What we learned about Xbox Ones living-room future?

The initial slate of apps Microsoft has announced is pretty good, but the company is only promising theyll be available sometime between the launch day and spring 2014. Heres the full list:

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Even though the Xbox One may have some limitations when it launches on November 22, it was hard not to be impressed with the TV tech in person. With near-instant switching between TV and gaming, picture-in-picture multitasking, and voice control of live TV, it all feels like a significantly different experiWhat we learned about Xbox Ones living-room future?ence than anything the Xbox 360 could offer. And its easy to forget that when the Xbox 360 and PS3 launched, neither offered streaming-video services like Netflix, so the Xbox One experience of today is likely to be a lot different from what it ends up becoming.

Its not a surprising limitation, as its the same stumbling block that Google TV and others have continually run into. But if youre the kind of TV watcher who rarely watches live TV these days, it pushes those one box to rule them all dreams just a little further away.

IR blasting works with TVs, cable box and AV receivers

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For example, that means if youre playing Forza 5 while keeping tabs on an NFL game in a picture-in-picture window, youll be listening to both at the same time, which seems like a recipe for sensory overload. Maybe it works better in practice than it does in theory — I didnt get to hear much mixed audio — but Im hoping this will get fixed early, as it seems to be a pretty big disincentive to using the snap functionality.

The Xbox One controls the rest of your home theater gear using an integrated IR blaster, similar to how Logitechs Harmony Smart Control works. The Xbox representative actually name-checked Harmony a few times and its an apt comparison, as during the initial setup youll need to enter the model number of your TV, amp, and cable box so they can be controlled.

For example, its easy to track down a program airing later in the day using OneGuide, but once you find it, theres no way for the Xbox One to schedule a recording — you need to pick up your cable box remote. Similarly, OneGuide doesnt know whats currently in your DVR, so if you tell Kinect to find that episode of Parks and Recreation you recorded last night living, youll come up empty. You can always switch over to your standard cable box remote to deal with DVR content,new york asian escort but thats well short of the single user intece that the Xbox One is aiming to be.

One cool new aspect of OneGuide Microsoft showed off is a feature called app channels. This integrates content from streaming services like Hulu Plus and Xbox Videos right into OneGuide, and apparently the platform will be open to any app maker that wants to develop for it. It was hard to gauge how useful this feature will be from the demo, but conceptually its scinating. Putting streaming services like Hulu Plus (or, in the future, Netflix and YouTube) right next to bona fide TV channels like Comedy Central or Fox even further blurs the line between Internet and TV content.

We already knew that the Xbox One would include Blu-ray playback, the TV overlay functionality called OneGuide, and built-in support for voice and motion control through the included Kinect. But many of the specifics have been hard to come by, especially regarding the challenges of integrated TV.


If youre a Live Gold subscriber, the Xbox 360 has a huge library of streaming-media apps, including Netflix, HBO Go, Rhapsody, and Xfinity TV. Dont expect all the same apps to be available on the Xbox One at launch.

The Xbox One feels like an entirely new living-room device, but there are still some hurdles on the way to its ambitions.

Expect fewer apps at launch

Not much DVR support

Seeing the OneGuide in action for live TV is pretty impressive; it lets you browse TV listings using voice and the controller much ster than a standard cable box. But when it comes to DVR control, the Xbox One is a lot less capable.

Thats been the pitch since Day 1 for Microsofts next-gen console, but it wasnt until this Wednesday that the CNET crew had a chance to check out many of the Xbox Ones home entertainment features in person.

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The Xbox Ones snap feature is awesome, letting you run two apps at once, with one of them in a picture-in-picture window. But it was surprising to learn in the demo that the audio between the two windows would be mixed together, rather than you getting to pick either the primary or secondary windows audio.

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Well have to live with the Xbox One in a real home environment to see how well it really acts as a living-room hub, but theres no doubt that Microsoft is laying some important groundwork that could pay off later.

And the wait may be longer than youd expect with the Xbox One, as Microsoft is pushing app developers to build Xbox One-specific inteces, rather than just cut-and-pasting the existing experience from the 360.

