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Xbox One will not be available without Kinect

One of the rumors that have been flying about the Xbox One is that they might be making a Xbox One version without the Kinect (one would assume that would make the console cheaper). This week Microsoft's vice-president Phil Harrison announced that this is not the case and that the Xbox One and Kinect go together like peanut butter and jelly. With the way Microsoft has flip-flopped on pretty much everything Xbox One related who knows if this too will change, but for now there will be no "cheaper" Xbox One. Gizmodo has the story.

Microsoft has had an indecisive month or two recently, contemplating a series of U-turns in its attempts to compete with the forthcoming PlayStation 4. But now, it seems to have settled on a final decision about one of the most controversial flip-flops: every Xbox One WILL come with a Kinect.

Samsung Smartwatch Coming Late September

If you're excited about Smartwatches, the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch is coming in late September in five different colors.  Some of the colors look a lot bolder than I'd expect from Samsung, but they want people to know that they are entering the market with boldness and want to dominate this new area - as they often dominate areas they enter.

Smartwatches and wearable devices are the next big thing in consumer technology. Pebble and Sony already have solid smartwatch offerings. There are a slew of others as well. Samsung is looking to jump in to the game with the Galaxy Gear watch that is expected to be announced on September 4th.

Source: AndroidHeadlines

Kickstarter Bans Genetically Engineered Rewards

In a bold move and policy-change, Kickstarter announced today that it would no longer be allowing genetically altered products as rewards for backing projects.  Of course you can still back a genetic modification project, but you can't receive the product you are backing as a reward.  The big hoopla came about after a company was genetically altering plants so that they'd glow.  I'd back that just to get a glowing plant - and so did a lot of other people.  Now it's not allowed to give these out as rewards.

The new rule came into effect after the successful funding of Glowing Plants, a project to modify Arabidopsis and rose plants with firefly and luminescent bacteria DNA so they would glow in the dark, providing a natural light source. The project, created by trained biologists, offered the seeds of the plant, if successfully created, for $40. The project raked in $484,013 -- from a goal of $65,000 -- from 8,433 backers.

Source: CNET

In Soviet Russia, Microsoft Investigates You

Sometimes rumors get out of hand.  Case in point: Microsoft was rumored to be paying off officials in Russia and Pakistan in order to win contracts to supply them with products and services.  I'm not sure at this point how true they are, but when Microsoft themselves are trying to nail down these rumors and are helping find out if they are true or not, I'm guessing they are false.  Or they will have to pay off a lot more people.  The lesson we can learn here is that you don't want to start rumors about stuff that Microsoft is or isn't doing... or they will not only put the rumors to rest...

“Like other large companies with operations around the world, we sometimes receive allegations about potential misconduct by employees or business partners, and we investigate them fully, regardless of the source,” Frank wrote, explaining that the company has a 50 person-strong internal investigation team and 120 legal compliance officers.

Source: TheNextWeb

Portable NES 3D Printed and Working

There is a lot of fun stuff you can do with a 3D printer.  One of the latest projects that we've seen is the portable NES system that was built to resemble a Game Boy.  This device is hand-held and uses a 4.3" screen from a camera for the display.  Overall, it's pretty well done and I'd love to play on it for sure.  Duck Hunt would be tricky though...

For NESPo's screen, he used a 4.3-inch colour TFT camera screen that plugged into the RES, and to power it, he picked up a 1500mAh NiMH rechargeable battery that gives the device around two hours of gameplay. For a speaker, he used a LM386-based amp module. Once that was all put together and tested, the next step was creating the case.

Source: CNET Australia

Nokia's Working on a 6-inch Windows 8 Phone

There have been rumors and rumblings about a 6-inch Nokia device coming.  More details have emerged and it's a Windows Phone 8 device that will be able to make phone calls.  With devices like the Acer Iconia Tablet running Windows 8, a smaller bezel and a few extra features shouldn't be hard to cram into a device.  I'm actually a bit excited about this - although it will take a lot of convincing for me to turn my back on Android.

The smartphone, which the article claims has the code name Bandit, will have a quad-core Qualcomn Snapdragon processor and a 20 megapixel rear camera, which will cause the back of the phone's case to have a slight hump. The report also claims that it will have a polycarbonate body and will be both thin and light, although specific dimensions and weights were not mentioned.

Source: TheVerge

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Microsoft Killing Games for Windows Live

In a move that is a bit of a surprise, Microsoft has announced that they are pulling the pin on Games For Windows Live.  This brand has been struggling for sure, and it seems that Microsoft is no longer interested in competing with Steam, Origin and other game distribution companies.  The market is getting the door shut on August 22, 2013 and the entire service will be killed on July 1, 2014.  You can still enjoy it for almost a year before you have to log in to another network.

Games for Windows Live will be discontinued on July 1, 2014. Although it is available through Steam, Age of Empires Online requires features of the Games for Windows Live service. You can continue to enjoy all the features of Age of Empires Online as the service will remain 100% operational until July 1, 2014 when the server will shut down.

Source: Neowin

Samsung 'Mega' Phone Nearly Tablet-Sized

Sasmung is pushing the limits of device size and usability and have been since the Galaxy Note.  Their latest phone / tablet is hte Samsung Mega and it's coming soon.  The screen on this beast is 6.3 inches corner-to-corner and that is only a mere 0.7-inches smaller than a Nexus 7 Tablet - as far as screen size goes.  Of course the bezel on this device is much smaller making it a lot more convenient, but still - it's a beast.

With a screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally, the Galaxy Mega is almost as big as a 7-inch tablet computer. The difference: It makes phone calls.  Samsung says the Mega is a hybrid that combines the portability of a smartphone with the immersive experience that a tablet offers for movies, books, music and games. Phones of this size are typically referred to as phablets.

Source: Caller

NVIDIA Shield Must-Have Mobile Gaming Device?

After a lot of mocking here at BCCHQ South regarind the NVIDIA Shield, TechCruch has come to a different conclusion.  They claim that this is a must-have device if you're into mobile gaming and they share a few reasons why.  It has a 5" 1280x720p display, 16GB of memory, Mini-HDMI out and battery life of 5-10 hours.  Overall, it seems pretty decent, but it's a wee bit bulky to pack everywhere in my opinion.  Still the battery life is decent and will outlast any mobile phone when it comes to gaming.

I wasn’t sure what to make of it when it was announced: Was it a reference device for potential Tegra partners? Simply a showcase for what its mobile graphics processors can offer devs and device-makers? Or a true competitor to the 3DS and PS Vita, a genuine consumer product with true mass-market appeal?

Source: TechCrunch

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