Review Category : Microsoft

Penny Arcade’s Gabriel was quite vocal about his opinion that he prefer Sony’s PS4 in this current generation gaming consoles. However, he had a change of mind after looking into the latest developments regarding Xbox One. He tried out the Twitch app integration in Xbox One and came away impressed. He compared his Twitch experience to the one with Sony’s PS4. He preferred Xbox One’s Twitch integration UI, video quality options and other neat little stuff. Read his full experience from the source link below. I’ve been pretty vocal about preferring the PS4 so far this generation. I have to say the Twitch app is a point where I can say the Xbox One is just way beyond what the PS4 is doing right now. Combine that with Tianfall and I think you’ll have a hard time getting me off my Xbox for a while. Source: Penny Arcade ...

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Samsung has today announced a new Windows touch Ultrabook called Samsung ATIV Book 9 Style. As you can easily guess, it is just a modified version of Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus Ultrabook. It now has an elegant leather look on the top and comes in white black colors. It comes with 12 hours of battery life and 1.95 kg weight, 17.5 mm slim body. Samsung ATIV Book 9 Style Specifications: •Display Size 15,6” FHD (1920 x 1080) •Battery Life up to 12 hours •Size: 374,3 x 249,9 x 17,5 mm •Weight: 1.95 kg •Colours: Jet Black, Classic White •OS: Windows 8.1 •Processor: Intel Core i5 (up to 2.6 GHz) •Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400 •RAM 4 GB DDR3 – 1.600 MHz •Storage: 128 GB SSD •Cam: 720p HD Webcam •Wireless: W-LAN / BT 802.11 ac (2×2); •Bluetooth V4.0 •LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbit/s LAN •Connectivity: 1 x USB 2.0; 2 x USB 3.0, 1 ...

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Following the success of M3800 Mobile Workstation, Dell today announced an affordable alternative to it called M2800. Dell M2800 is a 15” mobile workstation with no compromises, but starts at just $1199. Specs of Dell Precision M2800: Processors: 4th-generaion Intel Core i5 and i7 processors Graphics: AMD FirePro W4170M (2GB GDDR5 memory) RAM: up to 16GB Storage: up to 1TB Display: 15.6” UltraSharp, HD or Full-HD resolution The Dell Precision will be available in the next few months. The M2800 has the same rugged reliability, powerful workstation graphics capabilities, and ISV certification for many of the popular creative and design apps. M2800 also comes with Dell Precision Performance Optimizer, which automatically adjusts system settings in order to optimize system performance depending on which application you are using at the moment. As @GavinGear commented, If you are looking for an affordable entry-level Workstation, be sure to check out the M2800! ...

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This is not really a surprise information. Washington Post today reported that Microsoft handed out promotional materials Thursday at CPAC, the annual conference for conservatives to promote its advertising system for targeting political ads. Microsoft runs some key web based properties like  Xbox Live, Skype, MSN and other which can be used for advertising. Microsoft is building a profile based on you and the selected ads specific to demographic categories, or to specific congressional districts will be targeted towards with the help of your profile.  The ads, which would appear on the Xbox Live dashboard and other Microsoft products, combine Microsoft user IDs and other public data to build a profile of Xbox users. Campaigns can then blast ads to selected demographic categories, or to specific congressional districts. And if the campaign brings its own list of voter e-mail addresses, Microsoft can match the additional data with individual customer accounts ...

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While everyone around the world are waiting for the Titanfall game launch in the next few days, Titanfall customers in South Africa have got bad news. EA’s Redspawn has decided to cancel the launch of Titanfall in South Africa due to poor network performance. “EA, Respawn and Microsoft have been testing Titanfall all over the world, including South Africa, and we’re confident that players worldwide will have a great experience when the game launches in March. Of course, we’ll always be looking to improve that experience over time – whether that’s through local resources or other enhancements – but we have no other news on that today.” Source:mp1st ...

