Wondered what that little update was that you received right before the weekend? It was Microsoft's little way of saying, "We still have the Kinect and it still does awesome things!" The update was released on the 14th which gave our beloved Netflix Kinect compatibility. Now with just the wave of your hand or the sound of your voice, you can make Netflix do jumps and flips and stuff, or, at least play your favorite movie or TV show.
From Major Nelson,
You'll be able to select movies and TV shows recommended for you by Netflix, as well as play, pause, fast forward and rewind using gesture or voice. Kinect support for Netflix on Xbox LIVE will also feature an exclusive new recommendation channel that is controller-free and uses a smart engine to suggest movies or TV shows based on your viewing habits and instant queue.
Very cool stuff and I can already say I've tried it out and it works like a champ! The ability to eliminate my remote and my controller (which turns off after 15 minutes of inactivity) was great as I was able to play and pause a movie with just my voice.
More proof that not only Netflix, but Xbox as well, are both seeing success. So much, in fact, that Microsoft is bragging big about how well they're doing. We have the NPD numbers after the break.
We've been following the Geohot/Sony lawsuit for quite some time now. Last time we checked in with the story, Sony was awarded the rights to The Hotz' sensitive data on his hard drives. We thought that Sony would throw down on Geohot after finding a whole bunch of illegal things on his drives and after they found him buying and selling various hacking tools and kits.
We have the result after the break.
If you've been following us for a while, you know I am a big proponent of the Spotify music service, who's been based in Europe for a while now but has been trying to make its way over to the States. Recently, I talked about how they were inching closer and closer but were just waiting on Warner Bros. to really get things going. Well, we also knew that they had an awesome free service with 20 hours of listening and very limited ads. Unfortunately, just as we see Spotify docking into a US port, they have cut some of the awesomeness out of their free service. 20 hours have gone down to 10 per month and free users can only play a track five times. No reason from Spotify as to why, but we feel it's because of the major record labels making sure Spotify boosts their paid subscription rate.
There's a couple of key points to note here. First, the change will happen at different times for different users, dependent on when they signed up. Brand new users signing up now (and those who signed up after November 1st of last year) will get 100% unlimited service for 6 months, then limited to the 10 hour/5 plays a track deal. Anyone who signed up November 1st or earlier will have the switch happen on May 1st.
More on the details and what this means after the break.
Leave it to my wonderful hometown of Paterson, NJ to let Facebook get a little out of hand. The school district has suspended a teacher of first-grade students when they learned from parent complaints that the kids' teacher was posting "derogatory" status updates about her students on Facebook. She wrote that she felt "like a warden" and labelled her young students as future criminals. Now, coming from someone who has lived there, I can understand what she was saying, and that she wasn't too far from the truth, but that's aside from the point.
The first-grade teacher was suspended from her classroom when parents from Paterson School 21 came to the school board after reading the posts on Facebook and demanded that their children have a different teacher.
How did the school district respond? Click the break to read more.
posted Saturday Apr 16, 2011 by Jon Wurm
If you haven't managed to get your hands on the dangerously limited supply of Xperia Neo phones then I've got some more bad news for you. The phone that all Sony fanboys are salivating over will need to wait longer than intended to have their drool wiped off its pristine screen. The recent tsunami has made waves at Sony's factories in the land of the rising sun. This means that if the metaphorical sun in your life was the Xperia Arc, Xperia Play or Xperia Neo phones then QQ. The Xperia Neo was hit the hardest with its major released pushed back from end Q1 or early Q2 next year to Q3 at the earliest.
Xperia Neo has already been introduced to the marketplace in limited quantities. However, due to supply chain disruptions resulting from the situation in Japan, we have shifted the timing of Xperia neo's broader launch and it is now planned for early third quarter.
Sony also expects this to adversely affect sales on all product lines but lets face it, they are already used to losing hundreds of millions on the PS3 so this shouldn't be a big deal. Besides they have bigger things to worry about, like suing GeoHot for jailbreaking the PS3. Why not sue the tsunami while they're at it?
This raises another interesting question. Who or what did more damage to Sony, GeoHot or the tsunami? Give us your answers in the comment section below and hit the break to see the Xperia Neo in action.
Flip Video, the company that made it easy for kids and morons to film and publish YouTube videos of people falling down, will soon be no more. As part of Cisco's consumer-focus initiative a few years back, they purchased the then-popular video camera maker to have another major consumer-facing brand, in addition to its popular Linksys home networking products. They have proven over the past 3 years that they do not quite understand consumer products and they now know that.
As part of a corporate revamp, the customer-facing brands will be phased out or re-evaluated. No evaluation is needed for Flip, apparently, as Cisco has already decided to end the brand. With the popularity of smartphones rising for average consumers, added to the fact that smartphone cameras are now about as powerful as the Flip, it is no surprise that the division saw a marked decline. In an industry it once led, it saw itself fall from the top spot to the likes of Sony and their Bloggie, which is essentially the same product.
Is this a loss for the market or is this for the best? Hit the break to find out my opinion.