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Zune HD arrives tomorrow, save 15 percent at Dell

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on September 14th, 2009

Zune HD arrives tomorrow, save 15 percent at DellThe new Zune HD arrives on Tuesday in the U.S., and if you haven’t already pre-ordered from Amazon, just enter the right coupon codes at Dell and you can save $43 on the 32GB model and $33 on the 16GB model.

That’s 15% off with free two-day shipping. It probably won’t arrive by Tuesday, but you’re getting a great deal. So grab your credit card, or fire up your PayPal account and check out LogicBUY for the code.

Microsoft’s new keyboard is thin, sexy

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on September 10th, 2009

Microsoft’s new keyboard is thin, sexyIt’s hard to make a keyboard sexy. I mean, it is what it is, and it has to be comfortable and not injure you terribly bad, while maintaining a size that’s also comfortable. So, we really have to give props to Microsoft on this one.

The new Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard is sexy, curvy and just plain looks pleasant. It even has a sexy little numpad that’s like a sidecar. The keyboard is thin enough to slip into a manila envelope. It’s as thick as a AAA battery at the back, thinner than that in front.

Microsoft confirms Xbox 360 price cut Friday

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2009

CheaperAs expected, the rumors were true. This Friday, the Xbox 360 Elite will drop $100 to $300 with no HDMI cable included. While the mid-range 360 Pro will drop down to $250 from $300. The Pro will also be phased-out at this price.

Then there’s the $300 120GB Elite and the $200 Arcade, which comes with five games and 256MB memory. Let the war begin. Sony’s new PS3 Slim is the same price as the Xbox Elite. And the 80GB and 160GB PS3s are now cut to $300 and $400.

Microsoft anounces HD LifeCam Cinema

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2009

Microsoft anounces HD LifeCam CinemaToday Microsoft announced a brand new webcam with the LifeCam Cinema, which offers a true HD experience in 720p resolution. It’s capable of capturing 30 frames per second and it’s all about giving you high quality at an affordable price.

Some other features include a 4x digital zoom, noise-canceling mic, autofocus and a glass lens. Constructed from aluminum, this camera has an interesting stand that works with both notebooks and desktops. The webcam even has a specific Windows Live call button for use with Windows Live Messenger and it connects via USB 2.0.

Microsoft loses $290 million in Word patent case

Posted in News by Darrin Olson on August 13th, 2009

Microsoft loses patent suit for WordA U.S. district court judge in Texas ruled against Microsoft on Wednesday in a law suit over a patent infringement in the companies software product Word. The ruling takes affect in 60 days and would ban sales of Microsoft Word versions 2003 and 2007. It also hits the software giant with a $290 million fine in damages.

These versions of the Word product contain particular use of XML which infringes on a patent filed by i4i Ltd, a small firm in Canada. Microsoft states that they plan to appeal the patent citing that they “do not infringe” and that the i4i patent is not valid. Microsoft also has a new version of Word coming out next year as part of their Office 2010 suite, which does not contain the infringing XML component. Microsoft could also simply remove the particular XML portion of the existing Word applications to comply with the court ruling for future sales.

Microsoft Zune HD officially available for pre-order

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on August 13th, 2009

zunehd-preorderLeaked images and all sorts of rumors have run rampant about Microsoft’s Zune HD. The device is the latest Zune PMP from Microsoft to try to combat the Apple iPod. The Zune HD is aimed directly at the iPod touch.

Microsoft announced today that the player is set to hit store shelves on September 15 and is available for pre-order today. The HD will be offered in 16GB and 32GB capacities and is the first touch screen Zune player.

Microsoft’s Pressure-Sensitive Keyboard

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on August 6th, 2009

Right now it’s just a prototype, but Microsoft’s pressure-sensitive keyboard may just make typing more efficient. Think about it, what if font size could be changed just by applying a certain pressure. Typos could be reduced by gauging the pressure applied to simultaneously pressed keys in order to determine which one you intended to press. We see gaming potential too.

Microsoft will be showing it off at the User Interface Software and Technology conference in Canada this October. Students attending will be given a sample keyboard and asked to compete with one another in an effort to find applications for the technology.

Zune HD’s browser previewed

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on August 5th, 2009

Zune HD's browser previewedOver at CNET, they had a look at a recent build of the Zune HD. Apparently the device is getting close to a final product. The hardware received some praise as well as video playback and a the music player, which has been refined. They really liked the Zune HD’s browser and found it to be excellent.

