Microsoft today released an update to Bing Maps Preview app for Windows to improve the public transportation information experience..  In select cities in the US, Canada and the UK, you can plan your journey via bus, train or subway in a few short clicks. This new app will now you route options, estimated departure and arrival times overlaid on a beautiful maps experience.  If the next bus is coming up in a couple of minutes, this app will let you know that you need to start hustling to the stop. Here is how it works, Say you are planning for an upcoming visit to New York City soon and want to find the quickest public transportation option from JFK airport to your hotel in Times Square. On your Windows 8 PC, simply pull up the transit experience within the app and enter the airport and destination.  We’ll beautifully render a layout showcasing all ...

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Recently, we reported that Microsoft has now reduced the price of Surface 2 tablets by over $100 in the US. The entry level 32GB model now costs $349 while 64GB model costs $449. Thin, light, with up to 10 hours of video playback on a gorgeous Full HD display, Surface 2 lets you do the things you want. For $349, I guess it offers great value to customers. NVIDIA Tegra 4, 2Gb System Memory, 32GB Hard Drive 10.6″ High-definition widescreen 5-point multitouch with ClearType technology (1920 x 1080) Front Facing 2.5MP camera, Rear Facing 5.0MP Camera SD Card Slot, 1 x USB 3.0, HDMI Output, Windows RT 8.1, Touchscreen, Internal Speakers 1 Year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty This offer is also now live in the US from various retailers. For example, Tesco and Currys are currently selling Surface 2 for £259. Order Surface 2 for $374 from Microsoft Store US here. ...

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Microsoft today announced that Xbox One users in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain will be able to experience premium live TV features on Xbox One, such as the ability to access your favorite shows and channels with the sound of your voice* through the OneGuide, with the new Xbox One Digital TV Tuner. The Xbox One Digital TV Tuner will be available beginning late October in the UK for ₤24.99, and France, Italy, Germany and Spain for €29.99. Following are the list of capabilities enabled by the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner: •Watch HD TV on Xbox One: With the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner, you can watch free-to-air DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-C television channels without changing TV inputs. You can receive game invitations and notifications while watching TV and even watch TV while you wait for a multiplayer match to start. •TV Viewing in Snap Mode: You ...

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Microsoft has already reduced the price of Xbox One since its launch. Currently, Microsoft is selling Xbox One for 399 Euros in the UK. Recently, a NeoGAF user spotted that Xbox One listed for a lower price tag of 349.99 Euros on Xbox Spanish site which led many websites to speculate that Microsoft is planning another round of price cuts for Xbox One. Microsoft today confirmed that the listing was a mistake and they have no plans for price cuts in the near future. Microsoft Xbox One is now priced at the same level of Sony PS4 and the only possibility Microsoft could lower the price in the near future is when Sony does it. As you all know, Sony is in a bad financial position and they would not be ready to lose money on selling PS4. So, this puts an end to all Xbox One price cut rumors and reports. ...

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This is an old news, but I thought I should let our users know about it. After all these years of focusing Bing’s efforts in the US, Microsoft is now expanding many of the Bing’s features to other countries around the world. Snapshot is a feature on Bing that shows results on the right column on the Bing search results page. Snapshot brings relevant information and services related to your search to you right on the main results page including like celebrities, famous people, movies, music groups, countries, cities, geographic locations, animals, parks,  hotels, restaurants and many more so you can take action directly. Starting last month, Microsoft has expanded this Snapshot for web search in the UK. I hope Microsoft expands this feature into more countries around the world. If you are already using Snapshot, how was your experience so far? ...

