Review Category : Microsoft

Film site “One View With A Room” has a nice series on best films never made.  Among them was the Halo movie which would have been co-produced by Peter Jackson, of Lord of the Rings/Hobbit fame, and directed by Neill Blomkmap best known for District 9.  The script was written by Alex Garland most recently known for the highly successful Dredd 3D film.   What ultimately killed the project was Microsoft’s inexperience in the movie business coupled with a greedy and controlling movie studios Fox and Universal.  Here is an excerpt: In amongst the dusty annals of the best films never made, one blockbuster lies atop the pile. Widely known and anticipated for the last 8 years, the ultimate videogame film/adaptation, and the one film that could never make the final jump to our cinema screens: Halo. So what if one of the biggest videogame franchise had made it to the big screen? ...

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Microsoft has released an update for its Xbox Music app on iOS devices. This new update v2.0.31213 bring the offline capabilities to the app. You can download your playlists for offline playback which you can use when you don’t have access to proper internet. Other than that, Xbox Music iOS app allows all the standard features you expect from a music streaming app. Download the update from the link below. Source: iTunes ...

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Most consumers are familiar with “2-in-1″ PCs, which can either be a tablet or laptop.  But Toshiba has stepped it up a notch and unveiled a 5-in-1 PC concept.  Toshiba calls it a “shape-shifting” PC and it has three parts, a screen, keyboard and kickstand.  The kickstand contains the motherboard and the three parts can be arranged for different usage scenarios. As expected the PC take the form of a traditional laptop.  It can also take the form of a tablet, one with the keyboard detached and one with it folded back.  Two other modes include a “Presentation/TV” mode that involves using the kickstand, and a “Canvas” mode that lets the user flip the attached keyboard 270 degrees, making the device better for drafting with a stylus. As this is just a concept, there is no word on pricing or availability.  Other PC makers also are promoting convertible devices. At CES, ...

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Today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Sony announced they had sold a record 4.2 Million PS4 consoles.  The data was from launch, November 15, 2013 to December 31, 2013.  Sony choose a staggered launch and the PS4 was available in 53 countries by the end of the year.  Reports from analysts predicted Sony would sell 5 million units by Spring 2014 and they seem on pace to do this. “The momentum of the PS4 system keeps getting stronger and we couldn’t be more thrilled gamers worldwide are enjoying the incredibly immersive gaming experiences along with deep social capabilities and entertainment provided by our network,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “After a remarkable launch, we look forward to bringing even more exciting content and continuing to explore the power of the PS4 system by adding new features and services, including PlayStation Now, in ...

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We reported some time back that Microsoft was more interested in having Alan Mulally on the board rather than its next CEO.  Mulally was primarily being pushed by investors to become Microsoft’s next CEO as they believed he would sell off many parts of the company.  Alan Mulally has officially confirmed what the world suspected. He’s not leaving Ford to become Microsoft’s next CEO.  He has promised to stay on with Ford until at least 2014, reports the AP.  The odds that he planned to leave Ford for Microsoft got pretty slim last month, when a Ford board member said, “Alan is staying through the end of 2014 and that’s all I know.”  At that time, Mulally said, “I love serving Ford … I have no change to the plan.”  Not everyone believed that he would say no to Microsoft if asked. But now that he has confirmed that he ...

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In blog post on Skype blog, Microsoft discussed about how they worked to build a cross-platform software that enables Skype video in HD on a broad set of hardware, all with a consistent audio and visual experience. In the process of building it, they even invented many tech components to enable such experiences. In addition to delivering HD videos calls across the devices, Skype is also focusing on features like face tracking, improving low light conditions, new group experiences and more. From Skype blog, In the last two years, Microsoft has created cross-platform software that enables Skype video in HD on a broad set of hardware, all with a consistent audio and visual experience. We had to invent many of the essential tech components and, in the process, came to understand video in a way that makes our engineering team one of the most experienced realtime communication groups in the ...

