When Microsoft announced Surface Pro 3 earlier this year, 5 different SKUs with various configurations was revealed. However, only the Intel Core i5 models was made available for sale till now. Starting this August 1st, Surface Pro 3 versions with a Core i3-4020Y and Core i7-4650U will be available for customers. Intel Core i3 version starts at $799 whereas Intel Core i7 starts at $1549. AnandTech today posted a detailed post on the new low cost Intel Core i3 Surface Pro 3 version. As expected, the performance is below the Intel Core i5 version of Surface Pro 3, but how much? Does Intel Core i5 justify the extra $200 cost? Here is the conclusion from AnandTech, Subjectively, the entry level Surface Pro 3 feels pretty quick. Even running at only 1.5GHz, a pair of Haswell cores are plenty fast. The real question is whether or not the extra $200 is ...

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Microsoft today announced that Docking Station for Surface Pro 3 is now available for pre-order from Microsoft Store. Docking Station allows you to turn your Surface Pro 3 into a full-blown desktop PC, giving you easy access to your external monitors, keyboard, mouse, printer, speakers, and more. Microsoft also highlighted the improvements they have made over last generation Docking Station. For example, they have added more USB ports and many of them support USB 3.0. While you docked the SP2, the USB 3.0 port on the Surface  is still available for use when it is docked. Also, they have added Security Lock slot to it. Docking Station features: Instant office Just click your Surface Pro 3 into the dock and go from tablet to full desktop PC in an instant. With an Ethernet port, Mini DisplayPort, and five USB ports (three USB 3.0, two USB 2.0) you can easily connect an HD monitor, wired ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are releasing Project Spark for Xbox One and Windows 8.1 on October 7th. Project Spark offers a supreme gaming experience by making unique and instantly playable levels, games, and worlds, and then share them with a global community. Purchase content packs using Spark Tokens for new gameplay and building blocks for creation. Unlock new content using Creation Credits, earned by creating, playing, and sharing games. All content is available across all platforms, so games created on one platform are available to play and remix on any other. At that time, we’ll also be making an Xbox One disc edition of Project Spark available at retail for $39.99 USD. The “Project Spark Starter Pack” is loaded with great content, including starter packs filled with sounds, effects, animations, and props, plus advanced creator features, offline content, and experience boosts which allow players to unlock new content that much faster. ...

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Last month, we reported that Bungie’s next-generation, first-person shooter “Destiny” beta will be made available to Xbox One and Xbox 360 users in late July. The actual game will be released on September 9 for both the platforms. Today, Activision announced that Destiny beta will launch on July 23rd for Xbox One and 360 owners. GAME OVERVIEW From the Creators of Halo and the company that brought you Call of Duty. In Destiny you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost. Become legend. A Bold New World Embark on an epic action adventure with rich cinematic storytelling where you unravel the mysteries of our universe and reclaim what we lost at the fall of our Golden Age. More Ways ...

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Last year, Microsoft started delivering the Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits to thousands of participants.  The Developer Preview included a pre-release Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, access to the new generation Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK), as well as ongoing updates and access to private program forums. Microsoft also announced that participants will also receive a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor when they become available next summer (northern hemisphere). Last month, Microsoft announced that Kinect for Windows v2 sensors are available for pre-order. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor gives developers more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities they need to develop interactive voice and gesture-based applications. Now, Microsoft Store listing reveals that Kinect for Windows sensor will ship on July 15th. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor gives developers more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities they need to develop interactive voice- and ...

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The latest chapter in the award-winning series, SNIPER ELITE 3 is now available for download in both Xbox 360 and Xbox One Stores. Game Description: NORTH AFRICA 1942. Germany plans to build a wonder weapon – with the power to crush any Allied forces in its path. Sabotage their plans or the resistance is over. Stalk the shadows in silence or go loud in the blink of an eye. Relocate away from danger and hunt on your own terms in expansive non linear levels, with more choice, longer shots and verticality than ever before. Features: Competitive MP – Five modes of competitive action are featured: Deathmatch; Team Deathmatch; Distance King; Team Distance King; No Cross which is Team Deathmatch with a twist – both teams are separated with no risk of close-quarter surprise. Co-Op – Up to two players can choose from Story Campaign, Over watch and the all-new Survival ...

