June, 2010

  • Steve Clayton

    New XBOX 360 wallpapers

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    Still waiting for your new XBOX 360 to arrive? Get yourself some fine looking wallpaper in the meantime. Click above to grab ‘em




  • Steve Clayton

    Star Wars gameplay on XBOX Kinect

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    Wanna see what it’s like to be a Jedi using XBOX Kinect? Check out this video courtesy of Wired. To quote them

     

    Oh man! It turns out that Star Wars Kid was doing nothing less than predicting the future. The awesome future. Microsoft has demonstrated its Project Natal, which has been renamed Kinect and transformed into a motion-controller for the Xbox 360.

    I need this. Now!

  • Steve Clayton

    Microsoft Office is now on the web

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    You may have heard about something called Office Web Applications over the last few months. If not, just think of it as Microsoft Office delivered through a web browser – okay, it’s not full blown office but it’s unquestionably Office and it looks very familiar. This sort of familiar

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    All you need to do is head over to office.live.com and you can start doing exactly as above – creating, editing, uploading, sharing and more. Here’s how it looks for PowerPoint

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    Once done you can easily share with a new slider UI to determine who with…and you can share plenty as it uses the free 25gb of storage you get with SkyDrive.

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    There is a tonne more details, screenshots and Jason over on The Windows Blog who explain stuff you perhaps wouldn’t expect like version history, document search and more…oh and you can print those documents right from the browser.

    It’s available now in the US, UK, Canada, or Ireland. If you don’t live in one of those regions, you can still get access – just click here

     






  • Steve Clayton

    Windows Live Essential hits beta

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    A comment on my blog post this week about Messenger for iPhone asked when a beta of Windows Live Essentials (aka Wave 4) would be ready. The answer is real soon….tomorrow in fact :)

    Get Windows Live Essentials beta tomorrow from this link

    The beta includes the new version of Messenger you may have seen with deep social integration, along with new versions of Mail, Photo Gallery and my favourite, Writer. The latter remains the best blogging tool on the planet and I remain convinced people would pay $30 or so for this application – even more on the Mac perhaps. It remains free but don’t let that put you off. If you’re a blogger and you’ve never used Writer you’re in for a treat.

    Photo Gallery has got some plaudits from none other than Michael Arrington so that’s worth a look too with features like photo fuse. Mail get a very nice update with great new features and some elegant UI work to boot.

    Brandon has a way more comprehensive post than me as does Piero over on the Windows Live team blog. I’ll be back to post on Live Sync soon which takes up where Live Mesh left off. It takes some getting used to but I like it.

  • Steve Clayton

    Sony’s flexible screen is just the beginning

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    Screen technology is coming along nicely and I noticed Wired recently showed the flexible Sony Screen above (that’s a pen it’s rolled around). Whilst we all get carried away with the latest gadgetry from Cupertino and Computex I think it’s safe to say that’ll look pretty archaic in the next 3-5 years. I’m reminded of a quote from Bill Gates

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    Screen technology is certainly going to revolutionise the relationship we have with technology. Not just laptops, slates and devices we traditionally think of as computers but also inanimate objects such as in store displays and travel maps. Pair this with other more natural ways to connect with technology such as touch (which we see today) but voice, emotion and language translation and we’re on the cusp of a revolution that could truly democratise the use of technology.

    Another of the great talks I saw at Thinking Digital showed the way ahead with the technology behind that infamous Minority Report interface which was created by Oblong Industries with their g-speak product

    Don’t forget the commercials from Minority Report too though – I don’t like them but the screens made from walls that you see in this shot are also a pointer to the future. The future of work perhaps? How much would I like to be sat in front a wall that size that is my screen rather than 2x 20” Dell’s? Quite a lot…assuming the brightness and resolution are good enough. There are tonne of other applications for these screens outside of work – some obvious ones in the home (kitchen? sports viewing?) and in retail and perhaps healthcare.

    As I plan for my move to Redmond, this is the sort of stuff I’ll be spending more time on. Looking at where technology is going and how it’s going to impact our lives. I get up every day and check the web for the latest and greatest tech, poring over Techmeme and Engadget but some days I also sit back and think where will it all end? It wont…which is what keeps it interested. The next twist or revolution could be just around the corner. Lets just hope battery tech can catch up soon!

    Technology…the gift that keeps on giving :)

     

     


     




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