Minecraft: Pocket Edition has topped 30 million downloads, as the paid premium game reaches an impressive milestone. The mobile version of the game is available on Google Android, Apple iOS, Microsoft Windows Phone and Amazon Kindle Fire for $7.
To help celebrate the milestone, Minecraft fans are welcome to visit this reddit thread and submit questions, which will be answered during a live question and answer session later this week.
Also, more than one million desktop gamers played Minecraft simultaneously, Mojang noted, with the milestone reached at a non-peak time.
It looks like Apple may have sold up to as many as 69 million new iPhones over the holidays, but when you compare this to the same period of last year, it is up 18 million - a nice spike.
TSMC has announced revenues of around $2.17 billion for December alone, while Foxconn has made $16.24 billion in the same period - both of which, are impressive, record-breaking numbers for the two companies. The sudden spike in revenues is mostly thanks to the massive surge in iPhone demand, which is seeing both companies manufacturer various technologies, pieces and parts of the new iPhones.
We should see official numbers from Apple on January 27 when it will kick off its quarterly results conference call.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority is warning everyone to be careful when receiving emails that have anything to do with an "ISIS threat," after numerous reports of people becoming infected when opening emails containing the subject "ISIS attacks in Sydney?" have surfaced.
The Australian Government's Stay Smart Online service statement reads "new emails referring to ISIS terrorism activities carry a malicious attachment that can be used to infect your computer," further commenting that "clicking on the attachment could result in malicious code being installed that allows an attacker to take control of your computer."
The body of the email in question goes on to mention "ISIS has warned Australian Police today about new attacks in Sydney," further stating that "attached the places in word file which ISIS planning to attack in Sydney this year 2015."
In a report from Australian broadcaster SBS, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has decided to take the lead of United States, French and Arabic Governments in refusing to refer to ISIS or 'Islamic State' but 'Daesh'.
In explaining his decision, the Prime Minister noted that "Daesh hates being referred to by this term and what they don't like has an instinctive appeal to me... I absolutely refuse to refer to it by the title that it claims for itself [Islamic State], because I think this is a perversion of religion and a travesty of governance... I would strongly counsel people against ever using the presumptuous title that they have given themselves.'
Mr Abbott's decision follows a the similar adoption of the acronym from the United States and French Governments, which attempts to remove the Islamic religion from the equation, whilst de-legitimising the terrorist organisation who despise the title and have even promised to remove the tongues of those who speak it. At a Pentagon news conference last month, Lieutenant General James Terry explained the meaning further:
Launching popular titles into China isn't quite as easy as you may think. Counter Strike created their own game that mimics something similar to Counter Strike 1.6 but with rocket launchers - called Counter-Strike: Online and now Call of Duty are having to travel a similar route. With Call of Duty Online, a free-to-play game, launching in China as an open public beta.
Announced on Monday by Activision, this game has been specifically designed for the Chinese market in collaboration with the internet conglomerate Tencent Holdings.
Last year, China's gaming population was reported as 300-million strong, meaning the recently approved release of Xbox and PlayStation consoles in this region saw CEOs and shareholders alike giggle with glee. Unfortunately for Sony, their PlayStation launch was held back a little - but that hasn't stopped the advancement as a whole.
The US Army Game Studio is currently creating video games, comics and mobile apps that help highlight what the Army does both in the US and overseas. Its biggest success was "America's Army," a free online game which focused on battlefield maps similar to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other active conflict zones.
The studio will continue to create interactive media for those interest, while making entertaining products that still utilize realistic, authentic environments. Furthermore, the Army is interested in having the Army Game Studio create better training environments and simulations that can be used before soldiers are deployed in combat missions.
"Inside the game, a lot of Army values are portrayed, like selfless service, courage, and teamwork," said Lt. Col. Joseph Crocitto, Army Game Studio subject matter expert developer, in a published statement. "Within the game if you don't stick together, you're going to have a hard time winning against the other team. That whole teamwork concept builds on all the Army values that make us successful in combat and successful as an organization."
Samsung did say it was going to ease down on the amount of smartphone offerings for 2015, but here we are just days into the New Year and we're being introduced to the new, all-metal Galaxy A7 handset.
The new Galaxy A7 smartphone features a much better, high quality build made from a full aluminum, unibody construction. We have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 64-bit processor, providing eight CPU cores in total. These are split into two separate quad-core processors, clocked at 1.8GHz, and 1.3GHz or 1.5GHz and 1GHz for the dual SIM version of the Galaxy A7.
We don't know which resolution the 5.5-inch panel sports, but we can be sure it'll be 1920x1080 (but it could be 720p, boo). There's also 2GB of RAM, 16GB of NAND flash backed up by expandable microSD, LTE Category 4, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 5-megapixel selfie shooter, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and Android 4.4. We should expect a 2600mAh battery, and a thin design for the Galaxy A7.
The bitcoin cryptocurrency endured highs and lows throughout 2014, with the bitcoin economy making progress - but valuation saw continued decline. Compared to other currencies, bitcoins suffered the worst, decreasing 67 percent throughout 2014, and is off to a turbulent start in 2015, cryptocurrency analysts noted.
Despite a volatile value, CoinDesk predicts there will be more than 140,000 merchants and retailers accepting bitcoin payments by the end of the year.
The IRS ruled in 2014 that bitcoins are property and not currency, which could cause major headaches for bitcoin owners. US taxpayers will need to be careful when filing their taxes, and since bitcoin value declined, likely won't have to pay any type of taxes for gains.
The transition from paid song and album digital downloads to online streaming radio stations has turned the music industry upside down. Streaming music is reportedly hurting music industry revenue, with more listeners choosing streaming apps and services over paying for digital downloads, according to the Strategy Analytics research group.
Musicians are caught in the middle of the uncertainty, as they want a fair cut of music profits - but are trying to be careful not to alienate their respective fan base.
"We're going to pay for it like we pay for cable - monthly blocks for everything instead of each individual release," said 50 Cent, rapper and founder of SMS Audio, in an interview with the Telegraph. "It used to be that music release had a build-up to a day and it a felt like an event, and everyone who was passionate about the artist was doing it at the same time. Now it has come out in pieces. The singles will probably be the largely portion of the profits."
Whilst 'The Interview' slowly recoups its production costs, the international ramifications of the film are beginning to be felt from inside North Korea. In a New York Times article published yesterday, a North Korean defector who assisted with the distribution of the film into North Korea has spoken with a number of people who viewed the film in secrecy. Chung Kwang-il reported that those who he speak to "cursed at the movie ... angry it depicted North Koreans as a bunch of idiots".
Mr. Chung further reported that North Koreans reviled the films poor accents and cringe-worthy imitations of communist slogans and that the film will "only increase animosity among us because it not only failed to understand our feelings, but didn't even try to."
It seems those hoping the film could result in the collapse of the communist state need a reality check.