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2 years ago

Microsoft employees are crazy for electric vehicles; pilot program for charging stations on the Redmond campus expands

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Microsoft is not a company new to environmental friendliness; if anything, their “Microsoft Green Blog” proves the point every week with the latest information on how the company is trying to improve environmental sustainability. This week, the Redmond boys announced how their Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment pilot program has expanded around the campus.

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2 years ago

Check out the life of a Program Manager at Microsoft in new video that highlights Windows Phone

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Microsoft recently published a video on their “WorkingAtMicrosoft” YouTube channel depicting the fun and excitement of being a Program Manager at Microsoft.

The minute and a half long video introduces us to three current Program managers: Terri Chudzik (Lead Program Manager), Klorida Miraj (Senior Program Manager) and Bayo Olatunji (Program Manager), a few of whom work on Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Tip: Grab your next Xbox 360 adventure at the Microsoft's Store massive sale

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Despite Microsoft announcing plans to continue supporting their Xbox 360 platform for a long time into the future, the company’s online web store has begun massive sales on their Xbox 360 games. The site lists a large collection of games for as cheap as $10. Check out our neatly sorted list below to get an overview of the site’s massive sale.

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 925 gets strapped to a copter in short film; major HDR Photo Camera update inbound

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HDR Photo Camera is considered by many, including us, to be the go-to app for snapping high-dynamic range (HDR) photos. HDR photos are comprised of 3 or more images, each varying on exposure times, merged together to create a visually striking image. It’s quite the trend in photography these days and when done right, it looks great (when done poorly, it’s tacky).

Today, we have two bits of information to bring you, including the forthcoming version 3.5 of HDR Photo Camera, which should be on the Store in the next few hours. That update will bring many new requested features to really fill out the popular app.

The other is a project that involves strapping a Nokia Lumia 925 to a hexacopter for some amazing imagery captured, demonstrating the prowess of the 925’s PureView camera.

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2 years ago

Microsoft makes company statistics interesting with the new "By The Numbers" website

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Microsoft has launched a brand new website to show off some figures about the company. If you've ever felt like knowing exactly how many minutes are accumulated through Skype calls (hint: 2 billion), this new resource is the perfect way of finding out, as well as figures and details for other Microsoft products and services. It's essentially a portfolio highlighting the company's success, but what about the losses and products that haven't taken off?

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2 years ago

How I learned to stop worrying and love the cloud - Talk Mobile

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The cloud. It has become just about synonymous with internet data storage, and for good reason. No longer does uploading your data to a server mean that you're uploading to a specific server. Now your data is stored on a network of servers, and can be accessed from practically any web-connected device, be it through dedicated apps for smartphones and tablets, automatic drag-and-drop syncing conduits for desktops, and browser-based interfaces.

Chances are, something you do involves the cloud. You might not even realize it. Is that a good thing? Is the cloud something we should embrace, or fear? Just what all is the cloud good for? Is it just for email and contacts and calendar, or are we talking about music, photos, documents, and more?

Can you back up to the cloud? Should you back up to the cloud? Just what is the cloud, anyway?

2 years ago

Hands on with FBX Review for Windows 8 at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco

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You might know Autodesk for their 3D design tools like AutoCAD and Maya, or their game design middleware like Autodesk Scaleform. They also make a couple of Windows 8 apps for consumers: Sketchbook Express and FBX Review, which we discussed when it released back in July.

During my recent trip to San Francisco for Casual Connect, I stopped by the Autodesk Gallery for a quick visit. From a quiet corner of the Gallery, Wes Adams, Autodesk’s Games Industry and Product Marketing guy walked me through some of the cool things FBX Review can do. Head past the break for our hands on video, plus a photo tour of the Autodesk Gallery.

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2 years ago

Pinterest is asking about your interest in official Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps

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You may not believe it but in the U.S., Pinterest is the third most popular social network behind Facebook and Twitter. Worldwide it has an estimated 70 million users (70% of which are female). That makes it a big player in the social network universe and one that should not be ignored. Because of those numbers, it’s worth pointing out that there is no official Windows Phone or Windows 8 apps for the fast-growing service.

That’s a bit of a bummer though Windows Phone users do have some solid Pinterest third-party apps like Pinsation that do an admirable job of filling in the gap. But an official app that doesn’t go against the company’s APIs is something that the Windows Phone platform needs in order to push forward—the same with Windows 8.

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2 years ago

Stunning Amazing Weather HD updated with more Live Tile and localisation goodness

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Amazing Weather HD is one of those lockscreen apps that are a must-download for many Windows Phone owners. As the name suggests, you're looking at high-definition images, not only on the lockscreen integration, but also throughout the app. It truly is a gorgeous UI. The app has recently received an update that introduces a few new features and changes.

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2 years ago

Vector 5: Tim Stevens and intelligent connected electric cars

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Vector is Mobile Nation's newest show. It takes the most important topics in technology today, focuses on them from interesting angles, and then discusses the hell out of them. On this episode, Tim Stevens, star of auto and gadget blogs, joins Rene to talk about the computerization of cars, including launch controls, self-driving vehicles, Microsoft Sync, BlackBerry QNX, and iOS in the Car, and the explosive potential of hacking engines.

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2 years ago

PuTTY Windows Phone port currently in development, bringing the SSH client to the small screen

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PuTTY (www.greenend.org.uk) is a popular telnet/SSH client for Windows, enabling those with remote access to servers and devices to connect and perform an array of tasks through the terminal or command line interface. A developer has taken to Reddit to announce that he's currently at work on porting the PuTTY Windows client to Windows Phone.

While numerous apps are already available for Windows Phone that support SSH, it'll be good to see such a popular Windows client be brought across to the mobile world. No ETA has been provided, but a screenshot has been teased and we're stoked to finally be able to use PuTTY while on the move.

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2 years ago

Samurai vs. Zombies Defense for Windows 8, slicing and dicing the undead

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Samurai vs. Zombies Defense is a action packed tower defense styled game for your Windows 8 computer or tablet. You play the role of the heroic Samurai that must defend his village against brain hungry hordes of zombies.

Samurai vs. Zombies Defense has power-ups, upgrades, and a mini-game to keep things from getting stale. Add attractive graphics and challenging game play and Samurai vs. Zombies Defense is a welcome addition to our Windows 8 Xbox gaming library.

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2 years ago

Nokia's affordable Lumia 520 range storms the Amazon Best Sellers chart

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Nokia launched its most affordable Windows Phone this year, the Lumia 520. T-Mobile, being a US mobile operator, had to have its own version of this handset for its customer base, so you then had the Lumia 521 released. Both of these Windows Phones are currently topping the charts over on Amazon US, when looking at best selling no-contract mobile devices.

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2 years ago

Netflix for Xbox 360 receives update; sports new design and separate user profiles

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2 years ago

Xbox transitioning to local currency - will continue to accept Point gift cards at "equal to or greater" marketplace value

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We’ve known it for a long time already, but today Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer for Xbox, Marc Whitten, officially announced that local currencies would be brought to Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to replace the soon to be defunct point system. The change was stated as being made as "a direct result of customer feedback."

The change allows customers to purchase content without the need to calculate how much an item actually costs in its default point listing. Microsoft states that you will still be able to purchase content from the Xbox store using current forms of payment presently available in your region. In addition, the new Xbox gift cards will be available for purchase online and through local retailers in late 2013.

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