Google launched its Chromecast device a year ago, and now we're beginning to hear about just how many of the $35 HDMI streaming dongles the company has sold. This number is somewhere in the "millions" according to the Mountain View-based search giant.
The company has said that it has tracked over 400 million casts, with Chromecast selling in over 20 countries, and 30,000 stores across the world. Google held back the Chromecast to just Amazon and its Google Play store for months so that it could build up inventory to blast it to retailers, but now that it has, it has gone on to great success.
So much so, that Google is offering a free 90-day Google Music All Access subscription to anyone who owns a Chromecast, and isn't already an All Access member. This offer is valid through to September 30, 2014.
We've now just had our first look at the new Unreal Tournament, with a bunch of detail talked about for the upcoming first-person shooter. There's a few videos you can get your hands-on, with the game's Art Director, Chris Perna, giving us a bunch of information.
All-in-all, there's 47 minutes worth of video from Epic Games' streamed reveal of brand new concept art on the next-gen Unreal Tournament. Perna discusses this in the video above, where he says they're going for a "Chris Nolan Batman Begins look" instead of a "Tim Burton Batman look". Perna wants "something more polished" with "more realism, without going over the top" and repeating what Epic "did with Gears of War and UT3" where those games were "dark and grungy".
Senior Designer Jim Brown jumps in, saying: "You start with a map that's just kind of the basic shell, and we just focus on the gameplay. Independent of us doing that, a lot of times, Chris and the art guys will make these little vignettes that are - what would you call them?" Perna continues: "There are many different environments in UT. There's going to be different colors and different environments, but what this does is give you, maybe, a quality bar. 'Hey, all those different things need to have a lighting quality and a mood about them that feels like this.'"
KAPOW! BAM! SOCK!
To mark the 75th birthday of the caped crusader, Warner Bros yesterday announced at San Diego Comic Con a November release for one of the holy grails for Bat-fans - the release of the 1960's Batman TV show, starring Adam West and Burt Ward for both Blu-ray and DVD, marking the first time the series has ever been released to video.
After being held up due to a rights dispute between Warner Bros who own the property and Twentieth Century Fox who own the content, alongside a multitude of smaller rights issues, such as star cameos and incidental music, an agreement was finally reached last year paving the way to the debut release of the camp classic.
Warner's 13 disc Blu-ray boxset, which releases on November 11th, will include all 120 20 minute episodes remastered in 1080p, including a generous collection of behind the scenes featurettes and interviews, along with some physical swag, including a die-cast Batmobile, two books and 44 collectors cards.
While on a research trip to Nepal, two Ubisoft developers experienced a legitimate ritual sacrifice of a goat. The two developers jetsetted off to Nepal for some research, as Nepal is the inspiration for Kyrat, the fictitious Himalayan setting of Far Cry 4.
Far Cry 4's Game Narrative Director, Mark Thompson and the Associate Producer on the game, Phil Fournier, made the trip with Vice's Krishna Andavolu. Once they arrived in Kathmandu, the group heard a rumor that there was going to be an animal sacrifice, so they found their way into the event. The sacrifice was made possible thanks to a man providing the goat on behalf of his family to Kali, who is the Hindu goddess of change and destruction.
The video, above, is the first of a three-part series that goes into the source material and inspiration behind the fourth outing in the Far Cry world. At Comic-Con, the Creative Director behind Far Cry 4, Alex Hutchinson, told the audience that another Vice documentary titled "The Vice Guide to Liberia" offered another inspiration, this one for the game's villain, Pagan Min.
Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on HBO's mega hit Game of Thrones, is in talks to star in the movie version of the PlayStation exclusive 'The Last of Us'.
Buzzfeed's Senior Film Reporter, Adam B. Vary, tweeted directly from San Diego Comic-Con: "The Last of Us movie team had meeting with Game of Throne's Maisie Williams for lead role of Ellie. Nothing signed yet at all". The problem is, Maisie is 17 years old, while Ellie in the game world of The Last of Us is 14.
