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Nokia Releases Z Launcher App For Android Devices

The original Nokia company today surprised everyone by releasing a launcher called Z Launcher for Android devices. This app comes from the Advanced Technologies Group of Nokia which Microsoft didn’t acquire. They are trying to make a more intelligent and personal mobile experience that’s better suited for real life. Throughout the day, Z Launcher will learning how you use your phone and promoting your favorite apps so you can get to them faster. Whether you’re texting a certain someone, trying not to search for apps in the car, or multi-tasking at the office, your screen changes based on your everyday life. The more you use it, the better it gets. The fastest way to find any app on your phone in one second is by scribbling in the first letter – right on the home screen. It’s easy. Download it for your Android device at https://www.zlauncher.com/.    

Report: Windows 9 Development Is On Track To Get Released In Q2 2015

Last month, a new rumor emerged online that revealed some information about the Microsoft’s future product roadmap. The information was believed to be from a Microsoft employee who worked on these projects. It revealed that the next major version of Windows called Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9 will be released in preview during Q2-Q3 time frame in 2015. Windows 9 is likely to contain a revamped Metro interface. The new start menu and windowed Metro apps will also be included in this update. Today, Neowin reported few information about Windows 9, Windows 8.1 update 2 and Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1. Windows 8.2 or Windows 8.1 Update 2 – is getting close to release. Might get RTMd in July followed by general release in August/September. Windows 9 – Development is on track with the expected release date in Q2-Q3 2015. Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 is being dogfooded inside Microsoft and it is in later stage of internal testing. Release is expected later this year. Read more from the source link below….

You Can Get Surface Pro 3 At Microsoft Stores And BestBuy Stores From Tomorrow

Microsoft last week announced the details for in-store events and experiences in the more than 90 Microsoft retail stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, to celebrate the launch of Surface Pro 3. Microsoft Stores already has Surface Pro 3 devices for demo, so visit the nearest store to experience the device. Also, Microsoft Stores will have all the Surface Pro 3 accessories and Microsoft Store exclusive red type cover. If you didn’t pre-order device before, you can still visit Microsoft Stores and BestBuy stores to get Surface Pro 3 on the launch event. The customer response to Surface Pro 3 during the pre-order period has been great to see. New pre-orders of the 128GB Intel® Core™ i5 SKU of Surface Pro 3 through MicrosoftStore.com will ship to customers in the U.S. and Canada by June 30. Customers who already pre-ordered this SKU and received an email notification of a June 20 ship date will still receive their orders on June 20. Additionally, customers can still purchase Surface Pro…

Broader Availability Of Ultrathin 2-in-1 Windows Devices Based On Upcoming Intel Core M CPU Delayed To 2015

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 chip are expected to be fanless and deliver both a lightning-fast tablet and a razor-thin laptop. If you had any…

Microsoft’s Phil Spencer Says They Are Going To Sell Millions Of More Xbox 360s And New Line-up Of Games Coming For It

In an interview to Metro UK, Xbox chief at Microsoft Phil Spencer spoke about lots of topics including the future of first party titles for Xbox One, Sony and Nintendo’s E3 presentation, future of Kinect and more. For a question about exclsuive games getting released for Xbox 360 despite the release of Xbox One, Phil replied that they will continue to sell millions of Xbox 360s before the generation is done. And they are planning a healthy line-up of games for Xbox 360 users along with Xbox One. Read the excerpt below. GC: I just worry that’s not enough for sustained growth and to ensure interesting, exciting games. And perhaps most importantly games that are specifically designed with the next gen in mind. Because you’ve also got a number of last gen-only sequels still being made, like Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and even you’re still making cross-generation games with Forza Horizon 2. I don’t understand that at all. Shouldn’t you be doing everything possible to encourage people to buy an Xbox…

Official Smithsonian Magazine App Now Available For Download From Windows Store

Smithsonian magazine app is now available for download from Windows Store. With this app, you can enjoy an Windows compatible issue of Smithsonian magazine on your Windows devices – includes every story, department, photo and more. You need a subscription to enjoy all the magazines. However, there is a free sample of Smithsonian magazine included in this app. Smithsonian Magazine brings history, science, nature, culture and travel to you: Explore history and archaeology from the Sphinx to Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Catch up on the latest science from wildlife to evolution and the solar system. Travel to the best places from Petra to Prague. Stop at art museums and cultural treasures along the way! About the SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION: The Smithsonian Institution has inspired generations through knowledge and discovery since 1846. It’s the world’s largest complex of museums and research facilities, and it focuses on four core areas: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe, Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet, World Cultures and the American Experience. Download it here…

Learn Some Magic tricks With OneNote And Surface Pro 3

Microsoft today blogged about OneNote on the new Surface Pro 3 integration. People from Windows, Surface and OneNote teams worked together to create this instant note-taking experience that’s like taking notes on paper–but way better. In the video above, you’ll learn how to take a note whenever you want, have your notes with you all the time, clip and write on whatever you see on your screen, and how to customize your note-taking experience using OneNote. To take a note whenever you want, click the Surface Pen and then write your note. It doesn’t matter if your Surface Pro 3 is locked or unlocked, or if your screen is off or on. Clicking the pen will always let you take a note. To take a clip of whatever you see, double-click the Surface Pen, and then select the region you want to clip. The selection is placed in your Quick Notes in OneNote and is ready for you to write on. You also can search for text in the clips you take,…

Sharp Reveals Free-Form Display That Could Be Used In Wearables

Yesterday, Sharp announced that they have developed the Free-Form Display, a revolutionary advance over the conventional display shape concept that enables the creation of new display designs to match a variety of applications. Even though Sharp was focusing on these kind of displays in car dash boards, this advanced display technologies can be used in wearable devices with elliptical displays too. The good news is that Sharp is planning to enter mass-production stage for the Free-Form Display at the earliest possible date. Hopefully, the upcoming Microsoft Smart Watch will use these displays for highly custom designs! LCDs have contributed to the emergence and spread of a range of application products by offering not just display-related functions such as high brightness, wide viewing angle, high resolution, and superb color purity, but also by providing added value through, for example, greater environmental performance and a superior user interface thanks to touch-panel functions. In addition, LCD application product manufacturers want to offer consumers products with a more polished design, and Sharp has responded by…

Microsoft Annoucnes Skype 4.3 For Linux Update With New Fresh UI

Microsoft today announced an update for Skype for Linux with fresh UI and other new features. Skype for Linux version 4.3.0.37 will have the following list of new features, An updated UI Our new cloud-based Group Chat experience More reliable file transfer support when using multiple devices at once Greater accessibility by blind and visually impaired users PulseAudio 3.0 and 4.0 support Lot of bug fixes Microsoft has also dropped support for direct Alsa support; You need to install PulseAudio 4.0 or greater for the best calling experience. Download the latest version