Showing posts with label Microsoft. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Microsoft. Show all posts

Google wants to use Chrome to suck you into virtual reality

Google wants to use Chrome to suck you into virtual reality

 Google says it's now time to marry two computing realms: the web and virtual reality.


Its latest version of the Chrome browser includes a technology called WebVR, which lets programmers create websites that present the computer-generated 3D worlds of virtual reality. If you're into VR, you might appreciate the promise WebVR holds for expanding what you can do with a device like a Google Daydream View or a Facebook Oculus Rift VR headset.

That's because, in principle at least, WebVR makes it easier for developers to create a single VR experience that'll work across many VR headsets instead of having to create a separate version for each device. It's an extension of how a single website can span your laptop, Android phone or iPad tablet.


Here is what Microsoft gave the teenager has been arrested for the levying of a homemade clock to school

what Microsoft gave the teenager has been arrested for the levying of a homemade clock to school
what Microsoft gave the teenager has been arrested for the levying of a homemade clock to school

it is quite a week for Ahmed Mohamed.

The 14-year-old was arrested this last Monday in his Irving, Texas high school to bring a homemade clock in the class to show his teachers at MacArthur High School. Then he was questioned by police and held in custody for building, what the police as a "hoax bomb."

Mohamed was finally released after the police do not complain. However, this was certainly not the end is how the story went viral on the Internet. Many supported Dr Mahathir's comments inventive curiosity - although some asked, such as "imaginative" clock was - and President Obama even invited the teen to visit to the White House. Mohamed was celebrated as a hero, with other tech leaders like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Box CEO Aaron Levie invited him to a visit to the Silicon Valley offices.

Now, Microsoft shows Mohamed some love. Here is a Tweet from inter alia Salem, Executive Director of the Dallas council on American-Islamic relations, joined, Mohamed during the TV-interviews in the past week.

A flat per 3, a Microsoft volume, a 3D-printer, office 365 subscription, and much more. Not bad, Ahmed.

source: geekwire.com

Windows 10 is already installed on 75 million PCs after only four weeks ago

Windows 10

Microsoft released Windows 10 four weeks ago, and now the company is offering a new update of its update. 14 Million machines has been upgraded to Windows 10 within 24 hours of the version of the operating system the last month, and that figure has now risen to more than $75 million in just four weeks. Microsoft has been the deployment of Windows 10 in the form of waves, such as a free upgrade to Windows 8 and Windows 7 users. Although it is difficult to compare the exact figures between Windows 10 and Windows 8, Microsoft "sold" 40 million licenses of Windows 8 a month after its debut. Microsoft took six months to reach 100 million licenses of Windows 8, and it is evident that the free Windows 10 it is clearly superior to adoption rates.





"An encouraging start for Windows 10"

Microsoft Windows marketing chief Yusuf Mehdi revealed today, along with some more interesting statistics about Windows 10. More than 90,000 exclusive equipment or tablet models have been upgraded to Windows 10 in 192 countries. That almost all the countries of the planet. The owners have a Xbox Live streaming almost 122 years of game for Windows 10 computers. More importantly, Mehdi has revealed that the Store Windows for Windows 10 has seen six times more downloads per device of Windows 8. This is a good beginning for Microsoft applications universal goal.



While Microsoft has been the deployment of Windows 10 in waves, there are ways to avoid the wait. In fact, there are even methods of clean installation of Windows 10, if you want to remove the cruft from the previous version of Windows update and delete. If you have not yet upgraded to Windows 10, you can read our review here to get a closer look at the last Microsoft operating system.

source: theverge.com

Torque, Microsoft alternative to "OK Google," now works on Android smartphones

Torque, Microsoft now works on Android smartphones

Microsoft this morning launched an app for Android smartphone users called Torque which allows you to shake your phone to search by voice, similar to Google "OK Google." 


The difference is that instead of waking up the application with a standard keyword command is shaking motion instead does the trick. Also like Google, Torque issue an "immediate response" including things like details on local flights, stock prices, sports scores, weather, nearby restaurants and more.

