Xbox One: A Next-Gen Console With a Focus On Interactive TV and Apps
The Verge - After months of rumors and speculation, Microsoft’s next-generation console is finally here. During a special event at the company’s Redmond headquarters today, Microsoft is unveiling Xbox One.
Describing it as an all-in-one console, Microsoft’s Don Mattrick unveiled the new shaped Xbox controller alongside Xbox hardware that closely resembles a set-top box. Read and see more here »
Microsoft Xbox One Is Here! Now, Here’s Everything You Need To Know
The Verge - We’re covering today’s big Microsoft announcement live from Microsoft HQ in Redmond, Washington. Keep an eye on this stream for everything you need to know about the new Xbox One hardware, updates to Xbox Live, the SmartGlass experience, latest games, and Microsoft’s plans for the living room. View the stream »
Hoping To Ride The Crowdfunding Wave, Celery Lets Sellers Accept Pre-Orders, Charge When Products Ready To Ship
TechCrunch - Airbrite, a Y Combinator-backed e-commerce startup, is debuting its first product today called Celery (its name a play on the world “sell”). Celery is designed to be a “pre-commerce” store builder – or, in other words, it allows anyone to start selling ahead of having a product to ship.
That means sellers can start taking credit cards now, then charge when their product is ready to launch. And in case you couldn’t figure it out by that description, Airbrite is hoping the product will be a hit with those raising funds using crowdfunding. Read more »
Square Lets You Send Cash Via Email
Mashable - A few days after Google announced the ability to send money via email, mobile payments purveyor Square has done the same.
Square Cash, which the company introduced in invite-only mode on Monday, lets consumers send money to friends by cc-ing “firstname.lastname@example.org” and including the dollar amount in the email’s subject line. Read more »
Google Is Prepping A Sneak Attack On Microsoft Office
ReadWrite - Google’s alternative to Microsoft Office, Google Apps, has always suffered from the fact that it offers a sort of “good enough” compatibility — fine for most basic document and spreadsheet tasks, but not enough to match certain Office features.
Now Google is preparing to use technology from a recent acquisition, QuickOffice, to close that gap. Read more »
Jolla Unveils its First Sailfish OS Smartphone, Launching in Europe Before End of 2013
The Next Web - Jolla, the Finnish-based company set to launch its new Sailfish mobile operating system later this year, has unveiled its first device ahead of a dedicated press event later today.
The smartphone has a 4.5-inch “Estrade” display, as well as 16GB of internal storage and a microSD slot. There’s an unspecified dual-core processor to handle daily tasks and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. Read more »
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OUYA Closes $15 Million In Funding Led By Kleiner Perkins, Boasts 12,000 Game Developer Sign-Ups
TechCrunch - Today, gaming console and software company OUYA announced that they have closed a $15 million round led by Kleiner Perkins, and with participation from the Mayfield Fund, NVIDIA, Shasta Ventures and Ocean Partners.
OUYA is a company that launched back in 2012 on Kickstarter under the guiding hands of Julie Uhrman, a video game industry veteran who believes that gaming should be affordable and enjoyable for everyone. She and the team developed a $99 Android gaming console, which hooks into the TV and comes with automatic access to free-to-try games. Read more »
Viber Hits 200m Users, Rivals Skype With Video Calling in New Mac and Windows Desktop Apps
The Next Web - When Viber first launched its free voice calling app for iPhone back in December 2010, I called it a rival to Skype’s iOS app.
Today, we can really start referring to Viber as an overall, head-to-head Skype challenger as it launches desktop applications for both Windows and Mac OS X that feature support for video calls (in beta). Read more »