No Xbox Dashboard Update Today, But Netflix Has New App

By Miguel Leiva-Gomez December 06, 2011

After announcing at 10 AM today that the Xbox will have a shiny new dashboard update, Microsoft has decided to further delay everything. Microsoft’s Larry Hyrb (“Major Nelson”) has announced this unfortunate delay via Twitter, informing many people anticipating the much sought-after update that a new time-frame for its release is programmed for this afternoon or evening.

The update was delayed due to a malfunction in its Bing search capabilities; the preview of its implementation just decided to stop searching Bing and ignore the command entirely. Xbox’s new dashboard promises the capability to interact with Kinect, turning your body into a remote control, sending signals through hand movements and voice commands. Once you tell the Xbox to search Bing, it will recognize your voice and pull up every related result in the form of TV shows, games, and movies.

Aside from the obvious Bing feature, Microsoft is also partnering up with several different television providers to give you shows on-demand straight from the Xbox console. If you were expecting this update today, though, you’ll just have to wait a little longer.

In other news, Netflix has released a new application interface for the Xbox preview build which allows you to interact with the website from the dashboard. This was supposed to be in coordination with the Xbox dashboard update, but the delay made the whole arrangement asynchronous.

The new Netflix application allows you to view several movie posters on its website and adds certain features while watching videos. If, for example, you would like to see a description of the movie you’re watching, you can do this by simply hitting the “A” button on the controller and moving the joystick down.

Miguel Leiva-Gomez is a professional writer with experience in computer sciences, technology, and gadgets. He has written for multiple technology and travel outlets and owns his own tech blog called The Tech Guy, where he writes educational, informative, and sometimes comedic articles for an audience that is less versed in technology.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

TechZone360 Contributor

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