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At E3 this year, Microsoft revealed the Halo: The Master Chief Collection. This is a remastered compilation of its classic Halo games in a unified UI for Xbox One later this year. This will go on sale for $59.99 on Nov. 11. This collection will include Halo 1, Halo 2 in 1080p, Halo 3 and Halo 4, with 100 multiplayer maps running in high-definition 1080p video at 60 frames per second on dedicated servers. There are two bonus things that come with this package. You will get access to beta of Halo 5: Guardians which will be available to play in December and also access to Halo Nightfall Digital series access. Today, Microsoft revealed that 343 Industries will be at Rooster Teeth Expo (RTX) in Austin, Texas from July 4-6, including an exclusive panel dedicated to “Halo: The Master Chief Collection.” Halo fans will be able pick up limited-edition swag, shop at the “Halo” store, line up for an exclusive ...

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Microsoft today released three new videos to promote the new Surface Pro 3. Of course, the theme of the main video was “The tablet that can replace your laptop”. Barely tipping the scales at 1.76 pounds, the new 12-inch Surface Pro 3 has all the power and performance of a premium laptop in a thin and lightweight design. Another video was on the new Surface Pen. Watch it below, Behold the most natural writing and drawing experience on a tablet thanks to the new Surface Pen. Use the Pen to mark up presentations, sign documents, or enjoy art apps. You can also open a blank OneNote document with a click of the Surface Pen to instantly capture your next idea–even if your device is in sleep mode. Another video was on the accolades Surface Pro 3 received from the press like being recognized as “the best everything device ever made.” ...

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Microsoft seized 22 domain names from dynamic DNS provider No-IP as those domains were being abused in malware-related crimes against Windows users. With a special order from federal court, Microsoft became the domain IP resolver for the No-IP domains. In this process, millions of innocent users got affected due to domain issues that happened due to Microsoft’s actions. No-IP provided the following statement regarding this, We have been in contact with Microsoft today. They claim that their intent is to only filter out the known bad hostnames in each seized domain, while continuing to allow the good hostnames to resolve. However, this is not happening. Apparently, the Microsoft infrastructure is not able to handle the billions of queries from our customers. Millions of innocent users are experiencing outages to their services because of Microsoft’s attempt to remediate hostnames associated with a few bad actors. Had Microsoft contacted us, we could ...

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Sunset Overdrive game was announced during E3 2013 during Microsoft keynote as a Xbox One exclusive. Sunset Overdrive is an always changing, open-world shooter set in the not-so-distant future. The story is like this, a catastrophic event has left your city overrun by mutants. While the majority perish or transform, you flourish. Microsoft and Insomniac Games unveiled the first look at “Sunset Overdrive’s” co-op multiplayer at E3 2014 and today they posted a an action-packed video of the same. Choose Your Chaos Wisely – The amount of Chaos is what determines the difficulty of your team’s final Night Defense. The higher your Chaos– the tougher your Night Defense is going to be, but you’ll get more chances to receive cool rewards at the end. The amount of Chaos you have will depend on which missions you voted for leading up to Night Defense. Take a mission with a lot of chaos to increase ...

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Microsoft coined the term Lapability last year to describe how well you can work using the device on your lap. Lapability means being able to get work done comfortably in tight spaces. They improved Lapability of Surface 2 with two stage kickstand, but with Microsoft made it perfect with the release of Surface Pro 3. Microsoft closely paid attendtion to a lot of aspects of the device ensure that Surface Pro 3 works great on your lap in a variety of settings. Microsoft highlighted the following three aspects in SP3 which makes it great to use on a lap. The kickstand Surface Pro 3 features a ‘continuous’ kickstand that uses friction to easily adjust to any angle up to 150 degrees. This obviously allows for a lot of viewing angles on tables and desks of different heights, but it also allows the kickstand to accommodate a lot of different lap positions. Surface Pro ...

