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  • Microsoft Won "PS3 vs X360" War, Next-Gen Xbox rivals are Apple, Google and Samsung says Molyneux

    Microsoft has won "This Generation Concole War" against Sony and Nintendo and with next-generation of consoles on the horizon, Microsoft will be competing with Apple, Google and Samsung and not with Sony and Nintendo, according to former MS exec and Lionhead boss Peter Molyneux.

    Next-Gen XboxIn a recent interview to BBC (via OXM), Peter Moyneus said, "2013 is proving to be the year of the console hardware refresh,

    "Although it's exciting, it's not nearly as exciting as when the Xbox 360 exploded onto the gaming scene just over seven years ago.

    "Back then, the 360 represented a huge leap forward in gaming, with a tangible increase in performance and fantastic multiplayer support. Gamers and game-makers were justifiably super-excited.

    "Now it is that time again, but the world has changed. Tablet, mobile PC and smartphone makers are refreshing their hardware on what feels like almost a weekly basis. And on the horizon looms Valve with its PC-based Steam Box. Thereby hangs the problem for Microsoft: how to justify its new console, how to get us all excited.

    "Its competition is no longer Sony and Nintendo, but rather Apple, Google and Samsung. Rightfully, Microsoft can claim it won the last console generation. However, it has always targeted the living room as the big prize. That's why it packed the 360 with an array of "living room" features to try to persuade us that the machine could be a mix of set-top box, internet music streamer and Facebook browser."

    Molyneux further added that he wants next-gen Xbox console to just focus on videogame. When I used to work at Microsoft the key phrase that I used to hear bandied around was the next Xbox should be "input one" on people's living room screen. Nowadays I'm an independent designer and I just want the next Xbox to be a great gaming machine.

    "It should have great connectivity, so I can play spectacular games with my friends and be sold at a reasonable price, perhaps around $300 (£200). That should be Microsoft's goal rather than persisting in trying to make it a box for everyone."

    Do you agree with Molyneux, Microsoft won this generation console war against Sony? and with next-gen Xbox console they will be competing with Google, Apple and Samsung?.

    Let us know your views in the comment section below.

    Source: OXM

  • Apple and Valve making "Kinect like video game console"?

    According to report from CultofMac, recent visit of Apple CEO Tim Cook to Valve was not just for a cup of tea as many fans are speculating. A source close to site reports that both parties CEOs meet up to discuss the possiblity of Apple-branded "Kinect like video game console".

    Valve AppleThe other important reason given by the source behind Apple meeting with Valve was Steam. It has an active 30 million subscriber base, and also a perfect ready-made platform to launch games.

    Would you like to see an Apple Branded "Kinect like video game console"?, let us know in the comment section below.

    Source: CultofMac

  • Geohot to jailbreak Apple's iPad 2 soon

    The famous hacker "Geohot" is back to jailbreaking scene and this time by focusing on Apple's latest product iPad 2. A famous jailbreak developer named as "p0sixninja" has challenged Geohot to dump iPad 2 bootrom before him, and guess what Goehot has accepted it.

    Geohot

    p0sixninja said, "I challenged geohot to dump the iPad2 bootrom before me. Maybe having a worthy opponent will motivate me to work harder =P",

    p0sixninja then informed everyone that Gehot accepted the challenge with the following statement:

    … he accepted, he said he didn’t have an iPad yet but he’s getting one really soon – @p0sixninja

  • Apple reveals iPad 2 price for Europe

    Apple has just a while ago announced the price of iPad 2 ahead of its Friday launch in Europe.

    According to the details revealed by Apple, the 16GB Wifi-only SKU will cost consumer $499, 32GB model for $599 and 64GB model for $699.

    iPad 2

    Wi-fi and 3G model will carry a price tag og $629 for 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model.

    iPad is slated to launch this Friday in Europe at 5.00pm local time.

    Apple also confirmed that iPad will release in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore next month. Check out the official specification for iPad 2 here.

