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Halo hits $400 Million

The numbers are in, Halo 5 has hit the $400 million dollar mark in its first week. In comparison to previous Halo titles, Halo 5 has beaten all of their first week sales records and has pushed the Halo franchise over the $5 billion dollar mark. Not much else to say other than this is pretty impressive. Gamespot has the full story.

Microsoft has announced that Halo 5: Guardians generated more than $400 million in global sales during its first week, meaning the Xbox One game is now the "biggest Halo launch" of all time. The figure includes sales of games and hardware, and drives Halo franchise lifetime revenue to over $5 billion.

BlackBerry Priv hits the market

BlackBerry is once again in the news thanks to this being the week that you can finally get your hands on their newest device, the BlackBerry Priv. BlackBerry obviously have had their struggles but this new device that features a slide keyboard and a large touchscreen seems to be going over well, but will it be enough to entice people back? The early reviews are positive, but we'll have to wait and see if BlackBerry can achieve their goal of selling 5 million devices per year. Mashable takes a look at the BlackBerry Priv and shares their thoughts over here.

Hello, old friend. I can’t say I’ve missed you, but it’s still a pleasant surprise to run my digits over your surface. The bumps and ridges feel, after so much time, odd, yet strangely familiar. I honestly can’t believe it’s been almost five years since I gave up my last BlackBerry and touched my last BlackBerry keyboard.

Facebook eyeing increased video ad revenue

The next big thing for Facebook appears to be video ads, which probably has Facebook users super excited. Now scattered inbetween recipes from Grandma and Farmville game requests will be laundry detergent commercials! The online video ad market is estimated to be around $17 Billion by 2017 which obviously gets companies like Facebook excited and trying to figure out how they can get a chunk of that big number. Reuters has the full story.

The social network - whose shares rose 5 percent to hit a record high of $109.44 on Thursday - said its video views surged to 8 billion per day in the third quarter, from just 1 billion a year earlier, highlighting a rising threat to TV ad revenue.

The growth in video views presents the most significant near-term opportunity for Facebook as the company looks to grab a bigger slice of the TV advertising market, analysts said.

Cable companies in particular face an increasing threat to revenue as consumers switch to online streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu - a trend known as "cord-cutting"

Sennheiser unveils $55,000 Orpheus headphones

If you've got more money than you know what to do with then you're going to want to check out the new Orpheus headphones from Sennheiser which carry a MSRP of $55,000. A couple years ago Sennheiser started a mission to create "the best headphones ever" and the Orpheus headphones are the result. The science behind these headphones is all there but I'm assuming the price tag will obviously hinder sales. ArsTechnica takes a look at the annoucement from Sennheiser.

How much would you pay for a good pair of headphones? $50? $200? How about $55,000? Sennheiser, purveyor of all things high-end audio, has released an update to its legendary Orpheus headphones, which combine an electrostatic set of cans with a valve pre-amp clad in solid marble. The company claims this results in an 8Hz to 100KHz frequency response—far beyond what human ears are capable of hearing. As such, the price for these new cans is pegged at $55,000 (probably £40,000 or more in the UK).

Time Warner tries Plan B

Time Warner has come up with a plan to win back people who have been canceling their cable, show less ads on certain TV channels... Apparently finding out why people are canceling, lowering their prices, offering more options, or any combination of the above, weren't good enough ideas.  The Verge covers this groundbreaking announcement from Time Warner.

The broad trend in the television industry is that viewers are moving away from linear, ad-supported programming toward on demand, a la carte viewing they can pay for directly. The response at Time Warner has been to begin offering premium networks like HBO to customers without a cable subscription, allowing anyone with an internet connection to pay for access. On today's earnings call, the company said it also plans to try and increase the value of the traditional cable bundle by significantly lowering the number of ads it shows.

WTU Episode #333 - IBM Snags the Weather Network

We have just posted up Episode #333 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Microsoft Aces Anti-Virus Test, IBM Buys the Weather Channel and 10 reasons why BCCHardware wasn't asked to join the FAA Drone Task Force. Check out those stories and more at the links below.

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Intel: PCs are Coming Back, Tablets are Dead

Intel is not much of a dummy when it comes to technology and somehow they figure that the day of the tablet is nearing its end. I figured that this would come a lot sooner than it has, but I'm no soothsayer. Intel believes that the PC is alive and will be a lot more well here in the near future as they expect people to return on more powerful comptures that - while less portable - are solid when it comes to performance.

Sales of two-in-one systems are up 150 per cent, he claimed, and are leading to people wanting to refresh their PCs up to 18 months earlier than they would have. The new form factors - including mini-computers -are also inspiring companies that haven't been big in laptops to get in the game he said, citing Microsoft's Surface Book and InFocus' $99 Kangaroo PC as examples.

Source: TheRegister

Call of Duty Publisher buys Candy Crush Saga

You can expect "great" things from the next Call of Duty as Activision just bought King - the developing team behind Candy Crush. I really hope this goes into in-game ads as the real-life of soldiers probably involves Candy Crush Saga on some level. With Call of Duty: Black Ops III DLC being announced shortly, you'll probably find in-game mini-games that will have you match fruit.

King's game portfolio includes Candy Crush Saga and Candy Crush Soda Saga, which are two of the top five highest-grossing mobile games in the U.S. However, given that the consumer spending on the former dropped 13% year-on-year, many speculate that the time of King is over, similar to what happened to Angry Birds developer, Rovio.

Source: Neowin via ActivisionBlizzard

Drones Can Now Dodge Obstacles Autonomously

Thanks to this project over at MIT, drones will now be able to track and dodge obstacles at 30mph. This is making Skynet all that much easier to achieve.


Microsoft Backs Away from OneDrive Awesomeness

Microsoft was last seen backing away from the OneDrive "unlimited" storage option and has since been scrambling to put in place new tiers and pricing for the new system. In all fairness, there were more than a few people gaming the system with large files and using OneDrive to power their own private file-server. Well, they ruined it for everyone and now Microsoft has pulled the plug.

Starting early next year, all new and existing free OneDrive storage will decrease from 15GB to 5GB. Microsoft is also removing the 15GB camera roll storage bonus for using OneDrive on iOS, Android, or Windows Phone. If you need to store more than 5GB then you'll need to start paying.

Source: TheVerge via OneDrive Blog

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