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Behind The Scenes, Making Assassin’s Creed Unity Part 1

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We’re no strangers to video games here at Techaeris HQ. Some of us are casual gamers and others are a little more hardcore. Whatever level gamer you are there is one thing we all have in common. We are geeks. And as geeks, we love to understand and see how the things we love work and how they came into being. Check out the video after the break and see how developers made Assassin’s Creed Unity. There is some amazing technology and amazing talent at work in this video.

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Xbox Live Gold No Longer Required For Netflix, Hulu?

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Ars Technica is reporting that multiple sources at Microsoft have been told of a plan to make a few adjustments to the Xbox Live Gold streaming video offerings.  Most notably, popular video streaming services Netflix and Hulu may no longer require Xbox Live Gold access.  Up until now, Xbox users would need to pay for an Xbox Live Gold account – in addition to paying for Netflix or Hulu subscriptions – just to stream these services from the Xbox.

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Console Versions of Elder Scrolls Online Delayed 6 Months, Zenimax Promises Goodies

eso-xbox-one-playstation-4Playstation 4 and Xbox One owners will have to wait a little bit longer to explore the sprawling world of The Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) on their TV screens. Zenimax Online confirmed rumors today in a blog post that the console release of their popular massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) has been delayed for 6 months.

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Digital Shadow: Watch Dog‘s Stunt Outs Shoddy Facebook Privacy Settings

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I’ve certainly complained about Facebook in the past, and my feelings have largely remained the same.  It’s no secret that Facebook doesn’t seem to respect your privacy, and really wants to pry open and inspect all aspects of your life.  For the most part we seem to let them.  They roll out changes to their privacy settings, making you opt-out of updates that increasingly open up your data – if you can even find where to opt-out in their giant mess of settings.

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Microsoft Wants To Run Political Ads On Xbox Live Based On Your Data

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Microsoft wants to use their popular Xbox Live platform as well as Skype and MSN to run political ads targeted at their users based on the data collected from those services. The Washington Post is reporting that Microsoft was handing out promo materials at CPAC that outlined and presented the idea. There’s no question that there’s money to be had in political advertising, on both sides of the aisle, and the political season is upon us.

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Stephen Elop Takes The Reigns Of Microsoft’s Devices and Studios Division

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Microsoft is experience some high level management shake ups this morning. First Julie Larson-Green has been moved to the position of Chief Experience Officer and now ex Nokia man Stephen Elop is taking the helm at the devices and studios division. This division includes Xbox and the Surface lineup. Larson-Green sent out a memo explaining the moves to her team (find that below). One things for certain, Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella, seems to be working fast to restructure and place people where he feels they’ll be of best use. It remains to be seen if these choices are good or bad but at least there seems to be a battle plan. Not quiet sure what Elop has to offer in the gaming sector of Microsoft but I’m sure he has some good ideas for the Surface products. Elop has worked for Microsoft in the past as President of the Business division so he has insight and experience into Microsoft culture. What do you guys think of the upper management shake up at Microsoft? Let us know in the comments below! Read Larson-Green’s full memo after the break.

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UPDATED: Xbox Free Gold Weekend: Oct. 4 – 6

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Update: The Xbox Press Release was pulled from the Xbox Media site, not sure why but this may or may not be happening. We’ll keep checking to see if we get an update.

If you are not an Xbox Gold Member but you have always wanted to see what the hub-bub was all about, well this weekend is your big chance. Xbox is opening up it’s Gold Member program to everyone (in the listed regions) to try for the weekend, totally FREE! This is a really great chance to see what Gold Membership has to offer with no risk, if I had an Xbox I would be all over this. Check out the details below. But take note of the disclaimer as well.

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Xbox One World Tour To Begin October 1st

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Microsoft’s Xbox team is hitting the road with the Xbox One giving user the opportunity to experience their new gaming system. Starting October 1st through the end of 2013 the Xbox team will have gone through 75 different cities worldwide, they’ve dubbed their world tour “The Area One” tour .

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Jillian Michaels And Tracy Anderson Debut Xbox Fitness

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Xbox announced today their Xbox Fitness online service which takes popular fitness videos and makes them interactive for the Xbox One. The collection of videos will include Beachbody’s P90X (Tony Horton) and INSANITY (Shaun T), Jillian Michaels, Tracy Anderson and others, this will be free for Xbox Live Gold Members through December 2014.

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