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Following Micromax, another Indian OEM Xolo has announced their first Windows tablet Xolo Win. This new mid-range tablet will run Windows 8 powered by AMD processor. It will have 10.1-inch HD display, 2GB RAM and 32Gb of internal memory as well. Read all about it below. LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwired – Jan 7, 2014) – XOLO Win tablet was today unveiled at the Consumer Electrical Show (CES) 2014. XOLO Win leverages AMD leadership in graphics innovation and application acceleration, and is designed to deliver an outstanding visual experience within a powerful compute framework. The XOLO Win tablet is targeted at youth and working professionals, offering a superior high-definition image rendering with great multitasking and impressive power saving technology. The tablet is powered by an AMD A4 Elite Mobility processor (“Temash” generation at 1.0 GHz) with Radeon HD 8180 graphics. It has a 10.1″ display with a resolution of 768 x 1366 and ...

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At CES, Samsung announced four new Android tablets. The significant difference other than specs between these announced devices and the older models is the new UX Samsung has built on top of Android. This is the new version of TouchWiz that will become the default way Samsung tablet users will experience the device when they buy them. So, What’s new in the UX? It basically a tweaked version of Windows 8 Start experience. Yes, you got large Live Tiles for different apps which you can arrange on your home screen similar to what Windows 8.1 provides to users now. Here is the description of this new UX from Samsung, A personalized Magazine UX, specifically optimized for a large screen, allows users to further tailor their Galaxy tablet experience for their own needs. The UX enables them to organize their favorite content in an easy-to-use dashboard with automatic feed or news updates ...

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Today Forrester Research published a report in which Microsoft trumped both Samsung and Apple in the consumer mindshare survey. As part of Forrester’s TRUE Brand Compass research, Forrester conducted consumer Technographics research with 4,551 US online adults about the technology brands and their perceptions on it. This research is part of Forrester’s TRUE Brand Compass framework designed to identify which brands are winning the battle for consumer mindshare and to help marketers build a brand that is trusted, remarkable, unmistakable and essential (TRUE).  This framework has two core components:  1) An overall TRUE Brand Compass ranking gives a snapshot of a brand’s resonance – the emotional connection a customer has with a brand, and 2) The TRUE brand compass scorecard reveals a brand’s progress along each of the four TRUE dimensions. The most surprising part of the research is their results. Microsoft is one of the technology companies which is ...

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At CES, Panasonic announced the new Toughpad FZ-M1. This new device is the world’s thinnest and lightest rugged 7-inch Windows tablet. It is powered by Windows 8.1 Pro and a 4th generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor. Its fully-rugged, sealed design is certified to meet MIL-STD-810G and IP65 specifications for resistance to drops up to 5 feet, water, dust, and other elements. With a long-life, user-replaceable battery and sunlight-readable, high-sensitivity multi-touch screen for use with heavy gloves. HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE Windows® 8.1 Pro 64-bit (with Windows® 7 downgrade option); 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ Processor (Fanless) MEMORY, 8GB RAM and up to 256GB SSD DURABILITY MIL-STD-810G, 5-foot drop and all-weather IP65 dust and water resistant design DISPLAY 7-inch, daylight-readable, multi touch screen with glove touch technology INTERFACE AND EXPANSION USB 3.0 port and MicroSDXC card slot for maximum connectivity, configurable with barcode, MSR, SmartCard, Serial and LAN* WIRELESS Dedicated ...

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Following the announcement from Intel regarding their official support for Dual OS device, AMD also confirmed their official support as well. In collaboration with BlueStacks, AMD is taking different approach to provide this Dual OS solution. Instead of switching between OS, AMDs solution is to run Andorid apps within Windows either in full screen or in Windowed mode. So, you can now pin Android apps among Windows Store apps in Start screen. Since AMD’s latest processors will include an ARM chips inside, Android apps will run natively as opposed to virtualized environment in Intel’s solution. Read full press release below. Las Vegas, Nev. —1/6/2014  AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a new milestone in their collaboration with BlueStacks, a joint solution that brings the complete Google™ Android OS experience to Microsoft® Windows- based tablets, 2-in-1s, notebooks and desktops. Optimizations for the fourth generation AMD APU in BlueStacks provide a complete, Android user ...

