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Microsoft could release a disc-less Xbox One

According to a new report from Thurott, Microsoft has been working on a new console in the Xbox One family. This cheaper model could play regular Xbox One games, but there would be no Blu-Ray drive.

This move would lower the price of the entry-level Xbox One. An Xbox One S officially starts at $299 but you can currently find it for around $250 on Amazon. The disc-less Xbox One could start at $199.

If you already have an Xbox One and physical games, you could imagine going to an official retailer to trade your discs for a digital download code. Let’s hope that this new Xbox comes with a big hard drive for those who have a slow internet connection.

Back when Microsoft first unveiled the Xbox One in 2013, the company wanted to make a big push toward digital games. The original plan was that you would associate your physical games with your Xbox account. After that, you could play the game even without inserting the disc. Microsoft also planned a way to lend a digital game to a friend for 30 days.

After some backlash, Microsoft gave up on this plan and switched back to a more traditional system. But it’s been five years, digital games are more popular than ever and internet connections are faster than ever.

Microsoft also thinks the future of games is based on subscriptions. With the Xbox Game Pass, you can access dozens of games for $10 per month. You can also subscribe to EA Access on the Xbox One. Eventually, you could imagine replacing the Xbox altogether with a subscription for a streaming service. But we’re not there yet.

According to Thurott, Microsoft is also working on an updated Xbox One S that could be a bit cheaper. This one would have a traditional disc drive.


Source: TechCrunch

Julian Assange Charges, Japan's Top Cybersecurity Official, and More Security News This Week

Safer browsing, more bitcoin scams, and the rest of the week’s top security news.
Source: Wired

Black Friday 2018 Walmart deals start Wednesday: $199 PS4 and Xbox One bundles, $59 Instant Pot, $99 Google Home Hub and more – CNET

Walmart comes out swinging for Black Friday — and the sale prices start Wed., Nov. 21.
Source: CNET

Black Friday 2018 deals at Best Buy: TVs, Nintendo Switch, Apple HomePod and more – CNET

Best Buy could very well have the best buys of the Black Friday season. Here are the top deals from the tech specialist.
Source: CNET

AmazonBasics Microwave: 5 tips you need to know – CNET

Be smarter than your smart microwave with these tips.
Source: CNET

Black Friday 2018 deals at Best Buy: OLED TVs, Sonos, Google — and the best HomePod price ever – CNET

The original big box tech retailer busts out the bargains for the biggest sale day of the season.
Source: CNET

Does 'Maniac' Really Need So Many Dream Sequences?

They’re fun, but they’re also a bit much.
Source: Wired

The 13 Best STEM Toys for Kids That Will Make Learning Fun

We found math-filled and science-rich books, puzzles, coding kits, and more from brands including Amazon, Crayola, and Lego.
Source: Wired

SparkLabs Taipei closes initial $4.25M for its first fund, adds Jeremy Lin as an advisor

SparkLabs Taipei, part of SparkLabs Group, the global network of accelerator programs and funds that works with emerging startup ecosystems, has raised $4.25 million in an initial close led by CTBC Group, along with individual investors, for its first venture capital fund. SparkLabs Taipei also announced today that it has added Atlanta Hawks player Jeremy Lin, who sparked “Linsanity” as the first player of Chinese- or Taiwanese-descent in the NBA, to its board of advisors.

The funding was first disclosed in a Form D filed with the SEC this week that says SparkLabs Taipei’s ultimate goal for the fund is to raise $10 million.

In a prepared statement, Lin said “SparkLabs Taipei is an innovative fund offering support and guidance for entrepreneurs in Taiwan. Being a trailblazer is challenging and having a strong support is critical to your success. I’m excited to join a strong team of partners and advisors at SparkLabs Taipei and look forward to meeting some great entrepreneurs.”

Other SparkLabs Taipei advisors include YouTube co-founder Steve Chen; Kabam co-founder and CEO Kevin Chou; and RedOctane (the producer of Guitar Hero) co-founders Charles and Kai Huang.

SparkLabs Taipei was launched last year under the leadership of Edgar Chiu, the former COO of Taipei-based app developer Gogolook (acquired by Korean Internet giant Naver in 2013) and founding general manager of Camp Mobile Taiwan, part of Naver’s mobile app development subsidiary. In an interview with TechCrunch at the time, Chiu said SparkLabs Taipei’s goal is to help prepare Taiwanese startups to enter global markets.

In a press statement, Chiu said “Jeremy Lin embodies what we look for in our entrepreneurs. Persistence, dedication, and hard work. Our team is extremely excited and proud to have him on board and join an already stellar board of advisors. Plus I’ve been a big fan when he first joined the NBA, through the craziness of ‘Linsanity’ and his continued excellence in the NBA.”

While the SparkLabs network backs tech companies from around the world, it is known in particular for its work with Asian startups. SparkLabs launched in South Korea in 2012, and since then has opened accelerator programs across the Asia-Pacific region and in Washington, D.C., including programs dedicated to financial technology, agriculture, cybersecurity and blockchain startups, and energy.


Source: TechCrunch

13 Early Black Friday (2018) Tech Deals: Echo, Dyson, OLED

Whet your appetite for holiday shopping with 13 of our favorite early Black Friday picks, from TVs and tablets to vacuums and more.
Source: Wired

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