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Microsoft demos Siri-like semantic voice control for Xbox One

Microsoft is using over 300,000 servers to power the backend of Xbox One’s various services, and some of them will be used for the Bing-powered voice controls. While Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console uses Bing’s search engine to surface content via voice or queries, Xbox One expands on this further. In …

50 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels That Everyone Should Read

People say it all the time: they’d love to get into science fiction or fantasy, but they’ve no idea where to start. If this is you (or if you’re one …

Books

BlueStacks announces GamePop: Subscription-based home game console

Let’s face it, no matter how big any of these new Android phones turn out to be, gaming on them still wouldn’t be as fun as when you do it on an actual, full-size TV. There’s a certain type of immersion that you can only get from a 40- or 50-inch flatscreen television while playing with the lights …

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Facebook and Waze: blending your worlds together one data point at a time

Word has it Facebook is looking to acquire crowdsource navigation app Waze for a hefty $1 billion. Such a move would provide the social network with …

Our connected future: What to expect when elevators and toys start phoning home

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Sergey Nivens<p>Your next elevator pitch might actually come from data derived from your elevator. That’s the case for an …

Android Powers Almost 60% Of All Mobile Devices Sold, iOS Just 19.3%

Android doesn’t look like it’s about to lose any of its market share to competing platforms any time soon. During the first quarter of 2013, Google’s platform powered a whipping 59.9% of all smart mobile devices sold as total shipments hit 308.7 million units.<p>Apple’s iOS, on the other hand, was …

Report: Microsoft’s next console will be called Xbox Infinity | Ars Technica

Will its successor be the Xbox Infinity + 1?<p>A new report lends credence to the rumor that Microsoft's next system will be called the Xbox …

Elevatr Is A Mobile-First Tool For Startup Business Plan Creation

Serial entrepreneur with too many ideas rattling around in your head? Then you’re going to like this one: a new mobile app called Elevatr will help you keep track of your inspirations, as well as develop a business model, in order to turn your passing thoughts into plans actually worth pursuing …

Dear Microsoft, Don't Bail on Windows 8

The sheer audacity of Windows 8 was enough to set it apart. It was startling, the kind of uncompromising upheaval you almost never see from a …

OpenTable Is Secretly the Best Thing on the Internet

No one hates OpenTable. No one finds it small or inconsequential or twee, as so many modern startups or services can be. No one thinks it does a bad …

Mobile Gaming Backend OpenKit Now Available To All Developers

OpenKit, an open-source social platform for mobile games, is now open to all developers, according to co-founder Peter Relan. The service, first announced in December, has been in private beta since earlier this year. There are apparently 1,500 developers already testing the service.<p>Relan …