us to personalize learning in second grade through innovative and differentiated ways, and to enhance project-learning in third grade ...

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Bungie’s next-generation, first-person shooter “Destiny” beta will be made available to Xbox One and Xbox 360 users late next month. The actual game will be released on September 9 for both the platforms. But the Destiny beta will be landing on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in late-July for fans who have pre-ordered the game. You can Pre-order Destiny for Xbox from Amazon here. Bungie today revealed the list of Xbox Live achievements that you can earn via Destiny on Xbox. Find the list below.   Source: Bungie ...

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Microsoft made an announcement on Sunday at the International Society for Technology in Education conference in Atlanta that Pasadena Independent School District (ISD) in Texas has chosen Microsoft’s technology for their students to help transform the student learning experience in the classroom. This is not the decision they took in few months, they have chosen Microsoft after a two-year pilot at schools around the district. After carefully evaluating its device options, Pasadena ISD decided to go with Microsoft because of the inking capabilities in Windows 8.1, combined with the power of OneNote, gave students and teachers the most engaging experience possible. As part of this program, Pasadena ISD will give students and teachers 12,900 Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablets with Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office 365 with OneNote. “There is a massive transition to digital happening across the country and around the world in education, and schools looking to prepare their students for ...

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Microsoft today posted a new video on how OneNote in being used in the education. They highlighted Cary Academy’s teachers using OneNote in the classroom.  Take a look at how the teachers at Cary Academy in Cary, North Carolina, seamlessly integrate OneNote into their classrooms to elevate the education of students through presentation, organization, and real-time collaboration with both students and other educators. Microsoft OneNote is your digital notebook for keeping track of what’s important in your life. Jot down your ideas, keep track of classroom and meeting notes, clip from the web, make a to-do list as well as draw and sketch your ideas.  OneNote is your one place to capture and organize everything. Whether you’re at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. They are automatically saved and synced in the cloud, so you always have the latest on all your devices. Share notes with friends and ...

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GameStop is now running a limited time campaign over this weekend for Xbox One fans. The gamers will get exclusive saving, demos and more. For example, you save $10 on an Xbox One controller and $20 on Xbox Live Gold Membership when you buy a Xbox One. Similarly, you can save $20 on an Xbox One stereo headset and $30 on a Turtle Beach Ear Force X07 headset. On the game front, GameStop’s sale is offering Wolfenstein: The New Order, NBA2K14, and Zumba Fitness World Party for $20 off the regular price. The retailer is also juicing up its trade-in deals to try to convince gamers to give up their current systems in exchange for an Xbox One. In a deal good until July 13, consumers can score an extra 50 percent credit by trading in any system toward an Xbox One. Read more from the link below. via: CNET ...

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Microsoft today highlighted one of the recent customer success stories. The city of New Orleans has now chosen a technology solution from Microsoft and Motorola Solutions to fully make use of the Internet of Things associated with 9-1-1 dispatchers. The solution connects police, fire and medical services applications, a 9-1-1 call system, mobile terminals, tablets, and a data warehouse into one intelligent system. Orleans Parish Communication District (OPCD) uses this combination of server and database technology, modern applications and multimedia capabilities, to make quicker and smarter decisions and there by transform emergency services, shorten response times, improve safety and eliminate error-prone manual processes. The Motorola Solutions PremierOne CAD solution, which went live in September 2013, integrates 9-1-1 telecommunications and applications from the EMS, police and fire departments in a central console. The system includes a data warehouse with the Motorola Solutions PremierOne CAD application running on Windows Server for Embedded Systems and Microsoft SQL Server for Embedded ...

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Skype is now offering a limited-time opportunity to win a Surface Pro 3 this June. You can win a Surface Pro 3 with Intel® Core™ i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM worth of $799 by using Skype. Barely tipping the scales at 1.76 pounds, the new 12-inch Surface Pro 3 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. To get involved, use your Skype account to call a minimum of 3 landline numbers or mobile numbers this week, before the 30th June when the competition ends. Visit this page to enter into this contest. If you are interested in buying it, you can order it from Microsoft Store today. ...

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Microsoft originally launched Xbox One for $499 that included Kinect sensor. Due the price advantage Sony had with PS4, Microsoft last month announced a new Xbox One SKU that will start at $399. The only difference is that you won’t get Kinect sensor with it. This SKU is now available in all markets where Xbox One is currently on sale. Microsoft also made it clear that Kinect remains an important part of their vision. They revealed a stat that more than 80 percent of you are actively using Kinect, with an average of 120 voice commands per month on each console. Microsoft will continue to offer a premium Xbox One with Kinect bundle to deliver voice and gesture controls, biometric sign-in, instant personalization, instant scanning of QR codes, and enhanced features only available with Kinect in games such as “Kinect Sports Rivals,” “Just Dance 2014,” “Project Spark” and more. Also, Microsoft will make Kinect ...

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Today, Nokia announced the next generation Nokia X series device, Nokia X2. Nokia X2 is powered by Snapdragon 200 CPU and 1GB RAM. The software and user experience has also got a significant update with the release of Nokia X2. As opposed to previous Nokia X models, Nokia X2 features a home screen on the front. The back button now provides quick-and-easy multitasking support. It also includes double tap to wake up option as well. The Nokia X2 is also equipped with another navigation option; the brand-new ‘apps list’, which keeps your home screen clear for your most used apps, bringing Nokia X2 in line with the existing Lumia experience. More personalisation options are now available on the start screen, too, thanks to the tile color-picker feature. This device will be a great competitor to the recently released Moto E devices in the emerging markets. via: Conversations ...

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Earlier this month, Microsoft released their first ad for Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The ad showed is various modes in which you can use the Surface Pro 3 device. It even highlighted the ability to launch OneNote app directly using the pen. Today, Microsoft posted the behind the scenes of the commercial. The who scene was choreographed in a way that the whole ad was done in single shot. In the above video, the director talks about how they did it with the help from the highly coordinated crew. Do you like this ad? Order Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft Store today. ...

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