Tech Today: No Xbox 720 until 2013, iPhone 5 to get NFC tech

In Monday's late-breaking tech news, Microsoft has confirmed there'll be no new Xbox before 2013, while Apple may be preparing to equip the iPhone 5 with NFC tech

No New Xbox in 2012, says Microsoft France
Those gamers hoping to get their hands on the next generation Xbox 360 console in time for Christmas could be out of luck, with Microsoft France stating it has no plans to release a '720' before the year is out. The console is still likely to be revealed at E3 this summer, but it looks like the Wii U has a clear run on the new console market this year.
Link:Eurogamer

NFC on iPhone 5 to pioneer mobile payments?
An interesting report on 9to5Mac suggests that Apple may be ready to embrace NFC tech with a new iPhone device. An app developer at MacWorld told the website that Apple engineers are "heavy into NFC," while a MasterCard executive has said that the mobile payment industry will need Apple's involvement to catapult it into the mainstream.
Link: 9to5Mac

Madden simulation sees New York Giants win Super Bowl
EA Sports Madden NFL franchise gets more accurate by the year and if the company's simulation of this Sunday's Super Bowl showdown proves to be correct the New York Giants will emerge victorious over the New England Patriots. The simulation uses the wealth of stats served-up by the game, alongside artificial intelligence and injury data. The sim saw the Giants defeat the Patriots courtesy of a last-gasp field goal. Check out the highlights below.
Link: AllThingsD

 

 

Amazon Kindle Fire ships 6m in six weeks
While the company seems in no rush to launch the Kindle Fire tablet in the UK, the budget-Android tablet continues to fly off the virtual shelves in the US. One financial analyst reckons the company sold six million Fires between its November launch and the end of 2011. If correct, that would almost double the 3.2m iPad's Apple sold in its first quarter.
Link:Mashable

Nintendo working on speech recognition tech?
Reports on Monday suggested that Nintendo has teamed up with DoCoMo on a speech recognition system for the DSi console which will assist children with learning difficulties. The tech will allow teachers to speak and for words to appear on a virtual blackboard on the console's screen. The scheme will help kids interact with text.
Link:TheVerge

Julian Assange to play himself on Simpsons
The 500th episode of The Simpsons will feature Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, playing himself. The controversial whistleblower recorded voiceovers in an unknown location after expressing an interest in appearing on the legendary cartoon. The announcement follows news that Assange will host his own TV show in March.
Via: Gizmodo

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