Naughty Dog has the last say of the casting of the roles within the movie, so we might see Williams star in the movie after all, even with her being a few years older than Ellie. I think Williams would be great for the role of Ellie, especially considering how her character has evolved in the world of Game of Thrones over the last four seasons.
Now that some of the more popular torrenting software is available on portable devices, it was only a matter of time before the likes of The Pirate Bay optimized their websites for mobile.
Head on over to The Mobile Bay and you'll notice that the site looks nice and clean on mobile devices, scaled down and with a bit more room to breathe. The Pirate Bay told TorrentFreak that its website rendered poorly (or "like crap") on mobile, and so a refresh was inevitable. Mobile users are automatically redirected to the domain, although users will have the option of using the desktop layout if they like. The idea is that each section of the world's most notorious torrent indexer will get its own dedicated page - so users looking for TV episodes would be able to find season packs easily as well as see episode overviews.
Of course, in countries where such websites are blocked anyway mobile users will need to find their own proxies to access The Mobile Bay. As smart devices become ever more pervasive, it's no surprise to see The Pirate Bay paying attention to its consumer UX needs, in much the same way legal services have had to catch up too.
LG Electronics has more to celebrate because its mobile electronics business has done extremely well, as the forecast-beating quarterly results makes smartphone profitability even more likely. The company shipped 14.5 million smartphones during its most recent financial quarter, with profits rising 165 percent up to $399.8 million.
Apple (41 percent) and Samsung (27.7 percent) lead the market over LG (6.5 percent), Motorola (6.3 percent), and HTC (5.3 percent), according to comScore MobiLens figures ending January 2014. Although Apple and Samsung have a strong grasp on the market, LG has shown great promise in developing new technologies to cater to North American customers.
"We don't expect (mobile) profit to turn negative like last year," said Jung Do-hyun, LG Electronics Chief Financial Officer, in a statement. "We expect further improvement."
The Microsoft One Xbox game console will be exclusively offered in China using the China Telecom network, both companies recently announced. This will be the first Xbox One to enter the Chinese market this Autumn, China Telecom said in a recent press statement.
The Xbox One has struggled throughout Asia, where the Sony PlayStation series of game consoles remain popular. However, lower pricing and a stronger marketing push has drawn attention from gamers - where Microsoft partnered with the BesTV New Media Internet TV set-top box.
The game consoles will be available starting in China Telecom stores starting this September, with an estimated $80 million investment from BesTV and Microsoft to help move the project along.
Most social media users feel jealous and inadequate, according to a report from British disability charity Scope.
The organisation surveyed 1,500 social media users and found that of these, over half of Facebook and Twitter users were left feeling like their life came up short compared to posts from peers. And although young people are the top demographic, many of those between 18 and 34 have considered quitting social media entirely, but stay online because it makes keeping in touch with friends easier. Roughly half of 18-34 year olds found that being an active user led to feelings of ugliness, being unattractive, or loneliness.
A chief event coordinator at Scope, Debbie Bines, suggested trying life without the internet for a little bit as part of the charity's Digital Detox weekend, which suggests frequent users take a 48 hour break from social networks. "Social media at its best is a great way to stay in touch with friends, as well as being the world's leading source of amusing cat pictures," Bines said. "But when things get out of balance and we start comparing ourselves to others, or feeling irritated, jealous or even ugly, it's got to be time to take a break."
It has now been confirmed by a source that Google has signed a deal that sees it buying live streaming firm Twitch used by gamers all around the world. The confirmation comes from people who claim to be familiar with the deal, and according to the source, the transaction cost Google $1 billion.
It's unclear when the deal will be announced no confirmation form Google or Twitch has been made so far. Some analysts feel that the deal emphasizes the increasing appeal of watching live gaming as a competitive sport.
Reports indicated in the past that Google had made an all cash offer to buy Twitch. Google certainly has the money sitting in its coffers to make an all cash purchase. Twitch is a service that allows people to broadcast their game play live on the PC, Xbox One, and PS4.