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Japan will stop making VCRs this month

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 20, 2016 6:31 pm

The home video format that started them all is on its very last legs, at least in Japan: Funai Electric Company is the last Japanese manufacturer to produce VCRs, and as of this month, it will cease making them.




The company cites an unsurprisingly declining market for the devices as well as the difficulty in obtaining parts as the reasons for the decision. Funai's VCRs were made in Chinese factories and sold under the Sanyo name as well as others in North America.


Last year, the company reported 750,000 unit sales.

French court rules Google, Bing don't have to censor torrent searches

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 20, 2016 5:11 pm

The High Court of Paris has ruled Google and Bing are not required to filter torrent-related searches within their respective engines. The request to implement such functionality as well as block websites with the word torrent in their name was put forth by local music industry organization Syndicat national de l'édition phonographique (SNEP).




SNEP's argument -- based upon its country's intellectual property code which states "all appropriate measures" are allowed in preventing copyright infringement -- was that torrent searches linked largely to illegal content. It's not an outrageous argument to make as pirate websites have disappeared before under the aforementioned code. In this case, however the court decided such measures were not appropriate, thanks in part to Microsoft's argument that such a filtering system would be , as TorrentFreak describes it, "imprecise, disproportionate and inefficient" (thus punishing legal websites).

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Ubisoft says 85% of Watch Dogs players are interested in the sequel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 20, 2016 3:35 pm

With the release of Watch Dogs 2 right around the corner, Ubisoft is going into overdrive with its marketing campaign, or is it?




During Ubisoft's recent Q1 2016 earnings result, company CEO Yves Guillemot said that Watch Dogs was Ubisoft's best-selling IP launch of 2014, selling over 10 million copies in total. According to Ubisoft's own surveys, 85% of Watch Dogs players are interested in Watch Dogs 2.


The Watch Dogs 2 trailer has accumulated over 30 million views, which has Ubisoft leading to believe that it will be one of the best-selling games the company has ever made. When pressed about the number of sales that Ubisoft expects from Watch Dogs 2, they said they expect it to sell as many as the first one did.

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Pokemon GO helps Nintendo become worth more than Sony

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 20, 2016 1:38 pm

We all know just impossibly huge Pokemon GO has been, but with Nintendo struggling against Microsoft and Sony in the console war, Pokemon GO has helped Nintendo surpass Sony in the stock market.




Nintendo is now worth more than Sony, and that is thanks to Pokemon GO. Don't believe me? Look at the chart above, and you'll see the insane spike in Nintendo's market cap since Pokemon GO launched earlier this month. Nintendo's stock has increased by close to $20 billion, a near 100% increase from what it was before Pokemon GO launched.


The numbers are absolutely off the charts, and I'm sure Nintendo is celebrating like crazy right now. It could probably give everyone who plays Pokemon GO a free next-gen Nintendo NX console when it launches and not even feel the pinch on their credit card, and it's all thanks to Pokemon GO - which is a free game. Insanity.

US government requests for user data from Google reaches a new high

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Jul 20, 2016 9:37 am

The US government requested a new record of user data from Google in the second half of 2016, with 40,677 requests impacting as many as 81,311 user accounts, reports ZDNet.




From July through to December 2015, the US government requested the 40.677 requests, an 18% increase from the first half of the year. Most of the requests are coming from the US, with 12,523 data requests in the three-month period, with requests impacting 27,157 users or accounts.


Google says it has been reporting the number of user data requests in a 6-month period going back to the second half of 2009, while it has been detailing the users and accounts it has impacted in the first half of 2011. Google notes: "Usage of our services have increased every year, and so have the user data request numbers".

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Bandai Namco teases new IP reveal for Gamescom 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 20, 2016 8:21 am

Bandai Namco has revealed it will be unveiling a new IP for the western audience at Gamescom this year.




Not only that, but the company will be presenting Dragon Ball Xeonverse 2 and Tekken 7, with both games being available to play by the public. In regards to the new IP the company will be showing off, they said: "A new IP published by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe for a western audience will be revealed at GAMESCOM 2016".


Bandai Namco didn't say which platforms its new IP would be launching on, but we should be expecting it to hit consoles and PC. As for Gamescom 2016, Bandai Namo's President of IP Strategy, Marketing and PC, Herve Hoerdy teases: "This year, again the world's largest gaming fair will be home to hundreds of thousands gaming fans who gather in Cologne".

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Ubisoft boss says Nintendo NX will help the industry grow

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 20, 2016 7:01 am

Nintendo is still quite secretive when it comes to its next-gen NX console, but that doesn't stop other companies from talking about it.




Ubisoft recently held its financial conference call for Q1 of its fiscal 2016/2017, where company CEO Yves Guillemot talked about Nintendo NX. He said that from what he's seen, the console is really great and that it's going to help the industry grow, as well as bring casual gamers back into the gaming industry.


We don't know much about the Nintendo NX console, but from what we do know, it'll be powered by an unannounced NVIDIA Tegra processor based on the Pascal architecture. We should expect Nintendo to release it in March 2017, which means we should see the company unveil it in the coming months leading up to the holiday season.

Netflix is home to 83 million subscribers, growth is slowing though

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 20, 2016 2:40 am

Netflix is currently home to 83 million subscribers, adding only 160,000 subscribers in the US and 1.52 million across the world since April.




The company has said that the slow growth is a result of the increase in churn, which could be due to the fact that they ended grandfathered plans for loyal Netflix subscribers. Back in April, Netflix predicted it would have 2 million more international subscribers, and 500,000 in the US - but it has missed that by quite a lot.


Netflix pulled in $2.11 billion in revenue over the quarter, which is what analysts expected from the streaming giant. Investors now want to feel safe with their investments into Netflix, where they want to see continued growth - especially in a world with that changes so quickly. Netflix has some massive shows on its roster like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, but the new Star Trek deal could become quite a big one in the years to come, too.

Google working on a headset that 'blurs the line' between VR and AR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 20, 2016 1:39 am

Google has reportedly been working on a secret VR project that would compete against the likes of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but according to the latest reports the company isn't doing that - and that VR project has been scrapped.




In its place, Recode reports that Google has a small team working on a dedicated headset that "blurs the line between virtual reality and augmented reality", reports Engadget. Recode reports that around 50 people were working inside of Google X lab on a standalone VR headset with a unique operating system, but this project has been scrapped.


Instead, Google has been assigning individual employees to work on a high-end headset, with some people inside of Google being told that Daydream, Google's mobile VR platform, isn't part of the Mountain View-based giants long-term plans for VR and AR. Daydream is a smaller step towards AR and VR dominance for Google, with sources saying the new headset won't require a PC or a smartphone to power it.

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