It was built by the IE team, which is good news for prospective Windows Mobile 6.5 users, and it’s comparable to the iPhone in features as well as speed. You get pinch to zoom, accelerometer-based reorientation, and a decent onscreen keyboard. No Flash though. All in all it sounds fairly awesome.

Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2009

Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000Microsoft has announced its latest ergonomic keyboard and mouse duo, the Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000. The keyboard features a Comfort Curve layout for natural wrist posture with a six-degree curve. The mouse on the other hand features BlueTrack technology so that you can use it on almost any surface.

Some other features include low-profile quiet touch keys and rubber grips on both sides of the Wireless Mouse 5000. You can get it later this month for $79.95. Your wrists may just thank you. Check out our review of the Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000 while you are contemplating the purchase.

New Zune HD press shots

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2009

New Zune HD press shotsWe’ve seen plenty of Microsoft’s Zune HD, but the company just shared some awesome images of the new PMP, which show off black and silver versions of the device, both of which are things of beauty.

Just pictures. Nothing too spectacular, but they give you a good idea of the design and what the UI looks like. If nothing else, they will let you drool and anticipate the device even more than you thought possible.

Xbox Live Dashboard update coming August 11th

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2009

Xbox Live Dashboard update coming August 11thThe Xbox 360′s next Xbox Live update is coming on August 11. Microsoft confirmed today the launch of the new Xbox Live Games On Demand service, which will launch with more than 30 games. Some examples include Assassin’s Creed, BioShock, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Mass Effect, and Sonic The Hedgehog.

The 11th also brings the introduction of Netflix party support, which allows multiple people to watch Netflix movies together. Also, the Avatar marketplace will launch, offering virtual versions of things like an RC Warthog from Halo.

Apple demanded that Microsoft stop its Laptop Hunters ads

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on July 16th, 2009

Apple demanded that Microsoft stop its Laptop Hunters adsApple may act like the Microsoft Laptop Hunters ads are no big deal, but behind the scenes the company had a different response, according to Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Turner. Turner says that he knows the ads are working because “two weeks ago we got a call from the Apple legal department saying [...] ‘Hey, you need to stop running those ads, we lowered our prices.’”

Turner also noted that “they took like $100 off or something,” and that it “was the greatest single phone call in the history that I’ve ever taken in business” He did however think it was a joke at first.

Microsoft confirms retail stores this fall

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

Microsoft confirms retail stores this fallFor those who missed it, Microsoft hired former Wal-Mart exec David Porter to be its corporate vice president of retail stores in February. So it’s not much of a surprise that stores are on the way. COO Kevin Turner confirmed the plans at the Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans yesterday, saying the stores can be expected to open this fall (probably to coincide with the launch of Windows 7?).

He took the gloves off and didn’t mince words about taking the fight to Apple’s doorstep. “Stay tuned, because we’re going to have some retail stores opened up that are opened up right next door to Apple stores.”

Microsoft is launching a music streaming service this month

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2009

Microsoft is launching a music streaming service this monthPeter Bale, executive producer of MSN recently spoke to the Telegraph and announced that Microsoft will launch a streaming music service “imminently”, by the end of July. Bale said the service will be similar to Spotify, a streaming music service that offers both an ad-supported listening option as well as a premium subscription service with no ads. Bale also added that Microsoft is considering extending the service to the Xbox 360, but he didn’t give any other details.

They are still examining a business model. Apparently the service would let users stream tunes for free as long as they listen to ads every half hour or so. It will be interesting to see how this initiative will tie-in with the company’s Xbox 360 and Zune.

Microsoft’s Gazelle browser a Google Chrome OS competitor?

Posted in Browsers by Conner Flynn on July 8th, 2009

Microsoft's Gazelle browser a Google Chrome OS competitor?Supposedly Microsoft is working on a Google Chrome OS counter. This could be the Gazelle browser, which wants to treat the browser itself more like an OS. The Gazelle prototype supposedly will to do things like protect webapps from each other, and isolate different browser tabs (like Google Chrome does and Firefox is going to do).

It’s just one of many research projects Microsoft is working on, but it would make sense for them to unveil this one next week, to show that they’re not taking a backseat to Google. It won’t replace IE, at least not for awhile.