Review Category : Microsoft

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track one target or trace a whole network of associates, according to a top-secret document by the Washington Post.  The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. Equally unusual is the way the NSA extracts what it wants, according to the document: “Collection directly from the servers of these U.S. Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.” Dropbox, the cloud storage and synchronization service, is described as “coming soon.”  PRISM recruited its first partner, Microsoft, and began six years of rapidly growing collection beneath the surface of a roiling national debate on surveillance and privacy, according to the Post. There has been “continued exponential growth in tasking to Facebook ...

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Microsoft has addressed in more detail the controversy regarding the “Always On” Xbox: For an optimal experience, we recommend a broadband connection of 1.5Mbps. (For reference, the average global internet connection speed as measured recently by Akamai was 2.9 Mbps).  In areas where an Ethernet connection is not available, you can connect using mobile broadband. While a persistent connection is not required, Xbox One is designed to verify if system, application or game updates are needed and to see if you have acquired new games, or resold, traded in, or given your game to a friend. Games that are designed to take advantage of the cloud may require a connection. With Xbox One you can game offline for up to 24 hours on your primary console, or one hour if you are logged on to a separate console accessing your library. Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times ...

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The July issue of Game Informer seems to have been released a little early with information regarding an Xbox One mech-shooter TitanFall inside of it.  NeoGAF member Catman86, who received an early copy of the magazine, summarized highlights from the article: - Xbox One, PC - Xbox 360 version developed by someone else - Planned to target current gen, but realized that they couldn’t run it - Started to look into next gen and the answer they got from Microsoft intrigued them - They said they needed to focus on fewer hardware. In the future they are open to more. - Plan to use Microsoft’s Cloud for dedicated servers and physics and AI calculations - Spring 2014 Release Date - Source Engine. Building new engine = too much time. - Source gives them 60 fps - Modified Source - “Rewriting major portions of it”. - Going for a District 9 or ...

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Today Microsoft provided a detailed glimpse of Windows 8.1 at Computex.  One of the devices shown off is a 7-inch tablet code named “Lyon” by ODM Inventec.  It is important to note that this is a reference design only, and it is not something that will not be directly sold to consumers.  Not only is this the first 7-inch Windows 8 tablet shown, but also among one of the first tablet’s running Intel’s next generation quad core Bay Trail Atom processor, running at 1.66 GHz in this case. As for other specifics for this device, it is 1280 x 800 IPS display (216 ppi), 2 GB RAM, 64 or 128 SSD which can be expanded with via a microSD slot, and wireless N WiFi on board.  In addition, there is a webcam on the front and a rear-view camera with a dual-LED Flash.  The tablet is made entirely of aluminum and comes in ...

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Microsoft confirmed today, during their demonstration at Computex, that Lenovo is working at an 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet.  The tablet is slim and light, has a gorgeous screen, will have 3G connectivity, and many accessories such as a folio and pen.  See the images for yourself: These are the photos from Microsoft’s press event at Computex held in Taiwan. Microsoft and its OEM partners are working on bringing 7inch – 10inch Windows tablets to market later this year. Microsoft on its part to boost sales of smaller tablets announced that they will be shipping free Microsoft Office Home and Student edition for free with all small Windows 8 devices. There were also reports that Microsoft has cut Windows licensing price for OEMs to in order to reduce the end device price at retail. Acer has already revealed their W3 8-inch Windows 8 tablet and it seems Lenovo is also planning for such a device. Source: Win8 China ...

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One of the frequently requested feature to Microsoft regarding web browsing experience is a bookmarking feature. Microsoft has responded to it with the new Windows 8.1 Reading List feature. It allows you to save all the interesting things you find online or any other app to access it later. When you want to save it for later, go to Share button in the Charms Bar and select the Reading List option. These items will be synced across Windows devices including Windows Phones. It’s a beautiful app and you can see it action from the photos below. Source: WinChina ...

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With the upcoming Windows 8.1 update for Windows 8 devices, Microsoft is giving users a choice on booting straight to desktop instead of Start Screen. Apart from this option, there are several other Start Screen settings that users can choose from. For example, you can now set your desktop background on the Start Screen, set to show the Apps view automatically whenever you go to Start, ability to list desktop apps first in the Apps view and more. via: Win8china ...

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On September 3, Diablo III will launch on the Xbox 360 in the U.S., Canada, Spanish-speaking Latin America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand for $59.99. Both console versions of Diablo III will be fully localized in English, German, French, Latin American Spanish, European Spanish, Russian, Italian, Polish, and Brazilian Portuguese. Further release details, including retail availability in Brazil, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia, will be announced at a later date. The console versions of Diablo III have been custom-tailored for gamepad-driven action, with a dynamic camera perspective that puts your hero front and center, as well as an all-new user interface and an intuitive control system that make vanquishing evil feel like second nature. Diablo III also supports four players via same-screen local cooperative play or online over Xbox Live. In addition, the game supports parties composed of both local and online players. Players who preorder either ...

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The Bing Translator app has been available for Windows Phone for some time, but it has now made its way to the Windows 8.  The Bing Translator App for Windows is your companion when you need to quickly translate what you are looking at. Use your camera or just type the text you want to translate. Text and camera translation work offline with downloadable language packs, so you can get the power of Bing Translator on-the-go, even when you don’t have an Internet connection. Download it from the Windows Store     ...

