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Microsoft to Launch Smart Glass, Possibly Tomorrow

posted Sunday Jun 3, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Microsoft to Launch Smart Glass, Possibly Tomorrow

This is one of the two times of year when every time you turn around, there's another rumor, and it is so much fun for us to sift through the muck to find what might actually be truth. This rumor comes to us care of Microsoft and a number of domain registrations. Recently, Microsoft has registered MicrosoftSmartGlass.com. The site does not currently have content, but instead redirects to a Bing search for "microsoftsmartglass." Certainly a clever way to have a website about a product that is unannounced that is full of content.

So, what is Smart Glass? By all rumored accounts, it is an application suite that will allow people to stream content from their mobile phones and tablets directly to any television, using their Xbox 360. It is expected to be unveiled tomorrow at their E3 press conference in Los Angeles. Rumors of a pre-event meeting suggest that the app will be available for iOS, Android and, of course, Windows Phone. The obvious missing platform is BlackBerry, but with the trouble that company is in, that is not all that much of a surprise. If RIM can make their BlackBerry 10 platform successful, maybe it will be added in the future.

Clearly this is direct response to Apple's livingroom strategy, currently involving iPhones, AirPlay-compatible devices and the current Apple TV. With the pending launch of an actual television from Apple as well, their livingroom strategy will be complete. Microsoft has a large install-base of Xbox 360s, though, and with the ability to use it from iOS and Android, this will give Redmond a huge advantage over Cupertino. Everything Apple does works with Apple, meaning you will have to own an iPhone and an Apple Television. With Smart Glass, you will be able to use any television and almost any phone, the only qualifier is that you own an Xbox 360. Honestly, who doesn't, right?

So, is this a product you are excited to see? Would you use it if it becomes a reality tomorrow? Does it bother you that BlackBerry is not included? We want to know in the comments section. Also, don't miss our liveblog from the Microsoft event tomorrow, available right here!

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Amazon Instant Video is Now on Xbox 360

posted Sunday Jun 3, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Amazon Instant Video is Now on Xbox 360

With things like Netflix and Hulu Plus already on the Xbox 360, we expected Xbox's slogan of "Xbox = Entertainment" to really take hold. Recently, we were surprised by the large list of media partners added to the platform and even heard that Skype would show up on the next-gen console.

This week, right before LA Gaming Week (and E3), Amazon is looking to take a stab at the marketshare that Netflix and Hulu Plus have over the console.

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Existing Twitter Users Find Their Voice but New Users Are Harder to Find

posted Sunday Jun 3, 2012 by Jon Wurm

Existing Twitter Users Find Their Voice but New Users Are Harder to Find

Like NBC, Twitter seems to have found it's voice in 2012 according to a study released by Pew Internet. Existing users are Tweeting like never before but new users have been slow to join the flock. Back in 2010 when Pew first looked into Twitter, 8% of Internet users also used Twitter and 2% of adults used them on a daily basis. Fast forward to February 2012 and 15% of all Internet users used Twitter and 8% of adults on the Internet also used Twitter on a daily basis.

Your parents aren't the only people getting in on the action though, young adults (18-24 years old) are carving out their slice of the pie and are the leading demographic in terms of Twitter usage by being the most highly engaged with 31% in February 2012, up from 18% in May 2011. What is responsible for this uptrend in 140-character-or-less communications? Drugs? Crackberries? The insatiable need to remove as much meaning as possible from communications? Find out after the break.

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Pew Internet & American Life Project:Twitter Use 2012

Don't Get Tricked Into Child Porn Fines

posted Sunday Jun 3, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Don't Get Tricked Into Child Porn Fines

There is a new scam on the Internet and it is one of the better ones we have heard about in the last few years. Online scammers are luring people into installing a ransomware app on their computers that then informs them that they have violated federal child pornography laws and takes them to a website to allow them to pay their fine. Obviously, anyone with a brain knows that the government does not communicate with you through pop-ups on your computer, nor do they merely fine you for child pornography. Also, chances are people who have viewed child pornography know it and are probably waiting for the cops to bust their doors down, not offer them a way to pay a fine.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has already issued a warning about the altered version of the Citadel malware platform, named Reveton. My guess, is, however, people who would fall for something like this have never heard of the IC3 and will not receive this warning. If you are reading this, you might want to warn your parents and less tech-savvy friends.

I know you want to know how this works and why it is successful, so hit the break for the details.

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One of Dell's Upcoming Windows 8 Tablets Loses Its Spec-Sheet to the Internet

posted Wednesday May 30, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

One of Dell's Upcoming Windows 8 Tablets Loses Its Spec-Sheet to the Internet

As soon as we learn about new Windows 8 news, whether it be rumors or real, we'll report it. At times, it feels as though we're some of the few who have been excited about the new operating system even before it was in beta. From the rebranding effort to Microsoft's download milestones, we've brought it all to you as it happens.

This week, we're back at it again as more Windows 8 presents have been sent, this time at the hands of Dell and a leaked picture from Neowin. We have the image and the details after the break.

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E3 Defends Its Relevancy but are They Still Relevant?

posted Sunday May 27, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

E3 Defends Its Relevancy but are They Still Relevant?

The state of relevance of E3 has been in question for several years now. Their attempt at an "open-door" entrance policy failed and it seems that now they've abandoned it and have gone completely in the other direction with admittance as of late. Major developers and publishers have strayed from announcing market-changing products at the show, opting to announce them at conventions like GDC, Tokyo Game Show or even at their own, separate conferences. Now, aside from the Entertainment Software Association, the group in charge of putting on E3 every year, fighting illegal game distribution and maintaining their stance with Congress on the current game restriction laws that are in place, the actual gaming and entertainment expo doesn't seem to be as interesting to game studios and media outlets anymore.

The ESA seems to disagree.

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ESA: E3 Is Not Irrelevant:Slash Gear
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