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Xbox One Dashboard Turns up on Video, Livescribe 3 Smartpen Debuts, Samsung Considers Blocking Third-Party Accessories, and More

Microsoft offered up a video today that shows the Xbox One dashboard. The video shows the level of multitasking possible using the new Xbox console.

Apple is set to announce its sales expectations for Q4 of 2013. The holiday shopping season is a key quarter for Apple and every other company out there.

The Livescribe 3 smartpen was officially unveiled today offering an easy way for people make handwritten text into a digital document using a smartphone or tablet. The new smartpen uses Bluetooth Smart technology and is compatible with the iPhone and iPad.

Samsung has announced its considering the use of ID chips that will block third-party accessories. The idea is to block any company for making accessories that are unauthorized and don't make Samsung at least some money.

One of the major changes in the new 13-inch retina MacBook Pro is a new Intel Iris GPU. Word has surfaced that new GPU boosts graphics performance by 50% or more.

Samsung has announced that it will extend warranties for owners of the Galaxy S3 and the Note 2 smartphones in China. The problem has to do with what's being called sudden death where the device suddenly shuts down.

Users of Windows Phone smartphones have been hit with very high data bills due to a problem with the official twitter application . The application is reportedly consuming significantly more data than expected.

 

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Minecraft's console versions have now outsold Minecraft on PC, Mac

Source: Eurogamer

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Minecraft's console editions for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have now sold more copies than the game's original PC and Mac version.The latest tally of total Minecraft sales stands around the 54m mark, developer Mojang's Patrick Geuder revealed via Twitter yesterday. That includes PC and console editions, as well as copies of the mobile version for iPhones, iPads and Android devices.And that's without the influx of ex ...
Source: Eurogamer   Full article at: Eurogamer Jun 26 2014, 3:41am CDT
 


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Developers now have access to 100% of Xbox One GPU

Source: Develop Magazine

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Developers will now have access to 100 per cent of the Xbox One GPU, Microsoft has confirmed.It recently made changes to the development kit enabling creators to access an extra ten per cent of the GPU, previously reserved for system level processing, including Kinect-related skeletal tracking data.The news came after Microsoft announced it would be unbundling the Kinect from certain Xbox One SKUs.It was claimed developers can now use the extra GPU po ...
Source: Develop Magazine   Full article at: Develop Magazine Jun 18 2014, 5:00am CDT
 

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Buying the Surface Pro 3? Here are the apps, games, programs and accessories you need

Source: BetaNews

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As someone blessed with the opportunity to try the Surface Pro 3 early, I can say it is truly a game changer. It is very light, has great battery life and a big beautiful display. The tablet/laptop hybrid is far beyond offerings by competitors, including Apple. If you even consider buying a Macbook Air over this, you are arguably making a huge mistake. With that said, the Surface Pro 3 will begin hitting stores this Friday, June 20th. While the computer is great out of the box, ...
Source: BetaNews   Full article at: BetaNews Jun 15 2014, 2:01pm CDT
 

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Microsoft Believes It Will Sell More Kinects in the Long Run

Source: IGN

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Microsoft's head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, says that the company's new Kinect-less Xbox One will ultimately lead to more sales and a greater number of Kinects in gamers' homes. "This might seem backwards, but I believe the decision we made to allow people to buy Xbox One without Kinect included, in the end, will actually lead to more Kinects in the market," he said, speaking with Polygon. ...
Source: IGN   Full article at: IGN Jun 14 2014, 11:06pm CDT
 

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Minecraft Xbox One, PS4, Vita editions due in August

Source: Eurogamer

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Minecraft developer Mojang has revealed extensive details on the game's upcoming PlayStation 4, Vita and Xbox One editions, which will all be available to download this August.The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will each cost $19.99 (around £12) but will be offered for just $4.99 (about £3) if you own the corresponding last-gen console version already.You'll be able to upgrade and get the c ...
Source: Eurogamer   Full article at: Eurogamer May 22 2014, 10:32am CDT
 

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Game Scoop!: Can A Kinect-free Xbox One Win?

Source: IGN

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Welcome back to Game Scoop!, IGN's weekly video game talk show. We've got a great show for you this week. Here are the topics: 0:00 Microsoft has announced a version of the Xbox One without Kinect will be available on June 9 -- the first day of E3. We're discussing what that means for Microsoft's E3 plans and whether or not people who already bought the Xbox One should feel betraye ...
Source: IGN   Full article at: IGN May 14 2014, 2:15pm CDT
 

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Dropping Kinect could give Xbox One more graphical might to take on the PS4

Source: TechRadar UK

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Microsoft will soon start selling the Xbox One without the Kinect bundled in, something that could free up extra processing power for the console.Xbox One currently reserves 10% of its graphical resources for Kinect, meaning sensor-less consoles could provide enhanced graphical power.And Microsoft is already talking to publishers about making that happen."We are in discussions with our game publishers about what we might do in this space and we will have more to ...
Source: TechRadar UK   Full article at: TechRadar UK May 14 2014, 6:45am CDT
 

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Better without Kinect

Source: Eurogamer

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It must have hurt to do it, but Microsoft's decision to strip Kinect out of Xbox One and lower the price of the console feels like the right one overall. The problems it solves were simply too important to get hung up on the problems it creates.This is pretty much the same decision Sony executives made about the PlayStation Camera behind closed doors early last year, allowing them to hit a much lowe ...
Source: Eurogamer   Full article at: Eurogamer May 14 2014, 4:40am CDT
 

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Microsoft Announces Xbox One Without Kinect for $399

Source: Comingsoon.net

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Microsoft announced today that beginning on June 9, in all markets where Xbox One is sold, they will offer Xbox One starting at $399. This is a new console option th ...
Source: Comingsoon.net   Full article at: Comingsoon.net May 13 2014, 10:04am CDT
 

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