“D4” Games is now available for Xbox One as a digital download for $14.99. In this game, A time traveling detective has to solve his wife’s murder before he can prevent it. Use his supernatural ability to “dive” into the world of the living past by touching artifacts called “mementos” to find out the truth behind his wife’s death. D4 stars the young, eccentric, and hip David Young, whose wife was killed two years prior, and whose killer hasn’t yet been brought to justice. David, for his part, possesses the special ability to re-experience moments from the past, simply by touching mementos – such as, say, a strappy, summery high-heeled shoe. When David’s crazy roommate attacks him (with a live mouse inside her mouth) in one of the game’s early scenes, David starts to reminisce about the time when she “suddenly” moved in, and wisps nostalgic about how she would often bring ...

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Microsoft today released a live-action trailer titled “Leave Your Limits” for Forza Horizon 2 game coming to Xbox One. Turn 10 Studios and Playground Games recently revealed the launch trailer of Forza Horizon 2 showcasing the game’s massive wide-open world racing experience and ultimate celebration of speed, style and action-packed driving. The trailer highlighted the game’s beautiful southern European setting and thrilling, action-packed racing with more than 200 cars that are available at launch. The trailer begins in the playfully nostalgic world of an electric slot car track. The all-new 2014 Lamborghini Huracán – which will appear exclusively in Forza Horizon 2 this fall – leads the charge of cars breaking free from the track and driving hard through the coastline, vineyards, and towns of southern Europe. The Italian song featured in the spot, Adriano Celentano’s “Prisencolinensinainciusol,” helps to bring the fun and freedom of the game to life. twofifteenmccann partnered with ...

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB storage is now available on a great deal on eBay. While this model costs $999 from Microsoft Store and other retailers, this eBay seller is now selling it for $999 along with a free keyboard cover. All the Surface Pro 3 units will come with 12″ ClearType Full HD Plus display with 2160 x 1440 multi-touch as well. Pen- Get creative with note taking and drawing in applications such as OneNote1. Mark up your PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, and documents just like you would on paper. A pen digitizer and pen come with your device, making it easy to add a personal touch. Intel i5 processor- Enjoy rapid, powerful performance and excellent visuals. The Intel i5 processor uses latest technologies, including HD graphics, to deliver with speed and responsiveness. You can run programs such as Outlook1, Office 3651, and Desktop ...

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Urban Armor Gear has recently released a Military Spec drop tested case for the Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 tablets. This case is made of a distinctive one-piece design with a soft tactile backing with Frogskin technology that provides grip in wet or damp conditions, while a rubber core and bumpers resist impact from drops and abuse. Another highlight is that this cover also includes an kickstand which you can use after covering your Surface Pro device. Utilizing UAG’s feather-lite construction, the patented form-fitting design adds minimal size and weight, maintains compatibility with the Microsoft Surface Pro Type Cover keyboard, and includes an integrated kickstand.  The case is independently tested to meet military standards for drop and shock (MIL-STD 810G-516.6), a first for Microsoft Surface Pro cases. “We take pride in providing world-class protection for Microsoft’s Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 tablets, guaranteeing our customers Military Spec ...

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Back in May, Microsoft announced their decision to openly share their platform roadmap via status.modern.IE. Yesterday, IE team announced another round of updates to their plan. These updates include new ECMAScript, Networking, Performance, Media, CSS, and DOM features under consideration and in development. Additionally, IE feature statuses are also integrated into caniuse.com via our open data feed. You can also help us make this a valuable resource for developers by contributing to the open source project. As always, ask us questions and give us feedback via @IEDevChat. Feature Status Math Built-ins (ES6) In Development Number Built-ins (ES6) In Development String Built-ins (ES6) In Development Object Built-ins (ES6) In Development RegExp Built-ins (ES6) In Development Classes (ES6) In Development Template Strings (ES6) In Development dppx Unit for resolution Media Query In Development DOM Event Constructors In Development WAV Audio Support In Development Meta Referrer In Development WeakSet (ES6) Under Consideration Spread ...

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Microsoft recently released an update to the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 to developers. This update contains important product improvements that add up to a more stable and feature-rich product. This updated SDK lets developers get serious about finalizing your applications for commercial deployment and, later this year, for availability in the Windows Store. With the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and SDK 2.0 public preview, you get more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities you need to develop interactive applications that respond to movements, gestures, and voice commands. The v2 sensor and SDK deliver key features and enhancements that enable you to build applications that understand humans, objects, and their environments better, including: Improved skeletal hand and joint orientation Higher depth fidelity 1080p HD video Support for new development environments New active infrared capabilities Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft recently announced that they are making Azure HDInsight available for all customers in China as a public preview. This means Microsoft is the first global cloud provider to have a publicly available cloud Hadoop offering in China. So, both local Chinese organizations and multi-national corporations with offices in China can spin up a Hadoop cluster within minutes. HDInsight is a Hadoop distribution powered by the cloud. This means HDInsight was architected to handle any amount of data, scaling from terabytes to petabytes on demand. You can spin up any number of nodes at anytime. Microsoft charges only for the compute and storage you actually use. Since it’s 100% Apache Hadoop, HDInsight can process unstructured or semi-structured data from web clickstreams, social media, server logs, devices and sensors, and more. This allows you to analyze new sets of data which uncovers new business possibilities to drive your organization forward. HDInsight ...

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As part of the layoffs announced yesterday, Microsoft has decided to close down its Trustworthy Computing unit. Microsoft Trustworthy Computing group focuses on creating and delivering secure, private, and reliable computing experiences based on sound business practices. The security of our customers’ computers and networks is a top priority. We are committed to building software and services that help protect our customers and the industry. Our approach to security includes both technological and social aspects, and we strive to ensure that information and data are safe and confidential. Drawing on industry best practices, we make investments to increase the security of our technologies and to provide guidance and training to help minimize the impact of malicious software. Closing down Trustworthy Computing group doesn’t mean Microsoft is giving up on its security policies, instead they are now trying to fold the work on security, privacy and related issues into its Cloud & Enterprise ...

