Review Category : Windows

As per previous reports, Microsoft was expected to shutdown its Games for Windows Live service on July 1st. Last year, Microsoft ended the PC marketplace on Games for Windows Live service. While Microsoft’s own studios like Twisted Pixel Games have started to port their multiplayer gaming, achievements and other supports to steam, everyone expected the service to down at any point of time this year. However, Microsoft today responded to Game Informer that they are continuing to support the Games for Windows Live service and they remain committed to PC gaming in the coming years. We are continuing to support the Games for Windows Live service. A s previously announced, as part of the retirement of Microsoft Points the Xbox.com PC marketplace was closed. Although customers are unable to purchase new games from the marketplace or receive title updates, they can continue to enjoy previously purchased content by downloading them ...

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EA has started a brand new program on Origin called Origin Game Time. It allows you to play a full game for free as long as there’s time on your Game Time clock. To kick off this program, they have chosen Titanfall. This weekend you can download Titanfall and play for free for two days straight. If you loved the game after playing during Origin Game Time and want to continue? You can purchase Titanfall and continue the game where you left off as your Titanfall progress is saved. We’re launching Origin Game Time for Titanfall across the world over the next several hours, so if you don’t see it available yet in your territory, you will soon. Origin Game Time games will appear on our Free Games page when they’re available to download. Haven’t felt the thrill of dropping an 18-foot tall metallic beast on your opponent? What about the rush of leaping from wall to ...

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Along with the release of the Windows Phone game, Gameloft also released GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience for Windows 8/RT devices. You can download it for free from Windows Store on your Windows PC. Game Description: GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience is a true-to-life automotive journey featuring the most prestigious cars in the world! LEADERSHIP: POSSIBLY THE BEST HANDHELD RACING SIMULATION • The richest handheld racing simulation this year: 67 licensed cars on 13 tracks, including Laguna Seca. • A superb collection of cars from over 30 manufacturers: Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Dodge, Nissan, Audi, Ford, and more. • Test your driving skills by completing 1,400 events, including Classic Races, One on Ones, Knockouts and Overtakes. • 28 new challenges each week: improve your driving skills & maybe win a new car! AUTHENTICITY: A DEEPER DRIVING SENSATION • The new physics model offers the most realistic car dynamics ever. ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have partnered with prime[31],  a popular Unity plug-in provider to bring all their Windows and Windows Phone Unity plug-ins for free for a year. prime[31] plug-ins makes it easier for developers to implement in app-purchases, use Live Tiles, monetize via ads, and connect to Azure storage. Download them from the link below. Functionality provided Windows Store 8.0 and 8.1     Windows Phone 8.0 * Handling trial and in-app purchases Store plug-in Store plug-in To get Live tiles, toast notifications Metro Essentials plug-in Metro Essentials plug-in To give you access to the Microsoft Ad SDK Microsoft ads plug-in Microsoft ads plug-in For easy access to Azure storage Microsoft Azure plug-in Microsoft Azure plug-in *Note that Windows Phone 8.1 support and corresponding free plug-ins will be coming soon. To take advantage of this offer and get your free plug-ins, visit the prime[31] website; free plug-ins will be marked ...

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  Staples Connect Beta app is now available in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. It lets you control lights, thermostats and more from all the brands of connected home products you trust. One app. One hub. The connected home made easy. Features: •Simple, powerful home automation for everyone •Delivers peace of mind, convenience and cost savings. •See and control all your connected devices •Automate your home with Activities •Monitor your home even while using other apps with Snap View Download it here from Windows Store for free. via: WinBeta ...

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At this year’s E3, Microsoft’s focus was all about games, just games. For the full 90 minutes of press briefing, Microsoft talked about all the first party and 3rd party games coming to Xbox platform. The surprising part was that Microsoft didn’t even talk about games on Windows and Windows Phone platforms. Phil Spencer is the head of gaming at Microsoft, which includes games on Xbox, Windows and Windows Phone platforms. He responded to the lack of any information on PC and mobile gaming at E3 to Polygon, “I’m head of gaming at Microsoft,” Spencer said. “When we’re doing gaming strategy, gaming focus inside the company, that’s my job. I think in a lot of ways, you could argue gaming on Windows has never been more healthy in that the biggest of the big franchises, League of Legends, World of Tanks, those things dwarf a lot of what we’re doing ...

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Stem cells are undifferentiated biological cells that can differentiate into specialized cells and can divide to produce more stem cells. Stem cells can be used to repair damaged tissue and even grow into new organs. Even though Stem cells are used in come medical therapies, it is limited due to the highly complex web of genetic and environmental interactions based on which Stem cells can do either self-renewal or differentiation. Researchers are finding the way to determine the fate of any particular stem cell. A computational biologist at Microsoft Research in Cambridge has found a more deterministic, reliable method to do that. His method uses Microsoft’s Windows bug testing software which uses the technique called Formal Verification. Researchers have found they could use the software to predict with about 70 per cent accuracy how the cells would respond to genetic changes. They used a technique pioneered at Smith’s lab that ...

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Microsoft announced Cortana digital assistant with the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview. Lots of users are already using it in beta form around the world even though Microsoft has officially restricted the launch to the US. How about Cortana experience on Windows or Xbox? Microsoft has not revealed any info about it so far, but it is as obvious thing for Microsoft to expand this personalized service to all their platforms. Recently, WPC forum member claiming to be a Microsoft employee revealed the following, Cortana on Xbox One and Windows 8 PC’s Yes, it’s coming, no, no ETA but I have been testing it on XB1 and it’s very neat, especially when playing a Halo game. Microsoft’s Marcus Ash (Group Program Manager for Windows Phone) and Rob Chambers (Group Program Manager, Applications and Services Group) was at SMX Advanced conference talking about Cortana hinted the same, Will Cortana jump ...

