App Spotlight: Channel 9


Microsoft is a company that lives and dies by developer relations.  When you create platforms, you need to make a case to the consumer that the new platform is worth investing in.  Either the platform needs to be something new and useful for users to ditch their existing library of programs and apps or it has to be enticing enough for them to spend money and upgrade with their existing library.

To win over consumers, you need developers to back you up.  The developers need to be on board to update their apps to the new standard or completely rebuild the app from the ground up to work on the new platform. Continue reading “App Spotlight: Channel 9”

How did we get here? Wait… Where is here?


When the Xbox 360 released in 2005 our entertainment centers looked a lot different.  2005 may not sound that long ago, but the difference in available technology is surprising.  Screens were getting just good enough to start thinking about what was beyond DVDs, while VHS players were still being maintained. YouTube had it’s first video uploaded that year. Mobile gaming consisted of a snake eating an apple on the best selling mobile phone of all time, the Nokia 1110.

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Digitizing your physical media for Plex

You already know all about the great Plex app on Xbox One, but still have a few questions about how to actually turn your physical library into a digital one.  It’s likely your music is already digital.  From your Napster days to Spotify. Photos? Most of you switched to digital photos before we had smartphones.  Movies and TV Shows?  That’s where it can get tricky.

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Plex: A solid digital library management app on your Xbox One

Our digital libraries are growing. Books, movies, music, games. This generation of consoles has seen a huge leap in accessibility and usage of digital content that was largely shaped during the evolution and lifecycle of the Xbox 360. Accessibility to that content has been limited in the past, siloed off per platform, but now? Now we have options.

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[UPDATED 5 July] Microsoft Rewards App on Xbox One for Insiders

[UPDATE] Microsoft Rewards app for Xbox One is now generally available to the public for its authorized regions:

I own two Zunes (yes, still).  Up until just last year had a Windows 10 Mobile phone.  I was subscribed to Microsoft’s Groove Music Pass until its sad, sad death.  So I was ready when I read about the Xbox Live Rewards program being shut down at the end of May.

What I wasn’t prepared for was a solid replacement of the program. Continue reading “[UPDATED 5 July] Microsoft Rewards App on Xbox One for Insiders”