I Wrote This: Xbox Music Is Better Than Zune, But Not Really

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Microsoft’s plans for consumers has changed a lot in the past few years. The Xbox 360 is now old busted hotness, replaced by the Xbox One with its better performance and more accurate Kinect 2 sensor. Windows actually has a built-in store full of entertainment and productivity apps. That’s something we could only dream about just years ago. Xbox Music has finally replaced Zune. It has become the default, cloud-powered way that users get entertainment across all of Microsoft’s different products. But let’s not go talking crazy to Zune purists. They have a point.

From Quick Words: Xbox Music is Better Than Zune, But Not Really.

I Wrote This: Dust Up with Key Xbox One Feature Shows Why It’s Behind

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Earlier today comments made by an employee who works for Microsoft indicated that Microsoft had decided not to develop a key feature that would have helped the its Xbox One console stand out from the competition and created a new generation of developers. According to the employee, users shouldn’t have expect to be able to create games using their Xbox One as the company previously announced. According to the employee, users shouldn’t have expected that they’d be able to create games using their Xbox One as the company had previously announced. Don’t fret, Microsoft itself is now insisting that it hasn’t called the feature, but the debacle only further highlights one of the reasons it feels like the Xbox One is behind.

Read: Dust Up With Key Xbox One Feature Shows Why It’s Behind

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You can’t be black in America and not have gotten a seminar on Code Switching.

The idea is simple enough to understand. Slang and abbreviations have permeated black culture, so much so that many older African Americans believe that the way their sons and daughters convey their thoughts should be tailored to their audience. Essentially we’re trying to teach an entire generation to have one set of speech patterns on their block and another at the office.

I think it’s a great idea. Of course, I thought it was a great idea when it was included in the basic box of life skills that everyone should have by the time they graduated high school. I suppose treating the symptom of the problem instead of the actual problem is much more satisfying though.

For a Friend: The Terrible Terrific Travels of Timber Timmins

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I make a living as a video game and entertainment reporter. Sometimes — particularly on those days when there are big keynotes and news to cover — I need a way to unwind; an avenue to relax and contemplate life’s mysteries and what it all means. When I’m not doing any of those things I’m reading.

This week I’m reading Daylon Deon’s The Terrific Travels of Timber Timmins. In the interest of full disclosure, he’s a friend. That being said, what he does in Timber Timmins takes me back to my days of reading Harry Potter and other young fiction that inspired me to create content in the first place.

The Terrific Travels of Timber Timmins is available on Kindle right now for $2.99. Users who have an Amazon Prime subscription can pick up the book absolutely free of charge.

A Tee All Their Own

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Forgive me for being the strange person that I am. Really it’s an affliction. Getting a late start this morning has gotten me thinking deeply about the nature of the tee shirt. More specifically, why are v-necks more popular than they are? They’re casual, yet slightly more sophisticated.

America, buy more v-neck tees.

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A few weeks ago I wrecked my car and the accident was my fault. That left me with a decision to make about how to get around. So I picked up this New Beetle and starting customizing.

PlastiDip for the win.

 

I Wrote This: Windows Phone 8.1 Is an iPhone Killer, Almost

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Because clearly, I was going to write about my smartphone platform of choice:

The Windows Phone 8.1 update, which will begin going out to current Windows Phone users over the next few months and show up on new devices built especially for it in May, isn’t an operating system that re-imagines a single thing. It doesn’t come equipped with some revolutionary feature that almost instantly makes the iPhone and Android devices irrelevant. Instead, it’s an operating system that plugs holes in Windows Phone’s defenses and ensures that Microsoft isn’t behind in terms of overall feature set. It also reveals the reason why some users would be better off purchasing a Windows Phone device over an iPhone or Android device for the first time.

Read it at GottaBeMobile.

I Like This: Richmond is ‘Happy’

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Normally, I don’t get into viral videos, and I certainly am not one to post viral videos online. You know, that last post about bullies from Will Wheaton not withstanding.

However, I’m a sucker for Pharrell’s music and that vibe that Happy gives off. Imagine how giddy I was when I found a custom video for the song recorded here in Richmond on my favorite blog Young House Love. Clearly, you know where this is going.

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Outside of freelancing, things have been a bit slow these last few weeks. Hoping to get in some serious writing at enConnected done over the next few weeks. Add coding to that list too, and the site has a new music writer and MVP, @tromboneforhire, that I can’t wait to begin working with.

Now playing indeed.
Trav