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Microsoft updates My Xbox Live for iOS, adds Xbox control

The latest update to Microsoft's My Xbox Live app for iOS includes the capability to control your XBox 360 with your iDevice and find interesting movies, music, apps, and other entertainment.

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Now at version 1.5, My Xbox Live enables iPhone users who have XBox 360s to control their console using their iPad or iPhone in a whole new way.

Previously the My Xbox Live app only allowed users to track and compare user profiles and achievements, connect with Xbox Live friends, and manipulate your 3D avatar.

Now, Microsoft has included the capability to access a variety of entertainment content located on your XBox 360 using the My Xbox Live app as a remote. The app allows users to play, pause, fast-forward, and rewind video and music files as well as search and discover new content.

The update also includes stability improvements for both the iPhone and iPad version.

The My Xbox Live app was not the only Xbox/mobile connection Microsoft has made lately. On June 4, at the E3 gaming convention, Microsoft unveiled its SmartGlass platform -- a multiscreen entertainment initiative, similar to Apple's AirPlay, which allows users to beam content from their mobile devices (iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows Mobile) to their televisions via their Xbox 360.

The My Xbox Live app is available as a free download in Apple's App Store.

Will you be using your iPhone or iPad as a remote for your XBox? Let me know in the comments!