GameStop yesterday announced a new program for its PowerUp Rewards members. With this program, consumers get a chance to upgrade their current Xbox 360 game for the new Xbox One standard version of that game for $9.99. Read about it in detail below. GRAPEVINE, Texas– GameStop, the world’s largest multichannel video game retailer, is taking the uncertainty out of which Xbox version of your favorite game you should buy this fall with an exclusive, guaranteed upgrade offer. GameStop is offering PowerUp Rewards members a special, limited time opportunity to receive a $50 guaranteed minimum credit for select standard edition Xbox 360 titles when a member upgrades to the new Xbox One standard version of that title. “This is an amazing opportunity for our PowerUp (PUR) members to enjoy their favorite Xbox 360 game until the Xbox One version becomes available,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop. ...

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In an interview to CNET, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed that they are working really hard on second generation Surface to make it a success. This confirms two things. First, Microsoft is indeed working on next generation Surface RT device. Second, the upcoming Surface RT device will also run on Nvidia Tegra platform. He said that the lack of Outlook was one of the significant problems in first generation Surface launch. “It is the killer app for Windows,” Huang said. “Now we’re going to bring it with the second-generation Surface. We’re working really hard on it, and we hope that it’s going to be a big success.” Source: CNET ...

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Microsoft today posted the unboxing video of retail Xbox One unit. Major Nelson from Xbox team presented the new retail version of Xbox One and detailed the items in it. Albert Penello, director of product planning for Xbox One revealed several facts about Xbox One and the components that ship in the box. Read it below. 1. In the video, we are unveiling the Xbox One Day One edition – which includes a special Day One package, specially branded DAY ONE 2013 controller with chrome D-pad, and a Day One digital achievement. This will be available in limited quantities. 2. The Xbox One console, Kinect sensor – even the HDMI cable and the power supply – have a “liquid black” finish, with a focus on a consistent 16:9 design ratio across all components. This attention to detail was intentional and a great example of how every component in the box ...

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We have seen many Kinect implementations in the past other than gaming. In most of those cases, results were impressive. Developers were able to take advantage of great Kinect hardware and SDK to realize their thoughts. In the above video, Dassault Systemes made use of Kinect for Windows to create a great visual scene. Watch the video above. The Parisian contemporary ballet Mr. & Mrs. Dream includes Kinect sensors placed above the stage to follow the performers movements and create a stunning visual effect. Not only does it make the stage environment portable, it delivers a totally new art form. via: Next at Microsoft ...

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This might turn into an another PR nightmare for Microsoft Xbox One. Xbox LIVE Gold features  are compared between Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles in a page on Xbox.com. As you can see, there are list of items that comes under Xbox LIVE Gold on Xbox One. Multiplayer Gaming Entertainment Apps IE on TV The NFL on Xbox OneGuide Game DVR Skype SmartMatch Exclusive deals and special offers. While Multiplayer gaming, exclusive deals and special offers, OneGuide, The NFL on Xbox, SmartMatch may involve costs behind it, I’ve no idea why Microsoft still wants to charge Entertainment Apps,  IE on TV, Skype (really?), GameDVR, etc,. What do you think? Source: Xbox.com via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft SkyDrive today announced a great deal for Apple MobileMe users. MobileMe was supposed to be Apple’s cloud offering to compete with Microsoft and Google online services, but later it was replaced by iCloud. Apple is now sending emails to MobileMe consumers that their accounts will be downgraded and they should continue with iCloud service. Microsoft is giving away 15GB storage for free for the next 12 months if you just send a copy of your MobileMe downgrade email to HelpMeSkyDrive@outlook.com. SkyDrive is a fully featured consumer cloud storage solution from Microsoft that offers clients across platforms and devices. ...

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  Samsung announced ATIV Book 9 Plus touch screen ultrabook last month. It created a wave among the tech blogs because of its QHD+ 3200 x 1800 touch screen display which will have 275 ppi. This premium Windows 8 ultrabook is now available for pre-order starting from $1400 for the base model. Expected availability is on August 20 2013. Key Specs: 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U (Haswell) 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM 128GB Solid State Drive Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400 13.3″ LED-Backlit Capacitive Touchscreen QHD+ 3200 x 1800 Native Resolution 3-in-1 Media Card Reader 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, WiDi Integrated Webcam, Microphone & Speakers Windows 8 (64-bit) Source: bhphotovideo via: Engadget ...

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  Microsoft announced in early June that they are opening store-within-a-store in 500 Best Buy locations across the U.S with Windows Store Only at Best Buy program. Microsoft is planning to open these stores just-in-time for back-to-school shopping season. The first such store in opening on August 7th at Los Angeles Best Buy Store. From Windows Team Blog, On Wednesday August 7th at the West Los Angeles Best Buy Store, Major League Soccer will be on hand to kick off the first Windows Store at a major consumer location. MLS players and coaches will help show how to stay fit for back-to-school – from soccer drills on a full-size field in the parking lot to healthy food tips to the latest fitness and nutrition apps for Windows 8 like Daily Workouts, Fitbit, Endomondo, MyPlate Calorie Tracker, BallStrike and MLS MatchDay. The first 200 customers to demo a Windows 8 device in the ...

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If you are among the people who face battery draining issue on Surface RT devices running Windows 8.1 preview, there is a temporary workaround to fix it. The solution is strange but according to lots of people, it works! “Do you have your Bluetooth radio turned off, e.g. through airplane mode? If so, please turn it on as a workaround. Swipe in from right to bring in charms bar, tap on Settings and then on Change PC Settings at the bottom. Subsequent steps to get to the switch to enable Bluetooth: Change PC Settings > PC and Devices > Bluetooth,” Microsoft is already aware of the bug and should be working on an actual fix. For now, you can use the above method to save power. via: Winbeta.org ...

