There are changes to Microsoft’s Xbox One before its even released!

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While Sony’s PlayStation 4  took the lead over Microsoft’s Xbox One in technical specifications and high performance elements when the two consoles were first announced, you can expect to see some changes before November.

At Gamescon, in Cologne, Germany, Product Chief Marc Whitten brought up the Xbox One.  During Gamescon, Whitten announced that Microsoft has made some improvements  to the Xbox One gaming console, including a six percent increase to the graphic processing unit’s speed form 800 Megahertz to 853 Megahertz.

When first announced, the earliest of the two consoles put Sony’s PlayStation 4 far in the lead in a number of aspects.  For instance, The PlayStation 4 will have around triple the memory bandwidth of Microsoft’s Xbox One.  In a nut shell, the PlayStation 4 will be able to communicate with all of its components a lot faster than Microsoft’s Xbox One will, at least where it stands now.  Another current advantage that Sony has is its 8 Gigabytes of 5500-Megahertz GDDR5 RAM, compared to Xbox One’s 8 Gigabytes of DDR3 RAM that is clocking around 2133 Megahertz.  The faster speeds of the PlayStation 4 will help games perform and load faster with less lag.  The PlayStation 4 also has a higher-performing graphics processor.

Even though Microsoft has increased the graphic processor of the Xbox One, it really may not be able to catch to Sony’s PlayStation 4 Specifications.  Microsoft, however, is sending a different kind of message.  Microsoft could continue to make changes to the Xbox One to make it more powerful in the months before the November release of both consoles.

What Microsoft does have a few things that can help it out.  The consoles success does not rely on its power alone.  Another key factor is the line up of games it will offer.  If the Xbox One can have better exclusive games than the PlayStation 4, then they may just have a superior console on its hands.  Even if Microsoft got an earlier release date on the bigger name multi-console games, this would put Xbox One at a greater advantage.  Another thing that Whitten said was that Microsoft has been working on making developing a lot simpler for the Xbox One.  This could pull some developers from Sony’s PlayStation 4.

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Microsoft to Release their restructuring plan as early as Thursday!

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According to AllThingsD, Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Chief Executive, is expected to announce a major and long awaited restructuring at Microsoft as early as Thursday.

It is likely that Ballmer will realign the company around devices and services (software) in both the business and consumer sectors.  After writing the note stating, “this is really a new era for our company.”, Ballmer might have already laid the groundwork for this transition.

These major changes are expected to put the President of Skype, Tony Bates, in charge of relationships with software developers, according to a Bloomberg report last week.  Windows head, Julie Larson-Green, is expected to manage the hardware engineering for all of the devices through out the entire company.  This position was considered to former Microsoft gaming chief, Don Mattrick, before  he left the company last week to take over Zynga.

The Windows OS engineering is said to be given to Windows Phone software head Terry Myerson.  Satya Nadella, the current head of the server side of the business, will control a division centralized in cloud computing and other enterprise products.  According to Bloomberg’s sources, Qi Lu, who currently runs the online group, would now manage an engineering unit in charge of Bing as well as Office and Skype.

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Microsoft’s Xbox One Vs. Sony’s PlayStation 4! A side by side comparison!

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Even though we still have 5 months to wait until the release of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, the cyber world is buzzing over the next generation of gaming.

Microsoft has been putting together a larger and more impressive bunker of exclusive games, while Sony has been pulling back the restrictions on the PlayStation 4 Games and is also offering a $100 lower price.

With the releases of these next generation gaming consoles, excitement and brutality is almost guaranteed.

Hardware

For the most part, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 are very similar when it pertains to hardware, with just a few key differences.

The biggest difference in hardware between these two gaming titans, according to an analysis by Digital Foundry, is the type of RAM they use.  The PlayStation 4 will use 8GB GDDR5 RAM, while the Xbox One will be using 8GB of DDR3 RAM.  The Ram that will be used in the PlayStation 4 is the same type of RAM used by the majority of PC video cards and is optimized for graphics throughput.

Richard Leadbetter, from Digital Foundry, estimates the the PlayStation 4’s GPU could have almost 50% more raw Graphical computational power than than the one in the Xbox One.  This could translate to more visually appealing games on the PlayStation 4.

Here is a chart of each of the systems hardware, please click to enlarge..

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Exclusives

Both Microsoft’s and Sony’s self-published title will obviously be exclusive to their own consoles.  So you shouldn’t expect Halo, Gears of War, or Fable on the PlayStation 4, nor should you expect Uncharted, Killzone, or Ratchet and Clank games on the Xbox One.

At E3 this year, Microsoft displayed many first party titles.  Key games would include Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome, Killer Instinct, Quantum Break, Project Spark, Titanfall, and Forza 5.  Microsoft has also promised that all DLC (add-on downloadable content) for Activision’s Call of Duty: Ghosts would debut first on the Xbox One.

The big names from Sony to be exclusive on the PlayStation 4 include Killzone: Shadow Fall, Infamous: Second Son, Knack, The Order, The Dark Sorcerer, and 10 new indie titles.

Reports are saying that when it comes to custom content games, the Xbox One is the way to go.  The games just seem to be more exciting from Microsoft then they do from Sony.

