At IFA, Lenovo announced two new high-performance gaming PCs: the Y70 Touch, Lenovo’s first 17-inch touch laptop with the latest processor and graphics technology for HD gaming, and the ERAZER X315, Lenovo’s latest affordable desktop gaming PCs. Y70 does not compete with the latest Razer and MSI gaming laptops, but it offers high-end specs on affordable pricing. Y70 Touch: Extreme Performance for HD Gaming The Lenovo Y70 Touch comes with an up to 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and powerful NVIDIA GTX graphics, making it ideal for heavy entertainment use and HD gaming. At 17 inches, the Y70 Touch is Lenovo’s largest touchscreen laptop, opening up a whole new level of interaction for video editing, social sharing and gaming. The Y70 delivers a fantastic audio and visual experience, with a FHD display that brings movies and games to life with enhanced color, clarity and resolution. Its JBL®-designed stereo speakers ...

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Pointer events is a new standard which Microsoft initiated at first and later developed by the W3C to define a unified device input model – pen, mouse and touch – across multiple browsers. Pointer Events makes it easier to support a variety of browsers and devices by saving Web developers from writing unique code for each input type. To demonstrate cross browser interoperability for Pointer Events, Microsoft contributed patches to Blink and Mozilla browser engines, and developed interoperability prototypes, including a Pointer Events prototype for WebKit. Also, Pointer Events was well received by the web community. Last week, Chrome team posted that they are planning to drop Pointer Events support in Chrome citing the following reasons. Issue 162757 Very briefly, pointer events has 3 main drawbacks relative to the alternative: 1) Mobile-first web: Pointer events would likely never supplant touch events on the web (especially without support from Safari). Since touch events are here to stay, supporting ...

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The developers behind popular Kickstarter project Haptix is now back with a product called Touch+. Touch+ is a successor to Haptix and costs just $75. Touch+ is a small and sleek bar that turns any surface into a multitouch controller for your PC or laptop. Touch+ contains two cameras that track the 3D positions of your fingers and allow you to use multitouch by detecting the height of your fingers. It also enables gesture shortcuts by detecting the hand gestures you make.  You can use this 3D tracking device to tap, swipe, or zoom on any surface while seeing your fingers on the screen. You can order the sensor here from Ractiv. via: Engadget ...

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I recently came across few deals at Amazon on Windows devices. It includes Dell XPS 11 XPS11 11.6-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop, Acer Aspire S7 13.3-Inch WQHD Touchscreen Ultrabook and HP Pavilion 13 13.3-Inch Detachable 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop. Find the specs and the deal price below. Dell XPS 11 XPS11-7693CFB 11.6-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop: XPS 11 is made with machined aluminum and more carbon fiber than ever before. The edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass NBT is up to 10 times more scratch-resistant than soda lime glass, so it helps prevent scuffs caused by handling, cleaning or wiping. 4.0 GB DDR3L SDRAM 2560 x 1440 p resolution Display NFC Intel Core i5-4210Y Processor (3M Cache, up to 1.9 GHz) 128 GB Solid-State Drive 11.6-Inch Screen Windows 8 It now starts at just $749, down from its regular price of $1199. Find the deal here from Amazon. ...

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Adobe today released new version of Photoshop CC with many new features for designers and photographers like improved Layer Comps to enable you to sync changes across multiple comps, to new Blur Gallery motion effects like Spin Blur and Path Blur, to Focus Mask which automatically selects the area of an image that is in-focus, to improved type and font capabilities, and even more 3D printing enhancements. At the Surface Pro 3 launch event, Adobe said that they will be adding touch/stylus support to Photoshop, and they have done that now. We continue to adapt Photoshop to the latest hardware available as well. In this release, we are dramatically improving our stylus support under Windows 8.1, with out-of-the-box support for practically any stylus, and smoother strokes for drawing, painting and illustration. We are also introducing a new Experimental Features capability in Photoshop CC. By turning on one of these features, our customers ...

