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How Xbox One opens the door for the next Apple TV

It’s 2014. Apple has gathered everyone together for a special event. As Tim Cook presents, he says, ”Today we’re introducing three revolutionary new products. The first one is a cable box. The second one is a revolutionary streaming-media device. The third is a new way to play games on your TV. So, three things: a cable box, a streaming box, and a game console. Are you getting it? These are not three separate devices. This is one device. And we’re calling it iTV.”

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Next-Gen Xbox Will Cost $300-$500, Be Always-Online

Noted Windows blogger Paul Thurrott claims that a “subscription based” next-gen Xbox will cost $300, and the standard model will be $500.

The Xbox 720/Durango/Next-Gen Xbox will launch in November of this year, and set you back $500 for the standard edition, or $300 for a “subscription based” model, claims noted Microsoft insider Paul Thurrott on the latest episode of What The Tech. He described the platform overall as “expensive.”

Microsoft may announce next generation of Xbox 720 on May 21

Microsoft will spill the beans on its next-generation Xbox at an event on May 21, according to Windows blogger Paul Thurrott and a report from The Verge.

Originally scheduled for April, the event was pushed back to May, sources have told the Verge.

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Microsoft to release 9 security bulletins on April 9

Microsoft has released an advance notification of 9 security bulletins that it plans to release on April 9, 2013. In a table, it has listed the latest security bulletins in terms of severity of the vulnerability.

Of the 9 security bulletins that it plans to release on April 9, Microsoft has rated the vulnerability of 2 as critical and that of the remaining 7 as Important. The critical vulnerabilities, i.e. Bulletin 1 and 2, pertain to remote code execution issues. The Bulletin 1 vulnerability affects Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer while the Bulletin 2 vulnerability affects Microsoft Windows. The remaining 7 vulnerabilities, rated as Important, pertain to issues affecting Microsoft Office, Microsoft Server Software and Microsoft Windows.

Microsoft acquires Pando, next-gen Xbox expected in June

Microsoft have just bought Pando, for $11million. Pando is basically a torrent app that nobody likes.

The dedicated fans at NeoGaf uncovered this from Calcalist, sadly we’re relying on google translate but here goes:

“Fendo developed a file transfer service between P2P users, and made it the means of distribution based cloud service for games, video and software content giants, while active large file transfer service for consumers and businesses. The purchase was made in part to give Microsoft an advantage in sharing media files for the launch of the new Xbox gaming console is expected in June, and to compete with Sony, who revealed last month its future media console PlayStation 4. “

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Calcalist is a business magazine, so they’re not likely to try churn out rumours just for fan boy hits.

The article then went on to say

“More than 30 million users have installed the software Fendo File Transfer, which allows sending free files size up to 1 GB – SATA. The clients of Fendo one of American television network NBC Universal, which uses its own technology to deliver HD TV PC.

In recent years the gaming industry has become the biggest client of Fendo, thanks to technology that allows distribution of games with a volume of installation files over 1 GB – SATA. Its customers include Nexon, Riot Games, Turbine, Gala-Net and LevelUp.”

Apple’s and Android’s US Smartphone Market Share Continues to Increase

comScore released its December results survey and Apple had its eleventh month of increased market share when tabulated on a three month rolling average.  Apple had a 36.3% smartphone market share for the last three months of 2012 and increased its share by 6.7 percentage points over the past year.  Not surprisingly Android has the leading smartphone market share at 53.4% and increased its take by almost as much as Apple.  RIMM (now Blackberry) lost a large amount of share, almost 10 points for the year.  Microsoft continues to slip so the race to become a worthwhile third platform is still anyones game.

Dec. ’11 Mar. ’12 June ’12 Sept. ’12 Dec. ’12 Year
Android 47.3% 51.0% 51.6% 52.5% 53.4% 6.1%
Apple 29.6% 30.7% 32.4% 34.3% 36.3% 6.7%
RIMM 16.0% 12.3% 10.7% 8.4% 6.4% (9.6)%
Microsoft 4.7% 3.9% 3.8% 3.6% 2.9% (1.8)%
Symbian 1.4% 1.4% 0.9% 0.6% 0.6% (0.8)%
Other 1.0% 0.7% 0.6% 0.6% 0.4% (0.6)%
Total 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%

Microsoft Says 350 Million Windows 7 Devices to Be Sold in 2012

The release of Windows 8 and demand for ultrabooks and other thin notebooks should drive personal-computer sales in the second half of this year, after modest shipment growth in the first six months, IDC said in March. Global PC shipments will rise 5 percent in 2012 after gaining 1.8 percent last year, the market researcher said.

More than 103 million tablet devices will be sold in 2012, with sales tripling to 326.3 million in 2015, according to Gartner Inc. Apple is set to account for two-thirds of the market in 2012, Gartner estimates. The company’s share will drop to 46 percent by 2015, while Microsoft’s will climb to 11 percent.

Microsoft Wins Patent Suit Against Motorola Android Handsets

Technology giant Microsoft claimed victory as the International Trade Commission issued its final determination in Microsoft’s Android infringement case against Motorola, ruling Motorola violated a Microsoft patent related to ActiveSync, a mobile data synchronization technology and protocol developed by Microsoft, originally released in 1996. The technology is licensed to a number of mobile device companies, including Apple for iOS.

Microsoft to charge $15 for Windows 8 upgrade deal

Unlike the past two upgrades — a 2006 program for Windows XP-to-Vista and the 2009 deal for Vista-to-Windows 7 — Microsoft will this time not upgrade users to the corresponding Windows 8 edition, but instead will provide everyone with Windows 8 Pro, the higher-end version of the two that will be widely available at retail, said both Thurrott and CNET.

The two previous upgrade plans offered the newer operating system for either no cost or for a small fee. Details varied, as computer makers fulfilled the offer, with some demanding small fees while others provided the upgrade free of charge.