View all blog posts (287) - Greene County Daily World Freedom Festival sponsored Classic Cruisers ... Misfortune with no fortune in my fortune cookie ... legacy left of helping local ... 05/21/2013 - 5:44 am | View Link
Can Intel Survive After Paul Otellini? - Atlantic Monthly ... of so many friends and so much good fortune. ... with 100,000 employees with a 40-year legacy. ... The way Otellini vanquished AMD is a ... 05/20/2013 - 3:26 pm | View Link
Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Broadway World Wish Your Heart Makes" and the classic "Bibbidi ... LEGACY HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE 5/28-5/30/2013 A pop ... carnivore who offers him fame and fortune ... 05/19/2013 - 1:06 pm | View Link
Everything revolves around Orb - Chicago Tribune ... connections, Orb created a richer legacy with ... family, Henry Phipps, earned his fortune in a ... A classic, classic illustration.Perhaps ... 05/16/2013 - 2:14 pm | View Link
Paul Otellini's Intel: Can the Company That Built the Future Survive ... - Yahoo! Finance ... of so many friends and so much good fortune. ... with 100,000 employees with a 40-year legacy. ... way Otellini vanquished AMD is a classic ... 05/16/2013 - 1:18 pm | View Link
Reviews News Headlines Get the latest Reviews news headlines from Yahoo! News. Find breaking Reviews news, including analysis and opinion on top Reviews stories, photos and more. 05/20/2013 - 2:26 am | View Link
Tech News Headlines Get the latest Tech news headlines from Yahoo! News. Find breaking Tech news, including analysis and opinion on top Tech stories. 05/20/2013 - 12:39 am | View Link
Opinion News Headlines Get the latest opinion news headlines from Yahoo! News. Find breaking opinion news, including analysis and opinion on top opinion stories, photos and more. 05/19/2013 - 9:11 pm | View Link
Docs of disgraced Legion of Christ released in RI PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Documents related to a disgraced Roman Catholic order called the Legion of Christ were released to the public Friday amid a legal ... 02/15/2013 - 1:19 pm | View Link
Dear Abby's legacy: Wit, warmth, and snappy advice Dear Abby's legacy: Wit, warmth, and snappy advice 'Dear Abby' advice columnist, dead at 94, is remembered for a rapier wit and a deep compassion 01/17/2013 - 6:54 pm | View Link
Southern Gospel Views From The Back Row Folks, this is the last post you will ever see on the site known as Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row. The new mega-blog is now official and operating. 05/20/2013 - 5:40 am | View Website
Rob Attack | Because he gives us a reason to smile! Because he gives us a reason to smile! ... Good evenin’, ladies! It goes without sayin’ that Rob could give lessons in the Art of Seduction, but I’m not here to ... 05/20/2013 - 3:16 am | View Website
Original Sources and 19th C. Texts | Jane Austen's World This Jane Austen blog brings Jane Austen, her novels, and the Regency Period alive through food, dress, social customs, and other 19th C. historical details related ... 05/19/2013 - 7:31 pm | View Website
Big Ten Expansion Lacrosse-Style, Potential Catholic 7 Fallout and ... A Completely Logical Chicago and Illini Sports Blog and Random Thoughts on Politics, Pop Culture, and the World (by Frank the Tank) 05/19/2013 - 3:25 am | View Website
Vintage Karma Tattoo and Art Studio | the home of artist Ainslie ... the home of artist Ainslie Heilich in Tuscola, IL (by Ainslie) ... I am proud to announce that I am one of the artists featured in the updated edition of Bodies of ... 05/18/2013 - 7:25 pm | View Website
Sony Music The Legacy | Facebook Sony Music The Legacy. 62,784 likes · 8,415 talking about this. 05/20/2013 - 8:31 am | View Website
Elizabeth Taylor had amassed $600 million fortune in properties ... Screen queen Elizabeth Taylor has left behind a fortune worth at least $600 million, much of which is expected to go to the AIDS charities she championed for decades. 05/19/2013 - 8:00 pm | View Website
Fortune Brainstorm: GREEN | Facebook EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Leaves a Legacy of Cleaner Air, Safer Water, and More Stable Climate: http://bit.ly/UnqoR0 Lisa Jackson recently announced she will be ... 05/19/2013 - 4:25 pm | View Website
CGRundertow JAK AND DAXTER: THE PRECURSOR LEGACY for PlayStation 3 ... Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy review. Classic Game Room presents a CGRundertow review of the Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy remake, part of ... 05/19/2013 - 3:21 pm | View Website
Wheel Of Fortune (Magic card) Wheel Of Fortune: ... Card Type: Sorcery Casting Cost: 2 Card Text: All players must discard their hands and draw seven new cards. 05/19/2013 - 2:02 pm | View Website
Now leading the pack in gaming consoles, Microsoft’s future growth lies outside the gaming sphere. We’ll surely see tons of games at E3 in a few weeks, but at the big reveal of the Xbox One, the company chose to focus on non-gaming features, such as media streaming and Skype conversations.