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A Microsoft patent filed on December 6, 2012 became public today. It describes the touch interactions on a eyewear as we have seen in the Google Glass in the recent times. The patent basically describes that the eyewear can have one or more multi-touch sensors configured for user interaction. The sensors will be able to detect swipe, press gestures and even pressure of the touch. Microsoft describes that sensors could be of resistive, capacitive, piezoelectric, optical, reflective or light based sensor. And these sensors may be affixed or molded into frames of the glass. Abstract: The subject disclosure is directed towards eyewear configured as an input device, such as for interaction with a computing device. The eyewear includes a multi-touch sensor set, e.g., located on the frames of eyeglasses, that outputs signals representative of user interaction with the eyewear, such as via taps, presses, swipes and pinches. Sensor handling logic ...

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Recently I came across couple of interesting patents filed by Microsoft. Find their abstracts below. Sensor-in-pixel display system with near infrared filter A display system includes both a cover panel and a display panel. The display panel includes multiple display pixels and multiple sensor elements configured to detect infrared light reflected from an object touching or close to the cover panel. The filter layer is configured to increase rejection of near infrared light reflected from the object prior to detection of the infrared light by the multiple sensor elements. The filter layer can be positioned in different locations, such as between the display panel and the cover panel, within the display panel, or within or on top of the cover panel. Glow touch feedback for virtual input devices The claimed subject matter is directed to providing feedback in a touch screen device in response to an actuation of a virtual ...

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I recently came across this interesting patent from Microsoft related to gaming on mobile devices. Usually in console gaming, you have controller in your hands with display few meters away. In the case of mobile gaming, you hold both the controller and the display unit on your hands. In this patent, Microsoft is trying to propose a controller system for mobile devices that will be rendered during games. If Microsoft implements it, we can start enjoying on games on mobile devices with standard controller interface as opposed to various types controllers we see in mobile games. Also, this may allow Microsoft to port Xbox games easily to mobile devices. Last year, during annual company meeting, Microsoft demoed Halo game being streamed from internet on a Lumia 520 device. Patent Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to controlling a game with a mobile touch-enabled device. A thumbstick and a mode selection button can ...

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Microsoft released Office Touch version for Apple iPad few months back. The Office for iPad was a successful product with millions of downloads and users loved it. The most surprising part was that Microsoft released Office Touch version for iPad before Windows. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella then said that Office for iPad release was done as part of the new Cloud first, Mobile first strategy. In the code conference last week, he revealed that market share was also the reason it was released on iPad first. As per the reports from Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet, Office for Android may also come before Office Touch for Windows. Office Touch for Windows will get released in spring 2015 than fall 2014. But now, it’s sounding like the new priority is getting the promised Android versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to market. Microsoft officials said in March 2014 that the timing for the Android version of these touch-first ...

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Along with the announcement about the new laptop hybrid called Satellite Radius and next generation 2-in-1 detachable PCs – the Satellite Click 2 and Satellite Click 2 Pro, Toshiba also announced 8- and 10.1 inch Encore 2 Windows tablets. Encore 2 tablets feature an elegant Satin Gold matte finish and are engineered with rounded edges that make them comfortable in hand. Measuring 0.4 inches thin, the 10-inch Encore 2 weighs just 1.2 pounds, while the 8-inch version weighs less than a pound. Both tablets feature a bright HD (1280×800) multi-touch display,  quad-core Intel Atom processor, 10-hour battery life for general usage and up to 8 hours of video playback, Stereo speakers plus Dolby Digital Plus audio,  ultrafast 802.11n Wi-Fi, built-in Micro HDMI® port and wireless display support, On software side, Encore 2 devices also include TruCapture™, an app that works in conjunction with the integrated cameras to capture and correct snapshots of whiteboards, ...

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We reported about ThinkPad 10 tablet last week, Lenovo has made if official today. ThinkPad 10 is constructed from premium aluminium, and it comes with a full HD display protected by Gorilla glass. ThinkPad 10 comes with a digitizer pen for natural writing input, up to 4GB of memory and up to 128GB of storage. It runs on Windows 8.1 including 64-bit support. Users can also have options including 3G/4G LTE. Lenovo claims that it can offer up to ten hours of battery life. It also features a 8MP camera on the back. It comes with range of accessories which users can buy according to their needs, Users can be creative with four flexible modes – Tablet, Stand, Laptop and Desktop. When connected to the optional ThinkPad Tablet Dock or USB3.0 docking station, users can add an external display, mouse, and either the Compact Bluetooth keyboard or directly attach the ...

