Review Category : Microsoft

Just few days back we reported that the upcoming next generation Surface will have a two-step kickstand as opposed to the current model. A latest patent filing from Microsoft has almost confirmed the same and details how the kickstand works. A device kickstand is described. In at least some implementations, a kickstand is rotatably attached to a mobile computing device. The kickstand can be rotated to various positions to provide support for different orientations of the computing device. In at least some implementations, hinges are employed to attach a kickstand to a mobile computing device. One example hinge utilizes preset hinge stops that enable the kickstand to be placed at different preset positions. Another example hinge exerts pressure on an edge of the kickstand, providing stability and vibration dampening to the kickstand. The upcoming second generation Surface RT will be reportedly called Surface 2 and is expected to launch in ...

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Microsoft Bing Maps regularly updates their aerial imagery for various countries around the world. Today, they announced that 13 million sq km, or 315.92 terabytes, of new aerial imagery from around the world have been added to Bing Maps. You can view imagery from around the world below, Quebrada Cahiza, Chile Ísafjarðarbær, Iceland, Bing Maps Link Maritimes Alps, France, Bing Maps Link Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Bing Maps Link Hugh Town, Scilly Isles, England, Bing Maps Link Yukon Delta Refuge, Alaska Coastline, Fiji West West of Suzhou, China Harbour Island, Cape Town Source: Bing ...

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Back in June along with the announcement about Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft revealed that official apps for Facebook, Foursquare, NFL Fantasy Football and Flipboard are coming to Windows 8/RT devices. Foursquare and NFL Fantasy Football apps are already available in Windows Store. Official Windows twitter account for Spain has tweeted that official Facebook app for Windows 8/RT devices is coming in Windows Store along with the release of Windows 8.1. We already know that Windows 8.1 is releasing on Oct 18th, so expect the Facebook in Windows Store around the same time frame. Source: Windows Spain via: WindowsPhoneapps.es ...

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Microsoft today revealed that it will be using the new Entertainment Genome technology from video content discovery solutions provider Jinni to provide video recommendations for its Xbox One users. Xbox uses the rich set of attributes in the Jinni Entertainment Genome along with Xbox signals such as a user’s viewing history to make video recommendations go beyond the standard genre similarity. Read the full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. and TEL AVIV – September 6, 2013 – Video content discovery solutions provider Jinni, announced today a multi-year agreement with Microsoft to enhance entertainment discovery on Xbox video game and entertainment systems. Jinni’s proprietary Entertainment Genome™ uses deep knowledge of every show and movie in the Xbox Video catalog to help the Xbox recommendations system intuitively and accurately connect Xbox users to content they’ll enjoy. By using the rich set of attributes in the Jinni Entertainment Genome, Xbox recommendations go beyond ...

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Speaking at Lenovo’s 2013 press conference at IFA Germany, Lenovo executive answered during Q&A session that there is no need for Windows RT devices. He said that with the arrival of power efficient processors like Intel Haswell and Bat Trail, you no need to have a choice between long battery life and good performance. Users will be able to run full Windows 8 and also enjoy a full day of battery life from a single charge, so there’s is not much need for a low-power version that runs Windows RT. Microsoft announced Windows RT as a fully-fledged Microsoft operating system that is compatible with ARM-architecture to make the devices running on it thin and have long battery life. Currently, Microsoft(considering Nokia is also part of Microsoft) is the only manufacturer developing on Windows RT platform. Microsoft lists following as the advantages of Windows RT PCs. I think recent Windows 8 ...

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Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s name comes up often as a possible replacement for retiring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.  On the surface it seems like a good idea.  Mulally has an engineering background and revamped Boeing and Ford.  Mulally and Ballmer are friends, especially given both their connections to Detroit.  In 2009 Ballmer wrote the introduction for Mulally when he was named in Time magazine’s top 100 people.  While I do not want to get into a lengthy discussion of why I do not think Mulally is right for Microsoft as CEO, consider the fact that he is 68 years and was set to retire from Ford at the end of 2014.  I do think Mulally would be able to provide great insights for Microsoft and might be a great board member. The Ford board has warmed up to Mark Fields, their current COO, as a natural successor to Mulally and are now comfortable ...

