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Square Enix boss steps down amidst "extraordinary loss" for this financial year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 2:33 pm

Square Enix has just lost their boss due to an "extraordinary loss" in their last financial year, with slow sales in console games in the West to blame, Square Enix said in a statement to investors. Yoichi Wada has been head of the company since 2000, and has now been replaced with former Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda.

 

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Profit forecasts have been cut, making room of plans for "major reforms and restructuring" within Square Enix, something that will cost around $70 million to do so. Console game sales are the cause for these issues, and the restructuring, but it is the reforms themselves that will see the company tripping that line into the red this year. The company were expected to make a $24.4 million profit, but will now make a $90 million loss.

19-year-old receives 30 months in prison for 'lasering' two aircraft in 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 1:41 pm

Last October, 19-year-old Adam Gardenhire pleaded guilty to aiming a laser pointer at a private aircraft, and a police helicopter. On Monday, a federal judge based in California sentenced Gardenhire to 30 months in prison.

 

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President Obama signed in a law in February of last year, where aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft now deemed a federal crime. Gardenhire is the second person in the US to be sentenced under the new law, with four more Californians indicted on similar charges this month alone. Gardenhire pointed a "commercial-grade green laser" at two aircraft on March 29, causing the Cessna pilot to "suffer vision impairment that lasted for hours."

 

The second case saw a Pasadena Police Department helicopter pilot hit in the eyes with the laser, but he "was wearing protective gear and did not suffer eye damage or vision impairment as a result of the laser," according to a statement from the Office of the United States Attorney Central District of California that Ars Technica got their hands on.

RumorTT: Hulu up for sale once again?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 12:38 pm

Hulu is rumored to once again be up for sale, with the last news that News Corp and Disney were considering buying one another out, but now according to Reuters, anonymous sources are confirming that the board are reaching out to more than one potential buyer while they consider their options.

 

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Variety are chiming in too, where they've suggested that the two would remain part owners, and would welcome another party to join in on the fun. Hulu's owners have tried to sell the site previously, but this time we could actually see a deal solidified and completed, time will tell of course.

Foxconn makes a cool $3.2 billion in net profit, thanks Apple for letting them make their iPhones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 11:31 am

Foxconn Technology have reporte their earnings for the year, seeing a nice net income of $3.2 billion according to the Financial Times. The company otherwise known as Hon Hai Precision are the company known for manufacturing some of the most popular devices in the world.

 

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If you didn't already know, these devices are better known as the iPhone, iPad and iPod. Hon Hai Precision are what they go by in their home country, where they beat analysts' predictions on high margins for these iOS-based products. Foxconn International Holdings is the world's largest cellphone maker, where they produce devices for a multitude of companies, including Apple, Nokia and Motorola, but suffered a net loss of $316.4 million.

 

Because of this, there is now some concerns that Foxconn's huge reliance on Apple is going to be a problem going into the future.

Google to use 'white spaces' spectrum in order to deliver Wi-Fi to South African schools

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 10:29 am

There has already been some experimentation with "Super Wi-Fi" networks using the white spaces spectrum in the US, and now Mountain View-based search giant Google are poised to use the same technology to deliver Internet access to ten schools across South Africa.

 

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The Verge has reported that "launching the test network is Google's most direct effort yet to demonstrate the potential of white spaces... as a means of delivering faster internet connectivity to the developing world and other rural areas."

 

"White spaces" are bands of unused television spectrum that allows signals to travel farther and penetrate deeper into buildings than the commonly used 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi spectrum bands.

T-Mobile unveil $50 unlimited talk & text plan, includes 500MB of tethering data

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 9:34 am

T-Mobile have just debuted a new contract-free, unlimited talk and text plan which comes with an included 500MB of tetherable data - the cost? Just $50 per month. The best part of this is that the US telco has effectively gone contract-free, with phone subsidies pretty much gone.

 

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This also means that T-Mobile customers will be paying retail price for a new smartphone, but they'll have the option of spreading the cost of the phone over two years of monthly payments. T-Mobile's new $50 per month plan with payments for a high-end smartphone over two years still manages to compete against contract-based carriers such as AT&T and Verizon.

 

The new $50 plan includes 500MB of data, but users won't be capped for bursting through their monthly data allowance, but rather slowed down to "2G speeds." If 500MB of data per month isn't enough for you, for just $10 more you can expand that up to 2GB. This is a perfect option for those using lots of data, or for those who are always tethering their smartphone to a notebook or tablet for some Internet access.

HTC preparing Desire Q, Desire P for the Taiwanese market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 8:24 am

HTC are preparing two new devices destined for the Taiwanese market, the Desire P and Desire Q. HTC's Desire P features a 4.3-inch 800x480 display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and Beats Audio - the Desire P will reportedly retail for $365 unlocked.

 

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The Desire Q is slightly lower-end, with similar specs but a 4-inch display and priced at $235 unlocked. Both handsets should include Android Jelly Bean as their OS, with Sense 4 on top. These two devices won't reach Western markets, but they should arrive in Taiwan and China any day now.

Sony announces two new titles headed for the PlayStation 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 7:33 am

Sony took the stage at GDC 2013 to announce they're focusing on their relationships with indie developers, unveiling two new titles for the PlayStation 4. First up we have the free-to-play PC shooter Blacklight: Retribution and the episodic adventure Primal Carnage: Genesis.

 

 

This means that we'll see three indie games on the PS4, hopefully at launch, if we include Jonathan Blow's The Witness. Blacklight: Retribution will make good use of the Sony Pub Fund for financial and marketing support, which is the first game on the PS4 to do so.

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RumorTT: Battlefield 4 to be 'available fall 2013'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 6:30 am

If Chinese site Gamersky is to be believed, Battlefield 4 could be coming earlier than previously thought. They've posted up what they're claiming to be an EB Games poster advertising the Battlefield 4 release date of 'available fall 2013.'

 

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The poster lists the release date, and that those who pre-order will receive "a pair of real Battlefield 4 dog tags while supplies last". We've seen some leaks so far, showing off some ground-based, naval and airborne combat, as well as some talk about the graphics engine behind it, Frostbite 2, getting much better scaling. EA are hosting an unveiling of Battlefield 4 at GDC tomorrow, followed by the official BF4 trailer on Wednesday.

NVIDIA release GeForce 314.22 WHQL drivers, BioShock: Infinite and Tomb Raider improvements included

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 5:33 am

NVIDIA have come to the rescue of GeForce GPU owners, with their WHQL-certified GeForce 314.22 drivers. When compared to the previous set of WHQL-certified drivers, GeForce 314.07, NVIDIA are claiming that when using a GeForce GTX 680 you'll see improvements of 41% and 71% for BioShock: Infinite and Tomb Raider, respectively.

 

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NVIDIA aren't leaving other GeForce owners without performance improvements, stating that gains "will be seen on other GPUs", but they'll be at "varying degrees." Other games that will see performance improvements are Sniper Elite V2 and Sleeping Dogs with 22% and 12%, respectively. SLI-based configurations get some love too, with StarCraft II, Sniper Elite V2 and Sleeping Dogs all receiving performance improvements of 10%, 22% and 22%, respectively.

 

You can grab the new GeForce 314.22 WHQL drivers here.

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