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The OneNote team recently had the chance to sit down with Chad and Carey Hayes, the writing duo who penned the script for the summer horror blockbuster “The Conjuring.”
In a post on the OneNote Blog on Thursday (Halloween), the two writers share five tips for beginning and aspiring writers.
On Thursday, the engineering team behind Visual Studio 2013 posted updates to editor enhancements in the program that should help increase productivity even more.
In Visual Studio 2013 Preview, “we introduced an amazing new feature called ‘Peek Definition (Alt + F12)’ that allowed you to browse definitions of symbols inline in the Editor keeping your context and place in code,” write program managers Ala Shiban and Murali Krishna Hosabettu Kamalesha, on the Visual Studio Blog.
The Surface team on Wednesday shared a look at perhaps one of the most iconic features of Surface – the kickstand. It’s part of what makes Surface so versatile, and even more so with the new two-position kickstand in Surface 2. In the video above, Surface design lead Ralf Groene talks about what it took to make the kickstand work so flawlessly in two different positions, yet still “fit perfectly” into the device when not in use.
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013, the cloud-based customer relationship management platform, announced new features for customizing the Social Pane and simplifying Notes.
The information is shared on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Blog. The Social Pane was introduced last December, and is where you can see all business interactions related to a specific record, such as an account, contact or lead, explains Anshuman Ansu in a blog post about customizing the Social Pane.
A preview of the new cooperative mode in “Call of Duty: Ghosts” is shared in an exclusive GameSpot video by the game’s developer, Infinity Ward.
“Call of Duty: Ghosts” features Extinction, an all-new 1- to 4-player cooperative game mode that includes wave-based survival action, FPS base defense, scavenging and class leveling.
Farm hours of fun in the “Stack Rabbit” game from Disney, which is free and new to the Windows Store.
In this hippity-hopper, Ben the Rabbit must steal from a nearby vegetable patch to feed his nieces and nephews, who he has to look after while his sister is on vacation. The goal is simple: match three of a kind and watch the veggies grow back as you do that. But don’t let Ben stack his loot too high. Oh – and don’t forget Max the guard dog! Though he naps, he can wake up suddenly and change the game into a hare-brained, crazy chase. Hop, spring and match through 65 levels, and gain power-ups such as Crop Dusters, Bunny Cannons, and Lightning Veggies.
The latest Red Stripe Deals, which save you at least 50 percent off the original price of a favorite app, indie game and Xbox title, include a note-taking app and two games that will keep you guessing – or fighting in the afterlife.
If you have any doubts – any question at all – about the realism of “Forza Motorsport 5,” you won’t after watching a new video documentary that shares a behind-the-scenes look of the passion for teamwork and technology shared by the makers of the game and Audi’s reigning FIA World Endurance Championship racing team, reports Xbox Wire.
Developers for “Forza Motorsport 5” visited the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France, together with Audi Sport Team Joest, “the most successful team in modern endurance racing,” Xbox Wire notes.
On Wednesday, during Innovation Day 2013 at Microsoft Research Asia, Lvdi Wang and colleague Fan Yang made a dream come true for indecisive people everywhere: it turned a mobile phone into a hair salon, where you can try out different styles – and even cut them – without having to take one step anywhere.
As Inside Microsoft Research reports, Wang and Yang’s demo, “Digital Barber: 3D Hair Manipulation on Mobile Phone,” built upon a SIGGRAPH 2013 paper called “Dynamic Hair Manipulation in Images and Videos,” written in part by Wang, along with a few academic collaborators. That paper enabled the creation of a 3D hair model from a single photograph.
The recent digital barber demo now renders the results in three dimensions, giving the project much more real-world applicability.
Because it’s Halloween and you’re obliged to scare yourself silly, we recommend going over to the Bing home page, which pays homage to six well-known horror flicks through a fully interactive experience.
If you’re staying in with your spooky self on Halloween instead of mingling with the masses, then we have an option for you: the Great Ghost Hunt in Sim Town in “The Sims FreePlay.” Catch the roaming apparitions through the Ghost Hunting lobby on levels 10 and higher, and unlock spooky new items and costumes.
Crytek and Microsoft Studios will premiere “The Fall,” a four-part, live-action digital series based on "Ryse: Son of Rome” on the Machinima video entertainment network, Xbox Wire reports.
The series will start Nov. 5. “Ryse: Son of Rome,” which will be exclusive to Xbox One, launches Nov. 22, the same day as the console.
Way back in 1997, Nokia design engineer Taneli Armanto created “Snake,” a simple and addictive game that quickly became a hit. The object of the game? Easy. Feed the snake!
If you’re the nostalgic type that enjoys classic games, you’ll get a kick out of the remake available in the Windows Phone Store, which comes with both Classic and Challenge modes. The remake was created by AE Mobile.
Skype recently asked users to vote on their favorite Halloween emoticons, with those that garnered the highest number of votes to be carved into jack-o'-lanterns, writes Shana Pearlman on Skye’s Play Blog.
The video above shows extreme pumpkin carver Tom Nardone – a Skype user – creating the winning “emotipumpkins.” They include “devil,” “party” and “puke.”
Turn 10 Studios, maker of the highly anticipated “Forza Motorsport 5” racing game for Xbox One, revealed a mind-blowing list of new cars coming to “Forza Motorsport 5” in the Forza Motorsport 5 Showroom on Wednesday.
The cars come from a variety of manufacturers including Audi, Mazda, Ford and Honda. Also unveiled Wednesday was the Ariel Atom 500 V8 (pictured above), a long-awaited dream come true for Forza fans.
