After months of rumors and reports, last week an internal build of upcoming Windows 9 build named ‘Windows Technical Preview’ with build number 9834 got leaked on the web. The leaked screenshots revealed number of upcoming features in Windows 9. First, you can see the new Start Menu which includes Live Tiles and other modern apps. Second, you can see the way to switch between multiple desktop environments widely known as Virtual Desktops. Third, you have notifications center which can be accessed from taskbar. Fourth, you have the charms bar options in a new menu in the title bar of the app. Fifth, you can see Windowed modern apps. Sixth, you can notice the new flatter look for desktop UI elements. Apart from the screenshots, videos showing some of the above features also got leaked. Find them in the respective articles below, Microsoft Feedback App Spotted In The Leaked Windows 9 ...

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A new update to Xbox Video on Windows 8.1 has been released to the store yesterday. This new version 2.6.283.0 includes many improvements and fixes that improves the overall app experience. Find the full change log below. What’s New: Resuming the app will now resume your personal videos so that you don’t need to find and manually resume them. Video thumbnails in your collection are no longer stretched. To give you a better idea of how long your downloads will take, the download manager now displays an approximate time for the download to complete. Movie and TV collection now show streaming icons next to the video title if the video has not been downloaded to the device. Other minor bug fixes. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Following the screenshots leak, a new video showing the upcoming Start Menu in action got leaked on the web. Few hours back, another video on detailing the new Start Menu leaked, find it here. It was reported earlier that Microsoft is now building this virtual desktop feature into Windows 9 codenamed Threshold. Similar to Desktops app, you can activate the desktops with a button on the taskbar and there are keyboard shortcuts that let you jump between active desktops. This feature is now included in the leaked Windows Technical Preview Build 9834. As you can see in the video, you have a desktop switcher icon which will bring up a black bar in the bottom of the screen with all the active desktops shown in thumbnails. Even though Windows OS internally supported this feature for so long, Microsoft didn’t make it as a consumer facing feature. However, there is a small utility ...

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Break.com is a humor website featuring comedy videos, flash games, and other material. Their editors find the best funny videos, clips and pictures for you to watch right now. Yesterday, they launched Break.com’s official app for the Xbox 360 & Xbox One. The team behind Break.com, the #1 humor site online (8 million unique monthly visitors), is bringing Xbox users a free app that delivers curated video content across a variety of verticals including hilarious pranks, stunts, animals, epic fails and original comedy. The Break.com app is the only app on the Xbox platform dedicated entirely to original and user generated video content including episodes of Honest Trailers, Man at Arms, Speakeasy and more from the DEFY Media brands. Check out Xbox Store for downloading this apps. ...

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A new Microsoft Research project was revealed earlier this month which is going to make all the GoPro videos captured with a helmet camera during activities such as rock climbing or bicycling more watchable than ever. You can’t watch the video of someone climbing a mountain from a first person perspective, when you watch it in 10x speed, it will become too shaky. At high speed-up rates, simple frame sub-sampling coupled with existing video stabilization methods does not work, because the erratic camera shake present in first-person videos is amplified by the speed-up. Microsoft’s Hyperlapse project tried to fix this issue. Today, Facebook announced Hyperlapse from Instagram, a new app to capture high-quality time lapse videos even while in motion. Hyperlapse from Instagram features built-in stabilization technology that lets you create moving, handheld time lapses that result in a cinematic look, quality and feel—a feat that has previously only been possible with ...

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Along with the March system update for Xbox One, Microsoft enabled Twitch game broadcasting feature for all the gamers on Xbox One. After few weeks, Microsoft also shared some numbers on Twitch on Xbox One. In short, the engagement is much more than Sony’s PS4. Back in May and then in July, it was reported that Google is planning to acquire Twitch for $1 billion. Today, WSJ reported the twist in the tale that Amazon is going to acquire Twitch. The deal is worth more than $1 billion and it is expected to be officially announced soon. Are you happy that Amazon is acquiring Twitch, not Google? Actually, I’m. Update: The official announcement was made today by both the companies. Amazon will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Twitch for approximately $970 million in cash. Read the press release below. SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 25, 2014–Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that ...

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If you are interested in interaction and experience design, then these are must watch videos for you. Connecting: Makers which you can watch above is the second film in the Connecting Series. It is produced by Albert Shum, Thamer Abanami, Kat Holmes, and Molly McCue. Released June 2014. Why do we make? Connecting: Makers examines how the connected world is changing the nature of creativity. When everyone is a maker, new possibilities emerge, but with them come new responsibilities about digital transparency, cultural awareness, and the role of the designer. The above one is the first film in the Connecting Series. It is produced by Albert Shum, Mike Kruzeniski, and Kat Holmes. Released in 2012. What is Interaction Design? Connecting explores this question with some of the industry’s foremost thought leaders. When digital and physical worlds become one, new behaviors become possible, enabling connected humans with a collective capacity to change the world. ...

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At Gamescom, Microsoft revealed the Xbox One gameplay of Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break. For the first time since its announcement in 2013, fans received a first-look at the Quantum Break gameplay in action, which highlighted in-game Time Manipulation features: •Outsmart and outmaneuver enemies with time-amplified combat, which seamlessly blends action-packed gunplay with the ability to bend and temporary freeze time •Leverage the frozen time to get a tactical advantage over enemies, attacking when and where they least expect it •Play through catastrophes as time causes the environment to pause, stutter, rewind and freeze, forcing you to strategically use time powers to navigate through the chaos and destruction Quantum Break is a revolutionary entertainment experience which weaves the frenetic action of a game with the tension and drama of scripted television. Fans will be able to play – as well as watch – Quantum Break exclusively on Xbox One in ...

