Red Stripe Deals for this week in Windows Store includes a free interactive picture book, an Xbox title from Gameloft Shark Dash and more. Find the apps and their store links below, As you can see from the illustration above, the “Fiete” interactive picture book doesn’t have any written instructions, but it does give children 12 tasks to help “Fiete” in his daily life: loading ships, mounting tires and buttering sandwiches, for instance. But the developers aimed to make this fun for kids, and were inspired by their own to include sounds and animations to encourage and motivate little ones. It’s now free in the Windows Store. “Shark Dash!” (99 cents), “Shoot 1UP” (99 cents), s Dictionary) is $19.99 in the Windows Store (previously $39.99), “Firefighters” and “Tiny Firefighters” (both 99 cents), “Toca Kitchen” is 99 Windows Store, Diagnose your car (99 cents) and the logic game “Golden Seeds” for $1.49. via: Microsoft ...

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  David Rappaport, a University of Colorado came up with the idea of sending a balloon to the edge of space during his internship with Microsoft Surface which he started a few months ago. Now, more than 20 of his fellow interns would stick with the project. Public can participate the balloon launch by helping to control the camera that is attached to the balloon’s payload. “I just thought it would be cool to have a fun side project to work on after hours,” he says, and came up with one that involves various Microsoft technologies – including Surface, Microsoft Azure, Internet Explorer and Bing apps – to create an interactive experience. Little did he realize when he first formed the idea that he’d hear from . The balloon will launch at noon PT on Saturday, Aug. 9, from a remote area in Washington state. The balloon’s camera will live stream ...

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As Microsoft announced last year, Microsoft started expanding encryption across their services in an effort to reinforce legal protections for their customers’ data last month. All Outlook.com emails are now encrypted like how Office 365 e-mail works already. Even they made encryption improvements for Microsoft Azure guest OS. Today, they are announcing further improvements for encryption on Azure. The encryption improvements, which apply to Microsoft Azure cipher solution for hosted guest virtual machines, provide customers with enhanced protection when connecting and transmitting data. For example, the enhancements to the default Transport Layer Security (TLS)/Secure Socket Layer (SSL) cipher suites helps ensure that connections are better encrypted during transmission.  In addition, enabling Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) helps ensure a different encryption key is used for every connection, making it more difficult for attackers to decrypt connections. As technology advances and attackers continue to adjust their tactics, it’s essential that cloud providers evolve their ...

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Microsoft continues to expand its existing retail footprint in the U.S., offering an assortment of best-in-class products, including Windows 8.1 PCs, Surface Pro 3, Windows Phones, Xbox One, Microsoft Office 365 and more. Customers also receive end-to-end service with an Answer Desk and knowledgeable staff to answer questions, make recommendations, and help with PC setups and other services, so they can walk out the door with a product that’s ready to run. CEO Satya Nadella during the earnings call said that they will ensure disciplined financial execution related to Microsoft Store. Even though Microsoft has over 60 retail stores across the US, they are yet to open a store in New York City. As per the report from Daily News, Microsoft is planning to open its retail store at 677 Fifth Ave. near 53rd St., which is one of the top retail corridor in the country and more importantly it is ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed that Peggy Johnson will join Microsoft’s Senior Leadership team. She will be the executive vice president of business development and will be responsible for driving strategic business deals and partnerships across various industries with key customers, strategic innovation partners, OEMs, key accounts, third-party publishers and industry influencers. Eric Rudder, Microsoft’s executive vice president of advanced strategy who was temporarily looking after the responsibilities of Tony Bates after he left Microsoft is now back to his old job. Peggy Johnson will now take care of the work which was handled by Tony Bates in the past. In addition to these changes, Microsoft has now moved Developer Evangelism and Experiences team from Eric Rudder’s division to sales, marketing and services group led by Kevin Turner. In addition, the company’s newly named Developer Evangelism and Experiences team (formerly Developer and Platform Evangelism), led by Steve Guggenheimer, will shift from Rudder’s organization to Microsoft’s sales, marketing and ...

