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  • The Xbook Duo is the first, and only backwards compatible Xbox One

    We’ve seen some Frankenstein monster consoles in the wild before, with tinkerers shoving every conceivable system into one tiny box, but what if one doesn’t want Sony or Nintendo crashing the party? Well, here’s the latest DIY attempt at solving the Xbox One’s backward compatibility hate once and for all, and it’s epic. The Xbook Duo melds the power of the Xbox One with the post-gen fun of the Xbox 360 into a portable, relatively compact (compared to the Xbox One’s case, at least) form factor. Its father, Eddie Zarick, merely constructed it as proof of concept and the system...

  • Microsoft to drop free Xbox Music streaming service in December

    If you’ve been using Xbox Music on you PC for the last two years, you’d better start exporting your playlist or cough-up the dough. Microsoft will be discontinuing its free Xbox Music streaming service on 1 December 2014. As it stands, users can either opt to pay a monthly fee of US$10 for an Xbox Music Pass, download songs at set prices individually, or use the free PC version that includes ads. The latter will be scrapped. Ever since its inception on 2012, the music service has tried to take on online streaming giants like Spotify and Apple’s iTunes....

  • Xbox One November update brings achievement art backgrounds, TV trending lists

    The wizards behind Microsoft‘s ever-improving Xbox One console have previewed the latest update due for release next month, and it seems that there’s a larger focus on TV, personalisation and Store improvements. So what can users expect then? UI customisations According to Xbox’s Major Nelson, users will finally be able to customise their background with a “custom color or achievement art”. More interesting customisations are promised later down the road — thank goodness. This was the most requested feature according to Xbox One’s complaint’s box. Secondly, gamers can also now share bios and location on their profiles, and display a carousel of favourite...

  • Microsoft’s wearable is coming ‘within weeks’, according to report

    Great, another wearable. After esteemed technology companies, jewelry designers and even sup-par musicians all jumped on board the promising wearable bandwagon, we’ve been wondering where Redmond’s position is in all of this. While we reported back in April that Microsoft is planning a wearable, it was merely just a rumour. But now, reports suggest that we could see a wrist-wrangler straight out of Redmond “within weeks”. But what will Microsoft do differently as opposed to the Android Wear crowd? According to Forbes, the wearable will be cross platform, holding hands with some of the industry’s biggest mobile OS’, including Windows Phone,...

  • Windows 10 Technical Preview available to download today, here’s how to get it

    It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for since everyone realised how awful Windows 8 is. Windows 10, Microsoft‘s apology letter to its disgruntled desktop and enterprise users, goes live today. Well, the Technical Preview, at least. Users who sign up to the Windows Insider Program will have access to the operating system, through it’s pre-natal stage all the way up to retail release, and the adventure starts today. But be warned, your path is marked with potentially crippling bugs and a swathes of unforeseen pitfalls. Those brave enough to advance, hardware required to test the ware is relatively standard. Only 1GB...

  • It’s called Windows 10: Microsoft surprises everyone with unexpected name, improved UI

    It has been a bumpy ride for Microsoft’s Windows division since the release of Windows 8 two years ago, but its time of torment looks to be over. Finally. After a not-so-secretive lead up, the new Windows is here, but it’s not what we were expecting. Unveiled today at a tiny San Francisco event, Microsoft’s latest stab at this “operating system thing” was thankfully not made in the dark, because the world definitely couldn’t deal with another poorly designed desktop OS. And as far as operating systems go, Windows 10 (yes, not Windows 9 like everyone supposed) looks to be...

  • Winning: Windows 9 may be free upgrade for Windows 8.x users

    Tomorrow could be big for Microsoft, as it launches Windows 9. With just under 24-hours until the company’s biggest launch since Vista, Microsoft is trying to win back its fans in a major way, at least according to one loose-lipped official. How major? It seems that Redmond is about to play its “I’m so sorry, here’s a cookie” card, by offering Windows 8.x users the chance to upgrade to its forthcoming OS free of charge. CEO and President of the company’s Indonesian operations, Andrew Diantoro, has spilled the information in quite a declaratory manner on local website detik.com. His statement is...

  • Is the Xbox One the best console for South Africa? Not quite

    The Xbox One is like an unnecessarily tardy friend, always missing the interesting part of the party. Now that it has finally arrived, it’s too late, because the PS4 is already rapping and dancing to MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This.” And frankly, it’s difficult to see how the Xbox One draw attention away from that. Ready for #XboxOne South Africa? It’s available tomorrow in select retail stores across the country. pic.twitter.com/dtr1C8RDN5 — Microsoft SA (@MicrosoftSA) September 22, 2014 After South African gamers have been familiarising themselves with Sony’s latest gaming machine, the Xbox One was held back — for nearly 10 months....

  • Incredible Connection launching Xbox One midnight in South Africa

    The never-ending wait for the Xbox One ceases tonight, at least if Incredible Connection has anything to do about it. The South African technology retailer will launch the console at midnight, 23 September at 17 selected stores across the country, for one hour. In the wee hours of tomorrow morning, the retailer will award the first ten buyers of the “must have” Xbox One bundle at each store, a R1000 voucher each, as well as a 10% discount on any other item they desire in store (excluding the Xbox One, of course). The announcement comes just hours before the machine is...

  • Microsoft to hold ‘Windows 9′ event 30 September

    We’ve seen the leaks, the shoddy screenshots and the German-techno desktop recordings, but now Microsoft has announced a “Windows event” that will likely see the unveiling of the company’s latest operating system. Emails came buzzing out of Redmond yesterday, with a note a little less coy than Apple’s terrible attempt. We’re guaranteed to see the new version of Windows in action, at least according to the invite. For now, we don’t know what it’s going to be called. Anything from Windows 9, One and the codename “Threshold” has been quoted, but the world will have to wait and see (and deal...