Last week, Toshiba announced two new Windows tablets Encore 2 8-inch ($199) and Encore 2 10-inch($269). Today Microsoft has released promo videos to promote them. Convenient for home and away, the Toshiba Encore 2 (8 inch) with Windows 8.1 is ideal for surfing, games, and entertainment, anywhere. 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 ...

Read More →

Joe Belfiore And David Treadwell are corporate vice presidents in Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group. Joe Belfiore is responsible for the user experience while David Treadwell works on the engineering of the core of the operating system. Basically, these guys are in charge of the front end and back end of operating systems, including the Windows PC, tablet and phone platforms. Previously, Joe was part of Windows Phone team and David was in Xbox software engineering team. The new “One Microsoft” strategy has brought them together which will allow unified strategy for product design to schedules in the operating systems group. Terry Myerson, head of the Operating Systems Group commented the following on these two guys, Joe Belfiore is “colorful, excitable, authentic and genuine … very passionate about the end user experience,” Treadwell, 47, is thoughtful, patient, detail-oriented. He focuses on infrastructure, Myerson said, making sure that things are “very well ...

Read More →

Five years back, HP and Beats Electronics, LLC, announced an alliance to achieve higher-quality sound from digital music through technology innovation. Starting from that announcement, HP has released no.of PCs, Laptops, Desktops with Beats Audio technology built-in. Over the years, Beats audio has become one of the unique features in HP devices. As Apple today announced the acquisition of Beats Electronics, HP’s partnership has come to an end. However, HP confirmed today that it will continue to integrate Beats Audio technology in its high-end PCs through 2015. HP is allowed to continue developing products with new Beats Audio technologies through 2014. But it’s allowed to continue selling devices with the Beats Audio logo and technology through 2015. HP says it’s planning an aggressive lineup of new products that includes the Beats branding through 2014. These products will have the full Beats Audio experience, the company says. Currently, Beats technology is ...

Read More →

Microsoft has already given out Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review units to the press. Some of the review units of Surface Pro 3 are facing a battery charging issue in which the device won’t turn on even when connected to the charger. Microsoft acknowledged the issue and confirmed that Microsoft is working on the fix that will be delivered via update soon. The issue was first revealed by Neowin’s own editor-in-chief Brad Sams, who tweeted late on Monday that his Surface Pro 3 review unit would not turn on, even though the tablet was connected to its battery charger. It emerged that the same issue had apparently been encountered by ZDNet’s Ed Bott and Mary Jo Foley. Hopefully, the end consumers who have ordered the product will have a great experience when they receive the product starting next month.Pre-order it from Microsoft Store today Source: Neowin ...

Read More →

  At Scripps National Spelling Bee competition yesterday, Microsoft made finalist kids scream in joy. Senior Director of U.S. Education for Microsoft Lydia Smyers took stage to talk about Microsoft’s collaboration with National Spelling Bee competition. She also showed a video of Microsoft Surface which students can use for collaborating and having fun with their friends. Later, Microsoft revealed to the students that they all will be getting a Surface RT from Microsoft. Communications and Public Relations Manager Chris Kemper told the kids they were in for a surprise. “This has never been done in the history of the Scripps National Spelling Bee!” Kemper exclaimed as he invited spellers to come forward and take a gift bag. “Do not look in the bag, do not shake the bag, do not open the bag, and for Pete’s sake do not taste the bag,” Kemper instructed. All 281 spellers gathered onstage with ...

Read More →

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, ...

Read More →

Toshiba today announced a new laptop hybrid called Satellite Radius. Satellite Radius design is strikingly similar to that of Lenovo Yoga because you have got the 360 degree hinge. It allows you to enjoy the device in one of the following five modes. Laptop mode: A unique 135-degree angle view ideal for productivity. Tablet mode: A full 360-degree screen fold conveniently transforms the device into a big-screen tablet. Tabletop mode: Collaborate on a screen that lays flat at a 180-degree angle. Presentation mode: Fold to a 270-330 degree angle for a rear-facing screen ideal for sharing content and presentations with groups. Audience mode: A 270-315 degree flip that hides the keyboard under the display for a hands-free movie-watching experience. You can get the device with either an Intel Core i5 processor and a 750GB hard drive for $926, or a Core i7 CPU and a 1TB drive for $1049. These ...

Read More →

This is a bad news for PC market as a whole because the sales continues to decline in India, which is one of the largest developing economies. According to the International Data Corporation. the overall India PC shipments for Q1 2014 stood at 2.03 million units, representing a year-on-year drop of -25.2% over Q1 2013. The overall Commercial PC segment recorded a total shipments of 1.02 million units, showing a marginal increase of 4.1% sequentially over Q4 2013.  Kiran Kumar, Research Manager of Client Devices at IDC India comments, “The overall Commercial PC market showed first signs of improvement over the last 9-10 months as investment activities have improved in the Banking and Government verticals. Vendors are optimistic about the overall market sentiments and believe it will pick up gradually among other verticals too in the course of 2014.” On the other  hand, the  overall Consumer PC shipments stood at 1.01 ...

Read More →

Red Stripe Deals for this week is now live in Windows Store. It includes apps such as NextGen Reader, Package Tracker, game such as Machinarium, 4 Elements™ II: Special Edition and more. Find the detail from Windows Store team below, NextGen Reader: This popular Feedly RSS reader currently averages 4.4 out of 5 stars in the Windows Store. You can use it with a modern tiled layout for tablet, or a more traditional 3-pane layout for desktop reading. Pin multiple tiles to your Start screen to keep up on all the feeds you care about. Get it this week on Windows for $1.49, or on Windows Phone for $.99 Package Tracker: Another super popular app—you might have seen it earlier on Brandon’s favorite apps list. Track your packages from warehouse to delivery, via multiple shipping companies. If you connect the app to OneDrive, the packages you’re tracking on one devise ...

