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Microsoft Press Conference E3 2012 Live Blog

Radford C. Jun 4, 2012 0
Ok. We're here. And yes. We are friggin' late.  We'll explain later. Here we go.  

09.53

Twitter wasn’t successful because we had a nice idea. It actually came from a failed company. Be a founder.

09.52

“How do we distribute the future? We want direction and want the forces to cooperate to get there.”

09.51

Dorsey suggests changing the name of the conference talks about how “disruption” is chaotic while “revolution” is powerful, has value, etc. etc.

09.50

LOL moment.

“The future has arrived.”

“It’s just not evenly distributed yet.”

09.49

“An idea that can change the course of the company can come from anywhere.”

09.48

Dorsey now talks about several founders and CEOs who’ve been instrumental in the following thriving companies with Square and Twitter being the obvious examples and a shoutout to Starbucks.

09.47

“In actuality, companies don’t have just one founding moment, it is several founding moments.”

09.46

“The thing about founders is that whatever idea wouldn’t be perfect. No concept could be perfect either. Even with our founding fathers, they had to start from somewhere.”

09.45

“What’s really important is knowing what the intersections are about and knowing which way to go in those intersections.”

09.44

“Life really happens in intersections”

09.44

Dorsey wants to talk about founders and entrepreneurship. “I never wanted to be an entrepreneur.  I actually wanted to be a sailor. I wanted to explore.”

09.43

Dorsey now on stage.

09.42

And that ends the convo between Horowitz and Campbell. Next up. Jack Dorsey, the main man behind Square and Twitter.

09.41

They’re now talking about their buddy Ron Conway (Angel Investor) and how they play a major part of the company. Horowitz talks about how VC money is more aggressive than angel money. With no board and more options to experiment, using angel money (if it’s enough) can be a better alternative.

09.38

How do you pick good board members?

“You have to have people on the board the concept of throwing out the old assumptions of innovation is already setup. There can always be a pivot. Sometimes you have to throw out the things that you believe might be the thing that brings value to the company.”

09.36

“The key to being a good CEO is not being insane”

09.35

Campbell: “What about executive hiring? How do you deal with that?”
Horowitz: “There’s always someone that’s going to get scrutinized by the board”

09.33

Campbell now talks about what it’s like to take the company public and Horowitz says how something like IPOs change the makeup of the company. He also talks of how the entrepreneurs are blamed but the investors should be the one to blame for all the unecessary pressure. (Ha!)

09.31

Campbell: “Do you train people?”

Horowitz: “We look not only to find people to coach but the right people to coach these people.”

09.29

Horowitz talks about how founders don’t have alot of advantages like a network of CEOs and engineers they are friends with. “Alot of it is the communication architect of the company…”

09.27

Horowitz: “Well a good test is if we never heard of it before. Usually, we’ve come across alot of stuff and if we never heard it before it’s somewhat a good sign…we’re looking for entrepreneurs who have the courage to go after the idea…”

09.25

Intuit’s Bill Cambell (Moderator): “How do you know what categories you go after? What to invest in?”

09.24

Horowitz recalls his days as being CEO and talks about how VC is becoming more numbers based but needs to be more humanizing by knowing the “struggle” of it all.

09.22

“Only so much software can be taken in…Apple has shown us that hardware and software integration plays a big piece in this value and now Amazon is adding the ‘service’ to all this.”

09.20

Ben Horowitz from VC Andreessen Horowitz is now on stage to talk about. “The hardware layer is becoming commoditized….the value is going to software.”

09.18

They introduced Leena Rao who will be the emcee throughout the conference.

09.17

Eric Eldon and Alexia Tsotsis on stage.

09.16

Opening remarks coming up. Speaker lineup is supposed to be one of the best ones they’ve had in awhile. Desmond is also talking about the 50k cash for the contest.

09.15

Ned Desmond COO of Techcrunch is on stage now.

11.41

Thanks for playing along!

11.40

That’s it! “Welcome to the New Motorola Mobility!”

11.40

Aaaww! They get free RAZR Ms after the show!

11.39

Back to Dennis Woodside

11.39

I wonder if they’re going to add more colors like they did last time!

11.38

The RAZR M is available for pre-order today at 5PM EST

11.38

Now she’s talking about the Share Everything family plans

11.36

Erwin is really pushing the benefit of VZW’s 4GLTE network

11.36

Beefing up the DROID franchise

11.35

11.34

Clarification, the Chrome demo was done on WiFi, not 4GLTE

11.34

Tami Erwin from VZW is now on stage

11.33

Jelly Bean versions to check out at the event . sadface

11.33

The Droid RAZR M goes in stores next week for on a 2 year contract

11.33

Both RAZR HD and RAZR Maxx HD available before the holidays

11.32

11.32

has a dual-core processor

4GLTE

8MP rear shooter

NFC

1080p vid

8GB of storage

1GB of RAM

2000mAh battery!!!!

11.31

4.3″ without borders. more screen than the iPhone 4s

11.31

Now the Droid RAZR M

11.31

11.30

One more phone

11.30

27 hours of streaming music on one charge

10 hours of video

21 hours of talk time

11.29

Now the Droid RAZR Maxx HD

 

11.29

The RAZR HD is smaller than most competitors

11.28

2500mAh battery with 16 hours of TALK time

11.28

how’s the battery?

11.27

seriously though, Chrome is really fast on my RAZR Maxx

11.27

MAJOR DEMO FAIL WITH CHROME!!!!!

11.27

Now to demo Chrome on the phone

11.26

LTE and Chrome on the phone. Oh and a dual-core processor

11.25

78% more pixels

85% more color saturation than an iPhone 4s

11.25

The Droid RAZR HD: most compact big screen smartphone. 4.7″ edge to edge display

11.24

The new RAZR Family!!!!!!!!

11.23

I think it’s almost time for the phone(s)/device announcemennt

11.22

Cute video time!!!!!!!!!!

11.22

WOW: Moto gives 0 to people who want to turn in old Moto device for new Moto device. Especially if your phone can’t get Jelly Bean.

11.21

Jelly Bean will be on all the announced phones by the end of 2012

11.21

Developers WANT to mod devices: Developer Editions of Moto phones!

11.20

The new phones are the first devices shipped with Chrome pre-installed.

11.20

11.19

  • Android is the last bet

11.19

Maxx’s battery KILLS the iPhone 4s unless you have a battery pack

11.19

comparing the iPhone 4s to the RAZR Maxx

11.18

  • Power Managment
 Yup, battery life

11.18

11.17

  • 15 million subscribers to 4GLTE
  • 1/3 of them use Motorola devices

11.17

At Google, milliseconds matter

11.16

3 big bets:

  • speed: 4GLTE

11.15

Motorola helped make the wireless 4GLTE data connection for the Google Glass demo at Google i/o 2012

11.15

Oooo!! Miss my StarTac!

11.14

Woodside is talking about Motorola’s past history

11.13

The NEW Motorola starts today

11.13

They’re going to intro a couple of new devices

11.12

Now Dennis Woodside onstage

11.11

“Are you ready to take a bet on Android?”

11.10

52% of smartphones in US: Android (ComScore data)

11.10

1.3 million Android activations per day. 500,000,000 installed base for Android

11.09

[Android] is growing so fast even Schimdt doesnt know the numbers

11.09

It’s more than just a phone, it’s an ecosystem

11.08

People are happy with the convenience of a small phone versus a norm computer

11.08

People are now all about “Mobile First”

11.07

“they should be called Mobile computers”

11.07

We’re getting pics thanks to Engadget

11.06

11.06

Eric Schmidt takes the stage

11.05

OK, not to business

11.05

Oh, the band is The Kin from Australia

11.04

Na na na na na na na na na naaaaaaaah

11.03

As a performer, I feel bad that the audience isn’t as engaged as the musicians would like…oh well. WHERE’S THE PHONE!?