  • iPad 2 official specification revealed

    Apple has revealed complete specification for their upcoming second generation iPad i.e iPad 2. You can check out the complete list below, one main thing missing from the list is iPad 2's 1080p HDMI output capabilities, rest everthing is there perfectly placed including thinner dimension and A chip.

    iPad 2

    Check out the list below:

    Models

    • Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G

    Size and Weight

    • Height: 241.2 mm (9.50 inches)
    • Width: 185.7 mm (7.31 inches)
    • Depth: 8.8 mm (0.34 inches)
    • Weight: 601 g (1.33 pounds) (Wi-Fi + 36 -Weight: 613 g (1.35 pounds))

    Storage

    • 16GB
    • 32GB
    • 64GB

    Wireless and 3G

    • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
    • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
    • Wi-Fi + 3G model: UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz). Data only.

    Display

    • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
    • 1024x768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
    • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
    • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

    Chip

    • 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip

    Cameras, Photos and Video Recording

    • Back camera: Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still camera with 5x digital zoom
    • Front camera: Video recording, VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio; VGA-quality still camera
    • Tap to control exposure for video or stills
    • Photo and video geotagging over Wi-Fi

    Power and Battery

    Wi-Fi

    • Built-in 25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
    • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music
    • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

    Wi-Fi and 3G

    • Built-in 25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
    • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music
    • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using 3G data network
    • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

    Input/Output

    • 30-pin dock connector port
    • 3.5-mm stereo headphone mini-jack
    • Built-in speaker
    • Micro-SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
    • Microphone

    Sensors

    • Three-axis gyro
    • Accelerometer
    • Ambient light sensor

    Location

    WiFi

    • Wi-Fi
    • Digital compass

    Wi-Fi + 3G

    • Wi-Fi
    • Digital compass
    • Assisted GPS
    • 3G

    Audio Playback

    • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
    • Audio formats supported: HE-AAC (V1 and V2), AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV
    • User-configurable maximum volume limit
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through with Apple Digital AV Adapter (sold separately)

    TV and Video

    • Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p with Apple Digital AV Adapter or Apple VGA Adapter (cables sold separately)
    • Video out support at 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable
    • Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640x480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280x720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

    Mail Attachment Support

    • Viewable document types: .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)


    Languages

    • Language support for English (US), English (UK), French (France), German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Polish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Arabic, Thai, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Malay, Romanian, Slovak, Croatian, Catalan and Vietnamese
    • Keyboard support for English (US), English (UK), French (France), French (Canada), French (Switzerland), German, Traditional Chinese (Handwriting, Pinyin, Zhuyin, Cangjie, Wubihua), Simplified Chinese (Handwriting, Pinyin, Wubihua), Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Korean, Japanese (Romaji, Ten Key), Japanese (Kana), Russian, Polish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Estonian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Lithuanian, Latvian, Flemish, Arabic, Thai, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Malay, Romanian, Slovak, Croatian, Bulgarian, Serbian (Cyrillic/Latin), Catalan, Vietnamese, Tibetan, Macedonian and Cherokee
    • Dictionary support (enables predictive text and autocorrect) for English (US), English (UK), French, German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Korean, Japanese (Romaji), Japanese (Kana), Russian, Polish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Flemish, Arabic, Thai, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Malaysian, Romanian, Slovak, Croatian, Catalan, Vietnamese and Cherokee

    Accessibility

    • Support for playback of closed-captioned content
    • VoiceOver screen reader
    • Full-screen zoom magnification
    • White on black display
    • Mono audio

    Environmental Requirements

    • Operating temperature: 0 to 35 C (32 to 95 F)
    • Non-operating temperature: -20 to 45 C (-4 to 113 F)
    • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing
    • Maximum operating altitude: 3,000 m (10,000 feet)

    Mac System Requirements

    • Mac computer with USB 2.0 port
    • Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later
    • iTunes 10.2 or later recommended
    • (free download from www.itunes.com/uk/download)
    • iTunes Store account
    • Internet access

    Windows System Requirements

    • PC with USB 2.0 port
    • Windows 7; Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
    • iTunes 10.2 or later recommended
    • (free download from www.itunes.com/uk/download)
    • iTunes Store account
    • Internet access

    In the Box

    • iPad
    • Dock Connector to USB Cable
    • 10W USB Power Adapter
    • Documentation

    Environmental Status Report

    • iPad embodies Apple's continuing environmental progress. It is designed with the following features to reduce environmental impact:
    • Arsenic-free display glass
    • BFR-free
    • Mercury-free LED-backlit display
    • PVC-free
    • Recyclable aluminium and glass enclosure

    iPad 2 is officially confirmed to launched in United Kingdom as same date of 3DS, more detail here.