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Amazon China and India facing issues with local governments

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 4, 2014 8:00 am

Amazon, Inc. is facing issues when doing business in China and India, but assured that they won't shut down its operations. According to reports, Amazon India is having a tough time dealing with Indian laws that result in an impact on its business.

 

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Earlier, many reports pointed out that operations in these countries may shut down. But Amazon India assured that though they are facing issues, they aren't shutting down their operations. The company has also said that it will be investing $2 billion in India (12,000 crore INR in local currency) for its business, with around $1 billion invested in the country so far.

 

Amazon India said that they are already facing unique risks. Currently, the retail giant is facing tax issues with the Karnataka government. According to sources, the government wants the company to pay value-added tax since they're storing goods at the company's warehouse. There's also a problem for Amazon where the Indian government restricts the ownership of Indian companies by foreign companies when it comes to multi-brand retailing online and via retail stores.

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Tesoro stops off Down Under with its gaming hardware at PAX AU 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Nov 4, 2014 7:39 am

PAX AU 2014 - After falling in love with the Kuven Devil A1 headset, I had to stop by and say hello to the good people at Tesoro while I was at PAX Australia 2014 to check out the rest of their gear.

 

 

They had quite a spacious place on the show floor, showing off their range of gaming peripherals, ranging from gaming keyboards, to mice and headsets. We took a walk around the place checking it all out in the video above, while we have individual pictures available below.

 

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Here we have the Durandal Ultimate keyboard, with 'G mode' or 5 instant profile keys, full Cherry MX Key Switches, 128KB of on-board memory, and a detachable comfortable palm rest.

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Star Citizen will have 8K textures, no 'baked down' graphics

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 4, 2014 6:21 am

PAX AU 2014 - After the 'A Chat With Chris Roberts - The Original Wing Commander' at PAX AU, we interviewed the man himself, hitting him up with some questions about Star Citizen.

 

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Roberts said that the big publishers "shouldn't have been ignoring the PC gamers, they're a much more powerful group than you think". He continued, saying that "publishers have been dropping the ball on supporting the PC", and that it "pisses me off when I see a deliberately gimped game on PC, just because we can't make it look better than the Xbox One or PS4 version". When I asked Chris about the 30FPS stories we've been hearing from Ubisoft and others lately, he had much better things to say about Star Citizen. Chris said that he "wants it all", where he wants to see Star Citizen "look as detailed as possible, in the highest resolution, at the highest frame rate" possible.

 

We asked about the insane level of detail that Star Citizen will feature, where he said that we should expect up to 8K textures, and beyond. Chris said that they're not building a game that is "baked down" as the biggest bottleneck right now is texture memory. The biggest memory hog of Star Citizen right now, are "the textures" according to Roberts. He said that "rivets, panel lines" and more are not in the textures, they're all modelled, freeing up precious texture memory. It needs to be done this way, because there are massive 1km long ships in the game, and if everything was done the traditional way, texture memory would run out very quickly.

 

When gaming at 4K, looking up close looks much better to the gamer, instead of textures being spread out and losing quality. Roberts said that texture isn't cheap, with the game having 4K and 8K textures being thrown online to your PC, being a very large bottleneck. Doing it in geometry is "much cheaper", decal textures and tiled textures being used by the team at RSI. Going to "4K or 8K, it'll still hold up, it won't break down".

Sony has sold 13.5 million PlayStation 4 consoles so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 4, 2014 5:29 am

Sony has reported a nice $2.77 billion in sales for its Game and Network Services division, which is where the PlayStation just so happens to live. These sales represent an 83.2% increase year-over-year, which is all thanks to the PlayStation 4.

 

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PlayStation 4 shipments totalled 3.3 million for the quarter, reaching a total of 13.5 million. When it came to operating income for Sony's Games and Network Services Division, it was at $195 million, compared to the $43 million for the last quarter, and up from the $37.6 million loss from the same three-month period of 2013.

 

Sony may be seeing success on the gaming side of its business, the company as a whole isn't doing too well, with operating losses of $766 million. The Japanese company has increased its loss forecast in September, pegging the blame on lagging smartphone sales.

