Tech giants sue Samsung and Google
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Tech giants sue Samsung and Google

A group of tech giants known as the Rockstar Consortium is suing Google, Samsung, HTC and others over alleged mobile phone patent infringements. Rockstar, jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony, is targeting manufacturers of phones that run the rival Google Android operating system. Rockstar spent $4.5bn (£2.8bn) buying thousands of Nortel patents … Continue reading

Microsoft rebrands Xbox Live Marketplace to Xbox Game Store
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Microsoft rebrands Xbox Live Marketplace to Xbox Game Store

Microsoft seems intent on sanding away the Xbox brand’s rough edges before launching the One this November. Following the recent switch from its arcane points system to local currency for digital purchases, Redmond has subtly changed up where you’ll spend that money. What we used to know as the Xbox Live Marketplace is now the … Continue reading

Xbox at E3 2013: everything you need to know
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Xbox at E3 2013: everything you need to know

Microsoft shows off the One, the redesigned 360, and finally, the games Microsoft’s Xbox One announcement last month left something off the list: video games. Yes, Microsoft was very clear that the Xbox One would dominate and absorb every facet of your living room and your entire entertainment lifestyle. But it wasn’t clear about “Halos.” … Continue reading

Leaked Windows Phone 8 ‘Blue’ screenshots reveal notification center, UI changes, and more
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Leaked Windows Phone 8 ‘Blue’ screenshots reveal notification center, UI changes, and more

A reddit user managed to stumble upon a developer unit of the Nokia Lumia 920 that he purchased from eBay. Much to his surprise, however, he found several features not found on the existing version of Windows Phone 8 and something Microsoft may have been saving for later. The software identifies itself as version 12084.WPMAIN(wpbldlab).20130509-1407, … Continue reading

Xbox One controller gets programmable trigger buttons, design refinements
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Xbox One controller gets programmable trigger buttons, design refinements

The newly announced Xbox One is getting a refined controller. It looks a lot like the Xbox 360’s controller, with “40 technical and design innovations,” according to Microsoft.   Microsoft says developers will be able to program specific types of feedback into the trigger buttons of the new controller. The thought being that the trigger … Continue reading

Xbox One isn’t backwards compatible with Xbox 360 discs or Xbox Live Arcade, Gamerscore transfers
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Xbox One isn’t backwards compatible with Xbox 360 discs or Xbox Live Arcade, Gamerscore transfers

It’s true: the Xbox One will not play your Xbox 360 game discs, nor will your Xbox Live Arcade games transfer (not to mention any other content that’s dependent on the 360’s hardware architecture, anyhow). That Gamerscore you’ve been earning, though? That’s gonna transfer. As will your Xbox Live Gamertag. Sadly, due to the x86 architecture of … Continue reading

Xbox Event Roundup : Xbox One, New Kinect, Windows Kernel and more
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Xbox Event Roundup : Xbox One, New Kinect, Windows Kernel and more

Microsoft has unveiled the new Xbox, and it’s called Xbox One. It’s Microsoft’s first new console in more than seven years. Yes, we’ve had many expectations for this console, especially since Sony and Nintendo have already taken their first steps in the next-gen landscape. Here’s what you need to know that was announced at Microsoft’s event in Redmond, Wash. The … Continue reading