Customers were able to walk into Argos shops and buy the device days ahead of its official release.
A senior Microsoft executive has confirmed that its Surface tablet will soon be available in multiple aspect ratios and sizes.
Don Mattrick has resigned his position as Head of Entertainment and Devices as Microsoft and taken up a position at Zynga
Microsoft has announced that it is kicking off three bounty programs this month to encourage hackers to find bugs and exploitations. Each bounty program has its own cash reward, with the highest one being $ 100,000, and the lowest being $ 11,000. All three bounty programs start on June 26, and with two of them having an
Fresh revelations about the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program continue to emerge, with Microsoft admitting it pre-notifies the government about potential bugs and backdoors in software before they’re patched, while lawmakers confirmed the security agency does not need a court order to sift through call data culled from Verizon and other carriers. Seemingly confirming the suggestions
Microsoft Research Cambridge’s Steve Hodges and his group of colleagues over at the Sensors and Devices group have been spending their time working on novel sensing technologies in addition to new devices which would make life easier for ordinary folk to interact with computer systems and digital content. Hmmm, this does seem to sound suspiciously like a new foray into the world of touchscreens, or has someone reinvented the reliable keyboard and mouse combination? Apparently not, as they are currently working on something that they have dubbed, “An Interactive Belt-worn Badge with a Retractable String-based Input Mechanism”, which was presented at the Association for Computing Machinery’s 2013 SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
Hodges said, “We interact with digital content more and more—such as electronic diaries, emails, traffic status, and weather info. But even if you have your mobile phone in your pocket, it can be a pain to interact with this content in many cases. The badge is always on hand and lets you navigate to the content you want simply by moving it to the right place relative to your body, using your spatial muscle memory. It’s much easier for quick ‘snacking’ on small amounts of digital content.”
What you see above is the lightweight, interactive badge prototype in the flesh, and as you can notice, it would come with an embedded LCD display which will show off dynamic information to the wearer, instead of the usual work badge ID that always carries your worse mugshot ever, in addition to other nitty gritty such as your work position and department among other details. This one is very different, as it boasts of sensing-based input capabilities that have been integrated within the badge’s retractable string, paving the way for single-hand interaction. Of course, plenty of work still needs to be done, especially when it comes to the design and form factor, but I am quite sure that these are challenges that the team would relish, and we hope to see a commercial solution sooner rather than later.
Microsoft is giving UK gamers another chance to take advantage of some free Xbox Live Gold this weekend. The company just recently offered the same deal to those in the US and other regions in the world, except for the UK and Europe. They had a free weekend last month, and are now getting the opportunity to go at it once again.
If you have an Xbox 360, but have never taken advantage of Xbox Live Gold, this would be a great time to check it out for yourself and see what all the fuss is about. You’ll save yourself $ 60/year for the membership, but if you decide after this weekend that you want to hop in full time, you can actually pick up Gold memberships for as low as $ 35 in some cases.
Xbox Live Gold allows you to play against your friends, as well as access different services like Netflix, Spotify, MLB.TV, and a handful of other apps in the dashboard. Granted, you’ll still have to pay for each service individually, but it’s a small price to pay if you want to use your gaming console as a home theater solution as well.
The free weekend promotion starts at noon UK time on Friday, May 3, and ends at midnight on that Sunday night/Monday morning. Typically, Microsoft has ended their free weekends well into the day on Monday, so having the free weekend end at Midnight on Sunday night seems a little odd. Nonetheless, that should give you plenty of time to clear your calendar and get to gaming.
Microsoft offering free Xbox Live Gold this weekend in the UK is written by Craig Lloyd & originally posted on SlashGear.
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