11.02

Now for a song called America..

11.01

Does anyone know who this is? No one in the audience really cares. =)

11.00

Some guy is singing…

10.59

10 seconds!

10.58

Also, remember we’re covering the Amazon event tomorrow!

10.58

I see 4 of you here and 3 of you watching it on the other page. It’s like double exposure!

10.57

Hope you all caught Rad’s liveblog and aftermath article on Nokia’s event earlier. Although, Motorola says THIS is the event of the day.

10.56

razr m and razr hd press shots leaked

10.56

Less than 4 minutes now! did you guys see the leaked press shots?

10.52

Any thoughts on what we’re about to see?

10.47

Hey guys! We’re getting set up here so sit tight!

08.35

That’s the end of that. Summarizing in the next post.

08.32

“Each step that we take, along with Microsoft and other OEMs – our intention is to grow that market share.”

08.32

Where do you see market share heading?

08.29

Question: Will all apps work on Windows Phone 8? “Expectation is full forward compatibility.”

08.29

“You will see enhanced security capabilities in Windows Phone 8 – full encryption, DRM etc. More will be shared about security for Windows Phone 8.”

08.28

VPN (Virtual Private Network) on Windows Phone 8?

08.28

“We have not announced any plans to introduce tablet products.”

08.28

“We have not announced any plans to introduce tablet products.”

08.27

Question: Is Nokia developing a Windows 8 or RT tablet?

08.27

“Of course anyone can go on stage and introduce a device at any point. We are particularly proud to stand on stage to show Windows Phone 8 fully working.”

08.27

Question: I was wondering how do you feel about Samsung stealing your thunder with Windows Phone 8?

08.27

Will city view be available for canadians? Elop: “I can comment on navigation capabilities, certainly part of the offering for Canada.”

08.26

Arabic support on the Windows Phone 8 platform is coming.

08.26

“It all sounds exciting, when can I get one?” Stuart Miles. No dates but it will be announced soon as well as pricing.

08.26

Q&A now in session

08.21

“We started by bringing our exclusive Carl Zeiss optics to Windows Phone. We started by joining the Windows Phone ecosystem and today we are creating the most personal experience. This is Lumia, the world’s most innovative smartphone. Thank you very much.”

08.21

Ballmer leaves the stage. Elop is closing up.

08.20

“We started with 7,000 apps and now we stand at 100,000.”

08.20

Ballmer says that the next app developer to hit it really really big will be on Windows.

08.19

“Between Windows Phones and Windows tablets we should see close to 400 million new devices running those operating systems.”

08.19

“Perhaps as importantly as anything else, we bring a developer platform and a store in a common way to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.” Ballmer continues on how they did alot of work standardizing the apps.

08.18

Ballmer reveals more road map on the integration of Xbox services across Windows Phone, Windows tablets.

08.18

Elop Ballmer

08.17

“Over the course of a month or two we’ll see the rest of the Windows Phone 8 software.”

08.17

“We’re starting to see from our hardware partners a round of introductions of next-gen PCs.”

08.16

He mentions how Windows Phone was built from the ground up for personal and professional lives.

08.16

Ballmer: “In a sense it’s unbelieveable how far we’ve come in 18 months working with Nokia. It was a full on sprint. You start to really see the incredible power of the partnership. Make no mistake about it, this is the year for Windows.”

08.15

Steve Ballmer Introduced By Stephen Elop

08.14

Now Stephen Elop is back to introduce….Steve “Developers” Balmer

08.13

Protective shells, third set of shells adds wireless charging.

08.13

4.3-inch display. NFC, Nokia locations services, comes with all those Nokia digital lenses/apps, 1650mAh battery and microSD slot.

08.12

Lumia 820

08.12

Now they’re talking about the Lumia 820

08.11

Nokia Lumia 920 Ends

08.11

As great as the Nokia Lumia 920 is we know not everyone needs that functionality.

08.10

Showing off an image taken on the device. No editing.

08.09

PureView In Dark No Lighting

08.08

Shooting in dark light is impressive with PureView

08.08

Showing off an image with no flash compared to the PureView camera on the Lumia 920.

08.08

Comparisons of Nokia 920 Lens vs Competition

08.07

Nokia has been busy comparing smartphone lenses with other competitors

08.07

Lumia 920 Lens

08.06

They’ve increased the aperture, keep the shutter open and then provide image stabilization the lens is pretty sophisticated.

08.06

First the issues with lighting. “There are two direct ways to capture more light.”

08.05

PureView

08.05

Now they’re getting into PureView

08.04

“Cinemagraph” is the second Lens. It makes animated GIFs. Lol.

08.04

“You can open images in Smart Shoot, it analyzes and finds the objects that are moving.”  You can tap and remove the moving people in images. Very neat.

08.03

“Imagine you’re in an art gallery, you wanna take a picture of your friends but there’s people around.”

08.03

Some very impressive apps making use of the camera. In particular Smart Shoot

08.01

Angry Birds Roost – a game from Rovio now being demonstrated. We presume this is exclusive to Nokia.

08.00

Address and phone number information provided within City Lens.

08.00

Demonstration isn’t coming up on screen.

08.00

Uh oh. Some technical issues are cropping up.

07.59

Now demonstrating City Lens

07.59

More exclusive new apps come with the Lumia 920

07.58

You can place the device on the JBL speaker and charge it as well as switch the music over to the speakers

07.57

Nokia Music

07.57

Now they’re demonstrating  Nokia Music, tapping on the JBL Power Up and the music switches over to the speakers.

07.53

“WXGA, higher than 720p resolution.”

07.53

“In our opinion this is the fastest LCD display ever shipped on a smartphone.”

07.53

“Lets start with the display.”

07.52

Available colors include slate grey, Red, and Yellow for the Lumia 920

07.52

Shields talks about the construction of the Lumia 920, its high quality construction and a variety of other tidbits that make the smartphone standout from its competitors

07.49

Kevin Shields now on floor – Senior Vice President of Nokia

07.48

Nokia is bringing Lens apps to the Lumia 920. Demo coming up.

07.47

“I can later on, go back and re-engage the Blink Lens and modify the picture.”

07.47

Now another 3rd party app called Blink that supposed to take the best shot of your faaahche (face)

07.46

3rd party apps can sync with a variety of services (think Smugmug) and store them. This example used Skydrive.

07.45

Skydrive Camera Roll

07.45

Here’s one feature that was totally needed: Full res auto upload of photos to SkyDrive in Windows Phone 8.

07.44

“The net benefit is that the experience of taking photos…you get an experience that lets third-parties add value.”

07.43

Now demonstrating Photosynth

07.43

Pictures captured in third-party apps include captions in the Camera Roll.

07.42

Two interns at Microsoft have built an app that takes advantage of the new Lens functionality.

07.42

“These other examples are third party.”

07.42

“Bing Vision lens built into Windows Phone.”

07.41

“Each is an application, a Lense application…integrated deeply into camera experience.”

07.41

Demonstrating the usual press and hold camera button function in Windows Phone. Zoom bar is gone, pinch zoom is now supported on camera.  New controls for flash. Lenses button in the interface.

07.41

Now focusing on cameras/photo.

07.40

Joe’s actual tweet

07.39

How does screenshots activate? Home button and power activates the screenshots feature.

07.39

Joe demonstrates WP8 public screenshot posted to Twitter

07.39

Screenshots Windows Phone 8

07.38

Images stored in the photos hub in a new screenshots album.

07.38

Screenshots now supported in Windows Phone 8! ABOUT FRIGGIN’ TIME!

