A mere six weeks after Microsoft launched its Kin cellphones, they're essentially dead, just as I predicted. What does Microsoft need to know about the ultimate phone for the today's youth? I did an unscientific sample of tech interested teenagers, and found out what they're looking for in a smartphone, and why Microsoft Kin missed that mark.
Well, this sure looks neat. Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group has come up with a new interface system for computers that uses a camera positioned behind a transparent OLED screen to create a touchscreen you don't have to touch.
Microsoft just updated its free Bing app for the iPhone, giving iOS users something they've had, but never this easy: the ability to scan a barcode and get an accurate search result. You could take a picture of, say, the barcode on a can of a soft drink or a digital barcode online, and you'd either be taken to a search of the exact product or a specific page.
Keep in mind these figures are subject to change, but the sources are a leaked internal memo from Microsoft and retail listing blunders, so chances are you can take this to the bank: The Kinect will find its way into a bundle with the Xbox, be sold on its own, and the new Xbox should land sometime in the fall.
The new, slimmed-down Xbox 360 may be prone to scratching a disc here and there, but there are two key areas where it improves over its predecessor: its noise level and how much power it requires. My current Xbox sounds like a jet taking off. So what can you do for me, New Xbox?
The newly redesigned Xbox 360 hopefully won't flash you a Red Ring of Death, but it sounds like it still shares one problem with its predecessor. If you move the Xbox while it's got a disc in it, you may have just cost yourself a game.
Today, as rumored, Microsoft unveiled its new version of the Xbox 360. It has a bigger, 250GB hard drive, Wireless N built right in and a new design, all for the same price as the old version — $299. But here's the real question: did they finally fix the hardware issues that have plagued the Xbox 360 since launch?
The current crop of 3D TVs are pretty neat, I guess, but they all share a common dealbreaker: those stupid glasses. Nobody wants to pay for them and nobody wants to wear them. Can 3D survive them?
It's all but official: a new, slim Xbox 360 is on the way. The news was outed by a leaked ad, but the ad itself mentioned Project Natal's change in name to Kinect before Microsoft did, so it's got a pretty big chance of being the real deal. The new design? It seems kind of, well, dated.
Microsoft has officially pulled back the curtain on its take on motion-controlled gaming. Once known as Project Natal, it now goes by Kinect, though one thing's the same: it still doesn't need a controller.