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In The News 5-24-2013

Xbox One Wants To Take Over Your Living Room


Microsoft has an important goal with the new Xbox One, they want to take over your living room and merge your TV viewing, Internet and gaming into one system that they promise will be simple, instant and complete. Microsoft’s Don Mattrick said that just by saying “Xbox on” you can turn on a system that instantly recognizes you and remembers what you were doing last.

The Xbox One features an HDMI in and out so it will work with your cable or satellite box and allow you to pull up TV listing with voice or gesture controls and instantly go to the programs. It features 8GB of RAM, USB 3, WiFi direct and a Blu-ray drive.

The new system will allow group Skype video calls and other social interaction such as pulling up your fantasy football league stats on screen while watching a game and Skyping with your friends. Xbox One shares Windows 8 ability to “snap” or run multiple apps at once, and Microsoft promises switching back and forth will be as quick changing a TV channel.

No release date was given for the new system, only that it would be available later this year.

Yahoo! Buys Tumblr, Promises Not To Screw It Up

Yahoo will pay $1.1 billion to acquire blogging site Tumblr.  In a press release, Yahoo points out that Tumblr sees 300 million monthly unique visitors, has 120,000 new signups every day and sees 900 posts per second. The company expects Tumblr to grow Yahoo’s audience  by 50 percent to more than a billion montly visitors.

“Tumblr is redefining creative expression online,” said Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer. “On many levels, Tumblr and Yahoo! couldn’t be more different, but, at the same time, they couldn’t be more complementary.”

Tumblr’s CEO assured Tumblr users, “Our team isn’t changing. Our roadmap isn’t changing. And our mission — to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve — certainly isn’t changing.”

Yahoo actually “promised not to screw it up” in the press release, saying “Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business.”

  ~ Cynthia