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Sony stops shipments of PS2 console in Japan

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 28, 2012 3:49 pm

Even though the PS3 was released about 6 years ago, Sony has continued to sell the PlayStation 2 in Japan which has continued to see titles released for it by Japanese game studios.




Selling more than 150 million units, the PlayStation 2 is hands down the most popular gaming console in history. First launched in 2000, the PlayStation 2 has been a staple in more homes world wide than common place appliances like the Microwave.


According to Japanese site Famitsu, the console is being discontinued in its homeland, although there's no word on whether Sony plans to do the same in other territories.

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RIM's first patent payment to Nokia: $65 million

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 28, 2012 2:36 pm

After settling a patent dispute last week with Nokia, Research in Motion agreed to make a large one time payment which would be followed up with on-going payments to finish out the debt owed.




A week later and RIM has made the one-time large payment. Reports from the Securities and Exchange Commission, the first payment to Nokia totaled $65 million.


"On December 21, 2012, Nokia and RIM announced that they have entered into a new patent license agreement," RIM explained in a 6-K filing. "The agreement will result in the settlement of all patent litigation between the companies and Nokia's dismissal of all pending actions in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Germany. The financial structure of the agreement includes a lump sum EUR50m (approximately $65m) one-time payment, which has been recorded in the Company's consolidated statement of operations in the third quarter of fiscal 2013."

ZTE aiming for thinner 5-inch 1080p-capable smartphone, Grand S has grand dreams

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 28, 2012 11:28 am

2013 is going to be an amazing year for smartphones, but it looks like ZTE is ready to put their fighting boots on and step into the ring. Are fighting boots a thing? Well, they are now and ZTE is wearing them.




ZTE's upcoming Grand S looks to sport a 6.9mm-thick frame, all while packing in some seriously - but as yet rumored - hardware. We're looking at a 5-inch smartphone sporting a 1080p-capable screen, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro and 2GB of RAM - yeah, that good.


ZTE is said to show off their new Grand S at CES in just a couple of weeks time in Las Vegas at CES so we should find out some more then.

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Japanese security firm to take to the sky in 2014, will unleash crime-fighting drones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Drones | Posted: Dec 28, 2012 10:33 am

Governments and the military use unmanned aerial drones all the time, but there's going to come a day very, very soon where the normal person will be able to hire out one of these drones for use.




Of course, it all starts in Japan with Secom to soon lease out surveillance drones to clients in 2014. The drones will be dispatches out the second a break-in or other similar crimes are detected, where it will jump into the skies and patrol the area. The drone will have a much better chance of getting footage of the event, compared to traditional fixed-place cameras.


The drone will track motion through it's built-in laser, and they should hit rental abilities by April 2014 for around $58 a month. Not too bad at all, if you ask me.

BlueStacks App Player arrives on Mac OS X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:36 am

If you've been waiting to run Android apps on your Mac OS X-based system, then today is your day! The BlueStacks App Player is now available in beta form on the Mac for free, which will give Apple users the chance to run over 750,000 Android apps.




These apps are built for smart devices like phones and tablets, but now you can test them out on your Mac. BlueStacks uses patent-pending virtualization software called "Layercake" which allows Android apps to run on different platforms. It works in a similar fashion to software like Parallels and VMWare.


Windows 8 has had a BlueStacks app for quite a while now, where it was released in March and has since had over 5 million downloads. You can grab BlueStacks App Player for Mac right here.

Hyundai will soon let you enter your car through your smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Dec 28, 2012 7:31 am

South Korean automaker Hyundai are looking to jump right into the future with some NFC-powered technology for their new vehicles over the coming years. Hyundai's new Connectivity Concept will let drivers control various features in their car through an NFC-powered smartphone.




Allan Rushforth, SVP and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe has said:


Hyundai's Connectivity Concept showcases the brand's philosophy of making tomorrow's technology accessible to a wide range of customers. With this technology, Hyundai is able to harness the all-in-one functionality of existing smartphone technology and integrating it into everyday driving in a seamless fashion. As the technology continually develops there will be capabilities to store driver's seating positions and exterior mirror settings, providing customers with a comfortable and individual driving environment.

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Dead Space 3 will react to your profanity-fueled rage screams

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 28, 2012 6:30 am

The Dead Space series is one my favorite series ever, and the third one is shaping up to better than ever. Dead Space 3 will arrive on the PC, PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 - which the latter gets some very cool features.




If you've got a Kinect setup, the motion and voice sensor will detect when you give it certain voice commands and will take advantage of the jump scares in the game itself. The Executive Producer of the game, Steve Papoutsis, says:


There are commands where you might be in a certain situation," he says, "and you might yell a specific expletive and it might behave in a way that you want it to.


This will lead gamers on a journey of working out which commands work and which don't, but the Internet is here so we should know all of those commands within the first week of the game being released.

Nintendo Wii U games aren't doing too well in the UK

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 28, 2012 5:31 am

The Nintendo Wii U only launched in the UK last month and it looks like the games aren't doing too well in the sales charts. The only Wii U games to make the all-format top 40 at launch were Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U which are in 26th and 36th place respectively.




Since the launch, there hasn't been any improvement in the sales of Wii U titles, with last week's sales charts showing off bad news for Nintendo UK. Both titles that previously made the all-format top 40 weren't in the new top 40.


Nintendo did have a game in the top 20, which was the New Super Mario Bros. 2 on the Nintendo 3DS which slotted into 19th place.

Feds will soon push 'black boxes' for all vehicles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Dec 28, 2012 4:23 am

If you're someone who likes your privacy, this news won't be good for you. Federal regulators are proposing that all new automobiles sold in the US after September 2014 to come featured with a black box.




These black boxes, or as they're called "event data recorders", record everything a driver does. From the speed the car is going, the number of people in the car, and the location of the car itself at all times. You do have a chance to have your voice heard, where on February 11, the National Transportation Safety Agency will hear your comments on its proposal that will see them pushed into all vehicles.


Congress has donned the agency with the power to set the motor safety rules. The regulators' intentions are for safety - but they can be used for much worse things - such as data collection. During "events", such as a car accident, the black box would record all of the last-minute happenings such as sudden breaking, acceleration, swerving or anything else that might lead up to, or cause an accident.

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Samsung building 1.1M square foot campus in San Jose area

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 28, 2012 2:03 am

Samsung has announced plans to build a 1.1 million square foot campus in San Jose, which is located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Global architecture firm NBBJ will be responsible for the new building, which will feature a 10-story tower, amenity pavilion and parking garage.




Samsung's R&D facility will be moving to a new campus that will feature two new 6-story class-A office buildings with about 385,000 square feet of space. This campus will feature two 5-6 story parking structures.

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