After releasing Chrome 64-bit in developer and canary channels, Google has released Chrome 64-bit as a stable release. This new 64-bit Chrome offers many benefits for speed, stability and security over 32-bit version. Based on their measurements, a native 64-bit version of Chrome has improved speed on many of their graphics and media benchmarks. For example, the VP9 codec that’s used in High Definition YouTube videos shows a 15% improvement in decoding performance. Stability measurements from people opted into our Canary, Dev and Beta 64-bit channels confirm that 64-bit rendering engines are almost twice as stable as 32-bit engines when handling typical web content. Finally, on 64-bit, our defense in depth security mitigations such as Partition Alloc are able to far more effectively defend against vulnerabilities that rely on controlling the memory layout of objects. At this point 64-bit will remain opt-in, so to take advantage of the improvements click on ...

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With the aim of bringing more people online, Microsoft is now offering free PCs with Windows and Office pre-installed to TalkTalk broadband customers. The offer is part of Microsoft’s Digital Inclusion Scheme (Go ON UK) offered through a dedicated website called getonline@home. The package is SimplyBroadband which carries a 12-month contract, provides up to 16mbps download speed and doesn’t have any limits. However, once you factor in the line rental for a year as well as equipment costs, the total cost of ownership for the first year shoots to £217.40 or just over £18. Since it is a free PC, don’t expect any top of the line specs. It is a refurbished dual-core model with an 80GB hard disk drive, a new keyboard and mouse, running Windows 7, a flat screen display and an optical drive. There is also an option to upgrade to a refurbished laptop as well. Read more ...

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Microsoft retail stores and MicrosoftStore.com today said that they will be delivering the choice value and service for customers this back-to-school season by offering students an online flash sale only available at MicrosoftStore.com for the Acer Aspire E-15. Acer Aspire E-15 will be on sale for just $199, down from its regular price of $249. Key Specs: 15.6 in HD widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit (1366 x 768) Intel Celeron N2830 CPU 4GB memory/500GB HDD Up to 4.5 hours battery life Acer Crystal Eye webcam Windows 8.1 with Bing, 64-bit This deal will be offered only on Friday, Aug. 29 while supplies last. Order it from the link below, Acer Aspire E 15 ES1-511-C590 Signature Edition Laptop – $224 ...

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Reuters today reported that China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on US companies such as Microsoft, Google and Apple. Due to the mutual suspicions between China and the United States over hacking are among the main reasons for this action. Recently, revelations by Edward Snowden revealed that U.S. intelligence planted “backdoor” surveillance tools on U.S.-made hardware. This made China uncomfortable in using US based technology products. This homegrown OS would first appear on desktop devices and later extend to smartphone and other mobile devices. “We hope to launch a Chinese-made desktop operating system by October supporting app stores,” Ni told the trade paper. Some Chinese OS already existed, but there was a large gap between China’s technology and that of developed countries, he added. He said he hoped domestically built software would be able to replace desktop operating systems within one to two years ...

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Microsoft today released an updated version of the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 public preview which includes more than 200 improvements to the core SDK. It also includes Kinect Fusion tool kit, which provides higher resolution camera tracking and performance. 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. The updated SDK also includes substantial improvements in the tooling, specifically around Visual Gesture Builder (VGB) and Kinect Studio, and it offers 10 new samples (such as Discrete Gestures Basics, Face, and HD Face Basics) to get you coding faster. All of this adds up to a substantially more stable, more feature-rich product that lets you to get serious about finalizing your applications for commercial deployment and, later this year, for availability in the Windows Store. As you already know the SDK is free and there will be no fees ...

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In a recent email promotion sent to consumers, HP is promoting its PCs with the line “Windows 7 PCs on sale, just in time for school.” Also, several Windows 7 PCs are still on sale at HP’s website. This is not the first time HP was found to be actively marketing 5 year old OS. Earlier this year, HP started promoting on its homepage on sale of Windows 7 PCs with a huge marketing message “Back on popular demand.” At the time HP clarified that they are trying to give choice to the customers, Whether you’ve been reading the tech news blogs – or just saw an ad on our HP Shopping page, you’ve probably been asking yourself, “Why is HP selling Windows 7 PCs in a Windows 8 world?” The answer is dead simple: Choice. We like giving our customers the option to get the computer that’s right for them. Do ...

