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  • Zune Car Pack: it's like you're a DJ…

    Zune Car Pack: it's like you're a DJ…

    Main Entry: disc jockey
    Variant(s): or disk jockey
    Function: noun
    : an announcer of a radio show of popular recorded music; also : one who plays recorded music for dancing at a nightclub or party Yet… Taking a road trip? The Zune® Car Pack gives you everything you need to be your own DJ, listening to your tunes through your car stereo while keeping your Zune charged. So, with the Zune… Read More

  • Halo: Movie is dead, Halo 4 coming

    I’ve been playing Halo 3 all weekend and it got me thinking about the Halo movie that’s been talked about for well over a year. Most of you have seen the shorts (video above) that fueled part of the record-breaking sales the latest adventure from freshly divorced Bungie and I’m sure it made you think about the upcoming movie, but I’m sad to report that the film is dead. Read More

  • Holiday bundles from Microsoft include two free games

    Holiday bundles from Microsoft include two free games

    Just in time for the holiday rush, Microsoft is giving away two worthwhile games for the holiday console bundles. As if the recent price cuts weren’t enough to entice you, how about Forza Motorsport 2 and Marvel Ultimate Alliance? Both titles will be included in the Premium (whatever they want to call it) and Elite sets. The holiday bundles will be available at the end of the month in… Read More

  • Microsoft: gPhone is lies and fabrications, Windows Mobile great, you people know nothing

    Microsoft: gPhone is lies and fabrications, Windows Mobile great, you people know nothing

    Scott “The Rock” Rockfeld sat down with InformationWeek to discuss the Google Phone, Google’s purchase of mobile spectrum, how great Google is, and how super Google is. His assessment? Google is stupid heads and Windows Mobile is on 11 million phones and Google is for dumb heads. The real money shot? Get ready… when asked what hot MS products are coming up — a… Read More

  • Halo 3 Video: My WiLL Be Done

    http://gameroom.mlgpro.com//v/rhojIAED55g My buddy Chris “D-Wars: Freestyle” K. sent this to me yesterday and I didn’t really think anything of it because I still haven’t played the game and I sort of didn’t watch it until now. Sorry, dude. This is pretty amazing and any gamer can appreciate what BlackShadowMist pulled off. I BlackShadowMist pull off one of… Read More

  • Bungie is free to do what it wants any old time

    Bungie is free to do what it wants any old time

    As of 8:00am PDT, Bungie is now a separate entity and will work in tight partnership with Microsoft. The software giant will own equity of the new spin-off and both will share ideas and intellectual property. The press release is kind of weird: “Working with Microsoft was great for us, it allowed us to grow as a team and make the ambitious, blockbuster games we all wanted to work on. … Read More

  • HD DVD camp forms group to promote interactivity

    HD DVD camp forms group to promote interactivity

    Say hello to the new Advanced Interactivity Consortium. Its goal is to promote "superior interactivity for a wide range of next-generation consumer devices, digital content and distribution scenarios [and] maximize consumer satisfaction worldwide by accelerating industrywide adoption of advanced interactivity and interoperability across a broad array of HD DVD products." Read More

  • Zune gets a new daddy

    Zune gets a new daddy

    Microsoftie Rick Thompson is taking over as vice-president in charge of Zune business operations, reporting directly to the great iron god, J Allard. Thompson originally worked with Allard on the Xbox but flitted back and forth in the company until finding his proper home helming the best damn music player that isn’t made by Archos, Apple, Creative, Sandisk, or EvergreenChina MP3… Read More

  • Zune 30 for $100, thanks Woot!

    Zune 30 for $100, thanks Woot!

