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Call of Duty On

Historically Call Of Duty has been produced by two studios; Treyarch and Infinity Ward. Now they are now adding another studio to the roster. Who is this studio? Sledgehammer Games, who also helped on MW3! The change is due to the quality issues associated with big game franchises.

Activision has announced a new three-year development cycle for upcoming Call of Duty games, starting with this year's release. This move, which will still see individual Call of Duty games coming out annually, cements Sledgehammer Games as one of Activision's primary Call of Duty developers alongside Infinity Ward and Treyarch, which are respectively responsible for Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Each studio's game will take three years to develop, staggered for release on an annualized schedule.

Source: Joystiq

Crucial M500 960GB SSD Review

We have just posted up our review of the Crucial M500 960GB SSD. This is one of the first terabyte-class SSDs on the market that is actually affordable. While it isn't the fastest SSD on the market it is large and performs very well. In fact, the 960GB M500 from Crucial performs better than they say it will, and this gives it bonus points. If you have need a lot of fast SSD storage, make sure to check our review for all the details.

M500 960GB

I've been reviewing products long enough that I'm not easy to impress anymore. That being said, there is little to be disappointed with when it comes to the Crucial M500 960GB SSD. It lives up to and exceeds the performance claims and even though the larger block size may make reading and writing smaller files a bit slower than some of the competition, it still delivers excellent performance across the board.

Bill Gates is back

Bill Gates has been gone from Microsoft for quite some time but it appears that he's been coaxed back by the new CEO, Satya Nadella. Satya Nadella has convinced Bill Gates to come back as a product and technology advisor which is probably a great move as Bill Gates did pretty well during his run as CEO of Microsoft. eWeek has more details on Bill's return to Microsoft,

Microsoft had a momentous day Feb.4, with the announcement that Satya Nadella, its cloud chief and a 22-year veteran of the company, had taken the helm of the software giant as its new CEO, succeeding Steve Ballmer. It also marked a return, of sorts, for Bill Gates. The company used the occasion to announce that Bill Gates, Microsoft's co-founder and first CEO, was stepping down as chairman of the board. His new title: founder and technology advisor. In his new role, he "will devote more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction." 

Wozniak thinks Apple should build Android phones

Steve Wozniak is always good for a quote of two and this week he didn't disappoint. The Woz thinks that Apple should consider making Android phones as a secondary phone lineup to their iPhones. Wozniak compared Apple to BlackBerry and suggested they should do something before it's too late. I would imagine the Apple higher-ups probably weren't as amused by this as I was. Head on over to InfoWorld for more on this story.

Though Apple sells its own wildly popular iPhone smartphone, the company might want to consider offering a phone based on the rival Google Android platform, too, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak suggested on Wednesday. "There's nothing to keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market," he said.

Sony to sell PC business

Sony has announced that they are looking to sell their PC business off and want to focus on smartphones and tablets. This isn't too surprising as Sony has been losing money and is having a tough time competing against the Dell, Hp, and Lenovo's of the world in the low margins PC market. If you are a betting person place your bets on who will buy Sony's PC division in our forums using the link below. USAToday has the story.

Sony will cut as many as 5,000 jobs as the Japanese electronics giant attempts to sell its troubled PC business and focus more on tablets and smartphones.

As part of its fiscal third quarter earnings report, the Japanese electronics giant said it is in talks with Japan Industrial Partners to sell its Vaio PC business, aiming to reach an agreement by the end of March.

Happy Birthday Facebook

Facebook turned 10 years old on Tuesday and is just yet another remined or how time flies. It's pretty amazing how fast Facebook has grown over the past 10 years as currently in the United States alone 57% of people currently have a Facebook account.

On Facebook's 10th birthday the Washington Post did a survey and found that half of users in the US dislike the fact that people on Facebook share too much. Also in the news, water is wet, and the sky is blue. 

Facebook is 10 years old today. And nearly everyone and their mom is on it -- or to be more exact 57 percent of all U.S. adults and 73 percent of those ages 12-17 according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

But that doesn't mean everyonelikes it.

 

New Look at Redmond

Tuesday was an iconic day for Microsoft. They haven't had a lot of change in CEO staff since they started - and in fact welcomed CEO #3 to the team - Satya Nadella. That's right, Steve Ballmer is out - but not down as he'll still retain a position on the board for now. The other big move is that Bill Gates is steppind down from chairman of the board and is now the "Founder and Technical Advisor" to Nadella. This means that Bill will, for the time being, be much more involved on a day-to-day basis with Satya as Bill shows him the ropes. Even though Satya has been with the company for over 20 years.

This is a big move that could either make or break the next couple years at Microsoft.

During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella, Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth.

Source: Neowin

A Kick to the Zynga

Zynga, known largely for their "Ville" titles is generating friction with the announced closure of Yoville in March. But the creator of the game, Big Viking Games wants to acquire the title from Zynga to avoid extermination of the game at this point. Users are currently threatening to boycott Zynga games in the event that the closure is to commence.

Zynga broke a lot of hearts when it announced it would be shutting down YoVille, a virtual world online game that’s been running since 2008. The game’s players have been building their simulated communities for many years now, but they only have until March to say goodbye. Unless, that is, YoVille’s original creator and his new game studio have their way.

Source: TechCrunch

Cutting the Chain

Sony has made some fairly cool looking PC’s in the past couple of years, but it seems that it is more of a cannon ball chained to the ankle than anything else for thing electronics giant. They are in talks to sell this dead-weight to investment fund Japan Industrial Partners. What is the price for such an acquisition? Up to $490,000,000!

Sony Corp is in talks to sell its poorly performing personal computer business to investment fund Japan Industrial Partners for up to 50 billion yen ($490 million), the Nikkei daily reported.

Source: Reuters

Electronic Art

I feel like we need to take a step back, just for a minute, to the origins of BCCHardware and check out this awesome "case mod". Andreas "Brodholm" Fredholm has spent the last 2 years custom fabricating a chassis for his watercooled dream. Check out the YouTube video and image gallery below.

Final result of the scratch built computer chassis "Model 01" with all the hardware installed. The chassis was designed and built from scratch by me, Andreas "Brodholm" Fredholm.

Source(s): YouTube / Imgur

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