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Microsoft Account Gets More Secure with Two Factor Authorization
ICYMI, your Microsoft Account will get more secure as the team rolls out a new upgrade which includes two-step verification, as noted on the Bing newswire . This will improve the security of the devices and services currently used by more than 700 million people worldwide, including Windows PCs, Phones...
17 Apr 2013
Announcement: New Xbox 360 Elite $50 rebate for U.S. customers 'til October 5, 2009
Even with the recent price drops on the Xbox 360 Elite to $299 , a new announcement today on an additional $50 rebate for customers in the U.S. from now (September 22) and October 5, 2009. More information on the rebate can be found here . Fine print: Mail-in rebate offer valid in the 50 United States...
22 Sep 2009
My life as a customer, part 2: Three red lights flash on my Xbox 360 Ring of Light (again!) RROD much?
Sitting down with a glass and a controller in my hands, I logged into Xbox Live for a post getting-the-kids-to-bed Xbox 360. Ooh, that's a new screen. Turn off the non-responsive Xbox 360. RROD . Another Groundhog Day : it's Saturday night, after the phone agents are gone at 1-800-4MY-XBOX...
1 Feb 2009
EWeek's incomplete list of Client OSes 'that could replace Windows' and more of what I've read
The past week has flown by as the mercury rises on the thermometer Just as Jason Brooks of EWeek says in the article, Seven Client OSes That Could Replace Windows , that "Microsoft's Windows is the undisputed king of the desktop, and, for a long time now, it's seemed as though Windows would reign forever...
16 Aug 2008
Apple, Microsoft, Imagine Cup winners and lots of other news in the reading pile last week
A quick reading list as I post before leaving the office (yes, early today... we have a busy weekend and I was up until too late last night working on, well, work ;). On top of that, I'm a week behind in posting the reading list. I have to go home and set up a Dance Dance Revolution on Xbox360 for a...
8 Aug 2008
Microsoft partners with Netflix on Xbox Live (msnbc.com)
It's a long time coming, but good to see that after a few hints here and there, we finally have word from Kristin Kalning, Games editor on MSNBC in this article that beginning this fall in the States, the catalogue of streaming video titles available from Netflix will be available directly from your...
14 Jul 2008
SETI@home, new iPhones and other bits for a quick post-vacation reading list
Back from vacation and waiting for a meeting to start (whilst hungry attendees grab lunch ;) I find that I have a couple of minutes to post - normally I wait until after work's done for the day, but here's an exception to the rule. Last night I made a quick spin by Engadget to catch up on what I missed...
11 Jul 2008
New Xbox 360 license transfer tool now available
I have seen a couple of customer instances (including one at home ;) where I wanted to move downloaded games and other content from an old Xbox 360 to a new system (as we did when we moved to an . Well, now there's a way to do it. Click here for more on Xbox 360 License Migration. As the site notes,...
26 Jun 2008
Halo 3 Heroic Map Pack Now Available on Xbox Live for Free
Just as I (finally!) near the point of completing Halo 3 on Heroic, I learn that the add-on Heroic map set is available for free. (Full disclosure: my nine-year-old has already whooped me by completing the last level in Halo 3 at the highest level... and he was able to master the nuances of the game...
26 Mar 2008
It's real: the Netflix survey to gauge interest in streaming movies via Xbox Live
With all the talk this weekend of HD-DVD (as Reuters noted this weekend ) and that main supported Toshiba "will cease manufacturing HD-DVD equipment" (as reported on Japan's NHK public broadcasting network), interesting to see the increased interest in watching movies on game consoles. (I've written...
15 Feb 2008
The Bill Gates keynote (with Robbie Bach) and other CES 2008 coverage
Bloggers and the press are out in force at CES in Las Vegas, tonite covering Bill Gates' keynote at CES 2008 . You can find several entries listed here . Check out video coverage at Microsoft's CES site and on Microsoft PressPass . [More on the keynote from MS.com: On Monday, Jan. 7, the transcript...
6 Jan 2008
Reports of a future Xbox 360 with HD-DVD on-board surface in Oz
Remember, this is an external news report, on Dealerscope this morning... Microsoft Preparing Xbox 360 with HD DVD "According to an Australian Web site citing inside sources at Toshiba, that company and Microsoft are at work on a new version of the Xbox 360 that will include a new HD DVD drive, as well...
22 Oct 2007
Old news: Free Retrofit for Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel
I missed this article last week. We have an Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel , and one that has taken a back seat to the of Dance Dance Revolution pad. I learned from Gregg Keizer at Computerworld (and various news sites ) that the Wheel should have a free retrofit applied. There's an announcement on Xbox...
