Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft Bing today announced their partnership with 500px to showcase great photography on Bing.  500px which is a leading photo sharing platform for aspiring and professional photographers will bring even more of the world’s great imagery to Bing’c iconic home page. In the coming months, we will highlight select images from over 2.5 million members of the 500px community thru selected parts of the Bing.com experience. As a passionate photographer myself, I am particularly excited about the platform and exposure this will provide to photographers around the world. In the meantime, go check out 500px or Bing.com. Stay tuned for further details and of course, more world class images on Bing. Source: Bing ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of both Surface RT and Surface Pro devices in Taiwan. Even though Taiwan’s Pegatron makes Surface tablets for all parts of the world, their home country got Surface devices nearly after 9 months of the launch. According to Neowin, the new reduced price of Surface Pro is also live in Taiwan for a limited period. Sales of the tablets began at noon Sunday, when 100 Tsann Kuen Enterprise and Fayaque electronic stores became the first outlets to officially sell the Surface RT and Surface Pro in the country. The Surface Pro will feature a reduced price until Aug. 29, when Microsoft plans to end its temporary price cut; Taiwanese customers will pay the equivalent of about $100 less for the tablet until that time. Source: Microsoft via: Neowin ...

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Following the price cuts for Surface RT devices by $150 per unit, Microsoft has also reduced the price of Surface Pro devices by $100 today. The discounted price is now live in Microsoft Store online. Surface Pro unit with 128GB now costs $899.00, $100 down from the original price of $999. Also the Surface Pro Bundle which includes Office Home and Student 2013, Complete for Surface Pro 2-year warranty, Type Cover, INCIPIO Surface Sleeve, and Surface Pro Screen Protector now costs just $309.99 down from the original price of $478.96. Source: Microsoft ...

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At  Blackhat 2013 conference, Microsoft discussed about improved security capabilities in Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 now features the ability to enable devices to be fully locked down by IT, remote security options for BYOD devices and more. Group Program Manager for Windows Security & Identity summarized the whole thing as below. #1 Trustworthy Hardware Trusted hardware is a key investment area for Microsoft in Windows 8.1. Often in a BYOD scenario, if an employee buys a new computer, it can be hit-or-miss as to whether the device will have all the tools baked in that an IT department needs to make sure any data on that device is secure. With Windows 8.1 we take away the guesswork. The Trusted Platform Module: TPM is a hardware security device or chip that provides a number of crypto functions, including securely storing keys and performing cryptographic measurements. It’s a great tool for the enterprise, ...

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  Microsoft Skype yesterday announced the free WiFi availability for Skype Premium users in over 1 million hotspots around the world. If you are a frequent traveler, then this is a great deal for you. Read more about it below. It doesn’t have to be this way. With Skype WiFi, you can buy just as much WiFi as you need. You don’t have to drag out your credit cards when you’re on the move, you can just pay for it right out of your Skype Credit. Plus, it’s available at over 1 million hotspots worldwide.** But it gets even better. Throughout the month of August, if you’re a Skype Premium subscriber, you get Skype WiFi for free! If you’re headed to the beach or have a business trip, you can email, check the news, make your family jealous with awesome vacation photos, laugh at LOLcats, and yes, even chat on Skype ...

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A patent about head-mounted display for multi-player gaming from Microsoft went public today. This is not so surprising as we already know that Microsoft is working on similar glass display system. An internal document on Microsoft Xbox which got leaked last year revealed that Microsoft is planning to release some fortaleza glasses in 2014. I think this patent might be related to that Fortaleza glasses. These Fortaleza glasses will also have 4G/LTE connectivity as well. Abstract: A system and related methods for inviting a potential player to participate in a multiplayer game via a user head-mounted display device are provided. In one example, a potential player invitation program receives user voice data and determines that the user voice data is an invitation to participate in a multiplayer game. The program receives eye-tracking information, depth information, facial recognition information, potential player head-mounted display device information, and/or potential player voice data. The program associates ...

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Microsoft Security Research & Defense blog today revealed about the new Xbox Live Avatar awards for security experts. These custom Xbox Live avatar items will be awarded to anyone who completes any track of the BlueHat Challenge. You can win all three avatar items “hacker” T-shirt, “MSRC” T-shirt, “hacker” blue hat. The challenges are all about fun and trying new things. To sign up for any of the three tracks (reverse engineering, vulnerability discovery, design-level web browser manipulation tricks), just email us at bhchall@microsoft.com. In the subject line or in the body of the message, include either [reverse], [vulns], or [web] (or click on any of those three links). Signing up for any of the three tracks will also include instructions on participating in all tracks so you can send just one email to get started. The Challenge is designed to appeal to a wide range of people, so if the first ...

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Xbox VP Marc Whitten today revealed some information about the progress in Xbox One development during Major Nelson’s this week podcast. He revealed that Microsoft has begun the internal beta for Xbox One console. And Xbox One’s GPU clock speed was increased from 800MHz to 853MHz. And Microsoft has released its “mono driver” to developers, these mono drive is a DirectX graphics driver “100% optimized for Xbox One” that will allow game developers to build games with great performance taking advantage of the underlying hardware. Microsoft is planning to reveal more information about Xbox One at Gamescom in the coming weeks. Source: Major Nelson ...