Torque, Microsoft alternative to "OK Google," now works on Android smartwatches

Torque itself was actually released in October, but now only supported on certain smartwatches Android. The application is then activated with a flick of the wrist. However, smartwatches remain a niche market, so it makes sense for Microsoft to expand its support for smart phones as well. (The original application has been discharge 10,000 times, to give you an idea.)

Version 2.0, now Google Play, also includes some more immediate responses, including flight status reports and information about local events. These responses and other results are driven by the search for Bing.

The first testers reported some bugs with the first version of the appropriate application to answer your wrist movements, or the detection of voice, but overall the application has a decent rating 3.9 (of 5) stars in Android application the after market some 240+ reviews.

Microsoft is actively developing Android applications outside software products your company logo as Microsoft Office, Xbox, OneDrive or Outlook, for example, may be news to some. But Torque is representative of latest Microsoft thought that sees the company of trying to work with the broader mobile ecosystem.

The application of torque was developed by Microsoft Garage, a group of exploration, experimentation and release of consumer applications cross-platform. The organization, which emerged from Office Labs in 2009, is about connecting Microsoft engineers and engineering projects with clients to see how their technologies are received.

"From the point of view of the customer, which is a very good way to get to the first access to emerging technologies. And from the point of view of Microsoft, is really a great way to get real feedback from real customers about how people used things, "said Jeff Ramos, Manager at The Garage in a blog from October.

Applying original pair was built in three months time as a side project created by Xuedong Huang, Jiaping Wang, Wu Xiong Lingfeng and Wayne Microsoft garage who worked with researchers from Microsoft in the twisting motion to activate. Huang has worked with speech technologies for some time, having founded research efforts and development of Microsoft speech recognition in the 1990s.

In addition to torque, the team has launched a number of other applications, including Mouse Without Borders (allows you to control 4 computers with a single mouse and keyboard); Alarm bus (alerts that indicate when the bus arrives); Journeys and Notes (an application for registration of social trip for Android); Next Screen Lock (lock screen Android offering rapid application releases and other notices); Voice Commander (an Xbox controlled by voice), and many, many others. If applications do not work, the team spends Garage, building on top of what they learn as they go.

With something as critical as mobile / voice search, however, one would imagine Torque is the type of project Microsoft wants to do well.

How to install Windows 10 Technical Preview Now

How to install Windows 10 Technical Preview Now


Prior to installation


There are a couple of caveats to keep in mind before doing anything:

  • Backup your data first! Not that you had no excuse not anyway, but make sure to back up your data before upgrading if you have something that can not be recovered. Or even if it does not. Just do a backup.
  • You will not be able to use the recovery partition to downgrade. If you have a recovery partition on the system, which will no longer be able to restore your computer to the Windows version you had before.
  • Recovery will support external Rollback. As is expected, since it has a recovery partition, you need a floppy or USB with Windows 8 (or more) on it to go back to how things were, if you do not like or can not use Windows 10.

Microsoft As mentioned several times, this is a pre-release software and is expected to be very buggy and crash-prone probably. It is not recommended that you install this on your computer at work or anything that needs daily use. We will show you how to install it on a spare PC, or if you do not have one-on VirtualBox.

What you'll need


How to install Windows 10 Technical Preview


This time, Microsoft has created the Windows Insider Program to allow users to test the new itching. You will need to agree on a special status and conditions, which most probably is "do not blame us if it breaks things" in addition to the usual jargon. Besides downloading the update, the Insider Program will be how you provide feedback and get help from the community.

Once you're enrolled in the program, this is what you need:

  • A DVD or USB is large enough to contain a 4GB ISO file.
  • One of the ISO files of Windows 10
  • A spare computer to install it (Microsoft does not recommend using their daily driver), or VirtualBox installed on your main machine.

As soon as you are enrolled in the Insider Program, you will be directed to download one of several ISO files. Currently, there are four supported languages ​​(English, UK English, Simplified Chinese, Portuguese and Brazil), while configurations 32 and 64 bits. Grab the version that suits your needs and let the download do its job. Although you may want to grab a snack, as discharges ranging from 3-4GB depending.