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Last week we reported that a loophole allowed consumers to get a 5% discount on Surface Pro 3 by using the promo code obtained from Bing rewards. Microsoft has recently fixed this and Surface Pro 3 is now excluded from the list of items on which you can get 5% discount. At the online Microsoft Store, we’ve hand-picked the latest technology products. Redeem for this reward and receive a 5% discount – restrictions apply.* You’ll also enjoy free ground shipping and free returns on everything we sell. *Valid from 11/13/2013 – 12/31/2014. Offer valid online only at the US Microsoft Store. May not be combined with other offers or applied to prior purchases. Exclusions include but are not limited to the following: gift cards, pre-ordered products, Office 365, Volume Licensing, Xbox One console, Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3. Limited to stock on hand. Discount applies before taxes, shipping and ...

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Bungie’s next-generation, first-person shooter “Destiny” beta will be made available to Xbox One and Xbox 360 users late next month. The actual game will be released on September 9 for both the platforms. With its seamless blend of single-player, cooperative, and multiplayer action, Bungie’sDestiny is one of the most intriguing Xbox One games of 2014. When we had a chance to check out the game at E3 a few weeks ago, we had an absolute blast with the head-to-head multiplayer mode – known as Crucible in Destiny’s parlance – and couldn’t wait to play more. This made today’s big news that much sweeter, as the folks at Bungie have announced that the Destiny beta will be landing on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in late-July for fans that pre-order the game. Pre-order Destiny for Xbox from Amazon here. ...

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Skype is now offering a limited-time opportunity to win a Surface Pro 3 this June. You can win a Surface Pro 3 with Intel® Core™ i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM worth of $799 by using Skype. Barely tipping the scales at 1.76 pounds, the new 12-inch Surface Pro 3 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. To get involved, use your Skype account to call a minimum of 3 landline numbers or mobile numbers this week, before the 30th June when the competition ends. Visit this page to enter into this contest. If you are interested in buying it, you can order it from Microsoft Store today. ...

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The official Pizza Hut app was made available for Windows 8.1 devices in Windows Store last week. This is not a native app experience, instead it is built around Pizza Hut’s web site experience. Using this app, you can find your closest Pizza Hut store, order from their expanded menu, quickly access Pizza Hut favorites and more. APP FEATURES: Enjoy the extensive menu, explore daily specials and order our Most Popular items with just a few taps. Check out some of the features below, and you’ll see why this new Pizza Hut app is the absolute best new way to order. • Our expanded menu offers specialty pizzas, Tuscani pasta, WingStreet wings, drinks, sides, desserts and limited time offers. • Guest Checkout allows you to order without signing in. • Most Popular items section provides quick and easy access to Pizza Hut favorites. • New Specials section provides updates on new products and deals. • ...

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Just in time for the movie release, ‘Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark’ game is now available for Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. Explore two unique worlds as your favorite Transformers characters from both the movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Cybertron universes in a battle to secure an ancient and powerful relic, the Dark Spark Game Description:  Span time and space as your favorite TRANSFORMERS characters from both the movie, TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction, and Cybertron universes! Includes Over 40 playable characters from two different universes! Change Form Anytime: Effortlessly switch between robot and vehicle form! Beyond the Movie: Weave your way through Earth and Cybertron universes in an unforgettable battle to secure the Dark Spark. Epic Multiplayer Battles: Expanded four-player co-op online escalation mode with new upgradeable defenses and challenging Power Foes! New Unlock System: Leveling system spans campaign and escalation, allowing players to unlock rewards that will aid ...

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