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Microsoft is going to release a handful of new applications to XBOX 360s in the U.S. and Canada. For beginners, those of you living Stateside will now have access to Manga Entertainment and MUZU.TV. Manga Entertainment provides access to free video content from its catalog, while MUZU.TV boasts of around 40,000 music videos from current and classic artists ready for users’ viewing pleasure.
FOXTEL app too updated
In addition to the aforementioned apps, the software giant announced an update to the Australia-only FOXTEL application with support for Microsoft’s Kinect. The Kinect support will enable the Oz folks to control this on demand TV app with hand gestures or by voice. So, what are you waiting for jump out of the couch and grab the remote to install the apps on your XBOX 360 now.
The latest rumors making rounds on the Internet indicate that the upcoming Microsoft console i.e. the XBOX 720 is going to come equipped with a 16-core IBM PowerPC chip that was reportedly found in some early development machines.
The finished version of the XBOX 720 is reported to come with a 16-core CPU, along with a GPU that will be equivalent in power to AMD Radeon HD 7000 GPU. At first instance, a 16-core CPU seems unlikely, but AMD did introduce a cutting edge 16-core Opteron chip in November last year. The chip was developed to be used in servers for applications that require a large number of threads, such as video encoding, and cloud computing. As for the PlayStation Orbis and XBOX 720, Sony and Microsoft deny that they will be exhibiting the consoles during this year’s E3. But, reports indicate that both the companies are racing toward that goal.
In its February edition, the XBOX World magazine published some bold claims about Microsoft’s upcoming game console. The magazine cited sources saying that the XBOX 720 will support a souped-up controller that touts an HD touch screen in addition to traditional analog sticks and buttons. The design will be similar to the Nintendo Wii U’s own tablet controller, though the Microsoft version is believed to be closer in size to Sony PlayStation Vita.
With an ever bloody battle awaiting your turn, summon the warrior in you with this another epic release in the series
The latest Mortal Kombat game (also called Mortal Kombat 9 or Mortal Kombat 2011) is more fierce and challenging than ever. It has been developed for PlayStation 3 and XBOX 360 gaming consoles.
This ninth title in the 19-year-old game series is a combination of occurrences from the first three games with a twist. There are 16 chapters in the story mode and you can play with one specific character in each one. The game unfolds from the end of the previous sequel Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, in which the sinister Shao Kahn had superseded over all Realms as the ultimate ruler. Thunder God Raiden at the verge of defeat transmits a message in form of flashes of vision to his self in the past. While Shao Kahn intends to merge the Outworld and Earth Realm together to bring an end to all the life forms, the Raiden from past decides to rescue the inhabitants of the Earth Realm with the help of the Time Travel Mechanic.
There have been a number of tweaks and changes to make the graphics and gameplay much better. The combat mode is 2D while the game progresses almost in a 3D manner. Controls have been diversified to let the player have a suitable check on the situations. Some new features such as Quick Dash, Fatalities, Babalities, and the X-Ray Attacks have been introduced. You can also play the mini games incorporated in Mortal Kombat for short episodes of action and adventure. For example, Test Your Might, Test Your Sight, Test Your Strike, and Test Your Luck. The Challenge Tower mode gives you a mission to get through 300 levels in a row.
The fights are more violent and this version has more gore all around when compared to the previous versions. If you are raging to rip apart some evil heads, visit the official website for download details.
Platform: PlayStation 3, XBOX 360
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Price: US$ 58.88 for PS3 (on Amazon.com), US$ 59.99 for XBOX 360
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Microsoft is in talks with TV channels to establish subscription-based services on its Xbox console. Microsoft is making efforts with the companies to produce a new TV service with the Xbox which will create a virtual cable operator. In this, users will have to pay a monthly fee for accessing cable and broadcast network services via the Xbox. The company may also sell individual channels directly to subscribers to get a subscription.
When TV will be available through Xbox, users will have a wide choice of programs, movies and shows. Broadcast and cable networks declared that it will welcome new opportunities so that it can reach viewers on the same time. In the meantime satellite and cable TV companies are worried as their market share may reduce.
In the meantime Google has initiated Google TV, a service which will allow users to access the web and its content. However, some of the cable companies and broadcast networks have blocked access through their TV sets. Apple has talked with programmers in the hope of initiating a subscription TV plan of lower cost. Microsoft made a statement that it will discover a pay-TV service which will be available on devices which are web enabled, for example, Xbox 360 gaming console. Microsoft had succeeded in landing content from various major TV networks. It would have an enormous launching pad to initiate a new pay TV platform which will be termed as Xbox Live. In this subscription service, gamers already streamed TV shows and movies from Netflix that has reached over 25 million users.
Microsoft has already established the Xbox LIVE services in place of Xbox 360 game console. Therefore, the company requires being a virtual cable operator so that it can stream the TV contents straightly to the console. Microsoft also needs to get into individual channel packages for some of the selected channels such as Showtime and HBO. Microsoft has already acquired MSN TV and Web TV set-top box software under its custody so that it can push forward its virtual cable operators plan.
Microsoft Windows Phone 7 is likely to become the fastest-growing platform for operating systems in 2011. Windows Phone 7 has a unique and very simple user interface. According to market analysts, Microsoft is finally managing to harness the evident design and user experience of its Xbox, Zune and Windows Live teams to create a proposition that is more than the sum of its parts. We can expect Microsoft to increase its share of the mobile operating system market in 2011.
Windows Phone 7 is a very popular OS and it has number of good features. With Windows Phone 7 you can connect to online gaming services like Xbox, Xbox Live and there are more like you can connect your phone to the Windows Phone marketplace and download music. You will have to just pay $15 for the music you love. There are various playlists according to different artists, genre and others. With Android and iOS around, Microsoft is also getting its picture right with Windows Phone 7. It has also your favorite Microsoft Office tools such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint for more convenience. Windows Phone 7 makes a very reliable smartphone operating system with these features.
There are many companies which are interested in Windows Phone 7 and one of them is ASUS. They started working on Windows Phone 7 long ago, but during the launch of Windows Phone 7, we did not see any ASUS powered Windows Phone. ASUS showed a prototype of Windows Phone 7 that was used to demo Windows Phone 7 features last September, but after that we have not seen any.
Now according to recent reports, ASUS is developing a Windows Phone 7 powered phone i.e. ASUS E600. It will be available on the AT&T network. The phone has a 5MP HD camera and 4 inch touch screen display with 1300mAH battery. ASUS was not clear about its price, but we are expecting that it will be in line with othersmartphones.
Microsoft is also mentioning now that they will launch an updated Windows Phone 7 OS in early 2011. Windows Phone 7 is the key strategy point for Microsoft in the smartphone market. Everyone is expecting a bigger picture i.e. second bigger update in February at the Mobile World Congress Show in Barcelona. In this update, it will include enhanced developer controls for applications and updated components. Microsoft is very keen to update the Windows Phone 7 OS performance wise and in the CES 2011, Microsoft was clearly indicating about the updates, they are going to do in the OS.