Review Category : Microsoft

During Xbox One announcement, Microsoft promised Twitch TV as their official partner for game streaming and game play sharing. While game play recorded video sharing is already available on Xbox One, Live streaming of game play via Twitch TV support is not yet available on Xbox One. Sony has already made this feature available on PS4. Adding to the insult, Twitch TV has recently tweeted that there is no estimated time of availability of this feature from Microsoft and they even said that it may take few more months. Xbox One Direct Broadcasting: There is no ETA at this time from Microsoft. Expect a few more months. If we know sooner, we’ll update. — Twitch Support (@TwitchTVSupport) January 8, 2014 Do you really miss Twitch TV integration on your Xbox One? Find Xbox One here from Amazon. ...

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After hacking official Xbox and Xbox support twitter accounts, official SyrianElectronicArmy has hacked the official Microsoft Twitter account. As you can see in the image above, they have tweeted about Microsoft email accounts being monitored by governments and top websites visited on IE is for downloading other browsers. Don’t use Microsoft emails(hotmail,outlook),They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments. #SEA @Official_SEA16 Leak: The top two visited links from @IE: http://www.google.com/chrome  and http://www.mozilla.org/firefox/  #SEA Syrian Electronic Army Was Here via @Official_SEA16 #SEA pic.twitter.com/MDxQXK6CIJ I think its time for Microsoft to revisit their official social media account usage policy. May be changing strong passwords often with knowledge social media managers should avoid this sort of embarrassing moments. Update: A Microsoft Spokesperson confirmed the hacking with the following statement, “Microsoft is aware of targeted cyberattacks that temporarily affected the Xbox Support and Microsoft News Twitter accounts. The accounts were quickly reset ...

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  We all know that Microsoft is planning for a major Windows update in 2015 codenamed ‘Threshold’. Before Windows Threshold update, Microsoft has planned a minor update for Windows 8.1 called Windows 8.1 update 1. Some screenshots of the build got leaked recently, you can take a loot at them here. Today, Winsupersite reported few more new information regarding Windows ‘Threshold’. Read the summary below. Windows ‘Threshold’ might be called Windows 9 when it gets released. Microsoft thinks moving away from Windows 8 brand might help them market it better. Windows 9 will include some major fixes to the Metro design language. Windows 9 is expected to release in April 2015. Windows 9 will have three other milestone releases like beta, RC before hitting RTM. Microsoft is planning to provide some sort of vision statement regarding the future of Windows and may provide a glimpse of Windows Threshold at BUILD ...

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In an interview to Engadget, Xbox Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten said that he not worried about the upcoming wave of steam machines or the new technologies like Oculus Rift. In fact, he revealed that he is more really excited about these on what they mean for the game industry as a whole which he loves. “This is literally the most golden of golden ages that I’ve ever seen around gaming,” Whitten told us in an interview this week at CES 2014. “I think this is what makes gaming great. And you love seeing the passion of seeing someone like Palmer [Luckey] and those guys at Oculus. And seeing someone like John Carmack get on and really be focused on it is great. I don’t know how it could be anything but good.” When asked about whether Steam machines will take over Xbox One sales, he reminded us that the market is ...

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Great news for Windows Phone and Windows developers around San Francisco Bay Area of California. Microsoft has partnered with Facebook to host a hackathon down in Menlo Park at the Facebook offices. There will be number of Microsoft engineers along with Facebook’s engineers to demonstrate easily you can deeply integrate Facebook platform across both the Windows and Windows Phone apps. Microsoft is even promising 1:1 assistance along with some great speakers. Join Facebook and Microsoft engineers for an overnight hackathon on January 17th. Learn how to integrate Facebook login and Facebook platform APIs into your Windows and Windows Phone apps. Why you should attend: Learn how to build apps for Windows and Windows Phone Learn how to integrate Facebook Login and Sharing into your Windows and Windows Phone apps Come ready to hack with Microsoft and Facebook engineers! There will be food, drinks, and prizes Who should attend: This is a technical event and ...

