Xbox One Double Storage Ahead of E3

It appears that Microsoft is beating the E3 launch madness and just forging ahead with their launch of a larger capacity Xbox One this week. This new unit packs a 1TB drive and boasts a new controller - one that takes regualr headphones instead of the proprietary mess that existed since the dawn of the 360. This is good stuff, and what makes it even better is that it is launching at the same price as the current model. You get more stuff for the same money!

An Xbox One game console with 1TB of onboard storage will launch on June 16 in the US, Microsoft announced Tuesday. The console, which will feature twice the storage of the previous model, will also boast a matte finish across the top, rather than the half-glossy finish that previously topped the console. The 1TB Xbox One will set customers back $399/AU$549. For a limited time, Microsoft will also include Halo: The Master Chief Collection with the console.

Source: CNET

E3 - Mass Effect: Andromeda Coming

There was a lot of E3 news today and I wasn't able to catch much of it today, but one of the highlights of E3 could be the new Mass Effect: Andromeda game. The biggest downside is that it is scheduled for the holiday season - of 2016.

When we wrapped up the original Mass Effect trilogy with Mass Effect 3: Citadel in early 2013, planning and design on Mass Effect: Andromeda was already well underway. We knew we wanted to start with a foundation composed of the best parts of any Mass Effect game: exciting new worlds to discover, great characters, and intense action. At the same time, we clearly wanted to expand the definition of what you should expect from a Mass Effect game.


Source: BioWare Blog

Dell tries Linux (Again)

Every once in a while Dell makes an announcement that they are going to be offering Linux on some of their desktops or laptops and the open source community cheers and Dell makes headlines. After a couple days it seems that everyone forgets and life goes on and Dell drops the models. Dell is now trying once again to offer a couple laptops in the Inspiron 15 3000 and Inspiron 14 3000 series that will be shipping with Ubuntu Linux. So far the advertising is limited to just a tweet, but that more that in the past so we will see how long this lasts. TechRepulic has the full story.

Ask any fan of Linux about the on-again, off-again relationship Dell has had with the flagship open-source platform, and you'll get mostly negative reactions. There's a reason for that. Every time Dell teases the Linux community with a new Linux-powered desktop, the relationship lasts for a few months, and then it's over.

Well, guess what? Dell is at it again. However, this time, something feels a bit different. Instead of being secretive about Linux on their laptops or desktops, Dell is actually (gasp) promoting the things!

WTU Episode #317 - Sony Won't Go Backwards

We have just posted up Episode #317 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Sony is not going backwards, Game makers cautious about VR and Dell is bringing back Linux. Check out those stories and more at the links below.


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If you've been waiting and saving up your money for you very own jetpack, that wait is almost over as the first commercially available jetpack will be available for purchase next year. How much does it cost? Doesn't really matter because its a jetpack. Ok, maybe the price tag does matter a little, and the price tag on the Martin jetpack will be around $150,000, which is actually a pretty good deal when you consider that it's a JETPACK!!!!

The Guardian has more details on what $150k gets you. 

The Martin Jetpack is made from carbon fibre and aluminium. It eschews the traditional rockets of science-fiction jetpacks, which are powerful but difficult to control, and instead uses fans.

A two-litre petrol engine drives two fans either side of the pilot to lift the jet pack and up to 120kgs of human into the air, along with a low-altitude parachute for use should things go wrong.

After initial test flights in 2011, an updated version was shown off recently at the Paris airshow. It could fly for up to 30 minutes at speeds as fast as 74 kilometres per hour. Pilots will be able to reach altitudes of 1,000m taking off and landing vertically, meaning rooftops, gardens and parking lots are all viable launchpads.

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