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Microsoft Buys R2 Studios, Begins Countdown to Big E3 Announcement

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft has purchased R2 Studios, a home automation technology startup. According to unnamed people “familiar with the matter,” the company will become part of Microsoft’s Xbox unit. The cost of the acquisition has …

It Looks Like The Next Xbox Is Launching Next Year [Rumor]

Going against tradition, Nintendo was the first to launch a next generation console this time with the Wii U. Sony and Microsoft are still trying to squeeze a few more years out of increasingly aged hardware, but it looks like …

Next-Gen Xbox to Feature an “Innovative” Controller [RUMOR]
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Not much has been revealed about Microsoft’s upcoming next-generation Xbox console since the rumor back in September that the device might be delayed due to manufacturing difficulties. In fact, not much has been revealed about the console since the massive …

Microsoft is Paying MS Points For Playing Halo 4
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Competing with the Call of Duty franchise when it comes to player loyalty is hard. Microsoft’s strategy? Pay people to play Halo 4. Microsoft has unveiled its “Halo 4 Combat Tour Offer,” which pays gamers in Microsoft Points for playing …

Microsoft is Building a 7-Inch Xbox Surface Gaming Tablet [RUMOR] Microsoft is Building a 7-Inch Xbox Surface Gaming Tablet [RUMOR]
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The interplay between Microsoft’s Xbox console, Windows 8, the Windows games store, SmartGlass, and hybrid laptop/tablet devices has certainly jumbled the rumor mill for Microsoft products a bit. Back in June, just before the announcement of Microsof’s Surface tablet, a …

Can Bing Now Lure More Searches Away From Google? Can Bing Now Lure More Searches Away From Google?
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October has been a huge month for Microsoft, and it’s going to be interesting to see how the company’s new products and implementations inspire Bing use. Is Bing poised to make a bigger dent in Google’s share of the search …

The Biggest Thing To Happen To Bing Since Bing? The Biggest Thing To Happen To Bing Since Bing?
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Microsoft has made an announcement about Bing that could potentially be very significant in helping the company’s search engine gain market share – the ability to search the web from Xbox via Internet Explorer. Here’s the thing: Xbox 360 sales …

Xbox 360 Launches New Dashboard, Finally Offers Internet Explorer
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We’ve known it was coming for some time (and some users have already participated in the public beta period), but today we learn that Microsoft is finally beginning the global rollout of the all new Xbox 360 dashboard. The update …

Xbox Music Launches Today, Here Are The Basic Features Xbox Music Launches Today, Here Are The Basic Features
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As previously reported, Xbox Music is available as of October 16. Many consumers want to know more about the offering, and kinds of features it has. For one, every Windows 8 and windows RT tablet and PC will allow users …

Xbox Music to Launch October 26th [RUMOR] Xbox Music to Launch October 26th [RUMOR]
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After showing off Halo 4 and other highly-anticipated titles, Microsoft’s big E3 press conference fizzled out to a Microsoft product demonstration session instead of a gaming presentation. Things such as SmartGlass and Internet Explorer were neat, but not what the …

Microsoft Signs Former CBS Exec to Head Xbox Studio Microsoft Signs Former CBS Exec to Head Xbox Studio

Microsoft this week announced that it has hired Nancy Tellem, a former president of CBS Network Television Entertainment as their new Entertainment & Digital Media president. Tellem will oversee the launch of a production studio in Los Angeles that, according …

Next-Gen Xbox Console Could Be Delayed [RUMOR]
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Everyone is expecting a new game console from Microsoft next year. Nintendo is set to kick off the next console cycle with the Wii U later this November. The beautiful games shown at this year’s E3 make it painfully obvious …

Madden NFL 13 Hits Stores, Cover Man Calvin Johnson Says Gameplay Is “Ridiculous”
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Madden NFL 13 came out today at stores throughout North America. According to makers EA, it’s a big one for the Madden legacy. “Madden NFL 13 is the biggest game-changer in the history of the franchise,” said Cam Weber, GM …

YouTube Just Got A Lot Better On Xbox YouTube Just Got A Lot Better On Xbox

Google just announced the launch of its new YouTube app for Xbox, which it says is five times faster. This complements the recently launched Playstation app. In addition to the speed improvement, the app also adds channels with official music …

Microsoft Defends Windows 8 Gaming
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It says a lot about Windows 8 that Microsoft finds itself in the position of having to defend its newest desktop operating system. Aside from the criticisms leveled against the OS from desktop users who use their PC for work …

Is The Xbox 720 Launching In The Next 18 Months?
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The next-gen circus is upon us and everybody has something to say about the next wave of game consoles from Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony. The Wii U is still a relative mystery even though it’s launching later this year. We …

Xbox 8: When Microsoft Secures Domain Names, Speculation is Inevitable
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The next Xbox console — Durango, or Xbox 720, depending on who you talk to — probably won’t hit retail shelves until the end of 2013, but that hasn’t stopped people from speculating wildly about the magical delights the machine …

Microsoft Legitimizes Xbox 720 Leak With Takedown Notices
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When a 56-page document that appears to be Microsoft’s plans for its next-generation Xbox console was leaked online last week, many gamers immediately called it a fake. Titled “IEB (Interactive Entertainment Business) Roadmap,” the document also described an updated Kinect …

Microsoft’s Media Event Location Suggests Emphasis on Entertainment Microsoft’s Media Event Location Suggests Emphasis on Entertainment
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According to Forbes, Microsoft has confirmed the location of its secret-handshake-admission-only media event for later today as Milk Studios in Hollywood. Milk Studios is a products retailer headquartered in Älmhult, Sweden, with two locations in the United States (the other …

Is Microsoft’s Major Announcement The Xbox Surface? [Rumor] Is Microsoft’s Major Announcement The Xbox Surface? [Rumor]
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Microsoft is making a major announcement today in Los Angeles at 3:30 p.m. PST. Nobody has any idea what it is and Microsoft has been very secretive with the announcement. The major consensus at this point seems to be that …

Kinect-Powered Interactive NUads Coming To Xbox Live

Are you ready for commercials on Xbox Live? No? What if I told you you could interact with them via the Kinect controller, would that change your mind? Still no? Look, I get it that you don’t want any kind …