Smaller living spaces may now function well with Kinect
Back in August we reported that Microsoft had done an early unboxing video to showcase its latest Xbox One console. Now that we're less than a month away from getting our hands on the piece of new tech, new details are surfacing left and right, like manual leaks (via ExtremeTech) that offer insight into how the console and the Kinect peripheral must be set up.
Build 9471 leak comes just a few days before RTM (release to manufacturing)
One of the many criticisms of Windows 8 is that it has a steep learning curve, which is ironic as Microsoft has also been accused of unnecessarily dumbing down its operating system by saddling it with a touch-friendly layer of tiles and apps. The upcoming Windows 8.1 update will thankfully address both issues. While we have already witnessed the ability to skip the Start Screen and boot straight to desktop in earlier builds, a new leaked build contains something that is meant to help first-time users acclimatize themselves to the Windows 8 interface a lot faster.
Xbox 720 will reportedly pack an eight-core 1.6GHz processor
The first reports about the Xbox 720 (or whatever Microsoft’s next-gen console ends up being called) began appearing as early as 2006, even prompting Microsoft EMEA (European, Middle East, and Africa) vice president Chris Lewis to plead for “a chance to catch a breath” when asked about the Xbox 360’s predecessor during an interview in October that year. Now that Microsoft has had more than enough time to do so, people are growing restless. And when that happens, the rumor mill experiences heightened activity.
Windows Phone 8 launches on October 29th, but if a smartphone platform launches in a vacuum, does it make a sound? Microsoft announced its launch date ages ago, however in almost record time, Google has put together a media event on the very same day. Coincidence? Perhaps, but then again these two tech rivals seem to revel in sticking it to each other any chance they get. The Google event carries the vague tag line “The playground is open”, however sources of the NextWeb have been much more specific. Phones, tablets, and Android 4.2 are all on the docket, and with a lineup like that, I wouldn’t want to be launching a competing smartphone OS with single digit market share on the same day. Poor Microsoft just can’t seem to catch a break.
Hit the jump to read all the juicy details of the Google event.
Microsoft earlier this week released its upcoming Windows 8 operating system to manufacturers, signaling the end of development and paving the way for a worldwide public release in late October. This does not mean everyone will have to wait that long to get their hands on Windows 8, with Premium MSDN and Technet subscribers scheduled to get their copies on August 15, 2012. Well, at least that’s what Microsoft had planned.
Microsoft's been promising to launch the Windows 8 Release Preview during the first week of June for a while now, but an accidentally published (and quickly retracted) Microsoft blog post says that the latest build of the company's new operating should actually hit the Internet today. Hey, tomorrow's June 1st -- that makes this the first week of the month, right?
According to the old Internet rumor mill, Nvidia's GTX 670 graphics card is set to launch this Friday. Pictures of alleged retail boxes have been popping up for a while, even before the massive dual-GPU GTX 690 hit the streets a week ago. Now, one reviewer claims that a unit fell into his hands courtesy of an unnamed manufacturer, and he's benchmarked the leaked card and slapped the results up on the web for all to see.
With the rumored release of Ivy Bridge just around the corner, we're finally starting to see some early benchmarks roll in from the lucky few who have managed to lay hands on Intel's new CPU a bit early. Yesterday, we highlighted a review of an Ivy Bridge-rocking HP EliteBook, prompting several commenters to say "Desktop overclocking numbers or GTFO." Fortunately, some of those very benchmarks have popped up on the Web in the past 24 hours. (That's good, because we didn't feel like going anywhere.)
All the headlines have been going to Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge CPUs -- When will it launch? How will it perform? When are the Core i3s coming? -- but AMD's preparing to roll out a new line of chips of its own before too long: the Trinity Fusion APU. AMD's been talking big about the Piledriver-based procs, and new leaked slides suggest that Trinity has been able to hit projected performance gains AMD bragged about during its February investor conference.
Sure, the prices of mechanical hard disk drives are going to stay above preflood levels. That sucks, but not all the news on the storage front is as bleak, or as expensive: a number of e-tailers have accidentally leaked details about a new, low cost line of Intel SSDs that are due to hit the streets very, very soon.