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Microsoft’s Hyperlapse, the Super Smooth Timelapse…

Microsoft is working to make the world a more exciting place with its Hyperlapse software. Still deep in development the early result seems to prove that Hyperlapse can make any holiday video interesting.

Everyone knows that timelapse is awesome but unfortunately the source video must be extremely stable otherwise the shake is amplified making it unwatchable. Stabilizing in post production has till now enjoyed only limited success but now Microsoft is attempting to do it better.

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The Xbox One Mystery, Consoles Continue to Turn Themselves On at Aaron Pauls Command…

Xbox One’s around the world have begun automatically activating themselves, like an army of rebellious robots these consoles have seemingly developed a mind of their own.

As the phenomenon started to flood social media earlier this week observant Xbox owners noticed that it seemed to occur during the new Xbox commercial. An interesting coincidence or strange marketing ploy many asked.

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The Xbox One Controller is now the Ultimate PC Game Controller…

Microsoft’s Major Nelson aka Larry Hyrb let slip this week that the Xbox One’s excellent controller is now fully Windows compatible. The drivers to make the magic possible will be included in a future update, those eager to try can download the drivers now from Major Nelson’s blog.

Once connected to a PC the Xbox One controller will work with any game that supports Xbox 360 controller. The new controller is far more sophisticated than the 360’s, with integrated software within the controller. Many hard core gamers are calling it a handful of incredible, they like it THAT much.

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Microsoft Platform Unification, the First Two Universal Games Appear…

The ability to download a piece of software once and run it on any Microsoft device no matter the underlying hardware or interface is a long held dream. A dream shared by all Operating System manufacturers.

Working towards making the dream a reality Microsoft has launched their first two universal games, Skulls of the Shogun and Halo: Spartan Assault. The first universal games that use the same code to run on any Windows 8.1 device; this includes Windows 8.1 PC’s, Windows 8.1 Phone and soon the Xbox One, once the 8.1 release is completed on the gaming system.

Can Microsoft keep ahead of the other operating systems in this now crowded and diverse world of software? Can Microsoft succeed at unifying all of their platforms and devices?

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Windows 8.1 with Bing, the Free Windows Edition and Other Interesting Twists…

In this fast changing internet enabled world new technology and markets appear in the blink of an eye, while others suffer a slow death. Microsoft may be struggling to keep pace with the speed of these changes but you can be sure it will pump those little legs to keep up.

According to the latest rumours keeping everyone clicking Windows 8.1 with Bing is about to go free to play. This new specially designed build is aimed specifically at Windows XP and Windows 7 users, allowing them to upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free.

Russian Windows rumour mill and leak specialist Wzor has released screenshots of the new build, is this the rumoured new free build that will feature tight integration between all of Microsoft’s new services? Many are suggesting this is the case.

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Android on Windows Metro, the Mobile App Wars Take a Twist…

The mobile app wars are heating up quicker than summer in the southern hemisphere. Tech website The Verge has the inside scoop on the latest rumours surrounding Microsoft’s battle plans in the app wars.

According to The Verge’s contacts close to Microsoft a radical change in approach is being considered, the Metro tile interface may soon be Android compatible.

 Android is currently the leader in the mobile app market with over a million apps in the store, while Microsoft is in uncomfortable third place (200,000), bringing Android apps to the world of tiles may just catapult them into an equal first place in one foul swoop.

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The Surface Pro 2, the PC Reborn in Tablet Form…

Upgrading that trusty old laptop or desktop PC is a risky and exciting adventure. Full of expectation, spending large wads of cash and anticipation that eventually wanes giving way to business as usual.

Here at Highpants we recently found ourselves in this very situation, in the market for a new PC. Working in the IT industry this requires a machine that can handle developing databases one minute and writing on the go the next.

Presented for your reading pleasure is the account of our latest adventure in gadget hunting. Sit back, get comfortable and enjoy the ride.

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Microsoft’s Project Siena, Metro Apps in a Flash and the Return of the Programming Enthusiast…

App Builders have come a long way over recent years, web based tools are now available that allow anyone to quickly build code free apps for iOS, Android and Windows 8. Microsoft has this week released its contribution to the field with Project Siena, and she may just be a game changer.

Project Siena is a blindingly fast, obscenely simple yet surprisingly powerful way to build Metro apps that run on all Windows 8 platforms, from Smartphone to x86. Simple enough that no programming experience is required, if you can use PowerPoint or Excel then you can use Project Siena.

The beta of Project Siena is now available for download from Microsoft’s Store on all Windows 8 platforms, finally a use for those RT tablets, Metro developer? And could Project Siena herald the return of the programming enthusiast to Windows?

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The Lure of Microsoft Windows Azure, Cloud for the People…

This latest evolution of computing has seen cloud services surge forward rapidly over the last few years, everything that was once performed in the air conditioned server room of you IT Department can now be run in the Clouds. With economies of scale and pricing models designed to attract attention even home users can now afford to have their own server room, in the clouds.

Released to the public in 2010 Windows Azure is Microsoft’s entry into the Cloud hosting world. Offering an incredibly feature rich infrastructure for everyone to take advantage of, from small one man companies to worldwide corporations Azure is the cloud for the people.

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Microsoft Re-Surfaces Tablets, the PC Evolved….

Starting the build up to what will be an enormous Christmas for new products Microsoft has this week (Sept 23) announced a new generation of Surface tablets, re-vamping the Surface range.

Presented on this fine day in New York was the evolution of the Surface range, nothing radical but with the updated hardware and new accessories the Surface and Surface Pro are starting to make far more sense.  October 22 has been set as the release date (most countries) for the Surface tablets, with many of the accessories due in early 2014.

Watching elephants learn to dance is a highly amusing pastime we can all enjoy, although if the Surface Pro 2 is any indication they may finally have found a little rhythm. Can they turn their Surfaces into all they can be?

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