Microsoft Planning to Cut Xbox One Prices by $50 Until the End of 2014

As the holiday season nears, many shoppers will be pleased to learn that Microsoft plans on cutting the price of the Xbox One gaming console by $50. This comes after the company already slashed prices by $100 when the Kinect camera accessory became available.

Beginning on November 2nd, 2014, the company will offer a temporary price cut of $50 on the Xbox One line in the U.S. until the end of the year. There is one bundle that comes with the Kinect camera accessory and will cost roughly around $449, down from $499. The standalone game console without any accessories will be available for roughly around $349, down from $399. The company says that they have already been using the same strategy in the United Kingdom.

The company’s strategy is to boost sales and compete with Sony, manufacturer of the PlayStation 4 and other PlayStation gaming consoles.

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Apple Profits Soar With iPhone and Mac Sales

Apple sold a record 39.3 million iPhones during the past quarter, and this included two weeks worth of sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The new phones went on sale in the U.S. and in some other countries around the world on September 19th, 2014. This sales figure beat what most Wall Street analysts had said for their predictions, and the sales were up nearly 16% from this time last year.

While this doesn’t seem like a big surprise that sales leapt during a quarter when a new phone was released, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook believes that the company will continue to see bigger gains in the next several months due to, of course, iPhone 6, as well as the fact that the new tablets and iPad minis are being launched soon.

Cook says that he feels that there will be a growing trend in iPhone sales due to the fact that it may be some individual’s very first iPhone, including among young teens that are getting their first phone altogether this upcoming holiday season. This time of year proves to be a booming time for new phone sales due to the fact that many people buy them as gifts.

Read more from the story here: http://money.cnn.com/2014/10/20/technology/apple-earnings/index.html

6 Must-Have Apps for the iPhone 6

The new iPhone 6 has much better graphics and faster processors when compared with older versions of the phone. They also have bigger screens. The regular model has a 4.7 inch screen, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a screen measuring 5.5 inches.

With such a better platform for the phone's users, app developers have had a lot more freedom and flexibility with the programs they create.

Listed below are 6 of the must-have apps that users should get for their new phones:

1. Vainglory: this is a multi-player game designed exclusively for touch-screen phones.

2. Snapseed: this is a fantastic photo editing app that offers Instagram-style features making it easy for the user to sharpen, crop, brighten, or perform other edits on an image.

3. Kindle. the newest version of the app for iOS8 features many new tools, allowing the user to keep up to three books ready to go on the app. There is also a new quick translation tool in the app itself.

4. Swype. this app retools the keyboard and makes it easy for users to drag their finger from letter to letter instead of having to "type" their message out.

5. Asphalt 8:Airborne. this is said to be one of the best mobile driving games on the market. It's fun, fast, and has beautiful graphics.

6. 1Password. this app makes it easy to create really tricky passwords for social media accounts, email accounts, and so on.

Read the full story here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/19/tech/mobile/best-iphone-6-apps/index.html?hpt=te_t1

Apple Sells 10 Million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Devices

This past week, Apple fans were finally able to get their hands on the new iPhone 6. The phone features beautiful visuals, a faster processor, and even a bigger screen.

Long lines were what was seen at most AT&T stores this past weekend, and this accounted for 10 million sales for the newest Apple product. This beats last year's iPhone 5 sales by nearly 1 million phones. Also, it's important to note that this doesn't include China as they were not part of the opening weekend.

iOS 8

While sales for the new phone were record-breaking, there doesn't seem to be as much of a following for the latest software for the phone - the iOS8. It became available on September 17, but only 30% of iPhone users have installed it. A year ago, more than 50% of iPhone users had iOS7 on their phones only three days after the new software was released.

Read the full story here: http://money.cnn.com/2014/09/22/technology/mobile/apple-iphone-sales/index.html

Amazon is Buying Twitch

Reports indicate that Amazon has purchased Twitch ($970 million), an online video game streaming service which allows users to watch others play video games, or to post video of their own game play.

Twitch was founded in 2011 and gets more than 55 million visitors each month. It calls itself the leading video platform community for individuals who love gaming. This number represents nearly 1.35% of all Internet traffic in the month of March, according to a networking company called Sandvine. This means that Twitch had more traffic than HBO.

Research indicates that the acquisition of the company could eventually account for serious growth. Twitch CEO Emmett Shear has said that he believes that the merge will help the community to create faster services and better tools that make the site easier and more convenient to use.

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