Microsoft today started the roll out of August Xbox One System update. It includes number of social features to make sharing your gaming experiences with friends better and easier. More notable ones are the ability to buy content on Xbox.com or Xbox Smartglass app, 3D Blu-ray support and more. Activity feed updates: We’re adding new ways for you to interact with friends in the activity feed. The interface will change to a single column scrolling list that is longer and includes more content. We’ll add the ability to post text to your feed, and to “like” and comment on feed items. You can share game clips and anything else in the feed with friends either publically (to your activity feed) or privately (as an attachment to a message). You’ll also be notified when anyone likes, comments on or shares your items. Each user will get a personal feed on their ...

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The week’s Red Stripe Deals in Windows Store is now available and it gives you savings of at least 50 percent off games and apps in the Windows Store. Find the list of apps/games and their store links from the list below, The magical world awaits in “Castle Raid 2” (free in both the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store, usually $1.99 and $1.29). Defend your castle using knights and wizards against your new enemy, the Reavers. Space Weather (99 cents in the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store), “Cold Alley” ($3.49 in the Windows Store), “Machinarium” (normally $4.99, it’s now $1.99 in the Windows Phone Store and $2.49 in the Windows Store), PC Remote Pro ($1.49), “The Treasures of Montezuma 3 Premium” ($1.99), “Kings Can Fly” (99 cents) and InspirARTion ($1.49). via: Microsoft ...

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Earlier this week, Microsoft released the Windows 8.1 August Update that include the 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. While many of us had no issues after downloading and installing ...

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Following the release of Wunderlist Beta app for Windows Phone devices, the developer behind this app have now released Wunderlist beta in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. Wunderlist helps millions of people around the world capture their ideas, things to do and places to see. Whether you’re sharing a grocery list with a loved one, working on a project, or planning a vacation, Wunderlist makes it easy to share your lists and collaborate with everyone in your life. Wunderlist instantly syncs between your phone, tablet and computer, so you can access your lists from anywhere. Download it here from Windows Store. ...

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One of the main disadvantage of buying Nokia X2 devices is that you won’t get access to Google Play Store and Google services even though they are based on AOSP. Folks at AllNokia have created a new tool that will allow Nokia X2 owners to enjoy Google Play Store on their devices. Nokia X2 Tools Program allows Nokia X2 owners to install Google Play Store + Google services and also to gain Root-access. The process is very simple, you just need to connect the smartphone to PC and to run .exe file. Then press 1 to install drivers, and after that press 2 to get Google Play. If you want to get Root-access – press 4. Before all actions make sure, that you are in developer mode and USB debugging is turned on. To activate the developer mode go to Settings – About phone, and tap 5 times to ‘Software version’, ...

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Google today announced an updated YouTube app with all new design for Xbox users. With this new app, you will be able to find videos you want more easily with the updated YouTube app for TV designed specifically for the big screen. You can also access all the videos and playlists from channels. You can update this app in Xbox Store on Xbox One consoles. Find it all more easily with the guide The channels you subscribe to and videos you care about will be a click away with a guide on the left side that’s just like the guide you see on YouTube on your computer, phone, and tablet. When you sign in, you can jump to all the latest videos from your subscriptions and recommendations in the What to Watch section, or pop on a playlist you’ve saved such as Blogilates’ Cardio AB Attack and turn your TV into ...

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Earlier this week, Microsoft surprised everyone by announcing that Rise of the Tomb Raider game will be exclusive to Xbox One. This game will be available next year for the holiday season. Crystal Dynamics, the developer behind the game posted the following information regarding their exclusive partnership with Microsoft, “Our friends at Microsoft have always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and have believed in our vision since our first unveil with them on their stage at E3 2011. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past – we believe this will be a step to really forging the Tomb Raider brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft.” There were lots of questions regarding this exclusive deal, Phil Spencer clarified them later. Rise of the ...

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As Zen Studios announced last month, Pinball FX2 game is now available for download from Xbox Store. Game description: All of your favorite pinball tables are now available on Xbox One! Download the free Pinball FX2 platform and access to the best pinball library available, featuring tables based on the biggest names in pop-culture. The fantasy themed Sorcerer’s Lair table is available for free play for all players! Table library includes Star Wars™ Pinball, Marvel Pinball, Plants vs. Zombies™ Pinball and a great collection of original designs from the pinball wizards at Zen Studios. New tables are added all the time! Pinball FX2 on Xbox One Features: • 1080p Full HD resolution at 60 frames per second • Split-screen multiplayer • Hotseat multiplayer • Compete against other players on all tables to achieve the highest Super Score • Team up with your friends to increase your Wizard Score • Table ...

