Black Friday Deals; Windows Phone 8 Jump Start; Windows 8 Anime PC and GodMode; XP's 500-Day Death Countdown; Microsoft Patent Reveals 'Augmented Reality Glasses'; Bing Tests New Social Sidebar

The following new apps launched on Xbox LIVE, including Univision and Absolute Radio. Here are the details:UVideos (United States). With UVideos on Xbox 360, you easily toggle the on-screen language between English and Spanish and see full episodes of popular novelas. And with "Kinect for Xbox 360, it's easier than ever to play, pause & […]

New Xbox LIVE Apps

The following new apps launched on Xbox LIVE, including Univision and Absolute Radio. Here are the details:

UVideos (United States). With UVideos on Xbox 360, you easily toggle the on-screen language between English and Spanish and see full episodes of popular novelas. And with "Kinect for Xbox 360, it's easier than ever to play, pause & rewind with the wave of a hand."

Absolute Radio (United Kingdom) gives one-click access to the best music from the last five decades, including Absolute Radio 60s, Absolute Radio 70s, Absolute Radio 80s, Absolute Radio 90s, Absolute Radio 00s and Absolute Classic Rock, as well as live Barclays Premier League football commentary.

MUZU.TV (Austria, Switzerland) offers nearly 80,000 music videos at command.

VEVO (Brazil). With "more than 45,000 videos by more than 11,000 artists, now stream live concerts right on Xbox 360," Microsoft blogged.

Microsoft 2012 Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals

It's time of year again to gifts, and to get you started with this holidays shopping, Microsoft posted a limited time offer "beginning 12 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22, Microsoft retail stores and the online store are offering great deals on hot products," informs Microsoft.

"The first 100 Surface tablets sold from one of Microsoft retail stores or holiday stores on Black Friday and Cyber Monday come with a complimentary sleeve designed for Surface. Customers who buy a Surface 32GB or 64GB bundle will get $50.00 off a second Touch or Type cover of their choice at the Microsoft retail stores, holiday stores and Microsoft Store Online," Microsoft blogged.

In addition, also on offering is the 10% discount on any Beats product in retail and online stores. "The online store will sell two exclusive products at special prices, namely the Acer Iconia W510 tablet for $399 and the ASUS VivoBook S400 Ultrabook for $499," the company said.

Check out the deals below:

  • Lenovo - 15.6-inch Laptop - 2GB Memory - 320GB Hard Drive - Black for $187.99
  • Lenovo - 23-inch Touch-Screen All-In-One Computer - 4GB Memory - 500GB Hard Drive for $599.99
  • ASUS - 11.6-inch Touch-Screen Laptop - 4GB Memory - 500GB Hard Drive - Steel Gray for $449.99
  • Acer - Aspire 15.6-inch Touch-Screen Laptop - 4GB Memory - 500GB Hard Drive - Silky Silver for $529.99
  • Toshiba - Satellite 14-inch Touch-Screen Laptop - 4GB Memory - 500GB Hard Drive - Champagne Silver for $599.99

More here.

Also, announced today is a new online Jump Start for Windows Phone 8 developers "focused on building apps for Windows Phone 8, the live course is scheduled for two full days of fast-paced, demo-rich sessions," informs Microsoft.

What: Building Apps for Windows Phone 8 Jump Start
Date: November 28-29, 2012
Time: 7:00am - 5:00pm PST
Cost: Free
Target audience: Application Developers who want a fast-paced, real-world understanding of how to leverage C# and XAML to build apps for Windows Phone 8

Register here.

Building Apps for Windows Phone 8 Jump Start Online Course Schedule

Microsoft plan to have its own booth at the December 29, Japanese Comic Market Convention at the Tokyo Big Site, where the company will sell a Special Edition Windows 8 Anime PC.

A report by rocketnews24.com reveals that Microsoft is looking into ways to make the most of the Japanese market, so continuing its efforts to advertise Windows 8 using anime mascots seems to be the best way to do it.

Microsoft already offering a Windows 8 DSP (Delivery Service Partner) edition that uses two different anime mascots called "Madobe YĆ« and Madobe Ai." Priced at $255, the Japanese edition of Windows 8 includes a theme pack wallpaper, event sounds and a Microsoft Wedge touch mouse with the Windows 8 logo.

Like its predecesors, Windows 8 too include a less-known "GodMode."

For those new, "GodMode is nothing more than a secret dedicated folder providing access to computer settings to all available features bundled into the operating system."

If you've not or don't have experience, it's not recommeded to use the Windows 8 GodMode, as it could rendear your system useless.

Those, who want to go ahead, -- "simply go to "Desktop," create a new folder and add the following string in its name: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. Now, hit "Enter" and the folder icon would change to resemble the Classic Windows Control Panel."

The Windows 8 GodMode support specific keyword associated to a certain app. "More like a large collection of tags, these keywords help you find a specific GodMode tool almost instantly, as Microsoft has created a long list of such keywords for every single option."

You can even launch the "Adjust ClearType text" screen by simply "writing down fonts, type, opentype, dots, inch, dpi, pixels, resolution, size and many, many other tags."

Windows XP 500-day death countdown begin Friday, 23, 2012, New Authentication NHS Software

This Friday, debuts a "500-day countdown to Windows XP's death along with a new system authentication software" that allows UK's NHS to make the move to Windows 7 and Windows 8 and thus abandon Windows XP.

Microsoft will end support for the 11-year-old operating system on April 8, 2014.

The Identity Agent technology allows the National Health System (NHS) to access the Spine system from newer Windows versions. "The Spine system, owned by the National Programme for IT, is being used to access patient data by 27,000 NHS organizations, such as pharmacies, opticians and dentists," ITPro.co.uk writes.

Last but not least, Microsoft is reported developing "augmented reality glasses" that act similar as the Head-Up Display already used in the automotive industry.

A patent application filed in May 2011 reveals that, "A user wearing an at least partially see-through, head mounted display views the live event while simultaneously receiving information on objects, including people, within the user's field of view, while wearing the head mounted display. The information is presented in a position in the head mounted display which does not interfere with the user's enjoyment of the live event," the patent application reads (via).

microsoft patents augmented reality glasses for real-time information

Finally, Microsoft is also testing a number of changes to the Bing social sidebar, the new version not only removed the dark background, but also added a number of features, as well -- such instead of the generic answered questions, "we now get an icon from the source (in this case, Quora), and the date, linked title, source url, and a bit of text about each answer."

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