When out trick-or-treating, it’s probably a bad idea to go to a house where a zombie “lives,” even if there is a welcome mat at the door. That said, you might as well, if you’re Nick Ramos from “Dead Rising 3” and starring in this Halloween trailer from Capcom, released Wednesday, featured on Xbox Wire, and shown above.
“Dead Rising 3” will be out Nov. 22, only for Xbox One, which launches the same day. Can’t wait until then? Visit Xbox Wire to watch this trailer again and again to get a fix. And be safe out there Halloween night.
If you’ve ever played a video game where you manage a virtual city, you understand how real-time insight into services like transportation is essential. For city planners in the real world, the technologies to gain such “big picture” insights simply haven’t been available in the past. But now that big data business intelligence (BI) solutions are a reality, cities like Barcelona are assembling the technology to better meet the needs of their citizens.
To test the feasibility of a big data BI solution, Barcelona has created a pilot project that runs on a hybrid cloud based on Windows Azure, Windows Azure HDInsight Service and Microsoft SQL Server 2012. With it, planners can view in real-time BI that combines petabytes of existing data in the city’s systems along with new, unstructured public data sources such as Twitter, app log files and GPS signals from cellphone providers. The BI is served up via mobile apps, dashboards, custom reports and data services.
On Oct. 30, during Innovation Day 2013 at Microsoft Research Asia, a demo called 3-D Scanning with Mobile Devices set up an intriguing premise: making 3D printing more accessible to the masses.
Windows Phone App Studio Beta, an app creation tool designed to take developers from idea to app in just a matter of steps, announced a new set of features that went live Wednesday, with developers getting the credit for the changes, reports Emilio Salvador Prieto on the Windows Phone Developer Blog.
Since its launch two months ago, Windows Phone App Studio Beta, available in the Windows App Store, as shown above, has had “incredible momentum,” he writes. There are 160,000 users who have created more than 150,000 projects and built 65,000 apps, he said.
Naturally, every app developer wants to build the killer app – the one that people just “gotta” have and can’t get enough of. If they succeed, odds are they used sensors in their app. Sensors are what lets the app know the relationship between the device and the physical world around it. Windows Store apps on the Dev Center support a wide array of sensors that can open up a developer’s world to creating compelling and interactive apps for tablets.
Most tech products are first designed, and then the designer hands the drawings over to the engineering team to be created. Not so for the Surface team. According to Ralf Groene, who leads the industrial and interaction design teams for Surface devices, the creation of Surface 2 was more like a pingpong game, where at each stage of development the engineering team would consult with designers to discuss progress and make sure the emerging product continued to meet the team’s vision.
Watch the video above to get a sense of the total focus on a great final experience. Groene discusses various aspects of the Surface 2, from the antenna cover to the fabric used on Type Cover 2, to the chemistry and physics of grease-repelling surfaces that minimize fingerprints.
See and feel the Surface 2 for yourself at a Microsoft retail store and other select retailers now. For more on the product, head on over to the Surface Blog.
Mom and Dad, you know the drill: With the holidays coming, the kids either have already asked you, or are about to ask, for various games that are on their wish lists. Before you buy them, make sure those games are right for your youngster’s age and maturity level, and that you’re comfortable with the subject matter.
With many blockbuster titles coming to Xbox 360 and the new Xbox One, “it’s a great time to remind ourselves that – like television and movies – not all video games are right for all audiences,” writes Xbox Wire.
Whether you prefer using a keyboard, mouse or touch, all three are options for you in Windows 8.1. And there are a number of easy ways to switch among them, with tips shared on the Windows Experience Blog.
For example, if you’re going to use the keyboard to write a document, you press the Windows logo key on the keyboard to get to the Start screen, and open Word. But then, say mid-writing you remember: “Man, I meant to drag some photos into an album before the meeting in 30 minutes!” Just use the mouse to click on the Windows logo in the lower-left corner of the screen, the Windows Experience Blog says, to hop back to your Start screen and locate your albums.
On Wednesday, the Bing Ads team gathered a select group of marketers, press and digital advertising agency leaders from around the world to engage them in a conversation about the rapidly changing world of search advertising. The goal was simple: bring these people together to help chart the course for where Bing Ads goes next.
In a post on the Bing Ads Blog by Steve Sirich, general manager of the Online Services division, he writes ”We have heard you tell us that you need us to streamline the process by which you run your campaigns, and we’re listening.”
Kinect can be the bridge between folks who don’t speak the same language – and even those who can hear and those who can’t. A collaboration between Microsoft Research Asia, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing Union University has created a prototype that translates sign language into spoken language— and spoken language into sign language — in real time.
“There are more than 20 million people in China who are hard of hearing, and an estimated 360 million such people around the world, so this project has immense potential to generate positive social impact worldwide,” wrote Guobin Wu, program manager of the Kinect Sign Language Translator project for Microsoft Research Asia, on the Microsoft Research Connections Blog.
The system captures a conversation from both sides: the person who is deaf signs, with a written and spoken translation rendered in real-time, while the system takes a speaking person’s words and turns them into accurate, understandable signs. As you can see from the video, Dandan Yin, a Chinese 22-year-old computer science student born deaf, shows how this works by gesturing to a Kinect device connected to a sign language prototype – and words appear on the screen that translate what she just signed.
To see it is to be wowed by it. And for Yin, it’s the beginning of a childhood dream come true.