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PS4 game console reaches 6 million units sold globally since launch

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 4:07 pm

Back in late February, Sony offered up some details on the PS4 game console and the number of units sold globally since it launched. The numbers showed that as of February 18, the console had sold 5.3 million units globally. Sales in Japan have helped that number grow significantly in short order.

 

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Sony announced yesterday that the PS4 game console has now reached 6 million units sold globally. That is a gain of around 700,000 units sold in only a couple weeks. Sony also detailed some other interesting items about the console.

 

There have been more than 3.6 million live broadcasts and 56 million spectate sessions via Twitch and Ustream from the PS4. Sony notes that PS4 gamers account for almost 20% of all daily broadcasts on Twitch. Another interesting tidbit is that the share button on the PS4 controller has been pressed over 10 million times.

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Watchdogs will release June 30th if a recent leak from Sony is true

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 3:30 pm

Watchdogs is one of the most highly anticipated games arriving on Sony's PlayStation 4 this year, but up until now, Sony has kept quiet about its launch date. We first got a glimpse of Watchdogs during PS4's launch event last year, and the game wowed us with its new style and ideas, but since then we have heard very little about the game other than a few features and specifications.

 

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Today Sony accidentally let the release date for Watchdogs slip when it published the games launch date on its website. The leak says that Watchdogs will release on June 30, 2014, as well as showing a retail price of $59.99, and that 608 people have already rated it... This leak is most likely the result of a website developer testing functionality, and all the information could be false filler, that was entered for testing purposes.

 

 

Set in Chicago, where a central network of computers connects everyone and everything, Watch_Dogs explores the impact of technology within our society. Using the city as your weapon, you will embark on a personal mission to inflict your own brand of justice.

 

 

Chicago's overarching network is known as the Central Operating System (ctOS), and it controls almost all of the city's technology and information - including key data on all of the city's residents. You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. While seeking justice for those events, you'll monitor and hack those around you by manipulating the ctOS from the palm of your hand. You'll access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy... and more.

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OCZ Storage Solutions releases Z-Drive 4500

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 1:56 pm

One of the greatest benefits for Toshiba when they purchased OCZ was their access to PCIe technology. Toshiba has a strong stable of enterprise SSDs, but they did lack the PCIe component. The release of the new OCZ Storage Solutions Z-Drive 4500 is a good example of the benefits of the acquisition in action. The access to Toshiba flash will also allow for more competitive pricing and a solid product supply for OCZ.

 

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The Z-Drive 4500 features 8 SF-2582 processors in conjunction with Toshiba 19nm MLC NAND and the VCA (Virtualized Controller Architecture) technology to deliver impressive specifications. The drive delivers maximum read bandwidth of up to 2,900 MB/s, maximum write bandwidth of up to 2,200 MB/s, random 4K block read throughput of up to 252,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) and random 4K block write throughput of up to 76,000 IOPS.

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Mobile DDoS attacks on the rise, with companies on alert

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 12:25 pm

The use of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks typically target servers and hit PC users, but DDoS attacks are increasing from mobile users.

 

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Attacks typically rely on covertly-installed malicious apps that are able to use hardware and software on the device to contribute to the DDoS network.

 

The prevalence of mobile apps also provides cybercriminals an increased opportunity to compromise devices which can be remotely hijacked.

 

"The denial of mobile phone usage will create havoc and blowback to those perceived as responsible, which may be the companies involved because they didn't prevent the attack," said Ray Van Dyke, principal at Van Dyke Law, in a statement to The Mobility Hub.

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Ouya will soon be baked into other devices, is now an 'ecosystem'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 11:28 am

It looks like we will soon see the world of Ouya expand far beyond its own consoles, with Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman confirming that the company will begin building the Android-powered goodness into other devices.

 

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Uhrman said: "One thing you'll start to see is Ouya on other people's devices. We started with a $99 box, but we always wanted to create a console platform that can live on other people's devices. We just knew it was going to take us a little bit of time to get it ready. Now we think the software is good enough, it's ready to be embedded in other people's devices".

 

Uhrman said that Ouya officials started talking with hardware partners during CES 2014 earlier in the year, where "the takeup was so great that we're really jumping into the strategy with both feet this year". Ouya will maintain a baseline standard to make sure that compatibility across Ouya, and future devices, while the Ouya console will continue to live on as a "reference device".

