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Microsoft Reveals TV-Integrated Xbox One

Posted by Beya Likhari on May 21, 2013 07:56 PM

After 8 years, Microsoft's Xbox announced it’s newest gaming console—Xbox One. The new console has taken the initiative to bring gaming back to the living room—a feat that faces some steep challenges in the name of smartphones and tablets. 

However, the most significant reveal ties into a top-of-mind trend that is impacting television broadcasters and mobile carriers across the board: second-screen. At the reveal, General Manager, Phil Spencer stated, “We believe that the television screen remains the most relevant screen in the home.” Microsoft understands that users are sitting in front of the television with tablets and mobile phones and has used this fact to bring back the focus to the television screen, allowing users to seamlessly toggle between surfing the web, watching television and playing a game in a feature called 'instant switching' on the Xbox One.Continue reading...

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Sony Taunts Playstation Fans with Possible PS4 Tagline Leak

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 17, 2013 12:37 PM

The video game industry’s largest trade show, E3, doesn’t kick off till June 11, but it appears that one piece of news is leaking out early: the ad tagline for the much-anticipated Sony Playstation 4 and the script for its first commercial, reports. Sony Computer Entertainment America has filed a trademark request for “Greatness Awaits.”

The site notes that the planned commercial features “a lone man walks down an empty street asking the viewer, ‘Who are you not to be great? You, with the imagination of a brilliant child and the powers of an ancient god.’” The man continues to ask viewers questions and the commercial ends with “Greatness Awaits.”Continue reading...

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Pizza Hut Comes to Gamers with XBox Live Ordering App

Posted by Dale Buss on April 23, 2013 06:40 PM

Pizza and gaming are eventually likely to evolve into a single pursuit, like football and touchdown dances or movies and popcorn. Now, Pizza Hut is working with Microsoft Xbox to move the process along a little bit.

Today, Pizza Hut is debuting an app for Xbox Live that lets users order a pizza through their Xbox 360 with just the game controller, voice input or Kinect gestures—once they've chosen the nearest pizza parlor. Custom orders are also available.

"If you look at our audience, they love pizza," said Xbox's Larry Hryb, according to Mashable. "I mean, who doesn't? It has international appeal, and Pizza Hut is a recognized brand that matches up well with the Xbox brand."Continue reading...

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NBA’s Warriors Prepare to Shake Up B-Ball Fashion

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 22, 2013 05:12 PM

Sports teams are always looking for new revenue and having their players wear alternative uniforms or caps have proven to be a nice moneymaker. Usually, those alternates are simply different colors or throwbacks to the uniforms of yesteryear, however the NBA’s Golden State Warriors are going a different direction Friday evening.

The Warriors will take the court tonight in short-sleeved jerseys—the “adizero NBA short sleeve uniform system”—the first such shirts worn in the NBA since probably the 1940s when the Boston Celtics donned them. Made by Adidas, the shirts could start a fashion trend, former NBA All-Star and current New York Knicks assistant general manager Allan Houston tells Bloomberg. “The younger guys set the trends and set the market,” Houston said. “If they embrace it and everybody likes it, then it could catch.” Those younger guys were the same ones who helped the trend of longer shorts replace the short shorts that had been worn for years back in the mid-’90s, Houston points out. Continue reading...

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PlayStation 4: Sony Reveals More Mobile, Integrated Gaming Console

Posted by Alicia Ciccone on February 20, 2013 07:15 PM

The long-anticipated announcement from Sony came at 6pm sharp from New York City. The company debuted the PlayStation 4, calling it the "most powerful handheld gaming system" ever.

With 2.6 million online viewers and growing, Andy House, CEO of Sony's PlayStation division, described the improved capabilities—including better mobile technology—of the "consumer-inspired" platform, where gaming convenience takes the focus. Continue reading...

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Rumor Mill Churns Ahead of Sony PlayStation 2013 Announcement

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 19, 2013 02:07 PM

Since the end of January, more than 6.5 million people have watched a video from Sony on YouTube that is mysteriously titled "#PlayStation2013." The number of people astounds, mostly because the 44-second video pretty much says absolutely nothing, except to hint at a pending announcement by including a Twitter hashtag in its title.

Now, Sony is apparently ready to talk. The company has invited 1,200 people to a press announcement Wednesday afternoon and the expectation is that it will be to introduce the PlayStation 4, Forbes reports

For the millions who won’t be able to fit into the room, don’t worry. Sony will be live-streaming the event, which is fitting since one of the rumors is that aside from the new PlayStation 4 console, Sony will also announce Wednesday that those who purchase the console will be able to stream all existing PS games, the Wall Street Journal reports. All new games will be stored on optical disks.Continue reading...

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Adidas Gives NBA's Warriors a Form-Fitting Look — Will It Sizzle or Fizzle?

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 12, 2013 10:42 AM

Sports teams always like to make a little more money. (How else will they pay for athletes' salaries?) Among other moves, their quest has led to a rise in alternate jerseys — another object for fans to purchase and prove they really care about their home squad. 

Now the NBA’s Golden State Warriors have upped the ante and introduced a jersey that isn’t just alternative — it's being called “groundbreaking.” Made by Adidas, the “adizero NBA short sleeve uniform system” is simply a T-shirt instead of tank top. 

This form-fitting model is 26 percent lighter than traditional NBA jerseys; uses moisture-wicking technology to help keep players a littler dryer; and, in a PR move that’s sure to go over well in the Bay Area, made with 60 percent recycled materials. The team will wear the new jersey and the matching pinstriped shorts (inspired by the Bay Bridge) for at least three games this season, starting Friday, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Adidas, which also just debuted its new Y-3 sports line with a live-streaming fashion show,  says it hopes more teams might adopt the sleeved look next season.Continue reading...

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Toy Fair: 'Breaking Bad' Action Figures, a 'Julius' Spinoff, New Crayons and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 11, 2013 05:13 PM

The 110th American International Toy Fair has kicked off in New York, which means that it is time for toy freaks to opine on everything from Superman’s underwear to the merits of creating toys based on "Breaking Bad" — a TV show about a dying chemistry teacher who turns to cooking up methamphetamines in a desperate cash-raising scheme for his family.

Warm and cuddly? Not exactly. But the fair has that elsewhere in droves, including a new line of Fisher-Price plush toys (and other items) relating to the launch of Saban's forthcoming "Julius Jr." show for preschoolers on Nickolodeon's sister network, Nick Jr. — a spinoff of Paul Frank's omnipresent monkey character. ("Julius Jr. is a funky monkey with a penchant for invention," according to a press release.)

Saban, which also owns the Power Rangers brand, is also debuting a bevvy of new action figures, plush toys, board games, consumer electronics and more as the Rangers celebrate their 20th anniversary. The brand has a new show on Nickelodeon as well — "Power Rangers Megaforce" — which has some new products attached to it.Continue reading...

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