Blizzard is planning 20th anniversary for World of Warcraft for 2024

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 4, 2014 4:38 am

World of Warcraft might not command the attention it used to, with League of Legends stomping all over it lately, but Blizzard is currently enjoying the 10th anniversary of the game this year, all while saying it has another 10 years in it.

 

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Lead Designer on World of Warcraft, Ion Hazzikostas told CNET: "I definitely can't tell you what our 20th anniversary is going to be. I can tell you there is definitely going to be one. I have no doubt saying that. We're definitely planning into the future, talking about what the next expansion is going to be, and what the one after that is going to be, just in terms of big picture storylines, how can we start setting things up now, where do we want the game to go. Ultimately it's all one step at a time".

 

In just over a week, Warlords of Draenor, the fifth expansion of World of Warcraft will be launched. Since 2010, the subscriber base has dwindled from 12 million, with around 7.4 million gamers now exploring the various world's of World of Warcraft.

Corsair Gaming shows off a slew of gaming goods at PAX Australia 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Nov 4, 2014 3:41 am

PAX AU 2014 - I'm used to seeing Corsair at events like Computex, but with the company spinning off its gaming division into its own entity, known as Corsair Gaming, the company can now better show off its gaming products at events such as PAX Australia.

 

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Corsair Gaming had a great section to its self at PAX AU, showing off its new gaming mouse, its various keyboards, headsets and more. The star of the show has to be the new Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB Mouse, which is a new super-light, great-looking gaming mouse.

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Ubisoft has shipped over 9 million copies of Watch Dogs so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 4, 2014 3:33 am

Just how popular is Watch Dogs? Ubisoft has said that it has shipped 9 million copies of the open-world hacking adventure game, detailing the massive number of titles in its recent earnings report.

 

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The company posted a 65% increase in sales year-over-year, with $605 million being made in the first six months alone, compared to the $366 million it made in the same six-month period of last year. Ubisoft said that its back catalogue is still making big money, with games like Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Far Cry 3 and Rayman Legends helping it make $142 million from its back catalogue alone.

 

In the first week of Watch Dogs' release, Ubisoft sold 4 million copies, and reported that it had sold 8 million copies some three months ago now, so sales of the game are definitely slowing down.

Christian Bale abandons role playing Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 4, 2014 3:30 am

Popular actor Christian Bale has dropped out of an upcoming biopic in which he was expected to play the role of Steve Jobs. The Aaron Sorkin-written film will be directed by Danny Boyle, and they originally tried to recruit Leonardo DiCaprio to take the role, but he's currently involved in a different film project at the moment.

 

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"We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that's Chris Bale," Sorkin said when choosing Bale. "He didn't have to audition. Well, there was a meeting."

 

Seth Rogen is rumored to play Steve Wozniak in the biopic, but without Bale acting as Jobs, it could be extremely difficult to fill the void. It remains unknown who will be tasked with the Jobs acting role now that Bale is no longer interested.

Despicable Me's 'Minions' spin-off film gets first trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 4, 2014 2:51 am

A surprise hit for the joint French / U.S. studio Illumination Entertainment in 2010, 'Despicable Me' has gone on to to become a lucrative new franchise for the fledgling studio, with its 2013 sequel 'Despicable Me 2' grossing just shy of an astonishing billion dollars worldwide.

 

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Now the studio has unveiled the first theatrical trailer for its upcoming spin-off 'Minions' which is focused solely on the diminutive yellow creatures. Based on this first look at the film, which shows the history of the race up until now, it could very well entertain the adults as much as the kids.

 

 

'Minions' is released in the US on July 15th, 2015.

Taylor Swift decides to pull her music catalog from Spotify

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Nov 4, 2014 2:30 am

Taylor Swift has decided to pull her music catalog from popular online music service Spotify, and never allowed her latest album, 1989, to be available online. Spotify has created a new playlist dubbed "What to Play While Taylor's Away," featuring music from Katy Perry, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, and Leagues.

 

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More than 16 million Spotify listeners have played Swift's tracks in the past month, with Swift appearing in more than 19 million playlists. Here is what Spotify said in a blog post: "We hope she'll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone."

 

Earlier in the year, Swift said "music should not be free," while also stating "piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically," in an op-ed published on the Wall Street Journal.

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