The Xbox One is ready to be the hub of your living room.

The soon-to-be released console was set up in a homelike environment with a standard Time Warner cable box, and while most of the demo was tightly scripted, I had the chance to nail down some of the lingering details of how the Xbox One will work in the living room.

Its a good-news, bad-news story for prospective Xbox One users planning to stream content from a network-attached storage (NAS) drive. The Xbox One is capable of playing by any video format supported by Windows and has some support for DLNA, but only DLNA devices that use Microsofts Play To standard. At least thats the official party line from Microsoft right now. I wouldnt be surprised if standard DLNA devices worked in some capacity, but perhaps not as reliably.



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If Ive learned anything over my long time here reviewing software at both CNET Download.com and Reviews, its that — as a rule — you should always update your software. Its fine to wait for a couple of weeks to make sure a developer has ironed out the bugs, but in the end youre probably going to get better stability, better security, and probably more useful features if you move on to the next version. Certainly there are cases where you upgrade to a program that makes it worse (such as putting iOS 7 on an iPhone 4), but by and large, staying up-to-date with your software is the best practice in my experience.

Change is good, but you have to do it the right way

Last year when Mountain Lion and Windows 8 were released, I wrote a piece comparing the Mac and Windows operating systems, and concluded that Apple took the better path by keeping its tablet and desktop operating systems separate. With Windows 8 Microsoft gave its operating system a complete makeover, asking that people change the way they use their computers. Now that the two operating systems have updated with Mac OS X Mavericks and Windows 8.1, I thought I should take another look at both to see if the update did anything to change my mind.

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Windows 8.0 was a jarring upgrade for many users with the loss of the Start button, a whole new way to look at the Start Menu, and confusing gesture-based actions that didnt make sense for desktop users. Frankly, they didnt even make sense for tablet users either until you had some training. Ill never forget having to ask Seth Rosenblatt, who reviewed Windows 8.0, how to close a Metro app because it wasnt in the least bit intuitive. Why not just keep the red X at the top right instead of having to pull down from the top (more awkward with a mouse) and pull to the bottom of the screen? But I digress.

I was excited when I learned that Windows 8.1 would fix the major problems from the initial launch and bring back the Start menu. The problem is, the new Start Menu popup added in 8.1 isnt nearly as powerful as the one we had in Windows 7, and the fixes ignore the ct that the Metro intece is still much more suited to touch screens than desktops. Frustratingly, clicking the Start Button just brings up the Metro UI, but at least a right-click on the button brings up some of the features you had in the Windows 7 start button. As Dan Ackerman pointed out in his review, its exactly the sort of passive-aggressive compromise that backs up claims that Microsoft has lost touch with what consumers want.

The Start button is back in Windows 8.1, but its not as good as Windows 7.

If I ignore the live tiles entirely living, Windows 8.1 is the best Windows operating system yet. It boots incredibly st, has a vastly improved task manager, better security, and I find I spend much less time force quitting programs than I ever have in previous Windows versions. Its more stable, its ster, and works better than ever. Thats why I have such a hard time talking about Windows 8 with friends and colleagues; I can go on a rant about all the things I think are wrong with Windows 8, but in the end Ill still recommend you upgrade.

In other words, what you get with Mavericks are improvements for an already miliar intece,new york escort but with additions that let you do more with your Mac. Sure, there are still confusing things like the Launchpad, when you can open apps from the finder, but I think its pretty clear — as a free upgrade — its easy to recommend because it improves your experience all around.

For full disclosure, I primarily cover iOS and Mac software here at CNET including both operating systems, but that doesnt mean I know nothing about Windows. IvOS wars 2013 How the latest Mac and Windows upgrades compare livinge covered Windows software extensively here at CNET, including when Windows 8 first launched, and have been the primary reviewer of Microsoft Office since 2010. I also have a Windows 8 gaming rig at home that serves as my main home computer.

Hey, I like the way the Windows Start screen looks, but I just dont have any use for it on my desktop.

