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Ping 157: Gamerscore rewards, Rap & MS, New music service, Bing's blind testing

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A few thousand miles can't keep these two apart and it DEFINITELY can't keep them from bringing you all the hot stories coming out of Microsoft. Here's a sampling:

Rewards for Gamerscores  [09:44]

Hip Hop gone wrong at the Microsoft store  [04:18]

New music service coming our way  [18:40]

Bing's blind testing hits 5 million   [14:40]

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    The Discussion

    • jlcard

      First Comment, yay !!

      Good luck paul I hope your startup goes to infinity and beyond !!

      You should wear a diferent had every show Smiley

    • Yakko Warner

      "A few thousand miled"?

    • PaulMest

      , Yakko Warner wrote

      "A few thousand miled"?

      Nice catch... fixed that one and a bonus 'teh' Wink.

    • PaulMest

      , jlcard wrote

      First Comment, yay !!

      Good luck paul I hope your startup goes to infinity and beyond !!

      You should wear a diferent [hat] every show Smiley

      Thanks for the well-wishes on the startup!

      A new hat each episode would be a good idea, but that would violate one of my new principles: stop acquiring stuff.  I think what I should do is get out of my box fort, get my haircut, and start acting like a contributing member of society. Smiley

    • dentaku

      iTunes and all of it's associated background process is one of the worst things you can install on a Windows machine. It's like they made the Windows version purposely bad which pretty much makes it malware.

    • Yakko Warner

      , Paul II wrote

      *snip*

      Nice catch... fixed that one and a bonus 'teh' Wink.

      I saw that, but for some reason I thought it was intentional.  You know, because it was "leet" or whatever the kids call it these days....

    • TechAZ

      Great show!  Laura always is usually so stylish, where did that Lord of the Rings snuggie come from?  Keep up the good work you two!

    • IRB

      Paul I think you need to get a "Van Gogh" exploding Tardis print for your room Smiley

      http://forbiddenplanet.com/70826-doctor-who-framed-print-exploding-tardis/

      Who doesn't like a bit of Doctor Who?

    • rmorenojr

      What about Steve Ballmer's announcement that Microsoft is switching to a Hardware and Service company?

    • Nick.C

      Porsche:
      Skip ahead to 5 seconds

    • rmorenojr

      Oh, perhaps Paul should close his window blinds to reduce glare, paint a wall to give it some color, maybe tan or gingerbread, and add some overhead lighting for better camera clarity. He should also think about a better microphone too.

      Gingerbread is an actual color, not a reference to an old Android version.

    • watermelon

      Happy that 25th October is the last day of my final exam which means I can stay up the whole night to watch Build conference.

      As for Zune, I had tried to have 14 days trial for several times but no luck at all. Putting my mastercard details into it and got rejected because I'm in Australia but my hotmail account is US based. I do not want to create new account just only to try it. That's also applied to when I want to buy a game, so all my games in WP are free version Crying. Why can't MS implement it in such a simple way?

      I tried the Bing Blind testing few weeks ago and I can tell that it was not totally blind. I sort of knew which one was Bing or Google by looking at their looks. I noticed as well that Bing results on first and second test was on the right hand side. People tend to look at the top right so I don't know if it was a trick or just a mere coincidence.

      Well, for technical queries, Google still is on top of Bing. Even though I pretty aware of that, I still use Bing most of the time. If I really cannot get what I really want then I will use Google.

      Hey Paul, since you cannot throw nine guy into camera, why don't you try to stick the nine guy on top of your headset Tongue Out?

      Laura, why don't you put nine guy on the tv just like last week?

    • adzielak

      laura is sooo carrying this show now that we only have virtual paul left

    • LiquidSpy

      Oh, perhaps Paul should close his window blinds to reduce glare, paint a wall to give it some color, maybe tan or gingerbread, and add some overhead lighting for better camera clarity. He should also think about a better microphone too.

      Gingerbread is an actual color, not a reference to an old Android version.

      I kinda prefer the colors bagel and pancake. Though Azure blue might be more Microsoft-esk. However you might prefer a shameful plug of your new venture, by hanging a logo and url for people to see. (It's all about marketing.)

    • LiquidSpy

      laura is sooo carrying this show now that we only have virtual paul left

      I really want to watch the episode where they are both virtual. With some random guy/girl pushing a broom trying to figure out what it is they're talking about. That way we can still have someone throwing Niners at the camera for the wrap-up. Maybe they can shot that one when Laura is in NYC for Windows 8/Windows Phone 8 launch events are taking place.

    • PaulMest

      , LiquidSpy wrote

      I really want to watch the episode where they are both virtual. With some random guy/girl pushing a broom trying to figure out what it is they're talking about. That way we can still have someone throwing Niners at the camera for the wrap-up. Maybe they can shot that one when Laura is in NYC for Windows 8/Windows Phone 8 launch events are taking place.

      Hilarious.

    • Waldemar

      Great show... you are back in sync. Also the video stream has much less lag then in first show. Ping is definitely a great show.

    • Laura10

      @Waldemar:Thanks buddy! Much appreciated!

    • Justin​MSalvato

      Hey ya Paul, make sure this software runs, not just on the iPad, but Windows RT.

      Glad you stuck around pal.  You & Laura make a great team and I'm digging the kitchen backdrop.

      By the way, been asking for a 9iner guy for a long time.  Gimme gimme gimme! Big Smile

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