Microsoft has announced that they are dropping their membership with ALEC. The American Legislative Exchange Council(ALEC) is a lobbying group that works to advance limited government, free markets, and federalism at the state level through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, members of the private sector and the general public. But it was recently revealed that ALEC was involved in lobbying for measures to repeal renewable energy standards, block meaningful disclosure of chemicals used in fracking and more. Microsoft provided the following statement regarding ALEC, “In 2014 Microsoft decided to no longer participate in the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Communications and Technology Task Force, which had been our only previous involvement with ALEC, With this decision, we no longer contribute any dues to ALEC…we are no longer members of ALEC and do not provide the organization with financial support of any kind.” Greenpeace senior IT policy analyst Gary ...

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Recently, Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition was released on Xbox One and it brings with it a host of new features for Blizzard’s isometric action-role-playing game. Back at E3, Blizzard said that Diablo III would run at 900p/60fps on Xbox One for better performance. Microsoft came to know about it and worked directly with Blizzard to boost the resolution to 1080p on Xbox One. In fact, Microsoft released a patch for Xbox One to enable this. 1080p has become a new marketing gimmick for game developers as they highlight it whenever possible to project it as a next generation console. Microsoft didn’t want consumers to experience lower resolution than PS4 for Diablo on Xbox One, so they went directly to the developer to fix this issue. “We did have 1080p, but we were finding it challenging to keep our frame-rate. Because Diablo’s so much of an action game, we wanted to have ...

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As announced yesterday, MTV app is now available for download from Xbox Store for Xbox One customers. This app is launching on Xbox One in the U.S. with sneak peeks, bonus clips, recent full episodes from select MTV series with a TV subscription and more. You’ll also be able to read the latest in pop culture news, fashion and go behind-the-scenes of blockbuster movies. If you’re a huge fan of festivals, and music and video awards, MTV on Xbox One follows the latest and greatest. Download the app from Xbox Store. ...

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Recently, a new Microsoft patent titled ‘Wearable display device calibration’ was published by USPTO. This patent is trying proposing a method to calibrate a wearable display device. A challenge to the implementation of wearable display devices, such as a head-mounted display (HMD), for augmented reality is maintaining the alignment of the two, independent left display lens system and right display lens system of a wearable display device. For binocular viewing systems, such as a wearable display device (e.g., glasses or a head-mounted display), the left and right display lens systems generate independent images of the same view. If the left and right display lens systems are not properly aligned so that the left and right images are projected directly one over the other, then the user’s view will appear blurry. This is particularly noticeable for a vertical misalignment of the images, whereas a person’s eyes can adjust to correct for ...

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Microsoft today highlighted in a blog post that they are the only company that is positioned as a Leader in four Gartner’s Magic Quadrants for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, x86 Server Virtualization, Enterprise Application Platform as a Service and Public Cloud Storage Services. You have Amazon, Google, IBM, Salesforce, VMWare and few others, but Microsoft has a unique set of capabilities to help enterprise customers provision and manage their infrastructure, whether it is on-premises, in a Microsoft datacenter, or delivered by a hosting service provider. Only Microsoft has achieved recognition as a Leader across all four capability areas. Cloud Infrastructure as a Service: We feel the pace of innovation in our cloud solutions led to much greater customer adoption in the past year, contributing to a very strong showing in the Cloud IaaS space. x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure: Recognized as a leader for the fourth year in a row, ...

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If you are interested in interaction and experience design, then these are must watch videos for you. Connecting: Makers which you can watch above is the second film in the Connecting Series. It is produced by Albert Shum, Thamer Abanami, Kat Holmes, and Molly McCue. Released June 2014. Why do we make? Connecting: Makers examines how the connected world is changing the nature of creativity. When everyone is a maker, new possibilities emerge, but with them come new responsibilities about digital transparency, cultural awareness, and the role of the designer. The above one is the first film in the Connecting Series. It is produced by Albert Shum, Mike Kruzeniski, and Kat Holmes. Released in 2012. What is Interaction Design? Connecting explores this question with some of the industry’s foremost thought leaders. When digital and physical worlds become one, new behaviors become possible, enabling connected humans with a collective capacity to change the world. ...

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Microsoft today released a system firmware update for Surface Pro 3 devices. Usually, Microsoft releases firmware updates once in a month during patch Tuesdays. This week’s update includes features to display BIOS password state and asset tag information, as well as improving boot times in some scenarios. This week’s firmware update: The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 8/19/2014” when you view your update history. Surface Pro UEFI (v3.9.150.0) adds features to display BIOS password state and asset tag information, as well as improving boot times in some scenarios. Last week’s firmware update: 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 ...

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You can now save up to $199.98 by buying the Surface Pro 3 Essentials Bundle from Microsoft Store. You can build a bundle that includes Surface Pro 3, choice of Type Cover and Surface sleeve, 2-year warranty, and 1 year of Office 365. Essentials Bundle includes Surface Pro 3, your choice of Type Cover, choice of select Surface sleeves, Microsoft Complete Warranty Protection for accidental damage, and 1 year of Office 365 Home or Personal. Surface Pro 3: Offering unmatched versatility, the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 tablet has all the power and performance of a premium laptop in a thin and lightweight design. It also comes with the all-new Surface Pen which delivers a natural writing and drawing experience. Type Cover: Transform your Surface Pro 3 into a premium laptop with the Surface Pro Type Cover. Available in multiple colors, the Surface Pro Type Cover features magnetic stability to keep the ...

