Yesterday, Microsoft opened up the registration process for Build 2014 developer conference. Build 2014 will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 2 – 4. The conference got sold out today. I think the steep registration amount of over $2000 is the reason Build 2014 took about 24 hours for selling out all its tickets. Microsoft is expected to talk about Windows 9 and the developer story behind the future of Windows. Build is our premier developer event, targeted at people who want to create experiences that span PC, tablet, phone, console, server, and cloud, and at this year’s event we will share what is coming for Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Windows Server, Xbox, Visual Studio and more. Perhaps even more importantly, we’ll be talking about what Microsoft is doing to protect your technology investments, regardless of their form: tools, skills, language preferences, code, and apps, ...

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Microsoft Bing team has today updated their Translator app for Windows devices in Store. The new update now brings in the same speech-to-speech functionality that Bing Translator app for Windows Phone 8 users already have. Also there are now some other new features and improvements. Read it below. Now users can leverage the power of speech-to-speech translations from any Windows device. Simply speak into your device by using the microphone feature to place orders or ask for directions, and hear the translated words in a native speaker’s accent. In addition to speech input, this new release of the Translator app now offers users the option to use the camera feature in both portrait and landscape mode. Simply point your camera, scan and translate printed language using your tablet or PC to create subtitles for everyday life. Download the app here from Windows Store for free. ...

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AMD today announced the availability of its next generation APUs codenamed Kaveri from today. This is the first time AMD has included heterogeneous system architecture support in its APU. The chip is based on new generation of Steamroller CPU which offers great efficiency. AMD A10-7000 Series APU, codenamed “Kaveri”. These new processors pack an all-new architecture, including HSA features, Radeon™ R7 graphics and AMD TrueAudio technology. AMD is also claiming that this new APU offer better performance over comparable Intel counterparts. Also, the top end AMD APU costs about $180 while Intel Core i5 processor costs around $240, so there is a significant price advantage for AMD too. Read the full review of this CPUs from AnandTech.   ...

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At the National Retail Federation’s annual conference, Microsoft is touting how Windows can help retailers grow their businesses, increase customer satisfaction and reduce costs. According to a recent study conducted for Microsoft by Forrester Consulting, surveyed firms report that Windows 8 tablets can increase the effectiveness and accuracy of sales associates, resulting in increased customer satisfaction. Furthermore, businesses can take advantage of advanced management capabilities, high-level security and lower total purchase costs when compared with utilizing non-Windows tablets. Windows tablets are enabling a variety of business scenarios for retail customers, from helping sales associates improve customer service, boost productivity, and increase the size of customer sales. With Windows tablets, retailers can provide their customers with a convenient, fast purchase experience anywhere in the store through a modern point of sale device, and enable field reps and merchandisers to efficiently manage retail execution end to end. This video provides a great ...

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During Golden Globes awards today, Microsoft aired two of its commercials on TV. One was the Bing Heroic Women of 2013 ad which you can watch above. These heroic women show what spirit, courage, and perseverance can achieve. May their bravery inspire us in 2014 and beyond. http://bing.com/heroicwomen The second one was more product oriented showing availability of Windows across devices. From the phone that can outshoot many cameras to the All-In-One desktop that doesn’t need a desk, the new Windows gives you the same great experience on every device in your life. ...

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During Xbox One announcement, Microsoft promised Twitch TV as their official partner for game streaming and game play sharing. While game play recorded video sharing is already available on Xbox One, Live streaming of game play via Twitch TV support is not yet available on Xbox One. Sony has already made this feature available on PS4. Adding to the insult, Twitch TV has recently tweeted that there is no estimated time of availability of this feature from Microsoft and they even said that it may take few more months. Xbox One Direct Broadcasting: There is no ETA at this time from Microsoft. Expect a few more months. If we know sooner, we’ll update. — Twitch Support (@TwitchTVSupport) January 8, 2014 Do you really miss Twitch TV integration on your Xbox One? Find Xbox One here from Amazon. ...

