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Xbox SmartGlass makes Android app debut on Windows 8 day

Xbox SmartGlass makes Android app debut on Windows 8 day

It's time for the next generation for Microsoft in so many more ways than one, hitting right this moment on all cylinders with the first iteration of Xbox SmartGlass for Android. Of course this isn't related directly to Windows 8, but the release day - today, of all days - has us rather certain it wasn't a coincidence. Feel free to expect a continued barrage of news bits and releases from Microsoft as they keep their press boat afloat now that Windows 8 is rocking and rolling for real.

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Kinect Sesame Street, Nat Geo, and Nike+ Training priced and dated

Kinect Sesame Street, Nat Geo, and Nike+ Training priced and dated

Three new Kinect titles for the Xbox 360 have been given pricing and dates today: Kinect Sesame Street TV, Kinect Nat Geo TV, and Nike+ Kinect Training. The first two titles are designed to be two-way interactive learnings experiences, allowing children to “ jump inside” their favorite television programs. Both titles can be expanded as well, allowing parents to buy additional content for the games from the Xbox Marketplace as part of packs or individual episodes.

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Xbox Kinect $99 deal starts today

Xbox Kinect $99 deal starts today

This week you'll be able to head down to your favorite GameStop or Best Buy location and pick yourself up an Xbox with a Kinect for just $99 USD. THere's a catch, of course, in that you've got to sign up for two years of Xbox LIVE Gold, that costing you an additional $14.99 USD a month. THe cost of the beast you're buying from one of the two stores listed this week will over the course of the contract end up costing you $99 + $360, a price that's quite a bit more than your everyday average $299 for the package with no contract.

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Xbox 360 limited edition all-white Kinect bundle available now

Xbox 360 limited edition all-white Kinect bundle available now

Microsoft is offering a new Xbox 360 limited edition bundle that will be especially desirable to those who lust after shiny white gadgets. It seems like special edition white versions of popular devices have become a common trend and are especially coveted. Well, this bundle does the same trick, bringing you the Xbox 360 console, the Kinect hardware, and a controller, all in white.

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Micorosft reportedly ditching Microsoft Points in favor of real currency

Micorosft reportedly ditching Microsoft Points in favor of real currency

If you still can't figure how much that Zune download or Call of Duty map pack costs in actual US currency, there might be some hope for you. It's being reported that Microsoft wants to nix its Microsoft Points platform and will start showing prices in local currency for digital content. That's right; the days of consulting a calculator to figure out how much digital money you have might soon be coming to an end.


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Microsoft Canada starts Developer Movement, shows USA how to do it

Microsoft Canada starts Developer Movement, shows USA how to do it

Though as a graphic designer by training, I'm not exactly keen on promoting contests to produce results in workers, it does seem like a pretty awesome idea here as Microsoft tries to push developers to make awesome apps for their platforms (including but not limited to Xbox360 and Windows Phone) up in Canada. What you've got here is a "Join the Developer Movement" contest in which Microsoft judges your developed apps as "quality", and depending on how many you've got made until May 20th, you get rewards galore! Not only that, the first 200 people who register for the Developer Movement have the chance to get their AppHub account waived entirely!

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Xbox 360 TV expanded experience made official

Xbox 360 TV expanded experience made official

The folks at Microsoft have announced plans today to expand their Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE functionality to include a slew of new services, partners, and functionality. More than 20 countries are involved in the rolling out of this expansion, partners ranging from HBO to Verizon to the BBC to Televisa, everyone's in on it! There's a unified dashboard for Xbox LIVE, Comcast Xfinity integration, 26 new channels of live TV in the USA, further Bing search integration with voice-powered search, "more entertainment options" including Zone marketplace expansion with Xbox LIVE and Kinect, a handful of new apps, sharing, and music discovery. Is it time everyone jumped aboard this Xbox 360 as entertainment station train? Quite possibly yes!

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