07.37

“Now I have an excellent HTML5 web site as part of customized Start Screen.”

07.37

Switching through the various sections of Pulse and pinning sections to the Start Screen.

07.37

Pulse running on IE10 thanks to HTML5.

07.37

Joe Belfiore

07.35

You can change the button in IE to favorites or tabs.

07.35

Showing how the CNN live tile works in large mode.

07.35

“CNN has built an app and what they’re going to do with Windows Phone 8 is support some of the new features.”

07.34

Demonstrating some of the Windows Phone 7 apps and says “these apps work unchanged and they still work on Windows Phone 8.”

07.33

Belfiore talks about how the marketplace has grown tremendously

07.33

Now we’re talking about the biggest Achilles heel of Windows Phone – apps.

07.32

Belfiore is now showing off some of the new features of Windows Phone 8

07.28

“There’s one other innovation I haven’t yet talked about…that’s the Windows Phone 8 platform experience.”

07.27

Nokia now unveils (officially) their “Fat boy” wireless charger.
“This is the Fat Boy recharge pillow.”
“Whenever you recharge your phone can recharge too.”
“The Nokia Lumia 920 comes with built-in wireless charging.”

07.26

“We then selected the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor to get up to 30 percent more battery efficient than quad-core alternatives.”

07.25

“2000 mAh battery, enough to get anyone through an average day.”

07.25

Now we’re talking about more efficient battery power. Not just battery size.

07.24

Lumia 920 PureMotion HD

07.23

“Nokia has pioneered ClearBlack displays using smart polarizers.”

07.23

It’s :better than HD resolution”. Think a faster refresh rate on video

07.22

Now she’s talking about Nokia PureMotion HD+ – ” the best smartphone display innovation from Nokia.”

07.22

Nokia Lumia 920 5

07.22

She’s now summarizing some the new features specific to the Lumia 920

07.21

Now they’re making heavy use of Augmented Reality via Nokia Lens

07.20

“Nokia City Lens provides the most intuititve way to explore the world around you. The mapping experience on Nokia Lumia just keeps getting stronger. Since we’re adding indoor maps on Windows Phone 8 we can get you to exactly where you need to go.”

07.19

Nokia Lumia 920 4

07.19

“When you found a route in Maps, you can launch Nokia Drive for free voice navigation out of the box.”

07.19

Cool. Going back to the reliability of satellite only GPS

07.18

“Offline maps will be a key feature of the Nokia Maps experience.”

07.18

“Nokia Maps, Transport, Drive are frequently cited for reasons that consumers choose a Lumia device.”

07.18

Taking us back to the girl on the bike is playing now.

07.17

Nokia Lumia 920 3

07.16

“We’re all familiar with the dark or blurry pictures that sometimes result when we’re shooting indoors or at night without using flash.”

07.16

“We’re all familiar with the dark or blurry pictures that sometimes result when we’re shooting indoors or at night without using flash.”

07.16

“We don’t usually have time to fiddle with settings to capture a perfect moment.”

07.16

Harlow discussing camera and controlling the lighting.

07.15

This Lumia 920 is glossy from what we can see.

07.12

07.12

“This is the most innovative smartphone in the world.”

07.11

After all the talk about Lumia, Jo Harlow is coming on stage to discuss Lumia’s new phones

08.56

That’s it! Go get one tomorrow!

08.55

a Smart Remote

08.55

the Note is a universal remote as well!

08.54

jelly bean is coming for the Galaxy Note 10.1!!!!

08.54

SmartStay, AllShare Play and ShareShot

08.53

awesome specs: 1.4 Ghz quad-core processor. 2 GB ram

08.53

over 200,000 textbooks on hand

08.52

Kno, a digital textbook app, comes on the Note

08.50

You’ll have the best looking instagram photos with this photo editing tool

08.49

Looks like an okay mobile version of Photoshop

08.47

an Adobe executive is on stage. showing off the app and S Pen

08.46

works best with the S Pen

08.46

Photoshop Touch is included on the Note 10.1

08.45

you have pop up video as well

08.44

no more toggling

08.43

New feature: multiscreen

08.42

Works nicely with handwriting. even better with drawing

08.40

It knows shapes and formulas

08.39

the screen knows when you’re using the S Pen so your hand won’t make an accidental mark

08.39

Has over 1000 levels of sensitivity

08.38

the S Pen uses radio waves

08.36

Says this is a new class of tablet

08.36

The director of marketing is now on stage

08.35

Now another promo video

08.34

Just don’t lose it. lol

08.34

“Sort of like a one-stop machine”

08.33

the S Pen is more than just a stylus

08.32

He, Posen, swears he uses the Note 10.1 in his everyday life. for desigining

08.31

Now there’s a fashion designer on stage

08.30

“Draw a detailed sketch; put data and images into a presentation– all on the same screen at the same time”

08.29

“At Samsung, we believe that people are created by nature.” —Really?

08.28

They’ve sold 10 million Galaxy Notes in 9 months

08.27

She’s gonna talk development

08.27

Now Global Marketing and Senior VP Younghee Lee is on stage

08.27

he says: “To me, it’s not the Galaxy note 10.1. It’s a toolbox.”

08.26

the Note 10.1 helps him storyboard his movies

08.26

he says: “I’m genuinely excited. This has been a game changer in my life”

08.25

director Baz Lurhmann is there

08.25

btw, they believe the “S Pen” is a game changer..do you think so?

08.23

You’ll be able to get it at Best Buy, HH Gregg, Office Depot, Amazon, and Tiger Direct.

08.23

5MP rear shooter

08.22

quad-core Exynos processor for faster tasks and better battery life

08.22

Internally, it’s got Android 4.0 (ICS)

08.21

galaxy note 10.1 front

08.21

Priced at 9 and 9 respectively

08.20

Right now, there’s only 2 models. 16GB and 32GB. WiFi only. No carrier chips embedded yet.

08.20

So starting tomorrow, August 16th, you can get your very own Galaxy Note 10.1

08.19

But yea. They call this tablet a Galaxy Note because it comes with the famous “S Pen”

08.18

If you remember, this was first announced at MWC 2012 in Barcelona. They delayed production because….because the Rock says so…..?

08.16

So yea…thanks to the Samsung Mobile website, we know this is the Galaxy Note 10.1 launch/announcement event.

08.15

What’s up guys. Thanks for your patience

16.00

Judges now are heading back to choose 2 winners from the 10 entries. Stay tuned. Separate post to follow.

15.59

Now they’re talking about AdColony and Zeus. “Adcolony’s key is disclosing their magic in how they’re pushing video that quickly to the publisher”

15.56

Judges point out some of the reliability of the data since the triangulation still needs to uniquely identify users from store to store. I’ll talk more about that later.

15.55

Now they’re talking about Placed. That was bad ass. Judges agree. Presentation was well organized.

15.53

Judges are now talking about the 10 competitors that are doing a judgement call. One of the judges commented on how MobileDay’s feature sets crossed over into another (Selligy).

They talked about how Glomper was a huge presentation mess – all thanks to the pet and the “shininess” and “flashiness” of it all. Ouch.

15.48

I’m going to have to talk with Zeus (pun) to see the details of that.

15.48

Judge 3: Why use you versus say Apple or Windows way of doing transactions which there are millions of memberships.

“Well, Apple can charge virtual stuff but not the actual physical stuff.”

Really? Interesting.

15.46

Judge 4: How are you doing this without getting blasted by Apple, Windows Phone and Android for doing this?

15.45

I’ll provide screenshots later on.

15.44

Impressive. Move impressive.

15.44

You can add a variety of cards to have your payment methods saved to the service.

