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Bank Holiday catch-up: EA, Wii-U and the $99 Xbox

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Catch up on some of the stories that broke over the Bank Holiday break, including the announcement of Dead Space 3 and a new way to sell games consolesIt's been quite a busy weekend for the games industry, so here's a quick refresh on what we've missed while lounging about...
Bank Holiday catch-up: EA, Wii-U and the $99 Xbox
Paramount releases app for the Xbox 360 to stream rented or purchased movies

The next Xbox: What to expect from Microsoft's new console

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Well, we’re almost there. In less than 24 hours, the tech world will be listening and watching in anticipation as Microsoft officially unveils the next generation of the Xbox. The console market has been struggling, but Microsoft — which has led in the U.S. in console sales for 28 consecutive months —...
The next Xbox: What to expect from Microsoft's new console

MLG tinkering with streaming fees during Winter Arena tourny

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Sometimes being successful at certain bits comes with a cost, and that's exactly what's happening over at MLG HQ. According to Forbes, the Major League Gaming circuit has seen tremendous demand for its streaming services during tournaments, which up until now could be enjoyed in low-res without taking a...
MLG tinkering with streaming fees during Winter Arena tourny

Microsoft opening all entertainment apps from April 19-23, no Xbox LIVE Gold required

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In an effort to show non-subscribers just what they’re missing, Microsoft will be opening up all of its entertainment apps for all LIVE users, with no Gold level membership required. This will allow any user with an account to check out Hulu Plus, Netflix and all of the other apps...
Microsoft opening all entertainment apps from April 19-23, no Xbox LIVE Gold required

Netflix for Xbox 360 updates with better contrast and episode navigation

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Got both an Xbox LIVE Gold membership and a Netflix account? Well, you'll be treated to a slightly revamped steaming video app on your 360 today. The tweaks are nothing ground-breaking, but they'll certainly deliver some welcome changes. New navigation options allow you to skip around movies much quicker...
Netflix for Xbox 360 updates with better contrast and episode navigation

Valentine’s Day: Would you publicly dump your Android for a chance at a Windows Phone?

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Microsoft wants to put an arrow through the heart of Android this Valentine’s Day, and it is turning to a Twitter promotion for help. You can call it tacky or shameless or savvy online marketing, but in order to enter the contest one must follow @Windowsphone and then publicly announce...
Valentine’s Day: Would you publicly dump your Android for a chance at a Windows Phone?

Xbox Live account region migration is a go - you are now free to walk about the cabin

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Good news gamers: Xbox Live region migration is now fully live, meaning that if you move and change regions, you can now take your “gamerscore, unlocked achievements, any Microsoft Points already in your account and any remaining time on your Gold membership” with you, according to Microsoft’s Major Nelson. This...
Xbox Live account region migration is a go - you are now free to walk about the cabin

Xbox to 'unlock' its Netflix app this weekend, granting access to all subscribers for a mere three days

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If you felt that it was asinine of Microsoft to limit use of the Netflix app to only Gold-level subscribers of its Live service, this weekend will offer you some reprieve. According to Major Nelson’s blog, Microsoft will ‘unlock’ the Netflix app this weekend, granting everyone access to it, provided they...
Xbox to 'unlock' its Netflix app this weekend, granting access to all subscribers for a mere three days
Xbox One lets households share one Xbox Live Gold subscription across multiple accounts
Microsoft launches $99 Xbox 360 bundle
Microsoft Black Friday 2012 deals

Deezer outs Xbox Live app, available now to Premium+ subscribers in Europe

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While Microsoft may have unveiled a new generation of its Xbox console yesterday, some companies are still trying to get a piece of real estate on the current ecosystem. Today, Deezer announced that it's making a debut on Xbox Live, giving (some) users of the streaming service access to...
Deezer outs Xbox Live app, available now to Premium+ subscribers in Europe

HP bets big on Linux

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HP has long been a contributor to Linux and open source software, but on Monday it ratcheted up its support another notch. Specifically, the company announced at the LinuxCon Europe event going on this week in Barcelona that it has made the $500,000 investment necessary to become a platinum...
HP bets big on Linux