Controllers

The handheld controllers on both Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 are descendants form their predecessors.  Both come with a new look and feel; however, the layout on both are basically the same.

The Sony DualShock 4 does feature a clickable touch pad on the front.  This feature will give developers an additional option when designing games, although we have yet to see this feature in action.

The DualShock 4 also includes a “light bar” in the front that enables motion control. With the PlayStation 4’s Eye Camera to track the position and identify where the controller is actually located  and, if necessary, adjust the split screen orientation during multiplayer gaming. The Xbox One will accomplish this task by using the Kinect.  The Dual Shock 4 will also feature a share button for social interaction, a built in speaker, and a headphone jack.

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Ever wonder about your pets while you are gone? Then the Petcube may be the answer for you!

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Have you ever been away from home and worried about your pet?  Wondering if they are doing all right at home?  If you’re like me, maybe you are wondering if your furry children are behaving while you have left for the day?  Well, we may have found the gadget for you!  The Petcube is a little device that not only lets you check in on pets, but you can also speak and play with them through it as well.

Its actually a pretty simple device.  Basically, its a webcam that you can access over Wi-Fi and control through a Web Browser.  After that, all you have to do is tap into Petcube’s live video and sound, point the camera where you want it to be, and then talk to your animal.  Such technologies already exist, this one just happens to also have a laser.

That’s right, the Petcube has Lasers.  No need to worry, it’s a simply low powered laser that has been approved by vet to make sure it wont hurt your beloved animal, even if it shines in the animal’s eye.  Anybody who has ever played with their pet and a laser pointer knows this will never happen.

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Microsoft reveals the new Xbox One! Which console will out preform the other, the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One!

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Yesterday, Microsoft revealed its long awaited Xbox One console.  This will be Microsoft’s third generation console.

The Xbox One mixes an advanced technical architecture with an all new design in attempts to give users a personalized experience that will respond instantly to gesture and voice commands.

The new, black, and sleek Xbox One console features a revamped Xbox logo, 5 billion transistors, 8 GB of RAM, USB 3.0, Wi-Fi direct, a Blu-Ray drive and a 64- bit architecture.  It also features a 1080P HD RGB camera and a brand new redesigned gaming controller.

The Xbox One will not be backwards compatible; however, Microsoft did say they will continue to support the Xbox 360.  Even though we haven’t heard anything yet as far as pricing goes, we do know the Xbox One will be released later this year.

Xbox One will also sync its operating system to the Windows kernel in just such a way to enable multitasking.  At its core, the Xbox One is meant to give the consumer a new level of personalized control over their entire  home entertainment experience, including games, TV, movies and music.

The Xbox One will also feature built in voice recognition system.  Just by telling your Xbox One “Xbox One”, Your Xbox will power on without the need to log in or wait for software updates.

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As far as which console will out shine the other, we can’t predict the future; however, I don’t believe neither Xbox nor PlayStation is going anywhere anytime in the near future.

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An American Customer Satisfaction report has been released! We have the ratings for Apple, Samsung, BlackBerry, Motorola and more!

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According to a new report, Apple customers are not as happy with their handsets as they were last year.  This is not to say that they are unhappy with Apple, just a little less satisfied then they were last year with their phones.

According to today’s report on American Customer Satisfaction, Apple has received a score of 81 out of 100 when it cam to customer satisfaction.  However, the company has dropped from its overall rating of 83 in 2012.  It seems that the iPhone rating is bringing down the Apple’s overall rating of 86 for their tablet, desktop, and laptop business.

Released in the same report, customer satisfaction with Motorola phones has increased 5 percent from last year to 77, Nokia had an increase of 1 percent to 76, and Samsung has posted the the largest gain since last year of 7 percent to 76.

The ACSI report said, “The improvement [for Samsung] is the largest yet for any cellphone manufacturer,” and,”Nevertheless, Samsung still remains behind industry leader Apple.”

HTC and LG both also saw a decline on the report, while BlackBerry had the same rating as last year at 69.

These handset’s results really shouldn’t be a shock to any of us.  Samsung’s latest devices, the Galaxy S4 included, have made the brand more popular with users; however, Apple’s latest smartphone, the iPhone 5, wasn’t viewed as a major leap over it’s prior generations.

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Google talks about their issues with fragmentation on Android powered devices!

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The engineers of the Google Android team claim to be working diligently to make sure that Android updates are given to new devices in a timely fashion.

During the Google I/O developer conference, 11 members of the Android development team answered the questions of the audience of developers.  The team did acknowledge the fragmentation issue with Android’s; however, they said the plan is to continue at a rapid pace of innovation.

Engineering director for the Android platform, Dave Burke, had this to say, “This is something we think about a lot.” “And we’re working internally to streamline the development process and make the software more layered.”

As Google rapidly released software updates, Fragmentation has been a major issue for Android powered devices since its inception.  Device makers and operators have not been able to keep up.  What this means to the consumer is, some devices don’t get updates for months while others do not get the new software at all.

Literally, there are millions of devices still running Android 2.2 Froyo and 2.3 Gingerbread.  Google originally released these two versions in May and December of 2010.  Google has extremely altered the Android programming interfaces since then.

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