    With the announcement of the new fleet of Zune’s the price of the aged version begins to fall. A lot. The player is still great and will receive all the fancy new functionality in the form of a software update that includes syncing via Wi-Fi. Woot just released a special hush-hush deal in which they are selling a limited number of factory refurbished units for only $100, that means you… Read More

  • SEGA Winter Wonderland Event

    SEGA Winter Wonderland Event

    Yesterday, I managed to muster enough strength to drag myself to SEGA’s Winter Wonderland event at the Royalton Hotel in Manhattan. Upon arriving at the Penthouse floor, I saw a few LCD screens setup, all with Xbox 360s or Nintendo Wiis – not one PS3. There were only seven to 10 games total to see and all the coolest ones were under embargo, so the event was pretty lame. Read More

  • Microsoft to offer DRM-free music this November

    Microsoft to offer DRM-free music this November

    Microsoft is planning a revamp of the Zune Marketplace this November which will include about a million DRM-free music tracks out of it’s 3-million track catalogue. That’s a good sign because it’s hopefully showing that the tide is shifting, albeit slowly, away from digital rights management altogether. It’s unknown whether Microsoft will charge a premium for the… Read More

  • Microsoft Beats Google To Online Health Records With HealthVault

    Microsoft Beats Google To Online Health Records With HealthVault

    It’s not often that Microsoft gets the drop on Google. But today it launched HealthVault in beta, a free online repository where anyone can keep their personal health records.   Meanwhile, Google Health has yet to launch, having recently lost its leader Adam Bosworth. With HealthVault, you can import your health records from your doctors, hospitals, labs, prescription drug plans… Read More

  • XBox 360 Arcade console found online

    XBox 360 Arcade console found online


    Sony’s PlayStation 3 Need an XBox 360 without a hard drive? Sure, we all do. That’s why you can buy the $279.99 Arcade console AKA the Core from Amazon and Toys R Us on October 23. The product, which leaked through the sales channels, includes a 256MB memory module, which is just enough for Ms. Pac Man and maybe three game saves. It will also include 5 free XBox Live Arcade… Read More

  • Who's next in line for Halo?

    Who's next in line for Halo?


    John Harvard, everyone. With all the speculation going around since yesterday over an alleged split between Bungie and Microsoft, you have wonder who would release the next Halo game. I know the Trilogy is over. Duh. But Microsoft knows how big a cash cow this title has become so what studio would pick up the slack if Bungie refuses to work on it? CK, a former industry insider, had this to say. Read More

  • Zune 2 launch date confirmed

    Zune 2 launch date confirmed

    We just received confirmation from our little birdie that the launch date for the new line of Zunes is November 13. Yeah, Amazon already leaked that info, but it’s nice to have confirmation. Read More

  • The undying rumor: Bungie employees looking to sever Microsoft relationship

    The undying rumor: Bungie employees looking to sever Microsoft relationship


    Home wrecker? This Bungie-leaving-Microsoft rumor refuses to die, even though Hickey rubbed his magic lamp and attempted to get to the bottom of it yesterday. Now we’re left with more idle speculation. Read More

  • What do you think of the Zune 2?

    What do you think of the Zune 2?

    Now that you’ve had some time to digest everything, what do you think about the Zune 2? I like my first generation Zune, but it’s difficult to manage because I don’t have a PC and I’m not about to run Boot Camp or Parallels for it. In most instances I like it over my iPod, but I have the first photo iPod and that’s obviously ancient compared to the Touch iPod. Read More

  • A few more Zune details [Update, again, again]

    A few more Zune details [Update, again, again]

    So I just got off a call with Microsoft regarding the Zune and we have a few more details for you. Read More

  • Zune Social: Discover what music your friends like, then buy buy buy

    Zune Social: Discover what music your friends like, then buy buy buy


    I’m probably in the crowd Let’s chat about the Zune Social, Microsoft’s music-centric social networking (Isn’t “social networking” redundant? When are you “anti-social networking”…) deal. Before we get too far along, know that you don’t actually need a Zune to participate in Zune Social. It’s like this: when you play a song on… Read More

  • Zune 2: Can someone tell me what 'you make it you' means?

    Zune 2: Can someone tell me what 'you make it you' means?

    If I have one problem with the Zune 2 (other than not working too well with my iMac), it’s the new slogan—”you make it you.” What does that even mean, Microsoft? I make it me or you make it me? (Or I make it you?) Last year, you [Microsoft; let's not get confused here] welcomed us to the social, whatever the hell that is/was. Now I (or me, or someone else… maybe… Read More