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STARZ Play app is now available for Xbox One and Xbox 360 users. It works both with the Xbox controller Kinect. If you’re an Xbox One owner, you can rack up some of those media achievement. STARZ Play gives you plenty of opportunities to add more media achievements to your collection. Plus enjoying family movie night is easy by tuning into the STARZ Play Top Hits channel on your Xbox OneGuide. STARZ Play makes it easy – and enjoyable – to binge watch complete seasons of recent STARZ originals including “Power,” “Black Sails” and “Da Vinci’s Demons”. And enjoy today the first episode of the eagerly-anticipated new STARZ Original series, “Outlander” or binge through many as the great programming gets added each and every week. Simply hit “play” and let the episodes roll, one after the other, for hours and hours. And for the multitaskers out there, just snap STARZ Play to ...

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Microsoft today announced that Syfy Now for Xbox One is now available for Xbox Live members in the U.S. This TV Everywhere app is loaded with content from all your favorite Syfy shows, and by using your cable or satellite subscriber credentials, you can watch full episodes of most shows for free the day after they air. That means you can see episodes of current shows like “Defiance,” “Dominion,” “Face Off” and “The Wil Wheaton Project” whenever you want in full HD on your Xbox One. Also, starting today, you can watch both “Sharknado” and “Sharknado 2: The Second One” in the app for a limited time. Syfy Now is more than just full episodes and movies, though. We’ve got hundreds of clips available – everything from last week’s “Defiance” panel at San Diego Comic-Con to an inside look at each week’s episode of “Dominion” featuring the show’s creators. Finding content ...

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Microsoft today highlighted the amazing line up of games coming to Xbox One platform this holiday season. Totally nine exclusive blockbuster games coming to Xbox One in addition to other DLC on first on Xbox titles. In fact, Xbox One’s 2014 exclusive games lineup got more than 60 nominations and 25 award wins to date, including seven nominations for the prestigious Game Critics Best of E3 2014 Awards, leading the industry for 2014 games. With the best exclusives, spectacular new franchises and the best multiplayer community, it’s more fun on Xbox One. Find the lineup of games for Xbox below, “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” (343 Industries, Microsoft Studios). “Assassin’s Creed Unity” (Ubisoft, Ubisoft). “Phantom Dust” (Microsoft Studios). “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” (Sledgehammer Games, Activision). “D4:Dark Dreams Don’t Die” (Access Games, Microsoft Studios). “Dance Central Spotlight” (Harmonix Music Systems, Microsoft Studios). “Dragon Age: Inquisition” (BioWare, Electronic Arts). “Evolve” (Turtle ...

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Microsoft recently posted a blog post saying that we should not miss out the ‘Every Street United’ on Xbox Video this Sunday. Why is it so? Read their below explanation. There are only two episodes left! Last Sunday on “Every Street United,” the players met their competitors in Rio and learned that the winning team from the 4v4 game will get to try out for a professional contract with the Seattle Sounders FC. This Sunday, Thierry and Edgar choose the two teams for the 4v4 game. Once divided, the preparation for the biggest game of their lives begins with the mentors imparting their tactics and advice, and team captains working to foster a strong team spirit. You can learn more about it at  “Every Street United.” ...

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Along with the March system update for Xbox One, Microsoft enabled Twitch game broadcasting feature for all the gamers on Xbox One. Microsoft also shared some numbers on Twitch on Xbox One. In short, the engagement is much more than Sony’s PS4. Xbox Live members worldwide are spending an average of 5 hours per day exploring apps, playing games, and watching TV on Xbox One. Back in May, it was reported that Google is planning to acquire Twitch for $1 billion. Today, Venturebeat reported that this deal has been confirmed. We don’t know everything about this deal, such as when it will be announced and the exact purchase price. We do know that Twitch investors who participated in past rounds are pleased that they will be getting significant returns that are multiple times the amount they originally invested. Twitch has more than more than 50 million monthly active users and more than ...

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Microsoft today posted a short video to promote Xbox One. This ad highlights that Xbox One is the only place to play the best exclusives and all of the biggest blockbusters of the year. The games include Halo, Call of Duty, Assassins Creed Unity, Sunset Overdrive and more. This video is backed by a voice over with the words from the movie Rocky Balboa. Sylvester Stallone speaks this inspiring dialogue in that movie. Full quote from the movie is below for your reference. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and ...

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Microsoft today announced the launch of the Ad Controls creative solution in the UK. These ad controls are a rich and engaging video, image and content solution running across the Windows 8 advertising platform. For the first time, Microsoft partnered with the 7stars to collaborate with the brand team at Nominet to find the best way market  launch of the new .uk domain. This high-impact creative solution will be running across PC & tablet users from 14th July through to the 11th August. Focussed around the concept of ‘Shorter is Sweeter’ the final ad execution seamlessly combines video, imagery and editorial content to engage and educate consumers on some of the most commonly used abbreviations that have become engrained into everyday language. Gabi Sillars, Digital Account Director at the7stars had the following to say about the campaign  “When planning this launch campaign we were focused on reaching digital natives to drive awareness and understanding of the new ...

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Yahoo yesterday made a surprise announcement about the release of Yahoo Screen app for Xbox 360 users. Yahoo Screen is already available on iOS and Android devices, Roku and Apple TV. So, you can now explore great videos whether you’re on the go or on the couch. The Yahoo Screen experience on Xbox 360 is just like turning on your TV. You can jump right into the most popular videos, flip through videos and channels or search for clips with your controller. With easy access to the videos you love, Yahoo Screen on Xbox 360 brings a channel surfing experience to your fingertips — from clips of your favorite shows like Saturday Night Live to Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, or live news,  events, and Yahoo originals, you can now view endless hours of videos from your favorite console. Join us this summer ...

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