Today Microsoft revealed the Xbox One, and confirmed rumors that its new game console is ready to take over as the heart of your home theater. The new box features HDMI in and out for passthrough with your cable or satellite box. It's even able to control connected devices with Kinect 2.0-detected voice and gesture commands. On stage, executives showed off the Xbox One Guide, demonstrating a way to pull up information including trending programming or fantasy sports stats while watching live TV. There's also a live TV show for Halo in the works, and Microsoft brought NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on stage to talk about integration with the number one pro sports league.
Despite its multiplatform status, Call of Duty is almost synonymous with Xbox. It's no surprise then, that Microsoft's new platform, the Xbox One, will be the first next-gen system to digest Call of Duty: Ghosts' DLC. This isn't unprecedented, of course — the Xbox 360 also boasted a first-out-the-door policy with the series' DLC. Still, a big score for Microsoft, one significant enough to serve as the closing announcement of its Xbox One launch event. Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg went on to reveal the game's first official trailer, assuring fans that Ghosts would fun at a steady 60fps. “It will be the best Call of Duty game we've ever made,” he promised, showing slides comparing the new game's Xbox One visuals against previous games in the series. Hungry for more? Patience, friend. E3 is still a few weeks away.
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Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC will launch first on Xbox One
The iPhone and iPad are great devices, but unfortunately, Apple heavily tethers them to iTunes, which can be slow, not to mention feature-poor compared to some of its competitors. Here’s how to migrate your music to a new player and keep syncing your iOS devices without iTunes.
We’re only going to cover Windows in this guide, since iTunes isn’t nearly as bad on the Mac—and since Mac users don’t have a ton of options when it comes to syncing their music. Apple regularly attempts to block any software that syncs music with iOS, so most programs don’t even try. Luckily, MediaMonkey—one of our favorite music players on Windows—syncs with all kinds of iOS devices, so it’s a great iTunes replacement. If you want to use something else, you could always use iTunes for syncing and that player for listening, but today we’re going to look at how to do it all in one program, which means we’ll be using MediaMonkey.
MediaMonkey is an awesome, fully-featured media player that’s perfect for replacing iTunes. It has a ton of awesome organization features, syncs with iOS devices, and has a bunch of add-ons for tons of customizability. All you need to do is import your existing iTunes library—which only takes a few minutes—and you’ll be well on your way to a better music experience on Windows. Here’s what you need to do.
To start, you’ll want to move all of your music from iTunes to MediaMonkey. This is very easy:
When it’s done, you should see your entire library—music, videos, and podcasts—show up in MediaMonkey. MediaMonkey will then prompt you to import things like play count and ratings, to which you can reply “Yes.” When it’s done, you’ll have all your music, metadata intact, inside MediaMonkey.
Unfortuntely, MediaMonkey misses out on importing one thing: playlists. If you want to keep all your playlists from iTunes, you’ll need to import them separately, after you’ve imported your library. Luckily, this is really easy to do:
You’ll find the newly-imported playlists under the “Playlists > iPlaylists” section of the MediaMonkey sidebar, after which you can move them to wherever you want in the Playlists category.
Now that your library’s in place, it’s time to sync your device! Here’s what you need to do:
That’s it! When it’s done, you’ll have all your music, videos, podcasts, and playlists on your device just like you usually do. You’ll need to keep iTunes installed in order to sync, so you can’t uninstall it completely, but from now on you can add new music to MediaMonkey, manage it from right inside the app, and never open iTunes again. If you want to add new music to MediaMonkey, just add it anywhere in your old iTunes Music folder and head to File > Add/Rescan in MediaMonkey to add them. Alternatively, if you selected “Scan at Startup” or “Scan Continuously” in the initial setup, it’ll automatically add those files to MediaMonkey after you copy them to your old iTunes folder. You can move your music to another folder if you like, but everything should work fine as-is.
The only thing you won’t get after migrating is automatic folder organization, like you had in iTunes. For that feature you’ll need to Purchase MediaMonkey Gold, then enable the “Auto-Organize” feature in MediaMonkey’s settings.
So that takes care of your music, but what about the apps on your device? Chances are you have an app or two that requires some sort of document sync. Maybe it’s a third-party video player that needs videos, or a comic book reader that needs comic books added to its library. You can keep syncing these files without iTunes using an iOS explorer like iFunbox. iFunbox is particularly easy to use:
As far as downloading new apps, you don’t need iTunes for that either—you can do that straight from your device.
When you sync your device with iTunes, it backs up your device’s settings to your computer, which is really handy if your device breaks or you get a new one. Luckily, you don’t need iTunes for this either, though. Open up iTunes, plug in your device, and select the “iCloud” option under the Backup category. Click Apply and from now on, your device will back up all those settings to iCloud instead, meaning you never need to plug it into iTunes again.
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How to Ditch iTunes Forever and Keep Syncing Your iOS Devices
Google’s inched ever closer to the dream of Star Trek-style computing with its new Conversational Search, unveiled today at Google I/O. You start a search by saying “Okay, Google…,” speak your query, whether it’s “when does my flight leave” or trivia like “what’s the population of my town.” Google responds, both by voice and with text results.
Conversational Search uses the data that Google has about you and your activities to power search results with information that’s actually relevant to your interests. You can say “show me my vacation pictures,” and Google will bring up photos you’ve uploaded. At the same time, you can say “Show me things to do around Washington DC,” and Google will not just respond to you in-voice, but also present search results littered with popular destinations, arranged on a Google Map and with relevant links below.
The new search features will roll out slowly (and are available to members of Google’s Search Field Trial now), but will be available as part of Google Chrome on all platforms soon.
If you’re looking for a new brew to try, or just want to expand your palate a little bit, Beer Viz asks you a couple of questions about the beer you already enjoy and presents you with a plethora of alternatives that might suit you nicely. It’s kind of like Pandora for beer.
To get started, select the strength of beer you’re interested in (light, medium, dark), and select whether you’d like to explore similar beers by aroma, taste, appearance, or overall (selected by default, and takes them all into consideration). From there, you’re presented with a map to various beers in the category, organized by color and family so you can see which ones are like each other by type, and then with lines connecting the ones that are similar by taste, aroma, or the other parameters you selected. The size of the dot next to the beer’s name indicates its popularity among beer drinkers, and you can hover over a beer’s name with your mouse to read details about it, including its percent alcohol-by-volume, and its overall rating.
The site uses data collected over 10 years by BeerAdvocate (and organized by Stanford University), so while it’s not a complete list of every beer ever, it’s pretty robust and includes beers popular with beer drinkers and fans. You won’t find Budweiser, but you will find an interesting craft beer to try instead.
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Beer Viz Suggests New Beers to Try Based on What You Already Like