Option One: Install the Technical Preview of Windows on your PC


 install Windows 10 Technical Preview Now


Once you have everything you need, follow these steps:

  1. Copy the ISO to a disk or USB drive. You can use a tool like ImgBurn to decompress the content,  even if you are installing on a device that is already running Windows, the operating system must be  able to mount the ISO itself.
  2. Insert the disc or USB drive into the computer you want to install Windows 10.
  3. If you have a previous copy of Windows installed on that machine, start it up and double-click  setup.exe from the installation disc. If you can not boot the PC from the installation disk to start the  installation.
  4. Follow the wizard to install Windows on your machine.

Microsoft wizard will guide you through the rest of the installation process. If you want to do a clean  install, be sure to choose "Hold Nothing" in the wizard.

Option Two: Install Windows Technical Preview in VirtualBox


How to install Windows 10 Technical Preview Now2


If you do not have a spare machine to test the prior art, it is recommended to install it on VirtualBox. That way, you can try it, see what's new, and play without overwriting your main system.
  1. Download and install the latest version of VirtualBox, and star t up.
  2. Click the "New" button in the main window to create a new virtual machine.
  3. Give your operating system a name (like "Windows 10 Technical Preview") and choose from the list windows 8.1 (from VirtualBox does not have a choice of Windows 10 yet).
  4. Follow the wizard to configure your VirtualBox virtual machine. You can read more about configuring VirtualBox here, but the default settings should be fine.
  5. When finished, you should see your new machine on the left sidebar. Click on it and click the Settings button at the top of the VirtualBox window.
  6. Head of Storage in the left sidebar, and next to "IDE Controller", click the Add button CD.
  7. Select "Select Disk" and browse to your downloaded Windows 10 ISO.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Press Start to start the new virtual machine and go through the process of installing Windows.

Remember this is a pre-release software, so install at your own risk! If you are not interested in risking your machine, we will be poring over the new operating system to let you know what other interesting things about Windows 10 has in store for the next two days. Good luck!

Games Free Games gold October for Xbox One and 360 Include Battlefield, Darksiders

Three new games in total will be free for Xbox Live Gold members next month.





Microsoft today announced the free games that will receive the Xbox Live Gold members in October Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Xbox One owners will be getting only a new free game next month. Chariot, a co-op action-platform independent developer Frima Studios of, will be free when it launches on Xbox One. (Also coming to PlayStation 4, Wii U and PC.) It will take the place of the Super Time Force, which means you must be sure to add that game to the library before the end of the month.

No other game announced a free Xbox sounds like a Crimson Dragon Games remain with Gold title for the third consecutive month.

On Xbox 360, two of quality - if a little more - free games will be made in October. Starting October 1, you can pick up Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the substitution of Halo: Reach (which is still free at the moment). Taking place in Bad Company on October 16 will Darksiders II, which gives you the opportunity to see what $ 50 million toward decisions.
 


Xbox One: 

  • Chariot 
  • Crimson Dragon

Xbox 360:

  •  Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  •  Darksiders II

IPhone users, here's how to get free 30GB Of Storage OneDrive Microsoft

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has finally been released, 

but while the sell can greatly increase the bank balance Apple's market share and ecosystems, there are some benefits to be had by those rivals with the Cupertino company. Given Apple's plans to deploy fully iCloud Drive with OS X 10.10 Yosemite in the near future, the battle of the services cloud storage has well and truly begun, and as new iPhone owners expect major release of iCloud Drive, fierce rival Microsoft has smelled an opportunity to point consumers in the direction of OneDrive. As the manufacturer of Xbox described as a "limited time offer" - iPhone users can enjoy 30 GB of free storage, with 15 GB of 15 GB basis allied to - ending before official launch iCloud Drive in October "bonus camera roll."