But what makes streaming and entertainment a true upgrade on the Xbox One, which already has access to almost all streaming platforms? Instant Switching. It allows you to switch between inputs, games, menus, internet explorer, and almost anything else almost instantly. And what’s more, it lets you layer the power of Microsoft partnerships and information across live TV.
The Xbox responds to the voice; saying “Xbox On” turns on the console to the homescreen. The UI is familiar, and lets you see what you were doing last, along with trending content from friends, and other panels like games, tv, etc. But then you say “Xbox watch TV”, and live TV pops on. “Xbox show Guide”, and the guide pops up letting you see what’s available on Live TV. “Xbox watch ESPN”, and bloop, ESPN is on. Instant Switching at its best.
And here’s where it gets interesting:
“Xbox show Fantasy,” and instantly, along the right side of the screen showing a Knicks vs Celtics game you’ll see a run-down on your fantasy league, letting you access further information and even make alterations in real-time, right alongside the game itself.
This is thanks to a feature called Snapmode, which will offer new interactive experiences for Live TV. This includes social, applications, and more.
Because Xbox is now tapping into your live TV, it offers a more targeted and complete entertainment UI, with favorites showing all of your favorite content in a single destination.
And it’s all powered by your voice, should you like. What’s that? Is that the voice of Microsoft telling the hundreds of thousands of Xbox 360 owners out there, who proudly revel in their ownership of what’s considered the most popular gaming console out there, that they should maybe think about upgrading?
Of course, Microsoft wouldn’t upgrade software without hardware (which you can read more about here), and that includes the addition of a Blu-ray player.
Alongside announcing the Xbox One, Microsoft also announced a partnership with 343 Industries and Steven Spielberg to develop a live action TV show about Halo. They didn’t go into much detail, but how much you want to bet there’s some awesome Snapmode features and Xbox SmartGlass features?
Microsoft’s Don Mattrick pulled back the curtain on the Xbox One at a live event at the company’s Redmond campus, and it wasn’t long at all before the talk turned to software. One application in particular has been the subject of speculation for months, and SVP Yusuf Mehdi confirmed that Skype (which, if you recall, Microsoft acquired for $8.5 billion neatly two years ago) is part of the Xbox One experience.
As you might imagine, the Xbox One Skype application allows users to participate in group video chats with their fellow users using the Kinect camera — so there are opportunities for a natural type of ongoing conversation, one that won’t require you to chat for thirty minutes and then disconnect. This could be an “always on” situation.
You can answer a call by saying “Xbox, answer call” and then the video screen slides in from the right. Since the Xbox One aims to be your all-in-one “Home Entertainment System,” Skype is going to play a huge role in the overall experience. The demonstration showed a group Skype conversation happening while watching a video, with video quieting down a bit once the call is connected.
Microsoft has always talked about being the hub of the living room, and it seems like the newly announced Xbox One is the device which brings its vision to reality. The game-changer with this Skype integration is that you can watch a television show or play a game while carrying on a conversation. This has been attempted, mostly as a “second screen experience,” but to make this a seamless reality is a huge step forward for Microsoft. Up until now, you were constrained to the functionality of a particular game supporting voice chat, but this gives you a more personal experience no matter what you’re doing on your Xbox.
