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Xbox 360 Dashboard updates start tonight for Xbox LIVE members

Xbox 360 Dashboard updates start tonight for Xbox LIVE members

Earlier today we found that the Xbox 360 Dashboard update promised for today was just a bit delayed - now we learn from Microsoft's Major Nelson that though the update was delayed through much of today, the first set of customers will be getting their Xbox LIVE update within the next few hours. For those of you just learning about this situation now, Microsoft is updating your Xbox 360 with new software today if not inside the week with several new bits of functionality. Amongst changes are updates to your Kinect sensor (if you have one) and new bits of content in your streaming TV service.

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Xbox 360 Dashboard update “slightly delayed”

Xbox 360 Dashboard update “slightly delayed”

Bad news if you're waiting desperately by your Xbox 360, impatiently hopping from foot to foot for the Dashboard update: the new interface is apparently slightly delayed. Microsoft's Major Nelson tweeted the bad news, later clarifying that he will have no news on the amended schedule until later on today. The update brings with it greater functionality of the Kinect sensor bar as well as streaming TV services.

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Xbox TV puts Microsoft ahead of Apple and Google

Xbox TV puts Microsoft ahead of Apple and Google

Gaming has long been Microsoft's wildcard: while the company struggles to find its feet with Windows Phone, and faces a difficult tablet market when its Windows 8 slates finally appear, the Xbox 360 continues to sell strongly. Now Xbox TV has arrived to not only reassure 360-owning gamers that they made the right console choice, but broaden the 360's appeal to a whole new segment. It's not entirely fashionable to praise Microsoft, especially when it's over something that, buried in the company's history books, they've tried and failed at before. Smart TV has suffered the usual ignominies and from the usual flaws: sluggish hardware, confusing interface, dawdling internet connections. Now, with Xbox LIVE TV, all the pieces seem finally to be coming together.

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Xbox 360’s LIVE cable TV attack detailed

Xbox 360’s LIVE cable TV attack detailed

Microsoft has detailed its challenge to cable TV, with a roadmap of Xbox LIVE streaming content for the Xbox 360 including Hulu Plus, Netflix and the BBC, as well as the Kinect-powered voice control that will be used to bypass the traditional remote. Beginning as part of the Xbox LIVE Dashboard update for the 360 that rolls out tomorrow, the dozens of TV channels, streaming services and other content providers will join gaming and other internet services on the console. More details of content deals after the cut.

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Verizon FiOS Triple Play offer dishes free Halo: Anniversary and Xbox LIVE Gold

Verizon FiOS Triple Play offer dishes free Halo: Anniversary and Xbox LIVE Gold

The fine game-oriented folks at Verizon are this month tending to the Xbox 360 crowd with an offer for FiOS internet, TV, and phone that'll give users a free copy of Halo: Anniversary as well as Xbox LIVE Gold for 12 months. The best part about it is that there's no annual contract requirement, and your price per month is locked in for two years. And Halo: Anniversary - how could you do without that if you're a true Halo fan? You absolutely cannot, that's the answer to that.

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Microsoft may ban Xbox Live accounts playing Modern Warfare 3 too early

Microsoft may ban Xbox Live accounts playing Modern Warfare 3 too early

Much excitement surrounds Activision's Call of Duty game franchise with the upcoming Modern Warfare 3 title set to be released on November 8. But somehow, in the hustle and bustle, some retail stores, including Kmart, have accidentally sold the discs early, with one ending up on eBay for more than $1,700. Although purchased legitimately, playing these discs before the release date could get your Xbox Live account banned.

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