Microsoft today announced that Houston Independent School District has selected Office 365 and Windows devices to support students, faculty and others. This was done as part of the districtwide initiative called PowerUp, and it will transform how teachers teach and how students learn at HISD schools. PowerUp will empower HISD students with these latest tools to become drivers of their own learning and will connect them with resources, people, ideas, and opportunities far beyond the four walls of the classroom. Read the full press below. REDMOND, Wash.— June 3, 2014 — Houston Independent School District (HISD), the largest school district in Texas — seventh largest in the U.S. — has purchased Microsoft solutions to help prepare students for the digital world. With a large majority of students from low-income families, HISD is making strides in improving the broader community by transforming each student’s learning experience and providing technology to students who otherwise ...

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Google today released 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows users. The two brand new 64-bit Dev and Canary channels for Windows 7 and 8 users, giving a faster and more secure browsing experience. It includes several improvements in speed, security and stability: Speed: 64-bit allows us to take advantage of the latest processor and compiler optimizations, a more modern instruction set, and a calling convention that allows more function parameters to be passed quickly by registers. As a result, speed is improved, especially in graphics and multimedia content, where we see an average 25% improvement in performance. Security: With Chrome able to take advantage of the latest OS features such as High Entropy ASLR on Windows 8, security is improved on 64-bit platforms as well. Those extra bits also help us better defend against exploitation techniques such as JIT spraying, and improve the effectiveness of our existing security defense features like heap partitioning. ...

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Till now, we have reported about lots of 2-in-1s, 4-in-1s and even a 5-in-1 from Asus. Toshiba today announced Dynabook KIRA L93, a 7-in-1 device. In this device, you can remove the keyboard from the LCD screen that rotates 360 degrees, so users can change the style of seven based on personal preferences. Spec wise it will be powered by WQHD(2,560 × 1,440 ) 13.3-inch display, harman/kardon stereo speakers, 128GB SSD, 8 GB of RAM and a Intel Core i5 Haswell processor offering up to 10 hours of battery life. It will come pre-installed with Windows 8.1 64-bit, Office Home and Business 2013 and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. Seven modes: Use style Assumed scene Notebook PC Scene that requires a mouse and keyboard documents, and mail preparation Tablet Such as Web browsing, scene of the operation of the touch screen frequently Desktop Scene for keyboard while watching the screen with ...

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Bing turns 5 today. Microsoft is celebrating this occasion by announcing Ultimate Bing Rewards Prize Pack. The Bing Reward members can get up to 5 times the credits searching (on June 3) and for each day you sign in and search between now and June 9thyou’ll get an automatic entry into our biggest Bing Rewards prize pack yet. 5 winners will get an Xbox One, Surface Pro 3, Nokia Lumia Icon, $500 to spend on apps and entertainment for Xbox, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, and more. Bing is 5! To celebrate, we’ve created the Ultimate Bing Rewards Prize Pack, and you could be 1 of 5 grand prize winners. Between now and June 9, each day you search with Bing you’ll automatically get a free entry to win the prize pack or 1 of 500 Bing t-shirts.* If you are new to Bing Rewards, sign up here. Find ...

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Along with the announcement about Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Competitor Transformer Book T300 Chi, Transformer Book V – a 5-in-1 Device Running Windows And Android, Zenbook NX500 – A 4K/UHD Display Ultrabook With NVIDIA Graphics and Lenovo Yoga Like ASUS Transformer Book Flip Device, Asus also announced a Portable AiO named PT2001. ASUS Portable AiO is a 19.5-inch touchscreen All-in-One (AiO) PC weighing only 3.2kg and featuring a sturdy, foldaway handle, Portable AiO is easy to carry and set up anywhere. It also got an internal battery that lasts up to five hours. For use on a table or desk, the pull out kickstand provides solid support, and folds flush into the back of Portable AiO when not needed. You can configure the device up to 4th generation Intel Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce 820M GPU fpr performance. Read more about it below. The centerpiece of Portable AiO is its ...

