Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft has had a long history of supporting tools that assist handicapped individuals use PCs.  The Internet Explorer team maintains its strong commitment to making it easier for making the web easier to browse for those blind or visually impaired.  Screen readers, such as Windows Narrator, will now work better with IE11.   Notifications Keep Users of Screen Readers Better Informed IE11 improves editing in e-mail and online Web document applications by notifying screen readers about both automatic and user-initiated text changes. Here are a few examples of the new notifications in IE11: Auto-correct: Internet Explorer auto-corrects misspelled words.  For example, if a user types “teh” in English, it will be corrected to “the.”  IE11 adds a new notification so screen readers can inform users that auto-correct is happening. Backspace: As a user types, the screen reader announces each keystroke.  However, simply hearing ‘backspace’ announced is not particularly helpful because it ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced yet another partnership with Klout to make searching for person’s digital identity easier. Bing Snapshots on the right side of the search results will present the information about the person searched for. Klout-Verified Snapshots allow people to influence how they appear within the Snapshot column on Bing. To help people manage their presence online, we’ve teamed up with Klout to create Bing Personal Snapshots. An expansion of People Snapshots introduced this past March, Klout-Verified Snapshots allow people to influence how they appear within the Snapshot column on Bing. Basic information is drawn from a person’s connected LinkedIn profile, while also displaying links to their Twitter, Facebook and Klout profiles. Once a Snapshot has been claimed, a profile will include a ‘verified’ badge. As part of the update, we’ll also display Top Klout Moments, which show a person’s most influential posts from Twitter and Instagram inside the ...

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Just few hours back we reported that Lumia 2520 is coming to Verizon in 3rd week of November with the price tag of $499. The device will be available from Verizon in Red, Cyan, White and Black colors. We have already seen the device in red and now, @evleaks has posted the press render of the Lumia 2520 in Cyan. Key features of the tablet: It is a Windows RT 8.1 tablet. It will be powered by Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.15 hz It will have 6.7-megapixel primary Carl Zeiss optics camera  and a 2-megapixel front camera. It will sport a 10.1″ 1080p screen, 5 point multi-touch with wide viewing angles, ClearBlack tech for outdoor use. In-built storage of 32 GB Detachable keyboard/stand which should be connected to the tablet to make it work just like Touch/Type covers for Surface. There is a battery in the keyboard for extra power. USB ports in the back ...

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Microsoft’s next generation console Xbox One was today honored by Popular Mechanics as one of the breakthrough products in 2013. Popular Mechanics each year gives this honors to year’s most innovative and transformative products. Here’s what they told about Xbox One, Some products are evolutionary, others are revolutionary. The Xbox One is both. The most notable improvement is the new Kinect sensor, which is integral to the operation of the console. It can see in total darkness, track the fine movements of your hands and muscles, and even sense your heartbeat. Gamers may have taken issue with the Xbox One’s price ($500) and paywall restrictions (some features require a $50 per year subscription), but technologically it’s a huge upgrade from its predecessor. The platform is so advanced that developers have barely begun to grasp all its possibilities. Well done, Microsoft Xbox team. Read more: The 10 Breakthrough Products of 2013 ...

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Earlier this week, Microsoft quietly announced that Remote Desktop apps for iOS and Android platforms coming later this month for Windows Server 2012 R2. This is a big news for many enterprise users. iTap is a mobile remote desktop app for iOS devices which was utilizing Microsoft RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) to give you complete control over and fast access to your Windows PC from anywhere. iTap mobile RDP was the only RDP client to support TS Gateway. Compared to other iPhone clients iTap mobile RDP was said to be more than twice as fast as the next best competitor. It seems Microsoft is aware of the app and has acquired some IP assets from the company to build its own Remote Desktop apps which is coming next month. Microsoft provided the following statement on this to Neowin, Microsoft acquired specific IP assets from HLW Software Development GmbH (HLW). This ...

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Best Buy is now offering a trade-in program for older generation Surface tablets just in time for the launch of the next generation of Surface devices later this month. You can trade in a Surface RT or Surface Pro tablet and get a gift card worth at least $200 and up to $350 which you can use to buy other stuff from Best Buy. You need to visit the nearest Best Buy Store to use this offer. The program will end on Oct. 21. Check the Best Buy page here. ...

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HP has struggling ever since it probably made the second stupidest decision ever to fire Mark Hurd as CEO over a minor affair (the fist being to then instate Leo Apotheker as CEO).   At an annual financial meeting, HP’s current CEO Meg Whitman had strong comments in an address to analysts.  You may recall previously Whitman was Ebay’s CEO and ran unsuccessfully for governor of California before taking her current job at HP. Whitman’s admitted the company was too slow in many cases, missing out on deals with large customers because it couldn’t “deliver the goods.” “We have got to up our game substantially in how we do things at this company,” said Whitman. “We don’t always look carefully at how we can optimize our end-to-end processes. We’ve got to demand a consistent level of quality.” Whitman additionally added “often we show up late.” “HP is just a little late ...

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Microsoft today released an update for Outlook.com mail app for Android devices. This new update brings in some of the most requested features such as server side search, support for aliases and more. What’s new? This update includes over 150 improvements, along with some new features including: Server-side search: You can now search through all of your email, even if the messages aren’t on your phone.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for on your phone, you have a new option to search Outlook.com to find your messages. Download all mail: Another popular request was to allow more choices for syncing your mail. We’ve added an option to let you download all your messages, regardless of how old they are (though keep in mind you can now search for messages even if they aren’t on your phone). Support for Aliases: People love using aliases, but they want to be ...

