As July is upon us, Microsoft today reminded us that they will begin rolling out the next system update for Xbox One around the world in the coming days. This will bring lots of new and enhanced features like Snap mode for achievements, double-tap to Snap, and more voice control choices in select regions. Read about it in detail below. •Snap Mode for Achievements. As we showed at our E3 Green Carpet event before the show, we’re offering an easier way to track and view your achievements in the moment. With Achievement Snap, you can track your achievement progress in real time without ever leaving the game. You can also ‘Get Help’ on any Achievements you’re struggling with. Xbox will scan the web for you and deliver relevant tips and strategy content right to your TV. •Double-tap to Snap. Double-tap the Xbox button on your controller to bring up Snap Center, where ...

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Microsoft Skype team have been reading and listening to customer feedback ever since they launched the new redesigned Skype for iPhone and they have started incorporating many suggestions. Skype 5.1 update which was released last week included the ability to delete a conversation, edit a message and added a “Skype”-only contact filter, and more. Today, Skype 5.2 for iPhone was released with the following new features, •Voice message support: When you receive a new voice message from someone, it will show up in the conversation. To listen, just press play. •View contact profiles: Simply tap on any contact in your people list and then select profile from the “…” menu, and your contact’s mood message, Skype name, birthday, location and more will be available.  Additionally, if you are in a 1 to 1 conversation, you can just tap on the contact name in the header to bring up their profile. ...

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Microsoft has announced their plans to discontinue all of their offline mapping software products in favor of Bing Maps. It includes Microsoft AutoRoute, Microsoft Streets & Trips and Microsoft MapPoint. Since all these are traditional software products, the retirement of these products will not affect software already installed. Current users may continue to use Microsoft AutoRoute, Microsoft Streets & Trips and Microsoft MapPoint to plan their travel adventures and Microsoft will provide online support until at least July 2015. “The success of these products would never had happened were it not for the loyal and supportive fans who purchased the product and its various iterations over the years,” shares Larry Petersen, test lead for Microsoft Streets & Trips. “Speaking at RV rallies over the years, I’ve loved hearing about our avid customers’ experiences using the software to plan and enjoy road trips across North America. The feedback and enthusiasm from our ...

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Microsoft Studios released this game called Microsoft Jackpot two days ago in Windows Store. At that time, this game was not available in in key markets like USA, etc. We checked today, still it is available only in certain markets. Try your luck today to enjoy this game. Description: Become a high roller with Microsoft Jackpot! Experience the excitement of modern video slots with Microsoft Jackpot! Featuring uniquely themed slot machines, huge payouts, and a wide variety of bonuses. Beautiful Sound and Graphics! Explore the secrets of a hidden temple, dive into the ocean depths, track down an international jewel thief, and much more! Each slot machine features an incredible theme to bring your spins to life. Exciting Bonus Games Featuring unique interactive bonus games with massive payouts and multipliers to send your score soaring! Play for Free! Play Microsoft Jackpot daily for increasing coin bonuses! Find scatter symbols to play ...

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Red Stripe deals for this week is now live in Windows Store. It includes popular games like “Bejeweled LIVE”, GRIDD 2 and more. Find the list of games and apps below. Classic Bejeweled for cascades of puzzle fun, Diamond Mine for a jeweled gem-blasting challenge, or save Butterflies from a hungry spider. Now it’s only $1.99 in the Windows Phone Store and $2.49 in the Windows Store (usually it is $4.99 in both). “Tennis in the Face” (99 cents in the Windows Phone Store and Windows Store), “Where Angels Cry (Full)” ($2.99 in the Windows Store), “Cribbage” (99 cents in the Windows Phone Store and $1.49 in the Windows Store), “GRIDD 2” (99 cents in the Windows Phone Store and Windows Store) glƏƏk! Twitter app (99 cents in the Windows Phone Store and $4.99 from the Windows Store). Source: Microsoft ...