Now will you line up for Surface? Microsoft Stores offer $100 Xbox Music pass

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The launch of Microsoft’s Surface tablet tomorrow is generating lots of buzz, but will it generate lines? Actually, the answer is already yes, at least in Beijing — where hundreds of people reportedly waited to be among the first to buy the new Microsoft tablet. In the United States, the company...
Now will you line up for Surface? Microsoft Stores offer $100 Xbox Music pass

Finding Fido in France: PetHub expands pet-finding ID tag service to Europe

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Seattle startup PetHub is expanding in Europe, launching its pet-finding ID tags in 400 retail stores as part of a push into Europe. In addition to English, the tags are now also available in German, Dutch and French, with other languages to be supported later this year. The tags start...
Finding Fido in France: PetHub expands pet-finding ID tag service to Europe

Reddit debuts new benefits subreddit for gold members, partners with Backblaze, Goldbely, Uniqlo, and more

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Reddit today introduced a new goldbenefits subreddit for gold members, as part of the company’s plan to offer them not just new features early, but to expand into the territory of offsite deals and offers. The company says it handpicks the best ones, but it will still rely heavily on...
Reddit debuts new benefits subreddit for gold members, partners with Backblaze, Goldbely, Uniqlo, and more
Xbox Music pricing leaks online, mimics Spotify model

Microsoft's Xbox Live gets Redbox Instant in exclusive deal

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Microsoft’s Xbox group and Redbox parent Coinstar are just down the road from one another, so maybe this shouldn’t be a surprise. The new Redbox Instant by Verizon streaming service will be available “in the very near future” on Microsoft’s Xbox Live, according to a post today by Larry Hryb,...
Microsoft's Xbox Live gets Redbox Instant in exclusive deal

Finally: Amazon Instant Video on Microsoft’s Xbox 360

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Amazon and Microsoft just announced the first native Amazon Instant Video app for Microsoft’s Xbox 360, making it possible to watch videos from the Amazon service on the Microsoft console without a cumbersome workaround. The app is particularly good news for anyone who already has a $79/year Amazon Prime service...
Finally: Amazon Instant Video on Microsoft’s Xbox 360

IE Comes to the Living Room with Xbox

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Today the Xbox team announced an update to the Xbox 360 dashboard that marks the beginning of some exciting stuff on the biggest screen in the house.  Internet Explorer has come to Xbox 360. Starting today Internet Explorer will begin being rolled out on Xbox LIVE and will be available...
IE Comes to the Living Room with Xbox
HBO Go on Xbox 360 now available to Comcast Xfinity subscribers
Reddit CEO Asks Users To Buy Revamped Membership Because Ads Are "One Of The Reasons Digg Failed"

Bored this weekend? Xbox Live Gold is free for everyone

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If you’ve wanted to experience the benefits of Xbox Live’s Gold service but didn’t want to dent your wallet, Microsoft is providing a nice little treat this weekend. Starting this morning and running through Monday morning, Xbox Live Silver members can enjoy the benefits of a Gold membership without...
Bored this weekend? Xbox Live Gold is free for everyone

Microsoft trims Xbox 360 and Kinect to $99, but this promotion comes with a catch

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Last week, word leaked out that Microsoft planned to introduce a $99 version of the 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect sensor for those buyers who signed up for a $15 per month subscription to the Xbox Live Gold service. Well, the deal is now official, advertised at the Microsoft...
Microsoft trims Xbox 360 and Kinect to $99, but this promotion comes with a catch

Xbox Live Gold membership good for both Xbox One and 360

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The same Live Gold membership can be used on both the Xbox 360 and the upcoming Xbox One. And multiple accounts will be able to tap into that single membership. [Read more]...
Xbox Live Gold membership good for both Xbox One and 360
YouTube's Xbox Live app gets updated for speed, ad support

Bonus-deal Friday: Five bargains you won't want to miss

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Score an Xbox Live Gold membership, a massive 50s-rock collection, a powerful Android tablet, an MP3 credit, and more, all for cheap or free. [Read more]...
Bonus-deal Friday: Five bargains you won't want to miss
VMworld shows a VMware in flux
Cloud: VMware Joins OpenStack, Embraces Its 'Ugly Sister'
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