Sony has been going through teething issues with its global roll out of the PlayStation 4, so much so that the PlayStation Network is seeing troubles with its users.
The company doesn't want to extend these issues into every new territory that the PS4 launches in, so it will be disabling a few features in the Australian, European and New Zealand launches of its next-gen console. The sections closed off, for now, are the friend activity in both What's New and content info sections.
Sony will obviously re-activate these features in the coming weeks, but just for now, they are disabled in some countries.
It looks like there's problems on the Xbox One version of Battlefield 4, where the Second Assault DLC is not available for Xbox One owners who have coughed up the dough for Battlefield Premium.
Battlefield 4: Second Assault includes four maps from Battlefield 3, and the biggest issue here is that the DLC is an Xbox One exclusive for two weeks to those who have Premium access. But, the problem is, that the pack is listing as "null data" when logging on to the in-game Premium store. An EA spokesperson has said that Microsoft is looking into the matter.
EA_Rick, said: "I know some of you have said already that it is being looked into, I wanted to just confirm that for you so you guys have a blue [staff] post to refer to. Right now all I can say is that we are aware of this issue and are currently investigating this with Microsoft. Once we have some more details I'll be sure to let you know."
It looks like LG could be a bit behind when it comes to providing Android 4.4 KitKat for its awesome G2 smartphone, in Canada at least. The news is coming from MobileSyrup, who has been told by an LG Canada rep that Canadian G2s will receive the KitKat update around "late Q1" 2014.
The Android 4.4 update will hit all Canadian carriers, which is nice, but this is a long time to wait for the update. Even longer, considering LG made the Nexus 5, which is what the new OS debuted on. Let's hope it hits devices faster, and LG, if you're reading this, don't make people wait this long, please.
If you're a Diablo fan, you probably already know this, but Blizzard and Insight Editions new Diablo 3-based book, Book of Tyrael, is now out, and available for your reading pleasure.
Book of Tyrael is on sale for $29.24, from retailers like Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Blizzard talked about the book back in May, revealing that it would be a 148-page hardcover book. Book of Tyrael includes art and lore from the Diablo series, and will take "players even further into the events in Sanctuary" through the eyes of Tyrael.
You've probably never heard of the Gionee brand at all, but the Chinese company is preparing to launch its Elife E7 smartphone, which features a 5.5-inch 1080p display and is based on Google's Android OS.
What makes it special is a two-part attack, it will be the first smartphone to feature the 2.5GHz-clocked Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, as well as the 'most-sensitive' 16-megapixel rear-camera. This is thanks to the Largan M8 lens and 1/2.3-inch sensor with a big 1.34µm pixels. Gionee is bragging that its camera is already better than the unreleasded, unannounced Galaxy S5 from Samsung.
You would think that if you walked into the Google HQ, that you'd see Chromebooks sprawled everywhere, but that is not the case. Google's OS of choice, is Apple's Mac OS X platform, with the company imposing Mac use to all its employees.
The company supports most operating systems, including Windows, Linux and its own Chrome OS. Google System Engineer, Clay Caviness, says: "There was a time when Macs were a small part of the Google fleet, but as of now if you start at Google and want to use a platform other than Mac you have to make a business case."
I can see where Google is coming from, Macs are great, and overall, more 'stable' than Windows. I think this is in part to Macs being more secure, and its user base is nowhere near the size of Windows' user base. But, everyone has their preferences. Google's Chairman, Eric Schmidt, had some interesting things to say about the 'superiority' of Macs versus PCs, where he compared Android devices with Macs.
Valve is holding its Autumn Sale, throwing a bunch of games on special. Currently, you can pick up games like Dead Island for $4.99, which is a huge 75% off its usual price of $19.99.
If you haven't picked up System Shock 2 yet (what's wrong with you?!) it's up for sale for just $2.49, down from $9.99. Killing Floor is also 75% off, down from $19.99 to $4.99. If you want to pick up some games, you should keep checking these Autumn Sales out. There'll be some new games discounted in around 18 hours time.
Google Play Music All Access is already here, and with a name that is far too long, but it looks like it will use the YouTube side of its business to launch another music streaming service, aimed at a younger crowd, according to Android Police.
Android Police dug right into YouTube's innards, finding references to a "Music Pass" service, as well as references to background music playback, offline playback, and an ad-free listening experience. It has been rumored before that Google would launch another music streaming service through YouTube, but it looks like this is going to happen sooner, rather than later.
According to John Dinsdale, an analyst at market research Synergy, Amazon "dwarfs all competition" when it comes to cloud computing. Considering the total cloud computing market pulled in a total revenue of $2.5 billion in Q3 alone, this is a big market.
Amazon took most of this revenue, growing its own cloud revenues by 55%, as well as increasing its overall market share. The problem is, Amazon doesn't report just how much money it makes in the cloud, as it throws its cloud-based revenue into the "other revenue" category. It's estimated that Amazon will generate over $3 billion from its cloud business this year.
This hasn't stopped Synergy from pushing out estimates that Amazon had cloud revenues of around $700 million, making Amazon's cloud business more profitable than that of Microsoft, IBM, Google and Salesforce.com... combined, by 15%.
There's one restaurant in Israel that is offering 50% discount for its diners, if they turn their smartphones off while they dine. Restaurant owner Jawdat Ibrahim told Time that he has this offer for this diners, because he is disgusted with the changed culture of eating.
Where people will sit at the table, on their smartphones, and not paying attention to their friends, family and loved ones at the table next to, or across from them. I hope that more restaurants around the world begin to offer this, it would be a nice change.