In this week’s Tech Chat, we cover Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s response to the NSA hacking online users, and the new Microsoft video-game Titanfall, along with what’s going on with the world’s largest online retailer Amazon.com
Amazon.com will be receiving its first price increase since it was introduced in 2005. The cost of Amazon Prime will go from $79 to $99 per. For those of you with Amazon Student Prime that subscription will also be going from $39 to $49 per year as well.
Amazon users should make sure to check their e-mail inbox for a message specifying when the increased price will take place on their account. The e-mail also contains the following message saying that
“Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has remained the same for nine years. Since 2005, the number of items eligible for unlimited free Two-Day Shipping has grown from one million to over 20 million. We also added unlimited access to over 40,000 movies and TV episodes with Prime Instant Video and a selection of over 500,000 books to borrow from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.”
Alleged Amazon Game Console Controller Photos have been leaked online. According to ign.com, the images of the controller came from the Brazilian Agency of Telecommunications called Anatel. Along with dual sticks, face buttons and triggers, the center input icon apparently taps into Amazon’s GameCircle. Reports also suggest the device uses double-A batteries and works via Bluetooth. The controller also features android-like icons for the home, menu, and back buttons. And finally, there appears to be media playback features on the bottom. Rumours suggest that Amazon will launch a set-top box in some time this year, for possibly under $300 according to recode.net.
The highly anticipated video-game Titanfall was released on March 11th. Titanfall is a first-person shooter multiplayer video game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts as an exclusive for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
In Titanfall, players fight on a war-torn planet in six-on-six online multiplayer-only matches as mech-style Titans and their pilots. The game’s action is fast-paced: as pilots, players can run along walls and link jumps together parkour-style, as well as cloak; as Titans, players are equipped with more destructive armaments and special protective shields.
IGN.com gave Titanfall an 8.9 out of 10 saying that, “Though Titanfall is somewhat regrettably a barebones game in terms of modes and customization features available at launch, its intense action is almost as exciting to watch a friend play as it is to pick up the controller yourself.”
Gamespot.com gave Titanfall a 9 out of 10 saying, “Titanfall is a leap forward for shooters, a game that combines the vibrant and new with the tried and true to create something special.” Gamespot also noted that the campaign story doesn’t capitalize on intriguing environments.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not happy with the National Security Agency’s conduct in regards to hacking Facebook users in order to gather information. On Thursday Zuckerberg said he contacted President Barack Obama about his frustration over the NSA’s actions.
Zuckerberg said in an update to his Facebook page, “I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future,” “Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform.”
Zuckerberg’s made this status update a day after documents from NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA uses an automated system called Turbine to hack into millions of computers. The NSA has even posed as a fake Facebook server to infect a target’s computer, according to The Intercept.