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50 Amazing Finds on Google Earth

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite …

Microsoft's Xbox One reputation system is built to make trolls play with trolls

Do you get consistently blocked on Xbox Live, or possibly send intimate photographs to random strangers? You may soon find yourself getting some very Sartrean just deserts. In a May interview just published by <i>The Official Xbox Magazine</i>, Microsoft senior product manager Mike Lavin has laid out some …

GameStop applauds Xbox One used game policy reversal

Retailer GameStop, which makes a significant portion of its revenue from secondhand sales, has applauded Microsoft for reversing its controversial used game policy today.<p>"GameStop welcomes today's announcement from Microsoft about changes in functionality for its next-generation console, the Xbox …

Xbox One: top features you probably hadn't noticed

<b>So, it's official: Microsoft has dropped some of the more hated DRM requirements on the Xbox One.</b><p>It's a move that's made people happy — no need for a …

Microsoft sticking with $500 price point for Xbox One

Microsoft's recent dramatic Xbox One policy reversal does not include the company revisiting the system's $500 price point, chief product officer Marc Whitten told sister site CNET.<p>He explained that Microsoft has "no plans" to lower the entry price, despite rival Sony launching the PlayStation 4 …

Xbox One passes PS4 on Amazon chart

The Xbox One has overtaken the PlayStation 4 on Amazon's video game best-seller chart, one day after Microsoft announced a dramatic policy reversal.<p>The Xbox One was tracking ahead of the PS4 earlier this month, MCV points out, though it fell behind after Sony's E3 announcements of pricing ($400) …

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Analyst: Xbox One policy reversal a "good first step"

Microsoft's revised Xbox One policy is a "good first step," but the company must now focus on communicating to consumers why they should pay $500 for the system instead of $400 for a PlayStation 4, according to Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia.<p>"Microsoft's revised Xbox One strategy is more …

Microsoft ditching Xbox One family sharing plan

Microsoft's previously announced Xbox One family sharing plan is no longer in the works, chief product officer Marc Whitten told sister site CNET in a new interview.<p>"We won't be delivering that," Whitten said.<p>The plan was short-lived, having been announced just two weeks ago on June 6. It was to …