America’s second largest school district made a big announcement last year that they will be giving all its students iPads. While students and teachers community welcomed the news, many education analysts questioned the effectiveness of iPads in classrooms. Now, Los Angeles school district has realized that iPads are not the best in the business when it comes to students. They are now allowing schools to choose from six different Windows laptop computers for their students instead of iPads. In the fall, administrators, teachers and students at those schools will test the laptops to determine the device they should be used going forward. Also, the previously planned distribution of the iPads is on hold. This is not the first time they have put on hold the roll out of iPads. Last year, students found an easy way to bypass iPad’s profile system which restricted them from accessing social networks and other ...

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Panasonic today unveiled its new 3E 2-in-1 student device custom developed for education market. It includes education software and a suite of professional development programs that ensure teachers are able to maximize schools’ technology investments and stay apace of emerging technology trends. Built to the IP51 standard, the 3E combines a shock-absorbing, rubber mid-frame with a tough, easy-to-grip textured exterior that can handle a fall from 70 cm and take life in a backpack without scratching or denting. Students can draw, take notes and navigate intuitively using their fingers and multi-touch gestures. For fine and detailed work, the included stylus offers precise control. It also comes with 1.2 MP front and 5MP back cameras. The 3E’s The keyboard features a reversible dock, so the screen can be used facing the student for individual work or facing the world for presentations and group activities. Closed, the keyboard protects the screen and ...

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Microsoft today posted a video showing how St. Thomas School in the US has adopted. Surface tablets for their students and teachers. Students are using these devices to take notes, learn new things from various content, and more. This digital transition is not just happening in the U.S., but also in schools around the world where technology is empowering students. Watch more about it from the video above. A recognized leader in early childhood through eighth grade education, St. Thomas School has adopted both Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro tablets as their 1:1 student computing device in their 2nd and 3rd grade classes. “The one-to-one program has given the school more than we ever anticipated,” says Kimberly Mecham, Director of Information and Communication Technology at St. Thomas School. “It’s really allowed us to personalize learning in second grade through innovative and differentiated ways, and to enhance project-learning in third grade ...

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This week’s Red Stripe deals in Windows Store includes popular Xbox game Rayman Jungle Run, Caillou House of puzzles and more. With Rayman Jungle Run, the legendary platforming hero is back in a brand new adventure and it includes 70 gorgeous levels. Find the list of titles under deals below. You can find Rayman Jungle Run now for 67 percent off in the Windows Phone Store for 99 cents and in the Windows Store for half-off at $1.49.  “Caillou House of Puzzles” (99 cents in the Windows Phone Store, $1.99 in the Windows Store),  “9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek (Full)” ($3.49 in the Windows Store), “Joining Hands 2” ($1.49 in the Windows Phone Store and in the Windows Store), Billminder ($1.49 in the Windows Store) “Chimpact” (99 cents in the Windows Phone Store, $2.49 in the Windows Store). via: Microsoft   ...

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Windows team blog yesterday posted a blog post about a new tool called Sleep Study which will allow you to diagnose your Windows 8.1 system’s sleep activity. It shows you how well the system slept and how much activity it experienced during that time. While in the sleep state, the system is still doing some work, albeit at a lower frequency. We thought of simply using traditional logging to do this, but ironically, the logging itself would drain the battery. With this in mind, we designed the Sleep Study tool to minimize its own impact on battery life, while tracking the battery draining activities. The Sleep Study report You can use Sleep Study to see which apps and devices are most active during a sleep session. Sleep Study reviews all the sleep sessions longer than 10 minutes and provides you with a report that color codes each session according to ...

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Just in time for the movie release, ‘Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark’ game is now available for Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. Explore two unique worlds as your favorite Transformers characters from both the movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Cybertron universes in a battle to secure an ancient and powerful relic, the Dark Spark Game Description:  Span time and space as your favorite TRANSFORMERS characters from both the movie, TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction, and Cybertron universes! Includes Over 40 playable characters from two different universes! Change Form Anytime: Effortlessly switch between robot and vehicle form! Beyond the Movie: Weave your way through Earth and Cybertron universes in an unforgettable battle to secure the Dark Spark. Epic Multiplayer Battles: Expanded four-player co-op online escalation mode with new upgradeable defenses and challenging Power Foes! New Unlock System: Leveling system spans campaign and escalation, allowing players to unlock rewards that will aid ...

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Holland based OEM Point of View announced three new affordable Windows tablets which will start at just €169. All these tablets are powered by Intel’s Atom Z3735 quad-core Bay Trail processor, so you can run all your classic Windows apps on it. Also all these tablets comes with 1 year Microsoft Office 365 personal subscription for free. Find the tablets and their specs below. Mobii WinTab 800W: Mobii WinTab 800W comes with 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. The device will have 2MP camera on the front and back. It also has bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n wireless connectivity options. It weighs 400g and with dimensions of 133 x 210.3 x 8.75 mm it packs a 4500 mAh battery. It also includes Micro SD card reader, mini HDMI and Micro USB ports. The device will cost €169. Mobii WinTab 1000BW: Mobii WinTab 1000BW ...

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Microsoft Windows Store platform team has now started new user voice site named ‘Missing Platform APIs’. As the name suggests, Windows Store developers can post their ideas on APIs or vote of ideas by other developers. For example, Windows Phone platform does not provide any API to make a great voice call recorder app and similar. You can post any APIs that are missing on both Windows and Windows Phone platforms. As we continue to evolve and grow Windows, we want your feedback on the APIs you need to be successful. The most useful feedback will be in the form of requests for specific APIs or specific 3rd-party libraries, along with a general description of the scenario they help solve. These could be existing Windows APIs not currently permitted in Store Apps (Win32, COM, or .NET) or they could be APIs from other operating systems with no equivalents on Windows. In addition ...

