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Microsoft Xbox Live Rewards to give goodies for achievements

Microsoft Xbox Live Rewards to give goodies for achievements

Beginning shortly, you'll be rewarded for getting those myriad achievements in your Xbox 360 games. Microsoft has hinted that there could be a new system in place that gives players special offers or content based on their Gamerscore level. Gamerscore values are pumped up by earning Achievements, virtual gold stars that players receive when they accomplish various in-game tasks.

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Microsoft Tablet: Desperation demands options

Microsoft Tablet: Desperation demands options

Two mystery Mondays in a row: after Apple's WWDC 2012 keynote last week, now here comes Microsoft with a surprise announcement of its own, believed by many to have a tablet at its core. Speculation about a new Microsoft-branded device - or devices - has resurfaced over the past week, though as before it's a haze of rumor around a few nuggets of "trusted source" insistence. Partnerships with Barnes & Noble, the spread of Xbox LIVE, or even a gauntlet thrown down to Microsoft's own OEM partners: one thing most agree on is that it's a new slate in the offing, but that leaves plenty of angles Microsoft could take.

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My Xbox LIVE official for Android: we go hands-on

My Xbox LIVE official for Android: we go hands-on

Today Microsoft has been kind enough to push the Xbox LIVE app you know and love from your Windows Phone and/or iOS device over to Android for full mobile interaction on the go. This version of the application is up on the Google Play app store as we speak, it containing the ability to compare your achievements and awesomeness with the list of LIVE friends you know and trust. It also allows you to change the way your Xbox LIVE 3D avatar looks - and there's no more entertaining place to do such a thing than on your mobile device - no place on earth!

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Microsoft Xbox 360 update goes live for “some”

Microsoft Xbox 360 update goes live for “some”

A handful of Xbox 360 users will notice their console prompting them to download a new firmware update today and later this week. The rest of the crop will receive the update next week. But regardless of when you download it, don't expect any monumental change to your Xbox Live experience. Yet. This is mainly an update to prepare your system for future major updates.

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SlashGear 101: What is Xbox SmartGlass?

SlashGear 101: What is Xbox SmartGlass?

With the "Xbox 720" next-gen console still somewhere just over the horizon, and a multi-screen strategy to chase, Microsoft is squeezing as much as it can out of the Xbox 360. Latest string to the console's bow is Xbox SmartGlass, revealed at E3 2012 this week, and set to spread your content between home and mobile devices as you game and consume multimedia. Read on for all the details you need to know.

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Xbox 360 adds Amazon Instant Video

Xbox 360 adds Amazon Instant Video

After first launching on the PS3, Amazon's Netflix clone is making its way to the Xbox 360. The Amazon Instant Video app launched today over Xbox Live, allowing customers to have instant access to the library of movies and TV shows they've already purchased from Amazon, as well as the full span of streaming videos available to Amazon Prime members.

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Telltale’s Walking Dead game sells one million copies

Telltale’s Walking Dead game sells one million copies

In less than a month's time, a game based on a niche comic book franchise that was turned into a successful TV show has been able to become its own breakout success. The Walking Dead Episode 1: A New Day has been downloaded a million times between the Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Steam. It's hopefully a good sign as future episodes of the game are released.

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CinemaNow app comes to Xbox Live

CinemaNow app comes to Xbox Live

As if gamers needed another video streaming platform on the Xbox 360, Best Buy's CinemaNow app has now arrived on the Microsoft console. CinemaNow is a platform that allows users to rent or buy movies and TV shows, just like iTunes, Amazon Video On Demand, and Vudu, but without the brand recognition of any of those other names.

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Halo 4 Limited Edition detailed

Halo 4 Limited Edition detailed

Wondering what you’ll be able to pick up when Halo 4 is released on November 6th? Wonder no more. The official Halo website has detailed the Limited Edition of the game, available for pre-order starting from today. It might set you back a cool $99.99, but hopefully the features will be enough to entice you. The Limited Edition will offer multiplayer map packs, specializations, and bonus digital content.

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