Tyler Schrenk was paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident two years ago, and since then his daily activities became a lot more challenging. Thanks to Microsoft software engineer Jose Blakeley whom he met in a Church last year, he became aware of Windows speech recognition. To make use of it, he bought Microsoft Surface running Windows 8 to use for his daily activities. Using his voice, Schrenk operates a variety of Microsoft products and services – Internet Explorer, Bing, Outlook, Word and Excel. Now, he uses his tablet for a growing number of tasks: an Excel spreadsheet to track his caloric intake; Outlook to send email; and Internet Explorer to keep track of his fantasy football league, and follow his favorite teams: the Seattle Seahawks and University of Washington Huskies. Not just Surface, he also uses Xbox One with Kinect. Since the whole system is voice enabled, ...

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Just last week Microsoft announced that they are bringing Xbox One achievements and more to Xbox.com. Microsoft said that they are planning to bring Xbox One profile, game clips, etc, to the web as well. One of the most requested community features we’ve seen as of late is the ability to view your Xbox One data on Xbox.com. We’re happy to announce that the first of these elements – your Xbox One profile, Achievements, friends, followers, and game clips – will be viewable on Xbox.com beginning next week. This new update to Xbox.com with Xbox One profile, Achievements, friends and more support is now already rolling out to users. In fact, I gave it a try few minutes back and it is a neat addition to Xbox gaming experience. Check it out your profile at Xbox.com. ...

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Back in April, Microsoft announced that they are launching Xbox One in China in September. Thanks to the partnership with BesTV, Xbox One will also be the first system of its kind to launch in China. Launching Xbox One in China is a significant milestone for both Microsoft and for the industry. Today, Chinese online electronics site Zol.com posted an image showing that Xbox One will cost around 4500 RMB in China. 4999 RMB is about $800! Yes, China will have to pay more the console even though it was manufactured locally due to their taxing structure. Kotaku claims that this is just the expect price of the unit, Zol and the rest of Chinese media are citing one webpage, a webpage that Kotaku’s been unable to access, as the source of the 4999 RMB price point. Looking at the screen capture, the 4999 RMB price tag might just be the ...

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Microsoft’s Xbox One is lagging behind Sony’s PS4 in sales. Lots of factors can be said to justify the same, but many analysts believe that Xbox One’s pricing was the significant one. Microsoft realized this and announced a new SKU for a cheaper price last month. Another factor could be around marketing of the console. Microsoft positioned Xbox One as the all-in-one entertainment console whereas Sony marketed it as the pure gaming console. A recent report from WSJ reveals that Sony is now out-spending Microsoft in TV ads for promoting their consoles. According to numbers from January 2014 through May via research firm iSpot, Sony had spent $59M to Microsoft’s $34.7M. Sony spent the most on networks like FOX, FOX Sports, Comedy Central, ESPN and TNT. Microsoft spent a lot on the two FOX channels and Comedy Central, AMC and TBS. The brand’s most digitally effective ad year-to-date is its ...

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Bungie’s next-generation, first-person shooter “Destiny” beta will be made available to Xbox One and Xbox 360 users late next month. The actual game will be released on September 9 for both the platforms. But the Destiny beta will be landing on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in late-July for fans who have pre-ordered the game. You can Pre-order Destiny for Xbox from Amazon here. Bungie today revealed the list of Xbox Live achievements that you can earn via Destiny on Xbox. Find the list below.   Source: Bungie ...

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Microsoft previously announced that with June’s system update will debut Games with Gold on Xbox One, with two great games – “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault.” And on Xbox 360, members will receive “Dark Souls,” “Charlie Murder” and the bonus game “Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.” Recently, they revealed the upcoming games for the month of July. Coming up in July, Xbox Live Gold members can look forward to three new free games on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition will debut on Xbox One as a free download, replacing June’s Xbox One Games with Gold title Halo: Spartan Assault (so be sure to grab it now if you haven’t already). Max: The Curse of Brotherhood will remain available for Xbox Live Gold members to download for Xbox One. On Xbox 360, starting Tuesday, July 1st, Gotham City Imposters (normally US $14.99) will be free for ...

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GameStop is now running a limited time campaign over this weekend for Xbox One fans. The gamers will get exclusive saving, demos and more. For example, you save $10 on an Xbox One controller and $20 on Xbox Live Gold Membership when you buy a Xbox One. Similarly, you can save $20 on an Xbox One stereo headset and $30 on a Turtle Beach Ear Force X07 headset. On the game front, GameStop’s sale is offering Wolfenstein: The New Order, NBA2K14, and Zumba Fitness World Party for $20 off the regular price. The retailer is also juicing up its trade-in deals to try to convince gamers to give up their current systems in exchange for an Xbox One. In a deal good until July 13, consumers can score an extra 50 percent credit by trading in any system toward an Xbox One. Read more from the link below. via: CNET ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are bringing Xbox One achievements and more to Xbox.com. Microsoft is planning to bring Xbox One profile, game clips, etc, to the web as well. One of the most requested community features we’ve seen as of late is the ability to view your Xbox One data on Xbox.com. We’re happy to announce that the first of these elements – your Xbox One profile, Achievements, friends, followers, and game clips – will be viewable on Xbox.com beginning next week. Here’s a preview of what to expect: More enhancements, like your Activity feed, are on the way. But in the meantime put these new features through their paces next week, and keep your suggestions coming! Source: Major Nelson ...