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Acer Aspire S7 is one of the best Ultrabook out there in the market both in terms of looks and performance. The Acer Aspire S7 is incredibly slim at 0.51″ and light at 2.87 lbs. The aluminum unibody design along with the Gorilla Glass 2 cover keeps the device scratch resistant, easy to clean and beautiful to the eye. Acer made the WQHD versions of Acer Aspire S7 in the US market starting $1499 during the launch. Now, the device price has come down and it is available starting $899! Microsoft Store is now selling these at huge discounts. You can get the Intel Core i5-4200U, 8GB memory/128GB SSD model along with Office 365 for just $949. Without Office 365, you can get it for just $899 Find the Microsoft Store listings below, Intel Core i5-4200U, 8GB memory/128GB SSD + Office 365 – Microsoft Store for $949 Intel Core i5-4200U, 8GB memory/128GB SSD – ...

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Back in 2004, German City Council decided to deploy Linux OS across their departments to reduce the dependence of Microsoft and to decrease the costs associated with their IT systems. Whenever the discussions about cost savings by switching to open source software comes, Microsoft always tells that there are lots of hidden costs associated with it. This argument is once again proven correct by this German’s switch over to Windows. Due to poor user experience, lack of features, no proper compatibility with many standard formats, German government has decided to switch back to Windows after 10 years. Source: Sueddeutsche via: Neowin ...

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At WPC earlier this year, Microsoft revealed that there will be number of really affordable Windows laptops coming to the market to compete with Google Chromebooks. They even revealed that one such device from HP will sell for just $199. Today, the specs of HP Stream Windows laptop got leaked. The device will be powered by AMD Quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, up to 64 GB storage, 14-inch HD display and more. Find the details specs below. Do you think these kind of devices can compete with Chromebooks? Source: MobileGeeks ...

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Today, ZDNet reported that Microsoft is planning to deliver a “technology preview” of its upcoming major Windows release codenamed “Threshold” by late September or early October. Windows Threshold is likely to be marketed as Windows 9 will be released as a public preview for anyone who are interested by end of this year. This Windows 9 tech preview will receive subsequent monthly updates and it will be installed on the users automatically. Windows 9 is expected to include no.of major changes for keyboard/mouse users and it is also likely to include new consumer facing features such as Cortana integration. Neowin reported some more information regarding change to how Charms bar works in the upcoming Windows release. Here is the summary of the report from Neowin, Charms bar will work differently for Desktop and Modern environment users. Charms bar won’t exist in the current form for desktop users where they are required to ...

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  Back in March, Microsoft officially announced DirectX 12 gaming platform at GDC. DirectX 12 will feature the next version of Direct3D, that is faster and more efficient than ever before. Direct3D 12 works across all the Microsoft devices, from phones and tablets, to laptops and desktops, and, Xbox One. Microsoft worked closely with all the leading GPU vendors like AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm and Intel. One of the main design decisions on Dx12 is to make it more power efficient. To demonstrate it, Intel created a SIGGRAPH 2014 demo to demonstrate the performance and power benefits of DirectX 12 on the Surface Pro 3 with Intel HD4400 graphics. In the demo, an asteroid field with 50,000 unique asteroids are rendered, which equates to 50,000 draws per frame. To demonstrate the power gains of DirectX 12, Intel locked the framerate of the demo, rendered with DirectX 11 for a period of time and then toggled to DirectX 12 rendering the ...

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Lenovo today reported results for its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, with quarterly revenue of US$10.4 billion, an 18 percent increase year-over-year while quarter pre-tax income increased 22 percent year-over-year to US$264 million. The main highlight is that Lenovo is maintaining its position as the world’s largest PC maker for five consecutive quarters. Also they have achieved highest-ever quarterly market share of 19.4 percent* up 2.7 points year-over-year, driven by growth in EMEA and the Americas. And as expected, Lenovo’s shipment growth outperformed the industry as a whole by shipping 14.5 million units, up 15% YoY. From Lenovo’s press release, During the first fiscal quarter, Lenovo’s Laptop computers generated 49 percent of Lenovo’s total revenue. Across the industry, laptop shipments were down 3.7 percent year-over-year, an improvement from the year before when declines were nearly 13 percent year-over-year driven by corporate refresh and innovations in the ...