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Microsoft Surface RT devices does not support External Ethernet so far and there were some workarounds to make it work. But even those solutions are not working right now. According to ZDNet, Microsoft is working on bringing  External Ethernet support to Surface RT devices. Also Microsoft is working with hardware partners to make external Ethernet dongles that support Connected Standby, the Windows 8 feature that provides instant-on/off whenever network connections are available. Another related news about Surface RT is that Microsoft has extended the discounted Surface RT availability program for qualifying education institutions till end of September. “In June, we announced a one-time offer for Surface RT that starts at $199 for qualifying education institutions, valid for all K-12 and universities purchasing from Microsoft. Thanks to great customer interest, we are thrilled to share that this special offer to education institutions will continue until the end of September. Microsoft has a ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced their partnership with 500px to showcase great photography on Bing.  500px which is a leading photo sharing platform for aspiring and professional photographers will bring even more of the world’s great imagery to Bing’c iconic home page. In the coming months, we will highlight select images from over 2.5 million members of the 500px community thru selected parts of the Bing.com experience. As a passionate photographer myself, I am particularly excited about the platform and exposure this will provide to photographers around the world. In the meantime, go check out 500px or Bing.com. Stay tuned for further details and of course, more world class images on Bing. Source: Bing ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of both Surface RT and Surface Pro devices in Taiwan. Even though Taiwan’s Pegatron makes Surface tablets for all parts of the world, their home country got Surface devices nearly after 9 months of the launch. According to Neowin, the new reduced price of Surface Pro is also live in Taiwan for a limited period. Sales of the tablets began at noon Sunday, when 100 Tsann Kuen Enterprise and Fayaque electronic stores became the first outlets to officially sell the Surface RT and Surface Pro in the country. The Surface Pro will feature a reduced price until Aug. 29, when Microsoft plans to end its temporary price cut; Taiwanese customers will pay the equivalent of about $100 less for the tablet until that time. Source: Microsoft via: Neowin ...

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Acer Iconia W3, the first 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet is now available starting from just $299. The price of 32GB model has been reduced to $299 from $379 and the 64GB model now costs just $349. Key specs: 8.1″ 1280 x 800 resolution, high-brightness (300-nit): with integrated 5-Point multi-touch screen, supporting finger touch and image auto rotation Windows 8 Intel® Atom™ Dual-Core Processor Z2760 1.5GHz with Intel® Burst Technology up to 1.8GHz 2048MB of LPDDR2 800 MHz Onboard memory chip support Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator with 64MB of dedicated system memory 32GB Internal Storage High-definition audio support Two Built-in Stereo Speakers Integrated Digital Microphone 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless Bluetooth® 4.0 + EDR 1- Micro USB 2.0 Port 1 – Micro-HDMI™ with HDCP support MicroSD memory slot up to 32GB(SDHC 2.0 compatible) 2MP Rear-Facing Camera 2MP Front-Facing Camera Sensors:Gyroscope, E-Compass, G-Sensor, Ambient light sensor 2-Cell Li-Polymer Battery Source: Amazon, Microsoft Store.     ...

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At  Blackhat 2013 conference, Microsoft discussed about improved security capabilities in Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 now features the ability to enable devices to be fully locked down by IT, remote security options for BYOD devices and more. Group Program Manager for Windows Security & Identity summarized the whole thing as below. #1 Trustworthy Hardware Trusted hardware is a key investment area for Microsoft in Windows 8.1. Often in a BYOD scenario, if an employee buys a new computer, it can be hit-or-miss as to whether the device will have all the tools baked in that an IT department needs to make sure any data on that device is secure. With Windows 8.1 we take away the guesswork. The Trusted Platform Module: TPM is a hardware security device or chip that provides a number of crypto functions, including securely storing keys and performing cryptographic measurements. It’s a great tool for the enterprise, ...

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  Microsoft Skype yesterday announced the free WiFi availability for Skype Premium users in over 1 million hotspots around the world. If you are a frequent traveler, then this is a great deal for you. Read more about it below. It doesn’t have to be this way. With Skype WiFi, you can buy just as much WiFi as you need. You don’t have to drag out your credit cards when you’re on the move, you can just pay for it right out of your Skype Credit. Plus, it’s available at over 1 million hotspots worldwide.** But it gets even better. Throughout the month of August, if you’re a Skype Premium subscriber, you get Skype WiFi for free! If you’re headed to the beach or have a business trip, you can email, check the news, make your family jealous with awesome vacation photos, laugh at LOLcats, and yes, even chat on Skype ...

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A patent about head-mounted display for multi-player gaming from Microsoft went public today. This is not so surprising as we already know that Microsoft is working on similar glass display system. An internal document on Microsoft Xbox which got leaked last year revealed that Microsoft is planning to release some fortaleza glasses in 2014. I think this patent might be related to that Fortaleza glasses. These Fortaleza glasses will also have 4G/LTE connectivity as well. Abstract: A system and related methods for inviting a potential player to participate in a multiplayer game via a user head-mounted display device are provided. In one example, a potential player invitation program receives user voice data and determines that the user voice data is an invitation to participate in a multiplayer game. The program receives eye-tracking information, depth information, facial recognition information, potential player head-mounted display device information, and/or potential player voice data. The program associates ...

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