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With the upcoming Surface Pro 3 device, Microsoft wants to clear the Surface Pro 2 stock. In the US, they have already stopped selling them on Microsoft Store. In the UK, they have reduced the price of Surface Pro 2 devices by £150. Find the new prices of each model below, 64 GB variant- £569 (down from £719) 128 GB – £659 (down from £799) 256GB – £899 (down from £1049) 512GB version – £1,289 (down from £1,439) Surface Pro 2 is a solid device for those who need a full PC in a 10-inch form factor. There is no other device in its class. Weighing in at 900 grams, with longer battery life than the original Surface Pro with up to 7 hours of battery life for video playback 7 and up to 8GB of RAM, it goes with you anywhere. The next-generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor provides incredibly ...

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As announced earlier, Microsoft has started shipping Surface 2 4G model in the UK. In March, Microsoft released Surface 2 LTE in the US market for AT&T LTE network and now they are expanding to UK. It comes with only one SKU, Surface 2 64GB (4G) will cost £539.00 incl. VAT in the UK. You can buy it from Microsoft’s online store, Currys or PC World. It also comes with couple of offers, 200GB storage for two years When you put a file on OneDrive, it’s with you on all of your internet-enabled devices. Get free Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote in your browser with OneDrive and free Office Web Apps. To activate your free 200GB of OneDrive storage, just use the code included in your Surface or Surface Pro 2 packaging. Unlimited minutes & Wi-Fi for one year Get calling landlines in over 60 destinations worldwide and Skype Wi-Fi ...

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Amazon (UK), Asda, and other British retailers have slashed the price of the Xbox One Titanfall bundle by £50 to £349.  At launch Microsoft charged  £429 for an Xbox One but soon dropped the price to £399.  This new price of £349 is the exact same price point a standard Sony PS4 is sold at today in the UK.  These price drops are not totally unexpected.  With the Xbox 360 Microsoft slowly dropped the price of the console as the years went on eventually matching the Nintendo Wii $250 price point.  However, this is bad news for Sony whose price and international availability of the PS4 have been major selling points of the console. For context, some approximate price conversions based on today’s market: £50 = $83.68 £349 = $584.12 £399 = $667.80 £429 = $718.02 via Video Gamer ...

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Microsoft has now opened up the pre-order for Surface 2 LTE model in UK. Last month, Microsoft released Surface 2 LTE in the US market for AT&T LTE network and now they are expanding to UK. It comes with only one SKU, Surface 2 64GB (4G) will cost £539.00 incl. VAT in the UK. You can pre-order it today and the general availability is from 8th of May. You don’t have to be near a Wi-Fi connection to be able to get the most out of your Surface. Now anywhere you can get a mobile signal, you can get online .Surface 64GB 4G comes with a micro-SIM slot. Insert any pre-paid micro-SIM to start using data.9 It also comes with couple of offers, 200GB storage for two years When you put a file on OneDrive, it’s with you on all of your internet-enabled devices. Get free Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote ...

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Over the years the UK government consistently chose to continue to stay on Windows XP in an effort to save money.  In fact a study done late last year showed the country’s National Health Service still had 85% of their computer running Windows XP.  Microsoft has been very open about their lifecycle plan to end support for Windows XP and this was announced over six years ago.  In fact Microsoft extended support for Win XP an additional three years to give enterprises and governments the time to make the transition. With end-of-life for Windows XP only 4 days away a deal has been struck with Microsoft.  The government has signed a deal with Microsoft to provide Windows XP support and security updates across the whole UK public sector for 12 months after regular support for the operating system ends on 8 April.  The agreement is worth £5.548m (over $7.6 million), ...

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Earlier this week, Microsoft announced the launch of Microsoft Video Network, a new offering that enables advertisers to buy user-initiated, non-skippable pre-roll video ads on brand-safe sites across 350 publishers. The Microsoft Video Network will help advertisers to reach for their campaigns outside of Microsoft’s owned and operated properties. Microsoft claims that Microsoft Video Network is hugely competitive when it comes to audience targeting, using a combination of Microsoft’s unique first party data along with leading third-party data providers. Over the past six years advertising budgets have moved away from traditional TV and into online video –accelerated by changes in traditional media consumption such as multiscreen and on-demand viewing, alongside technological advances that have led to digital media buying becoming less and less complex. These factors have led to video advertising spend rising approximately 85 per cent year on year according to the IAB, with the current supply and demand models ...