15.43

It’s a payment system that allows games, apps, etc. that allows users to choose payment methods in a much more friendly manner.

15.42

Last platform: It’s an SDK. Zeus.

15.42

Judge 2: What’s to say that the browsers on the OS will improve (or the OS itself) and make AdColony less relevant since you’re all about speed?”

AdColony: Well there’s still a majority of phones still on 3G having a hard time trying to deliver inventory to a variety of publishers.

15.39

“Publishers want to push ads on high-quality content for higher eCPMs” Yup. We do.

15.39

Now he’s throwing a bunch of quotes on video experience from actual users.

15.38

“We spent over three years working on this

15.38

AdColony allows publisher’s readers to interact with your  Ad.

15.37

App is called Instant Play. Founder puts out a poster with the number 203, 660, 274. That’s what I was excited about. Yay for numbers.

15.36

NUMBERS! And I have no idea what it stands for.

15.35

AdColony on stage

15.35

Alot of insider baseball talk with the judges asking more technical questions on how the app technically works. Push I/O was talked on how to make the data more meaningful.

15.33

Engagement and notifications are the two words mentioned alot in this platform.

15.33

The whole point of the platform allows you to measure engagements per second – in real-time. Crazy.

15.31

Next app: Push i/O.

15.30

Placed uses triangulation and tracks which cell phones, smart phones, etc. To see which customers go into which stores. Wow. No app required.

15.29

Judges are agreeing with me: “How are you doing this? This seems like magic. This is very valuable.”

15.28

“We can actually see if someone is moving around from place to place.”

15.28

This is sick. Several location-based apps can make use of this analytics by showing you which stores are being hit through such and such app. This is nuts. You can see how each store, restaurant, etc. at a company level and see which apps are delivering customers to their doors.

15.26

Placed is a location analytics platform that shows you a friggin’ heat map of the total number of people that are interacting in a variety of stores.

15.25

New app: Placed.

15.24

Judges are giving Retailegence  a hard time. Hammering away on adPOPs weaknesses.

15.23

Local data is basically the big deal here in getting Retailigence more ground.

15.21

Here it is: adPOP – what they really want to show you

15.21

Retailigence also appeared at Social Loco

15.20

“We are not an app, we are an API company. Let me show you some apps that use our API.”

He now shows off Shop Adviser.

15.19

Retailigence on the floor – the mobile ad guys

15.18

Judge 2: What’s to say that some salesguy will just do this on his own without the app. What’s the selling point?

Selligy Founder: Data connections. That’s the big onee.

15.17

I’ll be showing the screenshots later on. You could also check out the apps by Googling them (I know, lazy).

15.16

15.16

Pulls iCalendar data and integrates into your meeting. “There are lots of sales systems, we hope to make this an easy platform. The product is free and in beta. Check it out.”

15.14

Selligy allows you to manage your busy life by managing your meetings.

15.13

Now founder of Selligy is on the floor.

15.12

Judge 2: “Is it possible that you can actually lose your hearing from listening to it? What about the whole idea of doing things like’ hey that music is too loud’?

Founder: “Yes” (lol)

15.11

Judge 4: “Do this app show some stuff that the whole ‘listening to sound’ helps improve your hearing'”

15.10

This new app from this dude creates these different sounds for hearing therapy. It allows users to listen to certain types of sounds through the iPhone or iPad and can help improve hearing on a variety of frequencies.

15.08

Glomper founders

 

15.06

These entries go super fast, we’re already on the fourth entry.

15.06

The whole idea behind Glomper is “The smart & beautiful way to share and sync your free time with nearby friends.
Never miss opportunities to spend best moments of your life with friends.”

“Try it today. It’s free.”

15.05

WTH is that thing?

15.04

Mike from ZatPhoto switched frmo 70-200mm 2.8F L lens to 16-35mm.

15.03

It’s the new app Glomper. Still trying to figure out what this app is about.

15.02

Now a big ass pet thing is storming on stage and distracting the crowd. Laughs all around.

15.02

Our vision is going after a model that will work with premium feature sets

15.01

Judge: “What are some of the features that you’re looking to do to charge people”?

15.00

CEO Jim Haid jumps on stage pretends to drive while trying to join a meeting

14.59

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Doesn’t matter because now MobileDay is on

14.58

Totally missed the other app

11.45

Thanks for joining readers. We’ll be making updates throughout the day.

11.44

Now a video plays and the keynote conference has ended. I think.

11.43

Giveaway

11.43

Google I_O 2012b

11.43

Giveaway-mania. Everyone gets a Nexus phone, Nexus 7 tablet and Nexus Cube

11.41

Vic invites everyone at I/O to night event

11.38

Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!

11.38

So what does Vic do? Show a video.

11.38

Kind of hard to follow up with Google Glasses with Google Plus Events.

11.37

Vic: “I was hoping I wouldn’t have a Taylor Swift moment”

11.37

Brin apologizes for interrupting Vic’s Google Plus presentation.

11.36

Glass Explorer Edition

11.36

Glasses is expected to debut by next year.

11.35

Brin announced “Glass Explorer Edition” for US-Based IO attendees

11.35

He’s talking about how he can extend the functionality of Google Glasses and how the development community will be a huge part of the deal.

11.33

Brin is talking about Google Glasses selling points by how it can capture moments at anytime

11.33

“The Google Glasses captures moments that couldn’t be captured with camera – which would distract my baby”

11.32

They’re now showing off Google Glasses being used by a mother and her time with her child.

11.31

They’re talking about now how not to “disengage with the physical world” while still getting info.

11.31

Google Glass perspective

11.30

They’re now talking about how Google Glasses would help in a variety of use cases.

11.28

Observing life in first person perspective seems to be the theme here.

11.27

Unique moments

11.26

Here’s an interesting point. They’re talking about how a camera is never around in time during the most interesting moments in life.

11.24

Google Glasses

11.24

“We wanted to create a form factor that would work on a variety of faces and other glasses”

11.22

“If this thing was not light we’re not going to do it”

11.21

“Google Glasses was designed to not get in the way of your senses”

11.20

Google Glass has gyrometers, multiple radios, speaker to listen to audio, camera, etc.

11.19

Brin is joined by one of the engineers and talks about the abilities of the glasses.

11.18

Now Brin talks about his excitement about Google Glass and how they were able to do the live streaming.

11.17

Google Glasses dudes

11.16

The audience saw a live strean of the skydivers jump from the plane, parachute to the roof of a building, rapel doing the building and biked to the conference. All in realtime.

11.15

Now the skydivers rappel down the building after doing some bike stunts. And they’re biking right into the conference.

11.13

They’re pretty skilled. They all landed on the building, easily. Now they’re doing stunts on the bikes.

11.13

Hopefully they landed

11.12

Brin: “Hopefully, they landed”. Lol.

11.11

They’re showing several skydivers armed with Google Glasses all pushing live streams of their jumps on Hangouts.

11.11

3, 2, 1. Jump!

11.10

Sharing Live

11.09

“nobody really knows the outcome of this jump.”

11.09

They’re doing this through Hangouts

11.09

Now we’re looking at skydiver’s view being live streamed to audience at Google I/O

11.08

He’s now showing off Google Glass with some dude that’s about to do a jump off an airplane

11.07

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Now Sergey Brin jumps on stage, interrupts Vic and shows off Google Glass

11.06

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Google+ also looks at which photos got the most engagement and shows them on a “highlights” page.

11.06

They’re now talking about how pictures in events are being magically grouped based on the tagged faces

11.02

Now they’re talking about slideshows and this thing called Party Mode.

11.01

Oooh neato. When you mouseover, it opens up like a envelope.

11.00

Oooh

11.00

Now you can add themes to the invitation.

