If customers were thinking of upgrading their Windows 7 PC to Windows 8, now is the time. When Windows 8 was initially released, Microsoft offered a special $39.99 price for Windows 8 Pro upgrades. Microsoft also threw in the Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free. Come February 1, Windows 8 pricing will increase substantially.
Audio products company NYNE began as the brainchild of an engineering maven and a CE industry veteran two years ago. “He’s CE, I’m Silicon Valley, and we brought those skills together,” says NYNE president Arman Arami of his business partner, CEO Sam Rabbani. That partnership has served NYNE well in the development of its current product lines, he says.
Media Center and DVD playback have been included for free in the last few versions of Windows, to the great delight of HTPC enthusiasts everywhere. That’s about to change, because starting with Windows 8, you’re going to need to pay for it.
For years, Microsoft’s CES presence has leaned heavily on its Windows Media Center module designed to be used with TVs and projectors (the “ten-foot experience,” they call it), but at this year’s show, rumor has it that they may be taking that experience to a newer, more integrated platform. Kinect enabled televisions may be the big hook, according to The Daily.
A pre-release T-Mobile Germany promo banner for Nokia's Windows Phone hardware uncovered Friday could point to Nokia having a special turn-by-turn GPS app. Called Nokia Drive, it would be an adaptation of Nokia Maps with 3D buildings and voice-command navigation, WinRumors saw. Windows Phone 7.5 has better GPS mapping than before, but 3D and direct voice navigation aren't part of Microsoft's official feature set. Microsoft has made clear that Nokia will have special permissions to modify Windows Phone beyond what another company like HTC or Samsung might.
Microsoft is exploring options to bring full-on cable service to Xbox Live and presumably Windows Media Center. Encouraged by the positive reaction to ESPN’s channel on Live, Microsoft is exploring a variety of options to add more elaborate television offerings to their lineup. On the table is everything from becoming a full-on Internet cable operator to introducing more segmented experiences
The Internet is coming for your TV Like the film business or the fashion industry, the consumer electronics industry likes its themes. For most of the last decade, the major theme has been High Definition. For most of the next, it might well be 3D. However, like Dr Kermode, we have our doubts about 3D and to focus on it would be to ignore a far more significant trend. With the rise of 3G networks, Internet connections are more and more prevalent and widely used