Today, Venturebeat reported that Apple is working with the world’s largest Watch manufacturing group Swatch for to release a line of smartwatches in variety of branded styles and price points. Apple usually does not license their technology/OS to other companies, they do both the software and hardware as we have seen in the past with iPod, iPhone, Mac and iPad. If this report is true, then Apple is aiming to capture a significant share of smartwatch industry by licensing their technology to other watch manufacturers. Microsoft is not a new entrant to the world of smartwatches. Microsoft invented the smartwatch category a decade ago by partnering with various watch manufacturers like Swatch, Casio, etc,. Those smartwatches used radio waves to get some basic data such as weather report, etc,. Later, Microsoft discontinued the platform due to poor adoption by consumers. In the recent past, we have heard various rumors about ...

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European Commission started its anti-trust investigations against Google few years back and Google tried to convince EU couple of times with its new proposals and failed miserably. Earlier this year, EC announced that it has obtained an improved commitments proposal from Google in the context of the ongoing antitrust investigation on online search and search advertising. In its proposal, Google then accepted to guarantee that whenever it promotes its own specialised search services on its web page (e.g. for products, hotels, restaurants, etc.), the services of three rivals, selected through an objective method, will also be displayed in a way that is clearly visible to users and comparable to the way in which Google displays its own services. This principle will apply not only for existing specialised search services, but also to changes in the presentation of those services and for future services. Today, Financial Times reported that EC may reopen this draft antitrust ...

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Microsoft today announced that Google Chrome users can now enjoy Bing Search box on Chrome new tab pages. When you are using Chrome with default search engine set to Bing, you will get quick access to the Bing search box (and associated Page Zero features) as well as the frequently used sites you’re used to in the new Tab page. How to enable this feature? To enable this, go to Chrome’s Settings, and set your search engine to Bing (under “Search”), or follow the steps on this page. People who already have Bing selected will see this automatically after upgrading their browser to the latest version of Chrome. Source: Microsoft ...

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We recently reported that Microsoft might beat Yahoo in global digital ad market share. Microsoft is projected to increase its market share from 2.45% to 2.54%, while Yahoo is projected to lost market share. In terms of revenue, Microsoft will increase by more than 20% over 2013 to reach $3.56 billion. Google remains the dominant player with Facebook growing fast in the second place. The other part of the story is about the search market share. Since the Bing/Yahoo deal was announced, Bing has continued to grow its market share at the expense of its partner Yahoo. As per comScore U.S. search market share data for June, Yahoo’s market share has fallen below 10%, a new all-time-low for the company. Google: 67.6 percent Bing: 19.2 percent Yahoo: 9.8 percent Others: 3.4 percent Overall, the desktop search market is shrinking and the mobile search market is growing at a rapid pace. Currently, Microsoft’s ...

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Yesterday, we reported a potential bug Google Chrome that will cause poor battery life on Windows laptop during web browsing. There is a potential bug in Google Chrome that drains your battery life and even may cause performance degrade. The bug is related to “system clock tick rate” in Google Chrome. System clock rate determines the active state of the processor, usually it would be 15.625ms when Windows is in idle mode. What Google Chrome does is that it sets the clock rate to 1.000ms making the processor waking up more than the usual. System clock rates of 1.000ms might increase power consumption by “as much as 25 per cent”. So, how does Internet Explorer handle the same issue? When you are doing regular web browsing, IE11 sets it to 15.625ms, but when you play YouTube video, it reduces it to 1.000ms for better performance. After 2 years, Google has ...

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Google Chrome team today announced the availability of Chrome 37 beta channel. With Chrome 37.0.2062.20 for Windows, Google is bringing the much awaited DirectWrite support on Windows, a new password manager UI and more. They also announced that Chrome 64-bit for Windows will be coming to the beta channel shortly. This release contains many stability and developer improvements including: DirectWrite support on Windows A new password manager UI Automatic reload of unreachable pages when network becomes available Dropped Chrome sign-in requirement for Chrome Apps A number of new apps/extension APIs Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance Do you want to switch to beta release channels? Find out how. ...

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  As per the latest report from eMarketer, Microsoft might beat Yahoo in global digital ad market share. Microsoft is projected to increase its market share from 2.45% to 2.54%, while Yahoo is projected to lost market share. In terms of revenue, Microsoft will increase by more than 20% over 2013 to reach $3.56 billion. Google remains the dominant player with Facebook growing fast in the second place. Yahoo’s push to maintain its position as a top global ad seller will take another hit in 2014, according to new projections from eMarketer. Though Yahoo’s ad revenues will be back in the black this year, increasing its global digital ad revenues by 2.7% after a decline of 2.1% in 2013 to reach $3.53 billion, the company’s share of the $140.15 billion digital advertising market will fall from 2.86% to 2.52%. At the same time, Microsoft will grow its net worldwide ad revenues by ...

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke at an interview held at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech Conference yesterday evening. During Q&A session, an attendee said to Satya that Microsoft Research should learn from Google and all the attention it gets for its research projects like Google Glass and driverless cars. He was basically pointing out that Microsoft Research’s efforts are not well recognized by the public when compared to Google’s efforts. Nadella admitted that Google have done a better job of marketing themselves. “Look, it’s always good to learn from others who have done a better job of marketing themselves,” Nadella said to a chorus of laughs from the crowd. He also made the point that getting more press coverage and eyeballs for Google’s projects doesn’t mean that Google is working on more important or better projects than Microsoft is. He also pointed out that several Microsoft Research products have created business opportunities ...

