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Nintendo racks up 52 million 3DS sales worldwide

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 7:30 pm

The Nintendo 3DS has surpassed 15 million units sold in the United States, boosted by a strong library of game titles, Nintendo said. The Japanese gaming company launched the 3DS to US consumers in March 2011, and had to refresh efforts immediately due to disappointing early sales.




However, the addition of Super Mario, Mario Kart, Smash Bros., and Pokemon has helped boost sales. To date, the 3DS has sold more than 52 million units worldwide, as Nintendo continues to cater to a niche gamer group.


"While crossing 15 million units is certainly a significant milestone, we are equally excited about the new momentum we've created in 2015 thanks to new hardware and an unrivaled library of software," said Scott Moffitt, marketing executive at Nintendo, in a statement published by GameSpot. "With more great games on the way and a hardware system for every type of gamer, 2015 is shaping up to be one of the stronger years yet for Nintendo 3DS in the United States."

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Report: Apple Watch and wearables just aren't impressing consumers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 6:20 pm

There are plenty of smartwatches and other wearables hitting the market, but most consumers just don't seem interested enough to buy them, according to a report from eMarketer. Industry forecasts look good, and consumer awareness of wearables is increasing, but trying to convince us to actually purchase a wearable remains difficult.




"Even though the Apple Watch has had early sales success, consumer survey data suggests manufacturers, specifically their marketing teams, have significant work to do in convincing the average person that a smartwatch is as worthy of their time and money as tablets proved to be," said Cathy Boyle, analyst at eMarketer, in the report.


Boyle also admitted that it's difficult trying to gauge the current wearables market, as more products hit the market - and what is categorized as a wearable also tends to change. Even with consumer doubt at the moment, it looks like the future still looks good for manufacturers creating wearables. In February, the Gartner research group said there was 38 percent year-over-year growth - and that trend will likely continue in the future.

ASUS to buyout HTC? It's a possibility, but chances 'are not big'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 5:15 pm

ASUS has reportedly shown interest in purchasing smartphone maker HTC, as the company's difficulties are only mounting even more.




The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer has slashed its sale forecast up to 35 percent, with its stock value dropping almost 20 percent combined over two days earlier in the week. If a company wants to swoop in and snag HTC, it would seem like now might be the right time to consider takeover attempts.


"Our chairman has chatted about the topic internally," said David Chang, Chief Financial Officer at Asustek, in a statement to Reuters. "Still, the chances of an actual takeover are not big as Asustek is a company that has depended on organic growth."

Ross Ulbricht appealing life sentence, but does he stand a chance?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 3:30 pm

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht received a life sentence without the possibility of parole, and his attorneys are appealing the court's ruling. Specifically, he received two life sentences, along with three lesser sentences that would be served concurrently.




Silk Road operated from 2011 until 2013, where thousands of drug dealers, drug users, and others exchanged illegal narcotics. Not surprisingly, Joshue Dratel, one of Ulbricht's attorneys, said the sentence handed down was "unreasonable, unjust and unfair" - and they will work to have the sentence reduced.


"I wanted to empower people to make choices in their lives for themselves and have privacy and anonymity," Ulbricht said while trying to defend his actions in creating Silk Road. "I'm not a self-centered sociopathic person who wanted to express inner badness."

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Ride manufacturer wants to create virtual reality aquariums

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 2:30 pm

The Landmark Entertainment Group has helped create fun, cool rides at amusement parks and casinos - and wants to use virtual reality to make things even better. The company will embrace VR headsets that can change how guests at a zoo or aquarium to give them a more interactive experience.




The Landmark Interactive Virtual Experience (L.I.V.E.) Centre will contain up to four hours of different content to aquarium guests. There is interest from 10 different cities in China, and L.I.V.E. Centres could expand globally if visitors embrace the new experience.


"Take a theater, an immersive cinema, a museum, an art gallery and a zoo and we're going to combine that with what we call experience or entertainment retail to create the shopping mall of the future," Christopher said in a statement published by the Washington Post.

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Report: BlackBerry considering a move to put Android on its devices

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 1:40 pm

Smartphone maker BlackBerry is reportedly interested in using Google Android on its upcoming smartphone, according to multiple sources speaking to Reuters. The company doesn't even control one percent of the current smartphone market, with constant rumors that it would just abandon phone development.




BlackBerry is fighting for its survival in the smartphone market, with users choosing Android and Apple iOS - and would be a complete reversal of BlackBerry's desire to use its own mobile OS. If BlackBerry can focus on device management and software, instead of the mobile OS, it will be able to free up resources for future development.


"We don't comment on rumors and speculation, but we remain committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which provides security and productivity benefits that are unmatched," a BlackBerry spokesperson told Reuters.

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Dyson's new lamp will run for 37 years thanks to its amazing design

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 12:08 pm

We all know how incredible the minds over at Dyson are, but their new CSYS line of lamps will run for 37 years. How? The CSYS lamps use Heat Pipe technology, similar to what is used on satellites, in order to keep the eight LEDs cool.




The heat is ripped away from the bulbs, and down into an aluminum heat sink that runs the entire span of the CSYS lamp's shaft. Each LED sits in a conical reflector, where it cuts down on glare, and the usual eye strain. Dyson has baked in 3 Axis Glide Motion that lets you position the CSYS vertically, horizontally, and rotationally, with a quick flick.


Dyson has also provided touch-based dimming, so you can adjust the brightness to your personal liking very easily. The company will be charging $649 for the CSYS, with a taller floor model to be made available for $899.

Shadow Warrior 2 announced, Lo Wang is coming back for some fun

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 10:39 am

Last year, developer Devolver Digital released a reboot of Shadow Warrior, but now the studio has just announced Shadow Warrior 2.



The company took to Twitter to tease the news, asking fans: "Who wants some more Wang?". But now, they've dropped a 19-second teaser video on YouTube, which we've embedded above. We should see Shadow Warrior 2 released for the PC, Xbox One and PS4, as well as SteamOS. The company should show off more of Shadow Warrior 2 next week at E3.

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Ubisoft releases new community Q&A on The Division

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 8:41 am

With less than a week before E3 2015 kicks off in Los Angeles, Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment have released a new video on The Division. It's a little different, as it's a community Q&A with the developer taking in questions from gamers all across the world and addressing them in the video embedded below.



Ubisoft will be showing off The Division in much greater detail at the Ubisoft E3 2015 Conference in June 15, with company CEO Yves Guillemot saying: "E3 is always a very special moment for the entire gaming community because we all come together to share our visions for the future of entertainment and reveal the games into which we've been pouring our energy and passion. The players' excitement and feedback when they first experience what we're developing is what motivates us the most".


Guillemot continued: "We love being a part of this great community, and our talented teams continue to take risks, push boundaries and offer more freedom and choice within our games so that we can create long-lasting, enriching experiences for the players".

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