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Microsoft today posted a video highlighting the advantages of buying Xbox Live Gold subscription. With Xbox Live Gold subscription, you get free games every month, the multiplayer gaming, exclusive member discounts up to 75% on games in the Xbox Store and more. Read the full list of features below. The most advanced multiplayer: Play games like Titanfall™ and Halo with your friends on a network powered by over 300,000 servers for maximum performance. Cloud-hosted multiplayer helps eliminate lag and cheating. And on Xbox One, find new challengers who fit your skill and style with Smart Match.* Find the perfect match: Smart Match on Xbox One finds you new challengers who fit your skill and style, using intelligent algorithms. And the community-powered reputation system helps identify cheats and annoying people to keep them out of your games.* Never miss a moment: You no longer have to wait in lobbies while a ...

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In its official blog, Microsoft today highlighted the amazing line up of games coming to Xbox One platform this holiday season. Totally nine exclusive blockbuster games coming to Xbox One in addition to other DLC on first on Xbox titles. In fact, Xbox One’s 2014 exclusive games lineup got more than 60 nominations and 25 award wins to date, including seven nominations for the prestigious Game Critics Best of E3 2014 Awards, leading the industry for 2014 games. “Congratulations to the creators who are receiving broad acclaim for the games shown at E3,” said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox. “We saw an incredible display of games at E3 from across the industry and we’re thrilled gamers will have such a wide selection available this year on Xbox One, including “Halo: The Master Chief Collection,” “Sunset Overdrive,” “Forza Horizon 2,” “Ori and the Blind Forest.” Xbox One is the only place you can play these ...

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“Another World 20th Anniversary Edition” game is now available on Xbox One. It brings high-definition graphics that are faithful to the original game design. Game Description: Also known as Out Of This World, Another World is a pioneer action/platformer that released across more than a dozen platforms since its debut in 1991. Along the years, Another World has attained cult status among critics and sophisticated gamers alike. An immersive adventure with unique storytelling, Another World chronicles the story of Lester Knight Chaykin a young scientist hurtled through space and time by a nuclear experiment that goes wrong. A remastered presentation: a joint effort between visionary game-designer Eric Chahi and developer Martial Hesse Dreville, Another World is back in its 20th Anniversary Edition with Full High Definition graphics faithful to the original design. Purchase Another World 20th Anniversary Edition from the Xbox Game Store ...

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Last year, Microsoft announced Xbox One with next generation gaming related features like family sharing which will allow games to share their game library with up to 10 family members having Xbox One. But later, Microsoft removed all those features along with the policy change of moving to traditional disc based DRM protection. During a recent Gamertag Radio podcast, Phil Spencer who leads the Xbox team at Microsoft said that this feature could actually be implemented someday. “We looked at the digital features that we had talked about last year and as a gamer, there were a lot of those features that I think really resonated and were smart features for people who really have a lot of games and maybe play on a couple consoles or have bunch of people in the house or want to share with friends,” Spencer said. “As I look at our monthly update roadmap, ...

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This week’s Deals with Gold in Xbox Store includes a discount on “Ryse: Son of Rome,” and 50 percent off the game’s season pass add-on. For Xbox 360 gamers, there is discount on Fable II, Fable III, Diablo III and more. Ryse Xbox One game is now available on 17% discount and Ryse Season Pass Add-on on 50% discount. This week’s Deals with Gold are good through June 30. For Xbox 360, there’s a ton of savings on games on demand, from “Diablo III” (50 percent off the regular price of $59.99), to “Fable II” and “Fable III,” each $4.99, and each 75 percent off the regular $19.99 prices, as well as big savings on game add-ons.   Source: Major Nelson ...

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Today, Oculus announced that they are planning to acquire the Carbon Design team, one of the premier industrial design and product engineering teams in the industry. Carbon Design has designed the popular products like Xbox 360 controller, Original Kinect, Microsoft Touch mouse and more. “A few seconds with the latest Oculus prototypes and you know that virtual reality is for real this time. From a design and engineering perspective, building the products that finally deliver consumer virtual reality is one of the most interesting and challenging problem sets ever. This is an entirely open product category. With consumer VR at its inception, the physical architectures are still unknown — We’re on the cutting edge of defining how virtual reality looks, feels, and functions. We’re incredibly excited to be part of the team and we’re looking forward to helping design the future.” - Peter Bristol, Creative Director at Carbon Design Source: Oculus ...

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Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition is now available for download from Xbox Store. It is the most polished and feature rich version of Zombie Driver that has ever been released. Game Description: New and specially improved version of the zombie smashing hit, exclusively for the Xbox One. Insane mix of cars, speed, explosions, blood and zombies! Fight through an epic narrative campaign or test yourself in the Slaughter and Blood Race modes. Engage huge bosses, save survivors, drive crazy vehicles such as a bulldozer, fire truck or even a tank and smash everything in your way. Take part in the Blood Race tournament – chase other cars and take them down without mercy on brutal racing tracks. Jump into the Slaughter mode and survive as long as possible on specially crafted arenas. Experience super smooth gameplay at 60 frames per second and extra crisp visuals. Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition includes all ...

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Just in time for the movie release, ‘Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark’ game is now available for Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. Explore two unique worlds as your favorite Transformers characters from both the movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Cybertron universes in a battle to secure an ancient and powerful relic, the Dark Spark Game Description:  Span time and space as your favorite TRANSFORMERS characters from both the movie, TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction, and Cybertron universes! Includes Over 40 playable characters from two different universes! Change Form Anytime: Effortlessly switch between robot and vehicle form! Beyond the Movie: Weave your way through Earth and Cybertron universes in an unforgettable battle to secure the Dark Spark. Epic Multiplayer Battles: Expanded four-player co-op online escalation mode with new upgradeable defenses and challenging Power Foes! New Unlock System: Leveling system spans campaign and escalation, allowing players to unlock rewards that will aid ...

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