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.

Halo Actress Jen Taylor is WinPhone Cortana

I'm not sure how many of you are excited about this, but dang it - I AM! Even though I don't have a Windows Phone, the good news today is that Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 will feature digital assistant "Cortana" and that will be voiced by Jen Taylor - the very same voice used for Cortana in the video game mega-series, Halo. I do hope they bring this assistant to multiple platforms, but if not, I guess I'll have to skip out as I don't see this as being the killer app to make me switch from Android to Windows Phone. Still, it's pretty cool for all you Halo game junkies.

Microsoft provided the following statement to Neowin regarding Taylor's voice being used in the digital assistant: "[The] Cortana beta synthesizes voices from more than one source, Jen Taylor being one of them. Over time, we plan to employ Jen Taylor’s voice throughout a greater portion of the experience."

Source: Neowin

Android App Pick - Stickman Snowboarding

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we celebrate winter with Stickman Snowboarding. This is a fun app with simple controls that will keep you boarding for a long time. It's fun, simple and a bit addicting. Take a look and see why it made the cut this week!

Stickman Snowboarding



Time to Kinect

Motion electronics is always intriguing to people and Microsoft has caught on to this with their Kinect; first used with the xbox 360. Up until now that sensor bar has been exclusive to the 360 but they are now opening this technology up to PC! MS has announced the prospective release to be scheduled for sometime later this summer!

As Redmond tells it, this self-publishing will happen "later this summer." Next summer (notice a theme here?), Microsoft is adding support for one of gaming's most pervasive dev toolkits to Kinect for Windows: the Unity engine -- tools developers already know the strengths and weaknesses of, which should bolster the app selection even further. Given that the Xbox One will see Unity support this year, this could mean that cross-platform apps and games are a distinct possibility. Or, maybe we'll get a cool new bank account manager instead.”

Source: Engadget

VulcLAN Gallery Online

If you attended VulcLAN 2014 (or wished you could have), make sure to check out the images from the event here. There are a bunch to go through so sit back, relax and see what you could have won if you were there!

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