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Microsoft to Resolve Google Complaint With Vista Change

Posted in Google,Microsoft,News by Chris Weber on June 20th, 2007

Microsoft will resolve complaints from Google about desktop search with a change to the Vista OSMicrosoft has reached an accord with the help of the U.S. Justice Department and state antitrust regulators to address complaints from search engine giant Google regarding desktop search functionality on the new Windows Vista operating system from Microsoft. Google cited that their desktop search application does not work correctly on the Vista OS, and Microsoft is not allowed under a consent decree to take any actions to stop a rival companies desktop software from working as designed on their OS.

The changes are a “step in the right direction,” Google chief legal officer David Drummond said. “But they should be improved further to give consumers greater access to alternate desktop search providers.”

A desktop search engine made by Google, Microsoft or any other company allows users to search for documents, emails or other content …

“Draco” Zune rumored with 4GB & 8GB Memory

Posted in Microsoft,Zune by Darrin Olson on June 19th, 2007

Zune Draco coming from Microsoft with 4GB and 8GB memoryAccording to ZuneScene they have an inside source at Microsoft who has confirmed that there is a new Zune coming our way with a code name of “Draco”. The new Zune will not be marketed under this name which in our opinion helps keep this rumor flexible, but they do have some specs.

According to the leak, the Draco Zune will come with flash memory of 4GB or 8GB, will have video playback and Wi-Fi connectivity and is expected to be available for the coming holiday season.

via Gadgetell

Microsoft Ergonomic Desktop 7000

Posted in Keyboards,Microsoft,Mouse by Darrin Olson on June 19th, 2007

Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 keyboard and mouseMicrosoft released news of a new keyboard and mouse combination targeting those that are at the computer for extended periods of time and could benefit from a more ergonomic design. The Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 bundles the Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 with the Wireless Mouse 6000 together for a $150 package that should hit shelves in July.

Both components of the ergonomic desktop connect through 2.4 GHz RF-wireless connections with a USB receiver. The keyboard keys has a winged design which according to Microsoft will give your hands a more natural position while typing, and the mouse fits your hand “as naturally as a handshake”.

The mouse has a number of nice features including 4-way scrolling, an instant viewer to navigate between open windows (Alt-Tab too tough?), a magnifier to catch that small print and a both pieces have a battery life …

Nintendo Continues to Dominate Console Sales in May

Posted in Microsoft,News,Nintendo,Sony by Darrin Olson on June 16th, 2007

Nintendo’s Wii continues to top game console sales in MayThe Sony Playstation 3 has its processing power and the Xbox has its Microsoft but as far as sales go there is really no denying that Nintendo is the closest to the “magic formula” for selling game consoles with the Wii. May marks the fifth month in a row that Nintendo outsold rivals in console sales with 338,300 units sold compared to 81,600 Playstation 3′s from Sony and 154,900 Xbox 360 consoles sold from Microsoft.

Nintendo also has notable sales in with its handheld DS by selling 423,150 units in May, and Sony’s Playstation 2 outsold its successor again by more than twice as many with 187,800 consoles. Overall the market has seen a 50% increase in sales of video game hardware and software from last year according to Reuters, mostly attributed to the Nintendo Wii …

Microsoft Surface Unveiled

Posted in Microsoft,News,Surface Computing by Darrin Olson on May 29th, 2007

Microsoft Surface unveiled by Microsoft as the beginning of Surface ComputingToday Microsoft has unveiled what it hopes to be a new multi-billion dollar product category called “Surface Computing”. Using a relatively large, 30 inch flat table-top like surface in a manner similar to that of the movie ‘Minority Report’ users interact with the surface using touch, completely throwing out traditional user interfaces.

Surface computing is designed to be completely intuitive requiring no instructions or training to learn how to interact with the surface. Individuals using the Microsoft Surface simply use their fingers to select items, move them around and configure items and shapes such as maps and photos.

The Microsoft Surface currently works off of four key properties. The first is “direct interaction” allowing users to “grab” items on the screen with their hands or fingers and manipulate them naturally by moving them.

