Microsoft announces $100 cut in Surface Pro price

After having slashed the cost of its Surface RT tablets by $150 a few weeks back, Microsoft has now announced a $100 price-cut for its Surface Pro tablets --- a move which marks a new global promotion by the company for its Surface devices.

According to the information shared on the Microsoft website about the new promotion, a $100 discount will be offered on the Surface Pro tablets, with effect from August 4. The lower-price offer for Surface Pro will be available through August 29 till supplies last.

Legionnaires' infection leads to water-cooling tower being treated

Following several cases of Legionnaire's disease, a Scots town has been treated anti-Legionnaire's chemical. The cases of infection in the area had reached double figures.

With two more patients falling ill in Renfrew area, the total number of infected patients has gone up to 10.

The bacteria that cause the disease will be dead with this measure, health chiefs say.

It is spread through aerosols produced by installations such as water-cooling towers, air -conditioning units and showers. All water-cooling towers in the Renfrew area were treated with the chemicals.

US regulators call for clamp down on Apple e-book contracts with major publishers

With a court ruling in July having found tech giant Apple guilty of conspiring with five bigwig book publishers to fix the prices of e-books, the US regulators are now demanding a clamp down on Apple's e-book contracts with leading publishers.

In a move which apparently is an upshot of the July ruling in the antitrust e-book price-fixing case, the U. S. Department of Justice (DoJ) and 33 U. S. states and territories have recently put forth the proposal that Apple should not be allowed to enter anti-competitive e-book distribution contracts for five years.

Facebook releases update to its Android app; brings on Facebook Home feature

Popular social network is rolling out an updated version of its Android app, which will boast the addition of some of the best features - including Cover Feed -from Facebook Home which first came aboard the ill-fated HTC First handset.

The Home feature is coming to Facebook's Android app via the latest update, which will be rolled out gradually to users over the next few days. The feature will give Facebook users on Android devices the ability to set Cover Feed as their home screen.

Google unveils customizable ‘Moto X’ handset; attempts to revitalize Motorola

The Thursday unveiling of the much-hyped customizable `Moto X' smartphone marks Google's attempts to revitalize Motorola Mobility, which it acquired two years back. The `Moto X' handset is the first major handset from Motorola ever since its acquisition by Google.

The newly-unveiled `Moto X' handset is a sleek 4.7-inch smartphone which will be available in a staggering array of over 2,000 combinations of colors, textures, accents, and other design options.

Nvidia starts shipping its Android-based ‘Shield’ handheld game console

On Wednesday, July 31, Nvidia started shipping its new handheld game system --- the Android-based $299-priced `Shield' console, which, going by early reviews, is the beefiest-ever handheld, apparently more powerful than Nintendo's 3DS and Sony's PlayStation Vita.

The 1.3-pound Shield game system, boasting a 5-inch touchscreen, is one of the most fully-equipped mobile devices on the market; thanks largely to its quad-core Tegra 4 processor, stock Android OS 4.2.1 version, gamepad controls and a number of other attractive features.

Facebook plans to sell ‘TV-style’ video advertising spots on its site

According to a new Bloomberg report, popular social network Facebook apparently has plans underway to start selling `TV-style' video advertising spots on its site. The `per day' cost which Facebook will charge for the video advertising spots will reportedly go up to as much as $2.5 million.

Irrational Games rolls out additional downloadable episodes of ‘BioShock Infinite’

In a Tuesday announcement, Boston-based game development studio Irrational Games said that it has started rolling out new downloadable episodes of its 2013 hit first-person shooter `BioShock Infinite.'

The three additional chapters which Irrational Games has unveiled for `BioShock Infinite' include `BioShock Infinite: Clash in the Clouds'; and a two-part `BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea.' All the three new `BioShock Infinite' episodes can be purchased via a $20 `season pass.'

Chromecast quickly gaining support from several media platforms

According to reports, a number of media platforms apparently have plans underway to support Google's last week-launched Chromecast streaming video adapter, which - as of now - supports a limited number of music and video services.

The media platforms from which the Chromecast dongle is quickly gaining support include Vimeo and Redbox Instant. Both the platforms have reportedly already hinted at their plans to support the device.

Sony, Panasonic partner to develop 300GB Blu-Ray replacement by 2015

According to a partnership announced by Sony and Panasonic on Monday, the two companies will work together to develop a new format of optical storage disc for data archiving, as a replacement to the current Blu-Ray discs.

The next-generation optical discs which Sony and Panasonic will develop will have the capacity to hold more than 300GB of data; thereby marking a six-fold improvement over the current Blu-ray discs which have the capacity to store nearly 50 GB of data.

The 300GB Blu-Ray replacement optical discs from Sony and Panasonic will hit the markets by the end of 2015.

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