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Windows 10 will be available this summer

Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system will launch this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages. Windows has been global with more than 1.5 billion users around the world and here in China hundreds of millions of PCs operate Windows today. The new system adopts new biometric authentication process instead of traditional passwords.

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Microsoft didn’t show exact release date, but Windows chief Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s operating systems group, referring to Microsoft’s presentation at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit in Shenzhen, China.

Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows and unlocks new experiences for customers to work, play and connect. Windows 10 embodies our customers (both personal and enterprises) demand and what we will deliver. Windows 10 feels familiar, so you can get more done from the get‑go. The Start menu is back with space to pin your favorite apps. And simple navigation means you don’t need to spend much time learning anything new.

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The company has lofty goals for the new operating system, Microsoft’s first big chance to move beyond the missteps of Windows 8. Microsoft has promised that Windows 10 — a free upgrade for those using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. — will run across every device, from desktops with large hard drives all the way down to low-cost smart phones with barely a gigabyte to spare.

A version of Windows 10 geared toward small-footprint Internet of Things devices will be available at the time of general release for free and it will offer versions of Windows for a diverse set of lots devices, ranging from powerful devices like ATMs and ultrasound machines, to resource constrained devices like gateways.

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Besides, Myerson used the occasion to unveil a new feature of the operating system called Windows Hello, a new identity authentication process that uses an owner’s face, fingerprint or iris to unlock their devices. The feature will be supported by third-party systems incorporating. Intel’s RealSense, a depth-sensing technology that uses infrared cameras to track the location and position of objects in space.

Another new feature will apparently let users download updates from computers other than Microsoft’s own servers. The latest build of the upcoming OS, you won’t have to wonder if you have the latest features or security updates. Windows automatically delivers updates, when they’re ready, directly to your device.

Microsoft to Build Something Big

It was easy to find that Microsoft failed to keep pace with its competitors such as Apple and Google in key markets, including smartphones, tablets and search. At that high time, Satya Nadella stepped into the top position as the CEO of the world’s largest software maker. Nearly four months have passed since Nadella took over the job from Steve Ballmer in February. For four months long, Nadella eventually get around to have his first public interview.

“There are going to be Microsoft devices and there are going to be other devices, and we have to make sure our services run on all of them”, Nadella said.

Microsoft Office for iPad

Released yesterday, the Office for iPad is a much more like the version for laptop than the Office Mobile for iPhone is. Word, PowerPoint, and Excel are made as separate apps with more features in each. Finally, Office users can do what they have always wanted to do with iOS devices, to manage and create documents on the touch screen and it does work great on it and on-the-go.

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“The decision to release a version of Microsoft’s best-selling Office business apps for Apple’s iPad tablet in April was about winning usage”, Nadella told the audience of the circles.

Real-time language translation technology

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Another new service Microsoft will roll out is a real-time language translation technology set to be an app firstly available for Microsoft 8 users by the end of the year. The service is designed to work with Microsoft’s Skype video conferencing service that claims more than 300 million connected users.  Currently it supports translation for about 40 languages and will be available on all devices, Nadella said.

The speech recognition and translation technology are said to have been working on for more than a decade. The vice president of Skype, Gurdeep Pall posted on his blog that “it is early days for this technology” but he showed great confidence in what they are working on.

Surface Pro 3

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Nadella takes great assurance in that the new 12-inch Surface Pro 3 could replace laptops in today’s “post, post-PC era”. The Surface Pro 3, powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system and unveiled this month, is considered by Nadella as a “journey of improvement” at Microsoft.

Nokia Acquisition

The acquisition of Nokia completed last month, which can be called a move Microsoft has carried out recently. The deed, according to Nadella, is after Microsoft recognizes the value of having a “complete” system of hardware, software and services to avoid taking on all the risk of developing hardware for its software and services.

When asked if there will be another big acquisition, Nadella said Microsoft have to build something big and there are cheaper ways for him to get there.

Amazon uses 3D Smartphone to open up its Smartphone market?

On Apr 15, BGR exclusively gave the world a first look at Amazon’s unannounced 3D phone planned to be launched in the coming months.  If it’s true, this is sure the door opener for Amazon to enter the competitively developing smartphone market.

Following the coverage of Wall Street Journal reporting that the company’s kick starter to the smartphone market will be announced in June and will have a glasses-free 3D screen, this exclusive report from BGR brings more light upon the phone with images and confirmations from “trusted sources”.

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A8 processor and the latest iOS 8 will running on New iPhone 6

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The rumors that the iPhone 6 is finally growing up have stirred Apple fans with design chops to action. Apple released until next-generation products, and admired a variety of pre-production of the iPhone 6 concept machine. Return to Apple iPhone 6 will be renamed the third quarter of 2014.

Italian designer Federico Ciccarese has shown us his visions of a possible future iWatch or an iPhone Air in the past, and this week he got in touch again to share with us how he conceives of a bigger iPhone 6 with both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens.

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Lytro Camera Comes Again

Lytro drew photographers’ attention upon its idea of light-field photography when it revealed the novel technology in 2011. The concept of taking photos, then refocusing them around any object in the picture after the fact, was fascinating to say the least, leading some to speculate Lytro could end up redefining digital photography.

pic1The company soon delivered on its promise to bring the technology to market via its own camera. The Lytro debuted in the winter of 2012. The device applied technology, pioneered by Stanford University researcher Ren Ng, that takes photos by capturing an entire plane of light. Standard cameras capture a single moment from a point of light. The upshot for consumers is that you can change the focus in a picture after the fact. Shaped like an enlarged stick of butter, it did exactly as advertised. Even better, it was simple and consumer-friendly; moreover, the pictures were shareable on Facebook and Twitter. Read more »