The second of these attributes is “multi-touch” …

Xbox 360 Mods Banned From Xbox Live

Posted in Microsoft,News,Xbox 360 by Darrin Olson on May 20th, 2007

Modified Xbox 360 game consoles are being banned from Xbox LiveUntil recently Xbox 360 owners were able to download a firmware hack which allowed them to play backed-up games and essentially boot-legged copies of games on their game console. They were also able to participate with them on Xbox Live seemingly without any notice from Microsoft, but that appears to have changed.

Apparently with the recent Spring Update earlier this month and coinciding with the beta release of Halo 3, Microsoft has shown that they are able to detect and ban those consoles with modified firmware. When consoles with the modified firmware is detected users will receive an error code (Status Code: Z: 8015 – 190D). As a result, Microsoft is permanently banning modified console from the Xbox Live service, but they are not banning the individual user account. When trying to connect through the modified …

A Zune for Master Chief

Posted in Games,Halo,Microsoft,Zune by Chetz on May 17th, 2007

Halo 3 ZuneNow that Microsoft has announced a September 25 release for its much anticipated “Halo 3″ PS3/Wii killer, Gamestop is offering a piece of crack right now for all the Halo-ites that can’t wait that long.

The online video game store is selling an exclusive branded “Halo 3″ Zune that comes preloaded with a ton of Master Chief goodness. Those that buck up the $249 will get three “Halo 3″ making of documentary videos, the 2006 E3 trailer, the “Starry Night” commercial, the “Halo 2″ theatrical trailer, the first six episodes of “Red vs. Blue” as well as a custom made episode just for the Zuners. You also get the first two games’ original soundtrack (three in all counting the two volumes made for “Halo 2″) and over 120 different pieces of concept art, paintings and production designs from the games’ development.

What’s not included is …

Microsoft Expands on Details of Open Source Patent Infringements

Posted in Microsoft,News by Darrin Olson on May 15th, 2007

Microsoft lists details of patent infringements on its products from open source products and developersIf you haven’t been following the story, Microsoft has recently made claims on a broad scale that various open-source software applications are infringing on patents that Microsoft holds, and although many of the cited issues are not relatively new Microsoft has chosen now as a time to do something about it.

Basically open-source software is distributed to users without any fees, and the source code is available for developers to modify or build on and to give back to the projects and/or redistribute for free to others. Revenue is earned from open source software generally by selling related services surrounding the actual products. Alternatively, companies like Microsoft and many others build applications that require purchased licenses and make the money by selling the actual software. As open source applications become larger in numbers, more …

Deepfish mobile web browser from Microsoft

Posted in Browsers,Deepfish,Microsoft,Mobile Phones,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on March 31st, 2007

Microsoft Deepfish mobile web browserMicrosoft has recently announced the release of Deepfish, a web browser for mobile devices that’s still in its early stages. The new browser for smart devices promises to make the experience of browsing web pages closer to that of viewing the pages on a standard desktop browser.

For the most part, browsing the internet on a “smartphone” is cumbersome at best. There are a number of sites that have been developed with scaled down pages targeting mobile devices, but for the vast majority of web sites (including SlipperyBrick) you will need to view it in the full-size which can make it hard to view and navigate.

Toward the end of last year we had news of an Opera web browser that has “Small Screen Rendering” that would “shrink” standard size pages down to be viewed in full on Samsung mobile phones. The …

Microsoft Officially Speaks Elite

Posted in Microsoft,Xbox 360 Elite by Chetz on March 29th, 2007

Black Xbox 360 Elite announced by MicrosoftMicrosoft today finally confirmed the worst-kept secret in the gaming biz right now: the Xbox 360 Elite is coming to store shelves on April 29 and will cost $479.99.

The rumors about what the Elite will come with were pretty much on the money: a 120 GB hard drive (which will also go on sale separately for $179.99), a wireless controller and headset in black, HDMI cable and a one-month Gold membership to Xbox Live. You will also be able to buy matching black play and charge kit and battery for your fashionable black controller just to ensure that your color scheme doesn’t clash with the white 360 look.

