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Winner of our Zune HD Giveaway

Zune HD

Just a quick note, since I know there was a lot of interest in finding out who won our Zune HD giveaway that we had a lot of participation in. We’ve eliminated any shenanigans, and chosen randomly, and our winner is a Gear Live member by the name of Crucible. He left a link to his entry tweet on our forums, which qualified him to win the . As always, stay tuned, because we always have something to give away!


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Microsoft Vine beta Social Software

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Microsoft, Science, Software

Vine ScreenshotMicrosoft Vine was conceived during Hurricane Katrina as a means of helping people cope both before and after the disaster. Now the beta software can be used as a social tool. Enter your address on the Dashboard and you get the location on a map as well as news and safety information. Invite others to join you and arrange them in groups. Receive any alerts from email, SMS or the Vine client. Ask for an invitation to help test drive the beta version with the promo code 09AAA to speed up the process.

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Project Natal demoed live on Jimmy Fallon

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, Casual, Hardware, Xbox 360

made an appearance this evening on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, with Fallon and his guests getting to try out the controller-less add-on. Kudo Tsunado was on hand to show off Project Natal, and just like at E3, he was wearing his huge sunglasses despite being indoors. Jimmy Fallon and crew got to slap balls around, and also played a little Burnout Paradise. Check out the video above.

Read More | Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

E3 2009: DiRT 2 impressions

DiRT 2 e3 2009 impressions

As a big fan of DiRT and having put in many hours into the game, I was extremely excited to get my hands on the demo at the Microsoft booth at this years .  DiRT 2 looks and feels like DiRT, but with a kick. Powered by the third generation of the EGO Engine’s racing game technology, DiRT 2 offers tuned-up car-handling and new damage engine effects.

It’s all about details and that’s what makes the difference. Depending on your car, tuning or even what type of road you are on, every vehicle will feel different. Find a car you love?  You are able to use your favorite vehicle and tune it with add-ons. With seven vehicle classes and a large collection of officially licensed rally cars and off-roads vehicles, I doubt you will have any problem in finding the best vehicle.


Milo: A Project Natal demo

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Casual, E3, Xbox 360

So we’ve told you everything we know about Project Natal, now we are going to show you Milo. You’re probably wondering, what else can you do with this besides haphazardly do karate in your living room, right? Well, with , you can do more than just play active games, because the platform can use it’s sensing abilities in many other ways. Check out Milo, a game being developed by Peter Molyneaux, and see what the amazing possibilities are of Project Natal. We want this. Now.


Project Natal FAQ and video

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: E3, Features, Hardware, Microsoft, Xbox 360

blew our minds yesterday during the Xbox Media Briefing. Project Natal is a new method of playing Xbox 360, with no controller required. Instead, it “sees” your entire body, and tracks your movement in 3D, and even responds to voice commands, directions, and even your face. We’ve got a video demo for you above, which you should take a look at, as well as a bunch more info on this exciting product. Read on.

 


Facebook coming to Xbox 360

Xbox 360 Facebook Home screen

In addition to Twitter, Facebook is also coming to the Xbox 360 this fall. You’ll be able to update your Facebook status, browse your news feed, view photos, and more, all from the Xbox 360. Even better? Games can take advantage of Facebook Connect, to publish screenshots and other details directly to your Facebook account, if you so choose. You’ll also be able to send Facebook friend requests to those in your Friends list on Xbox Live, if they’ve linked their Facebook and Xbox Live accounts. Get a look at the Facebook on Xbox 360 screenshots that we’ve put together, so you can get a better idea of how it will all work.

Gallery: Facebook coming to Xbox 360


Microsoft Launches Bing Search

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Microsoft

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Microsoft has launched Bing, a search engine tested under the code name Kumo, that replaces Live Search. Bing will supposedly make purchasing online easier, will be handier for finding medical information, and should facilitate travel arrangements. Besides searching, the engine retrieves and processes data, monitors history and displays it, and should be easier to read. Frankly, we were never all that fond of Microsoft Live Search so anything would be an improvement.

 

Read More | Bing via Daily Tech


1 vs 100 for Xbox Live kicks off June 1 in US

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Casual, Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox Live

1 vs 100 Xbox Live1 vs 100 on finally has a date, and you’ll be able to take part in the madness starting June 1 at 7:30pm PST. The 1 vs 100 beta is open, and free, to all Xbox Live Gold members, and you can actually win real prizes during the beta. Here’s a look at what you can win:

  • One (1) Grand Prize : A Samsung 52” plasma HDTV and surround sound/receiver bundle. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of Grand Prize: $3000
  • Two (2) First Prizes : An Acer Aspire laptop computer. ARV: $500
  • Two (2) Second Prizes : A Microsoft Zune 120GB music player. ARV: $200
  • Thirty (30) Third Prizes : A Microsoft Xbox Live Arcade Game of Sponsor’s choosing. ARV of Third Prize: $15 each

Do note, these are the prizes available during the beta period. The actual skill-based prizes, where you can win Microsoft Points and all that, aren’t up for grabs until the beta period ends.

Read More | 1 vs 100

Black Zune HD spotted

Zune HD black

The is available in multiple colors already, so it should be no surprise that the will follow suit. In our post yesterday where we shared the Zune HD announcement, you got a look at what appears to be a platinum Zune HD. Here in this post? The black Zune HD. Here’s hoping they keep the blue and red versions around as well…but in all honesty, we just want this thing to launch already.


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