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A Big Day in Tech: Apple’s WWDC 2013 Keynote, Microsoft and Sony at E3

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If you are a fan of tech as a general subject, then today is a day to pay attention. There may not be many Android-related bits, but as most of you know, there will be plenty from its number one competitor. Today kicks off WWDC, Apple’s developer conference, where they have already essentially confirmed that they will unveil their next version of iOS. But outside of Apple, E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) starts this morning with Microsoft on stage to discuss all things XBOX One. And actually, the event runs simultaneously with Apple’s WWDC keynote, so juggling news out of both should be entertaining to say the least. Finally, later this evening, Sony will finish up day 1 at E3 to talk PlayStation 4. 

In terms of Apple news, we’d be lying if we said that we weren’t going to be paying attention to their every move this morning. The WWDC keynote will be streamed here, so all of you can watch as they reinvent all sorts of things. But truthfully, as a member of the tech media I’m at least interested to see what they can do. The new iOS7 is supposed to be a drastic change in terms of design, meaning they’ll be leaving behind those atrocious icons and textures that mimic leather bound notebooks and casino gaming tables. We’re fans of good design and competitors pushing the industry forward – something Apple has done a time or two.

Also, we love seeing how many new features they introduce that have been on Android from 2010. There will be reactions, more than likely. Stay tuned for those.

Things with Apple kick off at 10AM Pacific. You’ll need Safari, a Mac, or an iOS device to watch it.

E3

At E3, the two heavyweights in the console game will both shed more light on everything they had not previously mentioned during their console unveilings of the XBOX One and PlayStation 4. We have already seen the XBOX One, so this may be more of a gaming showcase rather than hardware speak for Microsoft. Sony, on the other hand, failed to produce hardware at their PS4 announcement, so we at least have that to look forward to from them.

Microsoft’s live show at E3 runs from 9AM Pacific to 11:40AM, EA and Ubisoft will dominate the middle portion of the day, and Sony gets the last word starting at 5:20PM Pacific.

All E3 keynotes can be watched here.

Anything happening today that you are least a little excited or interested to see?

  • TylerChappell

    Can anyone else absolutely not stand the Xbox being called the Xbox One? It’s just flatout stupid and annoying. I have never owned an Xbox and will never make the mistake of owning one, as I mostly do PC gaming, but still. Making a newer generation device but throwing the One name on it as if its like the first, is just a poor decision. Enough non-tech saavy customers are already confused by HTC’s multiple One’s.

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    This is why people hate you apple, Live Streaming video requires Safari 4 or later on Mac OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later.

  • Sean Bello

    there’s going to be a high annoyance quotient today, I already know it. they’re going to announce old Android features and people will be acting like it’s the most amazing thing ever when they said nobody cared about that stuff years ago. there’s nothing more annoying than a hypocrite.

  • bkosh84

    “Live Streaming video requires Safari 4 or later on Mac OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later.”
    Wow Apple, way to be smug..

    • Chris

      And yet they go and show a dumb pie chart about how “93% of iOS users are on the most current version”.

  • kirk ngo

    Honestly watching Apple thing would be a waste of time. I could be watching a movie at the theaters and be impressed than Apple’s thing because i know its going to be awesome and not crappy

  • EvanTheGamer

    I’m definitely going to be tuning into the MS E3 2013 Press Conference at 9:30AM. Can’t wait to see what kinds of new games they have in store for us, especially with the lack of games at their Xbox One reveal last month.

    Bring on the games!

    • JMonkeYJ

      i’m interested to see how aggressively Sony positions themselves as the anti-Xbox One. this new console cycle is at once looking to be very interesting and possibly the least relevant if they’re unable to eclipse PC and mobile gaming.

  • cjohn4043

    My brain is going to explode by the time the day is over due to all the info announcing today…

  • MichaelFranz

    From my understanding iOS 7 got a whole new face lift. More minimal and away form the traditonal iOS they have had.

    • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

      I heard a few reports that said they were changing some fine details like the font type and removing the gloss from certain UI elements. Now this is great and all but so far I’m not really seeing something thats gonna completely reinvent the way people use their phones.

  • Dz

    Would be really nice to see iOS push Android in some way that way I can have an even better Android :)

  • Stephen Freeman

    Unimpressed with the latest consoles, PC all the way for me for now on! Would like to see what apple puts out for software this year.

  • DanWazz

    PS4! Also, interested to see what Apple will do next.

  • hexodat64

    I hope they come up with something good and innovative. Google will respond and come up with (hopefully) a better implementation. New tech is awesome

  • schoat333

    Come on Sony! Please don’t let us down! I really don’t want to buy a Wii U. LMAO

  • Brent Cooper

    I wonder if Apple will invent widgets on the iPhone then sue Google for infringing on their design :P

    • Jet Ranger

      Don’t put it past them ….

  • George Fayad

    Scumbag Apple.
    Holds Keynote to talk about technology.
    Requires iOS or OSX to stream online.

    • EC8CH

      Wow…if that’s true…. just wow.

    • NexusPhan69

      Didn’t even notice it until you pointed it out. Hilarious. Shows how out of touch Apple is right now. Safari is at 4% marketshare.

    • George Fayad

      Looks like it may run with just quick time after all..? I’m able to watch previous videos in firefox after installing quicktime and restarting the browser, but i don’t want to restart chrome as i have about 25 tabs open at the moment.

    • Ian Smith

      ….you can download safari for windows?

      • George Fayad

        Yes, though outside of user support, I don’t know why anyone would want to. I used it when I worked tech support for an ISP to help troubleshoot client problems. Besides that, its worthless. Chrome > *

      • NexusPhan69

        Not the newest version… Apple killed Safari for windows after Safari 5. I wouldn’t be surprised if the live-steam required Safari 6.

        • TheDrizzle

          From the website: “Live Streaming video requires Safari 4 or later on Mac OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later.” (http://www.apple.com/apple-events/june-2013/).

          Such an Apple move.

          • OreoMan

            Hmmmm, seems a little “fragmented” to me.

    • schoat333

      Lets be honest, most of the people that really care already own an iOS or OSX device. I’m just going to follow the macworld live blog.

    • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

      I know everyone hates on Macs but when it comes down to it they are really quality machines made with quality materials. Now I’m an avid Android user but come on give Apple some credit where credit is due, just look at the majority of employees at Google, they all use MacBook Pros as their daily drivers.

      • George Fayad

        You spelled Chromebooks wrong.

        • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

          Chromebooks are great for things like Google Docs and doing online activities but hardcore coding and debuging requires some serious power under the hood. Just look at the pictures posted from the Google Glass Developer event, there is at least ten different Macbook Pro / Air devices pictured throughout the album.

          https://plus.google.com/+GoogleDevelopers/posts/P1uAqLtkY2u

      • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

        I personally love the hardware, but the software just doesn’t have the options that Windows does.
        I know you can run windows on them, but the drivers and battery life are just abysmal (personal experience).

        • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

          Thats where my only real complaint lies (running Windows). Bootcamp just doesn’t allow for Windows to switch GPUs on demand which runs the battery life into the ground but if you use a VM and a few side apps you can lock it into the Integrated GPU and if you have enough RAM installed (I have 16GB just to make everything smooth) there isn’t really THAT much of performance lag.

    • Adam Truelove

      But they’re announcing a new and easier way to share photos and video…….with other iOS users.

      • George Fayad

        keep in mind, if Apple goes cross-platform, apple users can no longer think of themselves as special.

  • EC8CH

    It’d be sweet to see Apple embrace NFC so that mobile payment would get some more traction.

    • timrcm

      There won’t be a new iPhone today most likely, so we won’t hear a word about NFC.

      • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

        Who knows they could have included a secret NFC chip somewhere in the iP5 kinda like what they did to all the users of their first and second generation iPod Touch when Bluetooth was announced BUT the catch was you had to pay $10 for the added functionality.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      This would be nice.