10.59

Google+ Events will now be integrated into the Google Calendar

10.58

Do  you like how I’m capturing this dude’s excited face?

10.58

Vic and Events

10.58

Google+ Events announced.

10.57

Now Vic talks about how important events are in life (i.e. weddings, birthdays, etc.)

10.56

Google Plus update for Android will be out for tablets and smartphones today

10.56

“Rolling out for the Android tablet today and for the iPad soon.”

10.56

They’re producing almost all of the same features as the Google Tablets.

10.55

New place for ribbon bar, new place for notifications. Now they’re talking about features for the iPad.

10.55

You can now do Hangouts on the tablet

10.54

Google Plus Tablet

10.54

“Google Plus on tablet is going to have crisp text, pics and everything and I can’t wait to get it to your hands.”

10.53

“When are we going to get a native tablet version of Google Plus? We’ll we’re going to release it today.”

10.52

People average 12 minutes a day in the Google Plus stream

10.51

150+ million active users

10.51

250 million users registered

10.49

Live Stream Into Hangout

10.49

They showed off a guy streaming what he’s seeing through a telescope on Hangouts

10.48

Video time.

10.48

Now they’re introducing Vic Gundotra and Google Plus

10.47

We’ll be summarizing this or if Google decides to push out the I/O videos, we’ll post them here for you guys to check out.

10.47

Now they’re playing us out.

10.46

Price at 299 (US)

10.46

They’re saying it’s a “social media device”

10.45

Now they’re showing off how YouTube videos are being shared through the Nexus Cube.

10.44

“Well. Let’s play some transformers!” Why YES! *facepalm*

10.43

“Isn’t that more than meets the eye?” Wow. Did they just do some lame Transformers reference?

10.42

So now friends can queue up a playlist for you – this is definitely designed for the Lazy Tech Guy

10.41

“Matt is going to use his device to add his song to the queue. And now we see it.”

10.41

It seems like they’re allowing friends play as DJs

10.40

Now they’re trying to show off the social aspects of the cube by allowing other Google users to interact with the Cube.

10.40

Visualizer

10.39

Now they’re playing People Hear They See by Oddisee. Tight ass track. Tight ass name.

10.38

Nexus Cube now being demonstrated.

10.38

“Dual Band Wifi, Ethernet, Micro USB port, and General Hackability” (I like dats)

10.37

Nexus Cube Insides

10.37

“We wanted to build something special and not just another black box”

10.36

“You use your phone or tablet to control the cloud”

10.36

I hope this shit doesn’t roll off my shelf.

10.36

Nexus Cube Ball

10.36

Balls of steel!

10.35

Nexus Cube

10.34

This thing looks extremely sleek.

10.34

Nexus Q

10.34

Project now called “Nexus Cube”. Now they’re introducing it. Here comes the video.

10.33

Now we’re stepping away from tablets and into more stuff. Cloud seems to be the theme with Project Tungsten

10.31

The Price? 199 US

10.31

It’s a FPS called Dead Trigger which they showed for a few seconds.

10.31

They’re really showing off the Tegra 3 graphics processor of the tablet

10.30

Showing Off Gaming on Nexus 7

10.30

Now they’re showing off gaming on Nexus 7

10.29

Now they’re showing off how their Google Translate embedded in a Flipbook like app.

10.28

So now Google maps can drill down all the way down the inside of the restaurant and you can use something such as “Compass Mode” that allows you to look at the restaurant in 360 degrees.

10.27

So now

Compass Mode

10.26

Now they’re showing off some new features on Google Maps

10.26

YouTube will also be included naturally and will easily stream HD with no problems

10.26

Nexus 7 will come with Chrome installed right off the bat.

10.25

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“Nexus 7 is made for Google Play.” “Ideal device for reading books.” They are definitely positioning this as a media consumption device.

10.24

Magazine experience. Browse through magazines, Swipe between pages at the bottom. Also features a pure-text view.

10.17

Now they’re about to bring up the Google tablet. Probably the 7 inch Nexus

10.16

Same with publications.

10.16

Google Play has been doing some serious work partnering with some big name content providers

 

11.13

Microsoft’s best strategy? Go through the back and get people on Windows Phones through business. Why? Because carriers don’t give a shiz about Windows Phone. They’re too busy with Android. And for iPhone? They’re only holding onto that phone to keep their subscribers but that costs them. Anyway, more on all this later. Going to lunch.

11.11

That’s it. Game over.

11.10

11.10

Now they’re talking about what they’re going to do with the Windows Phone 7.5 and 7.8 users.

11.09

Can there be a third mobile OS that can differentiate? I think so. 100k apps says alot.

11.08

11.07

Announcement: Zynga to bring Words With Friends and Draw Something to WP8 later this year.

11.07

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11.07

Oh, numbers: Windows Phone reached 100k apps in the Marketplace.

11.06

11.06

They’re giving Nokia owners a massage for not getting updates for Windows Phone 8.

11.05

11.05

My Commute app feature. Sorry RiderBee.

11.04

11.04

The SmartGroup Shot takes a bundle of images and suggests the best one with more open eyes and crescent smiles.

11.03

Camera Extras for the core camera will include a self-time, burst mode, panorama, and SmartGroup Shot. WP is playing catch-up again.

11.03

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11.02

Now it looks like he’s going to ease the pain of Nokia N900 Windows 7.8 customers with nice new tools.

11.00

11.00

Looks like Kevin Shields, SVP of Nokia, is on stage to talk about WP8. Maybe he has an answer to those early adopters of N900.

10.59

Emphasizing again: Windows Phone 8 won’t run on existing devices, so if you just got the Lumia 900, you’re screwed.

10.59

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But for Windows Phone 8. Here’s the biggie: Current devices will not have it. No updates to Windows Phone 8. 7.8 is what you’ll get.

10.57

10.57

Windows Phone 7.8 update will include new start screen!

10.57

“Windows Phone 8 devices will be more up to date than before. So we’re still looking at lower fragmentation levels.”

10.57

10.56

Oh. Over the air updates. Friggin’ hell. Finally.

10.56

Who’s on board manufacturer wise? Nokia, ZTE, Huawei, Samsung, HTC

10.54

Later this summer? Doh!

10.54

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“Better, faster hardware, better games, better multitasking”

10.53

Being able to request time off from a phone hub, and accessing company apps? Working from the beach? Yes, sir.

10.53

10.52

If Microsoft can figure out how to manage policies on Windows Phone 8. That would be something I’d sell to CFOs.

10.52

10.52

If Microsoft can pull off enterprise like this. They can gain marketshare through the business side.

10.51

10.51

I really like the new tile screen. Makes use of real estate while not creating gaps in between.

10.50

10.50

Ha! There’s a company hub now.

10.50

Does this mean that IT can do a massive update to business oriented WP8 phones?

10.49

WP8 will include secure boot, encryption, and a flexible app distribution model that IT managers can control.

10.49

10.49

Now we’re getting into the Enterprise ready stuff.

10.47

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10.45

So which languages will developers be able to code on?

10.45

Some points:

  • All Windows Phone Mango apps will run on WP8.
  • And every app is going to be compiled without developers having to resubmit their work.
  • Visual Studio 2012 will support development for Windows 8 and also Windows Phone. One tool for all the platforms.

10.44

10.44

Well, first they’re going to talk about what Windows 8 means in Maximizing ROI.

10.44

Now, how do we pay the developers?

10.43

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10.43

Gallo: I “basically had a conversation with my app,” a two-way interactive conversation.

10.43

10.43

Communicating with speech while the app, Audible played, sounds useful.

10.43

Can launch an app using speech, also able to give it a command and control its behavior.