28 Aug 2007
Xbox 360 repairs are complete: our first unit comes home
It's returned home. Our Xbox 360 that suffered from a severe case of the dreaded three red flashing lights arrived on Friday and is now up and running. Well, not exactly the same Xbox 360: we were informed that the unit we received was a replacement unit, but it's in fine shape. (Let's hope that...
19 Aug 2007
How to reset the display settings of the Xbox 360 console
This evening whilst trying to set up Dance Dance Revolution for our boys and their friends, we ran into a small problem: no video. Hmmm... Could it be that I set the switch incorrectly on the Xbox 360 Component HD AV Cable ? The cable may be switched to either regular SDTV or HDTV output.) Nope, I don...
11 Aug 2007
You can grow or buy: Blockbuster is buying Movielink for digital movie downloads
Netflix chose to develop and offer video on demand (and even hired Anthony Wood , CEO of ReplayTV). Video rental chain Blockbuster is going the route of "buy." Blockbuster announced that they will acquire Movielink , the digital movie download service owned by several major Hollywood movie studios...
9 Aug 2007
It's official: Microsoft lowers the retail price on Xbox 360 consoles
As previously speculated , MSNBC reports that Microsoft will cut the retail price on the Xbox 360 by $50 - that's for the model with a 20GB hard drive. "The company said its most popular console, which comes with a 20-gigabyte hard drive, will cost $349. A basic console without a hard drive or...
7 Aug 2007
InsideMicrosoft speculates on a drop in the street prices on the Xbox 360 in the States
Of interest... the InsideMicrosoft blog news channel says that there's drop coming in the street prices on the Xbox 360... "Leaks are coming at the rate of several a day that an Xbox 360 price drop is imminent, sometime in the next ten days. A Circuit City ad shows that you should be able to get...
4 Aug 2007
Article: PC World on Best Products for Streaming Audio and Video
In MSN Tech & Gadgets (love that subsite) there's an informative post from by PC World columnist Lincoln Spector on the " Best Products for Streaming Audio and Video With Ease ." "Want to watch your movies in the bedroom or listen to your albums in the kitchen? We identify which devices do...
29 Jul 2007
Of interest: Xbox 360 HD DVD Player Moves to $179, plus free HD DVDs... is that enough?
How did I miss this announcement yesterday? (No, not the nearly $1B that SharePoint Server sales generated so far ... just north of $800M to be exact.) Oh, that's right... Work. Xbox 360 HD DVD Player Moves to $179, Adds Five Free HD DVDs "Microsoft Corp. announced it will lower the price...
27 Jul 2007
Three red lights flash on the Ring of Light and I'm returning an Xbox 360... on Friday the 13th
As I wrote in an earlier post this week , on the coverage (here in PC Magazine ) of what to do if three red lights flash on your Xbox 360's Ring of Light. Well, here it is Friday the 13th and I'm returning an Xbox 360 for repair. I thought that it may be helpful to share my experience on how to handle...
13 Jul 2007
Your questions: "What do you think about the Xbox 360 warranty extension?"
OK, I'm officially on vacation (I'm lousy at that) but the weekend has been ripe with questions since the press coverage and Peter Moore's letter on Xbox.com . "What do you think about the Xbox 360 warranty extension?" If you missed it... see the Wall Street Journal coverage or the coverage...
9 Jul 2007
IPTV, Media Centre, VOD rumours... oh my
Long Zheng reports in his blog earlier this week that "a trademark application in Australia... looks to be for a video-on-demand service from Microsoft yet to be identified has been made available publically." Ars Technica picked up on Zheng's report noting that "the trademark description also mentions...
23 May 2007
Mary Jo Foley: Ten lessons the Xbox Team can teach the rest of Microsoft
Last week, ZDNet 's Mary Jo Foley posted on her blog the Ten lessons the Xbox Team can teach the rest of Microsoft . "When it comes to building community -- and profiting from it -- Microsoft's Xbox team is helping write the playbook. That fact isn't lost on the rest of the company. Increasingly,...
20 May 2007
Thoughts on the new Apple TV (seeing it live with iTunes) and Xbox 360
Peter Svensson is a technology writer for the Associated Press, and the Seattle Times picked up his article his article comparing the new Apple TV peripheral with the Xbox 360 : "Apple Inc. has graced the public with another smooth, white, exquisitely designed gadget, this time aiming at making...
7 Apr 2007
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