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Paul Thurrott today posted some tidbits on the upcoming Windows 9 version currently named Windows Technical Preview. Find the summary of the information he posted today below, Current Windows 9 Technical Preview Build number is 9841 You already know everything about the upcoming Start Menu, but new information from Paul is that you can resize the Start Menu itself. If you would prefer to the use old Start Screen, you can set it as well. Open Navigation properties (with Search) and then click the Start menu tab and select “Use the Start menu instead of the Start screen.” Click OK. There is a new menu when you open modern apps in Windowed mode. This menu includes Charms bar options like Search, Share, Play, Print, Project, Settings, and Full Screen, the latter of which toggles the app between floating window and full-screen views. Charms bar still works the same for touch interactions. Only when ...

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  As we are nearing the release of Windows 9 Technical Preview, more details about the upcoming Windows release is getting everyday. Here is an another tidbit about the new Start Menu that will be in the Windows Technical Preview. Your Start Menu color will change according to the theme you have selected on your device. If you have selected a purple theme with purple background, then the Start Menu will become purple color. This is a small thing, but it offer a personalized experience for millions of Windows 9 users. What do you think of this new feature? Source: PCportal.org.ru via: Neowin ...

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Satya Nadella is going to visit India for the first time after becoming Microsoft CEO by end of this month. It was revealed today that Satya will be speaking at an event scheduled to happen in Indian capital New Delhi. The event is being organized by 10,000 Start-ups which is a program from NASSCOM designed for innovative and scalable early and growth stage tech startups. ASSCOM 10,000 Start-ups and Microsoft are proud to present TechScale with Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft on Tuesday, September 30th in New Delhi. This is Satya’s first visit to India after being appointed only the third CEO to lead Microsoft in the company’s 38 year old history. In a rapidly evolving technology landscape where Mobile and Cloud are increasingly shaping the future of computing worldwide, Satya will share insights on the huge opportunity for young technology entrepreneurs and innovators to expand their horizons and scale their ...

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Microsoft Bing team today announced an updated Bing Image search experience with many new features.  This new Image search user experience provides a foundation for Bing to better meet your needs. The new experience is visually rich and adapts based on user’s query, resolution and interaction. It looks great across devices, its touch friendly and is also extensible enough to support the direction Bing team is heading in. Following are the improvements that are coming as part of this release, Design: Now you’ll notice that image results will expand to the full width of your screen with exploration suggestions being placed dynamically according to your screen resolution. This means an uncluttered first page where images are the hero.   You’ll also notice that images have higher fidelity and are cropped and altered less to better inform your click. The experience is great with touch. On your Windows 8 device or iPad, try ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are shutting down the Microsoft Research lab in Silicon Valley. Located in Mountain View, California, Microsoft Research Silicon Valley was founded in August 2001 and it employed over 75 researchers. The lab’s primary focus was on distributed computing and includes privacy, security, protocols, fault-tolerance, large-scale systems, concurrency, computer architecture, Internet search and services, and related theory. It was headed by Roy Levin, Distinguished Engineer. Microsoft said that this lab was closed as part of the “consolidation of the west coast labs” and Microsoft still has 2,500 employees working for the company in the Silicon Valley area. Also, the cuts today do not mean Microsoft is backing away from its research commitments or necessarily closing any of the research projects that are run out of the Silicon Valley lab. Microsoft is also offering positions for some of these researchers at other Microsoft Research labs. ...

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  Microsoft today announced a new home page experience in Office 365 for its current Exchange or SharePoint customers. This new home page will be the central place from which users can access all the services available to them. If you are a Office 365 ProPlus customer, you can also access the downloads to install the Office applications from this page. Below that, you will have links to all Office Online applications right from Outlook to OneDrive. If you prefer landing into some specific apps when you login via Office 365 portal, you can do that as well. You may prefer to use a different start page. Instead of landing on the new home page, you might want to start in Outlook, OneDrive, SharePoint or Yammer. In order to accommodate a variety of start preferences, we’re also providing the ability for you to determine your own default landing page when you sign in ...

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Earlier today, we reported information about the upcoming Microsoft Office suite for the desktop has leaked. The Verge today posted few screenshots and information about of this upcoming Office version. As per the report, Microsoft has already started sharing builds of Office Technical Preview to its partners and testers. One major feature coming in the next release is the ‘Tell Me’ feature currently found in the Office Online web apps. Today, Mary Jo Foley reported many other features that will be part of this upcoming Office release. Read the summary of it below, Microsoft updating the Power Pivot data model to a new version that will be only supported in the new version of Excel. Refresh, edit and query of files using this model, won’t be supported without the new Excel version, though users with older versions still will be able to open files. Excel users will be able to pan and ...

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Back in July, Microsoft announced their largest ever restructuring plan to simplify its organization and align the acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy. As a result of it, Microsoft is announced their plans to eliminate up to 18,000 positions over the next year. Of the total, about 12,500 were from professional and factory positions from the Nokia Devices and Services business acquired by Microsoft. At that time, Microsoft expected these plans to be substantially complete by Dec. 31, 2014, and fully completed by June 30, 2015. Microsoft cut 13,000 employees total in the first wave back in July. Today, Microsoft announced the second round of layoffs and they are cutting 2,100 jobs across various divisions inside Microsoft. Of that total, 747 are in the Seattle region. So, there are still 2,900 jobs that Microsoft will cut from now to June 2015. Source: Geekwire ...

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