This week, Microsoft was in the news a lot, as another announcement came out of the Xbox 360 camp that we knew was coming for a long time. November 1st, 2010 marks the date where Xbox LIVE Gold subscription prices will be going up. This will affect users in Canada, Mexico, the UK and the US. The new prices for here in the States will be $9.99/month, $24.99/3 months and $59.99 for the year. Not all plans were affected, however, as the UK one-year package remains the same price.
Why the hike in price? Find out after the break.
Announcement: This week BioWare decided to give the fans of
Knights of the Old Republic a little teaser about one of the franchise's most popular characters. Witty Reveal: Yes, you guessed it, HK-47 is going to play some sort of role in The Old Republic! A video was posted this Friday showcasing what looks like a "flashpoint" for people who decide to role a character alligned with the Empire.
The video also hinted at another one of the fan favorites, Darth Revan! From what can be gathered from the video, it looks like Imperial players will be able to enter a facility that was actually built by Revan himself. There is also some really interesting dialouge that says "Before Revan's rebirth." Much has been speculated about this statement but the fact of the matter is that we will just have to wait and see what lies in Revans facility.
For more on the big news, hit the break.
Major Nelson's blog was busy this week, as he announced that there will be a brand new version of the Xbox 360 Wireless controller. The slightly altered newest edition will showcase a transforming D-pad that can go from a "plus to a disc with the twist of the wrist." Not only that, but the controller will sport a matte silver body, concave analog sticks and gray A,B,X,Y buttons for that extra flavor.
The good news is that these will ship November 9th and are available for pre-order right now over on Amazon. The bad news is that you have to pay $64.99 for it as it comes with the Play & Charge Kit. That's okay though, because you were at PAX Prime and got a free one, right? No? Oh. Well, then go get the pre-order!
Video with Major Nelson showing off the new hardware after the break.
Last week there were rumors that
Infineon, Europe's second largest mobile chip manufacturer, was in talks with technology giant Intel about possible merger possibilities. Recently, the deal was sealed for 1.4 billion USD which Intel will drop in cash the way only Intel can. The WLS, Wireless Solutions, unit of Infineon that Intel purchased will operate as a stand alone company. Peter Bauer, Infineon CEO, had this to say:
We can now fully concentrate our resources towards strong growth in our core segments. The automotive, industrial and chip card and security divisions. We all stand to benefit enormously from this deal.
Intel seems to be excited as well. Paul Otellini said,
The global demand for wireless solutions continues to grow at an extraordinary rate. As more devices compute and connect to the Internet, we are committed to making certain that Intel is well positioned to take advantage of the growth potential in every computing segment, from laptops to handhelds.
Hopefully the market and, consequently, the entire developed world will benefit from here on out. Let us know what you think.
We here at The UpStream really enjoy a good lawsuit story as any of our regular readers will tell you. This one, however, is going to be a little different from normal. It's not a tech company suing for patent infringement or Microsoft patenting the Page Up key, this involved a cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Sarah Jones, who is an English teacher and Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader, was incredibly upset when she was told that TheDirty.com had published a story about her entitled "The Dirty Bengals Cheerleader" which suggested that she was the team mattress and, as such, had acquired a collection of STDs. She was so upset that she contacted her lawyer and sued California-based Dirty World Entertainment Recordings LLC. After failing to respond to the lawsuit, a judge awarded Sarah Jones $11 million in default. Unfortunately, Sarah will not see a penny of that money.
Why will she not see the money she won? Hit the break to find out.
With the advent of Internet-based communications those old fashioned land-line phones have been getting hit pretty hard and Google has recently added their new phone service to Gmail helping to reassure that the beating will continue.
Gmail is evolving into an all-in-one communications that is increasing their competitiveness between traditional land-line services and other Internet based communication services like Skype and Oovoo. 25% of U.S. homes have already replaced land-lines with mobile phone and Internet communication alternatives. Skype has also proven that there is a potential for their phone service to become a huge success. In the first day alone, 1 million Google calls had already been placed. The service is available nationwide as of right now and Google does intend to make this feature available internationally but there is no release date at the moment.