If a job listing posted by Electronic Arts is anything to go by, we should expect a new Star Wars game to be announced soon. The company is looking for an Animation Director for EA Canada, which is for "a major new next gen open world action game".
EA Canada is also looking for an Executive Producer and a Lead Combat Designer. If you're a Star Wars fan, this should be some exciting news, especially after a few of the games and news nuggets over the years haven't really materialized into anything, yet.
An update for the Samsung Galaxy Gear was released not too long ago in Europe. The US update for the Galaxy Gear will be arriving this week. The update will bring support for notifications on all applications, such as Facebook, emails, texts, and hangouts.
Other features included in the update are improvements for the lift-to-pause gesture for the clock and they will be adding enhanced Smart Relay functionality which will help perform tasks seamlessly between your phone and the Gear. There is no exact date as to the update release but that it will be sometime this week.
The PlayStation 4 is yet to launch in Europe, with a landing date of November 29 (not long now, guys and girls!) but Sony has pushed out the PS4's 1.51 firmware update ahead of the European launch.
This is the same firmware update that hit the US a few days after it launched, which helps the PS4's overall stability, and includes some UI refinements. The 1.51 update was meant to drop tomorrow, but it has been unleashed a day early. You can download the PS4 firmware update on your PC, throw it on a USB flash drive and copy it over to the PS4 if you want to have a quicker update, or just turn your PS4 on when you get it and do an automatic update.
The SuperNova 1000w and the SuperNova 1300w power supply units from EVGA have been discovered to have some issues. EVGA has found that some of the units have a lacking amount of insulation on the thermal pad located next to a heat sink.
This issue can cause the power supply unit to shut down or even be unable to power on. The problem is has only been found in the Supernova 1000w and 1300w models bought previous to October 1st, 2013. EVGA will be swapping out all the models with this problem and they will even give you a free EVGA T-shirt for you having to go through the trouble of swapping out your power supply. You can check to see if you have an affected model with your serial number Here.
Today PayPal announced that it has began supporting prepaid gift cards through PalPal Checkout for online purchases. This is big business for PayPal and many online retailers who do not normally accept prepaid gift cards because they do not have an address attached to them.
PayPal will be collecting a 2.9-percent fee per purchase as well as a $0.30 per transaction fee each time you swipe the gift card. This new offering from PayPal is yet another push to generate even more revenue streams and should prove to be quite profitable over the holiday season. Would you rather receive a gift or a gift card over the holidays? Let us know in the comments.
Back on October 14th TweakTown first heard a rumor that OCZ was entertaining an offer from Toshiba acquire the company. This was a big deal as OCZ's CEO had recently announced that his company had been having issues acquiring NAND flash modules to build its SSDs. The company had also just posted some very bad losses for Q3 2013, and everything looked ripe for Toshiba to pick up the company for a song.
Soon after, the rumors died down and we mostly thought that they had been just that, Rumors. Fast forward a few weeks and on November 4th, I broke a developing story about Toshiba's stock falling by more than 22-percent in just hours after the market opened. I reached out to OCZ to which a reply never came. By the end of the day, the stock had fallen by more than 30-percent to just $0.65 per share, a 52-week low. Upon opening the next day, OCZ saw its stock fall another 30-percent to $0.44 per share.
By November 9th, OCZ's stock was back up to $0.85 per share which was widely attributed to the release of the new SSD that was seeing great reviews across the web including TweakTown. Ten days later on November 19th, TweakTown received word that OCZ had laid off 15-percent of its workforce in an effort to ease its massive $2 million per month cash burn. It appeared as if the SSD manufacturer was attempting to dig itself out of the deep hole it had fallen into. At this point the company's stock had leveled off at around $0.70 per share.
Microsoft is launching its Xbox Video service on the web today. Previously Microsoft had said they would launch their Xbox Video service on the web and Windows Phone 8 by the end of this year. They are planning to release the Windows Phone 8 version shortly. With the web service you'll be able to access TV show and movies, just like the Windows 8.1 version. Although both the app and the web version lack HD. Content in HD is only available on the Xbox one or Windows 8.
You will need to use Microsoft's Silverlight plug-in to stream content through your web browser. Pre-purchased content is available immediately to stream, other content can be purchased and streamed and will automatically be available on your Xbox One or on Windows 8. The Xbox Video web service is up now and can be found at video.xbox.com
With OCZ's officially announcing that Toshiba has bought the entirety of its assets but not the company as a whole, trading has opened back up and in just the past few minutes we have seen the stock drop by 75-percent. OCZ opened at $0.35 per share and at the time of this writing is trading at just above $0.168 per share.
The death of OCZ is finally here and with no assets left to compete in the industry, the company will most likely be de-listed by the end of the day. The markets have about an hour left before trading closes and in the time it has taken me to write this paragraph, the stock has fell another few points to just $0.162 per share.
Earlier I reported that trading had been suspended on OCZ's stock, and it appears that there may be more to the story than just having its stock trading halted. Unnamed sources have told TweakTown that Toshiba has quietly completed its acquisition of OCZ's assets as the company prepares to file for bankruptcy and that the companies closed escrow on most of OCZ's assets yesterday.
In a call just weeks ago OCZ's CEO, Ralph Schmitt, stated that in-house manufacturing was halted and a third-party had picked up manufacturing. Weeks later TweakTown reported from the rumor mill that OCZ and Toshiba were talking. Last week Storage Review displayed a picture of an OCZ Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller in a Panasonic SSD. Panasonic is another company based in Japan and has close ties to Toshiba. Panasonic wouldn't release a new SSD with a controller from a company headed for bankruptcy without some inside knowledge.
Now the events over the last 30 days make perfect sense. When a major investor pulled out due to OCZ's cash burn issues, Toshiba swooped in and made the company an offer it could not refuse. This explains the lack of statements made to investors when things started turning south.
When Kim Dotcom first launched MEGA almost a year ago, he said that one day it would become the go-to cloud storage service for everyone, and today MEGA took its next step in that direction. MEGA announced today that it has finally launched an official mobile app for iOS.
While there are many cloud storage services out for iOS, MEGA's biggest draw is 50GB of space for free which is encrypted with 256bit AES algorithms making it virtually crack proof. Additionally, for just $10.99 per month, an additional 500GB of storage space can be added which outpaces Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box by quite a bit. The app is available now in the Apple App Store and can be found at the source link below.