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Microsoft just threw down at E3 2012. After exciting the crowd with Halo and Gears of War titles, the company unveiled new additions to the 360′s vast media offering. Don’t be distracted by the video game trailers: this is Redmond’s biggest news of the show. In fact the new offering could lead to a rival of the cord cutting movement.
The Xbox 360 has nearly always had an impressive suite of media streaming options with Netflix and others. For most households, though, the offering was never enough to replace cable. In fact, it was more of a supplement. But today’s announcement brings a host of new options, stations, and apps to the Xbox 360.
With these new features, the Xbox 360 has finally become Microsoft’s Trojan Horse. The target? Cable companies.
Microsoft unveiled the Xbox 360 at E3 in 2005. Since then it became the best selling console, outpacing the best from Nintendo and Sony. Unconventionally at the time, Microsoft grew the Xbox 360 into a media platform rather than a gaming system. Now, seven years after its reveal, the 360 truly fits the definition of a home entertainment system.
During the 360′s rise to stardom, the lowly cable box also turned into a major force. Even the simplest cable boxes offer programing guides with most also sporting some sort of on-demand media streaming. For a few dollars more consumers can get a DVR. Sure, these boxes are usually ugly and anything but focused on a smooth consumer interface, but they work. Worst yet, (at least from the consumer’s point of view) true alternatives have not existed.
A few players have tried to break the cable box’s hold on the living room. Arguably, so far, only Roku, Microsoft and perhaps Apple have had any luck. Microsoft’s new offering might be enough to allow a few willing households to cut their cable bill. If there was ever a device to replace cable, it’s now the Xbox 360.
As we previously described, Microsoft is bringing Bing, Internet Explorer and a whole lot of new media apps to the Xbox 360. There is even going to be more live sports coming with the key addition of NBA TV, NHL TV and WatchESPN with content from ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, and ESPN U. Ironically though, in order to receive the ESPN offering, a subscription to cable is required, which sort of dimisses the appeal.
Live sports are the key for many people. When the cord cutting movement first started become a viable choice, consumers quickly found themselves without access to key sporting events. These new apps offer a lot more live events, but don’t expect to watch key playoff games on your Xbox. The networks will see to that.
“Over the next year we plan to double the content you can find on Xbox,” said Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi said. With that, Paramount, Nickelodeon, Machinima, and Univision, join the 35 existing media offering currently on the Xbox 360.
But this isn’t just about watching more content. Microsoft doubled-down on Kinect interaction and added voice controls for Bing and Internet Explorer. Xbox Music is hitting this summer. Xbox SmartGlass promises Wii U like gaming functions and AirPlay like syncing. The Xbox isn’t a computer in the living room – that will probably never happen – but it does bring the best of the web to the biggest TV in the house in a way not possible with the cable box.
Equal parts creepy and adorable, CyanogenMod’s new character has been gifted his first big appearance, in his own animation for the Android modder platform of choice. Cid (that’s short for CyanogenMod ID) will replace the slightly overfamiliar skateboarding Android icon when you turn on your now tinkered-with gadget. Gaze at his sweetly-sinister glow right after the break.
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Controlling a robot in the home has often been limited to manual steering with some kind of handheld controller or meticulously pre-programming it with step-by-step motor commands. While sophisticated autonomous navigation solutions like SLAM are still the stuff of research labs, Harsha Kikkeri of the Microsoft Robotics team has put together available hardware (EDDIE platform from Parallax), with the Kinect sensor and Microsoft’s Robotics Developer Studio 4 to create a personal assistant that will follow him around, play music, deliver snacks or just about anything else its robust chassis can carry. For more information and to download Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4, visit www.microsoft.com
Facebook’s status as the world’s largest photo-sharing network has been talked about a lot recently, and the company’s continuing to acknowledge the importance of pictures by tweaking and improving how it displays your shots. The latest change, first reported by TechCrunch, is to make photos pop even more in the site’s news feed both by displaying larger versions of shots, and showing more at once. The new design is apparently being rolled out slowly, and will show one full-column photo above three smaller shots in the feed — the new look matches a similar tweak to the Facebook mobile interface from a couple of weeks ago. Facebook’s clearly emphasizing photos, and making sure you’ve got a nice big place to show off the shots you took w…
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Most decisions about ebook availability come down to disagreements with publishers or lawsuits. Novelist Stephen King is deciding to keep his upcoming novel Joyland away from the digital ream for a different reason: the aesthetics and nostalgia of the physical medium. The book — about a student who must face a murder while working at a carnival in 1973 — is being published by Hard Case Crime, a smaller imprint known for its stylistic throwbacks to the pulp novels of the 1940′s. “I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts,” King said in a statement. “I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we’re going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in…
this is test drive movie of beta version of DSG Indicator. I made a special printed circuit board for DSG Indicator. black front panel is made by printed circuit board pair with main board. this is one of method for smart packaging. DSG Indicator uses 128x128dot color Organic-LED Display from 4D-Systems. startup logo is customizable with put bitmap to microSD on OLED unit.
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The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has met with more disapproval in Europe. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will make a final decision on the agreement based on an International Trade Commission (ITC) recommendation. The ITC’s decision will be influenced by four EU committees that focus on legal affairs, civil liberties, industry, and development respectively. Today the official EU website is reporting that the legal affairs, civil liberties, and development committees have all declined to approve the agreement.
Today’s news is the latest in a string of failures for ACTA. After passing silently behind closed doors, the bill has been slammed by privacy advocates, which lead to the European Court of Justice launching…
We’re living in a post-PC era, which means you likely have a few laptops/netbooks you’re looking to toss out in exchange for a shiny new mobile device. That said, Amazon’s trade-in program has recently included laptops, notebooks, and netbooks to its eligibility list.
The process is pretty simple.
Head on over to Amazon.com/tradein and do a search for the products you want to get rid of. Once you’ve chosen the correct model, you’re asked to label the condition of the device: like new, good, or acceptable.
From there, you’re given the necessary information to send in the device, and once it’s received by Amazon, you’ll be given the specified amount in store credit, direct to your online account.
Of course, there are plenty of other trade-in programs that will accept your old gadgetry, including Gazelle and BuyMyTronics.com. But for those of us who spend a lot of time shopping on Amazon, this seems like one of the more convenient routes to take.
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LG has been leaving its smartphone owners on pins and needles for their promised Android 4.0 upgrades. It’s now starting to take action: if we go by poorly machine-translated Korean, the Optimus LTE, Optimus LTE Tag and Optimus Vu will all get Google’s latest starting June 4th. Everyone gets the new UI 3.0 layer, but those who’ve leapt on the Optimus Vu’s phablet frame will get “additional features” that we understand will take advantage of the extra-wide dimensions for side-by-side note-taking. LG’s remarks still leave some gaps in the Ice Cream Sandwich story, such as when Nitro HD owners get the new software. Even so, we’re glad to see that owners of LG’s crème de la crème in at least some corners of the Earth can enjoy Chrome and other Android 4.0 perks in the very near future.