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This week’s games and add-on Deals with Gold are live on the Xbox Games Store. These deals are valid now through 25 August 2014. This week’s deals include Trials Fusion for Xbox One, Call of Duty add-ons on Xbox One, Call of Duty Black Ops, Modern Warfare 2, Grand Theft Auto V and more on Xbox 360. Find the deals below. Xbox One: Content Title Content Type Discount % Call of Duty Ghosts Season Pass Add-on 50% Call of Duty Ghosts – Snoop Dogg VO Pack Add-on 50% Call of Duty Ghosts – Makarov Legend Pack Add-on 50% Call of Duty Ghosts – Squad Pack Extinction Add-on 50% Call of Duty Ghosts – Captain Price Legend Pack Add-on 50% Trials Fusion Xbox One Game 33% Xbox 360: Content TitleContent TypeDiscount % Call of Duty Black Ops Games on Demand 50% Call of Duty Black Ops II Games on Demand 50% Call of Duty Black Ops II Season Pass Add-on 50% Modern ...

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Microsoft today revealed the new larger Xbox 360 500GB Media Hard Drive. With this new hard drive, you’ll get more space for games, HD movies, and demos. As you already know, you can even install game discs to your hard drive. This will cost $109.99 when made available. Microsoft’s official website says pre-order is coming soon. Currently, Microsoft is selling Xbox 360 320GB Media Hard Drive for $129.99 at Microsoft Stores. So, this upcoming Hard Drive is a great deal. Find the official page here. Find out more about Xbox 360 storage devices here ...

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Today, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and the new Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer announced his decision to step down from the Microsoft board. Since leaving Microsoft, Ballmer has been busy with his commitments related to Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella thanked Steve for all his contributions and  wished him success on his future endeavors. Read his full response below. Satya Nadella’s response to Steve Ballmer: Steve, First, thank you for all of your support during my transition this year and for the past 34 years. It’s been a great privilege to have worked with you and learned from you. Under your leadership, we created an incredible foundation that we continue to build on — and Microsoft will thrive in the mobile-first, cloud-first world. While your insights and leadership will be greatly missed as part of the board, I understand and support your decision. As you ...

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Steve Ballmer today posted the following letter on the internet to reveal that he is leaving Microsoft’s board to focus on other things in his life (hint: Clipper’s owner). Read the full letter below. Dear Satya, As I approach the six month mark of my retirement and your appointment as CEO, I have been reflecting on my life, my ongoing ownership of Microsoft stock, and my involvement with the company. I have reached some conclusions and wanted to share them with you. I know August is the key month during which the company starts to prepare the proxy statement for the next shareholders’ meeting, and so these thoughts are probably timely for that too. First, Microsoft has been my life’s work and I am proud of that and excited by what I see in front of the company and this leadership team. There are challenges ahead but the opportunities are ...

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Microsoft today revealed that Twitch app on Xbox One is getting a new update that brings new features such as auto zoom, audio capture from headsets and “watch with friends”. The “watch with friends” feature is an interesting one, which lets you see the Twitch channels your friends on Xbox are watching and check out the same broadcasts. Also, now the home screen of the “watch with friends” section showcases what up to six friends are watching, and becomes hidden if none of your friends are viewing Twitch channels. Just like Skype app on Xbox One, Twitch app is adding a new optional feature that allows Kinect to follow and zoom to your face while broadcasting, and when the Kinect is not plugged into the console, audio can be captured from the player’s attached headset. Source: Microsoft ...

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  Microsoft today updated the OneNote for Android app in Play Store with which enables you to take handwritten inked notes, have a tablet optimized experience, and personalize and format your notes. This is major update and I’m sure all OneNote for Android users will be happy to use it. One of the most requested feature added in this release is the new handwriting support, you can now draw with your stylus and even with your finger. Your notes will sync across all your devices, helping you access them easily and stay organized. Handwriting and drawing is even easier on Android devices, which come with an active digitizer. Just bring your pen to the screen and start writing. To add text or an image all you need to do is tap the page with your finger and bring up the cursor. Once done, just bring your pen back to the screen and start ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are opening Windows store-within-a-store at Best Buy in 24 new Chicago area Best Buy locations. Last year, Microsoft announced a strategic partnership to create the Windows Store only at Best Buy, a comprehensive store-within-a-store in 500 Best Buy locations across the United States and more than 100 Best Buy and Future Shop locations in Canada. In addition to these 24 new stores, there are already 13 Windows Stores at Best Buy in Chicago. With this, Chicago consumers will have more places than ever to see, try, compare and purchase a range of products and accessories related to Windows. These comprehensive store-within-a-store experiences range in size from 1,500 square feet to 2,200 square feet. The stores will feature a dedicated Surface area where people can check out the new the new Surface Pro 3. On central showcase tables, shoppers can get hands-on experience with the latest PCs, ...

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Lionel Raynaud, VP of creative at Ubisoft said that Ubisoft isn’t abandoning the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 anytime soon few months back. But now, Ubisoft Chief Executive Officer Yves Guillemot has revealed that Ubisoft will stop developing games for Xbox 360 and PS3 after 2015. “What we see is that this year is still fine for the PS3 and 360. But next year because they are selling very quickly, we’ll move to the new hardware. After 2015, it will be hard for us to create games for those systems,” Guillemot explains. I think it is too early to dismiss the market value of last generation consoles that includes Xbox 360 and PS3. With a huge install base of over 150 million units, developing games for these platforms should be profitable enough. Also, Ubisoft is planning to capitalize only on the next generation gaming platforms Xbox One and PS4 which ...

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