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Apple, Xbox set to battle for attention of tech world

It’s arduous to keep in mind every week with so many huge tech corporations staging so many probably huge bulletins. It kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Pacific time Monday  morning with Microsoft’s annual Xbox information convention on the E3 video-game conference in Los Angeles.

Half an hour later, Steve Jobs & Co. will take the stage for the much-anticipated keynote deal with on the firm’s Worldwide Builders Convention in San Francisco.

Who will win? Test the highest of Techmeme round 11 a.m. or so to discover out.

We really know fairly a bit, formally, about what Apple is planning to announce, or at the least the merchandise it is going to make bulletins about. The corporate said last week that it will unveil Lion, the subsequent model of Mac OS X; iOS 5, the subsequent model of its OS for the iPad, iPhone and iPod contact; and iCloud, the corporate’s “upcoming cloud companies providing,” which is presumed to embrace some kind of cloud-based music service.

Much less is understood about Microsoft’s deliberate bulletins, however the firm is widely rumored to be cooking up a subscription-based tv service for Xbox Reside, probably making use of the corporate’s present investments in its Mediaroom IPTV know-how. It could be the newest transfer into leisure for the Xbox 360, half of a continued effort by Microsoft to use the console to enhance its broader place in shopper know-how.

It’s additionally an opportunity for Microsoft to thumb its nostril at Google’s Eric Schmidt, who final week all but dismissed the Redmond company as a present of shopper know-how platforms.

However E3 is about video video games, before everything. Amongst different issues, we’ll be paying shut attention to how sport builders are utilizing and innovating with the Kinect motion-sensor of their video games. Microsoft will likely be webcasting the E3 press conference beginning at 9:30 a.m. for anybody who needs to comply with alongside.

Microsoft and Apple are only the start of an enormous week in tech. Monday night at E3, Sony will likely be taking the stage. On the agenda is the revealing of the corporate’s new transportable sport system, code-named the NGP. The webcast begins at 5 p.m here.

Nintendo takes the stage Tuesday morning to unveil the successor to the Wii, anticipated out in 2012. That webcast begins at 9 a.m. here.

Again in Seattle, will likely be holding its annual shareholders assembly on Tuesday morning. Normally not a stage for huge bulletins, nevertheless it has been a busy yr for the corporate — from tax battles to product launches — so CEO Jeff Bezos may have quite a bit to discuss. Who is aware of, possibly he’ll spill the beans on these Amazon Android tablets.

Comply with the Amazon webcast beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning here.

Test again with GeekWire all through the week for protection.

Picture of Jobs from 2010 WWDC by BenM via Flickr.

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