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After Lenovo Yoga’s success, every other Windows OEM is releasing devices with similar 360 degree hinge. The new ASUS Transformer Book Flip was announced today which also comes with hinge design that enables the screen to be set at any angle between zero and 360 degrees. It will come with Full HD 1920 x 1080 touchscreen, Intel Core up to i7 processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce GT840M discrete graphics, three screen sizes available — 13.3 inches, 14.0 inches and 15.6 inches. Flip starts at £449 for the 13.3-inch Core i3 model, with the top-of-the-range 15.6-inch Core i7 is priced at £699. Read full press release below. Computex, Taipei, Taiwan (2nd June, 2014) — ASUS Transformer Book Flip was announced today, a stylish, innovative and affordable Windows 8.1 laptop with a remarkable hinge design that enables the screen to be set at any angle between zero and 360 degrees. Flip ...

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Asus today announced a new Ultrabook named Zenbook NX500 that will take on devices like Apple MacBook Pro Retina, Dell XPS 15, etc. The device is made of sleek aluminum unibody construction and slim form factor. It is powered by an Intel Core up to i7 quad-core processor and up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 850M graphics, supported by 2GB of GDDR5 video memory. On storage side, it comes with SATA 3 RAID 0 or PCIe x4 SSD storage which will enable fast read and write speeds, fast boot up and more. On wireless side, it comes with Broadcom® 3-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi for great speeds. The main highlight of the device is the 4K/UHD display. As the first ASUS notebook with a 4K/UHD display with VisualMaster technology, Zenbook NX500 delivers stunningly crisp graphics and text, and comes ready to support future 4K video content. Its 15.6-inch 3840 x 2160 resolution IPS ...

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At COMPUTEX, Asus announced a new device called Transformer Book V. It is the world’s first five-mode, three-in-one converged laptop that features a Windows and Android laptop and tablet as well as an Android smartphone. The design comprises a laptop with a detachable 12.5-inch screen that becomes a separate tablet and a 5-inch smartphone that docks into the tablet. User can use the OS of their choice in the mode they want to use. As a laptop, Transformer Book V includes a full QWERTY keyboard and touchpad, and runs both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 KitKat. A dedicated hardware button provides instant and seamless switching between the two operating systems. The laptop features a next-generation Intel® Core™ processor providing high performance for an efficient and productive user experience. The 12.5-inch HD IPS display has sharp graphics and rich, vibrant color, and touch support adds additional convenience and functionality when using ...

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At COMPUTEX, Asus today announced Transformer Book T300 Chi claiming to be the “world’s thinnest 12.5-inch detachable tablet.” This will compete directly against recently announced Microsoft Surface Pro 3. It is a 12.5-inch tablet with a 2,560 x 1,440 touch screen display, built-in LTE and “next-generation” Intel Core processors and comes with an keyboard dock. It is just 14.3mm (0.56 inch) with the dock and 7.3mm (0.29 inch) thick for just the tablet which is impressive than a Surface Pro 3. The only bad news is that Asus is not providing any availability and pricing details for now. My guess is that it will come in October-November time frame for US holiday season.   via: Engadget If you still prefer Surface Pro 3, Pre-order it from Microsoft Store today.   ...

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HP today announced upgraded HP Split x2 detachable Windows device that enables users to shift effortlessly from work to play by combining tablet portability with notebook productivity in a sleek, lightweight device. It comes with a powerful Intel Core processor, a 10-point touchscreen display and an ultra-quiet fanless design, the HP Split x2 combines power and portability with the Windows 8.1 OS. It comes with an optional dual battery system—one battery in the base and one in the tablet—users can easily switch from notebook to tablet and back on this 13.3-inch detachable PC. The HP Split x2 is expected to be available in the United States on June 29 for a starting price of $599.99. ...

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HP today announced extension of its lineup of touch convertible PCs with the new HP ENVY x360 and the next-generation HP Pavilion x360, both of which enable customers to switch easily from a notebook to a stand, tent or tablet. The HP ENVY x360 is a 15.6-inch device that you can configure with Intel Core processor, Full HD 10-point touch screen display, and the HP Control Zone trackpad. The HP ENVY x360 is designed to tackle any task, while its unique hinge enables users to seamlessly shift to tablet or tent mode for watching videos or playing games. You can also configure storage up to 1TB, with the option of a hybrid hard drive for faster boot-ups. The device will go on sale at $680. The HP Pavilion x360 is a 13.3-inch diagonal touchscreen device that will be available in multiple colors. It comes with multiple CPU options with the latest Intel or AMD processors, Beats Audio, ...