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With the NFL (National Football League [American]) season officially kicking off tonight (Ravens @ Broncos 8:30 EST on NBC), Microsoft has released a commercial on its YouTube channel reminding fans that the Xbox One isn’t just for gaming but an entertainment device as well.  The ad highlights Microsoft’s partnership with the NFL, highlighting fantasy football features as well as the exclusive interactive broadcasts.  Notably Skype was also shown off, emphasizing Microsoft’s devices and services strategy in the living room as well. Any predictions on who will win the game tonight? Give your prediction with a score in the comments below. ...

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Microsoft will introduce a new cover for their Surface tablets that will include a built-in battery.  The price of the cover is unknown and availability is currently unclear and may be after the launch of the Surface 2.  The add-on will be known as the “Power Cover,” and will be compatible with the first generation Surface Pro.  The power cover in combination with the Surface 2 sporting a Haswell chip could provide all day battery life. Thurrott provided some definitive details: Compatibility. It will work with Surface Pro, Surface 2, and Surface Pro 2, but not the original Surface RT. Typing experience. The Power Cover uses the same type of keyboard as the original Type Cover. That is, it is a real keyboard and not a flat Type Cover-type keyboard. Surface charging. Like any external power supply, the Power Cover will charge the Surface while in use. Battery charging. It charges ...

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  After releasing the re-designed Bing Video search experience, Microsoft today announced the updated Bing News experience. The new Bing News experience has modern layout is built for touch and, showcases top trending topics from Facebook, Twitter and Bing as well as related people from across the web. New features:  Adaptive design for any device: Because we should showcase the news in the format that makes sense for you regardless if you’re on a tablet, phone or PC, the new Bing News automatically adapts to fit your browser width. Trending topics:Bing News now surfaces the latest buzz from Facebook, Twitter and Bing. Cut through the clutter from across the Web with Bing’s real-time view of the most relevant breaking trends and social conversations, available all in one place. At the top of the Bing News page, you can easily browse the latest headlines with the news carousel showcasing the latest ...

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We have seen OEMs like Lenovo, Asus, Toshiba announcing new Windows 8 devices at IFA. Panasonic, known for their rugged computers is now releasing a 20-inch Windows 8 tablet. What’s so special about it? . It has a display of 3,840 x 2,560 (beyond 4K Ultra HD) screen resolution and also supports stylus/pen as well. Panasonic is targeting photographers, architects, cinematographers and other creative professionals with this device. Specs: Model: Toughpad UT-MB50 Screen: 3,840 x 2,560, 15:10 aspect ratio, 20” diagonal CPU: Intel Core i5 vPro Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M RAM: 8GB Storage: 128GB or 156GB SSD Weight: 5.07 lb The pen that comes with this device is not a regular one, The pen included with the Panasonic Toughpad 4K utilizes a special technology to achieve pixel-perfect accuracy. This positional precision is complemented by 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity which yields a high-fidelity pen input capability for writing, sketching, ...

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In addition to Yoga 2 Pro, ThinkPad Yoga and Flex 14/15 models, Lenovo also announced a portable Flex 20 All-in-One. The Flex 20 comes with a 19.5 inch HD+ display, latest Intel processors, HDD or SSD storage. You can carry this like your laptop or tablet and it offers upto 3 hours of battery life in that mode. Read more about it below. Flex 20 Transforms AIO Into Multi-Person Play Machine Framed in an attractive 20.5mm thin aluminum shell, the compact Flex 20 fits neatly into virtually any home or office yet surpasses expectations for an everyday AIO with its grand 19.5-inch frameless HD (1600X900) IPS 90° tilt display, 500 GB HD or SSHD storage and up to Intel Core i7 processors. However, Flex 20 really surprises and delights with its special ability to convert from stand to table mode. When flat in table mode, the Aura interface, first pioneered ...