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NSA, USA’s Surveillance Agency is now helping UK’s Surveillance Agency GCHQ in intercepting and storing the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, revealed secret documents obtained by The Guardian. The project called Optic Nerve,  started as a prototype in 2008 and was still active in 2012. “Face detection has the potential to aid selection of useful images for ‘mugshots’ or even for face recognition by assessing the angle of the face,” it reads. “The best images are ones where the person is facing the camera with their face upright.” The report also revealed that lots of sexually explicit content was also collected and GCHQ struggled to keep it away from the eyes of its staff. Sexually explicit webcam material proved to be a particular problem for GCHQ, as one document delicately put it: “Unfortunately … it would appear that a surprising number of people use webcam conversations to show intimate parts ...

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Speaking to The Guardian, UK Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude revealed that UK government is planning to switch its productivity suite from Microsoft Office to some Open source solutions. UK government spends tens of millions of pounds a year to Microsoft and other software companies for using their software and they are looking to cut those costs. He believes that costs would come down by switching to software which can produce open-source files in the “open document format” (ODF), such as OpenOffice and Google Docs. I agree with OpenOffice in his argument, but Google Docs? Speaking at a cross-government event showcasing new online services on Wednesday, Maude will say: “The software we use in government is still supplied by just a few large companies. A tiny oligopoly dominates the marketplace. “I want to see a greater range of software used, so civil servants have access to the information they need ...

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As winter -storms hit across the United States I’m sure many are thinking of warmer places they would rather be at.  We continue our series of in-depth coverage of the Bing search trends of 2013.   When Bing first started out as Live Search it used to have a search service called xRank.  xRank kept track of notable celebrities, musicians, politicians, etc. and ranked them in order of popularity from Bing search query results. Microsoft shut that service down in 2010.  However like Google, Microsoft still publishes results of some of the most popular searches at the end of each year.  Here are the most searched travel destinations: USA’s most searched destinations of 2013 Hawaii captured the heart of Americans this year, even topping searches for mainland USA destinations. London ruled the pack among European destinations, holding onto its #1 spot for the second year in a row. Hawaii Bahamas (pictured) London ...

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Nokia today announced the Lumia 2520 Windows tablet in the UK. The device will go on sale exclusively from John Lewis for 399.99 pounds. Press Release: Nokia today announced that the Nokia Lumia 2520, the companys first Windows tablet, will be available exclusively through The John Lewis Partnership from December 4th. Priced at only 399.99, the Lumia 2520 features 4G connectivity, a stunning 10.1 full HD display, quad core chipset, multiple colour choices, 11 hours of battery life and super-fast-charging capabilities. In a market of me-too products, the Nokia Lumia 2520 stands out from the crowd with its unique Lumia design, great hardware and exclusive software experiences, said Conor Pierce, Nokias General Manager for the UK & Ireland. The Nokia Lumia 2520 is the first truly connected tablet and we look forward to working with John Lewis to bring this amazing connected experience to their customers. Premium Design Meets Maximum ...

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Tesco UK yesterday announced that Tesco will be selling stock on a first come first served basis at more than 100 of its Extra stores from midnight on Thursday Nov 21. It will also be available online whilst stocks last. Also consumers will be able to try out the new console for themselves at the following stores: Cheshunt Extra on Friday Nov 22; Coventry Extra on Saturday Nov 23 and Slough on Sunday Nov 24. Tesco is also celebrating the launch event by altering the signs on the front of 10 of its stores to include the Xbox logo as you can see in the image above. Tesco Home Entertainment Manager Stephen Owusu said, “The launch of the Xbox One is a massive event for millions of gamers around the world and the console is sure to top many Christmas present lists this year. “The last Xbox console – the ...

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