Death To Remotes! Consoles Should Run Your TV

Death to remotes!

Death to remotes!

During the Xbox One reveal this week, Microsoft spent a lot of time on the console controlling the television and cable box. A significant amount of gamers fired back with "we don't care about controlling the TV, just show us the games!"

Once you try, you may not go back. I don't have an Xbox One, but Nintendo's Wii U is a good step in the direction of TV integration that I hope all future consoles take.

It's the simple things that I love about controlling the TV with my console, like changing the volume of a game when someone calls or is speaking to you.  I love coming home and turning on your entertainment system easily.  Having my favorite channels available at a push of button, without even needing to turn the console on, is a huge upgrade from the terrible interfaces that most cable companies provide.

The Wii U accomplishes the above tasks via button presses and the same infrared sensor that remotes use, meaning that you need line of sight to your cable box and TV.  If the voice control of the Xbox One works as advertised, it will be much easier to completely control your entertainment system without messing around with the ugly cable company interfaces. In addition, it will let you control your DVR and (possibly) On Demand cable functionality, something that the Wii U cant' do. 

Games will always come first, but don't discount the other media parts of the new generation of gaming consoles. Wii U took the first step, and Xbox One can really up the ante. Maybe even the cable companies will get on board and start to deign systems that aren't clunky.

Nah, that'll never happen.

This post also appears on TWIB.

CES 2013 Wrap Up Video & Tweets

Last week, I attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. Below is a video of some footage that I took on the floor. Unfortunately, my microphone adapter broke so I was not able to hold any interviews - gotta get that fixed for next year!

If you can't see the video below, click here.

Also, I've embedded a list of Tweets that I shared if you weren't following the action last week. Check it out! If you can't see the tweets below, click here.

Windows 8 Navigation Tips

Have you received a new computer for the holidays? You'll probably be surprised that Windows 8 looks completely different from what you may used to.  Here are a few shortcut commands that have helped me out - if you don't see the video above, click here.

The most helpful tip is that to search, all you need to do is begin typing! As you can see in the above video, you can find the Control Panel by just typing "Control Panel".  Even before you spell it out fully, you'll begin to see results. These results are separated by Apps, Settings, and Files. You can use this searching methodology to find anything that you're used to seeing, from setting your resolution to launching the Notepad

If you want to go back to the Windows experience that you're most familiar with, hold the Windows button and press D to enter Desktop view.  Here you'll be able to access My Computer, the task bar  and other familiar areas of Windows 7. To get back to the Windows 8 tiled view, simply press the Windows button.

One last thing: Microsoft has not made it clear how to actually shut down your computer! The easiest way is to press Control + Alt + Delete, and then select the power button in the lower right corner.

I think Windows 8 is a great operating system, but it takes some getting used to.  Hope you have a great time!

#ScienceLooksGood - Space Theme for Your Computer


Lifehacker has an amazing space desktop theme available for Windows, MaC, and Linux.  Check out their post here. It includes the above wallpaper plus customized skins and icons to make your desktop look like Spaaaaace! The following are included for Windows:

The Goodnight Tale wallpaper from DeviantArt
The Rainmeter system management and configuration utility for Windows
The Encoded skin for Rainmeter to get the date and weather
The Enigma suite for Rainmeter for the system stats on the right side of the screen
The Google bar for Rainmeter for the search bar in the upper right
StarDock's ObjectDock to replace the Windows taskbar
The Token icon set for the dock at the bottom

Check it out at Lifehacker!