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Ask The en: My Xbox Setup, Groove Music Shutdown & Net Neutrality

Ask The en: My Xbox Setup, Groove Music Shutdown & Net Neutrality
7 days ago

Ask The en: My Xbox Setup, Groove Music Shutdown & Net Neutrality

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So I’ve slacked a little on Ask The en articles. Still, when I reached out on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for new questions to get the column going again, you find folks didn’t disappoint. It’s because of you that this edition is packed with questions and answers about Groove Music, how I game at home and my stance on Net Neutrality.
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Ask The en: Steep, Xbox One Price Cuts & Leaving Groove Music Pass 
1 year ago

Ask The en: Steep, Xbox One Price Cuts & Leaving Groove Music Pass 

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I have to admit that I had a very hard time resisting the urge to start this month’s Ask The en with a quote from Albus Dumbledore’s end of term speech in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. First, I’m a geek. Second, it feels like only yesterday I was sitting down to pen the first 2016 edition of the column. It also seems odd that already we’re talking about holiday Xbox One price cuts, the last few game releases of the year and other random musings. Yet here we find ourselves.
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The Bag: What I Carry Besides a Surface Pro 4 
1 year ago

The Bag: What I Carry Besides a Surface Pro 4 

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My setup has changed a lot. I’ve had three solid years to get new devices and refine my technique. I haven’t ditched Windows Phone yet, but I’ve put some insurance policies in place in case Microsoft can’t get its act together. I’ve rid myself of extra gaming equipment and change the what I carry. As such, I thought the piece needed revisiting.  
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Ask The en: Xbox Play Anywhere & Groove Gets Good
1 year ago

Ask The en: Xbox Play Anywhere & Groove Gets Good

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Many, many historical things have happened since our last Ask The en column from three months ago. In the United States, we finally have our two presidential nominees. Microsoft and Sony both showed up to E3 2016, one packing games and new hardware. The other showed up with an endless list of trailers for gamers that won’t be out this year, were impressive. Microsoft finally got it together where Groove Music is concerned too, but more on that plot twist in a bit.
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Ask The En: Groove Music Edition
2 years ago

Ask The En: Groove Music Edition

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We’re back in the lab again. I should be more specific, I’m back in the lab again, taking your questions about Microsoft’s entertainment ecosystem in general. Last we talked, I served up answers to some of your questions about Xbox Live and Microsoft’s Xbox One consoles. Today, we’re balancing everything out and taking a look at Groove Music only.
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Ask enConnected: Xbox One backward compatibility & Groove Music
2 years ago

Ask enConnected: Xbox One backward compatibility & Groove Music

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I was in the Los Angeles Convention Center on assignment when Microsoft announced that Xbox One backward compatibility was on the way. Make no mistake, you could have dropped a giant atom bomb just outside the theater and people inside wouldn’t have been able to hear it. The audience irrupted in cheers. Some stomped their feet. Others sat their in sheer awe.
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A Tour of Music in Windows 10
3 years ago

A Tour of Music in Windows 10

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Microsoft plans to replace its Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps in Windows 10. After spending a week with the apps I have some thoughts to share on Music.
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AlbumDrop: Ne-Yo’s ‘Non-Fiction’ review
3 years ago

AlbumDrop: Ne-Yo’s ‘Non-Fiction’ review

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When done right, artistry is something that evolves and mutates. This mutation is how we end up with second or third studio albums far removed from what we remember an artist starting out as. It’s how we ended up with albums like Ne-Yo’s Libra Scale. Even while I was working on this review of Non-Fiction review I had to constantly remind myself that this isn’t the Ne-Yo we had two years ago or even a year ago. That isn’t in itself a bad thing. I’m glad I held my mind open, because while I don’t like Non-Fiction I appreciate the artistry behind it.
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