10.41

10.41

Back to speech: Gallo is now trying to get  his phone to play Game of Thrones

10.41

Side note: Audible is going to be working with Windows Phone. Don’t forget to go to audible.com/lazy for a real trial! Ha! Shameless!

10.40

Uh oh. Here comes the “speech” thing. *braces for impact*

10.39

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10.39

Here we go with another video. *tilts head*

10.38

And what about battery life? Gallo is emphasizing that MS does this in a responsible way to manage battery drain.

10.38

In terms of multitasking, Developers won’t have to add this into their code. It’ll automatically run in the background.

10.37

RE: Voip again. Yep, any developer can build a full VoIP app that’s deeply integrated into WP8.

10.37

10.36

To All Developers: API is going to be open to all – not just Skype

10.36

Audio routing means it’ll conenct VoIP calls to your car or bluetooth headset. AND will still work in the background.

10.35

So the phone rings, you answer, and it opens in Skype.

10.35

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10.35

Now they’re talking about VOIP, Multitasking and Video chat.

10.34

10.34

Ah. SQL. Now we’re talking database crap now. lol.

10.34

10.34

Simplifies porting apps between iOS/Android. WP8 fans? There you go.

10.33

10.33

I can’t help but feel I’ve seen this guy on Hell’s Kitchen before. Robert on Season 5?

10.32

10.32

Gallo is emphasizing again that it took just two weeks to port over.

10.32

10.31

These guys:

10.31

So who’s in right now for Windows Phone 8?

10.31

Gallo is showing “cloth and deformable skin” demo. They just took a “full fat asset” from Windows 8 and ported to Windows Phone 8 in “under three weeks.”

10.30

10.30

Dear Chair Entertainment of Infinity Blade, you can now build on Windows Phone 8.

10.29

10.29

Woe. Now they’re really showing off the engine.

10.29

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10.28

FYI: Havok is that physics engine that allows for objects to act in a realistic manner in games.

10.27

10.27

Andrew Bowell on stage

10.26

Yup.

10.26

And the games?

10.26

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10.25

I do have to say that TellMe is very limited but it was never meant to deal with full-on speech anyway.

10.25

Now Gallo mentions a new speech platform. What will Microsoft call its “Siri?” “Sorry”?

10.24

10.24

“Developers can now share more code,” including native code and .NET code. .NET!!! Yay for me!

10.23

Direct3D eh?

10.23

10.22

10.22

Now he’s  running the Developer Platform for Windows Phone 8

10.22

10.21

10.21

Shared Windows kernel = shared device drivers, so hardware partners only have to build one driver. That is huge.

10.21

This is what he’s going to talk about.

10.21

10.20

Kevin Gallo is next up. Looks like we’re going into developer mode.

10.20

10.20

10.20

App-To-App communication. No more multiple check-in? We shall see.

10.19

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10.19

10.19

Excuse me. NFC, In-App purchasing and other stuff.

10.18

10.18

More interesting demo on NFC

10.18

10.17

For the next video, they wrote real code for Windows 8 and WP8 to solve a problem using the shared core. They’re hitting this theme hard.

10.17

I smell crazy in-app transactions from the developer’s BBQ

10.16

10.16

10.16

Apps can call-out to Windows Phone Wallet to make a transaction.

10.15

When you try to make a purchase in-app, it launches the wallet, you enter your PIN, and you can choose how you would like to pay for that thing you just bought.

10.15

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10.11

More on Wallet.

10.10

Chase Bank app for Windows Phone on demo. Not available in the marketplace. But it looks like they announced this indirectly.

10.09

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10.08

Essentially, you can store deal coupons in the Wallet hub. Same for various credit cards. All within your phone.

10.08

Chase, AT&T, Paypal. What else does he have? Fandango. Shoe Circus? Library card? Nice Joe.

10.07

10.06

10.06

Now a demo of the wallet.

10.06

Belfiore says it only took a couple days for the developer to port the app from Windows 8 to WP8. The games are also playing together head-to-head in real time. Facinating.

10.05

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10.03

Belfiore says this is the riskiest part of his demo, since he has preproduction hardware and software.

10.03

Tap other WP8 devices.

10.03

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10.02

He says the port was incredibly easy to do with minimum code changes, because of all the shared core platform components like Direct X.

10.01

He’s showing a game sample that ships with the Windows 8 SDK – he’s demoing it on the “standard Samsung Windows tablet”.

10.00

“NFC isn’t just for payments. Touching NFC ads can also work to summon a taxi.”

10.00

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09.59

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Dammit. I need to piss.

09.59

More on the HW support for WP8, NFC stuff

09.58

Let’s see them do Gears of War or Mass Effect. Ha!

09.58

09.58

Now – a discussion about porting Win8 apps to WP8. THIS is what will be really interesting.

09.57

09.57

Because of IE 10’s huge network of net users, IE 10 detects when you’ve opened one of those nasty “You’ve WON ,000,000!” sites. That’s a perfect feature for my mom and dad.

09.56

HTML5 support goes to”touch events.” Belfiore is spinning a fountain of apps around and around. Wheeeeeee!

09.55

It matches the desktop experience for phishing sites exactly. Hopefully they’re not browsing LTG. Ha!

09.55

09.54

IE10 will detect websites as unsafe on the mobile browser

09.54

Now for Internet Explorer 10.

09.54

09.53

When you hold down the tile, the small arrow in the lower-righthand lets you change the tile size.

09.52

Interesting.

09.51

09.51

Belfiore is now showing how you can resize and re-arrange tiles now.

09.51

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Makes me wonder now: If you finish an entire line with these tiles, will it clear the whole level like Tetris?

09.50

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This is what is looks like when you’re moving tiles now.

09.49

09.48

Microsoft is slowly getting their design language together more consistently. XBox, Windows 8 and now WP8.

09.48

Now this looks more in line with what we’re seeing on Windows 8 desktop/tablet.

09.47

Yes. We’re glad they made the change too.

09.47

09.47

I’m really really glad, they’re listening to their users. EVERYONE hated how there was a blank space on the right side.

09.46

“Users can set the size of any tile to any of those three sizes.” Yay.

09.46

Much better.

09.46

09.46

New Start Screen with the empty blank space gone. I hated that black space. Now they’ve filled the real estate. Good job.

09.44

09.44

One last feature. “It’s the sexiest thing in Windows Phone 8.” Modifying the Start Screen

09.43

From an IT standpoint, this will be huge. They want to leverage Windows (which is big in enterprise) and go from there. IT guys can use the same tools they use to manage PCs to manage phones now, thanks to that “shared core.”

09.43

A demo of enterprise management is about to go underway

09.42

09.41

It’ll support encryption, secure boot, device management, and Office apps. Bitlocker technology will encrypt it.

09.41

Windows Phone 7 didn’t offer great business tools, but WP8 “is ready for business.”

09.41

Now Microsoft is turning its eyes on business and IT administration.

09.41

I really hope though that they get rid of that “tapping to hear directions” caveat with Nokia Maps

09.40

Nokia has recently told me that at Social-Loco that Nokia is the biggest map company since they bought NavTeq. The map tech competition is nuts.

09.40

Yup. Nokia maps.

09.39

Another interesting tidbit: “We expect to have a solution with ISIS next year, but not at launch.”

09.38

“Every Windows Phone will include the wallet hub.”

09.38

09.37

Looks like Microsoft wants to work with carriers by putting the secure part on the SIM card itself instead of the phone.

09.36

Belfiore is hammering Google for putting NFC into the device directly and not letting carriers do it hence carriers hesitation for Google Wallet.

09.35

Credit & Debit cards, Loyalty Cards, Accessed Deals, Tap-To-Pay, etc.

09.34

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Now they’re talking about WP8 as being a complete wallet experience.