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If you loved playing Ubisoft’s “Rabbids Big Bang” on Windows Phone devices, its time for you to experience it on big screens. Ubisoft has released their Rabbids Big Bang app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: Forget the Milky Way! This is the Rabbids Way! Rabbids Big Bang is the first Rabbids physic-based game on mobile devices that lets you pilot a Rabbid in space with the tip of your finger! BECOME AN EXPERT RABBID PILOT WITH ONLY ONE FINGER! * Use a bat to thrust a Rabbid into space… * … and control its trajectory using the jetpack and planet gravity. * Play tactically as your fuel will drain when you boost. * Don’t crash into the planets… unless you’re asked to! COMPLETE 150 SILLY AND CHALLENGING MISSIONS * Explore 10 different wacky galaxies each of them offering 15 missions. * Bounce on Space Duckies, hit Space ...

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Twitch integration is coming to Xbox One, just in time for Titanfall launch. This integration will enable users to share gameplay via Twitch.tv from Xbox One. Major Nelson breaks down everything you need to know about Twitch broadcasting on Xbox One. Watch the video above. “It’s complete integration,” said Emmett Shear, co-founder and CEO of Twitch. “It’s exciting because we’ve never had the ability to broadcast from a console like this with such a deep level of integration. The concept of being able to join a broadcasters’ party is really cool, and it’s another step in the direction of interacting more closely with broadcasters.” The Twitch.tv integration is not just the same in Sony’s PS4. It includes lots of other innovative features such as the ability to join in on games with broadcasters, initiate game broadcasts with voice commands, archive game clips and watch Twitch streams broadcast from any device, including ...

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Two years back, we reported that Microsoft Research is working on gesture based search. Microsoft research was then working on gesture based search where a user will be drawing some gestures on the screen based on which search results will appear. A user draws two circles in the search window of a smartphone. In a moment, a bicycle and a bundle of apples appear on the screen, among other things with round shapes. This is Microsoft’s next-generation search technology called “gesture,” which enables automatic search of relevant information by drawing only; no word entry on a keyboard is necessary. Microsoft Research even claimed that the technological development of gesture search is almost complete and will be seen on mobile and PCs, but it didn’t materialize as expected. Today, a Microsoft’s patent titled “SEARCHING AT A USER DEVICE” describes the exact implementation on Windows tablets. This patent describes the technology how ...

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A recent patent application from Microsoft has revealed that Microsoft’s approach towards shopping via gaming consoles like Xbox 360 and Xbox One. User will be able to browse through catalog, filter them to their needs and more. The whole shopping UI will be optimized for large display with controller and Kinect in mind. Even though Microsoft will not jump into online retail business, they might partner with Amazon, eBay, etc, to enable shopping experience for users when they are in their couch. ACCESSING A SHOPPING SERVICE THROUGH A GAME CONSOLE An input device to a game console allows a user to access a shopping service. A user interface display allows the user to browse and shop through a natural user interface on the input device. Source: USPTO – Patent No. 20140067624 ...

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Few hours back, we reported that Windows 8.1 Update 1 build can be downloaded from official Microsoft servers by a simple registry tweak. This update also includes the updated version of Internet Explorer 11 that will include a new feature called ‘Enterprise Mode’. This mode will enable enterprise users to use their existing web properties work in IE without any compatibility issues. This updated IE11 with Enterprise Mode is also coming to Windows 7 devices. The latest such IE11 build got leaked on the web today. You can download it from usual p2p sites. Follow the following steps to enable Enterprise mode, Enterprise mode can be enabled using two Group Policies (in a corporate environment system admins would do this for their employees). Hit Windows + R and type ‘gpedit.msc’ in the Run window. In the Group policy editor, browse to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet ...

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The images of Xbox One Limited Edition which is Titanfall themed leaked last month. It was today confirmed by Redspawn, the developers behind Titanfall. But, the limited edition console is not yet for public sale. However, you have the availability of Xbox One Titanfall Limited Edition wireless controller. You can pre-order the unit for $64.99 from Microsoft Store today. It will be released on 3/11/2014. Own a piece of gaming history and fight in style with the Xbox One Titanfall Limited Edition Wireless Controller. Designed in partnership with Titanfall creator Respawn Entertainment, it’s inspired by the C-101 carbine, used by the elite IMC Titan Pilots of the Frontier. Crafted in striking detail for maximum authenticity in color and graphics, the controller looks and feels like an artifact from the world of Titanfall. Microsoft revealed that these will be available in limited quantities, so order it soon! Pre-order Titanfall Xbox One bundle ...

