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Articles tagged with: 2013

Xbox 720: Release Date & Price Expectations

If you couldn’t get your hands on one of the world’s most favorite gaming console because it was too expensive, well, Microsoft has been working on that problem lately by producing cheaper gaming consoles i.e. Xbox.

The top technology developing firm wants its consumers to get their products without having to worry about their trip to Hawaii. Microsoft has always been a secretive company and only shows the world what it has been working on when it wants to. Usually it has never been on the bad side of product information leakage. Microsoft announced that they were working on a new hardware and the successor of Xbox 360.

Windows 8 Test Version Released

Microsoft has just shipped a test version of Windows 8 to PC makers, so based on the timeframe of past releases it should be available to users in late 2012. This version is reportedly being offered through Microsoft Connect, a program for extra-special beta testers. Windows 8 is important for Microsoft because it will be the first version of Windows with special features for tablets, such as compatibility with ARM processors, and a design with touch screens in mind.

Distressing to Microsoft–and fueling its tablet affinity–is the fact that Apple’s iPad is overtaking sales of consumer notebooks running Windows. However, Microsoft seems in no huge hurry to break out any tablets, despite the increasingly crowded market.

Sources say Microsoft is expected to show the first beta of the OS at its Professional Developers’ Conference, set to take place later this year. Similar test versions in the past have had security measures to prevent leaks, such as a one-time use password. However, we should never underestimate the ingenuity of nosy geeks, so I’ll be holding out for some leaks.

eBay Acquires GSI Commerce:No More Sports Gear

According to their press release, eBay Inc. has announced today that it will acquire GSI Commerce, a leading provider of e-commerce and interactive marketing services, for 2.4 billion dollars. The deal is expected to close by Q3 of 2011. GSI commerce is being offered around 50% higher than their normal closing price. John Donahoe, CEO of eBay said “We intend to lead the next generation of commerce innovation. The acquisition of GSI, offers the most comprehensive integrated suite of online commerce and interactive marketing services available [and] will significantly strengthen our ability to connect buyers and sellers worldwide…Combined with eBay Marketplaces and Paypal, we believe GSI will enhance our position as the leading strategic global commerce partner of choice for retailers and brands of all sizes.” As part of the deal, eBay will demolish…