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Red Stripe Deals for this week is now live in Windows Store. This week’s deals includes games like Skulls of the Shogun, Slingcat, Maya the Bee, the Mystery of the Crystal Portal (full), and more. Find the apps/games list below. Skulls of the Shogun Join up with ghost-samurai warriors, animal-monks, and samurai generals to help capture the Skulls of the Shogun in an action-packed game that blends arcade-style play with turn-based strategy. It’s a universal app, so if you buy it in the Windows Store, you can install it for free on compatible Windows Phone devices too (and vice versa). Get it in the Windows Store for $1.99 this week, or for the same price in the Windows Phone Store. Phototastic Pro Choose from over a hundred great templates to make crafty photo collages and share them on Facebook, Twitter, and other services.  Download Phototastic Pro for $1.49 on Windows or $.99 on Windows ...

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Skype today announced that they are going to retire the older versions(6.13 and below) of Skype for desktop soon. Same is the case for Skype for Mac (6.14 and below). Microsoft is planning to do it over the next few months as they are trying to improve Skype with latest features which are built upon recent Skype client. From now, they will be focusing their efforts on bringing the latest and greatest to the most recent versions of Skype. What are the benefits of the latest version? You’ll be able to enjoy lots of great improvements. Some highlights: Sending and receiving instant messages when your contacts are offline Viewing consistent and complete chat history across multiple devices Syncing read/unread status on all messages across devices What do I need to do if I’m using an older version? Don’t panic – whether you’re using Skype for Windows desktop or Skype for Mac, you ...

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EA has started a brand new program on Origin called Origin Game Time. It allows you to play a full game for free as long as there’s time on your Game Time clock. To kick off this program, they have chosen Titanfall. This weekend you can download Titanfall and play for free for two days straight. If you loved the game after playing during Origin Game Time and want to continue? You can purchase Titanfall and continue the game where you left off as your Titanfall progress is saved. We’re launching Origin Game Time for Titanfall across the world over the next several hours, so if you don’t see it available yet in your territory, you will soon. Origin Game Time games will appear on our Free Games page when they’re available to download. Haven’t felt the thrill of dropping an 18-foot tall metallic beast on your opponent? What about the rush of leaping from wall to ...

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On the launch day of Microsoft Surface Pro 3, N-Trig has released their updated Wintab drivers for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 devices. The R16 version will be available for download soon. N-trig is constantly working on improving the user experience and adding support for additional features and programs. Our DuoSense Pen is fully compatible with Microsoft HID reports and any application that support the windows pen API should work without any issues. There are some programs that do not support the standard Microsoft HID reports. For these programs N-trig released its Wintab middleware software in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The N-trig’s Wintab middleware is compatible with all of Windows-based devices powered by N-trig’s pen and touch technology, this driver was fully tested with all relevant Wintab test applications. The following list includes applications that were tested and are compatible with N-trig’s Wintab driver: Anime Studio Debut 9.5 Version 9.5 ...

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Last month, we reported that 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 then acknowledged the issue and confirmed that Microsoft is working on the fix that will be delivered via update soon. Today, Microsoft delivered this update via Windows Update. Mary Jo Foley confirmed that her review unit received this update today. Microsoft told her that this update fixes the power issue and also contains number of performance improvements as well. The device will be available in the retail in US from tomorrow. Pre-order Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft Store today ...

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Intel announced the next generation chips based on Broadwell 14nm architecture last year. However, the product launch got delayed and it was expected to be available in the personal computers sold during the holiday season. Seems like there will be more delay as CNet today reported that broader OEM availability of the next gen Intel mobile CPUs are expected only in 2015. “We expect the initial Broadwell-based devices, including fanless 2-in-1s built on the Core M processor, will be on shelves by the end of this year with more products and broader OEM availability in 2015,” At COMPUTEX, Intel revealed more information about their next gen Core product codenamed Broadwell. To demonstrate it, Intel revealed the world’s first 14nm fanless mobile PC reference design from Intel is a 12.5 inch screen that is 7.2mm thin with keyboard detached and weighs 670 grams. The majority of designs based on this new ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced another customer win in the enterprise for Windows 8.1 tablets. PHT Corporation, the leading provider of technologies used to collect patient-driven electronic data for clinical research, has selected Dell Venue 11 Pro tablets featuring Windows 8.1 to run its SitePad® System. PHT will deploy more than 2,000 Dell Venue 11 Pros that will be deployed at clinical trial sites around the globe. PHT selected the Dell Venue 11 Pro with Windows 8.1 for the SitePad platform because the device provides a superior user experience. The Venue has a high-resolution touch screen that supports greater ease of use for both clinicians and patients. In addition to providing a superior user experience, the Dell Venue provides multiple modes of data communications including Wi-Fi, Ethernet and an embedded 4G card. PHT chose the Windows 8.1 tablets because of the flexibility and security aspects of Microsoft technology and because the solution allows PHT ...

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Today, Microsoft announced a new way to track all your Xbox game achievements you earned on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows and Windows Phone in once place. In the browser, you have to visit this URL to know the list of games and the achievements you have earned through them. The webpage looks like the above image. You can now track your Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows and Windows Phone achievements on http://t.co/CCciWRcOOLhttp://t.co/567kL5XkIP — Larry Hryb (@majornelson) June 16, 2014 Visit https://account.xbox.com/en-US/Achievements/ for your details. ...

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