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Microsoft OEM Twitter account today revealed that new Windows devices will be announced at the Computex conference next week in Taiwan. COMPUTEX Taipei is a computer expo held annually in Taipei, Taiwan and lots of ODMs, component suppliers, etc, from around the world meet to share their latest work. Microsoft used these events in the past focused on hardware specific announcements related to OEMs. This year, Microsoft has revealed that there will be new Windows devices being announced at this event. I expect OEMs like Dell will announce their next gen Windows tablets. How about a Dell Venue 8 Pro 2? Acer W5? Post your wish in the comments section below. Source: Microsoft ...

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Add this to the list of really interesting projects from Microsoft Research. Project Ripple is a foot-controlled and gesture based infotainment platform. At the Augmented World Expo, Microsoft demoed this Project Ripple which can be used in various ways. While most of the mall projector games will have one screen projected from the above, Project Ripple will have an additional screen before the user. User will be able to control the second screen using his gestures detected by Microsoft Kinect. Microsoft believes this system can deliver information, create interactive ads or could be used to give presentations at special events. The real beauty is that Microsoft is making this platform open source and free to use. Also there are releasing a free drag-and-drop editor to create new custom experiences and menus, with support for Flash, HTML, PPT and video content. Read more from the link below. via: Engadget ...

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Sony VAIO Pro 13 Touch : Shed weight instead of features with the VAIO Pro 13 touchscreen Ultrabook. It weighs only 2.3 pounds and is wrapped in thin, durable carbon fiber to keep it light and protected from the bumps and knocks of daily use. Under the lid, picture quality shines with Sony’s Triluminos Display for Mobile technology for true, natural shades of color. 13.3-inch Full HD touchscreen Intel Core i5-4200U 4GB memory/128GB SSD Up to 6.5 hours battery life Now on sale for just $829.00, down from  $1,249.99. You save $420.99 (33% off). Find the listing here from Microsoft. Dell XPS 12 2-in-1 Touchscreen: Ultrabook or tablet? How about both? With its flexible flip-hinge design, the Dell XPS Duo 12 lets you transition from a high-performance laptop to a fully connected and media-savvy tablet. The 12.5-inch Full HD display delivers bright and clear images while also bringing the touch-enabled features ...

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MSI has unveiled their full line-up of the gaming All-in-One PCs, including the NVIDIA GTX 880M powered 27” AG270 with speakers & amplifier empowered by Yamaha, and the ultra-slim 24” AG240 and 22” AG220. These PCs come with Intel Core i7 processors for ultra-fast speed, up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 800M series graphics for outstanding image quality, up to 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. Select models also feature Super RAID (2 SSD’s in RAID 0), touchscreen capabilities and Blu-Ray disc burner. MSI has also equipped the AIOs with an anti-glare, anti-flicker matte display with their proprietary Eye Pro Technology.  MSI’s AIO displays stabilize the electrical current to prevent flickering in standard displays while decreasing eye fatigue by generating 75% less blue light. MSI’s gaming AIOs have the ability to connect to two external displays to create the ultimate surround gaming experience.  They can also act as an external monitor for your ...

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International Data Corporation (IDC) yesterday lowered its 2014 worldwide tablet plus 2-in-1 forecast to 245.4 million units. The main cause of the slow down are customers are using the older devices longer than expected and phablets are trying to replace the low-end of the tablet market as consumers are trying to own a single device that can serve both as tablet and a phone. “Two major issues are causing the tablet market to slow down. First, consumers are keeping their tablets, especially higher-cost models from major vendors, far longer than originally anticipated. And when they do buy a new one they are often passing their existing tablet off to another member of the family,” said Tom Mainelli, Program Vice President, Devices & Displays at IDC. “Second, the rise of phablets – smartphones with 5.5-inch and larger screens – are causing many people to second-guess tablet purchases as the larger screens ...

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