Review Category : Windows

Earlier this week, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced the  completion of the USB Type-C specification that defines the next generation USB connector. This new USB Type-C specification defines a new cable and connector scheme designed to fit mobile device product designs, yet robust enough for laptops and tablets. This will enable thinner and sleeker product designs in the future.  “Interest in the USB Type-C connector has not only been global, but cross-industry as well,”  said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman. “Representatives from the PC,  mobile, automotive and IoT industries have been knocking down our door anticipating this  new standard. This specification is the culmination of an extensive, cooperative effort  among industry leaders to standardize the next generation USB connector as a long-lasting,  robust solution.” One of the main usability enhancements made in this upcoming USB standard is that it supports reversible plug orientation and cable direction. So, you can plug-in ...

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Today, ZDNet reported that Microsoft is planning to deliver a “technology preview” of its upcoming major Windows release codenamed “Threshold” by late September or early October. Windows Threshold is likely to be marketed as Windows 9 will be released as a public preview for anyone who are interested by end of this year. This Windows 9 tech preview will receive subsequent monthly updates and it will be installed on the users automatically. Windows 9 is expected to include no.of major changes for keyboard/mouse users and it is also likely to include new consumer facing features such as Cortana integration. Neowin reported some more information regarding change to how Charms bar works in the upcoming Windows release. Here is the summary of the report from Neowin, Charms bar will work differently for Desktop and Modern environment users. Charms bar won’t exist in the current form for desktop users where they are required to ...

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  Back in March, Microsoft officially announced DirectX 12 gaming platform at GDC. DirectX 12 will feature the next version of Direct3D, that is faster and more efficient than ever before. Direct3D 12 works across all the Microsoft devices, from phones and tablets, to laptops and desktops, and, Xbox One. Microsoft worked closely with all the leading GPU vendors like AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm and Intel. One of the main design decisions on Dx12 is to make it more power efficient. To demonstrate it, Intel created a SIGGRAPH 2014 demo to demonstrate the performance and power benefits of DirectX 12 on the Surface Pro 3 with Intel HD4400 graphics. In the demo, an asteroid field with 50,000 unique asteroids are rendered, which equates to 50,000 draws per frame. To demonstrate the power gains of DirectX 12, Intel locked the framerate of the demo, rendered with DirectX 11 for a period of time and then toggled to DirectX 12 rendering the ...

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Everyday we use all kinds of gadgets with storage associated with it. Apart from the internal storage from these devices, you can extend them by buying external memory cards. Amazon is now offering up to 50% on select SanDisk, Sony other memory cards. These include SD cards, microSD cards, pen drives and more. Some of the deals available include the following, SanDisk Ultra 32GB SDHC Class 10/UHS-1 Flash Memory Card – $20.71 (instead of $48.99) SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB SDHC UHS-1 Flash Memory Card – $47.92 (instead of $199.99) SanDisk Extreme 32GB SDHC UHS-1 Flash Memory Card – $25.87 (instead of $79.99) SanDisk Ultra 16GB SDHC Class 10/UHS-1 Flash Memory Card – $11.09 (instead of $29.99) Sony 64GB microSDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card – $38.99 (instead of $89.99) Sony 32GB microSDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card – $16.95 (instead of $39.99) SanDisk Extreme Plus 64GB MicroSDXC UHS-I Memory Card ...

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Lenovo today reported results for its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, with quarterly revenue of US$10.4 billion, an 18 percent increase year-over-year while quarter pre-tax income increased 22 percent year-over-year to US$264 million. The main highlight is that Lenovo is maintaining its position as the world’s largest PC maker for five consecutive quarters. Also they have achieved highest-ever quarterly market share of 19.4 percent* up 2.7 points year-over-year, driven by growth in EMEA and the Americas. And as expected, Lenovo’s shipment growth outperformed the industry as a whole by shipping 14.5 million units, up 15% YoY. From Lenovo’s press release, During the first fiscal quarter, Lenovo’s Laptop computers generated 49 percent of Lenovo’s total revenue. Across the industry, laptop shipments were down 3.7 percent year-over-year, an improvement from the year before when declines were nearly 13 percent year-over-year driven by corporate refresh and innovations in the ...

