The Xbox One gets Microsoft’s Beam streaming and a faster interface today

Microsoft is rolling out some big changes to the Xbox One today. The biggest additions are the new dashboard and Xbox Guide and the integration of Microsoft’s new Beam streaming service.

The new dashboard was shown off back in January and finally overhauls the user interface to be faster and easier to use. One of the biggest problems with the old dashboard was laggy performance and complicated, buried controls — something Microsoft is addressing by putting games and apps front and center. Other changes include the new Xbox Guide, which appears as a quick panel by pressing the Xbox button on the controller to easily access friends, messages, achievements, and more.

Like the new interface, Beam has also been available for…

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Source:: The Verge – All Posts

Google adds “order ahead” feature to Waze, letting you skip the morning coffee line

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Google wants to make your morning commute as easy as possible with a new feature in its navigation app Waze. The company added an “order ahead” feature to Waze and teamed up with Dunkin’ Donuts to let users order coffee and breakfast from within the Waze app. Now you can place an order with Dunkin’ Donuts on your way to work and pick it up immediately, skipping the regularly long and tedious drive-through line.

The caveat is that you need to have the Dunkin’ Donuts mobile app installed on your device as well, and you need to be a Dunkin’ Donuts Perks member. If that’s you, all you need to do is connect the Dunkin’ Donuts app with your Perks account information to the Waze app, and then you’ll be able to place an order with one tap in Waze. Dunkin’ Donuts already has an order-ahead feature in its own mobile app, and requiring both apps to have this feature work in Waze is disappointing. However, the feature is mostly about streamlining the process of getting coffee and breakfast during your morning commute in which you’re already using Waze for navigation and traffic information.

According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, you won’t pay more for coffee when using the Waze-Dunkin’ collaboration feature. Dunkin’ Donuts agreed to spend more in Waze advertising rather than get a commission off the food and drink orders made with Waze. Ordering ahead has become a popular perk for many companies including Taco Bell, McDonalds, and Starbucks, so it’s not surprising that Dunkin’ Donuts would want to expand this feature by partnering with Google and Waze.

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Source:: Ars Technica

The reboot of ReBoot stars human teens who love snacks

ReBoot, an animated kids’ series known for looking like a cutscene on the original PlayStation, is being remade as a live-action show on Canadian children’s channel YTV. The company shared a first look at the show on Twitter, and it’s noticeably absent of green people.

ReBoot aired from 1994-2001 and, like Power Rangers, Transformers, or Beauty and the Beast, it’s ripe for re-injecting into the veins of today’s youth. The original show takes place in a computer system called Mainframe, where guardian Bob and friends fight off viruses.

YTV had nothing else to share about the ReBoot reboot, aside from its puzzled, well-fed teens. I’d guess the kid in the gray jacket must be Bob. His nutritional knowhow is the stuff of real leaders.

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