Microsoft Research often comes up with interesting and sometimes mind-blowing projects. A recently published Microsoft Research project called SurroundWeb is an interesting one. SurroundWeb is a 3D web browser that will allow web pages the ability to display content across multiple surfaces in a room. For example, if you are watching a car race on your TV, the current driver standings can be shown on the side next to your TV, or an Wikipedia entry of a place which you are looking on the screen and more. Microsoft is trying to project this plan with no.of use cases. Read the abstract below. We introduce SurroundWeb, the first least-privilege platform for immersive room experiences. SurroundWeb is a “3D Browser” that gives web pages the ability to display across multiple surfaces in a room, adapt their appearance to objects present in that room, and interact using natural user input. SurroundWeb enables least privilege ...

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Microsoft has announced that Civilization Revolution And Dungeon Defenders will be available as free games for Xbox Live Gold members in March. Starting Saturday (March 1st) Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution (Normally US $29.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through March 15th . Then on March 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Dungeon Defenders (Normally US $14.99) for free. The “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month. Source: Major Nelson ...

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NSA, USA’s Surveillance Agency is now helping UK’s Surveillance Agency GCHQ in intercepting and storing the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, revealed secret documents obtained by The Guardian. The project called Optic Nerve,  started as a prototype in 2008 and was still active in 2012. “Face detection has the potential to aid selection of useful images for ‘mugshots’ or even for face recognition by assessing the angle of the face,” it reads. “The best images are ones where the person is facing the camera with their face upright.” The report also revealed that lots of sexually explicit content was also collected and GCHQ struggled to keep it away from the eyes of its staff. Sexually explicit webcam material proved to be a particular problem for GCHQ, as one document delicately put it: “Unfortunately … it would appear that a surprising number of people use webcam conversations to show intimate parts ...

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Microsoft announced ID@Xbox program last year allowing independent developers to publish their games on Xbox One game store. Even though games from this program is yet to be released to general public, this program is gaining momentum among developers. Microsoft said that over 200 developers are already creating games using dev kits provided by ID@Xbox right now and even released a long list revealing few names. Find it below. Honestly when I look at this list, all I can say is “wow.” It’s incredibly humbling to see so many fantastic studios there supporting Xbox One, from XBLIG and XBLA alumni like Ska Studios and Humble Hearts, to new studios like Glass Bottom Games and Heart Machine, and veterans including Robomodo, Zoë Mode and Playdead. We could not be more excited! ID@Xbox is a global program and we’re committed to bringing the best from around the world to Xbox One. The first ...

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Microsoft detailed the March Xbox One system update that will start rolling out in early March. This update will include multiplayer and party improvements out in time for the March 11 launch of “Titanfall”. Major Nelson talks with Xbox’s Richard Irving for an exclusive first look at the changes to the Party and Friends features in the upcoming March update for Xbox One. •Get to your friends list faster. The friends list will be front and center on the homepage of the Friends app. Click the Social tile on Home, or say “Xbox, go to Friends” to see who’s online and what they’re up to. From there you can quickly send messages and get into a party. •Party chat will be turned on by default. When you party up, chat audio will be turned on by default. •Chat with friends playing different games. Party chat will be separated from people playing ...

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  Microsoft was today awarded with design patent for Xbox One console by USPTO. Patent number D700,246 describes the ornamental design of the Xbox One console. During the Xbox One launch, Microsoft described the design of console as the following, “Xbox has always had something to say. It’s always been bold with a strong personality,” said Carl Ledbetter, Creative Director, Industrial Design. “Xbox One needs to serve our most loyal gaming fans and deliver unique entertainment experiences, so its design has to make an appropriate statement that reflects its capability as an all-in-one entertainment system.” Xbox One is developed to be the ultimate gaming and entertainment system, so the design team at Microsoft had to make every aspect of the experience —ranging from its appearance, to how users interact with its software —modern and sophisticated. It was designed to be simple and inviting, all while being attuned to the console’s ...

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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a cooperative third-person shooter and tower defense video game from Plants vs. Zombies series, developed by PopCap Games and published by Electronic Arts. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is now available for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles. The ultimate battle for brainz! Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare digs into the trenches with an explosive new action experience. Blast zombies, plants and new characters across a mine-blowing world that delivers the depth of a traditional online shooter blended with the refreshing humor of Plant vs. Zombies. Take on Co-op and Multiplayer action with your friends and sow the seeds of victory! Buy Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare from Amazon. Buy Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare from Microsoft Store. If you don’t own a Xbox One, pre-order this super value bundle from Microsoft, Pre-order Xbox One Titanfall Edition- Amazon Pre-order Xbox One Titanfall Edition ...

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Microsoft today indirectly reduced the price of Xbox One in the available markets. In the name of celebrating the launch of “Titanfall”, Microsoft wants more people to join on day one for “Titanfall” on Xbox One. So, based on this special, limited time offer, the Xbox One “Titanfall” Bundle will be available starting March 11 for $499.99* at select retailers. Now available for pre-order, the bundle includes: Download code for a digital copy of “Titanfall” Standard Xbox One console and Kinect sensor Standard Xbox One wireless controller Standard Xbox One Chat Headset One month Xbox Live Gold membership Basically, you get the Titanfall game for free when you buy Xbox One console. Microsoft expects these special bundles will sell out quickly. Pre-order this bundle from the following links. Pre-order Xbox One Titanfall Edition- Amazon Pre-order Xbox One Titanfall Edition – Microsoft Store You can learn more about this special offer here. ...

