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

Skynet is Real - Confirms NSA

If you've watched the original Terminator movie, you'll remember John Connor's attempt to stop Skynet before it started. I'm so glad that is just science fiction. Unfortunately, the NSA says that Skynet is in fact real and they have confirmed that it "watches" over locations and communications of people of interest. That's right. A robot is listening to all of us.

The Skynet program is said to be a collaborative cloud research effort. This came about in a leaked PowerPoint presentation where it said that Skynet applies “complex combinations of geospatial, geotemporal, pattern-of-life, and travel analytics to bulk DNR data to identify patterns of suspect activity”.

Source: Interesting Engineering

Google Play Music is Free - With Ads

Apple music has spurred on a bit of controversy lately, including some major press around Taylor Swift not releasing some of her music unless she gets paid. Let's face it, we all want to get paid - or save some money. Since launch, Google has had a subscription based Play Music service that is cheaper per user that Spotify and now Apple Music, but they are taking things up a notch in order to keep people interested and gain more users. Google announced on Tuesday, that Google Play Music would now offer a free, ad-supported version as well. Free is nice - if you don't mind a few commercials.

At any moment in your day, Google Play Music has whatever you need music for—from working, to working out, to working it on the dance floor—and gives you curated radio stations to make whatever you’re doing better. Our team of music experts, including the folks who created Songza, crafts each station song by song so you don’t have to.


Source: Official Android Blog

Apple Muisic and Beats 1 Launch Tuesday

If you've been waiting for something "groundbreaking" in the music industry, something "innovative" in the streaming business and something "revolutionary" in entertainment, you'll be really, really excited to know that Apple is launching their music service on Tuesday. That's right. Music. Downloaded. Streamed. For a fee - and you don't actually own it. That's incredible, and I don't think their is a single company that has ever thought of streaming, subscription music services before. Oh wait, there are dozens.

In 1993 I was a Computer Science student at Indiana University when Dr Fenske gave me an opportunity to put my studies together with my love, music. He set me off writing an app on NeXTSTEP to stream music (wav) from one part of the campus to another (thanks Rob Francis). I’ve been streaming music ever since.

Source: FistFulAYen

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