01 May 2015

Microsoft made available the other day, a new build for Windows 10, the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10074.  In this article are some screenshots and details of the new Microsoft Windows 10 build.

25 Jun 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast E18: Windows the Conqueror was recorded on Thursday June 21st, 2012.

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Twitter goes offline, Windows Phone 8 details, Xbox 720 rumors, Microsoft Surface, iOS 6, black holes, RC airplanes and more.

05 Jun 2012

Zune, a name that once held the hopes of many to outdo Apple in the portable player war, has now been put to rest.  Microsoft made many announcements at the E3 games conference in Los Angeles, among them executives said the company will introduce a new music service, Xbox Music.  Xbox Music will run on the Xbox 360, Windows Phone and Windows 8 computers and come out in the fall.  This will no doubt mean that the Zune name in the Windows 8 Release Preview will be renamed to Xbox Music and similar in the final version..

Microsoft spokeswoman Melissa Stewart confirmed that the Zune brand is going away so Microsoft can use the more well-known name Xbox for its entertainment services, including video.  Stewart says those who created playlists under the old Zune name will still have access to those songs on the new Xbox Music service.  The Zune music service currently has 30 million songs in their library.  By comparison iTunes has 28 million songs.

Microsoft introduced the Zune name in 2006.  This was a time when Apple's iPod and iTunes were becoming popular.  Zune was both a player and a service that allowed users to load their Zune devices with music.

The Zune ultimately became a failure in the market.  It failed to compete with the iPod.  ZuneHD in 2009 did somewhat better, while Apple focused on the iPhone and iPad.  Microsoft then discontinued the player in 2011 and focused on music and video services with the Zune name.  It became part of Xbox and Windows Phone.

Source:  DailyTech


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04 Jun 2012

As part of the Microsoft pre-E3 conference, Microsoft has announced that SmartGlass will launch worldwide this fall.  During the presentation Microsoft showed off SmartGlass functionalities demonstrating the app sharing between mobile devices and the 360. 

08 May 2012

If you feel like being locked into a monthly subscription plan with Microsoft over 2 years, you can get a $99 Xbox 360 bundle the rumors were true.  Microsoft is offering a subsidized $99 bundle that includes a 4GB Xbox 360 and Kinect sensor to anyone that commits to a two years of a new $14.99 per month online service.  It is already being offered in some Microsoft stores but is it worth its weight in Xbox Live Gold?

12 Apr 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast Episode 13:  Tech Stew Unlocked, recorded on Thursday April 12th, 2012

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North Koreas rocket blows up, skyrim gets Kinect support, the Sony SmartWatch, the Google Plus redesign, a working Nintendo controller coffee table, Facebook buys instagram for $1billion, Viking detected life on Mars and more.  

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01 Apr 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast Episode 12:  Science Spectacular, recorded on Sunday 04-01-12

Summary:  The Nokia Lumia 900 is coming, Google Drive becomes a reality, Best Buy to close 50 store-fronts, strange clouds on Mars, aliens land in Arizona, SpaceX can get us to Mars for cheap, billions of habitable planets in our galaxy, antibody kills cancer in mice and more  

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20 Mar 2012

More rumors and speculation are swirling in tech land regarding the Xbox.  This time based on a patent for a virtual helmet that Microsoft filed a patent for in 2010.  The design is similar to that of a helmet, much like the failed Virtual Boy by Nintendo.  Its unclear if it would be for both the old and new Xbox or just the new one alone.  PatentBolt.com outlines how it would work and the workings seem fairly detailed:

"Microsoft states that a compact display system may be coupled into goggles, a helmet, or other eyewear. These configurations enable the wearer to view images from a computer, media player, or other electronic device with privacy and mobility. When adapted to display two different images concurrently--one for each eye--the system may be used for stereoscopic display (e.g., virtual-reality) applications."

Apparently the viewer would see the equivalent of a 21" display with two eyepieces, possibly implying 3D possibilities as well.  There could even be augmented reality (AR) ability, allowing you to see the games HUD through the helmet rather than on a screen.  The other area of possible integration could be with Kinect, imagine the possibilities here, if Microsoft executes and designs this well.


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