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Engadget Podcast 397 - 5.16.14

Jon Turi, @jonturi
It's been a long and busy week, leaving a newly nicotine-free Terrence a tad more irritable than usual. Ben's been busy too, but that just means long hours of playing Mario Kart 8. Both of these factors seem to cancel each other out and the result is a pleasant stroll through the world of Xbox One, this time sporting a lower price tag and one less peripheral. Is it Microsoft's way to boost sales, or are there more complex plans afoot? It depends on who you listen too, but the Redmond camp believes it's doing gamers with tight budgets a big favor. We also dig into the issue of smart guns: how they work and what it could mean for the future of firearms. So plop on down in your comfiest chair and get ready for the smooth sounds of tech news, brought to you by the Engadget Podcast crew.

Hosts: Ben Gilbert, Terrence O'Brien

Producer: Jon Turi

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03:46 - Microsoft lowers Xbox One price to $400 without Kinect
13:26 - Xbox One without Kinect is great for consumers, terrible for Kinect game developers
22:43 - The Xbox One price drop isn't just to boost sales, says Microsoft
28:41 - What you need to know about smart guns

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