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App update enables iPhone to control Xbox 360

Microsoft this week updated its Xbox Live app for iOS to allow users to control the Xbox 360 with their iPhones.

"Use your iPhone with your Xbox to connect, control and discover content on your console," Microsoft wrote in the update notes.

The iPhone can be used to access a list of most recent console activity, as well as play, pause, fast forward, and rewind content. A new Discover section will also feature recent additions to the Xbox lineup, Microsoft said.

The update also adds high-resolution images for the iPad, and improves authentication to make the app more stable for the iPhone and iPad. There was no mention of the iPod touch, though the app supports the iPod touch running iOS 4.3 and higher.

The free My Xbox Live app is available now in the App Store.

The My Xbox Live app for iOS first rolled out in December in conjunction with the release of a revamped Xbox dashboard.

In addition to the new Xbox 360 control, the app lets you: read and send messages to friends; manage your friends list and invite new friends; read and edit your full Live profile (name, bio, motto); change your avatar features and items with the avatar closet; and view and compare your achievement progress with friends.