Tons of intece tweaks make actions easier than they were before. To give some examples, Top Sites in Sari now lets you rearrange your vorite sites so when you open a new tab you know exactly where to click to get your best sites up st. New Finder tabs make it easier to transfer files between two locations. Full screen apps have been fixed to work on multiple monitors, finally fixing a problem that plagued users of more than one display.

In other words, I am no stranger to Windows and use Windows 8 on a daily basis, which is why I havent changed my perspective much since the last major upgrade. I still think Mavericks expands on an already miliar operating system that makes the overall experience more efficient, whereas Windows 8.1 continues stubbornly on the idea that one system can work on both desktops and tablets. I like that Windows 8.1 brought a few miliar features back, such as the Start button, but it just doesnt go r enough toward it as useful as it once was in Windows 7. Furthermore, the tiled Metro UI (dont call it Metro!) is pretty, but is still largely a waste of time for people using a desktop, which — I might add — is the majority of users.

After reviewing Mac OS X Mavericks last week and with the release of Windows 8.1 the week before, I figured its time to take another look at how operating systems are evolving — for better or worse.

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But with Windows 8.1, you get a mixed bag. It does indeed make using your Windows computer more efficient, adds security, and brings back the useful Start button, even if its not as good as what you had before. But until Microsoft finds a way to make the Modern UI useful to desktop users, youre going to see people bypassing the tiles for a way of computing that makes sense with a mouse.

Lets start with how Apple is doing it right. Mavericks is a free upgrade that makes your laptop battery life better through improved power management; adds useful apps brought over from iOS such as iBooks and Maps; and adds smart intece tweaks to make things easier without completely changing how you use your computer.

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Mavericks improves on a miliar intece

The way I use Windows 8 at home is just as I would in Windows 7. The second the Metro intece loads up, I immediately hit the desktop tile to use the computer the way I always have. From there I can check e-mail, browse the Web, and do everything Ive always done with a Windows computer. And yet, I know there is this entirely other Windows experience that will get me most of the same things if I want to live in the tiled world. I know there are live tiles that show information in the new Start window, but how often am I really just staring at live tiles? The answer is never; When I turn on my computer, I have a mission in mind and I get to it. Though tablet users may disagree, to me it doesnt matter how colorful and pretty the modern UI is, nor does it matter that its great and makes sense on a Windows phone or tablet; its simply just another way to do the same things on a desktop with no appreciable advantage other than the look.

Mavericks is exactly the good kind of update Im talking about. It comes with new apps and new time-saving features that make common actions easier and more efficient.


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Named Hopster,entertainment the company plans to launch an ad-free television and learning application for iOS in November, Nick Walters, its founder and a former Viacom executive, revealed to All Things Digital on Thursday. The service, which will be designed for kids between the ages of 2 and 6,new york asian escort will launch in the UK, but could make its way to other countries at some point.

According to Walters, his service will launch with 800 episodes of popular kids shows such as Babar and Paddington Bear. Itll also feature kid-friendly games. He told AllThingsD that Hopster has so r raised a little over $1 million, and will charge customers between $8 and $10 per month to access the service. At its onset, the service will be available exclusively as an iOS app.

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entertainment Broadcom announces new wireless chips for cars

Broadcoms new BCM89335 5G WiFi and Bluetooth Smart Ready combo chip will allow automakers to easily integrate the latest generation 802.11ac wireless standards,entertainment which Broadcom markets as 5G Wi-Fi, as well as Bluetooth Low Energy wireless communication into their vehicles with one thumbnail-size chip. Also in the lineup is the BCM89071 Bluetooth Smart Ready chip for applications that dont require Wi-Fi.

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Tomorrows cars will probably all be connected cars. For drivers, this means better access to the media on your phone and in the cloud, but for automakers that means finding better and easier ways to add that connectivity to their vehicles. Enter Broadcom with its newly announced line of integrated wireless chips for automotive applications.

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Broadcoms new line of integrated 5G Wi-Fi/Bluetooth chips will make it easier for automakers to add connected features to future cars.