Read More →

As we are nearing this summer, there are some great deals on several Disney & Marvel games are already heating up the Windows Phone and Windows Stores. From now to June 2nd, you can enjoy several great games at least 50% off, marked down to just $.99. Find the list of games and the price from the list below. Windows Phone Windows Disney Solitaire $1.99 $.99 $4.99 $.99 Temple Run: Oz $1.99 $.99 $4.99 $.99 Temple Run: Brave $1.99 $.99 $4.99 $.99 Toy Story: Smash It! $1.99 $.99 $4.99 $.99 Avengers Initiative $1.99 $.99 $7.99 $.99 Marvel Run Jump Smash! $1.99 $.99 $4.99 $.99 ...

Read More →

Acer today announced the new Acer XB280HK 28-inch display monitor which offers 4k2k display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology for a vivid and responsive gaming experience. The G-SYNC technology eliminates screen tearing and minimizes stutter and input lag. Also it offers flicker-less, low dimming and ComfyView technologies help reduce strain on eyes for heavy users. Read the full press release below. Acer announces the new Acer XB280HK gaming monitor as the world’s first 4k2k display featuring NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ technology to provide stunning, ultra-smooth, tear-free imagery and rich colors for outstanding gaming experiences. It features Acer’s flicker-less, low-dimming and ComfyView technologies that reduce strain on the eyes for smooth and comfortable extensive viewing. Part of the new XB0 line of large gaming monitors, the Acer XB280HK is intended to be paired with enthusiast PCs for immersive, ultra high-end gaming. It features a spacious 28-inch LED backlit display with 4k2k Ultra HD (3840 ...

Read More →

Microsoft announced the new Surface Pro 3 at an press event in New York earlier this week. You can even pre-order it from Microsoft Store today. If you have got any questions on Surface Pro 3 or want to know about the design decisions of Surface Pro 3 products, here is a chance for you. Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President of Surface team at Microsoft is doing a Reddit AmA session. It is scheduled to take place on Tuesday at 1PM EDT / 10AM PDT. Surface team previously did a Reddit AmA after the original Surface RT and Surface 2/Surface Pro 2 launch. You can read about it from the links below. Interesting Information On New Surface Devices From Reddit AmA, Surface 2 LTE Version Coming And More Interesting Information On New Surface Devices From Reddit AmA, Part-2 Some Interesting Info On Microsoft Surface From Reddit AMAA Session Source: Reddit ...

Read More →

Mail, Calendar, and People app in Windows Store got updated today. There was no change log specified in the Store listing. It contains three apps Mail, Calendar and People which are powerful tools for keeping up-to-date on your email, managing your schedule, and staying in touch with people. Features: Mail helps organize your inbox, providing you quick views of messages from your favorite people, flagged messages, folders, newsletters, and social updates. Mail’s quick commands in the message list, drag-and-drop, and Sweep for Outlook.com help you breeze through messages. Mail lets you reply to email in place, or open new windows and work side-by-side with other apps. Calendar is optimized for Exchange, with rich support for arranging meetings and managing a busy schedule. Calendar provides helpful, powerful views of your schedule like day, week, and month. Calendar’s What’s next view provides a beautiful way to see your personal calendar. People organizes ...

Read More →

Microsoft today announced a new way for businesses to license Microsoft Azure through partners. This new licensing program will enable partners to gain  benefits of Microsoft Volume Licensing, flexible monetary payments, and additional opportunities. Previously, there were two options for purchasing Microsoft Azure, either on www.azure.microsoft.com or as part of an Enterprise Agreement (EA) with Microsoft. Through the Open Licensing program, Azure will now be available through another familiar licensing option that offers the benefits of Microsoft Volume Licensing, flexible monetary payments, and additional opportunities for you to grow margins and deepen customer relationships. When you resell Azure in Open Licensing, you purchase tokens from your preferred Distributor and apply the credit to the customer’s Azure Portal in increments of $100. The credits can be used for any consumption-based service available in Azure. To add more credit, you simply purchase new tokens and add them to the account. This gives ...

Read More →

Yesterday, we reported that Chinese government made a strange move by announcing the ban of Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS in government computers. As per reports, the ban was due to the notice on the use of energy-saving products. The official Xinhua news agency claimed that it was due to security concerns. “The Chinese government obviously cannot ignore the risks of running OS without guaranteed technical support,” it reported. It is not yet clear on what exactly is the cause of Windows 8 ban. Just like everyone of us, Microsoft is also surprised by the move and will push Windows 7 for now to these government agencies. “We were surprised to learn about the reference to Windows 8 in this notice. “Microsoft has been working proactively with the Central Government Procurement Centre and other government agencies through the evaluation process to ensure that our products and services meet all government procurement ...

Read More →

Microsoft’s Surface event got over few hours back. While everyone of us were expecting Microsoft to reveal a 7-8 inch Windows RT tablet based on Qualcomm processor, Microsoft revealed Surface Pro 3 device based on Intel Core CPUs. So, What happened to much rumored Surface Mini. Microsoft decided to delay it for now due to couple of reasons. Bloomberg reports that Microsoft was not confident that the product offered enough differentiation from the competitors to release in the market. Microsoft doesn’t want to do the same mistake it did with Surface RT. Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella and Executive Vice President Stephen Elop decided that the product in development wasn’t different enough from rivals and probably wouldn’t be a hit, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans weren’t public. Engineers had been working on the device and had planned to unveil it as ...

Read More →