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Microsoft is building low-cost, streaming-only Xbox, says report

It was revealed at E3 last month that Microsoft was building a cloud gaming system. A report today calls that system Scarlett Cloud and it’s only part of Microsoft next-gen Xbox strategy. And it makes a lot of sense, too.

According to Thurrott.com, noted site for all things Microsoft, the next Xbox will come in two flavors. One, will be a traditional gaming console where games are processed locally. You know, like how it works on game systems right now. The other system will be a lower-powered system that will stream games from the cloud — most likely, Microsoft’s Azure cloud.

This streaming system will still have some processing power, which is in part to counter latency traditionally associated with streaming games. Apparently part of the game will run locally while the rest is streamed to the system.

The streaming Xbox will likely be available at a much lower cost than the traditional Xbox. And why not. Microsoft has sold Xbox systems with a slim profit margin, relying on sales of games and online services to make up the difference. A streaming service that’s talk about on Thurrott would further take advantage of this model while tapping into Microsoft’s deep understanding of cloud computing.

A few companies have tried streaming full video games. Onlive was one of the first and while successful for a time, but eventually went through a dramatic round of layoffs before a surprise sale for $4.8 million in 2012. Sony offers an extensive library of PS2, PS3 and PS4 games for streaming through its PlayStation Now service. Nvidia got into the streaming game this year and offers a small selection of streaming through GeForce Now. But these are all side projects for the companies.

Sony and Nintendo do not have the global cloud computing platform of Microsoft, and if Microsoft’s streaming service hits, it could change the landscape and force competitors to reevaluate everything.


Source: TechCrunch

The writer whose book became ‘The Social Network’ just sold another book about the Winklevoss twins

The title could just as easily be Sweet Justice.

The Boston-headquartered publishing house Little, Brown has agreed to publish a new book about Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who famously settled a 2008 lawsuit against their former Harvard classmate Mark Zuckerberg over Facebook’s earliest days, then made a much larger fortune with their settlement money by investing it in bitcoin.

According to the business magazine The Bookseller, the new opus, titled Bitcoin Billionaires, covers a lot of territory, from the brothers trying without success to raise a venture fund in Silicon Valley (no one wanted to upset Zuckerberg, is the claim) to first hearing about bitcoin on a jaunt to Ibiza, Spain. In fact, they reportedly wound up gathering up one percent of all the bitcoin in circulation during or around 2012. 

Whether the book is made into a movie remains to be seen, but it seems as likely as not, given that its author is fellow Harvard grad Ben Mezrich, who also authored The Accidental Billionaires.

That book was eventually adapted by Aaron Sorkin into the Academy Award-winning movie about Facebook’s origins, The Social Network. In fact, when Mezrich began pitching his newest effort to publishing houses in the spring, the New York Post reported on “buzz that there’s already a movie deal in the works for the planned book.”

In the meantime, the Winklevoss brothers are receiving some fresh attention in Fortune, which included them in a new 40 Under 40 List that the outlet published this morning and which focuses on young movers and shakers at the “edge of finance and technology.” The reasoning behind their inclusion: the brothers, now 36, run one of the world’s most influential crypto funds with their New York and L.A.-based firm Winklevoss Capital. They also oversee the three-year-old digital asset exchange Gemini, which they founded in 2015.


Source: TechCrunch

Need a new laptop? We’re giving away a Dell XPS 13 compact laptop PC

Compact laptops can sometimes be hit-or-miss, but Dell has hit a home run with its fantastic XPS series, and we’re giving our readers a chance to score one for themselves. Enter for a chance to bring home a new Dell XPS 13 Windows 10 laptop.

The post Need a new laptop? We’re giving away a Dell XPS 13 compact laptop PC appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

5 features we want in Google’s Pixelbook 2

With rumors that Google will debut slimmer bezels on the Pixelbook 2 this fall, we have our own wishlist of five features that could make Google’s premium Chromebook hardware even better. And yes, that includes smaller bezels.

The post 5 features we want in Google’s Pixelbook 2 appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Comic-Con 2018 trailers: Godzilla, Aquaman, Shazam and more – CNET

DC movies, Glass, Star Trek: Discovery … here are all the important teasers and trailers out of San Diego Comic-Con 2018.
Source: CNET

Did Apple's internal iPhone X repair videos just leak? – CNET

Apple’s top-secret repair techniques may have just been spilled.
Source: CNET

Overwatch League Finals: How to watch, stream the first championship – CNET

The Philadelphia Fusion and London Spitfire face off in Overwatch’s first-ever league championship.
Source: CNET

Microsoft provides free lessons for quantum computing basics

Want to learn more about quantum computing and how to program in the Q# language? Microsoft just launched Quantum Katas, an open-source project that provides you with tutorials for learning at your own pace.

The post Microsoft provides free lessons for quantum computing basics appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Why Trump Won't Stop Talking About the Carter Page Wiretap

The FISA court’s secrecy and complexity make it a perfect punching bag for Trump and his defenders.
Source: Wired

The Year the Walls Came Down at Comic-Con

The convention has taken on a new subtext than it has in previous years—and that’s probably for the best.
Source: Wired

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