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At CES yesterday, Intel officially confirmed their Dual OS project where they will officially support both Windows and Android on a same device. Krzanich stated that Intel is the first microprocessor company to support devices that combine the best of Windows* and Android* operating systems in a single device. Also Intel is working to make the experience of switching between OS as a seamless one. With the push of a button, user will be able to switch to the other OS in few seconds. Asus even announced a new device called Transformer Duet that will have this functionality of running both the OS on the same device. Microsoft and Google should not be happy with this effort from Intel as this will create lots of confusion among consumers. Also Intel is expecting many such Dual OS devices throughout 2014 from various OEMs. ...

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Gartner today released their latest projections on worldwide devices market. Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.5 billion units in 2014, a 7.6 percent increase from 2013. As expected, Android will dominate with more than a billion devices. Worldwide shipments of traditional PCs are forecast to total 278 million units in 2014, a seven percent decline from 2013. Driven by an uptake in Windows ultramobiles, the PC market is estimated to remain flat in 2014 (0.2 percent), after a decline of 9.9 percent in 2013. The Gartner consumer survey showed that less than eight per cent of users would replace their laptop with a tablet, while a transfer to an Ultrabook is almost twice this figure. Apple is expected to narrow the devices number with Microsoft in 2014. See the table below. The projected numbers are not so encouraging for Microsoft. ...

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At CES, Intel announced the RealSense technology to bring immersive, human interaction to devices. First products in the family include Intel RealSense 3D camera, the world’s first and smallest integrated 3D depth and 2D camera module, and next-generation Nuance* Dragon Assistant designed for Intel RealSense technology. Both these will be shipping in various OEM devices from second half of 2014. INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW (CES), Las Vegas, Jan. 6, 2014 – In an effort to make interaction with technology simpler, more natural and immersive, Intel Corporation today outlined how it, in collaboration with other companies, is bringing human-like senses to Intel-based devices in a new family of hardware and software products called Intel® RealSense™ technology. The Intel® RealSense™ 3D camera is one of the first products in the new family and is the world’s first integrated 3D depth and 2D camera module that helps devices “see” depth much like the ...

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When Samsung announced 13-inch ATIV Book 9 Plus Ultrabook last year, 15-inch models were left with year old specs such as HD+ display, etc,. Today at CES, Samsung has announced the update for 15-inch ATIV Book 9 Plus Ultrabook. First, the display has been updated to 1080p(300 nits) with touch support. It is disappointing that Samsung didn’t go for QHD+ display, but this full HD resolution has resulted in incredible 14 hours battery life. As you expect, the device is now powered by Intel Haswell processors. You will have options to choose from Intel Core i5 model with a 128GB SSD, or a Intel Core i7 version with 256GB SSD. Samsung has also made some changes to its build quality. The device is now made of Aluminum instead of Magnesium. Also Samsung has modified keyboard for better typing experience. Samsung has added lossless audio support to the device. If you ...

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At CES, Sony has announced yet another convertible in the Vaio Flip series. Vaio flip series is now available in 13-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch models. The new Vaio Flip 11 is a 11-inch convertible which will have the same innovative hinge design that will allow your device to convert from traditional laptop to tablet. It also has N-trig digitizer allowing for pressure-sensitive pen input. It weighs 2.82 pounds. It will come with 1080p display as a standard and you can choose between CPUs starting from Intel quad-core Bay Trail (Pentium) CPU to Intel Core i7 CPU. The device will go on sale in February starting for $799. Sony also announced that existing Flip and Fit models will get 802.11ac WiFi, free Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 and Windows 8.1 pre-installed in the coming months. ...

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