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iTunes turns 13 (and still needs work)

iTunes is celebrating its 13th birthday. You'd think in 13 years Apple would have improved iTunes more than they have, but of course they haven't. Quartz has a history lesson on iTunes and why it's still awful.

Enter the iTunes Music Store, unveiled with a proud flourish by a beaming Steve Jobs. It was a digital jukebox, a music distribution game-changer, a record store to end all record stores—and it did, in fact, kill off a great number of those. The addition of the online store to the iTunes media player (which debuted in 2001) completely altered the way people bought, sold, and made music around the globe.

Kindle Oasis - Good, but Way Too Expensive

We talked about the Kindle Oasis a few weeks back on WeeklyTechUpdate and there is no doubt that the Kindle is their best yet. The specifications, features, battery life and resolution are all top-notch and that is evidenced in the massive price of this small reader. The street price in the USA is $290 and according to recent reviews - it's nowhere worth that kind of coin.

Amazon's Kindle Oasis is like a feast with the world's finest caviar. It's an all-you-can-eat Wagyu steak dinner. It's an $80 cup of coffee. Simply put, the Oasis is a $290 extravagance meant only for the few who can afford it. For the rest of us, it's just something to lust after. We called the $200 Kindle Voyage the "Rolls Royce of e-readers" two years ago, but instead of going cheaper (the standard Kindle is currently $60, and the backlit Paperwhite model is $100), Amazon pushed even further into luxury status.

Source: Engadget

Windows 10 Upgrades are Pushy

I'm a big fan on Windows 10. I've been using it since an early developer preview and I haven't had too many issues with the operating system. I do understand that when a company has a good product - and they're givijng it away for free - they want as many people on-board as they can. This big push to Windows 10 helps them a lot as support for an older OS won't be needed as long. The problem is, Microsoft has been really, REALLY pushy when it comes to upgrading and it's been a pain to say "no". This could ultimatly generate more negative feedback than positive for Microsoft and they don't need that at all right now.

Then there is Microsoft's increasingly aggressive tactics to get everyone running Windows 10. It started with a simple notification on the taskbar of Windows 7 and 8, making people aware of Windows 10 and offering to let them 'reserve a copy' to download when available. However, Microsoft then started pre-emptively downloading the Windows 10 installer to those who had opted to reserve a copy, taking up gigabytes of space. 

Source: TheInquirer

Tom Clancy's "The Division" Is Not

There have been more than a few bugs in the latest Tom Clancy game and some of these made cheating super easy. That whole fiasco - and thousands of people who are immature enough to cheat - has been partly to blame for the reduced numbers of people. This is news-worthy as crappy games with crappy programming get a lot of people interested - but can't keep them around. Consider the peak connected users of this game (113,877) and now the mere ~14,000 that are still playing. That's almost a 90% drop in players - all because many multiplayer games suck.

Division Numbers

Source: Steam

Zynga is now worth less than their office building

The once great Zynga has been on the decline for quite some time now, but their company value is now less than the office building they are housed in. Zynga owns the $540 Million dollar building their offices are in, and somehow still have a $1.5 Billion dollar cash reserve, while the company is estimated to be worth $500 Million. The assets and value of the company are nothing to laugh at, however, it is far less than a few years back when Zynga was on top of the world. Medium has the full story.

After a long spate of difficulties with its product strategy and business model, the gaming company Zynga, once a Silicon Valley powerhouse, is now worth less than the office building in which it resides.

Zynga bought its current headquarters, a massive 668,000 square foot, seven-story building at 8th and Townsend streets, for $228 million in 2012. After falling on tough times, Zynga put its headquarters up for sale in February of this year, but the building’s value has been undisclosed until now.

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