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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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Sennheiser at CES 2014 (Gamers and DJs Welcome)

We have a look at a few new products from Sennheiser this year at CES. They just launched a couple of new gaming headphones - including a closed style as well as some great new DJ headphones. Take a look at our interview for more info!

 

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

Google Wireless?

This isn't the first time "Google is starting a cell phone company" rumors have surfaced, but once again a new report has surfaced saying that Google has been trying to figure out ways to get into the wireless business. Google of course made headlines after they jumped into the broadband business with Google Fiber so also joining the wireless business might not be too far-fetched as they could then provide you with internet access at home and outside your house. BGR has the details.

Armed with a massive advertising business and an uncanny ability to collect and utilize data in amazing ways, Google has time and time again shown us that it’s not afraid to roll the dice and bet big when it comes to breaking into new categories.

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile should all be on high alert, then, because Google is once again rumored to be toying with the idea of launching its own wireless service.

Google Glass for Sale - One Day Only!

Google Glass is finally going to be on sale to the public, unfortunately it is only going to be on sale for one day (Tuesday, April 15) and is going to run you $1500 bucks for the Explorer edition. While the price might be high I'd still venture a guess to say they will sell out very quickly as everyone wants to look like a Cyborg this summer. For more details head on over to TomsHardware.

Want a piece of Google's Glass? The company is now offering consumers a way to get into the Explorer program without the need for an invitation. The cost for the Explorer Edition will still run you $1500 plus tax, so get ready to drain the bank.

According to Google, over the past few months, the company has tried various ways to expand the Explorer program. Some have gained access through a school or university, whereas some were referred by a friend, signed up at Google I/O, and told the company what they would do with Glass via #ifihadglass. Now it's time for something different.

Fight Android Malware with Google's Spyware

I know the headline doesn't sound that promising, but Google is trying to fight malware in Android Apps real-time with their new tool. This tool will offer "continual on-device monitoring" to fight malware ridden apps and prevent apps from installing - or running if they are on the blacklist. This list will be updated continually and should really improve the overall Android-users experience. The downside is that this app will be running in the background and will essentially be spying on everything you are running and reporting that to Google "for your best interest". It is a good idea, but they really need to spin it a different way.

Google's latest approach of bundling services with the Google Play applications will allow the company to provide the security update to Android devices running Gingerbread (2.3) or higher without depending on carriers or device manufacturers. Although the verify applications service is not a guaranteed safety measure against other forms of exploits, it is a step in the right direction from Google rather than taking potshots at competitors.

Source: Neowin

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