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More than anyone else at Microsoft, Internet Explorer marketing team gets it right often is creating great promotional videos for the most used web browser. The latest ad they posted on YouTube is on the touch capabilities of the browser. We grow up experiencing the world through touch, so we built a browser to do the same. Discover the new Internet Explorer: http://bit.ly/touchtheweb Internet Explorer 11 is now built on the concept of touch with following capabilities, Internet Explorer is the browser built for touch, now with larger tabs, simpler controls, and fluid response to gestures. Search the web right from the address bar. Just enter a search term or URL to start browsing. Quickly flip through content on your favorite sites. Switch between sites quickly with large, touch–friendly tabs. Show other apps side–by–side with the browser for easy multitasking. Pin your favorite sites for one–touch access right from the Start screen. Internet Explorer beats ...

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Microsoft already has over 83 retail stores in the United States and Canada and they are expanding them to new places every quarter. Last month, we reported that Microsoft is planning to open more new specialty retail locations around the US in May. The following are the locations where you will find new specialty retail stores. North Point Mall – Alpharetta, GA (May 3) The Oaks – Thousand Oaks, CA (May 13) Park Place – Tucson, AZ (May 13) Jordan Creek Town Center – Des Moines, IA (May 13) FlatIron Crossing – Broomfield, CO (May 15) North Star Mall – San Antonio, TX (May 15) Westroads Mall – Omaha, NE (May 15) The Mall in Columbia – Columbia, MD (May 17) The Maine Mall – S Portland, ME (May 17) Mall of Louisiana – Baton Rouge, LA (May 17) Boise Towne Square – Boise, ID (May 17) Microsoft is planning to sell Surface RT for $199 and Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows ...

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As Google and Intel has some plans to announce regarding Chromebooks later today, Microsoft is looking to crash the party with a great deal for a Windows laptop. Microsoft Store is now offering a neat deal in which you can get an ASUS X200-MA touch laptop for only $199. You can take advantage of this offer at both online and in physical retail stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada. This Asus device offers much value than any Chromebook available in the market. For example, the recently announced Lenovo Chromebook N20P offers similar spec and with the exception of storage which is limited to 16GB for a price tag of $329. I guess this Asus machine offers lot more value to users than a Chromebook. Key Specs: 11.6 in HD LED-backlit (1366 x 768), 10-finger multi-touch support Intel Celeron N2815 1.86 GHz with Burst Performance Technology up to 2.13 ...

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Acer today announced couple of 11.6-inch Windows laptops in the name of Aspire V 11 (touch) and E 11. These laptops stand out from the crowd with new FlowCurve design – an external rear curve that continues through the interior to create a unique visual flow and also comes with a fan-less design for cool and quiet computing. Other highlights are the precision Touchpad improves pinch to zoom, smoother scrolling and screen navigation experience and various color options to display users’ individual style. Read the full press release below. Acer today unveils two new 11.6-inch notebooks, the Acer Aspire V 11 (touch) and E 11, which feature a distinctive FlowCurve and fan-less design for stylish, cool, and quiet computing. The thin and light notebooks are ideal for consumers who require technology that looks chic and fulfills all their infotainment needs on the go. The new thin and light 11.6-inch notebooks ...

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Sony Vaio PCs are known for their great quality and with the release of Windows 8/Windows 8.1, Sony has released different form factors allowing users to enjoy touch screens on their PCs. Sony announced few months back that they are leaving the PC business by selling the VAIO unit to a Japan based company. But that doesn’t stop Intel which is powering all these new Sony PCs from promoting them on their versatile nature. Watch the videos below. Meet Lisa. She wants to write complex storylines and create beautiful illustrations too. Like most of us, Lisa has two sides. Luckily, her Sony VAIO® Tap 2-in-1 PC powered by the Intel® Core™ processor changes from a laptop to a tablet, allowing her to be at her best. Whatever she puts her mind to. Meet Robert. He wants to push himself to accomplish great things. He also wants to watch TV from his ...

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