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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.

Sonas

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.

 

nVIDIA Dropping Driver Support for Older Cards

If you've got an older NVIDIA graphics card, you may want to get the latest drives right away. nVIDIA has announced that it is pulling support for the entire 8-series, 9-series, 100-series, 200-series, 300-series and a low-end card from the 400-series. This is pretty stupid and shows that nVIDIA is worrying about saving money rather than providing their customers long-term support. Thanks for that.

Up to and including the release of the GeForce 340, driver users will still be getting driver and game optimizations; however, after this, the party is over. Up until the GeForce 343 driver in 2016, the company will still be fixing minor driver issues as needed, but these are likely to affect only a small group of people.

Source: TomsHardware

Bing on the Image Search

Google has had image search for a while now and hasn't really had any competition from other search engines. Well Bing has finally caught up and has what they call, "Image Match". This has been a while coming but at least it has come and will hopefully be a success!

Searching for the right image can be tough. After sorting through hundreds of images, you finally find a picture you like but unfortunately it's low resolution or an odd dimension leaving you to go back to scrolling through the results pages. To take the hassle out of this process we're introducing a new feature that allows you to match an image in a few simple clicks.

Source: Bing Blogs

Google Drive drops prices

Good news for everyone that needs some extra cloud storage, Google has announced they've dropped their Google Drive prices. You can now get 100GB of cloud storage for $1.99 a month from Google which is pretty cheap when compared to Dropbox who is currently at $99 per year. Google also has a 1TB plan for $9.99 per year if you just can't live with 100GB. Arstechnica has the story over here.

Google today announced big price cuts for the 100GB and 1TB tiers of Google Drive cloud storage.

"We've lowered the price of our monthly storage plans to $1.99 for 100GB (previously $4.99), [and] $9.99 for 1TB (previously $49.99)," the company said in a blog post.

9 lies programmers tell themselves

Since it is a slow news day and also because I know there are a bunch of programmers that regularily read BCCHardware I figurd this was a good choice for a Friday new story. ITWorld has a list of 9 lies programmers tell themselves. If you are a programmer or have ever worked with a programmer you will probably agree with pretty much every one of these.

Everybody lies to themselves now and again (“I can’t weigh that much; my scale must be off”) in both their personal and professional lives. Some professions, however, may be more prone to it than others. Software developers, who often work - alone - for long hours under tight deadlines seem to be particularly susceptible to a little self-delusion. 

PS4 still outselling Xbox One

Microsoft announced they had a good month in February selling 258,000 Xbox One consoles. Unfortunately for Microsoft, some of their thunder was stolen by Sony who sold 287,000 PS4 consoles. I think both Sony and Microsoft are probably both happy with their console sales and it looks like the Sony vs. Microsoft "which is better" debate is going to continue for quite some time. The Inquirer has the full story and all the numbers.

Games console maker Microsoft is bragging about the number of Xbox One units it sold in February, although the games console's sales are still lagging behind those of the Sony Playstation 4 (PS4).

Microsoft has picked over the latest NPD Group sales figures and spoken of the Xbox One's record-breaking sales pace. In February it sold 258,000 consoles. It said that this was higher than the number of Xbox 360 units it sold in the comparable period.

Amazon to raise Prime rate

Amazon's Prime program has been a huge success which for $79 bucks a year give US customers unlimited free 2-day shipping (on eligible products) and access to Amazon's video library (movies and TV shows) as well as access to streaming music in the near future. The price however is going to be jumping up to $99 dollars a year which is probably still a good deal if you are a big Amazon user. If you act fast you can lock in another year at $79 but if you are too slow the price will be $99 within a week or so. BusinessInsider has more details.

Amazon announced on its home page today that it has raised the price of its Prime subscription service from $79 to $99 per year.

Prime gives you access to unlimited free two-day shipping on many items, plus access to thousands of streaming movies and TV shows through Amazon Instant Video, a service similar to Netflix. There have also been reports that Prime members will soon get access to a Spotify-like streaming music service.

Windows Phone OS for free?

The rumor that Microsoft was looking to offer their Windows Phone OS for free to some manufacturers has been floating around for a while now (which is the same model as Android uses). I don't think many people thought it would ever happen that Microsoft would give it away for free but apparently Microsoft has proven us all wrong as they are going to start giving away the Windows Phone OS for free to some manufacturers. This will hopefully allow phone makers to offer Windows Phone products at lower prices and be able to compete with Android in the lower end phone market. The Verge has more details.

Microsoft has been considering offering a free version of Windows Phone to smartphone makers for months now, and it appears the company has signed its first free license deals recently. The Times of India reports that Microsoft is waiving the Windows Phone license fee for two Indian phone makers — Karbonn and Lava (Xolo). Both were recently announced as new Windows Phone makers, and currently create low-cost Android handsets. Microsoft has been reportedly talking to the pair since last year, but agreements to build Windows Phones only came after the license fee was dropped.

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