Microsoft, Xbox

XBOX ONE: an all-in-one home entertainment system

xbox_one Microsoft's Don Mattrick summed up the vision for the Xbox 360's successor today. It will serve as the hub "where all your entertainment comes alive in one place," and will be called Xbox One. Introduced as an “all-in-one home entertainment system” for games and entertainment, Xbox One's shell harkens back to that of the first Xbox. The curves of the 360 have been hammered out and attributes to a rather austere and monolithic looking Xbox One. It doesn't shout gaming console, ...

Microsoft, Xbox

The next Xbox is here [live blog]

Xbox launch The time has come. After almost 12 years of gaming pleasure, Microsoft will today reveal the successor to its wildly successful console, the Xbox 360. The PS4 has dropped most of its secrets, but Microsoft has remained very cagey, outside of the Xbox hardware leak a few months prior. Live from Redmond, Washington Microsoft’s plans of world domination will come together -- not without Sony fighting tooth and nail to remind us that it’s also bringing out a console. Maybe Microsoft ...

Acer, Microsoft, Tablets

World’s first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet accidentally outed on Amazon

Windows 8 Start Screen If you love the size of the iPad mini or the Galaxy Note 8, but hate iOS and Android (what? It's entirely possible), then this should pique your interest: Acer looks set to launch the world's first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet. Images of the tablet briefly appeared on Amazon on Friday showing an 8.1-inch device with 32GB of memory, a 1280 X 800 screen and retailing for US$379.99. The reason there's been a dearth of smaller tablets so far is ...

Microsoft, Xbox

Next-gen Xbox event at Microsoft HQ 21 May

Xbox launch Come 21 May 2013, Microsoft will announce the next Xbox 720/Durango. At 10am in Microsofts headquarters located at Redmond, Washington the next great console will hopefully be revealed on stage, unlike the PS4 hardware which remains in the shadows. The invite reads “A new generation revealed. Don Mattrick and the Xbox team invite you to the Xbox campus for a special unveiling.” Mattrick is Microsoft's president of Interactive Entertainment Business. Microsoft will broadcast this event on Xbox Live, as well as ...

Apple, Applications, Windows

Facebook Home not coming to iOS or Windows Phone anytime soon

Facebook home lead The story of Facebook Home porting to Windows Phone and iOS broke earlier this week, and was quickly debunked as sources inside Facebook have confirmed that there are no porting plans for Microsoft and Apple’s platforms. Bloomberg originally reported that Facebook Home, the software hub for all things Facebook, was planned for iOS and Windows Phone platforms. While both companies allegedly have great working relationships with Facebook, Home simply won’t appear on either platform. Mark Zuckerberg kind of confirmed it when ...

Games, Reviews, Tablets, Windows

Razer Edge review: a gaming tablet that blows the mind

Razer Edge When you hear the phrase "tablet gaming," what comes to mind? Angry Birds, Infinity Blade and The Walking Dead games? Well what if we told you that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Batman: Arkham City and Far Cry 3 were now tablet territory? That's the dream being dreamt by the gaming aficionados at Razer. The makers of high-end gaming laptops like the Razer Blade and slick peripherals like the Razer Sabertooth controller now present the Razer Edge. This Windows 8 tablet for the hardcore set comes in two flavors: Razer Edge and Razer ...

Mobile Phones, Reviews, Windows

Huawei Ascend W1 review: ready for a cheap Windows Phone 8 thrill?

AscendW1 After more leaks than a wicker canoe, the Huawei Ascend W1 was finally unveiled at CES 2013 as the Chinese firm's first Windows Phone 8smartphone. Aimed at the bottom end of the market, the Ascend W1 doesn't sport the premium polycarbonate unibody of the Nokia Lumia 920 or the sultry design of the HTC 8X, as it looks instead to rub shoulders with the Lumia 520 and various Android handsets such as the Ascend G330, Orange San Diego and ZTE Blade 3. With its rivals in mind you won't be surprised when we tell ...

Microsoft, Xbox

Microsoft creative director: If next Xbox is always-online we must ‘#dealwithit’

Orth This is fairly weird, funny and fantastic at the same time. Adam Orth, the creative director at Microsoft Studios took to Twitter and ranted about the fate of the next “always-online” Xbox. Microsoft has confirmed nothing about the next Xbox, but most of the rumours point towards it being a constantly connected device that will require the internet for authentication. Much like with the upcoming PS4. Here’s Orth’s fascinating twitter exchange: Please excuse the poor screen capture. Orth has to confirm ...

hands on, Reviews, Tablets, Windows

Dell XPS 18 hands-on review: an enormous all-in-one PC

Dell's new XPS 18 has an 18.4-inch 1080p screen. But yes, it's a tablet.- albeit one that can double as an all-in-one PC. It's in the same vein as the pretty average Sony Tap 20 - so can it do better than sony at the 'family tablet' idea? For one thing, the tablet part is a lot lighter than the cumbersome Tap 20 and is absolutely fine for having on your lap - it's around 2.3Kg compared to over 5kg for the Tap. ...

Microsoft, Windows

Flash now works on IE 10 as Microsoft softens software policies

internet-explorer-10-release-preview Microsoft wasn’t behind Flash when Windows 8 launched, and had blocked most flash sites on Internet Explorer (Metro version). Today however, Microsoft has overturned this verdict and will activate Flash for all sites, minus four percent of the sites that were tested and ran Flash on Windows 8 “poorly”. This activation comes in the form of an update for Internet Explorer 10, as highlighted in the official Microsoft blog. Arstechnica reports that all Flash sites were “whitelisted”. In other words, every ...


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