Microsoft has hired TV chat show host Jonathan Ross as an executive producer at its Xbox games division. Eurogamer today revealed that Microsoft has hired TV chat show host Jonathan Ross as an executive producer at its Xbox Studios in the UK. Phil Harrison revealed this information in a meeting yesterday and he commented that Jonathan was hired to help Microsoft “change its thinking”. “We wanted to bring in new talent that would challenge the way we build games and the way we think about what an audience is and what is entertainment,” “We want to broaden the concept of gaming to maybe blur the distinctions about what is a traditional game and what is a traditional television programme and what is a traditional linear media. These devices and boxes now allow us to do that in a really meaningful way.” Jonathan Ross is working with Microsoft Studio ‘Lift London’ ...

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Lenovo started teasing about its upcoming tablet last month. Few months back, there were reports that Ashton Kutcher had signed a $10 million deal to become a spokesperson for Lenovo and the latest teaser images on Facebook for its upcoming tablet have confirmed them. The above image is one such example. Lenovo has also posted few video teasers. Lenovo is working on a Yoga Windows tablet that will have some new form factor in which it will have two small stands on the sides. Lenovo posted on its teaser page that ”It’s time for a tablet that can hold its own.” Earlier Lenovo SVP and head of China, Chen Xudong, on Sina Weibo confirmed that Lenovo is launching this tablet in Oct and the teaser site has confirmed the Oct 30th date. The Yoga tablet will be powered by Intel Bay Trail processor, and will also take the title of becoming the ...

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Dell has started selling their first 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet Venue 8 Pro from Dell.com. Dell Venue 8 Pro starts at $299. It comes with Windows 8.1 and Office Home & Student 2013 wherever you go with an 8″ HD screen, dual cameras and an optional keyboard. Processor Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D with 32GB storage (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Operating System Windows 8.1 (32Bit) English Productivity Software Office Home and Student 2013 Tablet Memory 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Video Card Intel® HD Graphics Display 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Wireless Dell Wireless 1538 Dual-Band 2×2 802.11n WiFi  + Bluetooth® 4.0 Case Color Black Mobile Broadband Not Selected in this configuration Webcam Integrated 1.2MP HD Webcam (front) / 5MP (back) Power Supply 10 Watt AC Adapter Support 1 Yr Rapid Return for Repair after Remote Diagnosis – Americas ...

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I’ve collected most of the replies from Windows development team on Reddit during their IAmA. Read them below. There is a part-1 as well, you can read it here. Regarding Password Management in Windows 8.1: Hi oshindx – we overhauled the password detection logic in IE11. With Win 8.1 you should see a dramatic improvement in your sites being recognized and passwords saved. You can also see all of your stored sites in the Settings/Accounts, and you can choose to have these credentials roamed across your Win8.1 devices so you don’t have to remember a password once you enter it on one of your PCs. Regarding Storage Spaces error ” The Specified Size Is Not Valid”: Well you’ve wound up the whole StorageSpaces team. They’re working on reproing your issue right now to debug. I might not have info right away, but it’s being actively investigated. Regarding Notification Center and Battery ...

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I’ve collected most of the replies from Windows development team on Reddit during their IAmA. Read them below. There is a part -2 as well, you can read it here. Default zoom has been changed from 100% in windows 8, to 125% in windows 8.1. IE selects a default zoom based on the DPI and expected viewing distance of the device to optimize for consistent readability across form factors and display densities. The net zoom level depends on your device. You can change the IE zoom level on the desktop under the “gear” menu. Regarding poor quality apps creeping into the store. WRT to your Store questions: 1. We’re constantly improving the Store certification process in order to make it a first-class experience. With 8.1 there’s tons of work on the back-end that will surface over time. I’ll answer the second part with your 3rd Store question. 2. A lot ...

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The new Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is now available for order from Lenovo. The new Yoga 2 Pro is thinner(15mm thick) and lighter (1.39kg) than the previous models. The Yoga 2 Pro will come up to Intel’s 4th generation Core i7 U series processors. The main highlight is the 13.3-inch IPS 178° wide angle, 16:9 QHD+ 10 point touchscreen, that has a screen resolution of 3200 x 1800. You can configure up to a 512GB SSD for storage and will come in signature Grey or Clementine Orange colors. Lenovo has also addressed the biggest complaint, the new Yoga 2 Pro comes with backlit keyboard. Currently, Lenovo is selling the 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD and Core i5 model for $1149 for a limited time. I think it is a great deal! Check out the listing here. And find the full tech specs below. Description Ideapad Yoga 2 Pro Processor 4th Gen Intel® ...

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Microsoft yesterday released an video showing the power of Kinect for Windows by a demo which shows the future of retail we could experience. The scenario video shows how a Kinect for Windows application attracts new customers by providing them with a good understanding of a resort thru an enjoyable and easy-to-use experience, while also providing customers with an offer to receive a discount on future stays. Watch the video above. The Kinect for Windows SDK and toolkit contain drivers, tools, APIs, device interfaces, and code samples to simplify development of applications for commercial deployment. Microsoft frequently update the SDK, adding improvements for more control and deeper access to sensor data; new tools, such as Kinect Fusion; and samples, such as best-in-class user interfaces, to feed the creativity and needs of Microsoft’s customers. ...

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  Microsoft today detailed the new features that are coming to Windows 8.1 Photos and Camera apps. Both these apps together allows you to go from capturing images to making edits to sharing within a matter of moments. There are two interesting new features. First is the dual capture feature which can find in modern smartphones, you can take a photo while a video is recording. Second, the new Photo Loop feature which allows you to capture a series of pictures one second before and one second after you press the shutter button, allowing you to always select the best picture from a series of rapid shots. Read the full list of features below. Easy Controls: With the built-in Camera app, you have easy-to-use controls to help you capture photos and videos. You can even quickly access the camera from the lock screen. Video and Photo – yes, at the same ...