09.34

WP8’s NFC will allow interoperability between laptops, phones, and tablets using NFC.

09.33

NFC is coming too.

09.32

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I’m a bit doubtful but if they say they’re gonna do it. Let’s see it!

09.32

DirectX-based games and apps on Windows 8 will have a common platform with WP8. Interesting.

09.31

Now this is a biggie: Microsoft will allow “Native code developers” to work on Windows Phone 8.

09.30

IE10 will be as accurate as desktop he says. Includes features like “SmartScreen anti-phishing.”

09.29

Capisce?

09.29

Internet Explorer 10 in the mix. Windows Phone will scale up/down this coming fall.

09.28

09.28

Removable microSD supported. To Developers: All existing Windows Phone 7.5 apps will run on all of the resolutions without any changes, he says. The slide lists support for “Photos, Music, Videos,” and, wait for it, “Installing apps.” Interesting.

09.26

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Dual-core chipsets for this fall as well as more screen resolutions coming: WVGA, WXGA, and 720p.

09.25

Multicore Chipsets (about time really).

09.24

What Microsoft wants to do now is make WP8 Phones wider in ranges of form factors, price points, and capabilities.

09.24

“Manufacturers will be able to re-use the same hardware drivers they build for Windows 8 on Windows Phone 8.”

09.23

09.23

Now they’re getting into the whole thing about what core is about. Shared Core that is.

09.22

So Windows Phone will get to use software that’s already used by 1.3 billion people (aka Windows users).

09.22

09.20

Windows Phone 8 “this holiday” will ship with a “shared core” with Windows 8.

09.20

He mentions this is what is coming “this fall” for Windows Phone 8. Now they’re about to reveal what WP8 developers “need to know.”

09.19

Joe Belfiore is now on stage.

09.19

“Today is our Windows Phone 8 platform preview.”

09.19

“Consumers Love Windows Phone”. They’re now referring to how consumers highly rate the phone. Not sales obviously.

09.18

They want to deliver a “connected experience.” Those three things added up to Metro and Windows Phone devices a “little over 18 months ago.”

09.17

Now a bunch of quotes are going up walking about how Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) has been a huge improvement from 7.

09.16

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09.15

Alrighty. Let’s get this started

17.02

That’s all folks.  Come back and check for more coverage.  Also, listen for our LTG podcast which we will be discussing Surface and the Touch Covers.

16.59

And that’s it.  Great announcement, now we need to get a hands on, some prices and availability.

16.58

“We want those of you here to see and touch it, we have several stations set up next door where you can see what went into it. We hope you’ll stay and join us for that. I want to thank you all for being part of today’s event.”

16.58

“We took the time to get Surface and Windows 8 right. To do something that was really different and really special. We’re proud of the Surface like we’re proud of Windows 8. Because of Windows 8, the Surface is a PC, it is a tablet… it’s something new.”

16.57

No price on the Intel version, but they say it will be priced to compete.

16.56

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Surface for Win RT in 32GB and 64GB priced similar to ARM tablets

16.55

Pricing next….

16.54

“This keyboard measures touch faster than any keyboard you can use today.”

16.53

Surface has an accelerometer.

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He’s holding it like a book.  The Touch Covers create a book-like spine with the Tablet.

16.52

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Pink, Red, Black colors for the Touch Covers also.

16.51

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A blue Touch Cover.  Looks like multiple colors will be available.

16.49

The case is specially molded for the Surface.  Molded to .65mm

16.47

They’re on the casing of the Tablet, a VaporMG case.

16.47

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16.47

They’re talking the kickstand again.

16.46

Wonder if there’s an Angry Birds for Windows 8 Surface….

16.45

He is giving some of his thought process on the creation of these products.  Simplicity of design. comfortable, seamless product

16.45

“This sits in your hand very comfortably. You can use it all day in comfort. When you talk about the hardware fading to the background, it needs to not get in the way.”

16.44

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16.43

The designer, Panos Panay is up on stage.

16.42

They have a product being called Type Cover.  Tactile keys full trackpad.

16.41

Showing off the Windows desktop.

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The pen magnetizes to the side of the tablet so you don’t loose it.  Great idea!

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The digital ink is sampled at 600 dpi.  There’s some numbers for you Rad.

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Digital Ink using a Stylus.  It’s like you’re writing on the screen.

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It uses less power than Core i5 chips third generation.

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I love the kickstand idea…-TH

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And most importantly of all, it has a kickstand also.

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Uses less power than today’s Core i5 chips.

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They are showing off the Windows 8 Pro version on stage.  ClearType display, less than 2 lbs and 14mm thick.

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There will be a Surface tablet for Windows Rt and a Surface tablet with full Windows

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A new presenter is out, Michael Anguilo.

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Microsoft Office is on the Surface.

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The keyboard has a trackpad. It is 3mm thin with “touch typing”

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A full keyboard can be attached, with the kickstand, it’s like a full portable PC.

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Gorilla Glass. Magnetic connector for power

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The tablet has a kickstand.

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Display is 10.6 inches and already runs Netflix.

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It will have access to all Windows apps for Movies, Music, play games on the Windows Store.

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just under 1.5 pounds!

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Beveled edges at 22 degrees, 1.5 lbs

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Full size tablet, USB 2, 9.3mm” thin.

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Steven Sinofsky is out on stage

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It’s a tablet.  The new Microsoft Surface tablet.  Ballmer is holding it on stage.

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“What is it? It’s something new. Something different. A whole new family of computing devices from Microsoft.”

 

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And the big announcement is……Surface!

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“Much like Windows 1 needed the mouse, we wanted to give Windows 8 it’s own hardware.”

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Now they are running a video of the history of Microsoft hardware.

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He’s talking about Windows 8.  He’s mentioning some of the established features and now it looks like they’re announcing a new feature.

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He’s talking Windows 8.

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“Windows is the most flexible software ever created” – Ballmer

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Ballmer is up

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The event is starting!!

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So there’s a video playing, showing what could be a dual screen tablet

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There’s no cell phone reception inside the Milk event building -TH

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Just kidding

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Or Microsoft home phones! -TH

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How ’bout a Microsoft TV.  Apple missed their chance.  – Sw

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We’re still waiting for the event to begin……Come on Microsoft, give us something good.  -SW

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Still awaiting the announcement…

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Making sure connections are all set.

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What’s Microsoft Announcing?

  • Other (75%, 3 Votes)
  • Xbox 720 (25%, 1 Votes)
  • Windows 8 RT Tablet (0%, 0 Votes)

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There’s been a lot of speculation on what this could be.  Tablets, new phones, e-books.-SW

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We’re waiting for the event to start

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We reaching the tail end and ….well, that’s it.

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The HUD shows the whereabouts of the police but the intriguing part is how the player can hack into cameras (and other characters?). Still uncertain but the game graphics are pushing levels above what we’re normally seeing in current console graphics.

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Now we’re getting into some serious gunplay and it’s interesting to say the least. We’re seeing Slo-mo mechanics, slide attacks with gunplay over the carhood and alot of environment interactivity. The game looks very impressive to say the least.

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The character now shows off eavesdropping abilities and can anticipate “violence probability” percentage as he approaches a target. Character takes out extended baton and beats the crap out of him.

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The character walks around nonchalantly, hands in his pocket. Walks slowly into a club. Now we’re noticing some very nice looking facial animation rivaling that of the L.A. Noire.

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The next cutscene seems makes heavy use of HDR lighting and looks very atmospheric. There is uncanny resemblance with GTA but it ends once we see the how the protagonist shows a very complex HUD where the player can hack a variety of mobile devices in one fell swoop.

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Creative Director is now going to show off the first gameplay of the game – developed by Ubisoft Montreal.

