Review Category : Microsoft

I came across few interesting patents from Microsoft that got published by the USPTO recently. Below are the some of them with their abstract content. BATTERY WITH COMPUTING, SENSING AND COMMUNICATION CAPABILTIES Electrical battery apparatus embodiments are presented that generally involve incorporating sensing, computing, and communication capabilities into the one common component that a vast number of electronic devices employ–namely batteries. By integrating these capabilities into disposable and/or rechargeable batteries, new functionality and intelligence can be provided to otherwise stand-alone devices. POWER SAVING WI-FI TETHERING The techniques discussed herein reduce the power consumption of a Wi-Fi tethering device by switching the Wi-Fi functionality of the Wi-Fi tethering device from a normal operational mode to a sleep mode during idle intervals. The techniques implement a sleep protocol where a Wi-Fi tethering device and the Wi-Fi client device coordinate and establish a sleep schedule. Moreover, the techniques describe a sleep interval adaptation ...

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Microsoft today posted a video on YouTube talking about the design of Xbox One gaming console. They were highlighting about the seamless integration of Xbox One hardware and software through a unified design language. The design language, which uses a series of tiles and fluid motion, is steeped in the same DNA as Modern UI, the unifying language shared by Microsoft products like Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface. It draws inspiration from 16:9, which is the number that describes the width-to-height ratio most common in today’s high-definition wide screen TVs. The aspect ratio is naturally pleasing to the eye, and synonymous with cinematic presentation and the living room entertainment experience, two qualities that the Xbox team wanted embodied by Xbox One. The video also teases the upcoming Halo 5 game. Microsoft is expected to reveal Halo 5 game at E3 2014 in June. Another video titled Xbox One Design “Tell” ...

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Microsoft has invited the press for a Surface related event on May 20th. Microsoft is expected to reveal Surface Mini which will be based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will have a full stylus support as well. Bloomberg later reported that Microsoft will also reveal a Intel based Surface at the same event in addition to the rumored Surface Mini. Today, CNET reported that the Intel based Surface will based on a new power-optimized Haswell variant as opposed to the widely believed Intel Atom processor. “There’s definitely a new Intel-based Surface,” a chip industry source told CNET, who added that the media attending the event may “go back” with the Intel-based product. “From what I can assess so far I think it’s going to [have] a new power-optimized Haswell variant,” the source said, not an Atom processor like Intel’s Bay Trail. Microsoft already has a Intel Haswell based product ...

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Microsoft is today giving away a Surface 2 that’s signed by NFL quarterback, Drew Brees. Rea all the details below to learn how you could win. Lucky for us, the NFL Draft is tomorrow so there is reason to celebrate! All the chatter surrounding this year’s draft has us on the edge of our seats. We can’t wait to see how our teams all shape up. The Surface team is curious to hear your predictions too so we’ll be throwing out a question on Twitter to find out. Be sure to follow us so you don’t miss your chance to win a Surface 2 signed by quarterback Drew Brees! Entering is easy: Follow @Surfaceon Twitter Reply to our question, we’ll tweet it out at 6pm PST on Wednesday, 5/7/14 Be sure to include the hashtag #SurfaceSweeps in your response This giveaway is for today only so make sure you submit your answers ...

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Microsoft today announced new forecasting capabilities in Power View for Office 365 users. Power View performs advanced statistical analysis of the data in your line charts to generate forecasts that incorporate trends and seasonal factors. So how does forecasting work? Forecasting in Power View is based on an established suite of methods for time series prediction called exponential smoothing. Over the years many methods have been developed for the analysis of time series, depending on whether the data is strongly seasonal or has no seasonality, how much noise there is in the data, and whether the data contains “surprises” or irregular peaks. In Power View, you can now apply predictive forecasting, and hindcasting, when visualizing and exploring your data. Forecasting in Power View utilizes built-in predictive forecasting models using exponential smoothing to automatically detect seasonality in the data to provide forecast results from a series of data. Explore forecast results by ...