Microsoft has revealed its new Xbox, the successor to the Xbox 360. It’s a next-generation console, with plenty of power under the hood, but it’s also clearly about consolidating your digital entertainment and operate as much more of a lifestyle device.
“Where all of your entertainment comes alive in one place,” is how Microsoft’s Don Mattrick put it on stage during his introduction. The entire event was prefaced with a description of the various types of non-game media that’s becoming popular with online streaming set-top boxes and mobile devices. “To continue to lead, we must provide compelling answers to new questions,” Mattrick said.
“Design and build an all-in-one system to light up a new generation of games, TV and entertainment,” in a way that’s “simple, instant and complete” is how he characterized the mission for the new device.
Kinect is part of the package, and it’s a voice controlled experience from power on throughout the entire process. Your voice cues the Xbox to your user profile and sets up all your custom options. Then, you can dictate activities to Xbox One, sort of like how many imagined Apple would do their own Apple TV with Siri.
Changing between activities is as easy as telling the Xbox One exactly what you want it to be doing. It’s remarkably quick, quicker even than the process of changing channels on my at-home cable box hardware. But voice control isn’t the only trick, there’s also gesture recognition tech for controlling the system with your hands.
There’s a “Snap Mode” feature, too, which looks like the Microsoft Windows 8 experience, in that it allows you to run two activities simultaneously. So you can watch a movie and then also browse the Internet at the same time, for example, to look up elements of that film. You can even use Skype, newly introduced to Xbox with the Xbox One, and have that running in Snap Mode too.
The Snap Mode feature does something that has until now mostly been reserved for computers and for mobile and tablet devices: provides a second-screen experience that runs right alongside things like live TV. Adding basically a HUD layer to live TV might be the Xbox One’s biggest appeal for content providers who are looking for additional ways to engage audiences losing interest in traditional ads.
The Xbox One has 8GB of RAM, along with a Blu-ray drive, as well as a native 64-bit architecture, a 500GB onboard hard drive, HDMI in and out (including passthrough capabilities for use with your existing home theatre setup), 802.11n Wi-Fi as well as an 8-core CPU and USB 3.0 connectivity. That’s mostly in line with what we’ve heard from previous rumors, but it’s still quite impressive.
The big advantage of the Xbox One is its architecture, however, according to Microsoft’s Marc Whitten. He said essentially it’s like they’ve combined three operating systems in one to deliver the seamless transition between games, applications, and live entertainment. The Xbox architecture combines with Windows, via a third OS that handles fast switching between multi-tasking apps.
Kinect And Controller
The Kinect has been updated to capture 1080p video, as well as detect many more points on the body for more accurate recognition. It’s also better at recognizing voice input and gestures, and it can even read your heartbeat while you’re excercising.
Overall it seems like Microsoft has put a lot of effort into developing the new Kinect, in order to smooth out any rough edges that the launch device had in terms of working as naturally as possible.
The new controller looks like the one you know an dlove but has an integrated battery compartment (more like the PS Dual-Shock), as well as Wi-Fi Direct and a high precision D-Pad. The new trigger design is supposed to be much more powerful as well.
DVR, Cloud Game Saves And Library
New cloud-based features require that the Xbox One’s Live service has 15,000 servers backing it up, and offers a number of features like back up of your media content, games and game saves to the cloud for easy portability. There’s also a DVR function to record game play, and also share save states.
This is likely why the Xbox is said to require a constant Internet connection; it sounds like a lot of the functionality is based in the cloud. Microsoft hasn’t said specifically that it won’t work offline, but it’s definitely playing up the Internet capabilities of this new console
The One To Watch
When Sony unveiled their PlayStation 4, one of my complaints was that it focused too much on games and not enough on becoming more than just a console. Microsoft has taken the exact opposite approach, fielding a device that seems like it would be equally at home in either a hardcore gamer’s, or a non-player’s living room. That should help them deal with a changing gaming industry.
The Xbox One is launching globally “later this year,” but Microsoft didn’t get any more specific or provide an idea of price.