Xbox One Reveal UI Demo Faked?

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Xbox One Reveal UI Demo Faked?

Xbox One Reveal UI Demo Faked?

The video below is an exclusive Wired video that shows Xbox One TV integration. As noted by a NeoGAF user, Microsoft seems to have faked the Xbox One Live demo reveal and judging by the video the actual UI is choppy, slow, and not smooth the way it looked like during the reveal:

User jaypah said, “Yeah, we found out shortly after the show. Apparently that wasn’t the actual episode of Price is Right that was live at the time. Plus there were videos of an actual demonstration and while it worked OK (choppy video on initial channel pull-up), it wasn’t as smooth as the stage presentation.”

User Kyoufu said, “Yeah there’s a video interview where they actually show the real UI with the snap feature runs at like 5 frames per second. They faked all of it on stage.”

For me, I have noticed two things that caught my eye which should prove the demo was actually staged:

1- Yusuf Mehdi, who gave the demo, had to put his left hand into his pocket whenever he talked to Kinect and issued a command:

Xbox One Reveal Demo UI Faked?

Xbox One Reveal Demo UI Faked?

2- I know that Bing changes the background in a daily basis (correct me if I’m wrong), so how come, Bing showed the same image during the demo which was shown again on the prepared footage, which must be done since weeks or even months ago, while showing the Xbox features and specs?:
Xbox One Reveal Demo UI Faked?

Xbox One Reveal Demo UI Faked?

Microsoft is already in hot water following a disastrous Xbox One announcements with vague features and lack of clear responses especially for DRM and used games issues. However, the company should be prepared for another backlash if the presentation turns to be totally staged. To watch the full Xbox reveal, watch the video below:

Enhanced Banner Notifications Concept for iOS 7

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, iPhone, My Take, Rants & Raves

Banner Notifications Concept

Banner Notifications Concept

I constantly find the banner notifications in iOS very annoying. That’s why, and until Apple finds another new or enhanced version, I’ve thought of a fix for the current implementation by adding a little “X” on the right part in order to dismiss whatever banner showing instantly.

What do you think?

Would like to see Apple implementing this or offering a better notification experience in iOS 7 this summer.

The Phantom Pain could be Metal Gear Solid 5

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The Phantom Pain could be Metal Gear Solid 5

The Phantom Pain could be Metal Gear Solid 5

During 2012 VGA awards, The Phantom Pain has been revealed with a trailer that is made entirely of gameplay footage, featured a character with a hook for an arm who wakes up in a hospital after a crash and suffering from a coma afterward.

Developed by, Moby Dick Studio, which is supposedly based in Sweden and has acquired licenses to develop for Xbox 360 and PS3. The CEO of the studio is Joakim Morgen (kojima OGRE)?

Check out the trailer at the 10:40 mark in the video below:

From the shaky camera, fonts, tilt-shift effect and the character that looks like a skinny Big Boss, if you remember during the unveiling of Metal gears Solids Ground Zeroes one of the taglines read: From FOX, two phantoms were born. Could this be the second phantom in Metal Gear Solid 5?

For more interesting analysis by YongYea check out the video below:

Update: The trailer is released in full 1080p. Watch it below:

Apple’s Executives Scott Forstall and John Browett Are Out

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Scott Forstall and John Browett Are Leaving Apple

Scott Forstall and John Browett Are Leaving Apple

In a major shake-up apparently since the loss of Steve Jobs, Apple has announced in a press release that Vice President of iOS Software Scott Forstall is set to leave the company next year. He will continue working as Advisor to Apple CEO Tim Cook at the time. Moreover, John Browett, head of retail, is also out. Tim Cook will take over retail as an interim until a replacement is found.

Bob Mansfield will be in charge of Apple’s new “Technologies” group and will remain at Apple for two more years. Other Apple’s Executives will have expanded responsibilities due to these changes.

“We are in one of the most prolific periods of innovation and new products in Apple’s history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The amazing products that we’ve introduced in September and October, iPhone 5, iOS 6, iPad mini, iPad, iMac, MacBook Pro, iPod touch, iPod nano and many of our applications, could only have been created at Apple and are the direct result of our relentless focus on tightly integrating world-class hardware, software and services.”

I am also announcing that Scott Forstall will be leaving Apple next year and will serve as an advisor to me during the interim. I want to thank Scott for all of his many contributions to Apple over his career.

For John Browett’s situation, that was expected and the #Firebrowett movement has paid off. But for Forstall’s departure this is an entirely different story, tension has increased between Apple’s executives, Jony Ive and Scott Forstall who said to be the one who pushes for more skeuomorphic designs which obviously come against Ive’s direction.

Read the full message to employees right below:
Team,

We are in one of the most prolific periods of innovation and new products in Apple’s history. The amazing products that we’ve introduced in September and October – iPhone 5, iOS6, iPad mini, iPad, iMac, MacBook Pro, iPod touch, iPod nano and many of our applications – could only have been created at Apple, and are the direct result of our relentless focus on tightly integrating world-class hardware, software and services.

Today, I am announcing changes that will encourage even more collaboration between our world-class hardware, software and services teams at all levels of our company. As part of these changes, Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue, and Craig Federighi will be taking on more responsibilities. I am also announcing that Scott Forstall will be leaving Apple next year and will serve as an advisor to me during the interim. I want to thank Scott for all of his many contributions to Apple over his career.

Jony Ive will provide leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) across the company in addition to his longtime role as the leader of Industrial Design. Jony has an incredible design aesthetic and has been the driving force behind the look and feel of our products for more than a decade. The face of many of our products is our software and the extension of Jony’s skills into this area will widen the gap between Apple and our competition.

Eddy Cue will take on the additional responsibility of Siri and Maps. This places all of our online services in one group. Eddy and his organization have overseen major successes such as the iTunes Store, the App Store, the iBookstore and iCloud. They have an excellent track record of building and strengthening our online services to meet and exceed the high expectations of our customers.

Craig Federighi will lead both iOS and OS X. We have the most advanced mobile and desktop operating systems on the planet, and bringing together our OS teams will make it even easier to deliver our best technology and user experience innovations to both platforms. Craig recently led the very successful release of Mountain Lion.

Bob Mansfield will lead a new group, Technologies, which combines all of our wireless teams across the company in one organization, allowing us to innovate in this area at an even higher level. This organization will also include all of our semiconductor teams, who have some very ambitious plans. As part of this, I am thrilled to tell you that Bob will remain with Apple for an additional two years. Bob has led some of our most challenging engineering projects for many years.

Additionally, John Browett is leaving Apple. Our search for a new head of Retail is already underway. In the meantime, the Retail team will report directly to me. Retail has an incredibly strong network of leaders at the store and regional level, and they will continue the excellent work they’ve done over the past decade to revolutionize retailing with unique, innovative services and a focus on the customer that is second to none. This phenomenal team of talented and dedicated people works their hearts out making our customers happy. They have our respect, our admiration and our undying support.

Please join me in congratulating everyone on their new roles.

I’d like to thank everyone for working so hard so that Apple can continue to make the world’s best products and delight our customers. I continue to believe that Apple has the most talented and most innovative people on the planet, and I feel privileged and inspired to be able to work with all of you.

Best, Tim

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