Microsoft shutting down MSN TV this September

DNP Microsoft shutting down MSN TV this September

Just after celebrating the service’s sweet 16th, Microsoft has announced it will be shutting down MSN TV on September 30th. To help ease the transition, Redmond is offering current subscribers free access to MSN Premium through December 31st. After that, customers will have to pay the standard rate of $10 per month or $90 per year. Naturally, the modern service isn’t compatible with MSN TV’s defunct hardware — save it for your makeshift Linux cluster.

Users will have to switch their email addresses to Outlook accounts and copy any saved content (bookmarks, Scrapbook photos, et cetera) to SkyDrive before September if they want to access it in the future. Of course, folks that miss the WebTV experience still have other equally unwieldy options. The shut-down was inevitable, but we can’t help feeling at least a little nostalgic for the service’s 640 x 480 view of the web.

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Via: The Verge, All Things D

Source: MSN TV

Switched On: Hard drives face hard truths

DNP Switched On Hard drives face hard truths

The PlayStation 4‘s is upgradeable; the Xbox One‘s is not. For at least the second consecutive generation (the third for the Xbox), hard drives will be offered as part of the gaming experience for two of the home video game powerhouses: Microsoft and Sony. For the Xbox line, which offered a model without a hard drive in the last generation, the inclusion of an internal HDD represents, along with its x86 processor, a return to the approach Microsoft took with the original Xbox.

Indeed, the Xbox One will load disc-based games onto the hard drive automatically. Both Sony and Microsoft will also offer access via the cloud. In fact, following up on its purchase of Gaikai, Sony plans to offer a range of gaming from the cloud to multiple platforms. This may include older titles that it cannot support on the PlayStation 4 due to a lack of native backward compatibility. If such capability is expected to work, why bother to have hard drives in these consoles at all? Indeed, hardware makers of many stripes are starting to ask that question.

Refresh Roundup: week of July 1st, 2013

Refresh Roundup: week of July 1st, 2013
 

Your smartphone and / or tablet is just begging for an update. From time to time, these mobile devices are blessed with maintenance refreshes, bug fixes, custom ROMs and anything in between, and so many of them are floating around that it’s easy for a sizable chunk to get lost in the mix. To make sure they don’t escape without notice, we’ve gathered every possible update, hack, and other miscellaneous tomfoolery we could find during the last week and crammed them into one convenient roundup. If you find something available for your device, please give us a shout at tips at engadget dawt com and let us know. Enjoy!

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NoDo Windows Phone 7 update hits the Venue Pro, Dell update to follow

via Engadget by Donald Melanson on 3/30/11

Well, it looks like Venue Pro owners will be getting not one but two software updates in the near future. Dell has just confirmed that the much-anticipated NoDo Windows Phone 7 update has begun rolling out to devices today, and also announced that a separate update of its own will be “coming later.” NoDo, of course, adds copy and paste functionality among some other updates and tweaks, while the Dell update is only said to have “more fixes.” Feel free to let us know how the update works out for you in comments.

Do You Feel Like Google Screwed You Over? Your Right – Just Look @ the NEXUS TWO With Full ATT 3G Support

I got my Nexus One on launch day, NO 3G with ATT, now if you check out the Google site and after their announcement on the 16th that the Nexus One is now FULLY COMPATIBLE with ATT 3G network, all of us poor saps who dished out $600 for the first Nexus One are completely out of luck.



I just got out of the phone with Google tech support and was told that basically i was out of luck. That there is nothing they can do and that i was stuck with the EDGE service with ATT. Short of getting a new phone i a was screwed over by Google.

This is so ridiculous, as an early adapter shouldn’t we be rewarded? Instead the exact opposite happened. We got screwed.

I now i am stuck with an inferior phone that i can’t sell because i had it engraved, and even if i did not i still would not be able to sell it due to the fact that the NEXUS TWO,  and that is exactly what it is, the NEXUS TWO is out. Regardless of what Google wants to call it or not, it’s still a new unit… Or is it?

 So get used to it everyone who got the NEXUS ONE in the last 3 months, you were screwed, for the NEXUS TWO is out!!!

http://androinica.com/2010/03/16/google-selling-nexus-one-compatible-with-3g-networks-on-att-or-rogers/

DAMN YOU GOOGLE! You are starting to act like Microsoft. What ever happened with DO NO HARM?!

Official Microsoft Policy: If You a Buy a Used Xbox 360 That’s Banned From Xbox Live, You’re Just Screwed

via Gizmodo by matt buchanan on 11/4/09

Major Nelson, updating us on a periodic Xbox Live purge—banhammering cheaters, pirates and other folks of ill-repute, though not 12-year-olds—reminds us of Microsoft’s official policy that if you buy a used Xbox 360 that’s been banned, you’re screwed.

The crux of the matter is that the warranty on an Xbox 360 “is not transferable,” so if you buy a used console “that has been previously banned, you will not be able to connect to Xbox LIVE.” So if you buy a used Xbox 360, make sure it’s from a less-than-shady party—and if you buy from a used games shop, make ’em connect it to Xbox Live so you know you’re getting something that works.

[Major Nelson]

Xbox 360 Sky Player down, relaunching ‘in phases’ today

via Joystiq [Xbox] by JC Fletcher on 10/28/09

While the Xbox 360 Sky Player apparently launched in the UK yesterday as planned, things veered away from the plan almost immediately thereafter. The service was “suspended” shortly after launch, for what must be the best possible problem in Microsoft’s eyes: too many subscribers.

“Unfortunately due to the unprecedented levels of simultaneous demand,” a statement on Xbox.com reads, “we did not have the capacity to satisfy all service requests and therefore temporarily suspended all access to the service.” The service is being reinstated in phases today, presumably with some upgrades in place to deal with the demand. An earlier statement (reproduced on Engadget) specified tomorrow as the target date for the relaunch — it seems likely that all users will be returned to their regularly scheduled programming then.

Xbox 360 Pro missing from new Elite packaging

via Joystiq [Xbox] by Richard Mitchell on 8/24/09

The lifespan of the Xbox 360 Pro looks to be dwindling every day. First, the SKU disappeared from the comparison chart on the Xbox 360 Arcade packaging, and now it looks like the same change has occurred on the Xbox 360 Elite box. Perhaps even more significant is that the Elite has abandoned its traditional (and super 1337) gray packaging for white. White, as it happens, is also the color of Xbox 360 Pro packaging. Coincidence, or proof that the Pro is on its last legs?

One final bit of (somewhat depressing) evidence, the Elite box states that it only includes standard A/V cables. No component, no HDMI, just plain vanilla A/V. In fact, the only features separating the Elite from the Arcade are a headset, an Ethernet cable and the 120GB hard drive. Even assuming the Elite drops to $299, that’s not a lot of extras beyond the $199 Arcade model. At least Canada gets Halo 3 and a wireless adapter to make the deal a little sweeter.

Swiss Xbox.com outs Mass Effect ‘Pinnacle Station’ DLC

via Joystiq by David Hinkle on 8/24/09

Remember when those Achievements for Mass Effect showed up online — you know, these ones that mention Pinnacle Station? Well, the Swiss Xbox.com has offered up new details, pricing the DLC at 400 ($5) and billing it as a series of battle scenarios lasting around “2-3 hours.” The Swiss Xbox.com listing says the DLC has been available since June 16, an obvious error.

So, Bioware, EA, would you just officially announce Pinnacle Station already?

[Via Eurogamer]