      Whatever happened to ISIS? Typical Verizon timeline.

      • EC8CH

        Hopefully same thing that happened to the Verizon App Store

        snicker snicker tee hee!

    • schoat333

      Sad but true.

  • Shaunwin

    Looking forward to all little juicy bits of information, bring it on guys!

  • rutgersjaffo

    I am done with Microsoft and couldn’t care less about the new Xbox. Microsoft was the first company to sign up to provide the Fed with our electronic information and now they want me to buy an “always on” game system? Forget it. I have always been on their side, supported Xbox over PS and even still own my Zune, but I am done with them. This may have to be what moves me to ios when I get my next laptop.

    • FrankkieNL

      iOS is for iPhone and iPad. The laptop (MacBook) runs on Mac OSX.
      You could always try Linux. thats free!

    • Kisuk3

      iOS is a nightmare.

      I bought a macbook air and after an hour of playing around with it I loaded Windows 7 through bootloader.

      • Geoff Johnson

        *Bootcamp

        Too much Android hacking for you :P

        • Kisuk3

          Hehe can you tell how much time I spent on iOS ;)

      • schoat333

        Macbook airs have OSX, not iOS. OSX is actually much better than windows IMO. Linux is still the best tho.

        • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

          This is where I don’t get the hate. iOS and Mac OS X are two completely different things and honestly OS X to me is a lot easier to use then other platforms (be it Windows or straight Linux).

      • EdubE24

        Nice try…Its OSX on a Mac!

    • DroidzFX

      Your smartphone is always on better pull the battery out.

      • trophynuts

        lmao

      • rutgersjaffo

        Way to completely miss the point. Here’s an idea: Snark is not always the answer. I guess I should just do nothing since I can’t fix the entirety of the situation, right? Jesus Christ…

    • Mike

      couple flaws in that statement. I’m saying this as someone who’s never even owned a 360, so I’m not really biased.

      1) The One isn’t required to always have an internet connection. The API will be available if game developers insist IIRC, but MS said specifically it doesn’t require it.
      2) we don’t know nearly enough about that NSA deal. I don’t think its as cut and dry as it was made out to be. Nearly every company on the list has come busting out the gates saying the don’t know what the sam hill they’re talking about, and they have NEVER been a part of it. Take that however you want. I’d think if they were guilty they would’ve either pleaded the fifth or threw out some lawyer speak. Most of them have been prettty frank about calling bullcrap on it.

    • trophynuts

      so are you done with google also?

      • rutgersjaffo

        Define “done” please.

  • Geoff Johnson

    Let’s hope there’s more to iOS 7 than just new icons

    • Manny

      I want to believe.

    • Eric

      Surely Apple is going to release some features already on Android and make it seem like it’s some awesome breakthrough.

      • EvanTheGamer

        I wouldn’t put it past them miserable bastards. lol

      • Adam Truelove

        That’s kind of their thing now. Has been for the past couple years.

      • pappy53

        If they do, you can bet that it will work better than Android.

        • mxracer9111

          Which team are you on? Man this is DROID-life… haha

      • FelisLachesis

        And then summarily sue Samsung for patent infringement for implmenting these features. *Sigh*

    • Ian Smith

      i’m calling live wallpapers

      • michael arazan

        Apple itunes radio, that copy’s what Google did

    • schoat333

      I’ll put money on seeing this. “With iOS7, we now let you put your icons anywhere you want them. Pretty revolutionary huh?”

      • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

        Lol just letting iOS users have to option for alphabetical or would be a major step.

    • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

      I feel like we are going to see a holo version of iOS as far as layout and color scheme. I just hope they bring something big to the table today.

    • EdubE24

      I would just be happy with Notification Settings. I could less about widgets and live wallpapers. But easy access to my settings would be more than enough for me!!

    • Adam Truelove

      They’ll introduce revolutionary new features like photosphere and a swipe-able keyboard.

    • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

      REVOLUTIONARY ICONS