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At CES this week, ORIGIN PC announced their two new MILLENIUM and GENESIS cases. It includes some innovative features such as Variable Mounting, full tower expansion kit, the ability to control Fan, LED lighting system and more. Here is a summary the unique and notable features included in the MILLENIUM and GENESIS cases: Variable Mounting system enables motherboard to be oriented four different ways so that you can optimize the placement and visibility of your PC’s internal components 4-Way NVIDIA SLI support in any orientation (using Variable Mounting) Dual-Hinge front door enables left-to-right or right-to-left opening directions 5 hot-swappable hard drive bays with optional locking mechanism Full-tower expansion kit enables MILLENIUM case to be converted to GENESIS case Smart Fan Controller allows you to easily toggle between full manual control of fans and motherboard fan control Remote controlled LED lighting system Full Press Release below. Designed and built from the ...

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At CES this week, HP has announced its successor to its Z1 All-in-One workstation called Z1 G2. include a 27-inch diagonal touchscreen display, up to 32GB of  RAM, up to 4GB of  Nvidia graphics, Intel Xenon processor and more. You can choose between SSD and HDD for your storage needs as well. The whole selling point of the PC is that it is designed to me  module in nature. You can upgrade parts easily whenever you want. Experience the simplicity of all-in-one design with the HP Z1 Workstation. Easily add a hard drive, a Thunderbolt™ 2 module, upgrade memory, or access the graphics card by snapping it open. Enjoy the control of easily swapping out parts on your own. And enhance your work with 10 finger multi-touch, HD Webcam, DTS Studio Sound, and whisper-quiet acoustics. Unleash your creativity on a workstation that’s worthy of it. Full Specs: Form Factor All-in-one Available ...

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In an interview to Venture Beat, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff spoke about the current state of Microsoft, Bill Gates and their ability to compete with Salesforce, etc,. He commented that Microsoft is not able to execute in the market despite having great assets. He even criticized Microsoft’s business strategy and vision. What do you think about Microsoft’s ability to compete right now? It’s been very limited. I think the Steve Ballmer decision was a very good decision by Steve and by the board, but probably five years too late. I know that company really well, and I have a huge amount of respect for them. I’ve competed with them over the last 25 years. I think Bill Gates is amazing; he’s my role model. He saved ten million lives in the last decade. It’s amazing. And if you look at Bill Gates, he’s happy, he’s joyful, he’s relaxed, he’s having ...

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Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PC Shipments, Fourth Quarter 2013 (Preliminary) (Units Shipments are in thousands)                  Vendor 4Q13 Shipments 4Q13 Market Share 4Q12 Shipments 4Q12 Market Share 4Q13/4Q12 Growth 1. Lenovo 15,279 18.6% 14,013 16.1% 9.0% 2. HP 13,779 16.8% 15,059 17.3% -8.5% 3. Dell 10,030 12.2% 9,482 10.9% 5.8% 4. Acer Group 5,540 6.7% 7,046 8.1% -21.4% 5. ASUS 4,988 6.1% 5,610 6.4% -11.1% Others 32,595 39.6% 35,840 41.2% -9.1% Total 82,211 100.0% 87,049 100.0% -5.6% International Data Corporation (IDC) today released their Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 82.2 million units in the Q4 of 2013, representing a 5.6% decline in numbers YoY. When you consider the full year 2013, total shipments declined -10.0% from 2012, a record drop reflecting the changes in mobility and personal computing affecting the market. The declining trend is no surprising given that the consumer interest is moving towards more mobile devices like smartphones, ...

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As Microsoft’s 343 Industries studio is busy preparing their next game for Xbox One console with transition of platform and technology, they have made some notable additions and changes to their team. Tim Longo from LucasArts has joined us Halo team as the creative director. Tim carries with him almost two decades of game development experience during which he has worked on titles such as Tomb Raider, Star Wars: Republic Commando and most recently the unreleased FPS, Star Wars: First Assault. Joseph Staten who worked on several earlier Halo titles when it was developed by Bungie is now returning to Microsoft. He was the lead writer and cinematics director for Halo, Halo 2 and Halo 3: ODST. Microsoft provided the following statement on him, We’re thrilled to welcome Joseph back to the Microsoft Studios family. Over the past 15 years at Bungie, Joseph has been a key creative force behind some of ...

