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GameStop Shuts Down Unlimited Used Game Rental Program

A few weeks back, GameStop announced their unlimited game rental program called "PowerPass". This service cost $60 for 6-months and allowed you to use GameStop as a library for gaming. You can check out one game at a time - an unlimited number of times. It was a great solution for those that live close to a GameStop. They soft-launched the service recently and have just told their employees to pull the signs, kill the program and put everything in a back room for now. They may fire it up again in the future, but for now they have paused the service. This is not a good sign.

“For those guests who have already purchased the service, we will allow them to bring the pass, and video game they have checked-out, back to receive a full refund,” said the spokesperson. “In addition, we will allow them to pick out any Pre-Owned game for free.”

Source: Kotaku

The next Firefox: Firefox Quantum

The folks at Firefox have just unveiled the next version of Firefox which they've dubbed Firefox Quantum. So they've got the cool new name covered, and have made some pretty big claims (like it being twice as fast as their last version) and does all this while using less memory than the competition. 

Will this be enough to gain back some market share? Only time will tell.

You can read more about Firefox Quantum here.

The first thing you’ll notice is the speed. Go on, open some tabs and have some fun. The second thing you’ll notice is the new User Interface (UI). We call this initiative Photon, and its goal is to modernize and unify anything that we call Firefox while taking advantage of the speedy new engine. You guessed it: the Photon UI itself is incredibly fast and smooth. To create Photon, our user research team studied how people browsed the web. We looked at real world hardware to make Firefox look great on any display, and we made sure that Firefox looks and works like Firefox regardless of the device you’re using. Our designers created a system that scales to more than just current hardware but lets us expand in the future. Plus, our Pocket integration goes one step further, which includes Pocket recommendations alongside your most visited pages.

MoviePass Drops Yearly Subscription to $6.95 a Month

MoviePass is an interesting service that trys to get people back into the theatre. The subscription used to be pretty pricey, but not at $6.95 a month for a year, it's a very good deal. In the USA, you'll be able to subscribe and use this service to attend as many movies as you want per month, for one low price. While many people won't take advantage of it, I'm sure many others will use and abuse the service. At that price, I sure would! 

In August, AMC Theaters, the largest movie chain in the US, threatened MoviePass with a lawsuit and claimed that the company’s business model was unsustainable. MoviePass pays theaters the full price for each ticket, except at a few theaters where it gets a discount, Wired reports. The average cost of a movie ticket in North America is $8.84, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which means if subscribers on the new plan attend just one screening per month, MoviePass will already be losing money.

Source: TheVerge

Razer Phone is Available for $699.99

Razer wanted into the mobile phone game and have put a bunch of effort into designing and spec'ing out a phone built just for gamers. The screen is pretty incredible with a 120Hz refresh rate (think VR) and it has enough memory and RAM to make it very formidable. It runs Android OS and the weirdest thing about it, is that it is available in the Microsoft Store. Let that settle in for a bit as Microsoft didn't even feature many Windows Phones in their own store.

From its specifications alone, this thing is a beast and easily matches some of the best handsets from the likes of Samsung, LG, and HTC. But, like any newcomer, there is always some form of doubt, as the company is untested in this field so it will be interesting to see how the company fares with its first foray into the smartphone market.

Source: Neowin

New Microsoft Surface 3 Still Available

Microsoft's Surface line of products have been winners for the most part and the Surface Pro's are what has set the bar for 2-in-1 convertibles. Their original Surface RT was a disaster though as the proprietary OS was confusing and liminted. The non-Pro Surface tablets never made huge waves as they are pretty lightweight when it comes to power. That being said, they are still pretty solid machines - as long as you don't expect it to be a CAD workstation. If you want a new Surface 3, they are still available (almost 2 years later) and with full warranty.

The tablet that can replace your laptop
With the integrated Kickstand, the ability to run desktop software and touch apps, and a full-size USB port, Surface 3 is a perfect mix of innovation and practicality. As thin and light as it is, you'll be amazed at all you can achieve with this device.

  • Intel processor
  • 10.8" 1920 x 1280 Full HD Touchscreen  

Source: Adorama

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