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Zune HD: $249 and $280 in September?

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2009

Zune HD to comes in 16/32GB sizes, September 8?According to an alleged “software engineer” on the Zune team, the 16GB Zune HD should cost between $249 and $280 this September (a date that lines up with previous rumors.)

There are a lot of interesting rumors in the interview, like the fact that Microsoft is thinking about not only 16/32GB models but a 64GB Zune HD too. We have no idea what the price would be for that one.

Microsoft talks Windows 7 Upgrade

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on June 26th, 2009

windows7-sbThe only Microsoft operating system I can recall being anywhere near as disliked as Vista has been in the tech world was Windows ME. That said I have used Vista since it has launched and other than early driver issues with NVIDIA graphics cards it has given me no problems.

Microsoft is set to launch Windows 7 in the next few months and has detailed the upgrade program that will allow consumers who buy a PC running Windows Vista June 26 or after to get a free upgrade to the equivalent Windows 7 version. Microsoft says to support the upgrade program it will defer 50% of the revenue from sales under the program to upgrade licenses.

Microsoft unveils Xbox 360 wireless microphone

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2009

Microsoft unveils Xbox 360 wireless microphoneMicrosoft has unveiled a brand new wireless microphone today for use with the Xbox 360. It’s designed to be used with music games like Rock Band, Guitar Hero, ,etc. It will have specific features to make gameplay a bit easier while you are breaking all of the glasses in your china cabinet and forcing the neighbors to scratch their ears off.

You won’t need any wires or adapters, since this mic takes advantage of the wireless console and even has motion sensors built in for added functionality. Plus, you get some pretty lights on the base.

Microsoft intros Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on June 18th, 2009

Microsoft intros Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000Microsoft just announced its latest portable wireless mouse, the colorful Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000, targeting netbook users. The new mouse features the company’s latest BlueTrack technology that is said to offer superior accuracy unlike laser and optical mice.

Supposedly it beats all other mice and will perform as well or better on smooth surfaces including granite and even on surfaces like a carpet and unfinished wood. The 2.4GHz Nano USB transceiver won’t stick out more than 0.4″ from your USB port, so you can leave it in all the time.

Project Natal hitting retail shelves in 2010

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 18th, 2009

Microsoft announces "Project Natal" motion controller for Xbox 360Up until now, all we knew about Project Natal’s release date was that it wasn’t going to happen in 2009. Now we have word that it will be hitting store shelves in 2010. So says Steve Balmer, Company CEO.

He let word slip during his speech at The Executives Club of Chicago today that the Xbox 360 motion control interface will be coming in 2010. Now that could mean all the way in December of 2010 for all we know, but at least it’s not 2011.

Zune HD: The first device to use NVIDIA Tegra

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2009

Microsoft Zune HDIt’s official. Zune HD will be powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra processor, making it the first PMP in the world that can claim that honor. NVIDIA confirmed it themselves. The all-in-one processor offers hardware acceleration of video and can consume just 150mW of power at full speed, giving it a battery life like a regular media player in spite of the demands of 720p video playback.

The new Zune is likely using an APX 2500 or 2600 processor, which combines an ARM11 processor with a GeForce-based graphics core and controllers for memory and output. It has just enough performance to display 720p at full resolution when using HDMI and also supports 3D rendering performance much faster than most handheld devices.

If you download IE 8, Microsoft feeds someone for $0.14

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2009

If you download IE 8, Microsoft feeds someone for $0.14While downloading Internet Explorer 8, users found the following message: “Only complete downloads of Windows Internet Explorer 8 through browserforthebetter.com from June 8, 2009 through August 8, 2009 qualify for the charitable donation to Feeding America. Microsoft is donating $1.15 per download to Feeding America up to a maximum of $1,000,000. Meals are used for illustrative purposes only. Meal conversion is effective until June 30th, 2010.”

When you do the math and split $1.15 among 8 users, it means $0.14 per meal. How is that feeding anyone?