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  We all know that Microsoft is planning for a major Windows update in 2015 codenamed ‘Threshold’. Before Windows Threshold update, Microsoft has planned a minor update for Windows 8.1 called Windows 8.1 update 1. Some screenshots of the build got leaked recently, you can take a loot at them here. Today, Winsupersite reported few more new information regarding Windows ‘Threshold’. Read the summary below. Windows ‘Threshold’ might be called Windows 9 when it gets released. Microsoft thinks moving away from Windows 8 brand might help them market it better. Windows 9 will include some major fixes to the Metro design language. Windows 9 is expected to release in April 2015. Windows 9 will have three other milestone releases like beta, RC before hitting RTM. Microsoft is planning to provide some sort of vision statement regarding the future of Windows and may provide a glimpse of Windows Threshold at BUILD ...

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In an interview to Engadget, Xbox Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten said that he not worried about the upcoming wave of steam machines or the new technologies like Oculus Rift. In fact, he revealed that he is more really excited about these on what they mean for the game industry as a whole which he loves. “This is literally the most golden of golden ages that I’ve ever seen around gaming,” Whitten told us in an interview this week at CES 2014. “I think this is what makes gaming great. And you love seeing the passion of seeing someone like Palmer [Luckey] and those guys at Oculus. And seeing someone like John Carmack get on and really be focused on it is great. I don’t know how it could be anything but good.” When asked about whether Steam machines will take over Xbox One sales, he reminded us that the market is ...

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At CES this week, ORIGIN PC announced their two new MILLENIUM and GENESIS cases. It includes some innovative features such as Variable Mounting, full tower expansion kit, the ability to control Fan, LED lighting system and more. Here is a summary the unique and notable features included in the MILLENIUM and GENESIS cases: Variable Mounting system enables motherboard to be oriented four different ways so that you can optimize the placement and visibility of your PC’s internal components 4-Way NVIDIA SLI support in any orientation (using Variable Mounting) Dual-Hinge front door enables left-to-right or right-to-left opening directions 5 hot-swappable hard drive bays with optional locking mechanism Full-tower expansion kit enables MILLENIUM case to be converted to GENESIS case Smart Fan Controller allows you to easily toggle between full manual control of fans and motherboard fan control Remote controlled LED lighting system Full Press Release below. Designed and built from the ...

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At CES this week, HP has announced its successor to its Z1 All-in-One workstation called Z1 G2. include a 27-inch diagonal touchscreen display, up to 32GB of  RAM, up to 4GB of  Nvidia graphics, Intel Xenon processor and more. You can choose between SSD and HDD for your storage needs as well. The whole selling point of the PC is that it is designed to me  module in nature. You can upgrade parts easily whenever you want. Experience the simplicity of all-in-one design with the HP Z1 Workstation. Easily add a hard drive, a Thunderbolt™ 2 module, upgrade memory, or access the graphics card by snapping it open. Enjoy the control of easily swapping out parts on your own. And enhance your work with 10 finger multi-touch, HD Webcam, DTS Studio Sound, and whisper-quiet acoustics. Unleash your creativity on a workstation that’s worthy of it. Full Specs: Form Factor All-in-one Available ...

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Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PC Shipments, Fourth Quarter 2013 (Preliminary) (Units Shipments are in thousands)                  Vendor 4Q13 Shipments 4Q13 Market Share 4Q12 Shipments 4Q12 Market Share 4Q13/4Q12 Growth 1. Lenovo 15,279 18.6% 14,013 16.1% 9.0% 2. HP 13,779 16.8% 15,059 17.3% -8.5% 3. Dell 10,030 12.2% 9,482 10.9% 5.8% 4. Acer Group 5,540 6.7% 7,046 8.1% -21.4% 5. ASUS 4,988 6.1% 5,610 6.4% -11.1% Others 32,595 39.6% 35,840 41.2% -9.1% Total 82,211 100.0% 87,049 100.0% -5.6% International Data Corporation (IDC) today released their Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 82.2 million units in the Q4 of 2013, representing a 5.6% decline in numbers YoY. When you consider the full year 2013, total shipments declined -10.0% from 2012, a record drop reflecting the changes in mobility and personal computing affecting the market. The declining trend is no surprising given that the consumer interest is moving towards more mobile devices like smartphones, ...

