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Microsoft Xbox One and Surface Tips and Tricks
By Sean Ong
Mar 3, 2014
In this video, Sean Ong demonstrates his favorite Xbox One features, including interaction with the Microsoft Surface tablet.
Xbox Search with Bing and Voice
By Brien Posey
Feb 28, 2014
Xbox One uses Bing search in a variety of ways. Gamers can use vocal searches to look for games, music, or movies, or they can use browser-based searches to find more general information. This article discusses how to perform both search types, as well as when it is appropriate to perform each type of search.
What’s New with Xbox Kinect?
By Brien Posey
Feb 27, 2014
Although the original version of Microsoft’s Kinect worked really well, the new version that is included with Xbox One is even better. This article explains the basics of using the new Kinect device.
A First Look at Twitch for Xbox One
By Brien Posey
Feb 26, 2014
One of the most wildly popular apps for Xbox One is Twitch, a video-streaming app that allows you to watch others as they play various games. Learn how to acquire, deploy, and use Twitch on the Xbox One.
Taking Advantage of Smart Glass with Xbox One
By Brien Posey
Feb 25, 2014
Smart Glass is an app that allows smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices to act as an Xbox One companion. In doing so, the device acts as a second screen for Xbox. This article explains how Smart Glass can be used with the Xbox One.
Making Sense of the New Xbox User Interface
By Brien Posey
Feb 24, 2014
The Xbox One interface is somewhat similar to that of Xbox 360, Windows Phone 8, and Windows 8. Although certain desktop elements will likely be familiar to those who have used other Microsoft devices, the interface can still take a bit of getting used to. This article introduces some of Xbox One’s less intuitive features.
Registering and Downloading Minecraft: The Ultimate Player's Video Guide to Minecraft
By Stephen O'Brien
Jan 31, 2014
Make your own reality with Minecraft, the game of adventure, survival, and imagination that everyone is talking about! This video will help you get started by showing you how to download and register Minecraft, quickly and easily.
Skyscraper Panic! Creating a Game in an Hour with Kodu Game Lab
By James Floyd Kelly
Dec 4, 2013
New to programming but want to create your own games? James Kelly shows how you can build your own simple game in about an hour with a PC and Microsoft’s Kodu Game Lab.
Gathering Resources and Getting Around in Minecraft
By Stephen O'Brien
Nov 12, 2013
This chapter helps you familiarize yourself with your tools and surroundings in Minecraft so you can gather materials, build shelter, and understand your inventory.
Using Windows 8’s Xbox Music
By Michael Miller
Jul 23, 2013
Xbox Music is the new music app in Windows 8; it’s also accessible from Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console and Windows 7/8 phones. In this article, author Michael Miller shows you how to use Xbox Music to manage your own music collection and to listen to and purchase new music online.
Exploring the Game Hub for the Galaxy Tab 2
By Eric Butow
Feb 14, 2013
The Game Hub app is the place to find games for your Galaxy Tab 2 that you can install and play by yourself or against other game players through your Wi-Fi connection. Eric Butow shows how the app displays a list of installed games you can play by tapping on the game tile.
Shopping in the PlayStation Store
By Bill Loguidice, Christina T. Loguidice
Dec 24, 2012
In this chapter, you learn about accessing, downloading, and managing content-including games, apps, and videos-from the PlayStation Store.
Streaming vs. Downloading: What’s the Best Way to Get New Digital Music
By Michael Miller
Sep 28, 2012
Michael Miller, author of The Ultimate Digital Music Guide, examines the pros and cons of both streaming and downloading music, and offers suggestions on which approach is best for you.
Downloading Pirated Music: Pros and Cons
By Michael Miller
Sep 19, 2012
Michael Miller addresses both the appeal and the perils of illegal music downloading, and comes down on the side of playing by the rules — for the sake of the artists who make the music.
Networking Your Xbox
By Bill Loguidice, Christina Loguidice
May 3, 2012
In this chapter, you learn how to connect your console to the Internet, access Xbox LIVE, and make purchases through your console.
Kinect's First Birthday and Its New Gifts of Fun Functionality
By Bryon J. Greene
Dec 27, 2011
Bryon Greene explain how awesome Kinect's functionality improvements are and how well they have been implemented across different games.
Hack This: Milkymist VJ Console Hackerspace Project
By John Baichtal
Dec 7, 2011
After years of using ordinary PCs for interactive VJing, the team at Paris hackerspace /tmp/lab decided to build their own, creating Milkymist, a custom board that generates visualizations based on sensor input and musical rhythms.
Kinect’s Evolution: Then versus Now
By Christina Loguidice
Nov 9, 2011
Discover how some of Kinect's limitations have been overcome, and how its continual evolution promises to bring gaming to new heights and spawn advancements in other areas.
Xbox 360 Fall 2011 Dashboard Update Features and Expectations
By Bill Loguidice
Nov 9, 2011
Microsoft's Xbox 360 console is due for a major software update during the 2011 holiday season. Bill Loguidice discusses all the new features and shows how they will enhance the Xbox 360 experience for you.
Voice-Controlled HuluPlus on Xbox
By Bryon J. Greene
Sep 14, 2011
Is voice control just a gimmick, or does it work? What can you control with your voice? Bryon J. Greene takes a voice-driven test drive with HuluPlus and walks you through the experience.

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