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MSI has recently announced the new S100 3-in-1 Windows tablet. This device includes a keyboard and a protective cover, making it the best multi-functional tablet like Surface. MSI S100 is a 10-inch tablet powered by Intel Bay Trail-T quad-core processor, 1280 x 800 IPS display, and dual 2 megapixels camera system, 2GB RAM, 64GB internal memory and 7500mAh Lithium battery. Find the full specs below. Operating System Windows 8.1 CPU Intel Bay Trail-T Z3740D 1.33GHz Memory 2GB DDR3L ROM Flash 64GB LCD Size 10.1″ IPS HD 1280*800 Graphics Intel HD Graphic(Gen7) Touch Panel Multi-Touch 10 point Camera Front 2.0MP FF / Rear 2.0MP FF Speaker 8Ω/1W speaker G Sensor Gravity acceleration sensor WIFI WIFI 802.11b/g/n + BT 4.0 Micro SD Support SDHC Micro USB USB 2.0 Ear phone jacket 3.5mm DC in 2.5mm power connector miniHDMI HDMI 1.4a AC adaptor 12V/1.5A Battery 3.7V/7500mAh Lithium Polymar ...

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Today, Recode published a poster that was reportedly circulated among Microsoft Windows team employees. This poster describes about the vision Microsoft has for its upcoming Windows 9/Threshold release. It says that the world doesn’t need another operating system, instead it needs a deeply personal, universally human way of operating and deliver things that they can’t even imagine. They acknowledge that getting thee won’t be easy, but that’s why they are at Microsoft. I like the last tag line, “Because the world needs Windows.” We already know that Microsoft is integrating Cortana inside the next version of Windows and that will make it deeply personal for its users. What’s your expectation on Windows 9? Source: Recode ...

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Microsoft last week announced the Windows 8.1 August Update that was released today. It will include following new features and improvements: Precision touchpad improvements – three new end-user settings have been added: Leave touch pad on when a mouse is connected; allow right-clicks on the touchpad; double-tap and drag. Miracast Receive – exposes a set of Wi-Fi direct APIs for Independent Hardware Vendor (IHV) drivers or OEM drivers to develop Windows 32-bit applications that run on all supported x86-based or x64-based versions of Windows 8.1, enabling the computer as a Miracast receiver. Minimizing login prompts for SharePoint Online – reduces the number of prompts with federated use in accessing SharePoint Online sites. If you select the “Keep me signed in” check box when you log on for the first time, you will not see prompts for successive access to that SharePoint Online site. This update will be delivered automatically via ...

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Microsoft today announced their partnership with YoYo games which allows ‘GameMaker: Studio’ developers to work across all Microsoft platforms, including Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, future Windows versions and Xbox One. GameMaker: Studio caters to entry-level novices and seasoned game development professionals equally, allowing them to create cross-platform games in record time and at a fraction of the cost. In addition to making games development 80 percent faster than coding for native languages, developers can create fully functional prototypes in just a few hours, and a full game in just a matter of weeks. Read the full press release below. COLOGNE, GERMANY–(Marketwired – Aug 11, 2014) – GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE EUROPE — YoYo Games today announces GameMaker: Studio support for Xbox One, enhanced support for current Microsoft platforms including Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1, as well as support for future operating system releases. The GameMaker: Studio export ...

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Over the last weekend, Microsoft released the June 2014 Supplementary Update for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, Windows Embedded for Point of Service Supplement Update. This update is now available for download from MyOEM, a portal for OEM partners with a valid license agreement with Microsoft or with a Microsoft Authorized Embedded Distributor and for internal OEM employees. The following are the updates available in this release, 2957689 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 2957509 Vulnerability in TCP Protocol Could Allow Denial of Service 2957503 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Graphics Component Could Allow Remote Code Execution 2939576 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft XML Core Services Could Allow Information Disclosure Source: Microsoft ...

