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14 Jun 12 Android Users: Microsoft Debuts a Version of its My Xbox Live App …


Android-wielding Xbox fans, rejoice! Microsoft debuted a version of its My Xbox Live app for the platform Wednesday. Also released: A significant upgrade to the iOS version of the app.

The Android version of My Xbox Live brings features that iPhone and Windows Phone users have had for awhile.The Android version of My Xbox Live brings features that iPhone and Windows Phone users have had for awhile.The Android app is a bit rough around the edges, but it’s a start. Users will be able to send and receive messages from their Xbox Live accounts, manage their friends list, edit their profile, adjust their avatar, and review achievement information. These features mirror what has already been available to iOS for quite some time.

The company did not say when it anticipated Android users will gain access to more advanced functions, although it did note the app itself will only work on select phones. If you read the app’s page on Google Play, the app is available for most Android 2.2+ smartphones, with WGVA screen resolution or higher.

However, you don’t find out until you attempt to run the app after installing it if your phone doesn’t qualify. That appears to have angered some. You must also, of course, have an Xbox LIVE account to sign in.

My Xbox Live for iOS

The cool new features go to the My Xbox Live for iOS app, where the improvements mirror functions available in Windows Phone’s Xbox Companion app.

Windows Phone users have been able search and control content from their devices, and the iOS app will now be able to do the same. The iOS app now acts a remote which can navigate through the Xbox 360 menus as well as play, pause, rewind, or fast forward through content.

The remote allows you to navigate through menus and content on your Xbox via your iOS device.The remote allows you to navigate through menus and content on your Xbox via your iOS device.The iPad version of the app is also getting a refresh, including Retina Display support and improved sign-in controls.

While this may sound a lot like SmartGlass–Microsoft’s effort to ease the sharing of content across multiple devices — it is not. Instead, this update is more about bringing the feature set of the iOS version of My Xbox Live closer to its Windows Phone counterpart.

“Yes, we do intend to bring Xbox SmartGlass to several platforms over time, but have no details to share right now,” says Xbox programming director Larry Hyrb, better known as “Major Nelson.”

For more tech news and commentary, follow Ed on Twitter at @edoswald, on Facebook, or on Google+.

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/257567/android_users_microsoft_debuts_a_version_of_its_my_xbox_live_app_for_android.html

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14 Jun 12 Android Users: Microsoft Debuts a Version of its My Xbox Live App for Android


Android-wielding Xbox fans, rejoice! Microsoft debuted a version of its My Xbox Live app for the platform Wednesday. Also released: A significant upgrade to the iOS version of the app.

The Android version of My Xbox Live brings features that iPhone and Windows Phone users have had for awhile.The Android version of My Xbox Live brings features that iPhone and Windows Phone users have had for awhile.The Android app is a bit rough around the edges, but it’s a start. Users will be able to send and receive messages from their Xbox Live accounts, manage their friends list, edit their profile, adjust their avatar, and review achievement information. These features mirror what has already been available to iOS for quite some time.

The company did not say when it anticipated Android users will gain access to more advanced functions, although it did note the app itself will only work on select phones. If you read the app’s page on Google Play, the app is available for most Android 2.2+ smartphones, with WGVA screen resolution or higher.

However, you don’t find out until you attempt to run the app after installing it if your phone doesn’t qualify. That appears to have angered some. You must also, of course, have an Xbox LIVE account to sign in.

My Xbox Live for iOS

The cool new features go to the My Xbox Live for iOS app, where the improvements mirror functions available in Windows Phone’s Xbox Companion app.

Windows Phone users have been able search and control content from their devices, and the iOS app will now be able to do the same. The iOS app now acts a remote which can navigate through the Xbox 360 menus as well as play, pause, rewind, or fast forward through content.

The remote allows you to navigate through menus and content on your Xbox via your iOS device.The remote allows you to navigate through menus and content on your Xbox via your iOS device.The iPad version of the app is also getting a refresh, including Retina Display support and improved sign-in controls.

While this may sound a lot like SmartGlass–Microsoft’s effort to ease the sharing of content across multiple devices — it is not. Instead, this update is more about bringing the feature set of the iOS version of My Xbox Live closer to its Windows Phone counterpart.

“Yes, we do intend to bring Xbox SmartGlass to several platforms over time, but have no details to share right now,” says Xbox programming director Larry Hyrb, better known as “Major Nelson.”

For more tech news and commentary, follow Ed on Twitter at @edoswald, on Facebook, or on Google+.

