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Assassin's Creed Unity Footage

Ubisoft has just released a bit of footage from Assassin's Creed Unity and this game looks like another solid title in the series. There is not much footage, but it does set the tone for the game. (Spoiler: There may involve virtual killing).

 

Amazon Smartphone Specs Leak

In this day and age, it's pretty hard to launch a total surprise product and the rumors have been floating around for a while now about the possibility of Amazon releasing a Smartphone. According to sources, the phone could have a front and rear camera as well as up to four other camera sensors for gesture controls - making it one of the most hands-off devices we've seen yet. Time will tell, but if this does launch, it should be late in 2Q of 2014.

In terms of specs, Kuo says the Amazon phone will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, a 4.7-inch display with a pixel density of between 300 and 320 ppi, a plastic housing, a 13-megapixel main camera supplied by Sony, secondary cameras supplied by Primax, and a battery sized between 2,000 and 2,400 mAh.

Source: BGR

Bear Simulator Coming

There are a few "Sim" games that are awesome. Jason votes for SimCity - now that offline mode works and I know that Tigger enjoys the "Sims". I have been known to play a bit of Big Game Hunter or something like that in the past, but if "Bear Simulator" launches, I just may have to order this epic game. It's just so... wow.

 

Apple to Launch iTunes on Android?

It may not be rocket science, but if you're Apple and you're not selling as many devices anymore - and losing marketshare to Android, maybe you should really start thinking about pushing iTunes to Android. It seems that this idea is gaining a bit of traction in the industry and we may see this come to fruition later this year. Time will tell, but with the Google Music service not available in Canada, I'd consider spending money on iTunes for my Android.

But it's the talks around on-demand subscription and the iTunes App for Android that will most intrigue label heads and the wider market. Apple founder Steve Jobs was widely known to have argued that fans would never subscribe for music. Moreover, up until now, iTunes has been committed to keeping the iTunes ecosystem closed off.

Source: Billboard

ROCCAT Siru Gaming Mouse Pad Review

We have just posted up our review of the ROCCAT Siru Gaming Mouse Pad. This pad is one of the thinnest mats we've ever seen and if you want something that won't take a lot of space in your bag, or raise your hand uncomfortably high off your desk, you should really take a look at see how a razer-thin pad really works. It's more than just a pretty face - and it is pretty. Please take a look at our review for all the details.

Siru

 

I knew I was going to need a new one soon as my old fabric one was breaking down where I had most used it. So much dirt and dust was in and around it that as every week went by, it just became more and more difficult to use. As soon as I opened the package for the Siru and was able to look and feel what I was going to be using, I knew this pad was going to be my pad for a long time.

Now that's a severance package!

In January, Time Warner Cable appointed Robert D. Marcus was appointed as their new CEO. 6 weeks later Time Warner Cable was sold to Comcast for $45 Billion. As part of Robert D Marcus' contract if Time Warner Cable was sold during his tenure as CEO he would receive a little severance pay, to the tune of $80 Million bucks. For those of you who don't want to do math on a Friday, that works out to around $1 Million bucks a day for severance, not bad for 6 weeks of work. The NY Times has the full story.

Robert D. Marcus became chief executive of Time Warner Cable at the start of the year. Less than two months later, he agreed to sell the company to its largest rival, Comcast, for $45 billion.

For that work, he will receive nearly $80 million if the deal closes, a severance payment that amounts to more than $1 million a day for the six weeks he ran the company before agreeing to sell.

Smartphone Now #1 Screen

While this next report from Marketing Land might not be the most official or accurate report of all time it does bring up an interesting fact. According to this report the Smartphone has surpassed the TV as the #1 screen in most people's lives that consumes the most time per day. Apparently the average person spends 151 minutes a day on their phone and 147 minutes watching their TV. Laptop/Computers comes in 3rd with 103 minutes with tablets getting 43 minutes a day. I think more than anything else, shouldn't the question be, does anyone go outside anymore?

A report released this week by Millward Brown takes a quantitative and qualitative look at multiscreen activity from a number of perspectives. The report is based on a global survey (n=12,000 respondents, 30 countries). The US sample was 444 people, with some behavioral monitoring and interviews.

Pandora raises prices

Pandora has made the announcement that they are going to be raising their fees due to the rising cost of operating such a service. Originally Pandora was free of course but right now it is $36 bucks a year or $3.99 a month. Pandora is now going to $4.99 a month and they are removing the option to let you buy a full year at a reduced cost. I would assume Pandora will survive but having to raise costs regularly isn't a great way to keep people happy which is unfortunate since Pandora can't control their costs due to external reasons. The Verge has the story.

Pandora's ad-free internet radio service debuted in 2009 for the very affordable price of $36 a year. Those were the good old days. Today the company announced that its monthly fees will increase from $3.99 to $4.99 and the annual option will disappear entirely due to rising licensing costs.

"The costs of delivering this service have grown considerably," the company says in a blog post. "For example, the royalty rates Pandora pays to performers via SoundExchange for subscription listening have increased 53 percent in the last five years and will increase another 9 percent in 2015." SoundExchange is a nonprofit that collects royalties on behalf of artists.

Worst company in America

It's that time of the year again, time to crown the worst company in America! Once again The Consumerist is taking votes to help figure out who the worst company in America is. EA and Comcast have both claimed this title in past with EA claiming 2012 and 2013 and looking for a prestigious 3rd title. Facebook, Citi, Chase, AT&T, Paypal and many more are all in the running. Head on over here to vote.

As you’ll see from the image below, there are several returning competitors, including previous champs EA and Comcast, three-time runner-up (and sort of winner from when it acquired Countrywide) Bank of America, the perennially hated Ticketmaster and PayPal (with their respective corporate counterparts LiveNation and eBay).

There are also some new names on the list, like Koch Industries and lawsuit-happy seed company Monsanto. There’s also SeaWorld making a splash on WCIA 2014, presumably because people have been watching that Blackfish documentary.

Ford at 2014 Calgary International Auto & Truck Show

We spent some time last week at the Calgary International Auto and Truck Show and took a look at what Ford has to offer - as well as strolled the venue to see what is new or exciting (or really, really shiney). Take a look at the video below and see what they have coming down the pipe and what we can expect from BlackBerry as they make moves in this direction in the coming years.

 

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