Today, JD.com announced that they have started taking pre-orders for Xbox One in China. BEIJING, July 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — JD.com , Inc. (” JD.com ” or the “Company”) JD -0.07% , China’s largest online direct sales company, began taking China pre-orders today for Microsoft Corporation’s (“Microsoft”) Xbox One gaming console. As part of an agreement between the companies, JD.com will have the exclusive right to accept pre-orders for Xbox One in China from July 28-30 through JD.com ‘s Mobile QQ and Weixin entry points. “Launching Xbox One sales in China through JD.com ‘s Weixin and Mobile QQ entry points underscores the strength of these platforms with young and sophisticated Chinese consumers,” said Ms. Shuang Du, Vice President of JD.com in charge of the IT and Digital Business Unit. “Through our partnership with Tencent, Chinese consumers are increasingly able to enjoy the JD.com shopping experience directly on China’s most popular ...

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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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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. It turns out your calling isn’t picking up trash or serving food, it’s mutant destruction. With an arsenal of kick-ass, overpowered weapons and a knack for traversing the city with hyper agility, it’s not the end of days for you. This game is now available for pre-order and the Day One Edition includes the exclusive Nothin’ but the Hits gun, Fizzie character outfit and Hardcore! Hammer, an improvised melee weapon for smashing your enemies. Apart from this, Amazon and Microsoft Store are offering their own deals for this game pre-order. Microsoft Store: Pre-order Sunset Overdrive for Xbox One ...

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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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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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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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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. But the Destiny beta will be landing on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in late-July for fans who have pre-ordered the game. You can Pre-order Destiny for Xbox from Amazon here. Bungie today revealed the list of Xbox Live achievements that you can earn via Destiny on Xbox. Find the list below.   Source: Bungie ...

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Along with the announcement about the availability of Surface Pro 3 in additional 26 markets, Microsoft today confirmed that Docking Station for Surface Pro 3 will be shipping from August 15th. Docking Station is available for pre-order from Microsoft Store today. 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 network connection, audio system, full-size keyboard, mouse, printer, and more. Video output Extend your display to a larger screen. The mini DisplayPort connection delivers high-definition video resolution of up to 3840 x 2600 DPI. Five USB ports Boasting five USB ports (three USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0), you can transfer large files to an external drive, plug in a ...

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Microsoft last week announced the details for in-store events and experiences in the more than 90 Microsoft retail stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, to celebrate the launch of Surface Pro 3. Microsoft Stores already has Surface Pro 3 devices for demo, so visit the nearest store to experience the device. Also, Microsoft Stores will have all the Surface Pro 3 accessories and Microsoft Store exclusive red type cover. If you didn’t pre-order device before, you can still visit Microsoft Stores and BestBuy stores to get Surface Pro 3 on the launch event. The customer response to Surface Pro 3 during the pre-order period has been great to see. New pre-orders of the 128GB Intel® Core™ i5 SKU of Surface Pro 3 through MicrosoftStore.com will ship to customers in the U.S. and Canada by June 30. Customers who already pre-ordered this SKU and received an email notification of ...

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Microsoft today blogged about OneNote on the new Surface Pro 3 integration. People from Windows, Surface and OneNote teams worked together to create this instant note-taking experience that’s like taking notes on paper–but way better. In the video above, you’ll learn how to take a note whenever you want, have your notes with you all the time, clip and write on whatever you see on your screen, and how to customize your note-taking experience using OneNote. To take a note whenever you want, click the Surface Pen and then write your note. It doesn’t matter if your Surface Pro 3 is locked or unlocked, or if your screen is off or on. Clicking the pen will always let you take a note. To take a clip of whatever you see, double-click the Surface Pen, and then select the region you want to clip. The selection is placed in your Quick Notes in ...

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In order to promote the upcoming Surface Pro 3 launch in Canada, Microsoft Canada is opening Surface Cafés. These events will have a collaborative communal environment that will also play host to a series of hands-on workshops with some of the brightest minds in music, photography, illustration and business. Join us to experience the all-new Surface Pro 3. Designed to fit your lifestyle, the Surface Pro 3 is powerful, portable, and can be personalized to meet all your creative desires and productivity needs. Step inside the café and let the fun begin. Following are the events organized, Mobile Design with Uri Minkoff : Explore the intersection of fashion and technology with one of the founders of the design company that brought us the Mini M.A.C. handbag! InstaLife with Caitlin Cronenberg : Whether you’re an amateur shutterbug or a seasoned pro, get up close and personal with acclaimed Canadian photographer Caitlin ...

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Microsoft started taking pre-orders of Surface Pro 3 two weeks back. While you can pre-order all the SKUs, only few SKUs will be shipping later this week on 6/20/2014. Other SKUs will be shipping by 8/31/2014. Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB and 4 GB of RAM SKU which costs $999 seems to be the most ordered SKU. It was evident from the fact that the shipping date for this 128GB / Intel i5 Surface Pro 3 is now delayed by 10 days to June 30th for all new orders. Find the store listing below. Surface Pro 3 Estimated retail price (USD) Intel® Core™ i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM $799 Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB and 4 GB of RAM $999 Intel® Core™ i5, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,299 Intel® Core™ i7, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,549 Intel® Core™ i7, 512 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,949 ...

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