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We already know that Microsoft is working on bringing Cortana to Windows platform. Microsoft’s Marcus Ash (Group Program Manager for Windows Phone – Cortana) and Rob Chambers (Group Program Manager, Applications and Services Group) revealed during a panel that Cortana will move beyond the phone. And a job listing from Microsoft also pointed out the same. They were looking for members to redefine the personalization experience on Windows and to help create serendipitous moments of discovery and satisfaction for the users and enable signature experiences that make Windows your indispensable companion in the real world. Now, a new report from Neowin described how Cortana works in the internal builds of Windows 9/Threshold. Cortana is now a separate app when launched won’t take full screen. Apart from that, Cortana looks and works similar to how we have seen in Windows Phone devices. As of right now, Cortana is an app; it’s a ...

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Jeopardy! is a popular American television game show, it features quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in question form. They have released their official app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: Is watching Jeopardy! part of your nightly routine? Ever caught yourself shouting responses at the TV and wishing that you were standing at the podium? Now is your chance with the Jeopardy! app. Test your knowledge with thousands of clues collected from the show’s very own writers. Hear Johnny Gilbert’s famous Jeopardy! introduction, step up to the podium and get ready for categories ranging from sports and popular culture to travel, world history and much more. Customize your own avatar in-game and use the interactive touch screen to write your name on the podium. Play in single player mode or challenge your family ...

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Yelp, a leading local search provider today announced a new feature for their iOS app called automated review translation. The reviews will be automatically translated into your native language so that you can discover recommendations straight from the local experts themselves, no matter what language they speak. Yelp app is using Microsoft’s Bing Translator to translate foreign language reviews. Although machine-translation is not perfect, it’s a fantastic resource for understanding the overall meaning and context of a review that would otherwise be unavailable to a Yelper who does not speak that language. Use this feature to get a general idea of a reviewer’s experience, but understand that some details may be lost in translation. Yelp has always given both locals and travelers alike the ability to find the best hidden gems through the knowledge of the Yelp global community, and mobile review translation makes that even easier. This tool also gives local ...

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Microsoft continues to expand its existing retail footprint in the U.S., offering an assortment of best-in-class products, including Windows 8.1 PCs, Surface Pro 3, Windows Phones, Xbox One, Microsoft Office 365 and more. Customers also receive end-to-end service with an Answer Desk and knowledgeable staff to answer questions, make recommendations, and help with PC setups and other services, so they can walk out the door with a product that’s ready to run. CEO Satya Nadella during the earnings call said that they will ensure disciplined financial execution related to Microsoft Store. Even though Microsoft has over 60 retail stores across the US, they are yet to open a store in New York City. As per the report from Daily News, Microsoft is planning to open its retail store at 677 Fifth Ave. near 53rd St., which is one of the top retail corridor in the country and more importantly it is ...

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You can now stream all 2014 NFL Preseason games on your Windows 8/RT devices using this new app. You can watch entire NFL games from snap to whistle in approximately 30 minutes, view scores from around the league (Includes the option to turn scores on and off), full box scores of archived games and stats for your favorite NFL players and more. It requires a paid subscription to NFL Preseason Live. Description: Can’t get enough football? Watch every NFL Preseason game live† or on demand in HD with a subscription to NFL Preseason Live. Tune in to see football games from every team for the 2014 Preseason not available anywhere else. All from your Windows Surface. With NFL Preseason Live, you can follow your favorite team(s) and catch all the excitement with features such as: - Live and On-Demand Football Games: Stream all 2014 NFL Preseason games - Condensed Games: ...

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Yesterday, we reported about the virtual desktops feature coming in Windows 9 codenamed Threshold. Today, Neowin reported some more information regarding change to how Charms bar works in the upcoming Windows release. Here is the summary of the report from Neowin, Charms bar will work differently for Desktop and Modern environment users. Charms bar won’t exist in the current form for desktop users where they are required to move the mouse to right edge of the screen for the menu to appear. Charms bar might become app centric where it might appear within the windowed Modern apps for desktop users. Modern apps will be opened in windowed mode from desktop and this will allow Microsoft to remove the charms bar on the right. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Neowin ...

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