New for the Microsoft Xbox is an app called Xbox SmartGlass. Referred to as “ the second screen,” this app lets you use your tablet or smartphone to control movies and games. You can do things like display maps from certain games on your tablet, and use its virtual keyboard to type in web addresses while surfing the Web on your TV. (Before, you had to use the Xbox controller to clumsily move from letter to letter when typing). The most compelling SmartGlass feature is the Xbox Video Guide, which picks up enhanced info such as actor bios while you’re watching a movie. Just simply open Showbox App on your smartphone and watch the latest movies trailer and sit relax with popcorn and watch your movies on Netflix.
So far, SmartGlass has some catching up to equal second-screen apps we’ve seen. Because the devices it works on lack the buttons and joysticks, SmartGlass doesn’t replace your Xbox game controller, but rather works in conjugation with it.
An add-on feature for the Xbox lets you use your body as the controller. With Microsoft's Kinect interface for the Xbox 360, instead of the controller , you use body gestures or voice commands.
The Xbox 360 with Kinect is available in a 4GB version for $300 and a 250GB version for $400. (XBox 360 systems without the Kinect device are still available : $200 for 4GB and $300 for $250). With Xbox live you can view high-def movies and TV shows and listen to music. With an Xbox Live Gold account ($60 a year: $100 for a family pack of four), you can play other games online, watch movies from Netflix and Hulu Plus (if you’re a member), You can surf the website, youtube ,Facebook, and Twitter, and watch sports on ESPN.
For those of us who have battled with poor credit ratings, it can be a challenge to re-establish our reputation as a responsible borrower. However, there are many bad credit solutions and short-term credit methods that are now promising to improve the ratings of some consumers if they repay the money they borrow responsibly, and in a timely manner. But what are the services that may boost a consumer’s score in the eyes of all-important credit referencing agencies? This article is going to look at two of the ways in which you can become reputable and access credit more easily in the future.
For customers who are taking out payday loans, the amount that they are able to borrow is largely defined by their credit report. However, this has been seen to hold some people back who would have had difficulty in getting short-term cash otherwise. Now, leaders are promising their borrowers that repayments of the full amount of time will mean good feedback sent to large agencies such as Equifax and Experian, ensuring that future creditors know of the responsible borrowing of the consumer.
Whereas using payday loans might have been the only choice for some people in the past until negative instances on their credit report expired, this will bring redeeming features that can show reform and a more responsible approach to lending on the whole.