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Computer Illiterate

Asking tech support about installation issues with a new piece of software you just purchased isn't so uncommon, but this person had no clue what a monitor is, nor that a power failure means everything in the home won't work. This Microsoft Office customer support representative had a fitting response after hearing all of this. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a soldier who really doesn't care about incoming artillery.

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FlexSense

Microsoft Research has unveiled FlexSense, which is essentially flat transparent, self-sensing deformable layer that can be added to tablets for extra functionality. They claim it can determine what a person is doing with the layer and then turn those actions into commands for an app. For example, when placed over a crossword puzzle, you can hide the answers below and look underneath the layer for hints. Continue reading for the video.

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Xbox Technology

Similar to IllumiRoom, Microsoft's RoomAlive basically turns your living room into a giant Xbox game. Simply put, it uses Kinect and projectors to create an augmented reality experience that enables you to reach out and hit objects from a game, or simply interact with them by touching walls, etc. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Boeing Death Ray

Boeing has unveiled HEL MD (High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator), a truck-mounted weapon that uses an invisible laser beam to exact targets, the rounds are capable of taking down drones from the sky and even missiles in inclement weather. It's equipped with a 10-kilowatt solid state laser and a radar system mounted atop a heavy truck at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Nokia's Lumia 520 GoPhone is currently being offered for just $39.99 shipped, today only, originally priced at $99.99. The dual-core 1.0-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor enables extra performance when you need it, and puts you in charge of running the most demanding applications. Product page. Continue reading for an unboxing video and more information.

Notable features:
  • No annual contract - 4G coverage with data plans starting at $40/month.

  • Meet Cortana, your personal assistant, with the improved Windows Phone 8.1 experience.

  • Snap creative photos with built-in digital lenses and 5MP camera.

  • View video and share images on the 4inch WVGA LCD display.

  • Get all the best apps: Netflix, Instagram, Twitter, OneDrive, Facebook and Uber.


[via Amazon]

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Steve Ballmer is now officially the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, as the $2-billion sale closed Tuesday, the NBA announced in a news release. According to a California court issued order, Donald Sterling's wife, Shelly, has the legal authority to sell the team on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust. The sale price is currently the highest in NBA history, and marks the end of the showdown between Donald Sterling, his fellow owners and commissioner Adam Silver. Continue reading for the news report and more information.

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The Microsoft Research team, lead by Johannes Kopf, Richard Szeliski, Michael Cohen, and Richard Szeliski, has unveiled a new Windows app that will make shaky first-person videos a thing of the past. Technically speaking, here's how it works: "Our algorithm first reconstructs the 3D input camera path as well as dense, per-frame proxy geometries. We then optimize a novel camera path for the output video that is smooth and passes near the input cameras while ensuring that the virtual camera looks in directions that can be rendered well from the input. Next, we compute geometric proxies for each input frame. These allow us to render the frames from the novel viewpoints on the optimized path." Continue reading for the technical video explaining just how the stabilization is accomplished.

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You've probably seen quite a few Microsoft-branded computer accessories over the years, but here are five things that you might have missed. They include: a Japan-exclusive Windows 7 Burger King Whopper, Windows Vista toilet paper, Windows soda, a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) t-shirt, and canned Windows 95. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny schol pictures and hilarious exam answers gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the fastest cook from Asia.

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Here's a first look at what the Windows 9 start menu will look like, courtesy of My Digital Life. Microsoft reported that the update would allow Modern apps to run within individual windows, and from the image above, you can see users will have the option to "minimize" the whole Modern experience. Continue reading for more.

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Bill Gates may be worth $78.6-billion, but his three children will only inherit $10-million each. Here's what Bill has to say: "They won't have anything like that. They need to have a sense that their own work is meaningful and important. You've got to make sure they have a sense of their own ability and what they're going to go and do." Continue reading for more interesting and geeky facts you won't believe are true.

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