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Gartner today released their report on worldwide PC shipments for the Q4 2013. As expected, PC market was down by 6.9% compared to Q4 2012 and this marks the 7th consecutive quarter of shipment decline. The main reason behind it was the consumer adoption towards content consumption devices like tablets which are cheaper when compared to traditional PCs. “Although PC shipments continued to decline in the worldwide market in the fourth quarter, we increasingly believe markets, such as the U.S., have bottomed out as the adjustment to the installed base slows,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “Strong growth in tablets continued to negatively impact PC growth in emerging markets. In emerging markets, the first connected device for consumers is most likely a smartphone, and their first computing device is a tablet. As a result, the adoption of PCs in emerging markets will be slower as consumers skip PCs ...

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Gigabyte is entering the gaming PC industry with its new brand called ‘AORUS’. They will be selling gaming laptops, keyboards, mouse and headsets under this brand. Along with this announcement, Gigabyte announced AORUS Gaming Laptop X7. It features GTX 765M GDDR5 4GB dual graphics, 4th gen. Core i7 processor, new AORUS Thermal+ design and highly customizable Macro functions. The most exciting part is that despite its high-end specs and thermal design, it is insanely thin & lightweight at 0.9 in. / 6.39 lbs (22.9 mm / 2.9 kg). Also it has got Killer LAN chip and IEEE 802.11ac support for enhanced networking. Specification: OS: Windows 8.1/Windows 8.1 Pro/Windows 7 Home Premium/Windows 7 Professional CPU: 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4700HQ Processor (2.4GHz-3.4GHz) Display: 17.3″ Full HD 1920×1080 LCD backlight System Memory: 4GB/8GB DDR3L 1600, 4 slots (Max 32GB) Chipset; Mobile Intel® HM87 Express Chipset Video Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 765M SLI GDDR5 4GB ...

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Windows XP, one of the most popular OS of all time is going to expire literally as Microsoft is ending their extended support for the OS in April this year. Microsoft has been trumpeting for the last few years to make Windows XP users upgrade to newer systems. Using Windows XP system nowadays exposes you to lots of security risks and even more when Microsoft stops delivering security updates for Windows XP. Ars Technica recently revealed that Microsoft will also stop delivering virus definitions to Windows XP users running Microsoft Security Essentials. There are three months to go for Windows XP. The ancient operating system is leaving extended support on April 8, at which point Microsoft will no longer ship free security fixes. XP itself isn’t the only thing that’s losing support on that date. The Windows XP version of Microsoft Security Essentials, the company’s anti-malware app, will stop receiving ...

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Few weeks ago, a sales research report from NPD created lots of buzz among the tech blogging media because of one reason, Google Chromebooks. Because the research reported that Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all notebook sales, up from negligible share in the prior year, and 8 percent of all computer and tablet sales through November, up from one tenth of a percent in 2012 – the largest share increase across the various product segments. Actually, many blogs misunderstood the report and reported that Chrombooks have captured 20% of the traditional PC market. The truth is that the report covers only the devices sold through commercial channel. Commercial channel are the distributors — like CDW and Ingram Micro — that many businesses, government agencies, schools and other organizations use to buy personal computers and other devices. Importantly, the report did not include consumer sales, nor PCs sold by OEMs, ...

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At CES this year, Razer unveiled a modular desktop concept PC called Project Christine. With its modular design, you can upgrade or customize this PC by removing and attaching modules in just seconds. Features: Fully modular design for perpetual, cable-less customization PCI-Express architecture Open operating system platform Factory overclocked components Self-contained modules with active liquid cooling and noise cancelation Quad SLI capable SSD + RAID 5 HDD Array LED touchscreen control display Read the full press release below. LAS VEGAS (CES 2014) – Razer, the world leader in entertainment devices and software, today announced a concept of what promises to be the world’s most modular gaming system, Project Christine. The PC has traditionally been one of the most open platforms in all of technology. However, given the technical complexities of PC hardware, only the most hardcore enthusiasts have been able to take advantage of this openness to build, customize and ...

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