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Microsoft Visual Studio team today released the Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 RC. Python Tools for Visual Studio (PTVS) is an open-source plug-in for Visual Studio that supports programming with the Python language with features such as CPython/IronPython, editing, IntelliSense, interactive debugging, profiling, IPython REPL with inline graphics cross-platform/language debugging and running Python websites on Microsoft Azure with tooling integration for both publishing and debugging. New in this release: Numerous bug fixes throughout the entire product, especially for IntelliSense and code completions, debugging, general stability and performance Search paths within a project are now used for IntelliSense Django​ template debugging now works on Python 3.4 Anaconda environments can now use ‘conda install’ from PTVS The standard string visualizers (HTML, XML, JSON) can now be used when debugging Brace highlight color can now be changed Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 RC  can be downloaded for Visual Studio Express 2013 for Desktop ...

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Microsoft today detailed the August update for Internet Explorer that includes updates to the WebGL and F12 features, in addition to the latest security updates. This update is a great news for developers as it provides substantial improvements to the F12 developer tools – The user interface, console, DOM explorer, debugger, emulation tool, UI responsiveness and memory profiling tools all have new features and bug fixes. Microsoft will be providing more details on the F12 improvements in the future. In addition to this, Microsoft has updated the WebGL renderer has also been updated with support for ANGLE_instanced_arrays, OES_element_index_uint and WEBGL_debug_renderer_info extensions, the failIfMajorPerformanceCaveat context creation attribute, 16-bit textures, more GLSL conformance, and line loop and triangle fan primitives. As we already know, with the new out-of-date ActiveX control blocking, Internet Explorer helps keep ActiveX controls up-to-date and safer to use. Microsoft has also added support for WebDriver, The August update also provides ...

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Trueachievements.com is one of the popular Xbox community website on the web. Microsoft approached the website in bringing their experience to Xbox One console and it is happening. Tureachievements app will be available on Xbox One in the coming months. In addition to the following listed features, they are planning to add snapped mode and voice support as well. Like many other apps, you can even earn achievements. It will feature the following, • Achievement solutions • Gaming sessions • The latest Xbox news • True scoring • Friend feeds • Stats – for games, achievements and gamers • Achievement lists and solutions for games and apps on ALL Xbox platforms • Milestone charts • Friend game leaderboardsWe’re also planning to include . Read more about it here. ...

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With the latest content update for Forza Motorsport 5, Microsoft has added six new cars to and all of them will be available at no extra charge to all players. One of the highlight among the new cars added is the addition of Rolls-Royce’s Wraith. It is the first for the Forza series; in fact, a first for video games. Wraith is the most powerful Rolls-Royce has ever created and you will be able to ride this in Forza. Apart from that, you have got 2014 Renault Spark SRT_01E, the all-electric star of the upcoming inaugural Formula E series, two brand new Infiniti models, and the latest in the legendary Mustang series. 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith Finally, a Rolls-Royce in Forza Motorsport! Wraith is making its debut in Forza Motorsport 5, the first time a Rolls-Royce has ever appeared in a racing game. And where better to showcase this legendary car-maker ...

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The games with social aspect integrated into them are now becoming popular. It allows them to enjoy the game with their friends, allow them to meet new people in competitive multiplayer, or just chatting in a pre-game lobby and more. At Gamescom, Microsoft demoed the above the video which shows how the development teams at Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios have been hard at work to make sure that Forza Horizon 2 will be the most social racing game ever made. The key for the team was to ensure everyone’s game feels connected, even when you’re not in multiplayer. For instance, when you’re in your solo campaign, you’ll see your friends’ Drivatars cruising around the world, practically daring you to challenge their best times. This is made even easier thanks to the fact that you’ll be presented with friend comparisons for nearly everything you do in-game. Coolest of all, ...

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It is Patch Tuesday and on schedule Microsoft has released a number of updates for the Surface RT, Surface Pro,  and Pro 3. Find update details below. Surface Pro 2: No product updates were released for Surface Pro 2 in August. Surface Pro: Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth (v14.69.24054.176) improves network connection stability and enables functionality on WiFi networks using a hidden SSID. Surface 2: No updates in August. Surface RT: Surface RT UEFI (v3.31.500) enhances overall system stability. Surface Pro 3: Surface Pro Embedded Controller Firmware (v38.4.50.0) improved support for Surface Power Cover. Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware (v3.9.250.0) improved support for Surface Power Cover and enhances overall system stability. Microsoft LifeCam Front (v5.20.1034.0) significantly improves power consumption during video chat such as Skype, supports Flash camera streaming in Internet Explorer, and improves overall functionality and stability. Surface Ethernet Adapter (v8.14.0704.2014) improved support for the gigabit Surface Ethernet Adapter. Download ...

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Microsoft today updated the Skype for modern Windows to v3.1 with two new features. With this new update, you now have  the ability to edit messages and a few more improvements. To edit a message, select the message you want to edit or remove, by tapping on it or right clicking with your mouse to highlight the text you want to remove. Also, they have have made improvements to make video message notifications more reliable and to make video messages more accessible. What’s new: - Having second thoughts? Edit or delete messages you just sent. - Get notifications and improved accessibility for video messages. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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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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