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Few Xbox One users were recently charges for a demo game download from Xbox Store. EA acknowledged the issue and informed that some users were charged while downloading demos for FIFA 14 and EA Sports UFC due to an “error in the system.” They also informed that these game demos should be available for free free again within the next 24 hours. One of the NeoGAF user reported that FIFA 14 on Xbox One was listed as $4.99 while EA Sports UFC was listed as $6.65. The EA Sports UFC game was released June 17 on PS4 and Xbox One with a cameo by Bruce Lee. Source: NeoGAF user WarpathDC via: Polygon ...

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Microsoft today updated their Bing Search app for Android in Play Store. This is a minor update with three notable features. This app now supports full screen browsing, support multiple browser tabs and more. What’s New: • Support for multiple browser tabs • Full-screen browsing support • Shortcuts to Bing Maps and News from the menu Bing Search App for Android allows you to find relevant answers on the internet. In addition, you can save money with Bing Rewards, keep up with trending stories and images, and set the daily homepage photo as your Wallpaper with one click. I use an Android device as my secondary smartphone and I use Bing everyday to enjoy beautiful daily homepage images. This app allows you to set them as your phone’s wallpaper with one click. Download Bing Search app from Play Store here. ...

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Microsoft today released an update to OneDrive for Android app in Play Store. This is a minor update which includes some neat improvements like Pull to refresh, ability to search for files and folders and more. What’s new in version 2.6.1 (for Android 4.0+): • New navigation drawer for switching between pivots • Search for your files and folders • Pull to refresh OneDrive allows you to store and share photos, videos, documents, and more. Since OneDrive apps are available everywhere, you can get to them when you’re on your PC, Mac, tablet, or phone. With OneDrive for Android app, you can browse all your OneDrive files and files shared with you, share files by inviting people, sending a link, or sending files to another app, open your OneDrive files in other apps, quickly get to documents you’ve recently opened, automatically upload photos and videos to OneDrive using Camera backup an more. Download it here from Google Play ...

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World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition last month received a Russian-themed update “Soviet Steel” expansion with 29 killer USSR vehicles and two all-new maps. Fans will be able to experience some of the most iconic tanks of World War II, and several other tanks. You can download “World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition” for free with the new “Soviet Steel” contenton the Xbox Live Marketplace. Also the Combat Ready Starter Pack will be available starting August 12 for just $19.99. You’ll get the premium Panzer 38H Tier II German light tank, 200,000 in-game silver, 1.500 in-game gold, three days of premium account time (which grants a 50% boost to experience and silver), and a 30-day Xbox Live valid code for that $19.99. The Kliment Voroshilov series of tanks (“Soviet Steel” features the KV-1 and KV-1S) were a group of World War II-era heavy tanks, known primarily for having extremely heavy ...

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The official Comedy Central app is now available for download from Windows Store. It allows users to watch full episodes the next day, stand-up specials, access archive selections, including every episode of Chappelle’s Show and more. Description: Looking for Comedy Central full episodes? Hi there. Get the latest episodes of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, South Park and @midnight, plus other shows. Seriously, there’s hours and hours of stuff to watch: sign in with your TV provider to access everything, including Tosh.0, Key & Peele, Workaholics and more. You can also kick back with great stand-up specials, archive shows (including Chappelle’s Show) and full seasons of returning series. Full episodes available now: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart* The Colbert Report* South Park* @midnight* Tosh.0 Workaholics Key & Peele Broad City Kroll Show Review Inside Amy Schumer Futurama Chappelle’s Show Original digital shorts* Plus more shows ...

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Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is now available for download in both Xbox One and Xbox 360 stores. The good news is that Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition will be available for free to Xbox One users as a free download as part of July’s Games with Gold. Game Description: Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is a Metroid-vania style action-platformer where YOU take the role of a luchador to combat the evil Carlos Calaca and his hordes of undead minions, to rescue the kidnapped El Presidente’s Daughter. Use the power of your fists to battle an army of evil. Uncover hidden wrestling techniques like the Rooster Uppercut, Intenso turbo-combat mode and Dimension Swap to open new areas and secrets… But beware: Saving the world is not a task for the faint of heart. Find the listing here. via: Major Nelson ...

