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There was some confusion last night when Microsoft “updated” their Zune software and removed the ability to search and download Windows Phone 7 apps from the application. This falls in line with some rumors that Microsoft may be giving Zune, as a brand name, the ax. This is now proven to be exactly the case as The Verge has gotten exclusive news that Microsoft will be debuting a new music service at E3 this year.
From fan made Kinect video to reality. Bethesda will be releasing a an update to Skyrim on the Xbox360 that will allow Kinect voice support. Bethesda has added an array of voice commands to enable xbox360 owners to select spells, weapons and ally commands easier. More details past the break.
Zynga, the mega company with games like Words with Friends and FarmVille, have made it official: they have bought OMGPOP, the makers behind the insanely popular Draw Something. It appears that Zynga is making a bid to be the only player in social gaming in the mobile space with their “….with Friends” family of games dominating the time of mobile users.
Just when you were taught that running a full scale desktop OS on a tablet is the worst experience ever… OnLive, the cloud gaming platform that never really did catch on, created an iPad app not to long ago that let you remotely use your Windows computer through the iPad. While there are some legitimate uses for this, mostly using Microsoft Office or accessing files that are tucked away on your desktop PC, it appears OnLive could be in some trouble.
It’s been a few months since we first heard about the rumors that Microsoft would be killing the Zune brand but this is the first we’ve heard of killing the Windows Live brand. People are learning from the upcoming Consumer Preview release of Windows 8 that Windows Live and Zune are being phased out for a more straight forward naming convention.
While Microsoft continues enhancing and pushing Windows Phone 7, one feature that has been in my opinion, one of Windows Phone’s top features is their Bing Vision search. Now, Google Goggles provides a similar experience, essentially an app that allows you to scan QR codes, bar codes, or an image/landmark to search instances of the object on the web, however Bing Vision works more dynamically and in my testings provides more useful results. One such example is if I open Bing Vision over the front of a Book, the app will immediately pull up a link for the book in Amazon where I can go and purchase the book. This kind of search provides a quick and simple way to comparison shop or easily purchase a product.
As a New York City native I get the opportunity to attend events and shows around the area. One that I try to make every month was the The Engadget Show. I was a fan of the main editors at Engadget and their personalities worked great together to provide an entertaining hour of just talking about tech and interviewing big names in the industry. When the great “Engadget Exodus” of 2011 occurred I was concerned about the future of the show but luckily, Joshua Topolsky and company decided to continue their monthly show on their new website The Verge. Yesterday they had their second episode and it was a special one at that. Jimmy Fallon was the guest and with that came comedy.
Windows Phone 7 has launched over a year ago but many people still have no idea what it is exactly. Microsoft is looking to change that. They are currently on a country wide tour of major cities to show people exactly what makes Windows Phone so special. On Monday, they were in NY and held an exciting event I was able to attend that in my opinion, has been one of the best marketing events they have done for the phone operating system since its inception. Click to see why…
Looks like Microsoft has finally worked out all copyright issues and is bringing the Zune Music service to Canada (along with a few changes as well). Press release after the break. Read the rest of this article…