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Game takes place called “CTOS”

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The game now goes into a long cutscene dropping a bunch of facts about personal privacy, user behavior, etc.
“All data is interconnected.”

“It’s all from the same network. Today everything can be hacked.”

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Ubisoft Co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot is introducing a brand new IP that’s been in development for 2 years.

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All Free To Play F2P.  Trails Evolution, The Settlers Online, Ghost Recon Online, Shoot Many Robots and a few others we missed.

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We’re now going through a montage of games….

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It’s a 3 vs. 3 game (red. vs. blue) and it looks really really simple. Lazers. Lots of lazers. The commentators are browsing through the map with the spectator cam and looking at the arena to see who’s shot who. Looks like Quake. More details will be found at the E3 floor later.

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Basically it’s a multiplayer game where they’re pitting top FPS gamers (Counter Strike champions) and it looks like a rocket launcher fest.

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In the final run, Conner takes out a special Redcoat of significance. Flying from above with his bladed musket and shanking him fom high above. Classic. There’s so much friggin’ bass BTW.

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Now we’re seeing Conner get into close combat and goes hand to hand with the soldier. When a distant soldier notices the killing, he runs for help. Conner goes after him and takes him out.

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Conner has a voice! No accent. Very American.

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Ok. Now for some gameplay video. Conner is jumping across branches, landing easily and brutally defending himself from the wolves with his infamous retractable closeup knife attack.

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The cutscene really shows off Ubisoft’s cinematic department as shows the new character, Conner, rides his horse in the middle of battle rips the Redcoats to shreds.

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We’re now looking at Assassin’s Creed III. It’s a CGI cutscene.

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The teaser makes use of the flying camera during a frozen timeline. The game? Zombi-U or ZimbiU to really make the emphasis on the Wii U.

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Looks like another zombie apocalypse game – again. Not sure what is is yet. Looks Resident Evil-ish

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Rayman Legends (the official name) shows off the sync use between the Pro controller and gamepad. We’ll have to play this on the floor tomorrow for more details.

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We missed a couple of pretty cool games. One of which is the Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Farcry. Now, they are showing for the very first time a game designed is designed for the Wii U’s gamepad and Pro Controller.

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Coming November 13, 2012.

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Controllable “F38” Hornet? Yup. Now they’re showing off an escorting objective in the game where the player can basically rip the roads, cars, buildings to shreds as they try to protect the assets.

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The HUD seems to have a more futuristic edge to it with a more translucent look

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The gameplay scene is taking place at Staples Center and Figueroa (Los Angeles). Lol.

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Looks like you can make use of a number drones in almost like a similar nod to GRAW except not as annoyingly weak.

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Game changes scene and now takes place at what seems to be a shopping center.

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The demo guy is just OPing the hell out of the enemies on a collapsed highway.

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This CoD game looks to be the most impressive looking so far.

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The game is now showing off the new environmental and destructible effects. The game also seems to have some context sensitive areas where you mount to snipe.

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Sequence where an armored vehicle is crossing an overpass and a helicopter is…oh hell…I’ll just say that it looks pretty damn good.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will end off the show. Now showing gameplay bit.

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Mattrick has basically pissed off the Smart TV manucturers. If you have XBox with Smart Glass, there’s no need for Smart TVs.

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The moves definitely look alot more challenging. Rousing applause for Usher performance. Don Mattrick goes back on the stage. We’re about to reach the tail end.

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Usher rippin’ up the stage. All the dancers are now synched up with the Dance Central 3 moves in the game. The choreography is actually pretty intricate.

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“Instead of showing you the game, I can show you myself how we’re going the doing the moves” – Usher (before hitting stage)

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Yup. Usher’s going on stage.

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Dance Central 3 and Usher on screen.

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That was quick. They basically stepped in. “Here’s our game”.

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“We’re going to play this game, on the console, on the tablet, as I sit in the frigerator”

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South Park Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone now hitting the stage. Making fun of Smart Glass.

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South Park: The Stick Of Truth. Releasing March 5, 2013.

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Looks like you can have your own South Park character.

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LOL. A South Park game. This is probably the RPG game announced back on GameInformer where they team with Obsidian Entertainment. Might be wrong about developer but I know they’re well known.

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Showing off another Kinect game. Titled Wreckateer.

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Of course, there’s lots of zombies. Just as many as Dead Rising. Maybe more.

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The QTE seens to show off a small gauge showing the effectiveness or timing of your button mashing.

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The new QTE is making use of rotating analogs. Now they’re lots of running from shit blowing up which originated from a plane that crashed into a building.

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Showing off the Kennedy’s melee we know and love from RE4. Grenades make a return to the series and they’re now counters!

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These guys are not stopping. They’re just showing game after game after game. RE6 now showing gameplay clip featuring Leon Kennedy. Same over the shoulder view.

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Resident Evil 6. First gameplay video being shown now.

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Loco Cycle by Twisted Pixel showing now. And another teaser called Matter.

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More brutal bloody goodness. Look like Lord of the Rings. Nope. Ascend: New Gods.

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Exclusive game for XBox 360 is…

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Game debuts 2013. Tomb Raider DLC will be exclusive to XBox 360 at first – a la GTA

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There’s now a sequence where she goes through a water chasm which then heads off a cliff and she pulls a parachute. The game shows off a couple of quicktime events where she goes through some serious brutal combat.

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The game seems to make good use of attacks on specific parts of the body. We get to see some of Croft’s melee skills as she rips the vocal chords of an random enemy.

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Now, we’re looking at gameplay videos of Tomb Raider. Looks like they’re pushing the system to the limits. We see Lara rope downward towards a house on a cliff.

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Smart Glass allows you interact with the web content using multitouch of your tablet. Imagine looking at the web on your TV and you’re controlling it through your mobile device.

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Users who are browsing through Internet Explorer on XBox can watch videos in full screen. It’s a bit choppy in the current demo they’re showing but it’s impressive that we can potentially see any Flash-based video.

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Now they’re showing off Internet Explorer on 360

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Artists, developers can now envision new ways to experience games with mobile devices and the console. In the demo they show the tablet being used as a controller where the plays are selected and played with the tablet itself.

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Smart Glass allows mobile devices to push media from the tablet to the TV. When the movie/TV show was pushed to the TV via console, the tablet shows information about the show or movie being played at the moment.

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As many have suspected, Smart Glass makes use of devices outside of Windows Phone, Windows 8.

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Looks like they’re about to talk about Smart Glass.

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Showing conceptual videos of the game. The setup looks similar to previous fitness game. Game also makes use of Windows Phone via app.

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Titled Nike+ Kinect Training.

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New game will make use of Nike+

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Tony’s trying to help keep up for you folks.

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Now unveiling new fitness game.

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Damn. Sorry again. We’re back. Hope you’ve been following us on Twitter.

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They will release it on the Xbox, Windows 8 pc, tablets and phones

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Announcing Xbox Music. 30 million music tracks.

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Now they’re showing a commercial about watching sports on your XBox360

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You’ll be able to watch ESPN all live in HD on the XBox 360

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The NBA is coming to XBox. As well as the NHL

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Now they’re showing Fable, The Journey. Holiday 2012 for Kinect.

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With Kinect you can make defensive and offensive calls before the snap.

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He’s calling audibles with voice. Gore hits the seams and breaks for 10 yards. He’s making pre-snap reads and calling the snap right off the bat.

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The man is here t0 talk about the Madden 13. He’s making pre snap calls with the 9ers.

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Joe friggin Montana just hit the stage

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Sorry guys. Check out our Twitter and Facebook. We just saw Halo 4 Gameplay Footage (November 4) and Splinter Cell Blacklist (Our Spring 2013).