The Xbox One Reveal in Under Two Minutes: TV, TV, TV, Sports, Call of Duty, TV

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One, the successor to the 8-year-old Xbox 360. The console’s reveal has been met with a wide variety of criticism and praise, but there’s one thing that can’t be denied. Xbox is aiming to make this box the purveyor of big-name content, and wants to expand deep beyond gaming. Microsoft–obviously–wants the Xbox One to be your living room set-top box.

Most gamers aren’t happy with these countless new “bloat” features. They just want to play games. If you’re one of these people, you’ll probably find the above video humorous, as it plainly demonstrates the countless pushes Microsoft is making to see that the Xbox is more than just a gaming machine. On top of that, it dramatizes the fact that a new Xbox can’t be announced without a new Call of Duty. The two are synonymous.

Hilarious. How do you feel about the Xbox being expanded to provide even more non-game content?

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Microsoft Criticizes iPad in Latest Windows 8 Tablet Ad

It seems that one major tech corporation bashing another is becoming the norm in TV advertisements that Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia and other companies have released in recent months. In this latest Microsoft ad, the Redmond-based giant uses Siri as a voice-over to promote Windows 8 tablets over the industry-leading iPad.

Microsoft mocks the iPad for its lack of Live Tiles and PowerPoint support. Moreover, the ad promotes the $449 price tag of the 64 GB Asus VivoTab tablet versus $699 for the 64 GB model iPad. Microsoft finishes the 30-second spot with the tagline, “less talking, more doing,” a subtle jab at the Siri voice assistant.  (more…)

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How Will Apple Combat the Xbox One?

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The Xbox One introduces and expands various aspects of the current Xbox 360, but perhaps most importantly are the upgrades given to the various features that support the Microsoft’s entertainment play. The most visible of these features include further support for streaming content, which makes the Xbox One a very attractive set-top box.

Of the largest players in the set-top box space is Apple, with the Apple TV. While still just a “hobby,” the device’s shipments have steadily grown as Apple has updated both the hardware and software to stay competitive in the set-top box landscape.

But how will Apple adapt its strategy to better take on the Xbox One? (more…)

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Introducing the Next-Generation Xbox One

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Microsoft has just announced the next-generation Xbox One at a press event on its Redmond campus, featuring voice-based commands such as “Xbox On” and new Kinect motion gestures, interactive TV and apps, Xbox Guide and much more. The console will launch around the world “later this year,” likely alongside the PlayStation 4. No mention of price.

The new Xbox One has a sleek design and brand new controller, with an 8-core CPU, 8 GB of RAM, 500 GB hard drive, USB 3.0, HDMI in/out, Blu-ray drive and integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi. A new 1080p Kinect camera detects the slightest movement of your wrist and even your heartbeat, and can also be used for Skype video calls. The new Xbox uses native 64-bit architecture akin to Windows.  (more…)

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Next-Generation Xbox Announcement Commences at 1 PM Eastern

Xbox IconMicrosoft is streaming live the announcement of its next-generation Xbox console, rumored to be named “Xbox Infinity” or “Xbox 720,” at the Xbox Reveal event on its Redmond campus at 1:00 PM Eastern (10:00 AM Pacific).

Just yesterday, Sony released a teaser video of its latest PlayStation console, which launches by yearend. The forthcoming Xbox, PlayStation 4 and Wii U will comprise the eight-generation of console gaming.

The latest Xbox is rumored to use powerful computer chips to deliver a fluid gaming experience, alongside a potential cloud streaming service and augmented reality integration. Follow the discussion on the iFans forums as the live event gets underway, or on Twitter using the #XboxReveal hashtag.

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Bill Gates is Again the World’s Richest Man

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Microsoft co-founder and leading philanthropist Bill Gates has reclaimed his position as the world’s richest man, despite having donated over $28 billion to charities through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The resurgence of Gates as the world’s richest individual is the result of Microsoft shares posting gains of 28 percent on the stock market this year, as his 6.3 percent stake in the corporation makes him the largest individual shareholder.

Gates has an estimated worth of $72.7 billion, which gives the Microsoft chairman the number-one spot on the Billboard Billionaires Index for the first time since 2007. Mexican investor Carlos Slim, who saw his shares of America Movil decline 14 percent this year, was the most recent titleholder of “world’s richest man,” and now sits in second. American businessman Warren Buffett is third-richest with $59.7 billion.

[USA Today]

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Windows Phone Leapfrogs BlackBerry for Third Place in Mobile Space

Trio-Windows-Phone-8X-HTCWindows Phone is now the third-largest mobile platform worldwide, gaining more than triple its market share year-over-year and leapfrogging the recovering BlackBerry in the midst.

According to the latest numbers from IDC, a leading market research firm, 7 million Windows Phone units were shipped in the first quarter for 3.2 percent market share. BlackBerry moved 6.3 million units, but dropped to 2.9 percent market share.  (more…)

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Bill Gates Recounts His Last Conversation With Steve Jobs

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The competitive nature of the relationship between Bill Gates, founder and (until fairly recently) CEO of Microsoft, and Steve Jobs is well-publicized. What isn’t as well-known is that the two became friends later in life, close enough so that Jobs invited Gates over for what would become the last conversation between the two.

60 Minutes has interviewed Bill Gates, and the program includes some thoughts of Steve Jobs, as well as some details of that final conversation. The conversation was emotional:

Gates grew emotional as he recalled visiting Jobs just before his death. The billionaire welled up as he described their last conversation, which he described as “forward-looking.”

“He showed me the boat he was working on,” said Gates, “and talked about how he’s looking forward to being on it, even though we both knew there was a good chance that wouldn’t happen.”

The full interview can be seen after the break.


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Opinion: Don’t Expect an iTunes Windows 8 App Any Time Soon


In an interview with CNN Money, Tami Reller of Windows said that Microsoft has been trying to get Apple to build a native iTunes application for Windows 8. ”The welcome mat has been laid out,” she said, but the Cupertino corporation is apparently reluctant; she says you shouldn’t expect it to come “any time soon.” (more…)

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3 Android Smartphones Shipped For Every iPhone in First Quarter

Android-Eating-AppleThe latest numbers from research firm Canalys are in for worldwide smart mobile device shipments, and Android continues to hold a significant lead. A staggering 183.7 million Android devices were shipped in the first quarter, accounting for 59.5 percent market share. Meanwhile, Apple shipped an estimated 59.6 million devices for 19.3 percent share of the market.

Microsoft finished a close third place behind Apple, capturing 18.1 percent of the market on shipments of 55.9 million devices. It’s important to note that Canalys factors in notebooks alongside tablets and smartphones, so much of Microsoft’s success lies in its strength in the PC market. On the contrary, Windows Phone handset and Microsoft Surface tablet sales have been dismal compared to market leaders Apple and Samsung.  (more…)

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