Xbox One unveiled, Vodafone delays 4G launch #TechTalk

Microsoft shows off a new Xbox console and Vodafone reveals it will join rival Three in delaying its plans for a 4G network. Read the latest technology news in today's #TechTalk.

Microsoft unveils the Xbox One

We've all known it was coming for months, but last night Microsoft finally confirmed the arrival of a new Xbox console, going head-to-head with the PlayStation 4. Confusingly named the Xbox One, despite being the company's third such machine, it will go on sale later this year.

Broadband is going to play a bigger part than ever, as the Xbox One relies heavily on cloud-based services that require a decent internet connection. On top of gaming, there's ultra high-definition video streaming, making superfast broadband the ideal.

Vodafone puts off 4G plans

Mobile provider Vodafone has announced it is following the lead of its rival Three by delaying the launch of a 4G mobile broadband network.

Originally scheduled for June, the service is now expected to arrive in September. At present, EE is the only major UK provider with a 4G mobile service.

Read the full story: ISPreview

Smart TV revolution 'not happening'

Research has cast doubt on smart TVs as the future of connected home entertainment. In a YouGov poll, only 6% of Brits with a smart TV said they use it as a primary means of accessing online content.

The vast majority connect their screen to other devices, such as laptops (24%) or desktop PCs (12%) for a better 'big screen' experience than that offered by the smart TV itself.

Webby Awards honour GIF creator

Steve Wilhite, the inventor of the GIF image file format - used across the internet for moving pictures that represent short, looping videos - was handed a Lifetime Achievement Webby Award at a ceremony in New York.

Making his acceptance speech, Wilhite finally cleared up any remaining uncertainty over how the file format's name should be pronounced. As roughly 50% of its users already agreed, it should be said with a soft 'G' as in 'JIF'.

Read the full story: Digital Spy

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