Microsoft to release Project Natal-centric Xbox console next fall?

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on June 13th, 2009

Microsoft announces "Project Natal" motion controller for Xbox 360According to 1Up, Microsoft is planning to release a new Xbox console this fall that will focus on Project Natal’s motion-sensing technology. Supposedly it will include native Project Natal support and backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 software. It would be released in fall 2010.

We aren’t buying it. It’s too soon for a full console devoted to the new technology. The Xbox 360 has a lot of lifespan left on it’s own. That’s our take anyway.

Dell download store offers Microsoft software

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on June 12th, 2009

delldownloadWhen it comes to buying software I typically prefer to have CDs or DVDs that I can keep up with rather than a digital file that I can lose or erase accidentally. Still, I can see the appeal of having all the software you use in digital files so you don’t need to keep up with discs.

The Dell download store announced today that it has added the ability to download Microsoft software like Word, Excel, and Outlook. The advantage of getting the software as a digital download is that you can save a bit of money.

Microsoft addresses record 31 issues for patch Tuesday

Posted in Microsoft by Darrin Olson on June 10th, 2009

Microsoft releases 31 updates for Tuesday security patchesIn this weeks version of “Patch Tuesday” from Microsoft, the released security bulletin addressed a record count of 31 vulnerabilities across versions of Windows and Microsoft Office.

Of the updates a number of them were rated as “critical” and dealt with an issue of remote code execution through specifically designed web pages that were viewed through Internet Explorer versions 6, 7 and 8. This vulnerability, before the fix, would allow strangers to take control of the PC remotely through executing code in the browser.

Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000 Review

Posted in Review by Shane McGlaun on June 5th, 2009

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When it comes to talking about mice and keyboards there are opposing fronts. Gamers want wires on everything for better speed and accuracy. The average computer user wants to lose the wires for a less cluttered desktop. Today we are going to look at a wireless desktop set from Microsoft called the Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000. Read on to see how well the wireless desktop performs.

Microsoft introduces Bing Mobile

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on June 3rd, 2009

bingIn case you haven’t heard, Microsoft recently unveiled its Bing search engine in an effort to overcome Google. Now they have also brought Bing to the mobile platform by introducing Bing Mobile, which can be enjoyed across a range of mobile devices.

So far user impressions seem pretty positive. Simple and clean results are displayed in a nice format. Microsoft is hoping that you might point portable device’s browser to m.bing.com and see what the buzz is all about.

Windows 7 to go on sale October 22nd

Posted in Windows by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2009

Windows 7 to go on sale October 22ndIt was pretty clear that the latest incarnation of Windows would be available this fall. Now Microsoft has announced the date. The latest version of the Windows operating system, Windows 7, will hit general commercial availability on Oct. 22.

That should give you plenty of time to choose which of the million versions is good for you. Will you be buying a copy?

Microsoft’s Project Natal demo video

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2009


Everyone at the ‘Brick is super excited about Microsoft’s Project Natal real time motion-capture accessory for the Xbox 360, but it’s going to be a while before we can actually play it. Until we can, this is the teaser video that was shown during this morning’s keynote.

The keynote promo video shows off many planned uses for the new peripheral, like voice and face recognition, video chatting, and all kinds of gameplay options where you can use your entire body. Color us impressed.

Xbox Live: Full Retail Games on Demand

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2009

Xbox Live Gold subscription at Amazon for $29.97Here’s some more Microsoft news, in a day filled with Microsoft news. How does full Xbox Live games on demand sound? Awesome? I know. You, and me, can now download Mass Effect, Bioshock and others. And you can do so like a big boy, using a real credit card, not Xbox Live points. They will be coming in August.

It would be great if you could get every game, but sadly you can’t. It’s a mix of third-party stuff like Sonic, call of Duty 2, Crackdown, Bioshock Mass Effect and others. Whether games will be downloadable the day they’re released to retail is unclear. Also don’t expect to use your credit card direct just yet: “We’re not getting rid of the point system.”