Microsoft might feel that your voice, telling the Kinect what to do, isn't enough for movie and television lovers, if a new leak is to be believed.
Amazon's Canadian storefront on Thursday temporarily published a preorder page for an Xbox One Media Remote, Engadget is reporting, citing posts made on Reddit and a Google cache page. The listing, which was quickly taken down, showed a small, black remote featuring the familiar Xbox One "X" at the top and several buttons.
That Microsoft is planning to launch a remote to control the Xbox One might come as … Read more
Mushy love e-mails. Giant boxes of chocolates. Teddy bears holding red satin hearts. Valentine's Day can be enough to make any self-respecting geek run screaming from society. The objections are many. Perhaps you're single. Maybe you disapprove of it as a "manufactured holiday." Maybe you don't think love can be expressed with the same greeting card that thousands of other people are giving to the objects of their affection.
It's OK to say "no." You don't have to participate in the schlocky madness. Take some suggestions from our handy guide to geeky ways to avoid dealing with the dreaded V-Day.… Read more
For the first time ever, more than 1 billion smartphones were shipped worldwide in 2013. This is mostly thanks to Android.
New data from research firm IDC shows that Android stayed strong throughout the year reaching a total of 793.6 million shipments -- this gave it 78.6 percent market share. While Apple's iOS held a steady second place with 153.4 million shipments and 15.2 percent market share. Together the two operating systems accounted for 95.7 percent of all smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013, and 93.8 percent for the full year.… Read more
Xbox One owners can look forward to more software updates and a dedicated headset coming on the market in March.
Described in a Microsoft blog on Tuesday, an update gearing up for early March touts improvements to the console's multiplayer and party features. Xbox corporate Vice President Marc Whitten said that Microsoft listened to user feedback in fashioning the latest enhancements.
A list of your Xbox friends will appear on the home page of the Friends app for easier access. You then can see who's online and pick the people you want to contact. Party chat will be … Read more
A list of purported hardware details for the upcoming HTC M8 Mini have found their way online, thanks to omnipresent source evleaks. Should the specifications prove accurate, though, the "Mini" experience won't exactly be small.
According to the tipster, the handset will run Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC's Sense 6 UI; both are expected in the flagship version of the handset as well. The Mini also should have a Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB, 16GB internal storage, and microSD expansion. And like the M8 (or the HTC One 2, if you will), it may use … Read more
Heard of a band but don't know what they sound like? Sure you could Google it (like a normal person) but you're more likely to turn up the band's most popular, and not necessarily most representative. song.
That One Song, by the makers of social music website This Is My Jam , aims to change that. The app aggregates the listening habits of Jam listeners and finds the "best" or most shared song from each group and provides results in the form of Spotify and/or YouTube links. You don't need to be a This … Read more
HTC is hoping cheaper phones will aid in the company's recovery.
The company, which over the last two years has streamlined its portfolio down to just a handful of premium smartphones, said it would expand its portfolio to include more mid-tier and affordable phones, according to Reuters, citing executive comments from a conference call.
The phones would range between $150 and $300 (excluding subsidies). Its higher end phones retail for around $600, which is standard for a flagship device. The company believes higher volumes of its cheaper device will drive profitability.
The decision to go back into lower end … Read more
If there's anything more fun than fighting monsters and casting spells in a sword-and-sorcery setting, it's doing it with thousands of other players in the same game world. That's the appeal of massively multiplayer online (or MMO) games, from EverQuest to World of Warcraft. The appeal for game makers is even more obvious -- the ability to create a recurring revenue stream from monthly subscription fees, on top of an initial game purchase.
But aside from the ever-popular WoW, few massively multiplayer online games have broken through to the gaming mainstream. Even games with built-in audiences, such … Read more