I am team Xbox ever since I jumped in the Xbox vs PlayStation back in the days of first Halo. That said in the words of Jay-Z “Men lie, Women lie, numbers don’t” and it’s clear Sony has the numbers to back up its fanboys trash talk. It is not like I didn’t see this coming. The PlayStation 4 flew past 40 million sales way back in May. Now in just a few short months it has sold 50 million PlayStation 4s. The most impressive thing to keep in mind is while other companies talk about numbers “shipped” to stores (Looking at you Microsoft) Sony’s represents sales to customers. It took the PlayStation 3 almost four and a half years to reach that milestone while it only took the PS4 a little over three years. It’s not just hardware that is working for Sony. They have also sold 369.6 million games. Put it another way for every one console sold they have sold seven games to go with it.
On the other hand Microsoft has sold about between 25-30 million Xbox Ones we think. We don’t know for you because they stopped reporting sales figures a long time ago. With Sony having close to a two-to-one sales lead, I wouldn’t want to keep reporting either. The war is over. Sony and PlayStation 4 won.
There are a lot calls out there but this Lexus LIT IS one of a kind. Yes, the Lexus actually decided to go ahead and call the car “LIT” because it can. The car is covered from roof to bottom with high-intensity with over 42,000 LED lights. That is not where it stops. The lights are programmed with dynamic designs and what’s more they are able to react to music and as well as movement. This car is a an experiment in eye-catching originality. Lexus has a way of creating the hottest cars just because it feels like it. The lights of the LIT IS flicker and flash in whatever patterns and designs you feel like creating. There is no way that this car will be street legal but it would be interesting to see the effect that would happen in a fender-bender.
The Lexus LIT IS car lighting system different modes are can be all created with gestures. The mode is made possible thanks to an integrated video game console. Before you get too excited the LIT IS isn’t a production model. No way it will ever become one. Why? The multicolored lights are simply super illegal in pretty much every state.
Don’t like to talk about Kickstarter because you never know if it will happen or not. However the HyperDrive is just too good of an idea to not share. The 2016 MacBook Pro packs a lot but is also missing a lot as well. Apple may have been brave to get rid of the headphone jack it was stupid to remove so many ports from the new MacBooks. It forces you to either have to get dongles for everything or just learn to live without. If you are using the overpriced MacBook for just going on the internet you can stop reading right now.
However if you are are a person that is actually a pro using a MacBook Pro. You should look into getting a compact USB-C hub of some sort. There are a few out there. Size is an issue. The Kickstarter project HyperDrive might be just the thing you need. The HyperDrive is a Thunderbolt 3-enabled hub. MacBook Pro connects to two of the machine’s USB-C ports simultaneously. The HyperDrive packs two USB-A ports for USB 3.0 connectivity, an SD Card and microSD card reader, HDMI output, a Thunderbolt 3 port and a USB-C (gen 1) port. It’s not all gravy though. You’re sacrificing one of the Thunderbolt 3 ports. It will be reduced to a USB 3.1 gen 1 port. The USB 3.1 port is limited to 5Gbps, which is a far cry from Thunderbolt 3’s 40Gbps.… Read the rest
AT&T Plays Chicken with FCC & Laughs at Net Neutrality
Pretty much everyone knew that AT&T buying DirecTV was a bad idea for net-neutrality. However regulators gave them the benefit of the doubt. So much for that. The FCC has tried to have the best interest of the American people in mind. In to that end they have been pushed net-neutrality hard. One of the key pillars of net neutrality is that all data should be treated equally. Some companies like T-Mobile have worked around it while still being fair to customers. Others like AT&T have blatantly said F*ck it. The newest indicator of that is the DirecTV Now plan. The $35 TV plan gives AT&T customers unlimited mobile streaming. No other service gets this perk. The FCC sent a letter letting AT&T know that it’s “zero rating” policy violates the principle of net neutrality. You might be wondering how is this different from T-Mobile’s “Binge On” policy? While T-Mobile does allow users to stream shows from services like Netflix and YouTube without it counting against data. T-Mobile makes the plan is free for content providers as long as that data is optimized for mobile streaming.
“We estimate for purposes of illustrating our concerns that an unaffiliated mobile video service provider would have to pay AT&T $16 a month to offer zero-rated service to a customer who uses just 10 minutes of LTE video per day, increasing to $47 for a customer using 30 minutes per day,” the FCC wrote.
This weekend’s Big Ten football championship game on Fox Sports will be very important. Not just to of the huge playoff implications but because of an experiment that is taking place on the field. Football fans will get to see the field in a whole new way. When Wisconsin takes on Penn State for the Big Ten Championship referees will be wearing hats equipped with GoPros. If all goes well this will be helpful for ratings and the struggling GoPro who recently had to issue a recall for its drones.
I for one am looking forward to seeing things from a referees perspective of the action. An unseen benefit of this experiment is that it might make fans more forgiving of them when they blow calls if we can see what they see or don’t see for that matter. Fox Sports worked alongside GoPro and Big Ten officials to make sure things will work without issue.
This won’t be the first time that Fox Sports Lab has tried out the GoPro. They have already successfully tested out the system during the Wisconsin vs. Minnesota game. That footage above and also can been watched on The Nightly Dish podcast right now. Fox Sports will also have a dedicated stream of GoPro Hat Cam footage on their Fox Sports Go app. Unfortunately you’ll need a cable subscription to take advantage of what that streaming app offers. ESPN might have to watch its back.
The NES Classic Edition may have not been selling at the same rate as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 but that is mainly because it was already flying off the store shelves. PlayStation 4 was selling at a rate of one every 20 seconds and the Xbox One was selling one a minute during Black Friday. The system was an instant hit and a reminder that for Nintendo there is hope to get to its glory days. Or it could be that we want to live the glory days of video games when it was not about the DLC (downloadable content) and multiplayer. The $60 console preloaded with 30 retro games has created a very real supply shortage for Nintendo.
That has opened up the door for many people on the online marketplace eBay the most expensive and only place to buy the Classic. Or maybe not. Walmart, Best Buy and Target seem to always be out of the Classic Edition, with stock only showing up periodically. Making getting your hands on an NES Classic Edition is almost impossible.
“The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system is a hot item, and we are working hard to keep up with consumer demand. There will be a steady flow of additional systems through the holiday shopping season and into the new year. Please contact your local retailers to check product availability.” ~Nintendo
You can constantly keep stalking the stores for new stock or you can use this use this nifty stock-checking tool which will show you inventory that comes in overnight.… Read the rest
Fitbit may have not let on to how much pressure it has felt from the Apple SmartWatch and others. So much so according to sources it is acquiring smartwatch maker Pebble. The wearable industry is declining so it makes sense that these two would team up. Pebble laid off a quarter of its workforce. Pebble being phased out will be hard to watch. It was one of the first to take Kickstarter and the wearable industry by storm.
We don’t know how much Fitbit is getting Pebble for but since they are mainly after its intellectual property it most likely won’t be that much. Fitbit might be paying $40 million for Pebble. While that sounds like a lot it is small changed compared to the $70 million Intel was offering earlier this year. Previously unreported offers were double that at $70 million from Intel earlier in the year. Pebble is loved by many. The smartwatch operating system alone is worth it.
While Pebble will help Fitbit it might not save it from a slow death. Fitbit a very rough time and has posted weaker guidance for the holiday season. Other companies like Jawbone and Nike already bailed on the crowded tracker market. Seems it’s harder said than done to take on Apple Watch and the Android Wear devices with their recognition.… Read the rest