The Sony PlayStation 4 has largely dominated the Microsoft Xbox One throughout 2014, but a recent price cut - and unbundling the Xbox One from the Kinect - has helped generate more interest in the Xbox One. The price cut helped spur sales for the Xbox One, with Microsoft trying to build on a strong end of 2014 leading into the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early 2015.
The Xbox One snatched up 53 percent of console sales on Black Friday, while the PS4 trailed with 31 percent - and both companies likely saw strong sales on Cyber Monday - as sales continue leading up to Christmas.
Microsoft added this tidbit: "Since the new Xbox One offering launched on June 9, we've seen sales of Xbox One more than double in the U.S., compared to sales in May."
To celebrate this week's release of 'Expendables 3' on Blu-ray HD and DVD, we have ten copies of the Blu-ray extended cut to give away to readers, thanks to our friends at Village Roadshow Home Entertainment.
In the latest 'Expendables' mission, Barney (Sylvester Stallone), Christmas (Jason Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill ... or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. The fight becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables' most personal battle yet.
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'The Expendables 3' is available on Blu-ray HD, DVD and digital from Australian retailers on December 11.
Well, I woke up to some good news this morning, with the PlayStation Experience event that is wrapping up by Sony still spilling out some truly good news for gamers.
Some of LucasArts most memorable, and best games are being remastered by Double Fine. Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango will be remastered, with Day of the Tentacle: Special Edition coming out for the PlayStation 4, PC, Linux and PlayStation Vita - but with no release date, which makes me sad.
The remastered version of Grim Fandango on the other hand, will be released on January 27, 2015 for all four of the aforementioned platforms.
A surprising announcement from Sony and Capcom during the PlayStation Experience event today, with Street Fighter 5 being announced for both the PlayStation 4 and PC exclusively.
On top of that, Sony's Adam Boyes and Capcom's Yoshinori Ono announced that there will be cross-platform play featured between the PS4 and PC, which is something that will continue having Sony edging out Microsoft in the console war. Boyes said that the two companies have been working together on Street Fighter 5, and that the "PS4 will be the only console this game ever appears on".
Some sad news today, with news of the death of video game figurehead Ralph Baer, aged 92.
Often referred to as the 'Father of Video Games', Baer was a pioneer of what became a multi billion dollar industry, when in 1966 he developed the world's first video game console, known as the "Brown Box" which was sold to the Magnavox company, and marketed as the Magnavox Oddyssey. The success of the console drew attention by competitors, including Nolan Bushnell's Atari, who took Baer's table tennis game and reconfigured into 'Pong'.
Baer also developed the very first video game peripheral; a light gun for the Maganavox, which was bundled with the 'Shooting Gallery' game for the Odyssey. A prolific inventor, Baer held over 150 video game related patents at the time of his death.
Vale Ralph Baer. You are in the thoughts of gamers worldwide today.
Back in May, we reported that Paramount Pictures was not just moving forward with their second sequel to the rebooted 'Star Trek' franchise, but that they had given the reins to writer Roberto Orci, writer of the 2013 sequel maligned 'Star Trek: Into Darkness'. Now it seems the writer turned director has parted ways with the studio.
According to a report from Deadline Hollywood, Orci has stepped down from directing, although he will stay on as a producer. Whilst their is no word on whether a script revision is in the cards, which could potentially scotch the involvement of William Shatner, which we revealed back in September. It also puts in doubt the planned 2016 release date, which marks the 60th anniversary of the franchise.
'Star Trek' and 'Into Darkness' were both helmed by JJ Abrams, who of course jumped ship to that other sci-fi franchise.
Noe Iniguez, 36, recently had the honor of being the first person convicted and sentenced under the California new "revenge porn" law. Found guilty of two restraining order violations and one state revenge porn statute, Iniguez was sentenced to one year in jail and 36 months of probation - he will also have to attend domestic violence classes.
Iniguez posted a topless picture of his ex-girlfriend on her employer's website, encouraging the company to terminate her employment, while also calling her a "drunk" and "slut."
"California's new revenge porn law gives prosecutors a valuable tool to protect victims whose lives and reputations have been upended by a person they once trusted," said Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney, in a press statement. "This conviction sends a strong message that this type of malicious behavior will not be tolerated."
Eighty-two percent of US companies suffered at least one cyberattack in the past 12 months, with 46 percent reporting at least three or more, according to a Malwarebytes report that Lawless Research conducted. Mobile security issues garner a lot of attention, but exploitable browser vulnerabilities provide the most pressing concern at the moment.
Trying to defend against these malicious attacks has allowed the cybersecurity industry to grow at a rapid pace - and as software and hardware security both improve - retailers, financial institutions, and governments remain concerned of looming attacks.
There has been a rise in ransomware attacks, survey respondents noted, and infection levels have been relatively low - but cause great concern for executives.
Intel continues to invest billions of dollars into mobile hardware development, with a specific focus on smartphones and tablets. ARM is enjoying success in mobile as the US and global markets are saturated with countless products - and while Intel is essentially late to the game - hopes to spend some money and try to get back into the competition.
The company also has diversified its efforts in the mobile hardware market, creating business relationships with Chinese companies to manufacture new CPUs for mobile products. Intel is investing $1.6 billion spread over the next 15 years for a new manufacturing facility in China that will focus on mobile chip production.
Intel also hopes that its facility can be used by third-parties, such as Apple: "It makes sense because Intel likes to make manufacturing facilities in technically sophisticated markets, which China is," noted Dean McCarron, Mercury Research principal analyst. "If someone like Apple were to approach Intel and say we want this custom phone part, it's obvious Intel will build it."
US Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) recently introduced the H.R. 5777 "Cryptocurrency Protocol Protection and Moratorium Act," which would effectively treat bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies as real currency. The moratorium would also prevent state and federal bitcoin regulation for five years - Stockman hopes investors and support for bitcoin will increase if lawmakers are unable to keep the government from interfering on a frequent basis.
Here is what Congressman Stockman recently said: "It's too early to be talking about that. Just imagine if Steve Jobs had to deal with this, or anybody starting an Internet company having to hop through the obstacles they're putting up."
US lawmakers are paying more attention to cryptocurrencies, but might be too eager to create new legislations - without thinking of long-term consequences - especially if the industry cannot flourish naturally.