Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft has released their Xbox One SmartGlass app for Windows 8/RT devices in the Windows Store. Apart from the regular SmartGlass features that allows you to control the Xbox One console, SmartGlass app brings some immersive 2nd screen experiences. Games and apps like Dead Rising 3, Madden 25, Battlefield 4, Just Dance 2014, Internet Explorer, and Machinima feature a SmartGlass Companion on Day 1. Description Xbox One SmartGlass is the perfect companion app for your Xbox One, both in your living room and on the go. Connect and control your Xbox One. Stay connected with the games and gamers you like. And add a new dimension to your console entertainment with the mobile device you already own. Features Navigate your Xbox One console using your device’s keyboard and touch Control your media and set top box with the SmartGlass remote control Browse the web on your TV using your mobile ...

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Microsoft Store has revealed the products that will be on its Black Friday deals. The prices will drop at midnight ET on November 28th. Surface RT 32Gb – $199 Surface RT 64GB – $379 Dell Inspiron 15Z – $399 (Intel Core i5, 6GB RAM, 32GB SSD+ 500GB HDD) Xbox 360 250GB – $199 Xbox 360 4Gb - $179 Call of Duty: Ghosts - $39.99 (Xbox 360), $49.99 (Xbox One) Grand Theft Auto 5 – $33.99 Battlefield 4 – $38.99 Madden 25 - $24.99 Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – $33.99 FIFA 14 – $24.99 Skylanders Swap Force Xbox 360 – $38.99 Minecraft – $9.99. There are lots of other products whose deal price will be revealed in the coming days. I think Surface RT 32Gb and Dell Inspiron 15Z are my best deals in the above list. What do you think? Check out the deals here. via: PCMAG ...

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Bing is now powering parts of Microsoft including Windows, Windows Phone, Office, and more. Even the upcoming Xbox One utilizes the power of Bing for the search functionality. With Bing and Kinect, you can easily find, play, watch, and listen to whatever you want. In fact, you can control the whole Xbox One using voice. You can wake up your Xbox One, switch between apps, start Skype call and more. Since it uses the Deep Neural Networks from Bing, it supports using natural phrases as well. For instance, you can say like the following to perform appropriate action. “I feel like watching comedy movies from the 1980’s” “Show me popular dubstep music” “I want to watch the movie Star Trek Into Darkness” “I want to play Forza Motorsport” Voice search on Xbox One works across the content available, from Xbox music track to Hulu rental videos. Xbox entertainment is growing from hundreds of thousands of pieces of ...

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Microsoft’s annual shareholder meeting is going on today.  Bill Gates made a very brief statement on the CEO search.  It seemed to me he originally planned to say a little more, but emotions got the best of him. Microsoft’s board is in search for the new CEO for Microsoft as current CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring next year. Microsoft previously announced that they are considering both internal and external candidates for this job. Reuters reported that former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and current Ford CEO Alan Mulally are now part of the shortlisted external candidates list. Also the internal candidates under consideration includes former Skype CEO Tony Bates, who is now responsible for Microsoft’s business development, and Satya Nadella, the company’s cloud and enterprise chief. More tidbits may come out of the meeting, we’ll have full coverage throughout the day. via: The Verge ...

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Microsoft today detailed the Twitch experience on Xbox One. Twitch is the the world’s leading video platform for gamers. It will allow you to view the full content catalog from tens of thousands of PC & console broadcasters on the Twitch platform. Apart from the regular features, it supports Xbox One platform features such as Snap mode, instant switching, Xbox OneGuide, etc,. Also it supports the new media achievements which you can earn as you watch videos on this app. Here are some, Watch one hour of live video on Twitch to become a Newcomer Watch 10 hours of live video on Twitch for Competitive Watch 100 hours of live video on Twitch for Best Viewer Watch one hour of live video on Twitch channels that have less than 10 viewers to be the Hipster Microsoft also revealed that game broadcasting on Twitch app is not coming at launch. Microsoft is working with Twitch to ...