To keep things fair very well, however, the agreement is not only specific to the iPhone. Sure, great weekend with the launch event of this being Apple, the time of supply of raw storage and delivery of the blog suggests this is largely a ploy to attract those who only have picked up a shiny new iPhone. But as noted in the blog officially OneDrive, the agreement "applies to anyone who already uses roll OneDrive camera in Windows Phone, Android and Windows", which means that this is a party that everyone is invited.

IPhone users, here's how to get free 30GB Of Storage OneDrive Microsoft

If you are an iPhone user and would like to take the mammoth 30GB of free storage - more generous than anything you're ever likely to be offered by Apple at no charge - then start is quite simple. By signing up for OneDrive, activate the automatic charging of the camera up by the end of the month, and you'll be receiving that bonus roll camera 15GB. It is not a little bad for after a process of very basic registration, premium and even if you are still unsure about using OneDrive in the long run, it pays to ensure your extra space in case you decide to switch loyalties the future.

IPhone users, how to get free 30GB Of Storage OneDrive Microsoft

As mentioned, the 30 GB can be activated on any platform, so grab your camera roll bonus and enjoy one of considerable size, and more importantly the amount of free storage through Microsoft OneDrive.

Working for Microsoft Xbox games flow right to your browser

Microsoft is developing technology that transmits Xbox games on PC browsers.

if a new report by veteran journalist Brad Sams Microsoft Neowin is correct. One Both Xbox and Xbox 360 games are supposed to work with the service, which can be accessed through Internet Explorer or Chrome.


Microsoft Xbox games
 

Last year, Microsoft has it used the effervescent power of the cloud to show Halo 4 is running on a Windows Phone, among other devices. This browser-based solution is apparently the continuation of this research, as well as use for a huge infrastructure of Microsoft Azure cloud.

According to Sams, "Xbox 360 offered the full experience, including the dashboard runs in the browser too ... The product, as it is right now, has the Xbox brand and works outside the walls of Microsoft . "

Another source said Sams experience will provide 60 frames per second, which is more than I can say for most Xbox 360 and Xbox One games.


Xbox 360 and Xbox One games.
 
The fact that Microsoft is entering the streaming space is not a big surprise. OnLive has broadcast games on multiple platforms for years, Steam now allows home streaming PC games, Nvidia Shield streams PC games, and Sony is making its big push with PlayStation now. Just last month Microsoft Research published details of DeLorean, its initiative to reduce the backlog of web-based games.

This is where I'm confused though: PlayStation Now is the direct equivalent of this Microsoft service, and runs exclusively on PlayStation devices. Why will Microsoft Xbox and Xbox 360 games one and make them available on all computers? I have no idea, and this is the piece of rumor that gives me pause. The Xbox one is not selling incredibly well, but neither is selling so poorly that streaming system based on PC makes a lot of sense.

Unless, that is, the technology allows you to transmit only the dashboard and games directly from your own Xbox, similar to the form of vapor streaming at home working with computers. In that case, Xbox streaming to Windows devices could help shore up struggling sales of Windows tablets and give the Xbox an advantage on the PlayStation 4, the Remote Play functions are limited to a handful of mobile devices from Sony.

Of course, this project (if any) is safe within the laboratory-which means Microsoft Research is a possibility that we never see, or come, but in a totally different way. In any case, we keep you informed if we find more.

Microsoft In Talks To Buy Shoutcast And Winamp From AOL

Winamp
Winamp
Looks like the llama may not get off so easily after all. AOL yesterday announced that it was shutting down Winamp, media playing software for Windows and Android devices that it picked up through its 1999, $80 million acquisition of Nullsoft in 1999. But today Techcrunch has learned that AOL is talks with Microsoft to sell Winamp, along with Shoutcast, a media streaming service also developed by Nullsoft. We have also learned that AOL has been planning to announce the closure of Shoutcast next week.

AOL has declined to comment for this story, and we are still waiting to hear back from Microsoft with a response. From what we understand, the deal is not yet finalized, with AOL and Microsoft still working out the price. It could also be very wishful thinking from those intent on trying to save both services.

AOL did not give any guidance yesterday on what would happen with Shoutcast.

If this is correct, it would represent an interesting, and strange, twist in the story.