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We reported earlier this week that Microsoft had finalized Windows 8.1 Update 1.  The update is likely to be officially unveiled at the Build Conference in early April but the Redmond software giant has given no official date for a release.  Most of the features in the release have been known from earlier leaks for some time now. Links to download the final updates through Windows Update have been discovered.  The updates can be downloaded via a registry change or directly downloading the patches. (Update: it appears the registry hack does not work anymore) It appears that these links are intended for internal Microsoft employees have been testing or “dogfooding” Windows 8.1 Update 1. KB2919442: 32-Bit - 64-Bit - ARM *KB2939087: 32-Bit - 64-Bit - ARM KB2919355: 32-Bit - 64-Bit - ARM KB2932046: 32-Bit - 64-Bit - ARM *KB2938439: 32-Bit - 64-Bit - ARM KB2937592: 32-Bit - 64-Bit - ARM The files above with an asterisk (*) are optional.  The correct order to ...

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Microsoft is running a great deal on 12 months of Xbox Live Gold subscription. If you own a Xbox 360 or Xbox One console, then it is a must have subscription for you. Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Membership is now available for just $39.99 (actual price $59.99). Xbox Live Gold is your ticket to the most exciting social entertainment network in the world on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Experience unrivaled multiplayer gaming, HD movies and TV shows, live events, music, and sports. You also get access to premiere entertainment apps, Internet Explorer, and Skype on your TV. With Xbox Live Gold, you’ll be connected with friends, family, and more than 48 million people around the world. Find the deals from the links below. Microsoft Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Card – Microsoft Store. Microsoft Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Card – Amazon. ...

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Microsoft today announced another great deal for consumers who are buying Xbox One console. Starting next week, Microsoft is giving away  a digital copy of Forza Motorsport 5 with the purchase of Xbox One for the retail price of $499.99 for a limited time. Check with your local retailer for details. Starting at select retailers next week in the U.S., a digital copy of Forza Motorsport 5 will be included with purchases of Xbox One for the retail price of $499.99 for a limited time. Hailed by critics and consumers alike as the best-looking and most realistic racing game of this, or any other generation, Forza Motorsport 5 has been embraced by Xbox One fans worldwide, becoming the best-selling racing game by console attach over the past decade. In our quest to delight fans, we wanted to give even more people the chance to experience their ultimate car fantasy. Microsoft announced similar offer ...

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Finally after so much delay, Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs is releasing on May 27th. It will be available both on Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms. Even PC version will be available at launch. Features: •DYNAMIC NAVIGATION: Watch_Dogs gives you the ability to not only use the city’s ctOS to your advantage, but the streets as well. In real-world Chicago, cut through one of the buildings or climb to the rooftops to catch your target. •HACK THE CITY: Control the city’s infrastructure, in real time, with Aiden’s cell phone. Trap your enemy in a 30-car pileup by manipulating the traffic lights. Stop a train, and then board it to evade the authorities. Narrowly escape capture by quickly raising a drawbridge. Anything connected to the city’s CTOS can become your weapon. •HIGH OCTANE DRIVING: Get behind the wheel of more than 65 vehicles bursting with horsepower to explore the massive city while ...

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Xbox is Microsoft’s premier entertainment brand for the TV, phone, PC and tablet. Xbox offers some of the best and broadest games, as well as one of the world’s largest libraries of movies, TV, music and sports. It makes use of Kinect to provide all new way to interact with your content. Xbox SmartGlass allows any of your device to turn into second screen for Xbox experience. While some of the services are exclusive to Microsoft’s own platform, some of them are available across many platforms. Take Xbox Music, Xbox SmartGlass as examples, they are available on Windows, iOS and Android. According to recent job posting, Microsoft has a team working on bringing next generation entertainment experiences to the Windows, Android, and iOS platforms. They claim themselves as extremely well-funded startup and looking for people to develop iOS and Android apps based on Microsoft’s cloud platform. The interesting thing in ...

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