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Microsoft today announced the launch of Microsoft Store on eBay in the US. It is basically Microsoftstore.com within eBay. Microsoft is expanding their online retail presence with this move. As you can expect, all Microsoft products from Xbox to Surface are available. Our customers continue to tell us they want more choice, value and service and appreciate how our stores connect them to the best of Microsoft. This delights us to no end. By working with eBay, a top global shopping destination with more than 124 million active users globally, even more customers can now purchase their favorite Microsoft first-party products including Surface and Xbox, as well as accessories. Our customers can expect the same safe online shopping experience, return policy and free shipping from the Microsoft Store on eBay that they’ve come to expect on microsoftstore.com. Visit Microsoft Store on eBay. ...

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Ryse: Son of Rome is an action-adventure video game developed by Crytek and published by Microsoft Studios as an Xbox One exclusive launch title. Today, the launch trailer of the game got released. You can watch it above. Ryse: Son of Rome tells the story of Marius Titus, a young Roman soldier    who witnesses the murder of his family at the hands of barbarian bandits,    then travels with the Roman army to Britannia to seek revenge. Quickly    rising through the ranks, Marius must become a leader of men and    defender of the Empire on his quest to exact vengeance – a destiny    he soon discovers can only be fulfilled much closer to home. Ryse: Son of Rome presents a cinematic recreation of the Roman Empire in breathtaking detail, from the northern reaches of Britannia, to the Coliseum and the very heart of Rome itself. Stunning visuals bring every aspect of the Empire ...

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  Designers from design consultancy company Teague have reviewed the Sony PS4 design. Teague designed the original Xbox, conceptualized controllers for the Xbox brand, and created the Xbox 360 racing wheel. The review just focuses on the industrial design of the PS4. The console got some positive news, they commented that PS4 is a good-looking, nicely proportioned console that fits well into the modern living room. The controller and the design connection between controller and the console was criticized. Creative Director David Wykes commented that Sony’s controller looks like a piece of clay that’s been worked with too much. It’s always a challenge to design two functionally apposed objects to look like they’ve been born from the same creator; one a box to be quietly placed, admired, and left alone, the other a controller to be held and beaten into submission.  But the controller is the main touch point for the console; ...

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Microsoft revealed during Xbox One announcement that Game DVR and Upload features are built into Xbox One. You can record your clips and personalize them for your Xbox Live friends to see. If you have a SkyDrive account, you can save your edited game clips directly to the SkyDrive folder and share the way you want to share without any restrictions or limitations. What are Game DVR and Upload Studio? Game DVR makes it possible to capture the most epic moments in your gaming experience. You can snap it to the side of your game to begin recording up to five minutes of footage at any time. You get to choose whether you want to capture the last five minutes of gameplay or quickly capture the last 30 seconds simply by saying “Xbox, record that.” Hit the Game DVR notification or say “Xbox, go to Upload Studio” and you will ...

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When Microsoft revealed the new Xbox One controller, it looked almost same as the Xbox 360 controller. It didn’t have touchpad or light bar like Sony’s PS4 controller. You will be surprised to hear that Microsoft invested well over $100 million for developing this Xbox One controller. When Microsoft started this project of developing next generation Xbox One controller, they were aware of the fact that people just love Xbox 360 controller and it was the best in class controller. “We knew that there were things we could improve, even though it was the best-in-class controller,” said Microsoft senior industrial designer Quintin Morris. “We absolutely look at our competition, because we respect the competition,” said Alam. “But quite frankly, in the controller space, we are convinced that our device is the best in class. I think it’s a well-known fact. You double-check and look around you to make sure you’re ...

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Toshiba last year announced its premium notebook series called Kirabook with impressive screen resolutions and build quality. They are yet to announced the next generation Kirabooks this year. However, Toshiba Japanese has announced two new Dynabook KIRA V654 and Dynabook Kira V834. Both these devices are powered by Intel’s new Haswell processors, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, IEEE 801.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and DTS Studio sound. These Ultrabooks come pre-installed with Windows 8.1, Office Home and business 2013 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. Dynabook KIRA V654: Dynabook KIRA V654 does not have touch screen, but it has 13-inch 1,366 x 768 resolution screen and weighs at just 1.12kg. There is also an optional high-resolution model 2,560 x 1,440. What’s so impressive about this Ultrabook? The 13-inch 1,366 x 768 resolution model will give you 22 hours of battery life and the 2,560 x 1,440 will give you 14 hours battery life. ...