The big reason for the Elite model of Xbox 360 is Microsoft’s push to offer more high definition entertainment to its customers. On the same day that it officially announced the …

Microsoft Unveils Xbox 360 Elite

Posted in Microsoft,News,Xbox 360 by Darrin Olson on March 28th, 2007

Microsoft Xbox 360 EliteAny day now” was right when the Brick reported a week ago that a press release would be coming soon from Microsoft announcing a release of the highly anticipated, upgraded Xbox 360. The new console will be called the Xbox 360 Elite and comes with some upgrades to both the feature set and the price.

In an attempt to further improve the overall appeal of the Xbox 360 Microsoft has upgraded the game console by increasing its hard drive capacity 6 fold bringing it to 120 gigabytes, as well as adding an HDMI video connection to send out high definition video content. The 360 Elite will also hold true to rumors by shipping with a black case, black wireless controllers and black Xbox Live headset.

The new 360 Elite will retail for $480 (up $80 from the 20 gigabyte version) and will …

New Xbox 360 Elite Next Month

Posted in Microsoft,Xbox 360 Elite by Chetz on March 21st, 2007

Black Xbox 360 EliteIt’s been floating all over the tech sites that Microsoft is close to announcing a new, beefier version of the Xbox 360, to be dubbed the Elite. The Elite will reportedly sport a 120 Gig drive, which is 100 Gigs more than the first 360, and it will include an HDMI cable and output support. The color scheme will also be different: instead of the white plastic casing that the original Xbox 360 features the Elite will be wrapped inside a black casing. Cost of the Xbox 360 Elite: $479.

The source of the online rumors could be traced back to a scanned page from the new issue of Game Informer magazine, but savvy online readers that had been burned before by Photoshopped pics were wary to take the report at face value (plus, the developer 360s were made in black casing.) Nevertheless, …

Halo 3 from Microsoft with 3 Versions

Posted in Games,Halo,Microsoft by Chetz on March 20th, 2007

Halo 3 coming from Microsoft in 3 different versionsMicrosoft has confirmed that when its highly anticipated “Halo 3” finally arrives in stores this autumn, gamers will have the option to buy one of three different versions.

The “Halo 3” Standard Edition is comprised of the game and standard packaging (box and interior booklet.) A Limited Edition version will ship inside an exclusive metallic case. Inside along with the game will be a bonus disc which will feature behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the game, a documentary, a first-of-its-kind audio-visual calibration tool that will tweak your system to deliver the best “Halo” experience, and looks at the game’s conceptual designs, background universe setting and more in a special book.

Finally there will be the Legendary Edition. You get the same bonus disc and book as found with the Limited version plus a second exclusive disc that will contain remastered …

Microsoft offers increased memory for Xbox 360

Posted in Microsoft,News,Xbox 360 by Darrin Olson on March 5th, 2007

Microsoft offers increased memory for the Xbox 360There are probably a number of you out there that went ahead and bought their Xbox 360 without the hard drive in it and saved some dough, only to find out when you got home that your really probably did need that hard drive to keep you from starting over at the beginning of your game every time. The drive also is needed to have somewhere to download games and demos.

Your options were either to live with it, or get a 64MB memory unit to at least save some things. Well, Microsoft has heard your concerns and coming April 3rd they will be offering a $49.99 512MB memory unit for sale that will hold a lot less than the 20GB hard drive that would have cost you twice as much, but it’s better than nothing. It’s also better than the …

Microsoft to show off IPTV on Xbox 360

Posted in IPTV,Microsoft,News,Xbox 360 by Darrin Olson on February 25th, 2007

IPTV to debut on Xbox 360 in LondonIn a speech by Bill Gates at CES earlier this year, Gates talked about upgrades to the Xbox 360 including live IPTV service. Microsoft is now planning on showing off this service integrated with the Xbox 360 and the Connected Home show in London the week of March 5th.

IPTV in the game console will be demo’d by Ed Graczyk, Worldwide Director of Marketing and Communications for Microsoft TV, during his keynote speech at the event. “Separately the Xbox 360 and Microsoft TV IPTV Edition deliver unique and exciting entertainment experiences, but IPTV on Xbox 360 delivers a real value proposition for consumers, service providers and content and game developers alike. By integrating these industry-leading solutions, we continue to drive innovation and enable new connected entertainment experiences for consumers.”, said Graczyk. This will be the first …