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President Obama used many analogies to explain his perception of Republican shutdown negotiating strategies, but his Xbox reference certainly gathered the most attention. Noting that Republicans want to delay or defund his health care law before approving a new spending plan, Obama told reporters: “The American people do not get to demand a ransom for doing their jobs. You don’t get a chance to call your bank and say, ‘I’m not going to pay my mortgage this month unless you throw in a new car and an Xbox.’” Of course this sent PS4 fans into overdrive, denouncing the President for mentioning the Xbox but not the Playstation.  Clearly the President was well aware, nobody wants a Playstation, even if the bank throws it in for free. ...

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Microsoft actively developing a new technology to replace tracking cookies; similar to independent projects being worked on by Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook and others.   Tracking cookies have come under scrutiny in recent years from regulators and privacy advocates.  Third party tracking cookies especially are now easily blocked through built-in functions within browsers.  Safari blocks third party cookies by default, Firefox is considering doing the same with a new release by the end of the year.  Internet Explorer considered doing the same, but was swayed not to by an executive acquired through the purchase of aQuantive.  Google’s Chrome browser of course has all cookies fully enabled to maximize ad revenue, surprise. The Do Not Track functionality is also hurting advertisers with Internet Explorer leading the pack by having it enabled by default.  Most browsers also have a private or “porn mode” which blocks many cookies when it is enabled.  Microsoft’s new technology ...

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Toy“R”Us is a leading retailer, in the US, for children’s toys and other juvenile products.  They posted a video demoing the Xbox One in order to inform their customers (mothers, young children, etc) about the product.  This was part of the company’s annual “Fabulous 15” list of recommendations for the holiday season.     Sony fanboys, angry that the PS4 did not make the list, quickly resorted to posting comments on the youtube video which are simply to vile to repost here.  This is especially unfortunate given the intended audience of the video.  The company did eventually disable comments but not before racist & sexist remarks, profane comments, and excessive thumbs down votes were given to the video.  Ultimately a decision was made to remove the video.  Sony declined to comment.  Microsoft was not immediately available for comment. Source: Video Games Scene ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming Fresh Paint app for Windows 8.1 devices that is coming on Oct 18th. The new Fresh Paint features watercolor support, a new graphite pencil set, new ways to work with photos and a new modern user interface. Microsoft has also made improvements to stylus pressure, more realistic rendering for watercolor. The exciting part of the update is the ability to make high quality canvas prints. Microsoft has partnered with CanvasPop to print the paintings you make on FreshPaint. Fresh Paint is the first painting app to integrate CanvasPop’s new printing API. We believe in pushing the boundaries of what is possible with art in the digital age. We’re bringing that to life by helping you turn your digital paintings and drawings into amazing physical pieces that you can hang in your living room or give as gifts. This new functionality is a direct result of user feedback. And, we’re ...

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Lenovo is working on a Yoga Windows tablet that will have some new form factor in which it will have two small stands on the sides. Lenovo posted on its teaser page that “It’s time for a tablet that can hold its own.” Earlier Lenovo SVP and head of China, Chen Xudong, on Sina Weibo confirmed that Lenovo is launching this tablet in Oct and the teaser site has confirmed the Oct 30th data. The Yoga tablet will be powered by Intel Bay Trail processor, and will also take the title of becoming the world’s slimmest tablet with the longest standby battery life. Source: Lenovo ...

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Microsoft’s board has officially appointed a committee to select the successor to Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer. According to the report from Bloomberg, Microsoft’s board is working toward selecting the successor by the end of this year. Also the board is narrowing its CEO choices after preliminary interviews. It also reports that some candidates like EBay CEO John Donahoe have declined to be considered for the post said two people. The board has also solicited advice from Silicon Valley veterans such as Charles Giancarlo, a former Cisco Systems Inc. executive and now a managing director at private-equity firm Silver Lake, said other people with knowledge of the matter. Board members have already spoken with candidates such as Ford Motor Co. (F) CEO Alan Mulally; former Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) CEO Stephen Elop, who will join Microsoft when its $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s handset unit closes; former Microsoft No. 3 executive ...

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Synaptics, who provides touchpads and touchscreen technology to all leading OEMs has announced today that they have acquired Validity Sensors, Inc., a leading provider of biometric fingerprint authentication solutions for smartphones, tablets and notebook PCs. Read the full press release below. Synaptics Enters Fast Growing Fingerprint ID Market with Acquisition of Validity Reinforces Market Leadership in Human Interface Technology with Industry-Leading Fingerprint Sensor Technology | Provides Preliminary First Quarter Fiscal 2014 Revenue Results | Will Host Conference Call Today at 2:30pm Pacific Time (5:30pm Eastern Time) SAN JOSE, Calif. – October 9, 2013 Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA), a leader in human interface solutions, today announced it has signed a Definitive Agreement to acquire Validity Sensors, Inc., a leading provider of biometric fingerprint authentication solutions for smartphones, tablets and notebook PCs. With the acquisition of Validity, Synaptics expects to gain access to the fast growing biometrics market, significantly expanding its market ...

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Gartner released its report on PC shipments for the third quarter of 2013.  For the sixth consecutive quarter PC fell, a whopping -8.6% decline with 80.3 million units shipped.  The report had a more negative outlook than IDC’s report.  This is the worst back-to-school PC season since 2008. Similar to IDC’s report, Gartner saw Lenovo, HP, and Dell grow while Acer & ASUS declined.  Gartner believes the holiday season will be a “key indicator” for the future of the two companies. Acer declined 22.6% compared to a year ago while Asus saw a 22.5% decline.  Asus’ tablet shipments were nearly equal to its mobile PC shipments.  It appears the decline of the netbook market is hurting both Acer and Asus. In the US 16.1 million units shipped in the third quarter, a 3.5% increase compared to last year.  Apple actually lost market share this quarter.  According to Gartner new form ...

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