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Simpsons Minecraft pack headed to Xbox

Simpsons Minecraft pack headed to Xbox

Just in case you wanted to up your game in the malformed Simpsons character universe, Minecraft and Xbox are about to have you covered. Both the Minecraft Xbox 360 and Minecraft Xbox One builds of the Minecraft universe will be receiving access to this pack - just as long as the user pays their $1.99 fee, that is to say. "We are thrilled to partner with Twentieth Century Fox and Gracie Films to bring THE SIMPSONS to life on Minecraft Xbox 360 and Xbox One editions," said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, "I can’t wait to see what the community creates."

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Nyko unveils Data Bank for PS4 at CES 2015

Nyko unveils Data Bank for PS4 at CES 2015

Nyko is a big name is an aftermarket accessories for gamers and the company has unveiled several new products at CES 2015. One of the most interesting of those products is for the PS4 and is called the Data Bank for PlayStation 4. The Data Bank is a hard drive dock for the PS4 that replaces the top of the console and 2.5-inch factory storage drive providing compatibility with standard 3.5-inch desktop drives.

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Gmail out in China: How much do you rely on one company?

Gmail out in China: How much do you rely on one company?

This week Gmail is out in China. Most Google services have been disrupted in China since June. Google's own traffic listing for Gmail in China shows the service dropping down to zero near the end of the 25th of December - it's been at around a zero signal since then. Imagine if this happened in the United States. Even a disruption of an hour in the USA results in a news blast and a Twitter explosion - imagine if not only Gmail was out, but all Google services at once.

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Xbox Live founder leaves Microsoft

Xbox Live founder leaves Microsoft

This week the founder of Xbox Live and XNA has announced that he's leaving Microsoft. This will end Boyd Multerer's 18-year run with the company, and begins "something new" for the developer and gaming leader. This departure has nothing to do with the recent DDOS attack during the holiday break. Multerer is "super proud" of his work with Xbox, Live, and XNA, and will likely move on to another gaming-related piece of work in the near future. Code-related, he says in a Tweet.

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Xbox One price heads back to $400

Xbox One price heads back to $400

While it'd been rumored that the Xbox One's $349 price point this holiday season would be permanent, Microsoft will indeed be bringing back an extra $50 this January. Starting on the 3rd of January, 2015, the Xbox One will no longer be available for its holiday bundle price point. This includes the Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle primarily - while bundles with Forza, Titanfall, and Sunset Overdrive will also be brought back to their original pricing, this allowing Sony a bit more wiggle-room in their console competition through early 2015.

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PSN is down and Sony isn’t handling it very well

PSN is down and Sony isn’t handling it very well

This morning it was made clear that Sony was having trouble with their PlayStation Network. Meanwhile Microsoft was having trouble keeping Xbox Live online - and the hacker group Lizard Squad claimed responsibility. According to reports throughout the day, it would appear that the Xbox Live system had largely repaired problems by around 10AM Central Time - with another spike near 2PM Central Time - with uptime returning again here closer to 5PM Central Time. Sony's PlayStation Network saw problems from around midnight until 10AM Central Time, and again over the past several hours leading up to 5PM Central Time.

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Xbox lights up with free games for post-Christmas

Xbox lights up with free games for post-Christmas

This week we'll hit the holiday season right on the nose - Microsoft knows this, and they're ready to roll with a number of games that'll be released now or in the immediate future. Of course Microsoft doesn't decide when the games that'll be released for cash will be sent out, but the "Xbox Live Games with Gold" games - that's a different subject entirely. The first bit you're going to want to look at if you have a shiny new Xbox One is "Dark Dreams Don't Die" - also known as D4.

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GTA: Chinatown Wars released for Android, Online gets a Snow Day

GTA: Chinatown Wars released for Android, Online gets a Snow Day

The Grand Theft Auto universe is getting a couple of big additions this week, one in the form of a Holiday Fun update to Grand Theft Auto V, the other a platform-first. The platform-first is Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars, which will be coming to Android devices of all kinds. This game was previously released for Xbox and PlayStation consoles as well as iOS for iPhone and iPad. Now it comes to Android smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV, and Google Nexus Player.

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Xbox One now has Pandora, Vevo, Popcornflix and more

Xbox One now has Pandora, Vevo, Popcornflix and more

This week Xbox One users are going to be getting a whole new batch of entertainment apps for the holidays. Amongst the apps added to Xbox's collection are Popcornflix, Telemundo Now, Bravo Now, Vevo, and Pandora. These apps will be added immediately if not soon to Xbox One consoles inside the United States. International release schedules are not yet known. This adds to the already robust system of entertainment apps on Xbox One - everything from Netflix to HBO GO to Twitch, WWE, and ReddX.

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