Watch how fast I cancel my cable/dish service. Like. Really, really fast. Oh, and I’ll re-subscribe to XBL as well! With Hulu and Netflix streaming on my TV, there’s very little need for television cable packages.
Gear Live has reported that it has seen a version of the Xbox 360 dashboard with Hulu as one of the options for streaming video. Microsoft will reportedly announce the option as part of its press conference at the E3 trade show in mid-June. Microsoft has declined comment on the rumor, and we have not independently confirmed it. Microsoft already has other video options such as Netflix and its own downloadable movies.
If it’s true, it shows that Microsoft has been able to continually update the Xbox 360’s connected services over time in its attempt to stay ahead of the PlayStation 3 from Sony. Project Natal and Hulu are Microsoft’s big announcements this year at E3.
Oh. I so can’t wait. Google Chrome has taken over as my default browser on every PC/laptop I use, outside of my home computer (due to the fact that it’s a monster and can handle the huge memory/processor power that Mozilla Firefox takes up).
According to Sundar Pichai, the head of the project and Google VP of product management, the OS will be making its debut in the “late fall.” There’s presently no more information to be had, but I’ll be all over this like sand on a beach in the next few months.
Want a little bit of some preview? I sure did!
I weep at the loss of “unlimited” usage.
AT&T’s $30 unlimited-data plan for smartphones will be eliminated for new users. Starting next week, it will be replaced by new plans costing $15 a month for 200 megabytes of data traffic or $25 a month for 2 gigabytes. AT&T says 98% of its customers use less than those amounts. Users who exceed 2 gigabytes of usage will pay $10 a month for each additional gigabyte.
AT&T Inc. is lowering prices on some of its wireless-calling plans for a second time in six months and moving to a model of charging users based on the amount of Internet surfing they do and email traffic they generate on devices like the iPhone. The move, while it lowers the cost of entry-level plans, means heavy data consumers will have to pay more for service unless they cut back their usage. It kicks in June 7, when Apple Inc. is expected to announce its latest iPhone.
The new plans will lower the cost of an entry-level voice and data plan for smartphones by $15, to $54.99. Existing users will have the option of sticking with their current plans. The company is also dropping the current, $30 unlimited data option for new buyers of Apple’s wireless-enabled iPad and replacing it with the $25 a month 2-gigabyte plan. Executives at AT&T and Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group PLC, have said this year that consumers are going to have to start paying for the amount of data they use as devices become more sophisticated and traffic explodes.
Separately, AT&T said it would allow iPhone users to use their devices as modems starting June 7, a practice called tethering.