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Sony doesn't expect to lose money on the PlayStation 4 at launch, unlike what happened with PS3

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 9, 2013 9:31 pm

Sony has said that it doesn't expect to lose money when it launches the PlayStation 4. Unlike the PlayStation 3, the new next-generation console features mostly standard PC hardware, making it both cheaper and more readily available. Additionally, Sony didn't have to spend money developing the hardware as someone already did that for them.

 

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According to Sony CFO Masaru Kato, Sony expects to not incur a major loss at launch. On the conference call held earlier today when they announced a profit for the first time in five years, Kato said, "Unlike PS3, we are not planning a major loss to be incurred with the launch of PS4."

 

At the time we developed PS3, we made a lot of in-house investments to develop the chip, the Cell chip. Development of the chip saw the silicon processing and all the facilities invested by us ourselves. But this time, yes we have a team working on chip development, but we already have existing technology to incorporate and also product investment and all the facilities will now be invested by our partners, other foundries, so we don't have to make all the investment in-house.

 

We are still waiting on actual pictures of the console, but from what Ubisoft developers are saying, the console is quite the capable machine. We have yet to see what Microsoft has in store for the next Xbox, but we believe from rumors that it will feature a similar PC-like hardware scheme.

Assassin's Creed 4 developers talk about PlayStation 4 development and what it's allowing them to do

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 9, 2013 9:03 pm

Ubisoft developers are excited about the upcoming PlayStation 4 and what it's capable of doing. People seem to be the most excited about the 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, but there are a lot of other benefits introduced with the PlayStation 4. The developers discussed the upcoming Assassin's Creed 4 game on video:

 

 

While we still have doubts that the PlayStation 4 will be able to compete with what is possible with a PC, it certainly ups the game for consoles. The new Assassin's Creed 4 looks like quite the game and some of the features discussed in the video, like seamless at-sea boarding, will really help with game immersion.

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RumorTT: More fuel added to claims that Nexus 5 is coming at Google I/O

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 9, 2013 8:29 pm

Reports of British retailers stopping sales of the Nexus 4 have added fuel to the rumors that Google is set to launch the Nexus 5 at Google I/O. While this doesn't definitively prove anything, it certainly points to the idea that the Nexus 4 is soon to be replaced and retailers want to clear their shelves of the older model.

 

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Other locations in the UK, including Google itself, are still offering the Nexus 4 for sale. The Nexus 5 has been rumored to be coming at Google I/O for a while now, but this seems to add more credibility to the previous unsubstantiated rumors. LG is rumored to again be the company behind the next Nexus.

 

Google I/O kicks off next week, so we should soon know if the Nexus 5 is indeed real and coming. We'll be sure to report it as soon as we have concrete proof of its existence.

Netflix ups marketing push for Arrested Development, takes the Bluth's banana stand on tour

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 9, 2013 8:03 pm

I'll openly admit I am an Arrested Development fan. And it looks like Netflix is trying to remind all of us, and maybe even pick up a few new ones, that Arrested Development will be returning come May 26. Ahead of the return, Netflix is taking the Bluth's banana stand on tour; first in the UK, then on to the United States.

 

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The festivities kicked off yesterday in the UK. The banana stand will eventually make its way to London, Los Angeles, and New Your City. The banana stand will move to the United States after May 21 and the specific location will be announced by the Arrested Development Twitter account.

 

As a further marketing push, Netflix has promised surprise appearances by the Bluth family. If you happen to be by the banana stand, check it out and send us your pictures!

DICE announces that DDoS attack continues on BF3 infrastructure despite security measures

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 9, 2013 7:09 pm

Battlefield 3 players will be saddened by the news that Battlefield 3 servers continue to be hit by a distributed-denial-of-service attack, rendering multiplayer basically unplayable. DICE has announced that, despite their security measures, the attack is continuing. They note that they are working around the clock to mitigate the impact.

 

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Despite our security measures, we have been working around the clock to mitigate the impact of an ongoing denial-of-service attack on our Battlefield 3 game infrastructure over the last several days. While the motives are unclear, the focus of the attack has been interference with network communications preventing access to multiplayer gameplay. At this point, no user data is involved. We share your frustration about the impact this has had to our service and the ability for many of you to play Battlefield 3. We are working tirelessly to mitigate the problem.