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At Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, Microsoft revealed their new project called ‘Adam’. Project Adam is a deep-learning system modeled after the human brain that has greater image classification accuracy and is 50 times faster than other systems in the industry. Microsoft ran the benchmark test called ImageNet 22K, the Adam neural network tops the performance numbers of the Google Brain, a system that is behind the services across. This benchmark test includes a database of 22,000 types of images, and only Adam and Google Brain are among the few artificial intelligence models that can handle this massive amount of input. Microsoft is looking to use Adam to provide lots of applications for users such as the ability to get information about anything just by pointing out your mobile camera and more. Microsoft even brought dogs on to the stage and demoed the system in which the mobile camera recognized the dog breed when pointed at the dog. Lee believes Adam could ...

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When it comes to Azure, Microsoft is all in to winning customers of all sorts. With Azure, Microsoft is catering customers’ needs and choices, allowing them to quickly build, deploy and manage applications by offering the broadest set of operating systems, languages, and services of any public cloud—from Windows, SQL and .NET to Python, Ruby, Node.js, Java, Hadoop, Linux, and Oracle. Last month, they announced the support for Docket in Azure platform. Docker is an open-source engine that automates the deployment of any application as a portable, self-sufficient container that will run almost anywhere – including Microsoft Azure. Today, they announced the plans to work with Google and Docker to bring support for both Kubernetes and libswarm open source projects on the Microsoft Azure platform. Announced in June, Kubernetes is a declarative container management solution supporting orchestration and scheduling of Docker containers, originally built on top of Google Compute Engine. ...

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Google has joined Asana, Canon, Dropbox, Newegg and SAP to announce the formation of the License on Transfer (LOT) Network, a cooperative patent-licensing agreement that is expected to cut down on patent troll litigation. The agreement is simple, patents of LOT network member companies cannot be used to sue other LOT network member companies even after patent transfer to other companies. The LOT agreement is a new kind of royalty-free cross-license meant to address these growing systemic problems. Member companies receive a license when the patents are transferred out of the LOT group. That means that companies retain their right to enforce a patent so long as they retain ownership of it. However, as soon as it is sold, a license to the other members becomes effective, protecting them from attacks by the troll to which the patent was sold. The agreement includes several other provisions that preserve a patent ...

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Last month, Bing team rolled out a new feature in which when a user search for “World Cup Predictions”, or any group matches (both preliminary as well as later in the single elimination rounds) they will display the chances of each respective team to win. This feature became quite popular as Cortana team integrated the same into Windows Phone. With the power of Bing, Cortana got all its predictions correct till now in this world cup. Google also joined the prediction arena with their own prediction for all the matches. Recently, Google got Germany – France match result wrong as Germany won over France making their prediction wrong. Meanwhile, Corana got it correct. Today, Google explained why they got it wrong in their blog post, read it below. And so it went in the quarterfinals. We gave France a 69% chance, but we were wrong. Germany defeated France 1 to 0. ...

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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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Very rarely we see Microsoft and Google on the same side of the story. Microsoft is joining with Google, Arista, Mellanox and Broadcom to form the 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium to support an industry-standard, interoperable Ethernet specification that boosts the performance and slashes the interconnect cost per Gbps between the server Network Interface Controller (NIC) and Top-of-Rack (ToR) switch. They also announced the availability of a specification optimized to allow data center networks to run over a 25 or 50 Gigabit per second (Gbps) Ethernet link protocol. Microsoft and Google believes that this new spec will enable the cost-efficient scaling of network bandwidth delivered to server and storage endpoints in next-generation cloud infrastructure, where workloads are expected to surpass the capacity of 10 or 40 Gbps Ethernet links deployed today. The 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium is an open organization to all third parties who wish to participate as members to enable the transmission ...

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  We have previously reported about lots of patents related to augmented reality glasses from Microsoft. Today, another interesting patent was published. In this, the method of automatic scrolling of text is described for a see-through head-mounted display (HMD) device. This will allow users to enjoy text, such as in an electronic book or magazine, word processing document, email, karaoke, teleprompter or other public speaking assistance application without any user input to scroll through the content. User’s eye gaze is used as the input to enable this technology. Abstract: A see-through head-mounted display (HMD) device, e.g., in the form of glasses, provides view an augmented reality image including text, such as in an electronic book or magazine, word processing document, email, karaoke, teleprompter or other public speaking assistance application. The presentation of text and/or graphics can be adjusted based on sensor inputs indicating a gaze direction, focal distance and/or biological ...

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The ‘FutureBrand Index’ is a from brand consultancy FutureBrand, sanctioned by Global Top 100 Companies creator PwC, measures perceptions of brand strength through in-depth quantitative research among thousands of consumers worldwide. FutureBrand Index 2014 list was released today and Microsoft was ranked No.2 in it. Google toped the list with Walt Disney and Apple taking No.3 and No.4 positions respectively. Some key findings in the report include financial value and past performance are no guarantee of future brand strength, being global makes a difference to brand strength, the value-perception gap for brands varies by sector, brand awareness is not enough to drive strong perceptions, Chinese companies and brands are not yet future proof and more. A ‘future brand’ is a brand that is more likely to succeed in the future, not just one that is strong now. This is because it perfectly balances strong perceptions of its purpose in the world ...

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