Today’s news about the forthcoming Xbox One’s reported limitations on their “license” and how it’ll affect consumers is a bit troubling. The short version of this is that Microsoft has created a system that can potentially kill the trade-and-resell market for video games but has deferred the actual pulling of the proverbial trigger to publishers. It’s a half-ass stance that is not unlike Microsoft’s current business culture … Continue reading Xbox One, Licensing vs. Ownership, and Voting With Your Wallet
Early in 2012 Microsoft broke many hearts when they announced that current Windows Phone 7 users would not be able to upgrade to the new hotness, Windows Phone 8. As a consolation prize, the Windows Phone faithful would get an update, version 7.8, that would bring some of Windows Phone 8’s features like the new start screen, Bing wallpapers, and more color themes. Many, this … Continue reading Windows Phone 7.8 is Actually Pretty Okay
You may have heard something about an announcement last night involving Sony, a new Playstation; our very own Kevin Jones has the details here. You may have also heard about the Playstation 4’s physical absence on stage. We got to see some launch titles, their new social-centric PSN replacement (evolution), and the controller that will make it all happen – complete with a touchpad and … Continue reading The Long Tease – Why Sony Doesn’t Need to Show the Goods Yet.
Finally, Spotify has released the music streaming service app for Windows Phone 8 users. Sure we may be a little biased around here, but we’ve been waiting for a Spotify app since we technically had one on Windows Phone 7. Now it’s available to the masses. You can download your copy from the Windows Phone Store; announced a little while back, but if you’ve been … Continue reading Finally! Spotify goes Windows Phone 8
The years following Michael Dell’s infamous 1997 statement regarding the future of Apple haven’t been kind to the PC manufacturer. The resurgence of Apple, a stagnant PC market, and a recession have all but killed off the once king of the desktop PC market. Today things don’t seem to be getting better as Dell has made an offer to buy back shares from stockholders making … Continue reading Dell Inc going private; Microsoft helps out to the tune of $2B
It’s been 7 years since Sony announced the next big thing in video game consoles; back then the Playstation brand was infallible but losing ground to Microsoft’s XBox 360, the Playstation 3 promised to be the next great leap in home consoles. One great recession and a struggling gaming industry later, Sony’s hedging it’s next gen bets on a February 20th unveil. Though at this … Continue reading WSJ: Sony to announce Playstation 4 later this month
Earlier this month, Microsoft finally merged it’s messenger service with Skype, a move that hoped to spark some growth for the video conferencing/calling/chat service. It seems that Skype got press late last week, however, not necessarily what they were hoping for. In an open letter to Skype Division President, Tony Bates, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Reporters Without Borders, and other organizations called for Microsoft to … Continue reading Skype called out for tapping user’s calls
A recent report from various overseas publications, it appears that Chinese customers may soon be getting an upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8. The roll out is not unlike the way the 7.5 roll out was handled – first going live in select Asian markets, then ultimately making its way Stateside. The reports cite Greater China Vice President of Microsoft Corp at a Windows 8 announcement and seem … Continue reading Windows Phone 7.8 may launch before year end
Yesterday marked an important day in gaming history. 10 years ago Microsoft released the original Xbox, along with its ever successful gaming service, Xbox Live. Microsoft sold close to 25 million original Xbox’s and was then upgraded to the uber-successful Xbox 360. From everyone at The Noisecast, Happy Birthday Xbox! Continue reading Xbox Turns 10.
Some endorsements hold a lot more weight than others. For most consumers, past endorsement from the likes of the Queen of Talk, Oprah Winfrey, have meant becoming THE item of the holiday shopping season. In 2010, that item was the Apple iPad, two years later it is the defacto tablet of record. This year, Christmas came early for the folks up at Redmond. “It feels … Continue reading The Microsoft Surface just got a huge endorsement
A couple of days ago, Samsung wowed the tech world by managing to keep a secret and unveiled the first official Windows Phone 8 device – beating Microsoft’s hardware partner, Nokia, to the punch. Now it looks like Nokia’s handset may have been outed a week before their big announcement in New York City. The image below comes from Twitter and is supposed to be … Continue reading Have Nokia’s new Lumia phones been leaked?
Earlier today, Samsung managed to do what is completely unheard of in the mobile phone industry, keep a secret and wow a crowd at a trade show. In a world where we know what next year’s iPhone is going to look like, component by component, Samsung not only managed to not only keep something from the all seeing eye of tech blogs, but even beat … Continue reading Samsung announces their first Windows Phone 8 device
I’ve got mosquito bites all over and I’m not really enjoying it. Keep that in mind while I grump my way through the news. After 25 years, Microsoft gets a new Logo. Sure, it’s not “Metro” but it looks like it. ಠ_ಠ 25 years after birth, Microsoft has decided that it needs a new logo. According to the Seattle Times, the new logo design is supposed … Continue reading Roundup: The Rebranding
Yes, it’s Monday, the day we all love to hate because it reminds us that we spend five days looking forward to two days which we spend dreading the next five. Curiosity has landed on the Lunar Surface. The biggest news today is that the nuclear-powered roving laboratory Curiosity has landed on Mars as part of the Mars Science Laboratory project. Reactions were fairly unanimous: … Continue reading Roundup: Ugh, Monday.
What a boring Friday. We don’t exactly have a lot to spout about today, but here’s a freddiew video, which I’ll follow with some news. Phone names suck, and here’s why. Former Noisecastian Eric – who did well for himself – has a some really good points on why phone names need to be revamped: Mainly because the Samsung Galaxy S™ II, Epic™ 4G Touch (Black) … Continue reading Roundup: Friday the 3rd