One million times $399 is a cool $400 million or so, which is the amount of money Sony made in the first 24 hours of the PlayStation 4 being on sale. The 1 million PS4 units are only counted from the US and Canada launches, so this number should skyrocket in the coming weeks.
Sony estimates that as the PS4 launches in more territories, that number should reach around 3 million before the New Year is here. By March 2014, the Japanese electronics giant wants to hit 5 million, which I don't see being a problem at all. President of Sony's game division, Jack Tretton, has said: "This is a marathon, not a sprint, but getting out to a nice start is a good thing. That hurdle has been cleared. We're very, very confident we're in great shape."
I still remember the days of HDDs being in the megabytes category, but moving into GBs was a big thing... TBs now seem like nothing with cloud storage, and storage giant, Western Digital, is pushing the bar much, much higher.
At a Chinese trade show, the storage company demonstrated its new heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology, which should pave the way for some massive increases in HDD storage. HAMR was first developed by WD's rival, Seagate, but WD believes it can hit five times the areal density of current drives using its spin on the HAMR tech.
Right now, the highest density HDDs have an areal density of around 750 gigabits per inch, but HAMR could expand this out to a whopping 4 terabits per inch. To you and me, this means we could see 60TB drives within the next couple of years. The way that HAMR works is by heating the hard disk's surface with a laser while the magnetic head is recording data, which causes the data bits to shrink, thus, increasing areal density.
This, mixed with nanotube lubrication, allows the magnetic head to get much closer to the surface. This means that HAMR-based HDDs could be just as reliable as standard drives, but with much more data.
Normally I wouldn't like to write about porn in my news, but hey - the porn industry defines what medium is going to come in next, like it did with VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray. But, it looks like the PS4 is the system of choice for Pornhub, and this could be a big, big thing.
Pornhub is the first porn site to completely support the PS4, and it could be a big tipping point against the Xbox One. The porn site already supports the Nintendo Wii U, but what about Microsoft? It might not support the Xbox One, but I'm sure we'll see support, especially considering the Xbox One is more of a multimedia entertainment unit, versus the PS4 being a pure games console, with other content on the side.
What I want to know is: will it include trophy and achievement support...
Google is pumping another $80 million into alternative energy projects, where it will partner up with solar developer, Recurrent Energy, and private equity firm KKR & Co. on the two projects.
The $80 million will be used on six utility-scale solar facilities in California and Arizona, with the sunlight being captured enough to generate power for more than 17,000 homes. Google said on its official blog: "You'd think the thrill might wear off this whole renewable energy investing thing after a while. Nope -- we're still as into it as ever, which is why we're so pleased to announce our 14th investment."
Well, the small number of PS4s that are experiencing issues could be the result of interns at the Foxconn manufacturing plant in Yantai, China, sabotaging it. Yes, sabotage!
The news broke on the IGN forums, but the forum was eventually locked. This particular manufacturing plant has hit the news headlines before, from the mistreatment of staff, and more. The intern notes that because Foxconn didn't treat them well, they sabotage the manufacturing of the PS4. The intern said: "The ps4 console we assemble can be turned on at best."
This would explain some of the issues some owners are experiencing, but if this is true, those interns are going to be in quite a lot of trouble with Foxconn.
We know it's coming, but now we have a possible 'when.' A product page for the new Nexus 10 was listed on the Google Play Store earlier in the week, with a November 21 date. Google have deleted the page obviously, but there were a few who saw it.
As for what we should expect in the tablet, we should expect the same 2560x1600-pixel display, Qualcomm's always impressive Snapdragon 800 CPU (a quad-core part), and 3GB of RAM. We should expect Google to launch it with Android 4.4 KitKat, the same OS that launched with the Nexus 5 smartphone. The other question is: would Google launch the Nexus 10 on its own? Or would it use the event to launch or announce something else?
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, has awarded London the rights to its own domain name, paving the way for cities across the world to do the same thing.
This means that from spring 2014, businesses, individuals, and organizations in the UK's capital city will be able to apply for a web address with the .london suffix. It's believed that New York, Paris, Berlin and other cities have all applied for the same status. ICANN has reportedly had "tens of thousands" of businesses express interest in a .london domain.
Mayor Boris Johnson, said: "This is an excellent opportunity to expand London's digital presence, which in turn is set to generate funds to invest back into the city."
There are some PS4s in the wild that are experiencing issues, with some of them just not working at all, but to Sony, this seems like it's no big problem at all, because it represents 0.4% of all PS4s sold so far. Sony has said:
A handful of people have reported issues with their PlayStation 4 systems. This is within our expectations for a new product introduction, and the vast majority of PS4 feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We are closely monitoring for additional reports, but we think these are isolated incidents and are on track for a great launch.
There have been several problems reported, which leads us to believe there isn't a singular problem that could impact a broader percentage of systems. The number of affected systems represents less than .04% of shipped units to date, which is within our expectations for a new product introduction.
It looks like AMD is hitting a new stride if this new tablet is anything to go by, which was unveiled recently as it won a CES 2014 Innovation award for its included Mullins-based APU. The new AMD-powered slate goes by the name of "Project Discovery."
AMD's Project Discovery is a Windows 8-based tablet, which seems destined for gaming, and could compete with many of the powerful tablets and touch-based devices on the market, like Razer's Edge. An AMD spokesperson has confirmed the system, and said it will be shown off in more detail at CES in January 2014: "AMD's goals are to show the world what we can do in the tablet space around our next generation APU, Mullins."
Would AMD be hurting its OEM partners with its new Project Discovery device? It doesn't look like it, with the AMD spokesperson stating: "AMD does not plan to enter the market with a branded tablet and peripherals at this time." The pictures show off Project Discovery in a docking station, with AMD's DockPort technology, and DisplayPort 1.2, which should allow the AMD-powered slate to run on most displays.
We know that the Retina iPad mini was delayed, but we don't really know why, but maybe now we do: screen burn-in issues. Instapaper founder, Marco Arment, and some of his followers on Twitter may have just found out why.
Arment used a test for the problem, based on something he created for the MacBook Pro, which involves switching from a black and white checkerboard image, to a grey one. In the second image, some people are reporting faint, but very noticeable traces of the checkerboard. If you're experiencing these issues, let us know, and firstly - get your iPad mini replaced, stat!