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Autodesk yesterday announced SketchBook Pro 7 for Windows along with a new membership offering for Autodesk SketchBook, a family of digital painting and sketching apps. SketchBook Pro 7 boasts new community-requested features including Perspective Guides with 1 point, 2 point, 3 point, and Fisheye modes; Flipbook mode with animation timeline; a new drawing engine; and workflow improvements including Distort Transform, Gradient Flood Fills, improved Selection, layer grouping, multi-layer selection, and Blending modes. You can start using SketchBook for desktop completely free. This starter edition provides core tools to create basic drawings and enables artists to become familiar with the natural drawing experience and power of SketchBook. A paid membership of either $24.99 per year or $2.99 per month unlocks the latest SketchBook Pro 7. As per Surface team, SketchBook runs great on the latest Surface Pro 3 and supports a fully pressure sensitive drawing/sketching experience out of the box. I’m sure Surface Pro 3 ...

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According to Chinese agency, The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) raided Microsoft offices in Beijing, Liaoning, Fujian and Hubei once again following last week. The SAIC also raided the Dalian offices of IT consultancy Accenture, to whom Microsoft outsources financial work, according to the regulator. Microsoft offices in China were raided last week by Chinese government officials for unknown reasons. China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce made the visits to Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. Later, a Chinese regulator confirmed that they are conducting an anti-monopoly investigation on Microsoft over its Windows OS and Office productivity suite. Microsoft provided the following statement regarding these raids, We’re serious about complying with China’s laws and committed to addressing SAIC’s questions and concerns Source: REUTERS ...

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If you are following Microsoft for the past few years, you might not be surprised to hear that Microsoft continues to lose money on its Surface tablets. ComputerWorld spoke with an analyst and concluded that Microsoft could have lost over $1.7 billion since its launch. In the last quarter, Surface business posted a revenue of $409 million and the cost of revenue was at $772 million. So, Microsoft lost about $363 million and they even mentioned in the financial reports that current year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from our transition to newer generation devices and a decision to not ship a new form factor.” In FY2014, Microsoft lost about $676 million and in FY2013, Microsoft lost about $1.049 billion (including $900 million write-off). But does it matter to Microsoft? ComputerWorld and their analyst claims that Microsoft may stop investing in Surface if this loss continues for ...

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MSI has announced a new portable workstation WS60 with a beautifully designed slim and light chassis. It comes with Intel Core i7 processor and powerful Nvidia Quadro K2100M professional graphics card. You can get up to 3K (2880×1620) to display sharper images and true-to-life colors for unprecedented visuals to get the job done right. It also includes MSI’s exclusive Matrix Display allows support of up to 2 external monitors to transform the ultra-portable WS60 into a desktop workstation to run all your essential programs at the same time via HDMI and a Thunderbolt/Mini Display Port. Key Specs: Windows 7 Professional 4th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor NVIDIA Quadro professional grade graphics Optional high resolution 3K display Thunderbolt 2 ready Silent and efficient dual fan cooling Customizable keyboard with MSI’s Shortcut Manager Supports up to 2x SSD’s in RAID 0 with a high capacity HDD Supports up to 2 external displays ...

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  Ubuntu and Mac OS X always had the feature to switch between different desktop environments. You can have virtual desktops for running different set of applications at the same time and keep your things organized. Even though Windows OS internally supported this feature, Microsoft didn’t make it as a consumer facing feature. However, there is a small utility called Desktops which allow you to enjoy the same feature. Desktops allows you to organize your applications on up to four virtual desktops. Read email on one, browse the web on the second, and do work in your productivity software on the third, without the clutter of the windows you’re not using. After you configure hotkeys for switching desktops, you can create and switch desktops either by clicking on the tray icon to open a desktop preview and switching window, or by using the hotkeys. You can download Desktops for free ...