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Microsoft cutie Pamela Woon (aka Miss Chinatown 2001) goes to Makerhaus and its 10,000-square-feet of fabrication prototyping – a membership workshop that features 3D printing for things such as jewelry, toys and virtually anything you can design with 3D software. While 3D printing isn’t mainstream – yet – it’s only a matter of time before it is, with the potential to crank out increasingly complex creations as easily as printing a Word document. In fact, customers can buy a 3D printer at Microsoft retail stores this fall and at Staples for $1,299. With the Windows 8.1 update, the vision of desktop manufacturing started to seem real. We found out Windows 8.1 will have built-in support for 3D printing. And a new project from Microsoft Research pioneers techniques to embed unique information (such as serial numbers) inside 3D printed objects readable by a terahertz scanner as a cost-effective alternative to adding ...

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Michael Dunn, program manager of Xbox Live, talked about Xbox One’s reputation in a blog post on Xbox Wire.  The new community-powered reputation model for Xbox One helps users avoid the players they do not want to play with. If a user does not want to play with cheats or jerks, they do not have to. The new reputation model helps expose people that aren’t fun to be around and creates real consequences for trouble-makers that harass our good players. This is done by simplifying the mechanism for Xbox One – moving from a survey option to more direct feedback, including things like “block” or “mute player” actions into the feedback model. The new model will take all of the feedback from a player’s online flow, put it in the system with a crazy algorithm that was created and validated with an MSR PhD to make sure things are fair ...

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The VLC gave an update for backers on their Kickstarter page: WinRT still advances As people who follow @videolan know, we keep working quite a bit on our port to the WinRT platforms. It is probably the port where the most effort is spent on those days, and is probably the most difficult. The good news is that we are improving quite a bit, and we are closer to having something on the store. Precision about VLC ports Some people said that we stopped working on WinRT to ship VLC on iOS… This is totally wrong, because those are not the same people working on it. VLC development is closer to a bazaar than to a cathedral building, and while the core advances altogether, people, who are volunteers, work on what they want, and on the features they want. This is very often true for VLC modules, and this is ...

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A new report out by Eurogamer shares a number of interesting tidbits gathered form sources inside Microsoft.  First, the reason the Xbox One is so large was to ensure the device was extremely reliable and not experience heat related problems as were seen in the Xbox 360; which cost the company over a billion dollars.  Secondly, the device is designed to last at least 10 years and in fact the Xbox can stay powered on during that entire period of time.  Since the device is designed to be always on, it is nearly silent and the low power states help with this quite a bit.  By extrapolating from the sizes of known components (principally the USB port), Eurogamer believes the Xbox One dimensions are approximately 34 x 26 x 8 cm or 13.3 x 10.2 x 3.1 inches. Wired’s photography of the Xbox One internals shows that airflow won’t be a ...

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More free games are on the way, courtesy of Games with Gold on Xbox 360. Xbox Live Gold members worldwide can continue building their collection of digital games on Xbox 360 with three new titles, available for free download for a limited time starting tomorrow. The August line-up of titles includes:  “Crackdown”“Dead Rising 2” ($29.99 ERP) and “Dead Rising 2: Case Zero”(400 Microsoft Points) –  Available between Aug. 16 and 31 “Crackdown” pushes the action genre with three-dimensional persistent playground, highly innovative co-op gameplay and an extensive prop interaction system. The game received top reviews from Eurogamer and OXM UK Ahead of the launch of “Dead Rising 3,” take a look back at its predecessors that took the franchise to a new level of zombie-killing fun. “Dead Rising 2” was rated 9.5/10 by Game Informer and “Dead Rising 2: Case Zero” received an “A” from the New York Post. Like ...

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A year ago today, Microsoft introduced the preview of Outlook.com. User feedback has helped in delivering over 600 additions, changes and improvements, packaged in 34 feature releases in the last year. Over 100 of these 100 were to help improve performance, reliability and stability. In terms of the size of the feature, here are the top twelve that have been delivered based on your feedback. Top 12 in the last 12 months Source: Outlook Blog ...

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Today the Xbox is adding two of the most watched TV brands in the U.S. to Xbox Live: Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, both owned by Viacom.  Xbox Live Gold1 members in the U.S. can now watch stand-up comedy with unlimited access to the CC: Stand-Up library featuring more than 6,000 videos from 700 of the funniest comedians on the planet.  The extensive video library gives you hours of stand-up and highlights some of today’s most popular comedians and up-and-coming talent, including the very best of comedians like Aziz Ansari, Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress and many others. And with Kinect for Xbox 360,1 you can use your voice to navigate through the app for non-stop comedy goodness. Also launching today on Xbox Live is Nickelodeon, making Xbox 360 home to kid-favorite and family-friendly TV shows and characters. Xbox Live Gold members1 in the U.S. can catch full episodes, watch funny videos ...

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Omar Shahine and Mona Akmal from the SkyDrive team held an AMA on reddit answering user questions.  We’ll be sharing any interesting tidbits. Shahine addressed Microsoft’s policy on putting naked photos in your SkyDrive I can tell you what we actually do here (how we technically implement our policy). We don’t really have any interest in what’s in your private files. The only exception here is where we’ve stated what we have a zero tolerance policy for child exploitation and we proactively scan for content uploaded to SkyDrive using technology called PhotoDNA (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/presskits/photodna/). You can read more about this technology and what it’s used for at Microsoft as well as at Facebook and now Google to detect these images and catch criminals. However, when you share your private files on the web, we do have an interest in making sure that the content you are sharing is not offensive in ...

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