xbox-one

Putting a strong emphasis on things that aren’t video games, Microsoft debuted the new Xbox One this afternoon. Don’t get us wrong, the games look sick (at least the EA Sports ones they showed off along with a few others), but the way the device lets you interact is really awesome. Power the unit up by simply saying, “Xbox on,” then talk to it to watch live TV, change channels, preview what’s on different networks, and use Windows 8’s Snap Mode to run an app on the side of the screen while you’re watching a movie, TV, or playing a game. Kinect is all redone with far more precise motion detection. There will be exclusive content (starting with a Halo series) and Xbox Live is getting a huge bump going from 15,000 servers to 300,000 so your content can be stored and accessed from the cloud all the time. It’s insane all-in-one entertainment and will be released later this year. More info to follow at E3 in a few weeks.

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Pappy Van Winkle is the name in bourbon. Bottles have sent drinkers on wild goose chases and left others with empty bank accounts. While we can’t help you procure any of that elusive elixir, we can bring a little Pappy into your life in another way. Pappy Van Winkle Hot Sauce is aged in actual Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels. The distillery teamed with friends at Midland Ghost to make this flavorful hot sauce, which features the latter’s prized first generation Ghost Peppers. After the sauce was made, it was left to age in barrels that once held Pappy. That means you have a sauce that’s rich, oaky, and full of flavorful heat. Use it on meats, veggies, or, if you’re a special brand of crazy, just drink it straight from the bottle. It’s that good.