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We rarely happen to see Microsoft and Google working on something together. Last time, we saw them together to for patent issues and then for PRISM spying scandal. Today, Dailymail reported that Google has agreed to block child porn related links from its search results. Google will now prevent depraved images and videos from appearing on its search results, and they will expand this blockage to 156 other languages in 6 months. ‘We’ve fine-tuned Google Search to prevent links to child sexual abuse material from appearing in our results.’ Microsoft will also make similar restrictions on its Bing search engine. While Microsoft will be providing the technology called PhotoDNA that will allow officials to automatically find child porn images across the web, Google has developed breakthrough technology that will allow illegal videos to be ‘tagged’ so that all duplicate copies can be removed across the internet. Good job by both Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today announced a new project called Office Remote. It is a collaboration between Microsoft Research and the Microsoft Office engineering team that will allow you to control Office apps on your PC from your Windows Phone device. “Office Remote turns your phone into a smart remote that interacts with Microsoft Office on your PC,” says Bert Van Hoof, an Office group program manager. “The app lets you control Word, Excel, and PowerPoint from across the room so you can walk around freely during presentations.” “With Office Remote,” Van Hoof adds, “you can start your PowerPoint presentation, advance the slides, see your speaker notes, and control an on-screen laser pointer with a touch of your finger—all from your phone. You can also navigate between Excel worksheets and graphs, and control data slicers from the palm of your hand. And you can scroll through a Word document or quickly jump to specific sections ...

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AT&T has announced their plans for launching Nokia Lumia 2520 last week. It seems Verizon is also launching Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet this week. According to the information we received, Verizon will make the announcement on Wednesday. Nokia Lumia 2520 will cost $399.99 on 2 year contract from Verizon. If you buy it along with Nokia Lumia 929 Windows Phone 8 device, you can get this for $199. I think this bundle deal offers great value for customers. As opposed to various colors of Lumia 2520 tablet on AT&T, Verizon will sell only Black and Red devices.   ...

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  Israeli news site Calcalist today reported that Apple has bought PrimeSense, the technology that powered the original Kinect released by Microsoft. During the release of original Kinect, Microsoft said the following on PrimeSense, “PrimeSense has delivered an important component to the technology, helping us deliver revolutionary controller-free entertainment experiences in the living room.” However, the current Xbox One Kinect is fully engineered by Microsoft. PrimeSense is the leader in 3D sensors and it already powers over dozen of natural interaction products in the market. They claim that their technology is already powering more than 24 million devices around the world. According the report, Apple bought PrimeSense for over $345 million which I think is a great deal. If Apple is planning for a media console, PrimeSense could become the technology powering it. Also PrimeSense is already developing 3D sensor chips which can be embedded in smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc, ...

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It seems to me this will be a series of posts, please read Part I of our in-depth chronicling of the hardware issues plaguing the PS4: http://microsoft-news.com/cheaper-ps4-experiencing-hardware-issues-already/ Well I must congratulate Sony for copying Microsoft so successfully.  In an effort to emulate some of the successes of the Xbox 360, Sony has included their own version of the RROD (Red Ring of Death) in the PS4, let me introduce to you the Blue Light of Death (BLOD). The difference between the RROD and BLOD, is the BLOD is appearing immediately or only after a few hours of use, pointing to bad components/build quality, while the Xbox 360 had heating issues, which caused problems over time.  On top of that, Sony’s rating for the PS4 is plummeting on Amazon, two days back the PS4 had a 4.5 rating on Amazon.com, toady the rating has dropped to 3.5 stars.  Generally when you looks at the overall reviews you want to sees a decreasing cascade ...

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