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Earlier this morning, Microsoft announced a raft of changes to its upcoming Xbox One platform in response to palpable gamer outrage. Barely a week after its controversial E3 press conference, the company has back-flipped on DRM and used game restrictions — the console will no longer require you to connect to the internet every 24 hours and disc-based games can be sold and swapped at leisure. While this is a partial win for consumers, from a business perspective it can only be viewed as another blunder.
Microsoft has caved in to consumer outrage over its plans to force owners of its forthcoming Xbox One console to connect every 24 hours in order to keep playing their games. The always-on DRM requirement has been dropped, and Xbox One owners who purchase games on disc will be able to sell and swap those discs just as they can now.
This week, we were invited to an advanced screening of Monsters University by Pixar Animation Studios, the follow-up to the Academy Award-winning Monsters Inc. The film is an enjoyable romp for all ages… but does “enjoyable” really cut it when you’re paying through the nose? These days, a family trip to the cinema costs around $50 — and that’s if you forgo 3D and the snack bar. So the question is: does Pixar still have what it takes to put your bum in a seat?
When iTunes Radio was unveiled at Apple’s WWDC event last week, it didn’t seem to stir up a lot of buzz, and at first blush it didn’t seem like Apple was doing anything terribly new. However, iTunes Radio could be a real contender if Apple plays to its strengths and doesn’t trip over its own feet in the process. Here’s why iTunes Radio could be really awesome, if Apple lets it shine.
Web/Android: With all the talk of streaming music services vying for your headphone time, it’s easy to overlook some of the ones that are simple, fun and pump out a stream of good, interesting music. Earbits is one of those services, and it’s available for Android and the web for free.
My giant TV gives me beautiful crisp clear picture that fills my living room perfectly. I love it when I’m using it, but when it’s turned off I hate it. It’s a big ugly square black-hole, sucking the life out of my living room space. Any creative DIY tips on how can I hide it when it’s turned off? Thanks, Square Eyes