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If you noticed it right, SkyDrive is now an integral part of Windows. With the upcoming Windows 8.1 release, SkyDrive is baked into the OS and it has become one of the best cloud storage service available right now. Adam Czeisler, Development Manager at SkyDrive team today discussed in detail about how Microsoft built the modern SkyDrive experience for Windows 8.1 devices. Microsoft combined the advantages of JSON API design pattern of building apps and proprietary sync protocol supporting ‘CRUD’ operations into a one single solution. In Windows 8 we tackled these problems by releasing both a SkyDrive modern app and a SkyDrive sync client. We had all the pros and all the cons of both engineering designs. In addition the app and the sync client couldn’t communicate with each other which led to some temporary inconsistencies that could be confusing to people who used both. When we started planning ...

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Microsoft today announced a new program called Student Advantage that will allow students in schools to enjoy full Office 365 ProPlus for free. From 1st December, 2013, any institutions worldwide that licenses Office for staff and faculty can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. Office 365 ProPlus includes the following, Office suite included Always have the latest versions of: Capture your ideas however you work best—using a keyboard, pen, or a touchscreen. Open PDFs and edit paragraphs, lists, and tables just as you do in familiar Word documents. Keep track of comments in Word documents and mark them as done with the new reply button. Convert your data into a chart or table in two steps or less so you can analyze it faster, and then preview it with different formatting. Embed Excel spreadsheets, Visio diagrams, photos, and almost any other kind of computer ...

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SkyDrive Pro is cloud storage for organizations and their employees. With SkyDrive Pro, you can upload, browse, and share files across all of your devices, including accessing your most recently used files. Microsoft released SkyDrive Pro app for iOS devices back in June and now the app got updated to v1.1. SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 brings the mobile editing experience for Office 365 for business users. You can open document on SharePoint Online in Office 365, and edit it using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote on iOS device. Microsoft has made a connection between SkyDrive Pro for iOS and other Office apps (Office Mobile for iPhone, Office Web Apps, and OneNote for iPhone/iPad). Download SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 from App Store. ...

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Microsoft has shared a form factor guide for Windows OEMs to make better Windows devices. This Form Factors guide is not related to the usual Windows Hardware Certification Requirements. Instead, this form factor guide focuses on providing guidance for OEMs on bezel size and weight, buttons, target resolutions, and aspect ratios for Windows devices. Here are some info in the document, 1) Device screen size and the recommended maximum weight. < 8.5” –  350 g 8.5” – 10” – 650 g 10.1”  – 650 g 2) All Windows devices should have at least 7mm bezel for optimal experience. 3) Windows is optimized for landscape orientation. Even though Windows supports both portrait and landscape, Microsoft recommends landscape as the primary orientation of the device which are tablets, convertibles and mobile All-in-one. 4) Microsoft recommends soft press buttons for Rotation lock, Volume Control, Power, etc,. OEMs can use capacitive button for Windows keys only if the device implements an optically ...

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Lenovo is working on a Yoga Windows tablet that will have some new form factor in which it will have two small stands on the sides. Lenovo posted on its teaser page that ”It’s time for a tablet that can hold its own.” Earlier Lenovo SVP and head of China, Chen Xudong, on Sina Weibo confirmed that Lenovo is launching this tablet in Oct and the teaser site has confirmed the Oct 30th data. The Yoga tablet will be powered by Intel Bay Trail processor, and will also take the title of becoming the world’s slimmest tablet with the longest standby battery life. Source: Lenovo ...

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Fujitsu has announced couple of wate rproof and dust proof Windows 8.1 tablets yesterday. QH77/M and QH55/M are the two devices. QH55/M: It is an Intel Bay Trail based tablet. Display – 2560 x 1600 (299ppi) with Stylus support 4GB RAM Upto 128GB storage 267.0×180.8×9.9mm profile 650g weight fanless tablet. 15 hours battery life QH77/M: Intel Core i5-4200U processor 12.5inch display with Stylus support 4GB RAM Mobile broadband support Fan for cooling the device Dust-and water-resistant ( the fan will stop when the device is immersed in water) The Arrows Tab QH77/M will be available on 28 November and the Arrows Tab QH55/M will be available on 21 November. via: Engadget ...

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In a blog post talking about technological improvements that were made in Skype to improve the overall experience over the last year, Skype team revealed that they are bringing synchronized chat message status across all of your devices. I assume with this new feature, you will be able to continue your conversation with someone exactly the same way across the devices at any points. Your unread messages, past conversations, etc, will all be synced. Along with introducing support for Microsoft account in October last year, the Skype cloud also added the ability to queue and deliver chat messages even if the intended recipient is offline – so you can be ‘always reachable’ to the people who matter most. With Windows Phone 8 (and soon across other Skype mobile clients), this technology enables you to receive notifications when new messages arrive regardless of whether the Skype app is running. We also ...

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Acer has announced some new all-in-ones coming for the new holiday season.  We do not have all the details at this point in time.  Acer owns Gateway, but they are still keeping the brand alive. Acer Aspire ZC-605 Series This Acer features a 19.5” screen ideal for games, USB 3.0 ideal for connecting to peripheral devices, and a 1 terabyte hard drive.  The chassis tilts from 10-30 degrees. The Acer Aspire ZC-605 Series will be priced starting at $599.99. Gateway One ZX4270 Priced very affordably starting at $399. This Gateway boasts a 19.5” screen in a compact body.  The Gateway will be available this month starting at $399. Source: Windows Blog ...

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