New Version of Xbox in 2013

The new version of Xbox console will only be available to gaming fans by end of 2013. According to this report from Bloomberg, the company is slated to release the next version of its Xbox video-game machine, the top-selling console, in time for the holidays next year, according to people familiar with the company’s plans.

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The new device is planned for Thanksgiving and Christmas sales, said the people, who declined to be identified because the product road map is confidential. The software maker hasn’t decided whether to unveil the new Xbox at an industry event such as the E3 show in June, or a separate event devoted solely to the machine, one of the people said.

Rival Nintendo’s Wii U has already gone on sale this year and Sony has also launched a slimmer version of the PS3.

Currently the XBox 360 has been a big hit for Microsoft wit the company selling nearly750,000 over the week around Thanksgiving, surpassing company expectations , according to the Bloomberg report.

So what is the new device going to be named? It seems that it will be called Xbox 720. This report in ArsTechnica states that according to a leak in June this year has a 56 page document which appeared to come from internal Microsoft slides leaked on to Scribd, revealing a road map for the new Xbox and this referred to new console as as the Xbox 720

Microsoft Pro version of Surface tablet prices at $899

Microsoft said on Thursday, Microsoft’s Surface tablet running a full version of Windows 8 Pro will start selling in January for $899.if you want a keyboard cover and the popular Office suite of software you will have to pay more.

The current Surface runs only specially designed applications from Microsoft and others sold through the company’s online store

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To Promote Mango Microsoft Taking Windows Phone On A Road Trip

This will transpire over a month-long period. Four different acts have been picked up to perform. How well people looking to see a concert will transform into technology hype is hard to gauge, but Microsoft can certainly afford the experiment.

To promote the Windows Phone mobile line, and its recent update, the Mango release, Microsoft is taking its smartphone platform around the United States, throwing parties in its name, dishing out the booze, and hiring local talent to put on a show.

Microsoft has warned that tickets are quite limited for the event, and is encouraging people to sign up in a hurry. TNW Microsoft will likely visit the Chicago event, and will report on its doings once the hangover wears off.

Right, to the dates, in case you are into such things:

Chicago

  • November 11 & 12 Featuring: The Drums

Los Angeles

  • November 30 & December 1 Featuring: MuteMath

New York City

  • November 7 & 8 Featuring: Matt and Kim

Dallas

  • November 16 & 17 Featuring: Young The Giant

San Francisco

  • December 6 & 7

Microsoft does know how to throw a party. At least the drinks are more than functional.

How does this sort of thing boost a smartphone line? I can appreciate the need for ‘buzz,’ but is this the way to go about getting it? Perhaps if there was a music service tie-in, but as it stands.

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Microsoft Denies That It’s Gathering Data From Windows Phone Cameras

Microsoft has said its mobile phones running Windows Phone 7, the company’s newest mobile operating system, are not keeping location data without alerting users.

Microsoft was the target of a lawsuit last week when security experts determined that Windows Phone 7 cameras were capturing location data whenever owners took a photo without alerting the user. The phone allegedly sends that location data to Microsoft, according to the lawsuit. Microsoft has said any location data cannot be correlated with a specific user, which ensures privacy.

First reported by Reuters, the new lawsuit against Microsoft was filed in a Seattle federal court Wednesday. The suit claims that Microsoft intentionally created software on its Windows 7 operating system designed to ignore users’ requests to not be tracked.

The recent suit alleges that despite previous claims of innocence, Microsoft devices still transmit users’ location data without their consent. Specifically the suit claims that Microsoft is illegally collecting the latitude and longitude coordinates of devices running the OS’ camera application.

 

The suit seeks an injunction against devices running the software, punitive damages and a number of as yet undisclosed “remedies.”

In response to the allegations Microsoft has issued a fresh statement, again insisting its devices do not illegally track users’ locations.

 

 

One Among Many

The lawsuit follows a similar case made against Apple earlier in 2011. The case was mounted after concerns arose suggesting that Apple’s popular iPhone series of smartphones collected and stored users’ locations for up to a year, even after the owner had turned the tracking software off.

The suit, reported by Bloomberg in April 2011, was mounted by Apple customers Vikram Ajjampur inFlorida, and William Devito in New York.

The report listed two claims by computer programmers who said they discovered code proving Apple’s iOS 4 operating system collected and logged users’ latitude-longitude coordinates.
Following the U.S. lawsuit a number of other complaints about iOS devices alleged illegal data collection have arisen. Most recently in early August Apple was found guilty and fined by South Korea’s communications regulator for illegally collecting users’ data.

The regulating authority reportedly fined Apple $2,855 after ruling that the company’s iPad tablet did illegally collect and store users’ location data.

A similar series of allegations have also been mounted against Google’s Android operating system, both in the U.S. and numerous other locations across the globe.

 

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USB 3.0 support in Windows 8……@Microsoft

Microsoft has just announced that USB 3.0 support will be a part of its forthcoming operating system,Windows 8.According to Microsoft  “Each and every USB device, low, full, high, and SuperSpeed, has to work in Windows 8”.
Most important with USB 3.0 is improved power management that results in longer battery life and the higher transfer speeds you’d expect.USB 3.0 is the latest standard for USB connectivity,it supports transmission speeds of up to 5Gbit/s, 10x faster than USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/s). A number of laptops now support USB 3.0, including models from Sony, Toshiba and Dell.
Microsoft has created a brand new Microsoft USB Test Tool (or MUTT) to ensure everything works without a hitch,this USB test tool is a collection of 1,000 different USB devices on one single USB thumb drive.
Microsoft said that a USB 3.0 based storage devices should be able to transfer a high-def movie to a PC via a USB 3.0 port in just 80 seconds. That same file would take 15 minutes to transfer via a USB 2.0 port. USB 3.0 also provides 80 percent more power than USB 2.0 ports.
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Effects of Google’s Motorola Deal On Windows Phone!!!!

Microsoft has got to be of two minds when it comes to digesting the Monday morning shocker that Google is seeking to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.

On one hand, the deal could give Google even more power and threaten the royalty stream Microsoft has been seeking to collect on Android-based devices. However, it could also give handset makers and carriers — already leery of Google’s control — a reason to give Windows Phone some added attention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“There’s no doubt they are going to have to give Windows Phone

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