Microsoft’s newly unveiled Xbox One
has gamers excited despite some huge question marks
, but Microsoft
thinks its current-generation Xbox 360
still has legs. Speaking with Official Xbox Magazine
, Microsoft’s senior vice president of Interactive Entertainment Business Yusuf Mehdi said that the company is looking to sell 25 million more Xbox 360 consoled over the next five years. The Xbox 360 recently registered its 28th consecutive month as top-selling console
, but sales of the 8-year-old console have slowed significantly in recent quarters. Inevitable price cuts may help Microsoft on its mission, but the company also has a few tricks up its sleeve that will be announced during the annual E3 video game conference next month.
A new report suggests that Nokia
is preparing to launch its 41-megapixel Lumia smartphone, codenamed EOS
, this coming summer. According to MobileGeeks
, the handset will launch during the second week of July, on or around July 9th. The most recent rumors claim the Lumia EOS would be similar to the Lumia 920
, with a polycarbonate case and a 4.5-inch 720p display. The biggest differentiator will reportedly be the smartphone’s 41-megapixel rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and Nokia’s new “Pro Camera” application. Earlier reports suggested the Lumia EOS would arrive on AT&T in the United States sometime this summer
Earlier this week, BlackBerry announced the arrival of BlackBerry Messenger for Android and iOS
. A new report suggests that the messaging service will have some limitations, however. According to TrustedReviews
, BBM will not be available for the iPad
or for Android
tablets at launch. Vivek Bhardwaj, head of the BlackBerry software portfolio, reportedly told the website that BBM will be limited to iPhones
running iOS 6 or higher and Android smartphones.
It has been widely reported that Apple
will debut a new streaming radio service
at its Worldwide Developers Conference next month. The company was said to be close to striking a deal
with Warner Music and Sony Music to launch its iRadio service, however recent reports suggest negotiations may have hit a roadblock
that could prevent Apple from debuting the service at next month’s event.
Verizon Wireless on Monday confirmed that it will launch Samsung’s Galaxy S4
on May 23rd, one week earlier than the release date originally announced by the carrier. Verizon
confirmed the new launch date on its press site in an update to its earlier announcement, and said the Galaxy S4 will be available both online and in retail stores beginning next week. The Galaxy S4 features a 5-inch Super AMOLED HD display, a quad-core processor, a 13-megapixel camera and Android Jelly Bean. BGR reviewed the Galaxy S4
last month and said it was one of the best smartphones ever made, though we also pointed out a troubling trend in a subsequent article
Google hasn’t even officially launched Babel, but word on the street has it that the aforesaid term was being used internally to reference a new, unified chat platform. Now, TechRadar is reporting that Babel will simply become a part of Google Hangouts — almost certainly as a means to continue the art of subtly shoving Google+ onto every user it can. Moreover, the newly expanded Hangouts could launch as early as next week during Google I/O, and we’ll be there to bring you the goods if indeed it does.
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Google on Thursday announced the launch of a pilot program that will allow a select group of YouTube
partners to charge users a subscription fee to access their content
. Companies like Sesame Street will be offering full episodes on their paid channels, while UFC plans to give users access to classic fights. Premium content can be accessed for free with a 14-day trial, after which a subscription will be required. Google
noted that fees will begin at $ 0.99 per month, though many providers will offer discounted yearly rates. After subscribing to a channel, users can access it from a computer, phone, tablet or a smart TV. Paid channels will be available today for select partners and will be available as a self-service feature for “qualifying partners” in the coming weeks.
Apple’s upcoming low-cost iPhone
will reportedly launch later this year alongside the new iPhone 5S
, and it may be in short supply when it does. According to unnamed supply chain sources speaking with Digitmes
is prepping a new plastic iPhone model that will target emerging markets. The handset will seemingly feature a 4-inch display and an Apple A6 processor, and it will be manufactured by Foxconn and Pegatron.
Apple’s iOS 7
operating system update is expected to be shown off for the first time during the keynote at WWDC 2013, but a recent report suggested the platform’s launch may be delayed
engineers are reportedly working on a major overhaul of iOS’s
user interface, and it is seemingly taking longer than expected to refine and “flatten” the interface
. According to multiple reports from reporters with nearly impeccable track records, however, Apple has pulled engineers away from OS X to help work on iOS 7 and the new mobile OS update will launch on time.