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Xbox Boss Marc Whitten Quits Microsoft

Marc Whitten has just bailed from the Xbox team and this move could hurt the image of the new Xbox One console. While I've been an Xbox user in the past, there have been some issues with the platform and the Xbox One has certainly been shrouded in controversy. Marc was actually the head of the Xbox division and we'll just have to wait and see who floats to the surface to replace him. Let's hope it's not Nokia's Stephen Elop. He wants Xbox killed.

Whitten's decision to exit Microsoft will not affect the remainder of the Xbox leadership team. Going forward, these staffers will report to executive vice president Terry Myerson, who oversees all Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox software and platform development. In a statement of his own, Myerson said he looks forward to finding a "great replacement" for Whitten.

Source: GameSpot

Apple to Release Low-Priced iPhone 5C

If the rumors are true, you'll soon be able to buy a new iPhone 5C that is cheaper than ever before. How does Apple do this? Why, they only give you 8GB of memory - that's how. Of course the actual price difference of the chip is probably about $0.10 so they'll probably know $50 off the device and make it one of the most "innovative" ideas of our generation. Time will tell if you'll be able to run out of space faster.

The idea behind the iPhone 5c was to give consumers a cheaper version of the iOS smartphone, with a plastic case that could also support multiple color choices. However, some unofficial reports have claimed that the 5c is well behind Apple's higher end iPhone 5s in terms of sales, though Apple has never given official sales breakdowns for each of its iPhone models.

Source: Neowin

Google Music, Movies, TV and More Hit More Countries

It seems as though Google has worked out the kinks with their service and made it more internationally acceptable. Now more countries are able to receive Google's Movies, TV, and Music. New countries added do not include Canada though. If you are in the frozen wasteland of Canada, you'll have to keep sitting by your igloo and listen to the seals barking for a while longer.

Google Music Available in:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States

Source: Google

WTU Episode #254 - Nintendo is Good to Go Until 2075

We have just posted up Episode #254 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Google slashing prices on their Drive storage, Amazon jacking up prices on their Prime program and can Nintendo survive until 2075? Probably. We have those stories and more and the links below!

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Sony's PS4 is Up $50 in Canada

With the Canadian dollar quite low right now when compared to the USD, something had to give when it came to pricing the Sony PS4. They've just announced that there will be a $50 price hike here going forward, but I'm sure that will change once they have more inventory and if the Xbox One sales start improving. I would have thought Sony would have continued to try and destroy Microsoft on the price as Microsoft is not raising the price right now.

Since the launch of the new consoles last November, the PS4 has outsold Microsoft’s $499 Xbox One by a significant margin. That gap appears to be shrinking, and with Microsoft this week releasing an Xbox One bundle that includes a free copy of the new sci-fi shooter Titanfall, the price discrepancy between the two machines has been narrowed considerably. (A Microsoft spokesman said the company currently has no plans for a similar Xbox One price increase in Canada.)

Source: TorontoSun

Lego Robot Solves Rubik's Cube Really Fast

This story combines some of the best things on the planet - Lego, Rubik's Cubes, Robots and ARM Processors. This Lego Robot has broken the world record and solved the Rubik's Cube in 3.253 seconds. That's crazy fast. Crazy.


Source: Gizmodo

Video Game Release List for March 17-23

ShackNews is our go-to source for video game releases and this week they are showing off a rather long list of video game releases that will have you celebrating more than St. Patricks day this week. If you're into inFamous: Second Son, you'll have to go grab a PS4, but if you want to try out the new Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes title, you can pick that up on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3. If you have a Wii U - you get a new Chess game. You're welcome.

  • Cloudbuilt (download)
  • Deus Ex: The Fall (download - $10)
  • Luftrausers (download - $10)
  • Men of War: Assault Squad 2 (download - $35)
  • Revolution Ace (download)
  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (download)
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
  • Luftrausers (download - $10)
  • Pure Chess (download - $8)
  • SteamWorld Dig (download - $10)
  • Ballpoint Universe: Infinite (download)
  • Pokémon Battle Trozei (download)
  • Yumi's Odd Odyssey (download - $30)

  • Pure Chess (download - $8)
  • inFamous: Second Son
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  • SteamWorld Dig (download - $10)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
  • Luftrausers (download - $10)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z


Source: ShackNews

Jonathan Ive: "Everyone Sucks"

While I may have paraphrased a bit of the headline, Jonathan Ive states in a recent interview that "we're surrounded by anonymous, poorly made objects". While I agree that many products are poorly made - the truth is that Apple's products are just about as anonymous as everyone elses. That being said, the interview touches on why they do what they do, and if you haven't read some of the books about Apple's early days and what changed when they hired Jonny, you'll want to check out this interview.

More than any Apple product in particular, however, it's the idea that customers might not be completely driven by prices -- that's what he's most pleased with. "We're surrounded by anonymous, poorly made objects. It's tempting to think it's because the people who use them don't care - just like the people who make them."

Source: Engadget, TheSundayTimes

Don't worry about Nintendo

In the recent couple years Nintendo hasn't been hitting the home runs like they had in the past and people have wondered how long they can survive at this rate. Well according to GamesRadar's newest article, Nintendo is sitting on 10.5 Billion bucks in the bank which would allow them to post pretty significant losses for the next 3 or 4 decades and still be ok. Nintendo also has a bunch of assets (around 6 Billion) plus a bunch of patents that would allow them to run for even longer if they can't get things turned around. I guess things aren't so bad after all in the Nintendo camp.

Fiscal projections. Capital budgeting. Shareholder investment. Yadda yadda yadda. Unless you like accounts and annual reports and stock markets and banks and all that, the world of corporate finance is really boring. But not today. Check this out for a completely not boring financial fact about Nintendo: Nintendo has £6.7 ($10.5) billion in the bank and, even if making big losses every year, that considerable nest egg would keep the company going until 2052. That's, like, 40 years away.

Rosewill Sonas R-Studio Headphones


We have just posted up our review of the Rosewill R-Studio series Sonas Headphones/Headset. This multi-purpose set has a total of eight drivers for rich sound and takes your music listening to the next level. They also do double duty as a phone and PC headset using the supplied cable with built-in microphone. Take a look at our review for all the details.


After you release the Sonas from its plastic prison you can unfold it to see it in the entirety of the exquisite, yet simple design. They are constructed of clean black plastic that looks to be of a good quality. All of the joints and extending sections of the Sonas are reinforced with metal for added strength.


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