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Post-PC is Over! (If You Want It)

Post-PC is Over! (If You Want It)

Welcome to the future, the one past Dr Frink's vision for computers so large and so expensive that only the five richest kings of Europe would own them. This is a misquote, in so many words, of Thomas John Watson, Sr., president of IBM from 1914 until 1956, a period of some earth-shattering growth. Of course Watson, in his infinite wisdom as the world's greatest salesman, could never have predicted an environment such as the one we live in today where Post-PC doesn't mean that the stationary computer is gone, it means that the PC plays an inalienable role in a much bigger scheme of form factors, interfaces, and ways of connecting these devices via digital means.

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Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection Arriving This Summer

Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection Arriving This Summer

Mortal Kombat, the ninth installment just launched last month, and now Warner Bros is bringing back the first three versions in a Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection package. The collection is considered "arcade-perfect" ports of the originals.

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Microsoft Skype deal official: VoIP integration with Xbox, Windows Phone, more

Microsoft Skype deal official: VoIP integration with Xbox, Windows Phone, more

As expected, Microsoft has announced that it is acquiring VoIP firm Skype for $8.5bn in cash. The deal will see Skype integration with Microsoft platforms including Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices; it will also allow for cross-communication between Skype users and Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities.

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Microsoft Orapa bringing IPTV to Xbox: LIVE, Kinect & Mediaroom mash-up

Microsoft Orapa bringing IPTV to Xbox: LIVE, Kinect & Mediaroom mash-up

Microsoft is covertly working on integrating Xbox LIVE and its Mediaroom IPTV platform, in a system that would integrate gamer-style functionality such as avatars and Kinect with streaming multimedia. That's the latest from ZDNet's sources, who claim the project - codenamed Orapa - is on track for a commercial launch by the holiday 2011 season.

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Sprint confirms Windows Phone plans with HTC Arrive Xbox tease

Sprint confirms Windows Phone plans with HTC Arrive Xbox tease

Sprint has all but confirmed that tomorrow's handset launch is a Windows Phone 7 device, with the carrier's latest tweet - "Wouldn't it be great to have your phone integrated with your home game console, like Xbox?" - highlighting one of Microsoft's platform's exclusive features. Sprint is expected to officially unveil the HTC Arrive, aka the HTC 7 Pro.

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Nokia CEO: Xbox Live on Nokia phones

Nokia CEO: Xbox Live on Nokia phones

"The game has changed from a battle of devices to a war of ecosystems" Nokia CEO Stephen Elop insists, taking the stage at the company's press event this morning. "The entire industry is founded on optimism ... and I am an optimist. Together we will deliver a great ecosystem." The news, Elop says, will mean the availability of Bing, Xbox Live and Microsoft Office to Nokia devices.

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Last.fm demands premium radio subscriptions for iOS, Android & more

Last.fm demands premium radio subscriptions for iOS, Android & more

Last.fm has announced mandatory paid subscription plans for mobile and home entertainment devices accessing its streaming radio service, with the new premium subscriptions affecting anybody listening on their Android or iOS device, or indeed via Logitech's Squeezebox system. According to the company "it is not practical for us to deliver an ad supported radio experience" beyond the website and desktop app, though Windows Phone 7 users will still get free service in 2011.

Full list of affected devices after the cut

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THQ’s Homefront DLC Debuting on Xbox LIVE, One Map Exclusive at Launch

THQ’s Homefront DLC Debuting on Xbox LIVE, One Map Exclusive at Launch

It looks like the exclusive practices for developers and publishers is still going strong. Not that anyone should expect it to die out. Publisher THQ has announced that the first DLC map pack for their upcoming title Homefront, developed by Kaos Studios, will be debuting on Microsoft's Xbox LIVE. Following in the footsteps of Call of Duty, in a path that many gamers may not be a fan of.

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EA Announces Bulletstorm Demo Landing on Xbox LIVE and PSN January 25th

EA Announces Bulletstorm Demo Landing on Xbox LIVE and PSN January 25th

Bulletstorm is one of those rare titles that, even if you see all the videos and read all the reviews on it, you still need to actually play it to get a sense of what the game is about, and why it's so unique in its place amongst all of the other First Person Shooter (FPS) titles out there. From developer People Can Fly and published by EA Games, Bulletstorm is a shooter that mixes in over-the-top action, along with plenty of creative combinations that players can use to score points.

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Xbox LIVE Refer a Friend Program Launches

Xbox LIVE Refer a Friend Program Launches

If you know a few people who haven't jumped onto the Xbox LIVE Gold Membership bandwagon yet, and you feel like with a gentle nudge from you they just might, here's your time to act. Not only because you'll get even more friends to play your favorite online games together with, but also because Microsoft has just launched the Xbox LIVE Refer a Friend program, which means you'll get a cool prize for getting one of your friends to sign up for Gold.

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Avatar Kinect for Xbox LIVE tipped for Microsoft CES 2011 reveal

Avatar Kinect for Xbox LIVE tipped for Microsoft CES 2011 reveal

Further details about Microsoft's CES 2011 announcements have leaked, with a new Xbox 360 social communication system called Avatar Kinect expected to make its debut this week. First spotted by Glimpsedog as a leaked snapshot of Microsoft's keynote run-through, according to WinRumors Avatar Kinect uses the motion-gaming peripheral to control gamers' Xbox LIVE avatars as they interact with each other.

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Xbox LIVE Indie Game Developers Take Part in Winter Uprising

Xbox LIVE Indie Game Developers Take Part in Winter Uprising

Microsoft's online gaming and media service, Xbox LIVE for the Xbox 360 is a place where gamers, and entertainment-loving folks in general can go and download all sorts of things to pass the time. A strong moneymaker for the Redmond-based company is Xbox LIVE's Arcade, where developers and publishers can release "classic" titles, along with smaller games that may not be big enough to fit into a full "retail" package. Titles like Limbo and Monday Night Combat managed to garner plenty of rave reviews, and even some "best of" lists. But, there's another section on Xbox LIVE that hasn't received so much attention: Indie games. In fact, getting any kind of face time on Xbox LIVE for the Indie game developer has been sort of a rough patch recently.

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