Microsoft Purchasing Xbox 8 Domains

It looks as like Microsoft has purchased and secured the rights to Xbox 8 domains. Microsoft have won two disputes filed in May with the National Arbitration Forum over domains owned by Chinese resident Chen Juan. As it stands right now, Microsoft is the owner of multiple domains:

  • XboxPhone.com
  • XboxTablet.com
  • XboxLiveTV.com
  • XboxCompanion.com
  • Xbox8.us
  • Xbox8.org

There have been speculations that Microsoft purchased these domains in relation to the next-generation Xbox.

After all Microsoft have announced their new Windows 8 operating system, which is due to launch later this year.The next Xbox will reportedly use a form of Windows 8 to facilitate Microsoft’s multi-screen strategy.

However, Xbox 8 is only one of many speculated names for Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox, for there’s also the ‘Xbox Infinity’ which makes sense in a way when you turn the 8 on its side to form the infinity symbol.

Other rumoured next Xbox names include Xbox 720, Xbox Loop, and Project 10. It is code-named Durango.

A Cheap Upgrade To Windows 8!

 

It looks as like Microsoft have set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8. If your PC runs any of the following: Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, you will be entitled to a download that will upgrade your system to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 in 131 markets! To make life even easier, you’ll be able to  add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after you finish the upgrade.

When you use Windows.com to purchase the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant makes upgrading very simple by walking you through the upgrade process step-by-step from purchase to download and then of course installation.

The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant will check to make sure your PC is ready for Windows 8. It will also provides a report in order to let you know if there’s anything you may want to address prior to the upgrade or after. Don’t worry, you will be able to bring along with you your old Windows settings. Personal files, apps, pictures, videos, and so on will be transferred onto Windows 8 at your discretion. You will also have the option of starting fresh without any of your previous settings.

However, a packaged DVD version of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro will be available for $69.99 during this promotion.

92% Of Clorox Employees Picked iPhone Over Other Smartphones

According to a report by Compuerworld, the company, Clorox, stopped issuing Blackberry phones & gave the employees a choice between 3 other smartphones: Apple’s iPhone, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, or Android phones. Of the 2,000 smartphones the company has issued under the new plan, 92% of them are iPhones. The remaining 8% is broken down into 6% for Android and 2% for the Windows Phone 7. RIM‘s Blackberry had been the most popular phone for business work because of its centralized management security credentials. However had largely become a cloud service, making the device itself less important.

“We live in public cloud for mail and messaging,” explained Clorox’ chief information officer Ralph Loura. “I don’t have to worry about security because I don’t sync data to the iPhones. It remains in the cloud. “My job is about how to be the chief risk officer, yet provide choice and flexibility. It’s about putting apps and logistics in the cloud and pushing the user interface to the edge,” Loura said.

BEATbox – Real Human Beatboxing – A Must Have! [Review]

Haven’t you always wanted to create your own beat using beat boxing skills? What if you didn’t have those skills? Well, now you’re able to create your own awesome beat-boxing loops using BEATbox – Real Human Beatboxing! BEATbox was developed by Baseportal GmbH & has been on the Apple App Store for roughly 2 weeks now. As of right now it costs $0.99, and is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, & iPad that run iOS 4.0 or higher.

BEATbox – Real Human Beatboxing is an awesome application that lets your create your own small beat. You’ll be able to use it anywhere, whether it be at home, at a party, at school, or at work. Once you launch the application, you’ll have the option to click anywhere on the default face displayed to make a beat. You can make each beat as fast or slow as your want to. You even have the option of changing the length of each part separately. If you made a mistake or want to change something, you’ll be able to move back & forth or just insert extra parts or overwrite existing ones. After you’ve finished creating your beat, you’ll be able to play the loop as a real video sequence in full-screen.

All in all, BEATbox – Real Human Beatboxing is a very fun, small, & addictive application! You’ll have an abundance of fun playing around with it & showing your newly created beat(s) to your friends & family. I rate this application a 5/5 stars! 🙂

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Microsoft To Respond To Apple TV With XBox 360 Based Service

Microsoft is reportedly planning to take on Apple TV & Google TV with a new subscription service that will be delivered through the company’s popular gaming console, the XBox 360.

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Two people familiar with the company’s plans told Reuters that Microsoft is in contact with content providers to become a “Virtual cable operator”. The service would obviously come with a monthly fee that would allow XBox 360 users to stream TV on their console.

These plans are said to be at least 12 months away. It looks like Microsoft is desperate to find ways in which the company can stay in competition with Apple & Google. It seems as everything as come down to a competition.

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Steve Ballmer Cashes In $1.3B Worth Of Microsoft Shares, Apple Looked Into Kinect Technology

Microsoft confirmed Friday that CEO Steve Ballmer intends to sell almost one-fifth of his stake in the software giant, starting with sales this week that total $1.3 billion, while a new report claims Apple tried to license the technology used in Microsoft’s new motion-tracking Kinect peripheral. Ballmer stock The Redmond, Wash., company issued a press release Friday detailing Ballmer’s plan to sell up to 75 million shares of Microsoft by the end of the year “to gain financial diversification and to assist in tax planning.” An SEC filing Friday revealed that Ballmer, in three separate transactions, sold off over 49 million shares of stock for over $1.3 billion.

According to Microsoft’s annual proxy filing, Ballmer owned over 408 million shares in the company, which comes to 4.75 percent of the company’s available common stock, before this week’s sales. By comparison, Bill Gates, who sold off 3 million of his own shares this week, owned 620 million shares at the time of the SEC filing.

CNET reports that Ballmer’s may have sold the shares to avoid savings and investment tax hikes that will go into effect in January.

With capital gains tax rates increasing to as much as 20 percent, Ballmer may have saved as much as $67 million by selling off stock before January. In Friday’s press release, Ballmer took the time to reaffirm his confidence in Microsoft and its products, in hopes of reassuring investors. “Even though this is a personal financial matter, I want to be clear about this to avoid any confusion,” Ballmer said. “I am excited about our new products and the potential for our technology to change people’s lives, and I remain fully committed to Microsoft and its success.”

Microsoft stock has dropped over 13 percent since Jan. 1. Apple stock, on the other hand, has soared almost 50 percent since the beginning of the year, passing Microsoft in terms of market capitalization to become the world’s largest tech company on May 26. Last week, AppleInsider reported that Apple executives cashed in on $55 million worth of stock options in the month of October.

Read More: http://www.appleinsider.com

Microsoft Announcing Windows-Based Tablet!

CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, is looking at targeting this Christmas season to deliver its own Windows-based tablet OS. No official unveiling plans had been given, but a leak had been given that Ballmer is using the October 11 Windows 7 Event as a launching point for Windows 7 Tablet Plans.

Another Tablet that was announced for this fall, was the HP Slate 500. This is going to be a major topic that will be talked about at the New York City Event. The Slate 500 is planned to be released at the end of this month. Let’s see what Microsoft reveals…

Source: Electronista

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