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  • Microsoft Kin handsets might get IM support in the future

    Microsoft Kin handsets might get IM support in the future

    Back when Microsoft’s teen-oriented Kin 1 and Kin 2 social networking phones were announced, we were a bit surprised to find out that they lacked what most would consider a pretty standard feature: instant messaging. Or at least, we would have been surprised, had we not found out many of the Kin’s shortcomings months [...]

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  • Xbox 360 Gets Live Sports In HD From ESPN. Canceling My Cable In 5, 4, 3…

    Xbox 360 Gets Live Sports In HD From ESPN. Canceling My Cable In 5, 4, 3…

    Everyone is busy talking about Microsoft Kinect (the project formerly known as Natal), but to me, some much bigger news just dropped at E3 from Microsoft: ESPN live sports access. Simply put: this was the only thing holding me back from completely canceling my cable subscription. As soon as this goes live, I'm done with cable forever. No, this live sporting access won't be entirely free, but it's one hell of a deal. You simply have be an Xbox Live Gold member (about $50 a year), and you'll get access to over 3,500 live events a year. In HD. Did I mention it was $50 a year? My cable bill is currently double that -- a month.

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  • Microsoft unveils the Kinect, arriving in November for $149

    Microsoft unveils the Kinect, arriving in November for $149

    In what amounts to the worst-kept secret of E3, Microsoft has just unveiled the Kinect motion controller. Originally called Project Natal, this is the final trade version of the Kinect controller and will be available in November. Pricing is currently unavailable but we will have more information shortly.

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  • Live from Microsoft’s E3 2010 press conference

    Live from Microsoft’s E3 2010 press conference

    We know that Kinect, the motion control system previously known as Natal, will be announced. Chances Microsoft will unveil the Xbox 360 slim as well. But is that all? Seems a bit light, right? Sure, we’ll see some Kinect demos, but there better be more. 3D anyone? More as we get it. [Update: Live video stream [...]

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  • On E3 liveblogs

    On E3 liveblogs

    We’re not doing them. There’s no point. Everyone from G4 to SpikeTV to IGN (edit: and Gamespot) to the manufacturers themselves have live video streams and you should watch those rather than reading our dribble. We will however be on hand for some personal action with the new hardware and games as quick as possible. [...]

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  • Hello, E3 2010

    Hello, E3 2010

    Fantastic news, everyone. We’re at E3. I know you’re excited. We are. Microsoft has a press conference this morning where we’ll likely get the rest of the details on Natal/Kinect and the Xbox 360 Slim. Nintendo and Sony’s big events are tomorrow and then the show floor opens up. Be sure to check back regularly. [...]

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  • You’re Damn Right I’m A Fanboy.

    You’re Damn Right I’m A Fanboy.

    As we all know by now, comments on the Internet are a fascinating thing. My favorite involve the word "fanboy." Generally speaking, it means you write (stories, tweets, whatever) about a certain topic with a positive angle. It's meant to be derogatory, but the truth is that it's so overused that it's almost completely meaningless. But for the sake of this post, I'll play ball. I have a confession to make: I'm a fanboy. Now, I didn't say specifically what I'm a fanboy of, because there have been too many titles bestowed upon me over the years. At various points over just the past few months, I've been an Apple fanboy, a Google fanboy, a Twitter fanboy, a Facebook fanboy, a Foursquare fanboy, a Gowalla fanboy, and yes, even a Microsoft fanboy. Never mind that most of companies compete with one another, so it would be hard to be a true fanboy of multiple ones without misrepresenting your fanboydom of a few of the others. We'll just say I'm a fanboy and leave it at that. And that leaves me wondering: why wouldn't you want to be a fanboy?

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  • New Xbox 360 coming soon, Natal to be renamed Kinect

    New Xbox 360 coming soon, Natal to be renamed Kinect

    E3 is kicking off tonight and our boys are getting into town as we speak. However, Kotaku grabbed some interesting news tonight including a redesigned XBox as well as the move by Microsoft to rename Project Natal to “Kinect.” Get it? Kin-ect? Like the Kin? Get it? The new 360 will have Wi-Fi built-in, “Kinect” support, [...]

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  • Financial Times: US antitrust regulators plan to investigate Apple’s mobile advertising practices

    Financial Times: US antitrust regulators plan to investigate Apple’s mobile advertising practices

    There's not a lot of details on this at the moment, but the Financial Times is reporting that US antitrust regulators plan to investigate Apple's mobile advertising practices to see whether they unfairly restrict rivals like Google and Microsoft. As you'll recall, Apple recently revised its rules on outside advertisers and, specifically, their ability to collect analytics on ads for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, effectively cutting out Google's AdMob in the process -- something the company's CEO has publicly complained about. What's next? That's still not certain -- the Financial Times says that while US regulators have taken an interest, it's still not clear whether the FTC or the Department of Justice will handle the investigation going forward.

