Microsoft, News, Xbox

Netflix, Hulu no longer trapped behind Xbox Live Gold paywall

Xbox One Launch Event Well, here's some news arriving earlier than expected. After speculation that Microsoft will drop Xbox Live Gold's streaming paywall for services like Netflix and Hulu, the company has not only confirmed it, but added that it will offer refunds to disgruntled Gold subscribers.  That means those who wish to use their Xbox as a streaming media device will no longer need to pay Microsoft and the streaming service (Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO). Additionally, users will be reimbursed on condition they fit the ...

Microsoft, Xbox

Finally: Xbox Live Gold paywall for Hulu, Netflix to die off

Xbox One Logo The much-hated Xbox Live Gold paywall may soon be relaxed, allowing all Xbox Live users access to premium content, ArsTechnica reports. Currently Netflix and Hulu Plus are only accessible to premium Xbox Live Gold members, on top of additional service-specific costs. But a move by Microsoft could see all 48-million Xbox Live users reap the benefits of these services without paying an additional Live Gold fee. This would include users of the Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles. ArsTechnica has also suggested that ...

Microsoft

No more mouse: Microsoft Research invents Leap-like gesture keyboard

Keyboard Microsoft Research's intuitive designers have developed an augmented reality mechanical keyboard - or more concisely, a keyboard with touch and gesture ability. The "Type-Hover-Swipe" project integrates "a low-resolution matrix of infrared (IR) proximity sensors" dotted among a set of a standard qwerty keys. Not only does this keyboard allow the user to type (or what you'd traditionally expect from a keyboard), it also gives the user the power of gesture and touch commands, much like Microsoft Surface 2's interface or the ...

Microsoft, Xbox One

Microsoft earnings down but Xbox One and Surface (shockingly) sees growth

Satya Nadella, Microsoft. 2014-01 Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it's made a whole lot of money when it revealed its Q3 2014 earnings. A GAAP revenue of US$20.4 billion was announced with operating income standing at US$6.97 billion. Diluted earnings per share stood at US$0.68 while the company's net income for the quarter was US$5.66 billion. According to the press release, devices and consumer revenue was promising, increasing by 12% to US$8.3 billion. The strongest performers included the Xbox One console selling 1.2 million units, ...

iPad, Microsoft, News

Microsoft Office apps debut on iPad, become most popular on iTunes

Office Microsoft's Office 365 suite has finally made its way to the iPad. After years of rumours, the iPad suite currently consists of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the less popular OneNote. Interestingly, Office apps became the most downloaded in the first few hours after their on iTunes. The three apps, with the exception of the tad older OneNote app, were ranked most popular in less than twelve hours after they were launched competing with the likes of Apple's iWork. While Microsoft ...

Windows

VLC beta for Windows 8 now out, get downloading

VLC windows 8 Looking for a reason to watch films on Windows 8? VLC's the answer. Today, the VLC beta finally launches and is available right now for download from the Microsoft Store. If you can believe it, VLC for Windows began as a Kickstarter project almost 18 months ago by VideoLAN. VLC for Windows 8 plays "any kind of video" and features MKV (1080p vide0) plus FLAC (lossless audio) support, two high-definition formats. One of the goals of the project was to ensure x86 ...

Mobile Phones, Windows

Is Windows Phone 8.1 turning ‘Blue’?

Windows Phone Blue Is it all but confirmed that Windows Phone 8.1 will be called "Windows Phone Blue"? The screenshot above is reportedly part of an internal memo sent to teams within Microsoft, outlining the name of the new mobile OS says WinPhollers. The site says "it [Windows Phone Blue] is confirmed." but it's going to take more than a rumour to convince us. As most of us know, Windows 8.1 was rumoured to be called "Windows Blue" (after a Microsoft employee listed it ...

Microsoft, News, Windows

Windows 8.1 Update 1 leak shows PC-friendly mouse and keyboard focus

Windows 8.1 A leaked version of Microsoft's upcoming update for Windows 8.1 has been out in the wild since late January. Annoyingly referred to as Windows 8.1 Update 1, the leak suggests that Microsoft will focus on improving navigation as well as the startup experience to make it a more PC-friendly OS. There will be a new title bar for the Windows 8 tiles which will enable you to close, minimize, and snap apps side-by-side using your mouse. This means fewer keyboard ...

Windows

Windows 8.1 update sweeps ‘Metro’ under the rug, boots to desktop by default

Windows 8.1 Dislike the blocky look of Windows 8? It may be pushed into the background by default with March Update 1 of Windows 8.1 says The Verge. It began with the brilliant Windows 8.1 update which gave users the option of bypassing Microsoft's vision of the future, the Start screen or "Metro", and possibly ends with this upcoming update. The reason? To "improve the OS for keyboard and mouse users". This is Microsoft's smartest move with Windows 8 yet, if it ...

Lumia, Microsoft, Reviews

Nokia Lumia 1020: the best call making camera in town

Paris with the 1020 On a recent trip to Paris, I took some of the most amazing photographs that I had ever taken on a mobile device. The richness of the colours and the luxurious hues made my images come to life and, quite honestly, delicious to look at it. This was possible because the device I was taking those pictures on was the Nokia Lumia 1020. Design: meet the skinny hunchback I am not going focus on this too much because if you've seen one ...

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