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Universal Studios calls upon Nintendo to help with theme park

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 7, 2015 10:20 pm

Universal Parks & Resorts teamed up with Nintendo to bring popular characters, games and Nintendo worlds to its Universal theme parks. This is a good move by Nintendo as the Japanese electronics company can generate additional revenue by licensing out brands such as Legend of Zelda, Mario, and others for Universal theme parks in California, Florida, Japan and Singapore.




Additional details about the agreement will be released by both companies in the future.


"Nintendo has created remarkable and imaginative worlds filled with captivating stories and beloved characters," according to a press release from both companies. "Now, for the first time, those stories and characters will be brought to life in entirely new ways - only at Universal theme parks."

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Want to check out the Patron distillery? Virtual reality will take you

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 7, 2015 9:20 pm

Popular tequila company Patron has introduced its "Art of Patron Virtual Reality Experience," giving customers the chance to check out its Mexican distillery using VR. The tour can be viewed using an Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear VR headset, with Patron also showing the VR demo at company events and seminars.




The tequila maker recorded its agave fields and distillery using a drone equipped with seven GoPro cameras, with binaural audio recorded so clear sound accompanies the video footage. It took six months to prepare the VR experience.


"It's relatively easy to write brand education materials or shoot a video, but that doesn't always capture the full experience," said Lee Applbaum, global chief marketing officer at Patron Spirits, in a press statement. "What we've created, using the very latest VR technology, is an authentic, intimate and unprecedented look inside our private Hacienda doors, second only to visiting in person."

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BlackBerry trying to recreate image that was left in pieces

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 7, 2015 8:30 pm

BlackBerry CEO John Chen took control of BlackBerry less than two years ago, continuing to rebuild the company following a once uncertain future. During its most recent quarter, the company saw continued sales, but saw a profit of $28 million - as Chen tries to revamp the BlackBerry brand after numerous roadblocks.




"Not long ago, the company was in deep trouble," Chen recently said during a chamber of commerce meeting in Canada. "We are now out of trouble in terms of financial, but we haven't established a growth... until that happens nobody will go willingly buy our products."


BlackBerry is still best known for its once popular smartphones - before the Apple iPhone and Google Android - which clearly left the company behind. Chen noted handsets are "important," but there are other solutions that must be explored. In addition to releasing a wide variety of consumer smartphones and tablets, expect BlackBerry to focus more on enterprise hardware and software.

Electronic Arts: 80% of Battlefield Hardline sales for Xbox One, PS4

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 7, 2015 7:40 pm

Electronic Arts is "very happy" with sales of Battlefield Hardline, and 80 percent of game sales have been for the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One game consoles.




The news came courtesy of EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen, noting that four out of five copies of the game went to the latest generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft. Jorgensen also said the transition to the Xbox One and PS4 is much faster than past console generations:


"So we will see a slow movement away from Gen-3 [Xbox 360 and PS3]... as a reminder, we've been making Gen-2 console games up until the last year or so," Jorgensen said. "For some of our bigger franchises like our sports franchises, we'll continue to make Gen-3. But we're making some decisions on new franchises and titles to focus on Gen-4, partially because the power of the platform allows for exceptional gameplay and incredible graphics."

New GIGABYTE P55K gaming laptop utilizes NVIDIA GTX 965M

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 7, 2015 6:52 pm

GIGABYTE has unveiled its P55K, a 15.6" gaming laptop that combines a quad-core Haswell processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M mobile GPU to power a stunning 1080p display.




The gaming laptop is powered by an Intel Core i7-4720HQ CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M GDDR5 2GB GPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD, and full-sized backlit keyboard. The laptop ships with 4 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, D-Sub, SD card reader and DC-in jack - put together in a unit that measures 15" x 10.6" and stands 1.3" high. It weighs an acceptable 5.3-lb.


The P55K starts at $1,249 MSRP.

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iPhone 6 Plus leading phablet takeover of US consumer mobile market

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 7, 2015 6:35 pm

Consumers in the United States seem to want phablets, with the devices claiming 21 percent of overall smartphone sales during Q1, a steep increase from six percent year-over-year, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.




The Apple iPhone 6 Plus captured 44 percent of all phablet sales during the quarter, which isn't surprising considering how many iPhone owners wanted a larger screen size. Phablets have screen sizes that are 5.5-inches or larger, with 43 percent of Apple iOS users and 47 percent of Google Android users saying it was the top reason they chose a phablet device.


Android controlled 58.1 percent of the market, with iOS in the No. 2 position at 36.7 percent - and Apple is trying to fend off Samsung in a competitive hardware fight.

Periscope CEO is 'genuinely excited' to fight Internet piracy

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 7, 2015 5:17 pm

Periscope proved popular during the Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing super fight, but has brought intense scrutiny against the Twitter-owned app. The live video streaming app has a number of different legitimate uses, but its streams of the pricey boxing pay-per-view available last Saturday night gave it a large number of new supporters.




HBO and Showtime submitted 66 takedown requests to Periscope, with 30 of the streams dropped within a few minutes - but there were still plenty of streams that could be found throughout the fight. The app was reportedly purchased for $100 million by Twitter, and racked up 1 million users after 10 days of public availability.


"Companies like YouTube and Ustream developed those tools over years. We've been live for a month. And we're really excited to work with whoever we need to to figure out what those tools are," Beykpour said on CBS This Morning. "I think we built a tool that allows people to share what they're seeing with the world, and sometimes people will use that for things that we have no intention of supporting."

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Samsung will rely on Artik, a new processor for the Internet of Things

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: May 7, 2015 4:40 pm

Samsung is preparing to support the Internet of Things (IoT) on a larger scale, utilizing its Artik chip platform for connected products. The Korean electronics company is looking for new business opportunities as its mobile business unit struggles - and IoT could be a safe bet, as Samsung is proactively preparing new hardware.




More details about Artik will be revealed next Tuesday, during a Samsung keynote at the Internet of Things (IoT) world.


"By continuing efforts to connect devices and people to achieve greater insights, we have a huge opportunity to work with others in the industry, to tackle these real-world issues in ways that will fundamentally change people's lives for the better," said Young Sohn, president and chief strategy officer at Samsung Electronics, in a press statement.

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Nintendo actually turned a profit of $350 million

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 7, 2015 4:05 pm

Nintendo generated $350 million in net profit for the fiscal year which recently ended in March, a massive increase over a predicted $250 million profit. It's an impressive turnaround for Nintendo, which hasn't turned a profit since 2011 - as the company deals with drastically changing software and hardware markets.




The Japanese gaming company hopes software game sales for the Wii U and 3DS will help add additional revenue - even though it predicted 3.4 million Wii U console sales and a drop in 3DS sales for the current fiscal year.


Even though Nintendo hasn't been able to compete with the Sony PlayStation 4 or Microsoft Xbox One, there are still bright signs for the future. The company's partnership with DeNA, for example, to take a more active role in mobile gaming should offer new life into the company: "A new source of revenue is expected from a gaming application for smart devices which will be released this year," according to Nintendo.

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