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The developers behind popular Kickstarter project Haptix is now back with a product called Touch+. Touch+ is a successor to Haptix and costs just $75. Touch+ is a small and sleek bar that turns any surface into a multitouch controller for your PC or laptop. Touch+ contains two cameras that track the 3D positions of your fingers and allow you to use multitouch by detecting the height of your fingers. It also enables gesture shortcuts by detecting the hand gestures you make.  You can use this 3D tracking device to tap, swipe, or zoom on any surface while seeing your fingers on the screen. You can order the sensor here from Ractiv. via: Engadget ...

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We have come across few reports in the past that Microsoft is working on the next version of Windows codenamed Threshold that can run Android apps without any modification. Hal Berenson, a former Microsoft employee recently published a blog post on current state of Windows/Windows Phone and how Microsoft may move with the upcoming major release. In that post, Hal said that Microsoft might be depending on OpenMobile’s Application Compatibility Layer to enable Android apps on Windows. ACL does not use any virtualization or emulation techniques, instead it integrates the Android application runtime into native Windows. OpenMobile’s solution uses the Android open source project (AOSP) app management software as the base for ACL. Utilizing the Dalvik virtual machine and all required Android runtime libraries from AOSP, ACL will enable Android apps on any non-Android operating system, including Windows. Even though enabling Android apps on Windows will further alienate developers from ...

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Ever since Steve Jobs coined the term Post PC era, it became the buzz word and many analysts claimed that tablets will dwarf the sales of notebooks in couple of years. We are in 2014 now, notebook shipments are still more than that of tablets. With 49.1 million units shipped in the quarter, notebook shipments surpassed those of tablets for the first time since Q3 2013. Shipments in North America and EMEA were up 13% and 8% year on year, helped by good growth in Western Europe and the US. Customers who have bought a tablet already are finding it unnecessary to upgrade their tablet because there is very little innovation happened in the space. On the notebook side, the growth is supported by improving economic conditions, end of Windows XP support, low cost touch screen devices and more. ‘A slowdown in the pace of innovation is creating an issue for ...

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Based on previous reports, we already know that Microsoft is working on a smartwatch. The smartwatch will work with iPhones, Android and Windows devices. It will continuously measure heart rate through the day and night and will offer up to two days of battery life. Reecently, Gearlive.com claimed that they have seen the device in person, and it was similar to Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit in appearance. The device will include heart rate monitor, accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, and a galvanic skin response sensor all built-in. Designer Nadir Aslam has come up with a Microsoft Smartwatch concept which you can see below. I find it interesting, what do you think of this concept? Source: Behance via: Makeuseof ...

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Microsoft official Windows blog recently highlighted several new themes in Windows personalization gallery. One of the most awesome theme in the list is ‘Panoramas of Europe theme.’ This theme contains 21 massive double-width images designed to span dual monitors on the new Windows, and it includes photos from across the expanse of Continental Europe – and from the UK and Iceland, too. This dramatic shot shows Kirkjufell Mountain on Iceland’s Snæfellsnes peninsula. Whitewashed town walls glowing on the Greek seaside, Alpine peaks towering above an Austrian meadow, lush Tuscan vineyards bathed in the warm light of sunset: These natural and manmade landmarks are as beautifully unique as they are quintessentially European. Add these and other scenic wonders from across the continent—from Russia to Spain and Iceland to Italy—to your desktop with this free panoramic theme for the new Windows, designed to span dual monitors. Download the theme here. Find more ...

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Microsoft Windows team recently announced an upgrade to the official Windows blogs. As part of this upgrade, Microsoft has merged the Windows Experience Blog, Windows Phone Blog, and Extreme Windows Blog into Blogging Windows. This single blog will feature all Windows and Windows Phone news and will also be where they publish blog posts featuring tips and new apps and games for both Windows and Windows Phone. Microsoft also said that they will continue to publish blog posts relevant to business customers on the Windows for your Business blog and Building Apps for Windows blog for developers building apps for Windows. Internet Explorer Team will continue to blog on the Exploring IE blog. Read more about it here. ...

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