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Along with Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro and ThinkPad Yoga, Lenovo announced the new Flex like of thin and light laptops. These laptops also offers dual mode which allows you to flip the laptop upto 300° for stand mode. The Flex models comes in 14.1-inch and 15.6-inch HD display with 1366 x 768 screen resolution or an optional Full HD display with 1920 x 1080 screen resolution. And they are powered by 4th generation Intel ULT Core i7 processors, with NVIDIA discrete GT 740M graphics, and up to 1TB of storage and optional SSD or NAND flash on Ultrabook models. The Flex 14 and 15 will be available starting in late September starting at $629.99 (U.S.). Read more about it below. Flex 14 and 15: For Life’s Different Modes More than a thin and light laptop, the dual-mode Flex 14.1-inch and 15.6-inch laptops creatively flip 300° for stand mode, a new way ...

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As expected, Toshiba today announced a new 8-inch tablet running full Windows 8.1 OS. The Encoee tablet will be powered by upcoming Intel Atom processor with InstantGo which allows longer battery life as well. Toshiba worked with Microsoft to make the tablet optimized for Windows 8.1. It also features Skype certified dual microphones for a best-in-class Skype experience. As Microsoft announced few months back, the device will include full version of Office Home & Student 2013, Xbox SmartGlass app, free streaming pass to Xbox Music, Norton Anti-Theft and more. The most important thing is the price, it will go on sale for $329 in November. Read more about it below. IRVINE, Calif. – Sept. 5, 2013 – Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today unveiled the Encore tablet, a consumer device designed to deliver an exceptional Windows 8.1 experience in a pocket-sized form ...

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Microsoft has won another the patent trial against Motorola yesterday. The Jury ruled that Motorola failed to maintain fair and reasonable licensing terms when it negotiated with Microsoft over the Wi-Fi and H.264 intellectual property used in various products like Xbox, Windows 7 and more. This is not the first time Microsoft won against Motorola in courtroom, previously the court ruled that the standard, essential patents of Motorola were not worth $4 billion as claimed instead suggested few million dollars. Also the court yesterday asked Motorola to pay $11 million for the costs of relocating a warehouse of Microsoft in Germany due to an injunction on certain Microsoft products brought by Motorola in that country along with $3 million for legal fees. Microsoft on this verdict, “This is a landmark win for all who want products that are affordable and work well together,” A Motorola spokesman on the verdict, “We’re ...

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CNET today reported that Toshiba will be revealing their first 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet branded as Encore at IFA. This new 8-inch tablet will be one of the first few devices that will be based on Intel Bay Trail-T processor. Intel Bay Trail processors are the next generation Atom processors that will offer 2x performance on the current generation Atom chips with more battery life. Apart from Toshiba, lots of other OEMs are also expected to release Bay Trail based Windows 8.1 tablets and Ultraportables in the coming weeks and these devices are expected to hit the market for this holiday season. Update: The official announcement has confirmed the device. Read about it here. Source: CNET ...

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NFL has today released their NFL.com Fantasy Football 2013 app for Windows 8/RT devices in the Windows Store. Description: Manage your NFL.com Fantasy Football teams on your favorite Windows 8 device. The official NFL Fantasy Football app is your ultimate fantasy companion at home or on the go. Designed with both keyboard/mouse and touch-friendly controls in mind, you are in control. Features: • LIVE SCORING: Follow your teams and players in real time with Game Center featuring the exclusive live scoring chart • VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Watch in-game video highlights to track your team like never before on game day • SET YOUR LINEUP: Start or bench players • PLAYER NEWS: Get official news and injury updates, direct from NFL.com • MANAGE MULTIPLE TEAMS: Access and control all of your NFL.com teams and leagues Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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