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Google shaking things up, so please say hello to Alphabet

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 9:38 pm

Google has filed paperwork with the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) in its plan to rebrand the public holding company as Alphabet Inc. The decision was made as Google looks to create a new operating structure, but that doesn't mean Google's businesses will suddenly disappear.

 

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Services such as its search, maps, apps, YouTube, ads and Android will be listed as "Google business" under Alphabet. However, the company has branched out into a number of other business ventures, which will be better organized under Alphabet.

 

Expect the changes to be rolled out over the next few months, as current Google investors should be able to receive a detailed outlook how each business is operating.

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Ghost Games speaks out regarding Need for Speed always-online function

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 8:34 pm

Video game studios try to deliver a great gaming experience, especially for multiplayer gamers, though must walk a fine-line. There has been more always-online functionality included in even more games, but many gamers don't necessarily like it - not surprisingly, some gamers interested in Need for Speed weren't happy to hear the news.

 

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"We've been pretty big with Autolog throughout the years and, as we know, it's a really powerful feature," said Marcus Nilsson, executive producer of Need for Speed, in a statement published in the Official Xbox Magazine. "This time around we're going to give it more of a human voice. It will treat your friend's play as if it is part of the narrative experience."

 

The game studio is quite excited about including a new automatic image sharing system, which also benefits from always-online:

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Apple iOS making gains on Android in mobile OS war: comScore report

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 8:16 pm

Apple had some news to celebrate following a strong showing in the latest quarter that ended in June, with 44.1 percent OEM market share, while iOS closed the gap to Google Android, according to the comScore research group.

 

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Apple leads the smartphone market, gaining 1.5 percent, while Samsung (28.1 percent), LG Electronics (8.3 percent), Motorola (4.9 percent), and HTC (3.4 percent) all lost ground.

 

Android remained the most popular mobile OS, with 51.6 percent market share, though lost 0.8 percent - as Apple now accounts for 44.1 percent of the market. Both Google and Apple are fully dedicated to the smartphone and mobile OS market, and consumers can expect to see even more products from both companies in the years to come.

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Dark Souls 3 is a 'turning point for the series', says Miyazaki

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 1:53 pm

At Gamescom 2015 the renown master of macabre Hidetaka Miyazaki sat down with Gamespot to discuss Dark Souls 3, revealing some hints on what's next for the series.

 

 

"Dark Souls is my life's work. Everything I came up with for Dark Souls 3 is based on my personal preferences," Miyazaki said, his words offering huge relief for fans who preferred the "Miyzaki touch" that was present in the original game. "Dark Souls 3 is also actually the turning point for the franchise. This project was launched by the previous From Software management, before I was appointed president. In that sense, Dark Souls 3 is the turning point for the series. As president of From Software, I am planning to launch several new projects. I can't quite specify exactly what they are. Those could be something sci-fi, but you'll have to stay tuned for more about that in the future."

 

This isn't the first time Miyazaki echoed these words; at E3 2015 he squashed reports that Dark Souls 3 would be the final game in the series, but provided no concrete details on what's next. What we do know is that Miyazaki will have full creative control over the future of the franchise, meaning that Dark Souls 3 will act as a bridge towards Miyazaki's new grand scheme.

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Silicon Power announces USB drive with USB Type-C and A support

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 1:29 pm

As seen in a recently issued press release, Taiwanese brand Silicon Power (SP) has announced the Mobile C80, a USB Type-C and USB Type-A flash drive which supports USB 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 speeds.

 

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Available in sizing options up to 64GB, the Mobile C80 "promises easier, faster and more stable data transmission" enhanced with the the help of Recuva [File Recovery software] and comes complete with a key chain loop, enabling users to easily attach it to existing key chains.

 

Also including a 60-day trial of Norton Internet Security, this device weighs in at only 8 grams and comes packaged with a lifetime warranty.

CS:GO goes truly global with Africa receiving a World Champs qualifier

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 12:32 pm

There has been a lot of talk about the rise of eSports recently, this has been partly thanks to things like the massive $16 million Dota2 tournament, ESL's great work with various LoL and CS:GO tournaments plus Riot Games' contribution to its massive tournament series named LCS. This is all well and good for the American and European nations concerned, but what about the rest?

 

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'The World Championships 2015' has announced its full support for 'the little guys' when it comes to eSports, announcing its African qualifier which includes South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Algeria and Tunisia, as seen on HLTV.

 

This event is set as a best of one map series in a round robin format, with each country to put forward one team to compete over a four day period. The winning country will earn a spot at the global championship, set for Belgrade later in 2015.

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HTC investors: company brand, factories and buildings are 'worthless'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 10:27 am

It looks as though things have gone from bad to worse with Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC, with investors effectively saying HTC's "brand, factories and buildings were worthless", reports Bloomberg.

 

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HTC's market price fell to $1.5 billion on Monday, below the $1.5 billion it had in cash at the end of June. Calvin Huang at Sinopac Financial Holdings Co. in Taipei told Bloomberg: "HTC's cash is the only asset of value to shareholders. Most of the other assets shouldn't be considered in their valuation because there's more write-offs to come and the brand has no value".

 

Q3 2015 isn't shaping up to be too good for HTC either, with the Taiwanese company forecasting 48% below analysts' estimations, after a 35% cut to projected revenues in the preceding period. There's one massive looming question I have: what about Vive? HTC's VR headset that it collaborated on with Valve, which could be the most exciting product HTC has ever made.

16-year-old gamer helps his team win $6.6 million in The International

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 8:45 am

Can you believe that The International is over already? The biggest Dota 2 competition has been won by American team Evil Geniuses, who took home a huge $6.6 million of the $18 million prize pool.

 

 

Evil Geniuses took down Chinese team CDEC, 3-1 in the best-of-five Grand Finals over the weekend. All five players in Evil Geniuses - Fear, PPD, AUI, Sumail, and Universe - are now millionaires. Better yet, they're all so young, including 16-year-old Pakistani champion 'Sumail' who sold his bike when he was young so he could play more Dota 2. Sumail is now the youngest millionaire in eSports.

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Ben Affleck has reportedly signed on for a new Batman solo trilogy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 7:11 am

All signs are pointing to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice being a kick ass entry in the DCCU, but it looks like the film's crew and Warner Bros. executives have seen a screening of the movie, where the working cut of the movie had a standing ovation from those that saw it.

 

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Ben Affleck has kicked enough ass in Batman v Superman that Warner Bros. wants Affleck to not only direct a solo Batman movie, but they want him for an entire Batman trilogy. Den of Geek has the rumor, saying that Warner Bros. was already interested in Affleck starring, writing and directing a solo Batman movie, but now Warner Bros. wants three Batman movies.

 

It also makes sense, as over the weekend Affleck's upcoming movies 'The Accountant' and 'Live by Night' were delayed, giving him room to work and be involved (obviously quite heavily) in the new Batman movies. The first solo Batman movie is rumored for sometime in 2018, but we should hear more about this closer to the release of Batman v Superman.

Xbox boss has pumped over 300 hours into Destiny

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 5:43 am

Phil Spencer, the chief of Xbox, has pumped some serious hours into Destiny. Another Xbox executive, Mike Ybarra, posted an image of Spencer's Xbox Live profile, showing that Spencer had played 346 hours of Destiny.

 

 

These 346 hours in Destiny were up to August 8, with Spencer using a level 34 Titan and level 13 Hunter. With Destiny launching not even a year ago, he's averaging an hour a day in Destiny, which is a considerable amount of time for someone as important and busy as the head of Xbox.

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