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
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.
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.
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.