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Netflix to ban 'unblockers'

Netflix has announced that they are planning to stop people from using 'unblockers' or proxies which are used by users to access content not available in the country they reside in. Currently Netflix offers different content in different countries, however, Netflix is hoping to fix that as well so that people don't need to use proxies of VPNs as everything is available globally. The Independent has more details.

Netflix is going to stop the use of “unblockers” on its service, stopping the hugely popular practise that allows access to videos outside users’ country.

The company has long banned accessing content from elsewhere in its terms of service. But it has had a relatively relaxed approach to actually enforcing that ban, until now.

In the coming weeks, “those using proxies and unblockers will only be able to access the service in the country where they currently are,” the company wrote in a blog post. “We are confident this change won’t impact members not using proxies.”

Twitter stock hits new low

Twitter stock has been getting hammered over the past few months and has seem some major losses as it dipped below well $19 this week for the first time ever. Twitter saw its shares lose 38% of their value last year and the decline has continued into 2016 already. At Twitters peak, shares reached the $69 dollar range which can't have investors feeling all that great and will probably be a sign that increased pressure will be put on the company to turn things around. BusinessInsider has the details.

Twitter shares fell to a new all-time low on Wednesday.

The stock has dropped on every trading day in 2016, and fell more than 5% to as low as $18.47 per share in morning trade — a level it has never reached before. 

The only news on the company Wednesday is that analysts at Mizuho initiated coverage on the stock with a "neutral" rating and a price target of $21.

GoPro announces layoffs and lower than expected sales

GoPro appears to be the latest tech company to hit a rough patch as they've announced this week they have have laid off 7% of their workforce and will be announcing lower than expected sales in the next couple weeks. GoPro has been on the top in the action camera market for a while now but they haven't released anything 'groundbreaking' since 2014 which appears to be catching up with them now. GoPro isn't going broke by any means and they are still profitable, they just aren't growing like they had been in past years and are trying to make changes before it's too late. The Verge has the full story.

GoPro has laid off 7 percent of its workforce, and warned investors of poor sales of the company's action cameras. The news comes just a few weeks before GoPro is set to officially announce its fourth quarter earnings for 2015.

The company is also downgrading its guidance for the fourth quarter from about $500-$550 million in revenue to $435 million. GoPro blames that drop on what it's calling "lower than anticipated sales of its capture devices" in the final quarter of 2015. That would represent only 70 percent of the company's revenue in its big fourth quarter in 2014, when it pulled in $633.9 million. Industry analysts were originally projecting that GoPro's Q4 revenue in 2015 would be somewhere closer to $690 million.

13TB SSD

A company called Fixstars has just released their new 13TB SSD drive which blows the currently available 6TB SSD drives right out of the water. Obviously the price tag isn't going to be consumer friendly, as Fixstars is setting a MSRP of $13,000. This drive is going to be aimed at the enterprise market and will be available directly from Fixstars. Most of the major SSD makers are still at the 4-6TB capacity range but this just proves that it is possible and will probably light a fire under the big guys to increase their capacities. PCWorld has the full story.

If you have around US$13,000 to spare, the world's first 13TB solid-state drive could be yours.

Fixstars on Wednesday announced the mammoth SSD-13000M, which will ship by the end of February. SSDs today have no more than 6TB of storage, and the 13TB drive more than doubles that capacity.

An official price hasn't been determined by Fixstars. But a rough estimated selling price is around $1 per gigabyte, or $13,000, said Shien Zhu, a spokesman for Fixstars.

Seagate Announces 8TB NAS Drive

Seagate has just announced their largest NAS drive. This is an 8TB drive that is specifically designed for a 180TB/year workload. These drives are guaranteed for 3 years and should help file hogs happy for a while longer. It would be pretty sweet to have a 32TB RAID 5 array in my ASUStor NAS. Completely unnecessary - but sweet nevertheless.

Seagate has released research showing that SMBs opt for NAS solutions over alternatives such as storage area networks and direct attached storage, and that 18 percent do so for reasons of price, 16 percent for ease of use and 10 percent for quality.

Source: TheInquirer

N64's GoldenEye gets the Unreal Engine 4 Treatment

GoldEye was one of the titles that put N64 onto the wishlist of gamers back in 1997. The graphics were pretty solid for it's time, but it's not as fun to play when you are spoiled with modern graphics. Jude Wilson recreated a portion of the Facility Map using the Unreal Engine 4 and it looks fantastic.

 

Google Working Hard on VR

Google is working on getting more VR into more places. They are doubling down on VR as they've pulled the GMail and Drive responsibilites from Clay Bavor (VP of product management) and having him focus solely on Google's own project Cardboard and VR. This is a huge focus shift and even after CES, I'm continuing to struggle and see how VR will work for me in my life on a daily basis. 

Keeping up with the Facebooks (Oculus) of the world in VR will be essential if Google wants to be considered when it comes to the immersive technology. While the size of the team isn’t known, we do know that a few acquisitions have been clustered together to work on the Cardboard platform.

Source: TechCrunch

EA's Origin Starts PC Gaming Subscription Service

If you're an Origin user, you may have received an email today letting you know that for a mere $4.99 a month, you can subscribe to their gaming service. At first glance, you may think that you get a ton of EA titles with your subscription. That is not the case. You do get a few current titles and a few other last-gen titles. The library will continue to grow, but I'm not sure that it would be worth it for me. The list below is what is currently available and more will be added.

  • Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Digital Deluxe
  • Battlefield Hardline Digital Deluxe
  • Battlefield 3
  • SimCity
  • FIFA 15
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare
  • Need for Speed Rivals: Complete Edition
  • Dead Space 3
  • Dragon Age II
  • Dead Space 2
  • Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition
  • Dead Space
  • The Sims 3 Starter Pack
  • This War of Mine

Source: EA

Samsung Booth Tour at CES 2016

We have posted up the booth tour video from our Samsung booth tour this year. As you can see below, they do have some great products, but LG really outdid themselves this year with their entire lineup. You can check out our impressions from Samsung Press Conference and enjoy the video below as they take us through a few of their products.

 

LG Booth Tour at CES 2016

We have posted the video that accompanied our CES 2016 coverage from the LG booth. Check out the full article here - but you can simply enjoy the video below.

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