Halo hits $400 Million

The numbers are in, Halo 5 has hit the $400 million dollar mark in its first week. In comparison to previous Halo titles, Halo 5 has beaten all of their first week sales records and has pushed the Halo franchise over the $5 billion dollar mark. Not much else to say other than this is pretty impressive. Gamespot has the full story.

Microsoft has announced that Halo 5: Guardians generated more than $400 million in global sales during its first week, meaning the Xbox One game is now the "biggest Halo launch" of all time. The figure includes sales of games and hardware, and drives Halo franchise lifetime revenue to over $5 billion.

UP vs. Rasberry Pi2

The Raspberry Pi2 is a pretty amazing piece of technology, basically a full computer that is the size of a pack of cards. Well, the limits have been pushed even more with a new project called UP. The UP guys have taken the same form factor and have stuffed an Intel Atom X5-8300 CPU that is running at 1.84GHz with 1GB or 2GB of RAM into the same form factor as the Raspberry Pi2. This small system can run Linux, Windows, or Android and is pretty amazing for the small amount of space it takes up. Currently UP is running a Kickstarter campaign and unsurprisingly has already reached their goal with 17 days left.

Kickstarter details for UP project.

UP is a credit card size board which merges the benefits of Raspberry Pi2, the standard "de facto" of makers with the high performance and low power consumption of latest tablet technology : the Intel Cherry Trail Atom Quad Core x5-Z8300 64 bits up to 1.84GHz. Thanks to the 14nm technology, the CPU is rated at only 2W SDP.

SteamOS Gaming Sucks

For those of you that thought the SteamBox would take over gaming, sadly, you're wrong - so very much so. Now that SteamBoxes have actually shipped, there have been some performance tests with box that range from entry-level to "should-have-just-bought-an-alienware-PC" machines. SteamOS falls short - despite being the main project of a huge team of developers over at Valve. PC gaming isn't dead by all means, but Steam Machine gaming may have already died - at launch week.

While these are two AAA games ported to Linux by respected publishers, it's possible the developers simply weren't able to extract the best performance from the less familiar OpenGL and Linux environment. We figured that Valve's own games wouldn't have this problem; if anyone could get the maximum performance out of its Linux ports, it should be the company behind SteamOS itself.

Source: ArsTechnica

Google Glass Without the Glass

The Google Glass Team has quit their initial Glass project and moved onto other projects - one of those was rumored to be Google Glass 2.0. It appears, however, that they are working on multiple project and one of these doesn't include a display - at least a traditional "Glass" display. Google knows the future is really about wearing technology, but there are many ways to make it happen. It will be interesting to see what CES 2016 brings.

Sources for The Information understand that there are three next-generation headsets in development, and that one of them doesn't have a screen at all -- it's an audio-focused model meant for the "sport" crowd. That sounds like an amped-up Bluetooth headset to us, but we'll reserve judgment until there's something to see... or rather, hear.

Source: Engadget

A look back at IPOs

Square (mobile payments company) went public this week with their stock offerings and saw their stock price jump an impressive 45% on the first day. That prompted Business Insider to take a look back at some other famous IPOs and where you would be if you put $10,000 down on day 1.

The recent pickup in tech IPO activity got us thinking: If you had invested $10,000 in the biggest tech companies before they went public, how much would your shares be worth now?

We crunched the numbers and figured it out. Note that this doesn't include dividend payments, which in a lot of cases would have made you even richer.

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