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Nintendo has sold 9.5 million Wii U consoles so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 13, 2015 12:34 am

During Nintendo's earnings report, the Japanese gaming giant revealed the overall Wii U sales figures, as well as updating its best-selling games list for its current generation console.

 

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The company sold 3.38 million Wii U consoles during its last fiscal year, with the Wii U racking up a total of 9.54 million consoles as of March 31. If we compare this to its Japanese rival in Sony, which has shipped 22.3 million PlayStation 4 consoles. But when it comes to games, we finally find out which games Nintendo has been doing well on, with Mario Kart 8 being absolutely no surprise at all.

 

With 9.54 million Wii U consoles in the wild, Mario Kart 8 has sold 5.11 million units, meaning that over 50% of Wii U owners have purchased Mario Kart 8 which is quite big for Nintendo. New Super Mario Bros. U comes in second with 4.81 million units, while Nintendo Land comes in third with 4.68 million sales.

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4K UltraHD Blu-ray format spec finalised by Blu-ray Disc Association

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 12, 2015 11:46 pm

With manufacturers continuing to push 4K displays into the marketplace and streaming services such as YouTube and Netflix offering streaming content in UltraHD resolutions, the once mighty Blu-ray disc specification has begun to seem... well, a little old. But today, the Blu-ray Disc Association has finalised the spec for the next gen Blu-ray format. Welcome 'UltraHD Blu-ray'.

 

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According to the BDA's press release as published by TheDigitalBits, the UltraHD Blu-ray spec will encode content in 3840x2160 resolution, but will include improvements such "significantly expanded color range and allows for the delivery of high dynamic range (HDR) and high frame rate content" along with making it easier to share content between devices with the "optional digital bridge feature, the specification enhances the value of content ownership by embracing the notion that a content purchase can enable the consumer to view their content across the range of in-home and mobile devices".

 

Importantly, UltraHD Blu-ray players will also be compatible with current gen Blu-ray disc and presumably DVD. It's expected that the first consumer UltraHD Blu-ray players will make their way to market early next year.

Ubisoft: No more Assassin's Creed for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 12, 2015 10:11 pm

The Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 have taken over, and Ubisoft won't bother too much with the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, the company has confirmed. Besides Just Dance, which will still ship for the previous console generation, don't expect to see other game series available for the older consoles.

 

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"On Just Dance, we will continue to bring old-gen console versions," said Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, during a recent earnings briefing. "But on the other other products like Assassin's Creed, Rainbow Six, the Division and the unannounced franchise, we will not have old-gen versions."

 

Rainbow Six: Siege and Assassin's Creed Syndicate will be available before the end of the year, available for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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Police involved after teenager freaks out when parents take his PS4

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 12, 2015 9:45 pm

In a rather bizarre news story from Canada, parents of a teenage son faced a rather volatile situation related to a video game console. The family was forced to call the police after their 13-year-old son freaked out and turned violent when his Sony PlayStation 4 game console was taken away.

 

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The problem began when the unnamed teenager argued with a sibling and his parents, involving PS4 usage. The teenager was locked in the garage by his parents, and then he tried to break the door and locks using a baseball bat and hammer, according to the police report.

 

Once police arrived, he was taken into custody after they talked him down and convinced him to surrender peacefully. He was charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and mischief under $5,000.

Nasdaq using bitcoin technology for secure, efficient stock trades

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 12, 2015 8:09 pm

Nasdaq may not be fully on the bitcoin bandwagon, but has found some bitcoin-related technology it will be able to leverage in the future. Specifically, the bitcoin blockchain will be leveraged, as it can provide a more efficient, fully-electronic service that can be used to keep records for the Nasdaq Private Market.

 

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If nothing else, this is an important step to show that bitcoins have major potential in the financial and trading markets.

 

"Utilizing the blockchain is a natural digital evolution for managing physical securities," said Bob Greifeld, CEO of Nasdaq. "Once you cut the apron strings of need for the physical, the opportunities we can envision blockchain providing stand to benefit not only our clients, but the broader global capital markets."

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Warner Music: Streaming music revenue now tops digital downloads

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 12, 2015 7:53 pm

It looks like Warner Music Group, which confirmed it makes more revenue based on streaming music than digital downloads, has learned how important Spotify, Pandora, and other streaming services can be. The company noted a 33 percent increase in streaming income, and warned other labels not to shut the door on free, ad-supported streaming models that are currently offered to music listeners.

 

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"The rate of this growth has made it abundantly clear to us that in years to come, streaming will be the way that most people enjoy music," said Stephen Cooper, CEO of Warner Music, during a recent company earnings call. "Not only that, we are also confident that streaming's ongoing expansion will return the industry to sustainable, long-term growth."

 

Even though Cooper also added that ad-based and subscription-based services are "better than piracy," that isn't likely any solace in the news - the music industry has created absolutely insane business agreements that Pandora, Spotify, and other services were forced to adopt. Apple is preparing to launch Beats Music, pending record label support, though it won't even have a free membership available.

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Report: Verizon purchasing AOL for $4.4 billion

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 12, 2015 1:16 pm

Verizon is purchasing AOL for $4.4 billion, valued at $50 per share, according to both companies early Tuesday morning. It's the latest strategic push by Verizon, as the company looks to expand its Internet of Things (IoT) offerings - and could benefit from AOL's digital and video experience.

 

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AOL, which was the dial-up ISP king in the 1990s, has generated millions in digital advertising revenue, while supporting major media brands such as Engadget, TechCrunch, and The Huffington Post. Verizon is preparing a mobile video service this summer, and could call upon AOL's advertising platforms.

 

"AOL has once again become a digital trailblazer, and we are excited at the prospect of charting a new course together in the digitally connected world," said Lowell McAdam, chairman and CEO of Verizon, in a public statement.

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'The Witcher 3' game pre-orders top 1 million ahead of May 19 launch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 12, 2015 12:45 pm

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is scheduled for release on Tuesday, May 19, and has racked up more than 1 million pre-orders, according to CD Projekt Red. The game will be available for the PC, Microsoft Xbox One, and Sony PlayStation 4.

 

 

A specific breakdown between digital and physical sales, or what platform ordered the most weren't offered by CD Projekt Red.

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Military wants to create better communication between robots, humans

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 12, 2015 10:30 am

Researchers from the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) and US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) are creating new methods for robots and humans to communicate more efficiently.

 

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The multi-modal human-robot dialogue would make use of natural language, but also include text, images and video processing. Ideally, military personnel would be able to more efficiently interact with computers and artificial intelligence, especially during missions when time is critical.

 

"Research and technology are essential for providing the best capabilities to our warfighters," said Dr. Laurel Allender, ARL Human Research and Engineering Directorate director, in a statement. "This is especially so for the immersive and live-training environments we are developing to achieve squad overmatch and to optimize soldier performance, both mentally and physically."

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