 

As a part of our efforts to resolve these issues, we've conducted rolling restarts of Battlefield infrastructure servers to apply some updates. Thank you for your patience and support while we work to get everyone back and playing Battlefield 3 as soon as possible. More updates to come.

 

We previously reported how Battlefield 3 and Battlelog servers were under attack.

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Login VSI releases version 4.0

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: May 9, 2013 7:02 pm

Login VSI B.V. has announced a major new release of their flagship performance testing application Login VSI.

 

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Login VSI is an industry standard benchmarking tool for measuring performance and scalability of centralized desktop environments, such as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Server Based Computing (SBC). The performance-testing program simulates unique user workloads to test VMware Horizon View, Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, or any other Windows based hosted desktop solution.

 

The new Login VSI 4.0 dramatically improves ease of installation, test creation, and management. Login VSI 4.0 also offers unparalleled production realism in workload patters, datasets, and test execution.

 

The new Login VSI reduces the test footprint by 90%, smoothing installation and deployment. Management centralization, updates, and logging makes the Login VSI experience more efficient and Direct Desktop Launch (DDL) mode enables large-scale testing with minimal infrastructure.

 

Another great new feature of Login VSI 4.0 is the improved test realism. Standard workloads have been increased from 14 to 48-minute loops, and the workload datasets now offer 1000 different documents per type, larger websites, and a video library in every format to ensure a real-world variety in data usage.

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Netflix app for iOS updated to version 4.1, brings several new features into play

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: May 9, 2013 6:30 pm

This morning Netflix announced that it has updated its iOS app to version 4.1 and has implemented several new features. The updated app now includes Auto Play for TV shows, which will automatically start the next episode, when the one you are watching finishes.

 

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Also included in the update is a new feature that brings recommendations directly into the video player by offering the top three recommendations on a screen after the current movie ends.

 

Netflix said that it has also enhanced the audio and added more second screen options to the app.

RumorTT: Microsoft considering $1 billion bid to buy Barnes & Noble's Nook business

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 9, 2013 5:49 pm

Microsoft is already a major investor in Barnes & Noble's Nook business, and now rumors are coming in that the Redmond, Washington based giant is considering buying the Nook business outright for a reported $1 billion.

 

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Last year Microsoft invested $300 million in the Nook in exchange for a 16.8% stake. Now with reports that Barnes & Noble is planning to pull out of the hardware business altogether, it only makes sense for Microsoft to swoop in and buy the hardware business outright.

 

This would put Microsoft in direct competition with the likes of Amazon and even Google's Play Books. The big question is whether or not Redmond will keep the device running Android, or will we see a Windows 8 version of the Nook released. Would Microsoft even keep the Nook branding? Only time will tell I guess.

OUYA raises $15 million in new funding, said to help with game development and retail sales

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 9, 2013 5:02 pm

The crowdfunding world was blown away when the OUYA raised more than $8.5 million during its Kickstarter campaign for the tiny Android gaming console.

 

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This morning OUYA announced that it has secured an additional $15 million in funding from investors to help with game development, as well as its upcoming retail launch.

 

Investors include Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers. Other investors include the Mayfield Fund, NVIDIA, Shasta Ventures and Occam Partners. The company has also announced that general partner Kleiner Perkins and former EA executive Bing Gordon will be joining OUYA's board of directors.

 

The company is well into the shipment process for all of its Kickstarter backers and is preparing its retail launch in the coming months.

New Zealand government announces that software is no longer patentable

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 9, 2013 4:31 pm

The New Zealand government has passed a bill that prevents software from being patented in the country any more. The New Zealand Institute of IT Professionals praised the decision saying that it would lead to innovation on a large scale.

 

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The new policy was part of an amendment to the existing patent bill, which redefines three basic principles:

 

  1. A computer program is not an invention and not a manner of manufacture for the purposes of this Act.
  2. Subsection (1) prevents anything from being an invention or a manner of manufacture for the purposes of this Act only to the extent that a claim in a patent or an application relates to a computer program as such.
  3. A claim in a patent or an application relates to a computer program as such if the actual contribution made by the alleged invention lies solely in it being a computer program.

 

I see this as a major step forward and I am sure that the folks over at the Electronic Frontier Foundation are ecstatic this morning. However, not all is as it seems.

 

The bill still allows the patenting of software when it can be tied to a specific piece of hardware, such as Apple iOS (iPhone and iPad), or the software that runs your Samsung Smart TV. So, while this is a step in the right direction, there is still much room for improvement.

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