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While the US press release for the PlayStation 4 mentioned details about games, used games and pricing, it did not confirm all of the specs for the console. In Japan however, a more detailed press release clears up a few things. Sony’s console is packing a 500GB hard drive (same as the Xbox One), and it will not include the camera module, which is a $ 59 (£44 and €49) add-on for the $ 399 box. By comparison, the Xbox One includes — and requires for its use — the Kinect 2.0 camera. A Best Buy listing confirms the PlayStation 4 Eye’s add-on status and pricing, and that an extra DualShock 4 controller will also go for $ 59. We’ve double checked with Sony and confirmed that the system comes with a controller and mono earpiece plus HDMI, USB and power cords — but no camera.
The spec sheet also confirms the system’s dimensions at 275 x 53 x 305mm (excluding the largest projection), its ports (HDMI and optical out, 2 USB 3.0 in and 1 AUX in for use with the camera) and that a single ear mono headset is packed in with the system. That controller weighs in at 210g, includes a 1000mAh battery and one other detail some may have missed — a built-in mono speaker. There are details specs for the camera too, which is capable of a maximum 1280 x 800 (x2) pixel capture at 60fps, 640 x 400 at 120fps, or 320 x 192 at 240fps. It has an 85 degree FOV and a 2 meter cable to connect to the system
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Note: You might not want to watch the video if you haven’t seen the episode but still plan to.
This is a video of people reacting to Sunday’s Game of Thrones episode. People who read the books knew the scene was coming (or that it at least should), while people who’ve only watched the show did not. My cat had zero clue. If I’d had my camera ready to capture his reaction he’d be a meme right now named Holy Shit Cat.
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This is a series of photographs from Mineralblu Photography of some Twinzik cosplayers dressed as Simon Petrikov (the future Ice King) and Marceline from Adventure Time. Touching, isn’t it? You? You should be not touching right now. Put your hands down. I SAID PUT YOUR HANDS DOWN. Why do you always have to touch everything anyways? You’re like a child. Let me guess — you also have to see what the bathroom looks like whenever you go somewhere new. Jk jk, that’s totally normal. I’m always hoping to see one of those little kiddy urinals or a bathroom attendant. Oh, like I’m the only one who plays bathroom bingo?
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This is a video of some dudes demonstrating their custom built, 24-bottle bottle opener on a case of beer. Unfortunately for them, it leaves four unopened, underwhelming audiences worldwide and causing at least one blogger to question if we’ll ever be able to open 24 beers at once. Still, I’m going to need it or one like it to open all the beer bottles at the club I’m opening. It’s called, ‘GW’s Drink Alone Club’. It’s really like two clubs in one because after eight it turns into ‘GW’s Drink Alone In The Dark Club’. Sometimes a friend or neighbor will come over too but I’ll just be really quiet until they stop knocking and go away.
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Roku just announced via its blog that it has sold 5 million of its streaming Internet media players since its launch back in 2008. The devices have managed to stream a total of 8 billion pieces of content in that time, impressive for a device that started out as essentially a dedicated Netflix box. Roku recently introduced its third-generation hardware to market with the Roku 3, which went on sale in March.
The milestone is significant, since it indicates that there’s a very real and growing market out there for a device that essentially just acts as a service layer for bringing web-based content to televisions, independent of what TV manufacturers themselves are doing with their own built-in Smart TV services. Roku announced that it reached 2.5 million streaming devices in sales back in January of 2012, after having sold 1.5 million during all of 2011. That means it managed to sell somewhere close to 2.5 million devices in the U.S. between then and now, which is a marked increase from its previous yearly high.
We’ve seen how this 5 million milestone compares with Roku’s performance to date, but how about vs. the rest of the market? Despite the fact that Apple still isn’t driving massive amounts of sales with its Apple TV products (especially when compared to its iOS devices), it still sold 2 million in total during the holiday quarter last year, up from 1.3 million in the quarter before that, and up from 1.4 million year over year.
Apple’s sale totals are global, but that still adds up to more than 10 million sales since the device’s introduction, and it sold as many devices as the Roku did in a whole year at home in the U.S. in a single quarter. Still, for a company without Apple’s marketing clout and ecosystem of devices, Roku is definitely holding its own.
The Roku 3 is receiving high praise so far, and has simplified things on the product side, as well as narrowed Roku’s product line to a single device, which is probably best in terms of helping it focus its marketing efforts and avoid consumer confusion. But it will face new competition from Panasonic, which introduced two new streaming media players this week, both of which plug into the popular new Miracast tech, essentially AirPlay for Android, being built into many of today’s smartphones.
As it has countless times in the last decade, Microsoft once again finds itself at a crossroads.
Over the course of thirty-plus years, Microsoft rose to global dominance on the back of the desktop computer. But in the last decade, PC sales have been slowing as mobile devices become the next paradigm in personal computing. This presents some serious challenges for the folks in Redmond; the problems are bigger than just finding ways to win with smartphones and tablets. The traditional method of selling boxed software or licenses to hardware manufacturers and big businesses is changing.