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Microsoft beats out Apple and Google to acquire home automation startup r2 Studios

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Microsoft beats out Apple and Google to acquire home automation startup r2 Studios
A few weeks ago, we had heard that Apple, Google and Microsoft were all vying for the opportunity to acquire home automation startup r2 Studios, and it looks like Microsoft has come out on top of that competition. Microsoft confirmed today that it has acquired the startup, but the surprise is that Microsoft says the company will become part of the XBOX division.

Given the pretty easy connection between home automation and mobile devices, it's a bit of a surprise that r2 Studios will be part of the XBOX division, but it does make sense given how Microsoft has been working to make the XBOX the hub for everything in the home. It seems reasonable that at some point the work will spill over into Windows Phone and Windows tablets though. 

As part of the deal, r2 founder Blake Krikorian is being appointed as Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, which is the division that "develops key entertainment experiences that span gaming, music, and video across multiple screens" according to the website. Given Krikorian's history as co-founder, chairman and CEO of Sling Media, it seems likely that we'll be seeing him work on streaming video options in the Windows and XBOX ecosystems.

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posted on 10 Jan 2013, 19:57 8

1. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

I looked into my crystal ball and I saw a price increase in Live Gold subscription to cover the all new tech that will be running off your electricity to bring you more commercials but this time the commercials will fill your room. Game consoles couldn't be going in a more ridiculous direction, one thing to benefit gaming and 10+ having to do with everything but. Guaranteed all will spell $$$ for MS, as if charging people to play online wasn't the biggest scam of the last gaming generation.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 22:44 2

5. alterecho (Posts: 1099; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

Good to see someone able to see through subscribe to play scam.

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 09:47

10. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

Paying to play sucks but at the same time I've used Xbox Live a lot as well as the Playstation network. After using both I still subscribe to Xbox Live. It sucks to pay but it kicks the **** out of Sony's network.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 20:07 4

2. papss (unregistered)

Dude their online service is the best in the biz period.. I will gladly pay for live over the terrible psn

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 21:56 2

4. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

You're one of the millions MS has got in the bag, you pay to play P2P and that makes sense? Where on PC, PS3 and Wii U you get online multiplayer for free, yea sure you are on the best something. Look here Live is not more stable or faster than PC online or PSN, and to slap MS across the face PSN+ is $10 cheaper and you actually get rewards like discounts on games, free games, early access to demos and the like. You have to pay MS to even get online to watch Netflix, something you already pay for...wow, I have to shake my head at that sort of logic and self denial it takes to drum up the amount of testicular fortitude to defend that wallet abuse.
Years ago you could defend Live Gold but, in 2013 you'd just be a liar trying to defend that a pathological one at that.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 20:11 7

3. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

Really disappointed Google didn't get it.. they'd probably offer some free or cheap services with it...Microsoft on the other hand tries to squeeze every dime out of everything they can.

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 00:47 3

6. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

MS=Money Sucker $$

P2P...=Pay to Play...

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 01:41 3

7. Shino (banned) (Posts: 196; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)

It's good to see how MS is back and showed the other two how it is done. By the way I'm glad that Giggle didn't get it. Everything they touch and acquire becomes buggy, cheap, full of adds and rubbish. Remember Motorola?

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 04:53

8. joey_sfb (Posts: 6613; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Motorola is doing fine with the Razr series. Besides, i am very happy with Google services. M$ Live is no where near there plus they are charging a subscription for it.

I don't know about the future but for now Google is alright in my book.

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 09:52 1

11. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

The Razr series is losing speed and fast! Not to mention how terrible these Motorola Phones are. I should know I have one. I switched from a Samsung (Mistake), and my next phone will be a Lumia. My wife got one a month ago and it makes my Android look stupid.

By the way, im curious to know of all the people complaining that they have to p2p have ever used both Xbox live and the psn. I've made believers out of psn users when they tried Xbox live.

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 15:46

12. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Where did you get your information about the Motorola phone from? Don't make things up please. Xbox Live believe it or not is P2P. Google it, hell query it whilst on the Live site. Connection depends on your Isp, Live is just a gateway, I have it at my house and works no faster or slower than PSN. Take your biased information elsewhere, Live is just a way for Microsoft to make easy money. Once you're invested, you have no other option but to pay to play. Believe all you want its superior because they charge you for it, smart people see it for what it is, a scam.

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 17:39

13. papss (unregistered)

Wait so you are saying live is no better than psn? Are you smoking crack? It's miles better than psn.. It's more than playing games, it's a feature rich service that offers movies (new releases unlike psn that gets movies weeks after) it gets games, demos, well before psn and its had clan support for years... Again if you don't have it then you have no idea.. I actually do have both and they are most certainly not equal. Take your trolling elsewhere.. On another note moto has not been competitive for a bit now, which is a shame since I really respect them as a company. They need new phones period, stop adding a larger battery to the same damn phone and calling it an upgrade

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 05:21

9. papss (unregistered)

Shino I couldn't agree more.. Again people with opinion that don't have or know the service

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