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Microsoft has posted details regarding the more precise and immersive next generation Xbox Controller. Impulse Triggers – Xbox One’s Wireless Controller sports four vibration motors – a small one behind each trigger that adds precise haptic feedback to the fingertips, and a larger in each grip for large scale rumbles.  This gives users a sense of in-game directionality and depth, creating rich, immersive experiences where gunshots, car crashes and explosions can come to life. For example, in “Forza Motorsport 5,” Turn 10 Studios is using impulse triggers to provide players with precise feedback that enhances the racing experience. If your tires break traction from over-acceleration or if you drift on the gas pedal, the triggers emit very distinct vibrations.  This is combined with the chassis rumble that conveys impacts, engine roar and driving over surface irregularities like cobblestone. Higher Quality Headset Audio – The data transfer rate between the controller and ...

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The Outlook Gods have been answering prayers recently and it was officially confirmed by Microsoft that Outlook is coming to Windows RT.  In the meantime, we have screenshots The new Outlook has so much to offer including a streamlined user experience that reduces clutter and makes your content king.  From cool new features like quickly responding to email with inline reply, to using ‘peeks’ to view your calendar or contacts without having to manually switch between tabs, Outlook brings great new tools to your fingertips.  And with today’s news, Outlook will soon be available across Windows PCs, phones and tablets.  To learn more about what’s new in Outlook, check out the Outlook section on Office.com. *Morgan Stanley Research, “Tablet Landscape Evolution“, May 2012 via: Winsupersite   ...

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In a coordinated operation, codenamed Operation b54, Microsoft, in cooperation with leaders in the financial services industry – including the Financial Services – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association, the American Bankers Association (ABA) – Agari,  and other technology industry partners, as well as the FBI, announced it has successfully disrupted more than a thousand botnets that are responsible for stealing people’s online banking information and personal identities. The FBI took coordinated separate steps related to the operation. This coordinated disruption resulted from an extensive investigation that Microsoft that began in early 2012. After looking into this threat, it was discovered that once a computer was infected with Citadel malware, that malware began monitoring and recording a victim’s keystrokes. This allowed hackers to gain direct access to a victim’s bank account or any other online account in order to withdraw money and/or steal personal identities.  Microsoft also ...

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Microsoft is already selling Xbox hardware console at discounted prices by bundling up with yearly Xbox LIVE gold subscriptions in US. According to the recent reports from MCV UK, Microsoft is planning to sell Xbox One at discounted prices by bundling them with Sky TV subscriptions in UK. Sources familiar with the situation tell us that Microsoft is in talks with the broadcaster to sell Xbox One with Sky subscriptions. The device could work as a set-top-box or companion device – but most importantly the console could be sold at a hugely reduced cost. The move may already have been signed off. We could even get official confirmation as soon as Monday night, when Xbox opens E3 with its yearly press conference. Microsoft and Sky are a great partners in Xbox space as they have constantly delivered apps/services in the last few years. So, I would not be surprised by ...

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WSJ reported few months back that Microsoft is planning to cut the Windows price it charges the OEMs to increase the sales. At Computex event held in Taiwan, Microsoft’s OEM division head Nick Parker has confirmed about the price cuts, but it is only applicable for tablets/PCs that are less than 10.1 inches in size. According to WSJ, Microsoft is cutting by two-thirds the cost to license Windows and Office software, or roughly $100 before marketing rebates Microsoft offers to PC makers. This may sound that there will be a significant reduction in price for Windows devices on retail. But it may not happen, here’s why. Microsoft is planning to ship Microsoft Office with all small sized tablets for free, so you can understand the logic behind price cuts. “I think this is revenue neutral, that the end price to the OEMs is neutral, but they’re throwing in Office,” said ...

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According to the study conducted by Center for Sustainable Energy Systems at Fraunhofer USA Inc., Internet Explorer continues to be the most energy-efficient browser on Windows 8. The study concluded that compared to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer uses up to 18% power. Internet Explorer 10 exhibited the lowest energy consumption. In some scenarios such as playing Adobe Flash video on laptop PCs, it was 18% more energy efficient than Google Chrome, and it was 17% more efficient than Mozilla Firefox in playing HTML5 video. To put that in perspective,  if every Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox user in the United States switched to Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 for a year, the energy saved could power over 10,000 households in the United States for that year. Here is the info from Microsoft, The 18% savings in energy consumption is significant. Consider that if every Google Chrome and Mozilla ...

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An update will come to the Surface in a few week that will allow for the ability to toggle between what the keys on the top row do, get some quick access to other capabilities like screenshots through shortcuts, and just make some things like paging easier to do with one hand. These include: Fn + Caps: Locks F1-F12 into being function keys. Do it again and you get the charms, volume, Home, End, etc. if you are in the function lock mode, you can get the inverse options by pressing the Fn key, naturally Fn + <spacebar>: Print Screen Fn + <spacebar> + Alt: Print Screen for the in-focus App only Fn + Del: Brightness Up Fn + Backspace: Brightness Down Fn + <left>: Home Fn + <right>: End Fn + <up>: Page Up Fn + <down>: Page Down   Source: Surface Blog ...

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