Broadcom also spoke to us about taking advantage of Bluetooth Low Energy tech to provide connectivity with wearable technologies. Perhaps those newngled smartwatches that manucturers are rushing to the network will one day be able to connect to your car to serve as a key or send biometric data to vehicle safety systems.

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Smartwatches A revolution on your wrist? living style

-You know, its kind of fun these days telling folks about Google Glass and smart watches because they give you that look like, What is wrong with you? Then I wait for the Dick Tracy jokes to subside and then tell them how smart watches could have a real shot at ubiquity if they succeed in our increasingly chaotic mobile devices r and more personal. -Welcome to the future. Just a moment. I just got a message. -You can put it up to your ear like this and take calls privately. -Swipe down to activate the built-in camera, which lets you snap still images in 10-second videos. -Other uses could be taking a picture with your phone remotely, or checking your route while youre on a run, or controlling the volume of your music. -A gentle swipe takes you from one feature to another. Going back is as as swiping down from the top bezel. -Canalys research predicts some 5 million smart watches could sell in 2014. Nobody really knows, but even that goal could be awfully lofty if smart watches as a group dont nail three things. First, look good. This is shion, not just tech, but how many tech companies do you know are actually good at shion? Apple is. Sony was. Google, Microsoft, not really. And startups like Pebble, they do have a certain new cache but not on established style language. Second, make sense. Not just it clear how to use a smart watch, but why I would use one. The makers who get that done first, I think, will win first. Getting across the message that a smart watch can thin out and suce the important stuff on our increasingly busy and vertical phones and tablets. In other words, play the hits of digital living on my wrist. And third,new york asian escort model measure me. The market for fitness wearables is real. Think of Fitbit Flex, Nike FuelBand, Jawbone Up. Those overall will sell some 80 million units in 2014, over 200 million by 2018, and yet I dont think most people are gonna wanna wear both if they dont have to. So here is a place where smart watches could eat a lot of lunches if they can roll up that body matrix piece, that fitness piece as well.

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For years, some automakers have installed a black box in your car, recording the data and analyzing your driving habits. But soon the federal government will require all vehicles to have them. Will such a device help or hurt you? CNETs Brian Cooley explains.

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In this Inside Scoop, CNETs Kara Tsuboi and Josh Lowensohn discuss the revival of smartwatches. Major manucturers like Samsung have announced theyre getting into the game with rumors that Apple might be soon to follow. Hear what these watches are designed to do, how they can be successful, and the target price point.

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BlackBerry bid will be financed Faixs Watsa says entertainment

Faix Financial Holdings CEO Prem Watsa told Reuters that he believes the consortium will be able to come up with the money needed to pay for the $4.7 billion bid.

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BlackBerry announced Monday that it had entered into talks with the consortium, which is led by Faix Financial. Under the proposed deal, shareholders would receive $9 a share in cash, a slight premium to the roughly $8 that the stock is currently trading at.

We wouldnt put our name to such a high-profile deal if we didnt feel confident that at the end of the day that ourBlackBerry bid will be financed Faixs Watsa says entertainment due diligence would be fine and wed be able to finance it, Watsa told Reuters.

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Faix is BlackBerrys biggest shareholder and intends to contribute its 10 percent stake in BlackBerry to the consortium. The consortium has until November 4 to complete its due diligence of the companys financial shape. During that period, BlackBerry has a right to entertain other offers.

The man behind the consortium offering to buy out BlackBerry and take it private offered some insight into the deal on Wednesday.

After the struggling smartphone maker threw in the towel and announced its plans to go private, the man behind the buyout proposal, Prem Watsa, says hes confident the deal will succeed.

Watsa has a track record for smart business deals that have given him a name in the financial world. He has been the Faix boss since 1985, and despite a couple of lackluster years recently, Faixs sales and earnings have been climbing entertainment, while the companys stock price has compounded at 19 percent annually since he took over.

Its unclear what BlackBerrys investors think about the possible buyout. The companys shares closed $1 below the $9 per share bid price on Wednesday, which could mean that investors are wary, according to Reuters. But Watsa didnt seem deterred by these numbers.

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