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/257567/android_users_microsoft_debuts_a_version_of_its_my_xbox_live_app_for_android.html

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02 Apr 12 ‘Chrome’ Xbox 360 controllers on the way


In need of a new Xbox 360 controller? Next month, Microsoft will begin selling new “Chrome” wireless controllers in blue, red, and silver, Xbox Live director of programming Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb announced today.


Microsoft's new controllers come in red, blue, and silver.

Microsoft’s new controllers come in red, blue, and silver.

Due out in mid-May, the Xbox 360 controllers also feature the new transforming D-pad control input, which was introduced in November 2011.

The controllers will sell for the standard $55 and color availability will vary by region. Gamers can contact their local retailers for specifics on the colors offered.

For more on the new Xbox 360 controllers, check out Microsoft’s image gallery.

Article source: http://www.gamespot.com/news/chrome-xbox-360-controllers-on-the-way-6369356

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08 Feb 12 Apps Rush: Chrome, The Walking Dead, OneNote, Ladyhawke, Bullet Asylum and more


A selection of 14 apps for you today:

Chrome for Android

Google has ported its Chrome web browser to Android smartphones and tablets: initially those running the latest Ice Cream Sandwich software. It loads top search results in the background for speedier surfing, sports redesigned tabs, and lets users sign in so their mobile and desktop tabs and bookmarks are in sync.
Android

The Walking Dead – Walkers Kill Count

Fox has launched a second-screen iOS app for the second series of The Walking Dead, in time for its airing in the UK. Designed to be used while watching – whether live or a recorded episode – it gets fans to predict how many kills there’ll be, and with which weapons.
iPhone / iPad

OneNote Mobile

Microsoft has launched a new app based on its OneNote service for Android, joining existing iOS and Windows Phone versions. It provides note-taking on the go, with the abiilty to sync with the desktop version via Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud service.
Android

Ladyhawke

Musician Ladyhawke has a new album on the way, and an app out in advance to promote it. Besides news, tweets and videos, there’s clever integration of photo-sharing service Instagram, with the promise of “Ladyhawke Virtual Reality” and a full album stream soon. The link above is for iPhone, but here’s the Android version.
Android / iPhone

Bullet Asylum

The latest release in Microsoft’s “Must Have Games” Windows Phone promotion is Bullet Asylum, a fast-paced shoot ‘em up that promises an “all-you-can-shoot buffet of alien hordes to destroy”. It ties into the Xbox Live community with leaderboards and achievements.
Windows Phone

miCoach Basketball

Adidas’ new sports app makes use of its miCoach Speed Cell, a device that clips onto shoes to measure your movements on the pitch, running track and now on the basketball court. This new app includes an NBA-grade training schedule to improve your skills, as well as sharing features to brag about your progress.
iPhone

Perfect Cafetiere Coffee

Coffee brand Douwe Egberts has launched an official iPhone app, providing timings and techniques to make the perfect cup of coffee, or at least the perfect cup of coffee for your particular tastes. Offers and coupons are promised too.
iPhone

AA Eco Drive

The AA has launched an app to teach people to drive more efficiently, and save on fuel costs. The app analyses GPS data, suggests improvements, and even gamifies the whole shebang with awards for your improvement. The link above is for Android, but the iPhone version can be found here.
Android / iPhone

DriveGain

You wait ages for an efficient-driving app to come along, then two turn up at once…, DriveGain has been out in Holland for a while, but is now live in the UK App Store too. The app tracks your car’s location while you drive, and provides tips on how to drive more efficiently and save fuel. In-app purchases provide extra features.
iPhone

Picture Your Upgrade

Airline network Star Alliance’s new app is tapping into the trend for photo-sharing. It wants to get people taking photos of “airport items” and sharing them, with prizes on offer including upgrades, business class tickets and designer chairs. It’s the work of DDB UK.
iPhone

Jane Austen

Published by the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, this app provides a daily quote from her books, as well as 10 articles a month about Austen and the Regency period. It also promotes the Centre’s online gift shop.
iPhone

Mint 2012

HT Media’s Mint 2012 app promises “a series of exclusive insights into issues that continue to dog our world” from jobbing hacks like, ahem, Tony Blair and George Soros.
iPad

Finnegans Beer It Forward

Alcohol firm Finnegans is the latest brand exploring the world of social location. “Beer it Forward loads your friends’ recent Foursquare check-ins, and lets you send money to them via PayPal to buy a Finnegans in an instant…”
iPhone

Magnetype

iPad app Magnetype turns your iPad into a virtual fridge door, complete with virtual magnetic letters to spell out messages with. The resulting images can be shared with friends via email or Facebook.
iPad

Article source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/appsblog/2012/feb/08/apps-rush-chrome-walking-dead?newsfeed=true

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