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Miiverse for PC and Smartphones

One thing that seems to be a somewhat decent feature with the WiiU is Miiverse. It is social network for the WiiU community, that will be expanding to smartphones and web-browsers soon. The release date is supposed to be sometime in April or May. It should be interesting to see if it will be a hit or just another attempt by Nintendo to do something out of the ordinary. Read more about it at the links provided below.

"Miiverse will be key part of the Wii U console and will be available at launch. The social network will connect players who have Mii profiles on the same system, and connect players from around the world via the Nintendo Network. Miiverse will be free to use for all Wii U players and won’t carry a price nor a subscription plan. Miiverse is based on web-browser technologies, which means it will be accessible from any browser enabled device in the world, including phones, tablets, and more.  To be a tad more specific, Miiverse producer Kiyoshi Mizuki stated that the app would be available in April or May, though a firm date has yet to be pinned down."

Source(s): WiiUDaily, IGN

Xbox One Does a 180

It appears that Microsoft has done the unthinkable - listened to the consumers voice.  While the consumer does carry quite a loud voice - and especially consumers that play video games, it's not often that a company will make such drastic changes to policies based a few days of outcry.  Microsoft released a statement today saying that they are making changes to the Xbox One.  Even the page title states "Your Feedback Matters..."

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At E3 last week, Microsoft made their next-generation console announcement before Sony and Sony wisely measured the outcry and likely made last-minute changes to their platform announcement.  For one, the price of a PS4 is $100 cheaper and it doesn't require an internet connection to play.  Along with the used game fiasco, Microsoft had created a massive hole for themselves.  In just a week, things have changed - as I told Jason Schneider in Episode #216 of WeeklyTechUpdate that it would.  They're are really only two major changes to the platform, but the implications of these address the issues that gamers had and what I knew they had to change.  I honestly didn't think they'd make changes to both issues, but they did.  Hit the read more link to see what all has changed.

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Tt eSPORTS and Thermaltake at CES 2014

 

Kitty Mach from Thermaltake shows off their new eSPORTS products as well as some of the previous generation models to show how far they've come and where they are going. If you're a gamer, make sure you check out our CES 2014 coverage from Thermaltake as they have a lot of good products coming down the pipe.

 

 

In the clip below, Shannon talks to us from the Thermaltake suite about their newest cases as well as the digital power supply app and how well they've implemented this feature in their software.

 

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

 

An Update Is in Your Destiny

You might have already been psyched about the new update for Destiny but you will even be more so after reading this next bit. Hidden within the patch is some info on some new things to expect from upcoming DLC. On Reddit, user sgtfrankieboy has broken down a list of the upcoming additions and as you will see there is plethora of nice stuff!

The new destiny updates brings new stuff to the database! This includes 35 new Activities, 7 new Activity Types and around 230 new items! These items are related to the upcoming DLC expansion. Don't want to click on every single item? Try using the DTR tooltip extension for Chrome!

Source: Reddit

Free Chromebook with 1TB Drive Purchase

Google is following up with the Microsoft outages with an offer that sounds pretty good if you're getting tired of Microsoft and have been sitting on the fence when it comes to purchasing a Chromebook. Right now, Google has upped the 200GB of Drive storage to 1TB for two years if you buy a new Chromebook and activate the offer before January 1, 2015. I know I'll be looking seriously at picking one up around Black Friday for sure. Although those cheap Windows laptops are tempting as well... Both make a great take-it-to-CES rig for casual duties.

They say that this represents a $240 value and considering that most Chromebooks are in the $200 to $300 range, it’s almost like the purchase pays for itself. Contrast this to the 50GB of Dropbox you typically get for free with the activation of a new Samsung smartphone or tablet, for example, and that full 1TB is starting to sound pretty juicy.

Source: MegaTechNews

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