Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Shopping Savings: Microsoft Back-to-School Deal

Microsoft’s Back-to-School Offer*
Bundle a Surface Book or Surface Pro 4 with an Xbox One and save $300 exclusively from Microsoft Store and microsoftstore.com.
*Offers are valid  through August 14, 2016.
Video Game Play + the Mind**
·         Those who play 5+ hours of video games per week see a 1.75x high odds of being higher intellectual functioning and 1.88 times higher level of overall high school success.
·         Gamers have higher levels of attention span and faster processing responses allowing them to multi-task more effectively in a variety of real-world complicated scenarios. And, for those worried, gaming also shows a higher level of peer to peer relationships and no negative social or behavioral side effects when played at recommended levels of screen time.
·         Game play, in particular, video game play, not only improves our cognitive ability to learn but has been proven historically to drive new patterns of thinking and innovation.
·         Play stimulates our brains in new and novel ways allowing us to make free connections between concepts or ideas that would not have naturally come to us. From the comedians who write SNL to the surgeons gearing up for surgery, a small amount of game play can make them more creative, more inventive and more productive.
**Research completed by professor Daphne Bavelier
New Windows 10 Anniversary Features
·         Because adult coloring books are only the beginning: With Windows Ink, quickly and easily take a note, sketch directly on an image or draw an idea. Users can write on the lock screen to create a Smart Sticky Note, which integrates across the OS by adding reminders to your calendar or providing directions to an address.
·         Show don’t tell: A fully-equipped emoji keyboard with first-to-market emoji’s, including a vomit-face, shrug and fingers crossed, in addition to Microsoft’s very-own ninja cat.
·         We dare you, talk to your device: Cortana, Windows 10 Digital Assistant, wants to hear what you have to say. We’re bringing Cortana above the lock screen to ask questions, play music from a PC or set a reminder without unlocking the device.
·         Selfies for safety: Windows Hello lets users quickly sign in to devices with just a look or touch. And now, with Windows Hello, quickly sign-in to apps and websites like DropBox.

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