Ellen breaks Twitter records at the Oscars thanks to celebrities

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 10:29 am

Ellen broke Twitter during the Oscars, thanks to a celebrity-filled selfie that she took at the event itself. Ellen's post to Twitter broke the social network temporarily, where history was made for Twitter.

 

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Shortly after Twitter went down, DeGeneres said: "We got an email from Twitter and we crashed and broke Twitter. We have made history". Bradley Cooper, star of American Hustle, took the picture, which was posted up to Ellen's Twitter account. He took the picture using the front-facing camera on a Samsung smartphone.

 

You can see a number of celebrities in the shot, including Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie and more. The selfie saw an amazing, record-breaking 3 million re-tweets. The previous record was from US President Barack Obama, with his "Four More Years" re-election victory shot. Obama saw over 780,000 re-tweets, but now DeGeneres' re-tweet has blown that out of the water.

Windows Phone 8.1 will ship with Microsoft's voice assistant, Cortana

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 9:31 am

Microsoft's answer to Apple's personal digital assistant, Siri, is coming with Windows Phone 8.1. Cortana has been teased by Microsoft to The Verge, where it will go head-to-head with Google Now and Apple's Siri.

 

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Windows Phone 8.1's built-in search functionality which usually leans on Bing, will be shifted over to Cortana. Cortana will appear as a circular animated icon instead of the female character in Halo, with the diital voice assistant animating when it's speaking or thinking. This makes Cortana a much more personal experience versus the invisible, and sometimes helpful Siri.

 

Cortana will allow Windows Phone users to customize the assistant to their liking, where users can call people by their name, or set nicknames to their BFFs. Cortana is also capable of saving information and data in a Notebook system, which allows Cortana to access information such as location data, behaviors, personal information, reminders, and contact information.

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Pizza Hut's concept touch table makes ordering pizza fun

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 8:33 am

Pizza Hut has joined forces with Chaotic Moon Studios to build an interactive table which you sit at, and order your pizza by touching the table itself. You can pinch-to-zoom your pizza to make it small, regular or large, and then the fun starts by sliding on your toppings.

 

 

It's an ingenuous way of getting people to stay in the brick-and-mortar store, as you can order your sides from the table, finish it up by tapping your phone to the table to complete the payment and then when it's all said and done, you can play some games on the touch table while you're waiting for your pizza to be made.

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Sony Pictures 1998 'Godzilla' roars to Blu-ray in May

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 8:11 am

In preparation for the May theatrical release of the Godzilla reboot, Sony Pictures has announced the upcoming Blu-ray release of the much lambasted (but ultimately financially successful) 1998 Godzilla, which was directed by Roland Emmerich, produced by Dean Devlin (of Independence Day fame) and starred Matthew Broderick playing second fiddle to the computer generated colossus himself.

 

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Godzilla 1998 is scheduled to come to Blu-ray on May 1st and whilst Sony Pictures have yet to detail the discs features, it should feature an audio commentary, featurettes and a Wallflowers music video, along with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and UltraViolet digital copy.

 

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Godzilla 2014 starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson and directed by Gareth Edward will hit Australian cinemas two weeks later on May 15th from Warner and Legendary Pictures.

Qualcomm-powered devices ruled Mobile World Congress this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 7:27 am

MWC 2014 - Mobile World Congress has come and gone for another year, but now that the mobile extravaganza is all wrapped up and finished, we can reflect on the show that was. Moor Insights & Strategy, a technology analyst company, walked around the event taking notes on what companies were showing off.

 

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What they saw was surprising, with Qualcomm powering a considerable chunk of the mobile devices at MWC 2014. You can see in the image above, that Qualcomm powered significantly more devices than Intel, with MediaTek powering nearly the same as Intel, another surprising take on things. This of course doesn't represent all devices, but just the ones that Moor Insights & Strategy had taken note of.

 

Intel is only starting to rev its mobile engine, but from the looks of things Qualcomm is definitely has a massive head start. We can see that Qualcomm is powering some of the most popular, best-selling and future best-sellers on the market, such as the upcoming Galaxy S5 from Samsung, the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 from LG and Google, as well as the LG G Pro 2, and many, many more.

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