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Sunset Overdrive game was announced during E3 2013 during Microsoft keynote as a Xbox One exclusive. Sunset Overdrive is an always changing, open-world shooter set in the not-so-distant future. The story is like this, a catastrophic event has left your city overrun by mutants. While the majority perish or transform, you flourish. It turns out your calling isn’t picking up trash or serving food, it’s mutant destruction. With an arsenal of kick-ass, overpowered weapons and a knack for traversing the city with hyper agility, it’s not the end of days for you. Welcome to your Awesomepocalypse The city’s overrun with mutants. Problem? Not for you. Sunset Overdrive is a playground of post-apocalyptic possibilities. Vault, grind & wall-run while using a deadly & unconventional arsenal. With hyper-agility, unique weapons, & customizable abilities, it rewrites the rules of shooters while delivering an irreverent adventure. Factions You’re not the only one embracing the Awesomepocaplypse. ...

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Yesterday, we reported the new Office Mix tool from Microsoft. Today, Microsoft announced that they have extended that preview to the public. Office Mix offers a simple way to turn your PowerPoint slides into interactive online lessons and presentations. Office Mix tool was developed as part of the Startup Business Group inside Microsoft that has released some pretty amazing technologies. 3D Printing for Windows, Power Map (aka Project GeoFlow) and one of my favorite Windows 8.1 apps, Fresh Paint, are just a few examples. Office Mix promises to make life much easier for teachers, or anyone else who spends much time developing and delivering PowerPoint presentations. Office Mix brings features like the ability to record inking, audio and video directly into PowerPoint so you can turn a slide deck into an interactive lesson and share it online with the press of a button. Office Mix adds functionality to PowerPoint 2013 that allows you to record ...

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After Sony’s E3 2014 PS4 related announcements got leaked on to the internet, it’s time for some Microsoft news. A new blog has posted bunch of information as Microsoft’s E3 2014′s announcements. It’s highly possible that it could be true. There are some Xbox exclusive games, Games with Gold program for Xbox One and other related announcements.  Forza Horizon 2 will be announced for release in October 2014 vai Playground Games. It will once again be open world and set in Louisiana, Missisips, New Mexico, Texas and Arkansas. Full day/night cycle, real time weather. Estimated 80 hour single player. Ryse 2 is in development and will be announced at the show in a real-time in-game trailer. Gone is the Roman period, enter the medieval setting. The game will offer more freedom of exploration and a refined combat system. The main character is a sell-sword of sorts with a greater destiny. This ...

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Canalys today reported that worldwide client PC shipments which includes tablets reached 123.7 million units in Q1 2014, up 5% year on year. Even though the growth in tablet shipments slowed to 21%, yet at 50.8 million units they continued to out-ship notebooks. Notebooks shipments fell sharply in China and European regions while US remained flat. Lenovo continued to lead among the Windows OEM whereas Samsung is pushed to 4th place by HP as they are leaving the mainstream PC ecosystem to focus on their mobile efforts. Lenovo did well in the quarter, increasing its PC market share from 10% to 12% with 15.0 million units shipped. It achieved solid annual growth in all PC categories and is now placed first, second and third in the notebook, desktop and tablet markets respectively. And after four quarters of decline, its shipments in China are stabilizing – they were effectively flat on Q1 2013. EMEA ...

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As announced earlier, Microsoft has started shipping Surface 2 4G model in the UK. In March, Microsoft released Surface 2 LTE in the US market for AT&T LTE network and now they are expanding to UK. It comes with only one SKU, Surface 2 64GB (4G) will cost £539.00 incl. VAT in the UK. You can buy it from Microsoft’s online store, Currys or PC World. It also comes with couple of offers, 200GB storage for two years When you put a file on OneDrive, it’s with you on all of your internet-enabled devices. Get free Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote in your browser with OneDrive and free Office Web Apps. To activate your free 200GB of OneDrive storage, just use the code included in your Surface or Surface Pro 2 packaging. Unlimited minutes & Wi-Fi for one year Get calling landlines in over 60 destinations worldwide and Skype Wi-Fi ...

