Archive for November, 2012

Modular Xbox Next?

Posted: November 30, 2012 in Media Center, Microsoft, Television, xbox

The original Xbox was nothing more than a specialized PC for console gaming.

The Xbox 360 was a true, from the ground up HD gaming console.

But now the Xbox 360 is much more than a gaming console, it’s an entertainment hub for the home TV/Living Room.

Want to watch Netflix, Hulu+, YouTube, Vudu, Amazon Prime, HBO Go? Listen to your music collection, Xbox Music, or other music streaming service?

The answer is Xbox 360

But does the next Xbox have to have Ultra HD gaming for everyone? I mean, that’s a lot of cost for just a video player.

No, there has to be a better way to have one console that can be affordable for music, video, web browsing, etc and have the ultra fast, ultra hi-res gaming.

How about an Xbox designed with some inspiration from the I’ll fated PCjr?

What⁉ PCjr? That was garbage!

Yes, it was poorly conceived and crippled by design, but I think a next generation home entertainment console for non gamers and gamers could be designed with a modular approach.

This modular approach could then be upgraded in 2-4 years time with an additional module with additional memory, additional gpu/apu, etc.

Think about it. For $100 you could have your music and video services and Media Center.

For $200 more you would add a module which would give you more storage for storing large games, a 2nd or 3rd or 4th GPU/APU.

Then in 2-3 years time MS could release an additional module to upgrade your existing console with the latest technology without dumping your existing console, games, controllers, etc.

Not only would this modular approach allow for the platform to address 2 markets and could share one ecosystem, but it would also be better for the environment because we would not be tossing away good hardware into the dump just because we want to play better newer games.

Microsoft has already done something like this with the Xbox 360, the original HDD In the Xbox 360 was modular and external.

Just design the new bus around an existing standard, apply some proprietary hooks in it to keep the platform secure and you are good to go.

Here are some photos of the PCjr for those of you who never saw one. 😁

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Nokia Experience (part 1)

Posted: November 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

For those of you don’t know, I was hired by Nokia to lead their Nokia Experience kiosk for San Francisco (Stoneridge Mall, Pleasanton, CA)

Nokia has built 8 of these unique Experience kiosks in North America to allow people to experience Windows Phone 8, debunk myths and above all, show as many people as possible how Nokia’s exclusive Windows Phone 8 apps make them an obvious choice – not only against other Windows Phones, but ultimately show iPhone and Android/Droid owners the advantages, ease of use benefits and above all debunk the myths around Windows Phone and how it’s not a mature OS.

Here are some of the things we are talking about this first week of being open to the public and we are adding more to our repertoire every day and after every customer interaction.

Buy a Lumia Windows Phone 8 for:

Navigation Nokia Drive+
* Turn-by-turn, 100% off line navigation
* Download maps to 150 countries for free and free updates for the life of your phone
* download not only English USA, English UK in male and female voices, but also in more languages for when your drive with your parents/family visiting abroad – there is no reason they should be left out!
* intelligent Commuting feature. Define your home, your work in Nokia Drive+ and forget about it.
Then just drive to/from work as usual and forget about it.
Nokia Drive+ then monitors your route, speed, driving habits, the route you take most often and how long your commute takes.
THEN when Nokia Drive+ sees that your commute will be delayed by traffic, accident etc. It will let you know in advance so your can a) leave work early and arrive at home or the daycare on time, or let you know a better route to take.
Either way, its a genius time saver and allows you to concentrate on your work and not “traffic on the eights.”

Foreign Travel? Expansive data plans? Don’t worry if you are traveling to another country, just download their maps before you leave home!

Nokia Drive+ and Windows Phone 8 share the same maps for navigation, restaurant’s, gas stations, shops, walking directions.

Dowload the one set of maps and enjoy first class navigation, reviews etc without

Nokia Experience (part 1)

Posted: November 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

For those of you don’t know, I was hired by Nokia to lead their Nokia Experience kiosk for San Francisco (Stoneridge Mall, Pleasanton, CA)

Nokia has built 8 of these unique Experience kiosks in North America to allow people to experience Windows Phone 8, debunk myths and above all, show as many people as possible how Nokia’s exclusive Windows Phone 8 apps make them an obvious choice – not only against other Windows Phones, but ultimately show iPhone and Android/Droid owners the advantages, ease of use benefits and above all debunk the myths around Windows Phone and how it’s not a mature OS.

Here are some of the things we are talking about this first week of being open to the public and we are adding more to our repertoire every day and after every customer interaction.

Buy a Lumia Windows Phone 8 for:

Navigation Nokia Drive+
* Turn-by-turn, 100% off line navigation
* Download maps to 150 countries for free and free updates for the life of your phone
* download not only English USA, English UK in male and female voices, but also in more languages for when your drive with your parents/family visiting abroad – there is no reason they should be left out!
* intelligent Commuting feature. Define your home, your work in Nokia Drive+ and forget about it.
Then just drive to/from work as usual and forget about it.
Nokia Drive+ then monitors your route, speed, driving habits, the route you take most often and how long your commute takes.
THEN when Nokia Drive+ sees that your commute will be delayed by traffic, accident etc. It will let you know in advance so your can a) leave work early and arrive at home or the daycare on time, or let you know a better route to take.
Either way, its a genius time saver and allows you to concentrate on your work and not “traffic on the eights.”

Nokia Experience (part 1)

Posted: November 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

For those of you don’t know, I was hired by Nokia to lead their Nokia Experience kiosk for San Francisco (Stoneridge Mall, Pleasanton, CA)

Nokia has built 8 of these unique Experience kiosks in North America to allow people to experience Windows Phone 8, debunk myths and above all, show as many people as possible how Nokia’s exclusive Windows Phone 8 apps make them an obvious choice – not only against other Windows Phones, but ultimately show iPhone and Android/Droid owners the advantages, ease of use benefits and above all debunk the myths around Windows Phone and how it’s not a mature OS.

Here are some of the things we are talking about this first week of being open to the public and we are adding more to our repertoire every day and after every customer interaction.

Buy a Lumia Windows Phone 8 for:

Navigation
* Turn-by-turn, 100% off line navigation
* Download maps to 150 countries for free and free updates for the life of your phone
* download not only English USA, English UK in male and female voices, but also in more languages for when your drive with your parents/family visiting abroad – there is no reason they should be left out!
* intelligent Commuting feature. Define your home, your work in Nokia Drive+ and forget about it.
Then just drive to/from work as usual and forget about it.
Nokia Drive+ then monitors your route, speed, driving habits, the route you take most often and how long your commute takes.
THEN when Nokia Drive+ sees that your commute will be delayed by traffic, accident etc. It will let you know in advance so your can a) leave work early and arrive at home or the daycare on time, or let you know a better route to take.
Either way, its a genius time saver and allows you to concentrate on your work and not