On the AOL side, it’s fairly clear why AOL is closing down Winamp and Shoutcast, and it makes sense why it would want to sell both
.
As an owner, AOL has never given much of a strong direction to the products, at a time when other digital music companies have been building up audiences and evolving technologies (although, as we pointed out earlier this week when writing about Rdio layoffs, the digital music business is tough). It has already shuttered and sold off other music assets as part of a bigger strategic shift to focus resources as a web publisher (it owns TechCrunch, Engadget, Huffington Post and a number of other bloggy properties), and as a rich-media advertising network operator across those and third-party sites, with an increasing focus on ad-tech to improve how those ads are delivered and measured.

Yes, music properties could very much fit into that mix, but not without a lot of financial and strategic investment in them.

On the Microsoft side, the Windows giant has had its own setbacks in music (RIP Zune). But it has more recently thrown a lot of eggs into the Xbox Music basket, which works on the Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8,iOS and Android devices, offering free, ad-supported streaming, subscriptions, and downloaded music.

Where would Winamp or Shoutcast fit into that mix? While I’m still trying to figure out what Microsoft would do with Winamp, Shoutcast has a platform that acts as a portal to over 50,000 radio stations. This could be one area that Microsoft might want to add to the Xbox Music
 platform, and which it currently lacks, to complement its Pandora-style personal radio feature.

Source: techcrunch.com

Google, Microsoft modify web searches to exclude a lot of porno results


Google, Microsoft modify web searches to exclude a lot of porno results


Google and Microsoft have declared plans to censor search results that might direct users to porno, responding to pressure from British authorities.

Users exploitation a 100,000 search terms and phrases can not receive content associated with the regulatory offense of youngsters on the companies’ English-language search engines, Google and Microsoft same.

Google and Microsoft also will provide bootleg footage distinctive identifiers so those pictures may be mechanically deleted whenever they seem, the businesses same. YouTube engineers ar performing on an identical identification method for videos, per Google, that owns the video service.

In a column printed within the Daily Mail newspaper Sunday, Google government Chairman Eric solon same that some search terms associated with porno can still come results, however British users can see a warning at the highest of the search results page. The warning can note that the search came probably bootleg results and direct the user to charities dedicated to fighting porno.

The efforts come back when a serious push from British politicians to impose stricter limits on web porn. British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative-led government pushed for a quelling on web porn when the rape and deaths of 2 young women at the hands of men believed to be obsessed with porno.

This fall, Cameron had known as on search-engine operators like Google and Microsoft to create it tougher to search out porno on the web.


Schmidt directly tied the new policies to Cameron’s remarks. “We've listened, and among the last 3 months place over two hundred folks to figure developing new, progressive technology to tackle the cause,” he said.

Schmidt same the changes are going to be enforced in additional than a hundred and fifty languages, though he failed to say once that will happen.

Microsoft failed to discuss whether or not it'd expand its effort.

According to a report from the BBC, Cameron same that he welcomes the action by Google and Microsoft however that the businesses should move quickly, or he can bring legislation on the matter.

There is some doubt that removing this content from broader search engines can get to the center of the matter. per Brits kid Exploitation and on-line Protection Center, searches through business search engines account for a “very small” share of creative activity transactions.

As a part of the government’s push against web porn of any kind, British web service suppliers ar compelled to put in family-friendly filters automaically on web service, and British customers should additionally tell their suppliers whether or not or not they require access to any on-line porn. The push has junction rectifier to some dialogue over whether or not the measures ar leading the country into a area on the correct balance between on-line censorship and free speech. there's very little argument that bootleg content, significantly porno, ought to be blocked from the net. The question is however narrowly corporations ar ready to focus their efforts.

Jillian dynasty, director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, same that Microsoft encompasses a smart record for removing bootleg content from its computer program. however once those efforts ar extended to different languages, she said, the firm has finished up obstruction over it supposed. A censorship block on the word “breast” in its Arabic search, as an example, prevented anyone from obtaining data on carcinoma.

“It’s a matter of obtaining the implementation right so there’s no casualty,” she said.