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Microsoft today made the announcement about the rebranding of SkyDrive to OneDrive and also announced updated Android apps, new storage plans, etc. Apart from Windows, iOS and Android, OneDrive is also available on Xbox One. You can save your recorded game videos to OneDrive directly and share it with your community. Or you can sit back and relax your OneDrive photos albums and videos as slideshows. Xbox One team also announced that you can now earn Xbox Live Achievements for using OneDrive on Xbox One. Here’s a few of the achievements you can earn: Week one winner – Open OneDrive on Xbox One in the first week Week one wizard – Play 20 photos in a slideshow from your camera roll in the first week Hope those aren’t all selfies… – View 10 photos from your camera roll Long exposure – View 100,000 photos On a roll – Watch five ...

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Last week we reported that Amazon Canada’s listing has revealed that Microsoft is planning to release Xbox One Media Remote accessory in March. It will cost around $25USD and will ship on March 4th. Xbox One Media Remote looks simple with minimal design with essential control buttons. You also have a button to switch between apps in Xbox One with Xbox One logo on its top. Today, The Verge reported that Microsoft will officially announce the remote this week(Feb 20th). We understand the Media Remote will allow Xbox One users to navigate, launch, and control media apps, and it will also work as an infrared remote to control TV or AV receiver volume. The remote also has a button to launch the OneGuide TV feature, but we’re told the channel up and down buttons will only work in the US within the TV app, largely because this feature has not yet rolled out ...

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Microsoft last week announced that they have started the roll-out of February system update for Xbox One customers. As you already know, this update includes several new improvements such as the ability to see and manage your storage space, ability to use your USB keyboard,  and more. Some Xbox One users are reporting on both the Xbox One support forums and Reddit’s Xbox thread that they are facing weird black screen issues. Their screens now go black when they press the Xbox Button on their controllers even though the audio remains alive. This is not like Red Ring of Death, you can bring up your Xbox One by unplugging and replugging your consoles or by doing reset(holding down the power button to reset the machine). Microsoft’s Xbox support confirmed the issue and said that it is aware of the problem and suggested the rebooting of console as the temporary fix. Hopefully, Microsoft ...

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Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale has started today. If you are looking to buy some games for this cold winter season, now is the right time. For the next 7 days, Microsoft will be offering deep discounts on Xbox 360 games including Halo: Reach, Fable III and more. For the next seven days, we’ll be slashing prices on some of Xbox 360′s best titles, and these are in addition to this week’s normal games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store (which will be revealed tomorrow morning). The titles in the above image are on sale now through tomorrow only (18 February 2014). As part of the Ultimate Games Sale, the following special offers will be available at the discount listed below until 25 February 2014. Source: Major Nelson ...

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Microsoft last week announced that they have started the roll-out of February system update for Xbox One customers. As you already know, this update includes several new improvements such as the ability to see and manage your storage space, ability to use your USB keyboard,  and more. One more unreported improvement is that the strong sharpening filter issue reported by many in Xbox One is not fixed. For games that didn’t run natively at a 1080p resolution, and were upscaled to that full HD experience, a strong sharpening filter was applied that caused aliasing and jagged edges. Since it is fixed now, unscaled games should look better. Drew McCoy of Respawn Entertainment also confirmed that, “This should also make the scaler much better”. Find more screenshots from the link below. via: NeoGAF ...

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The most anticipated FPS of this year Titanfall on Xbox One is just a month away from its release. Few days back, EA/Respawn took Titanfall beta registration live allowing users to sign up for themselves. If you have a received a beta code key, you can enter the beta. Today, Titanfall team tweeted that the beta is now open for download for everyone on Xbox One. Pre-Order Titanfall Now, Coming March 11, 2014 Watch Behind-the-scenes Look At The Titanfall Beta, Including Exclusive Gameplay(Video) Microsoft Announces Xbox One Titanfall Limited Edition Wireless Controller, Pre-order Now 12 Xbox Games Among VGX 2013 Award Winners, “Titanfall” Wins The Most Anticipated Game Title ...

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At E3 last year, Microsoft showed us a teaser for the upcoming Halo game for Xbox One. The teaser even revealed that the game will be coming in 2014. In an interview to Gamezone, Steve Downes, the voice actor for Halo’s main character Master Chief said that he don’t expect to see Halo 5 until 2015. I think you may be ahead of yourself on Halo 5 … I wouldn’t expect anything until 2015. What you can look forward to this year is an anniversary edition of Halo 2. IGN reached out to Steve Downes after this statement, he said to IGN that he didn’t actually intend to imply that he has knowledge of Halo 2 Anniversary. “What I said was: ‘I think you’re ahead of yourself on H5. I have read some things on line that you can look forward to a H2 anniversary edition maybe this year, but I ...

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NPD research firm released their data on gaming industry sales yesterday. Microsoft has got both good and bad news from these numbers. Good news is that, January NPD Group figures revealed Xbox(Xbox One+Xbox 360) sold the most games across all console platforms in January with 2.27 million units sold, making up 47 percent of software market share. During the month of January, Xbox* held five of the top 10 spots on the console game title list in the U.S.: “Battlefield 4,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts” (Xbox 360 and Xbox One), “Grand Theft Auto V” and “Minecraft.” Gamers love Xbox and our community has never been more vibrant on the industry-leading Xbox Live service. Since launch, over 2.6 billion global Gamerscore has been achieved, 165 million global achievements have been unlocked and 130 million global Game DVR clips have been uploaded. On the negative side, Sony’s PS4 outsold Xbox One by ...

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