    Financial Times: US antitrust regulators plan to investigate Apple's mobile advertising practices originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 10 Jun 2010 12:23:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Android 2.2 coming to the full myTouch 3G range

    Android 2.2 coming to the full myTouch 3G range

    TmoNews has it on good authority that the entire line of myTouch 3G devices -- the original, the 3.5mm jack update, and the Slide -- will get upgraded with Android 2.2, as evidenced by a fascinating shot of a pamphlet the site has posted. Users of the older devices will also get the same Genius Button functionality that was just rolled out on the Slide, along with the updated Faves app and full Microsoft Exchange support, breathing new life into a phone that first saw life as the Magic well over a year ago. We don't have a timeframe for the updates other than that they're "coming soon," so we'll keep an eye out.

    [Thanks, Oscar]

    Android 2.2 coming to the full myTouch 3G range originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Thu, 10 Jun 2010 01:08:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 ‘Rockstar’ contest wraps up, neat apps ensue

    Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 ‘Rockstar’ contest wraps up, neat apps ensue

    The success of Windows Phone 7 as a commercially viable mobile platform will ultimately depend on a great many things, but one of the biggest factors might be its chops as a gaming setup -- so naturally, we're excited to see each and every WP7 game that gets previewed right now. In March, Microsoft kicked off its so-called Rockstar competition, where student teams competed to make awesome apps (games or otherwise) for the platform in their choice of Silverlight or XNA -- and the results of the competition are finally in. Two of the top three winners were games, and the grand champion was a game by the name of -- wait for it -- "Droid." Members of the team are receiving $8,000 plus a Windows Phone, and while none of these apps are the most polished things in the world, it's a promising sign that these students were able to come in fresh on a brand new platform and produce solid version 1.0 software in less than three months' time. Hit up Microsoft's Windows Blog for the full list of winners.

    Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 'Rockstar' contest wraps up, neat apps ensue originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 10 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Microsoft shows off updated Windows Phone 7 build, brings minor changes

    Microsoft shows off updated Windows Phone 7 build, brings minor changes

    There hasn't exactly been a ton of Windows Phone 7 news to come out of Microsoft's TechEd conference this week, but the company did take the opportunity to release an updated build of the mobile operating system, which should be one of the last before the release to manufacturing. That expectedly brings only minor changes, including smaller text on the lock screen, but it is said to appear "more complete and responsive" in demonstrations than before, which is always a welcome development. Hit up the source link below for a few more pics.

    Microsoft shows off updated Windows Phone 7 build, brings minor changes originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 08 Jun 2010 13:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Apple screenshot confirms iWork coming to iPhone

    Apple screenshot confirms iWork coming to iPhone

    Well well, what's this? Our pal Stuart Miles at Pocket-lint spotted an interesting detail on one of Apple's iPhone 4 screenshots: an "Open in 'Keynote'" button while viewing an attachment in Mail. It's since been replaced by a shot that reads "Open in 'iBooks'," but it certainly seems like the iWork suite will eventually make it across the iOS range from the iPad. While we're not going to pretend like that's nearly a big a deal as Microsoft integrating Office into Windows Phone 7, it's still a welcome move, as we know more than a few people who'd like to make some work-type edits on the go. Why we didn't get a peek at this today we don't know, but we've got a feeling we'll hear more about it as June 21 gets nearer.

    Apple screenshot confirms iWork coming to iPhone originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 07 Jun 2010 20:08:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Photofast to bring camera to iPad, unless Apple beats them to it

    Photofast to bring camera to iPad, unless Apple beats them to it

    Photofast, a company known for producing flash memory products, has entered the realm of Apple accessories, most notably iPad accessories. The main disappointment we always had with the iPad was the lack of a camera. However, to see a Microsoft camera used as the capturing device, is well, a bit odd.

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  • Windows Phone 7 devs said to be getting test hardware ‘very soon’

    Windows Phone 7 devs said to be getting test hardware ‘very soon’

    Windows Phone 7 devs said to be getting test hardware 'very soon'
    If you're a developer following our coverage of Windows Phone 7 and want to get on that gravy train as early as possible, you'll be happy to know that development hardware will be arriving "very soon." This apparently according to an unnamed Microsoft representative at a Norwegian Dutch developer event, where it was also made known that, upon the retail release of hardware, developers will be allowed to unlock five devices for their testing, although Microsoft will continue to make available pre-unlocked dev handsets after launch. Exactly what the unlocking procedure will look like remains to be seen, as does nature of these early developer-only handsets. MobileTechWorld speculates that LG's GW910 will be that handset, and since that company did provide us with the world's first official device running Windows Phone 7, we'd say that money is probably a safe bet.

    [Thanks, Frank]

    Windows Phone 7 devs said to be getting test hardware 'very soon' originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 07 Jun 2010 09:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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