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Gartner today released their report on worldwide PC shipments for the Q4 2013. As expected, PC market was down by 6.9% compared to Q4 2012 and this marks the 7th consecutive quarter of shipment decline. The main reason behind it was the consumer adoption towards content consumption devices like tablets which are cheaper when compared to traditional PCs. “Although PC shipments continued to decline in the worldwide market in the fourth quarter, we increasingly believe markets, such as the U.S., have bottomed out as the adjustment to the installed base slows,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “Strong growth in tablets continued to negatively impact PC growth in emerging markets. In emerging markets, the first connected device for consumers is most likely a smartphone, and their first computing device is a tablet. As a result, the adoption of PCs in emerging markets will be slower as consumers skip PCs ...

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Pizza Hut released their official app for Xbox 360 app last year. This app allows you to order Pizzas from Pizza Hut through controller and Kinect. In an interview to Polygon, Doug Terfehr, director of public relations for Pizza Hut has revealed that this app has been a huge success. It fact, it generated million dollar revenue in just 4 months of its release. Doug said “It’s been a source of unbelievable growth for us.” Pizza Hut is always looking forward to improve the app and Doug feels that “When you talk about a sweet spot for the pizza category it’s definitely gamers and gaming.” He also revealed that Pizza Hut app for Xbox One will come when there is enough users. Source: Polygon ...

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Gigabyte is entering the gaming PC industry with its new brand called ‘AORUS’. They will be selling gaming laptops, keyboards, mouse and headsets under this brand. Along with this announcement, Gigabyte announced AORUS Gaming Laptop X7. It features GTX 765M GDDR5 4GB dual graphics, 4th gen. Core i7 processor, new AORUS Thermal+ design and highly customizable Macro functions. The most exciting part is that despite its high-end specs and thermal design, it is insanely thin & lightweight at 0.9 in. / 6.39 lbs (22.9 mm / 2.9 kg). Also it has got Killer LAN chip and IEEE 802.11ac support for enhanced networking. Specification: OS: Windows 8.1/Windows 8.1 Pro/Windows 7 Home Premium/Windows 7 Professional CPU: 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4700HQ Processor (2.4GHz-3.4GHz) Display: 17.3″ Full HD 1920×1080 LCD backlight System Memory: 4GB/8GB DDR3L 1600, 4 slots (Max 32GB) Chipset; Mobile Intel® HM87 Express Chipset Video Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 765M SLI GDDR5 4GB ...

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Windows XP, one of the most popular OS of all time is going to expire literally as Microsoft is ending their extended support for the OS in April this year. Microsoft has been trumpeting for the last few years to make Windows XP users upgrade to newer systems. Using Windows XP system nowadays exposes you to lots of security risks and even more when Microsoft stops delivering security updates for Windows XP. Ars Technica recently revealed that Microsoft will also stop delivering virus definitions to Windows XP users running Microsoft Security Essentials. There are three months to go for Windows XP. The ancient operating system is leaving extended support on April 8, at which point Microsoft will no longer ship free security fixes. XP itself isn’t the only thing that’s losing support on that date. The Windows XP version of Microsoft Security Essentials, the company’s anti-malware app, will stop receiving ...

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Few weeks ago, a sales research report from NPD created lots of buzz among the tech blogging media because of one reason, Google Chromebooks. Because the research reported that Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all notebook sales, up from negligible share in the prior year, and 8 percent of all computer and tablet sales through November, up from one tenth of a percent in 2012 – the largest share increase across the various product segments. Actually, many blogs misunderstood the report and reported that Chrombooks have captured 20% of the traditional PC market. The truth is that the report covers only the devices sold through commercial channel. Commercial channel are the distributors — like CDW and Ingram Micro — that many businesses, government agencies, schools and other organizations use to buy personal computers and other devices. Importantly, the report did not include consumer sales, nor PCs sold by OEMs, ...

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Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten spoke with Engadget at CES on Xbox One sales, updates on game streaming functionality and more. First of all, Microsoft is happy about the reception of Xbox One among consumers and working to bring it to more markets. Marc also acknowledged that consumers are finding it difficult to fully explore the social side of the gaming in Xbox One than that of Xbox 360. Microsoft is already working to fix that experience and expect an update soon. “The feedback we’ve gotten is pretty valid; some of the social stuff is hidden or harder to use than it was on the Xbox 360. So you’re gonna see us come out with an update where, well, we’re going to fix those things. As a person who’s been pretty involved in building Xbox Live for the last decade, I take it pretty seriously when people say it’s ...

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