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Earlier this week, SHOWTIME ANYTIME launched their official app for Xbox 360 users. Xbox One users will be able to enjoy this app later this year. SHOWTIME ANYTIME app on Xbox 360 allows consumers in the US to enjoy unlimited on demand access to hundreds of hours of programming, as well as the live broadcast of the network’s East and West Coast feeds. If you’re looking for something new to watch, you can get ideas from categories like sports, comedy, documentaries and reality. In addition, you get the service’s full slate of special features like “My List,” which features your saved programs available through any device. You can even search through programming with speed and ease using Kinect voice and gesture controls to navigate, play and pause your SHOWTIME content. With the anticipated “Ray Donovan” Season 2 premiere just around the corner on July 13, SHOWTIME subscribers and Xbox 360 owners can catch up on Season 1 ...

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Microsoft today released a major feature in Outlook Web App for Office 365 users. This new feature will enable enhanced document collaboration experience for the users. Till now, when you send Office files as attachments, the other person has to first download the document to make the edits and reattach it to send it back. This requires multiple steps and context switches, which can be distracting and time-consuming. This new feature announced today aims to improve the way people interact with files as attachments in their email. You will be able to edit a document straight from Outlook Web App and attach this edited document to an email response in just a few clicks. When you open the attachment, you can now see the contents of that document in context (or “side-by-side”) with the email itself; you can see both at the same time. No more flipping back and forth between windows to ...

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Microsoft entered the world of massive multiplayer online gaming by porting its massively successful PC game franchise Age of Empires to online. After months of beta testing, Age of Empires Online was launched on August 16th in 2011 worldwide for the gamers. Yesterday, the game have come to an end. AoE online team posted the following message on their blog thanking the gaming community, AOEO launched in August of 2011, with its first two civilizations, the Greeks and Egyptians. Over the years, we added the Persians, the Celts, the Babylonians and the Norse. We also added new modes like the Defense of Crete and Skirmish, to provide for multiple styles of play. In the summer of 2012 we even changed the basic model of the game itself, allowing players to earn Empire Points and play their way to owning more civilizations and vanity items, and adding shifting Alliances to give high-level Empires more ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of Visual Studio Update 3 RC, which you can now download. Update 3 brings in new features as well as reliability fixes and bug fixes. It has added support for multi-device development with Apache Cordova, improvements to our diagnostics experience, and general improvements to the user experience including a new setting that enables you to turn off the ALL CAPS menus. You can read the full detailed release notes here. CodeLens support for Git – In Update 3, we’ve added CodeLens support for projects using Git, in addition to those using Team Foundation Version Control.  CodeLens for Git works against the local Git repo and, as such, works whether you are using an onprem TFS server, VS Online, another Git service (like GitHub) or are offline completely.  Next up on the CodeLens slate (not in Update 3 though), is support for CodeLens with TFVC on VS Online.  Read more ...

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Forza Motorsport 5’s much awaited add-on ‘The Hot Wheels Car Pack’ is now available for download. It includes 10 news cars like Lamborghini Veneno, the Lotus Type 49, and the Audi Auto Union Type D. Players can experience Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary car, the dramatic 2013 Lamborghini Veneno – a “First in Forza” exclusive — or travel back in time with the 1939 Audi Union Type D, the pinnacle of pre-war racing, or the 1952 Ferrari 375, the car that started Enzo Ferrari’s post-war racing dynasty. And if you’re craving something brand new, try Audi’s latest offering for the everyday enthusiast, the all-new 2015 Audi S3 Sedan. The rest of the pack includes additional appearances of your favorite cars from Toyota, Mazda, Ford, and more. This new add-on costs $9.99 in the Xbox Live Marketplace. If you are a “Forza Motorsport 5” Car Pass owner, then you can get it for free. One of the cars ...

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