Microsoft has reportedly sold more than 100,000 Xbox One units during the game console's first week of availability in China. Media reports reveal Microsoft hopes to sell over 1 million Xbox One units within one year in China, helping build a following for the console which has struggled to keep up with the Sony PlayStation 4 worldwide.
To put it in perspective, the Xbox One launched in Japan and only managed to rack up 23,000 unit sales in the first week - as Microsoft again struggled to break the stranglehold Sony has on its home market - and sales elsewhere have lagged behind Sony.
The Xbox One launch was the first game console launch in China in 14 years, and it was difficult to gauge how interested consumers would be.
The Maxwell floodgates are well and truly open, with some delicious GeForce GTX 980s currently on offer, but I think one of the showstoppers is going to be Palit's new GeForce GTX 980 Super JetStream card.
The GTX 980 Super JetStream features a new cooler, with a new color scheme, with a nice overclock. Palit is offering up two GTX 980s, with the standard GTX 980 JetStream, coming with 1127/1216 MHz clocks while the memory is untouched. The Super JetStream on the other hand amps it up, with 1203/1304 MHz, and the memory sitting at 7200 MHz. As for features, we have:
- LED lightning
- 8-phase PWM
- 0dB technology (same as MSI Zero Frozr or ASUS STRIX)
- Turbofan Blade
- Master Mode and Thunder Master OC modes
Twitter has opened up its servers, and its wallet to researchers over at MIT's Media Lab, in order to get some insights into tweets. The social network has provided $10 million, and every single public tweet ever posted for 'research'.
The researchers are working under the title "Laboratory of Social Machines" and has access to Twitter's "fire hose" of live public tweets, as well as every single tweet posted since the social network first opened back in 2006. With Twitter's, and the public's raw data, the MIT researchers hope to "create new platforms for both individuals and institutions to identify, discuss, and act on pressing societal problems".
The goals of the MIT group aren't exactly clear right now, but it looks like they are concentrating on the consensus of social media platforms like Twitter, where it can be incredibly hard to draw conclusions from hundreds of thousands, and sometimes millions of differing opinions. The Laboratory of Social Machines explains: "Pattern discovery and data visualization will be explored to reveal interaction patterns and shared interests in relevant social systems, collaborative tools and mobile apps will be developed to enable new forms of public communication and social organization".
During the Sibos 2014 financial services industry in Boston, Bill Gates weighed in on the Bitcoin discussion, where he was asked about the digital currency and its potential to ease the cost of payment transactions for moving money from one place to another.
Gates was in favor of Bitcoin, where he said: "Bitcoin is exciting because it shows how cheap it can be. Bitcoin is better than currency in that you don't have to be physically in the same place and, of course, for large transactions, currency can get pretty inconvenient". Gates said that there will be a time in the near future where financial transactions will "be digital, universal and almost free".
Although Gates had positive things to say about Bitcoin, it wasn't all good news, as he is worried over the anonymity of the digital currency. He added: "The customers we're talking about aren't trying to be anonymous. They're willing to be known, so Bitcoin technology is key and you can add to it or you could build a similar technology where there's enough attribution where people feel comfortable that this is nothing to do with terrorism or any type of money laundering". After the mammoth year Gates had this year, I'm interested why he's not investing heavily into Bitcoin, yet?
According to The Wall Street Journal's sources, HP could be splitting itself into two separate companies, under the same roof. One side of the new HP would deal with its PC and printer operations, while the other would do software and services to its corporate and enterprise customers.
We should hear about the deal sometime today, according to The Journal's sources, with the separation to take place sometime in 2015. This could all be part of Meg Whitman's plans, as the fresh CEO of HP, joining back in 2011, promising a five-year restructuring project. This restructuring project included a major overhaul of the printer and PC business in 2012, and layoffs totaling 45,000 staff, which saves the company some $4.5 billion per year.