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Reuters yesterday reported that Microsoft has signed a deal with Chinese Internet security specialist Qihoo 360 Technology in which both the companies will work on mobile Internet and artificial intelligence technology. The report claims that there will be technology exchanges in artificial intelligence. But, both Microsoft and Qihoo declined to provide comment on this deal. The tie-up with Qihoo, known for its security software, mobile application store and search engine, comes as Microsoft struggles with scrutiny from China’s government and state-owned businesses over the security of its products. U.S. technology companies are battling anti-American sentiment in China. Firms like Microsoft, Apple Inc and Google Inc have been accused by state media of working with the U.S. government in cyber-espionage, with doubts raised about their products’ security. Source: Reuters ...

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Last week, a Chinese OEM called Vido has announced three new Windows tablets based on Intel processors. The three tablets named W10 Pro, Vido W11 Pro and Vido W11C come in various colors. Vido W10 Pro:  It will be powered by Intel Bay Trail-T Z3770 quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It also includes full HD display, one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port, 8000 mAh. The device is priced at 2699 CNY(420 USD) and comes along with a keyboard case. Vido W11 Pro: It has same specs as W10 Pro, but CPU is Intel Bay trail-T Z3740D quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, Huawei UltraStick 3G support and GPS is added. Vido W11C: It comes with 10.1-inch full HD IPS AUO screen, Intel’s 64-bit quad-core processor, 2GB DDR3L RAM and 64GB of storage. It will have 2MP front and rear cameras, GPS, TF card slot, gyroscope, light sensor, Huawei UltraStick 3G suport and a built-in 8400mAh battery. ...

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Tim Cook recently made a visit to Apple’s factory in the USA where they are producing few Mac models. During inspection, Tim Cook tweeted the above photo showing a worker doing his job at the factory. You can see from the iMac behind that it is running Windows. So ironically, Apple Mac production line uses Windows in their factories. ...

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On Wednesday, June 4th, Nick Parker, corporate vice president responsible for device partnerships, delivered a keynote at Computex, Asia’s largest tech event. His keynote covered Microsoft’s view of computing, how they are delivering on this today, a view into the future, the business opportunities the Windows platform creates for partners and unveil the latest Windows and Windows Phone devices. The new Windows devices revealed are Toshina 7-inch Windows tablet, HP Pro x612 targeting enterprise, Windows Phone devices from Prestigio and more. Nick was joined on stage by Tony Prophet, Corporate Vice President of Windows Marketing, Nick Hedderman, Group Manager in the Windows Product Management team, and Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia & Distinguished Scientist of Microsoft. ...

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Last year, Microsoft started delivering the Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits to thousands of participants.  The Developer Preview included a pre-release Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, access to the new generation Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK), as well as ongoing updates and access to private program forums. Microsoft also announced that participants will also receive a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor when they become available next summer (northern hemisphere). Today, Microsoft announced that Kinect for Windows v2 sensors are available for pre-order. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor gives developers more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities they need to develop interactive voice and gesture-based applications. The pre-order offer is limited to the number of Kinect for Windows v2 sensors on hand, so pre-order them before it becomes sold out. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor does not ship with any software. It is intended for ...

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Microsoft today announced three new updates for OneDrive service related to photos. Those are full res photo upload in WP8.1 devices, new photos view in OneDrive on Xbox One, Wallgreens integrated to OneDrive web for easy printing. Xbox on OneDrive: We launched OneDrive for Xbox so you and your family could view and enjoy all of your photos and videos right from the biggest screen in your house, your TV. And beginning with the updates that are starting to rollout today, we’ve made it even easier to sit back and relive your memories. First, you will longer need an Xbox Live Gold Subscription to use OneDrive for Xbox. This change will hit consoles soon as part of the June Update. Second, we’ve made it faster to get to the photos that you’re looking for. As soon as you say, “Xbox, Go to OneDrive” and launch the app, you’ll see your most recent ...

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Asus today announced a new Ultrabook named Zenbook NX500 that will take on devices like Apple MacBook Pro Retina, Dell XPS 15, etc. The device is made of sleek aluminum unibody construction and slim form factor. It is powered by an Intel Core up to i7 quad-core processor and up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 850M graphics, supported by 2GB of GDDR5 video memory. On storage side, it comes with SATA 3 RAID 0 or PCIe x4 SSD storage which will enable fast read and write speeds, fast boot up and more. On wireless side, it comes with Broadcom® 3-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi for great speeds. The main highlight of the device is the 4K/UHD display. As the first ASUS notebook with a 4K/UHD display with VisualMaster technology, Zenbook NX500 delivers stunningly crisp graphics and text, and comes ready to support future 4K video content. Its 15.6-inch 3840 x 2160 resolution IPS ...

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Microsoft today launched myBulletins, a new online security bulletin customization service that will allow IT professionals a personalized list of the Microsoft security bulletins that matter most to their organization. It is easy to use: simply visit myBulletins, log in to your Microsoft account, select the products and versions running in your environment, and a customized list of only those security bulletins is displayed. To develop myBulletins, we asked if there was anything we could do differently to make applying security bulletins easier. We recognize that not all of the products covered in the monthly security bulletins may be operating in your environment. You shared that you needed the ability to cut through complexity and make decisions quickly. You wanted help identifying the information that is most relevant to your organization. We heard you and acted on your feedback. Starting today, myBulletins will enable you to quickly find security bulletins ...

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