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Microsoft Visual Studio team today released the Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 RC. Python Tools for Visual Studio (PTVS) is an open-source plug-in for Visual Studio that supports programming with the Python language with features such as CPython/IronPython, editing, IntelliSense, interactive debugging, profiling, IPython REPL with inline graphics cross-platform/language debugging and running Python websites on Microsoft Azure with tooling integration for both publishing and debugging. New in this release: Numerous bug fixes throughout the entire product, especially for IntelliSense and code completions, debugging, general stability and performance Search paths within a project are now used for IntelliSense Django​ template debugging now works on Python 3.4 Anaconda environments can now use ‘conda install’ from PTVS The standard string visualizers (HTML, XML, JSON) can now be used when debugging Brace highlight color can now be changed Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 RC  can be downloaded for Visual Studio Express 2013 for Desktop ...

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Acer today surprised everyone by announcing the new Aspire V Nitro notebook series Windows laptops. These laptops comes with cutting-edge specs and great looks. Aspire V Nitro notebook series will include 15-inch and 17-inch models with a stylish and sophisticated design characterized by sharp angles, slim profiles and intricately patterned covers made with soft touch NIL technology. Acer has also announced Aspire V Nitro-Black Edition that will offer blazing fast performance, gaming-grade graphics, and exclusive cooling technologies. These devices will be powered by 4th or 5th Gen Intel Core processors, NVIDIA GeForce graphics, and 2×2 wireless connection technology, advanced cooling technology, Full-HD displays with IPS technology. To help reduce eye fatigue and enhance visual comfort, Aspire V Nitro series notebooks feature Acer ComfyView non-glare technology. It comes with spacious backlit keyboard with edgy red lighting. An exclusive “Black Edition” logo on the touchpad of the Aspire V Nitro-Black series distinguishes the device as the top-of-the-line model. On the ...

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Microsoft today detailed the August update for Internet Explorer that includes updates to the WebGL and F12 features, in addition to the latest security updates. This update is a great news for developers as it provides substantial improvements to the F12 developer tools – The user interface, console, DOM explorer, debugger, emulation tool, UI responsiveness and memory profiling tools all have new features and bug fixes. Microsoft will be providing more details on the F12 improvements in the future. In addition to this, Microsoft has updated the WebGL renderer has also been updated with support for ANGLE_instanced_arrays, OES_element_index_uint and WEBGL_debug_renderer_info extensions, the failIfMajorPerformanceCaveat context creation attribute, 16-bit textures, more GLSL conformance, and line loop and triangle fan primitives. As we already know, with the new out-of-date ActiveX control blocking, Internet Explorer helps keep ActiveX controls up-to-date and safer to use. Microsoft has also added support for WebDriver, The August update also provides ...

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MSI has recently announced the new S100 3-in-1 Windows tablet. This device includes a keyboard and a protective cover, making it the best multi-functional tablet like Surface. MSI S100 is a 10-inch tablet powered by Intel Bay Trail-T quad-core processor, 1280 x 800 IPS display, and dual 2 megapixels camera system, 2GB RAM, 64GB internal memory and 7500mAh Lithium battery. Find the full specs below. Operating System Windows 8.1 CPU Intel Bay Trail-T Z3740D 1.33GHz Memory 2GB DDR3L ROM Flash 64GB LCD Size 10.1″ IPS HD 1280*800 Graphics Intel HD Graphic(Gen7) Touch Panel Multi-Touch 10 point Camera Front 2.0MP FF / Rear 2.0MP FF Speaker 8Ω/1W speaker G Sensor Gravity acceleration sensor WIFI WIFI 802.11b/g/n + BT 4.0 Micro SD Support SDHC Micro USB USB 2.0 Ear phone jacket 3.5mm DC in 2.5mm power connector miniHDMI HDMI 1.4a AC adaptor 12V/1.5A Battery 3.7V/7500mAh Lithium Polymar ...

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