Microsoft might not make much money from its Windows Phone division, but that doesn't matter: it makes up for it in droves with the royalty fees from Android handset owners such as Samsung and HTC. It was recently revealed that Samsung has handed over $1 billion per year to Microsoft for the use of these royalties, making Microsoft bundles of cash for doing, well, not much at all.
Considering the Entertainment and Devices Division, where the Xbox brand, Kinect and Xbox Live sit, oh and not to mention Skype, and Windows Phone, only made $848 million last year - the $1 billion Microsoft raked in from Samsung means the company made more from its loyalty fees to just one company - Samsung - than it did for all of those massive brands and divisions, combined.
Remember, this is just the money Samsung pays Microsoft, and doesn't represent all of the other Android handset manufacturers on the market. Microsoft has quite the stranglehold on Android it seems, with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce approving Microsoft's purchase of Nokia having Microsoft said the authorities: "concluded after its investigation that Microsoft holds approximately 200 patent families that are necessary to build an Android smartphone".
It looks like we can expect Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes to hit the PC on December 18, according to multiple Russian sources who attended their local video game exhibition, IgorMir.
We know that both Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain are coming to PC, with series creator Hideo Kojima officially announcing the Steam versions of the game just a couple of months ago. Ground Zeroes is a prologue to the full deal: The Phantom Pain, and is already out on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is due out on the aforementioned platforms, and PC, in 2015.
To celebrate next week's home video release of the 2014 sci-fi blockbuster 'Edge of Tomorrow' starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, we have ten copies of the 3D Blu-ray combo pack release to give away, thanks to our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment.
The epic action of 'Edge Of Tomorrow' unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop-forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again... and again.
To go into the running to take one Blu-ray copy home, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:
If you could relive any day over and over again until you got it right, what would it be and why?
To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown.com before the competition closes on October 9th.
'Edge of Tomorrow' is available on 3D + 2D combo pack Blu-ray, 2D Blu-ray and UltraViolet combo pack Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet combo pack and Digital from Australian retailers from October 8th.
Someone has been sent an iPhone 6 prototype 'accidentally', with the person throwing it up to eBay straight away with a starting bid of $999. The Beverly Hills, California based iPhone 6 owner has offered free shipping if the price exceeds $4,000 - but at the time of writing, the current bid was a massive $58,660.
The iPhone 6 prototype does not feature FCC markets on the rear of the device, or a model number, and its Lightning port is red - proving that it is indeed a prototype. iOS 8 isn't on the device, with the iPhone 6 sitting in Developer Mode. 'kimberlyk1018' has said on the eBay page: "This device is being sold as is. I cannot guarantee that it will make calls or that the camera will work. However I can guarantee you that the device is a 64gb iPhone 6 which was sent to me from Verizon. The device comes with the box, charger, headphones and wall charger as well as all the paperwork. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. This is a once in a life time opportunity for you to take a part of".
But, $58,660 for the iPhone 6 prototype? How many of the recent bids would you say are Apple's bids to get their prototype back?
The TV space hasn't had anything exciting happen to it since we shrunk down from CRTs to LCDs, but Google could be involved with the next big thing: modular, snap-on or snap-off displays. Google's secret Google X lab is working on the exciting technology.
The Wall Street Journal is behind the report, giving it some weight, teasing that the Mountain View-based search giant is working on a new display that will be made up of smaller screens that are interconnected to form a seamless image. This provides huge potential, as consumers and users alike could just snap on as many screens as they wanted to have a super-sized TV, or disconnect a few and use it as a smaller display for their monitor or gaming machine.
The biggest roadblock for Google right now is designing a seamless display that doesn't have borders, but this technical hurdle is "as large as the planned screens". The WSJ's sources have said that Google is bringing in the big guns to help them, with former MIT professor Mary Lou Jepsen leading the project. She founded three separate startups that focused on display technology, where she ended up as the head of the display division of Google X. Jepsen's team already includes ex Qualcomm and Samsung staff, among others from some of the biggest names in the industry.