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Microsoft today announced that the popular and addictive puzzle game Wordament is now available on the Nokia X family of devices. With this release, Wordament becomes the first Xbox game on the Nokia X platform. Since Nokia X devices are based on AOSP, it must have been an easy job for Microsoft to port from the Android version of the same game. Game Description: “Why play against one person in a turn when you can play against thousands at once? Wordament® is a real-time continuous word tournament. Players compete on the same board with everyone at once. Rounds offer challenges such as two- and three-letter tiles, themed words, speed rounds and more. You can be a champion in many ways: find the most words possible, earn the best score, find the longest words, best your Frenemies, or beat your top score. How you win is up to you. Wordament tracks ...

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Microsoft along with other web companies has raised their concerns about the new FCC rules that will allow network providers like AT&T to sell prioritized service to content companies like Netflix. Microsoft and other web companies are arguing that this rule would enable phone and cable Internet service providers to discriminate both technically and financially against Internet companies and to impose new tolls on them. FCC’s idea is to provide fast lane internet access to heart rate monitoring services, not to deliver speedy YouTube ads. However, these companies argue that there should be rules that provide certainty to all market participants and keep the costs of regulation low. FCC earlier responded to the same criticism on their blog as follows, The allegation that it will result in anti-competitive price increases for consumers is also unfounded. That is exactly what the “commercially unreasonable” test will protect against: harm to competition and ...

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Microsoft is expected to announce a Surface Mini device at an press event on May 20th. Yesterday, another report claimed that Microsoft will announce more than one Surface devices and one will include Intel processor in them too. Designer Jonas Daehnert/Phone Designer has created a Surface Mini concepts that can be seen above. Based on various leaks in the past, here are the details about Surface Mini, No built in Kickstand An accessory cover will work as a kickstand Likely to be available in Silver, similar to the Surface 2 ARM based device (Windows RT) Ships in June 7.5-inch device 1440 x 1080 display 4:3 aspect ratio similar to iPad (unlike 16:9 Surface & Surface Pro) Active Pen support (similar to Surface Pro) Ships by end of June Source: PhoneDesigner via: Neowin ...

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Peggle 2 is a puzzle video game for Xbox One developed by PopCap Games. It was announced during the E3 2013 and it expands on the original Peggle by featuring new levels, challenges, environments, Peggle Masters and special powers. Now, Peggle 2 Xbox 360 version of the game was released yesterday. Dash Text: Everything is better with Peggle! Catch the fever now on Xbox 360 with Peggle 2, where you’ll master over 120 new levels and trials in the sequel to one of the most engaging puzzle-action games of all time. Unleash amazing magic powers as you learn from Peggle Master Bjorn, and 4 all-new masters like the dark and mysterious Luna, while you shoot balls at colorful, challenging boards of pegs to reach Extreme Fever. But there’s more! Unlocked costumes allow you to dress up the various masters for laughs and for multiplayer fun. And try four-player Peg Party ...

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Microsoft’s latest cybersecurity report, released Wednesday, revealed a 70 percent decline in the number of severe vulnerabilities that were exploited in Microsoft products between 2010 and 2013. New research conducted by Trustworthy Computing’s Security Science team shows a 70 percent decline in the number of severe vulnerabilities (those that can enable remote code execution) that were exploited in Microsoft products between 2010 and 2013. This is a clear indication that newer products are providing better protection, even in cases where vulnerabilities exist. While this trend is promising, cybercriminals aren’t giving up. Our data shows that in the second half of 2013 there was a noticeable increase in cybercriminal activity where attackers used deceptive practices. The continued increase in deceptive tactics is striking; in the last quarter of 2013, the number of computers impacted as a result of deceptive tactics more than tripled. The security mitigations included in newer Microsoft products ...

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Microsoft Mobile division today announced the availability of Nokia XL dual SIM, which is the flagship of the new Nokia X family. It comes with 5-inch touch display, Front and rear cameras and 768MB of RAM. The Nokia XL dual SIM will be available from today in APAC and IMEA for about €109($150 ISD) before local taxes and subsidies. Key Specs: Five-inch capacitive touch screen 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core Processor 768MB RAM 5MP autofocus camera with flash 2MP front-facing camera Expandable up to 32GB external memory 2000 mAH battery Satellite GPS Accelerometer Available colours: Bright Green, Orange, Cyan, Yellow, Black and White Read more about it here. ...

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