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Xbox 360 Slim shown off next to the current Xbox 360

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2010

Okay, this is not confirmation of what the slim Xbox 360 actually looks like in any way. What this guy is holding certainly looks like a slimmed down Xbox 360, but really it could be anything dressed up to fool us. Whatever it is, it is small and Xbox-like.

The Dutch site Gamekings.tv had this dropped in their inbox. If this is the real deal, it looks pretty awesome. And of course, much smaller than it’s predecessor.

Zune HD 64 shows up

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2010

The link may not work, but look at that. The Zune HD 64 has made an appearance on the official Zune website. Seems like Microsoft has something they want to tell us.

A 64GB Zune HD, which doubles the capacity of the previous model and means that we have three models to choose from. There’s no further info on it just yet, but as soon as Microsoft wants to stop teasing us and give us some real info, we’ll let you know.

250GB Xbox HDD available in America today, $130

Posted in Xbox 360 Elite by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2010

Those lucky Japanese have had the 250GB Xbox 360 HDD for a couple of weeks. And now there’s news that the new HDD should be available here as of today for $130, according to this “Make More Room for Entertainment” advertisement and an official word from Microsoft.

Up until now it was only available as a console bundle. $130 is the same price the 120GB was going for previously. Pretty great deal.

Microsoft outs three new 720p webcams

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2010

Microsoft has just added three new webcams to its LifeCam line, and all three are capable of 720p HD video. The LifeCam HD-5000 and HD-5001 look different on the outside, but inside they are the same and both sell for $49.95 and are available later this month.

A smaller version of the LifeCam, the HD-6000 is available in May and aimed at notebooks, also capable of 720p video and autofocus, with a 360° rotation view.

Zune HD2 already on the way?

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2010

Seems like just the other day the Zune HD arrived, but already rumors are circulating about a Zune HD2 that “will be similar to an iPod Touch,” and could ship this year. It could be part of the “Windows Phone 7 Series platform” and run Windows Phone 7 apps.

There’s no word on when we might see this theoretical Zune HD successor, but a Zune with the Windows Phone 7 interface might be just the thing Microsoft is looking for to tie it all together. Hopefully we will hear more about this soon.

New pics of Microsoft Courier

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on March 7th, 2010

Some new pics have surfaced of Microsoft’s dual-screen Courier, and it looks like it should be a decent competitor to the iPad. Some new details accompany the new pics as well. The device is less than inch thick, weighs just over a pound, and the two screens are about the size of a 5 x 7 photo.

There’s apparently a built-in camera and the NVIDIA Tegra 2 graphics processor will be driving a version of the Zune HD and Windows Phone 7 interfaces.

Microsoft’s BlueTrack Mice get three new models

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2010

Want a Microsoft BlueTrack mouse that offers laser precision on any surface? Of course you do. And now you can get three new models for under thirty bucks. Those three models are: the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500, Wireless Mouse 2000 and Comfort Mouse 4500.

All have the same BlueTrack tech, the difference is in size and transceivers. The Mobile Mouse 3500 has a nano-transceiver along with rubber grips on the side for extra support. The 2000 model is larger and has a snap-in transceiver. The Comfort Mouse 4500 actually has a wire.

Windows Phone 7

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2010

Microsoft has officially launched the Windows Phone 7 and with it the Windows Phone Series, with the promise that we’ll see the first devices on the market by the holiday 2010 shopping season. Windows Phone 7 most definitely has the user in mind with Zune and Xbox integration.

And it looks and presumably feels more like an iPhone. The UI is simple and elegant. The folks over at MSDN have a 22 minute video walkthrough that explains everything. It looks like Microsoft has really nailed it here. Hit the link below to check it out.

eVouse concept is part mouse, part tablet, and part digital pen

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on February 11th, 2010

Other than that slick SideWinder gaming keyboard with the number pad that can be put on either side, none of the products from Microsoft typically stand out in my eyes as far as design goes. A new design concept over at Yanko Design has tipped up with the Microsoft brand.

The device is called the eVouse and it combines touch tech from a tablet computer, mouse tech for navigation, and digital pen for drawing with design software. The device is shaped like a “V” and when used as a mouse the front buttons are touch sensitive and glow when pressed.

Microsoft cuts Zune HD prices to fight competition

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on February 7th, 2010

Over the past few days Microsoft has silently cut prices on the Zune HD through an at least temporary promo. Microsoft’s media player now costs $190 for a 16GB model at Amazon. That’s $32 less than the original price. The 32GB model has also dropped to $250.

Microsoft’s very own store has dropped its prices as well, to $200 for a 16GB Zune HD and $270 for a 32GB edition. It’s looking like a great time to buy a Zune. Walmart and some other retailers are also closely matching those prices on Amazon.

Xbox Live service ending for original Xbox and games

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on February 5th, 2010

There are probably many gamers out there who still play games on their original Xbox console or still play original Xbox titles on the Xbox 360. Microsoft is announced that starting on April 15 the Xbox Live service for original games and consoles is being shut down.

The decision wasn’t made lightly according to Marc Whitten. The reason for stopping the service for the old titles and consoles is that updates need to be made to the service to support future plans. Those updates are said to not be supported by the original console and games.

Microsoft’s new SideWinder X4 Gaming Keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2010

Microsoft has a new member in its SideWinder family in the SideWinder X4. The keyboard, in fact the entire “X-series”, is designed for gamers. One of the most interesting features of the X4 is the anti-ghosting feature, which allows gamers to press up to 26 keys at once.

Each key is scanned independently by the keyboard hardware, so each key is correctly detected. Some other features include adjustable backlighting, macro keys, automatic macro repetition and more.

250GB add-on Xbox 360 HDD to hit Japan

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on February 1st, 2010

We can never really have enough storage on our computers and other devices where we store the media that we generate and use each day. With digital cameras, camcorders and music proliferating along with digital download games and other content we can run out of space quickly on media servers and game consoles.

PC World reports that Microsoft is set to release a new add-on HDD for the Xbox 360 in Japan that has 250GB of storage space. The drive will also be offered in a stand-alone version as well. The new drive has previously been offered only in a bundle with a new console.

Zune Phone within 2 Months?

Posted in Zune Phone by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2010

So remember all of the Project Pink/Zune Phone rumors from way back? Well, they have started again thanks to a statement by Jefferies analyst Katherine Egbert:

“Our recent industry checks indicate Microsoft will be debuting its own phone sometime in the next two months…We expect the new phone to debut soon, at either the Feb 15-18 Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona Spain, or possibly at CTIA in Las Vegas one month later.”

ITG xpPhone pricing

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2010

The ITG xpPhone is an unusual handset that runs Windows XP. We’ve been following this one for awhile and now we have word on its official pricing. The handset will retail from $439 to $659, depending on which operator you go with.

Yes, those are absurd prices, but then we are guessing that this isn’t aimed at those of us who like our gadgets to be cutting edge. Having said that, there’s some real interest in this thing. Go figure. Those prices are after conversion from Chinese, so if it hits the states, pricing may be different.