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With over 300 million users, Twitter is still bleeding money

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 8:35 am

Twitter might have over 300 million users, but even with this huge chunk of users, the social network is still not making any money. Twitter has just posted its Q1 2015 earnings, where we have found out Twitter has 302 million users, up 18% from the same period of 2014.

 

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The social network reported $436 million of revenue for Q1 2015, up 74% year-over-year, but missed the forecast of $440 million. Profits are not good at all, with Twitter reporting a net loss of $162 million for the three-month period.

 

Considering Facebook has 1.44 billion monthly active users, Twitter has some serious catching up to do.

Ouya is in trouble, with reports the company is wanting a quick sale

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 7:31 am

Ouya's fall from grace is happening very fast, with company CEO Julie Uhrman sending out a (confidential) e-mail to investors and advisors, something that Fortune got its hands on, saying the company is trying to build up interest to sell the company as soon as possible.

 

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In her e-mail to investors and advisors, Uhrman reportedly said that her primary focus is trying to secure as much of the investor capital as possible. Uhrman has reiterated her stance on Ouya, standing by her Android-powered game console, saying that the company has built something very real, and valuable. She continued, saying that she still reads tweets and e-mails from Ouya fans that use their consoles each day.

 

But, it's obviously not enough for the company to survive. We should expect to see Ouya be acquired in the coming weeks.

Surface Pro 4 should be powered by fanless Broadwell chip, Windows 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 6:38 am

With Windows 10 getting closer and closer, news of the Surface Pro 4 is starting to hit. Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro 3 successor is rumored to have quite the spec sheet, including Intel's fifth-generation Core processor.

 

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The rumored specifications have the Surface Pro 4 featuring a Broadwell processor from Intel with a fanless design "but with tiny holes for heat radiation", and "no noise" because of the fanless logic board according to Windows Central. The 12-inch display will remain, with its 2160x1440 resolution, and of course, Windows 10.

 

Microsoft's use of the U-series Broadwell CPU will still generate heat, but the little holes in the Surface Pro 4 should let out most of that heat, allowing for cooler operation. We should expect Microsoft to unveil the Surface Pro 4 as part of its launch during Windows 10, which flies out the window sometime in July, according to AMD.

GoPro acquires Kolor, a French company specializing in videos for VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 6:33 am

Continuing its world domination on all things action cameras, GoPro has announced that it has acquired Kolor. Kolor is a company out of France that is a leader in making videos for virtual reality and 360-degree viewers.

 

 

GoPro is hoping to find new ways for "capturing, creating and sharing" 360-degree video, with the the company using the video above to showcase what multiple cameras can do for video content. With GoPro revenue surging 54% year-over-year to $363 million, and profits or doubling to $16.8 million, it shouldn't come as a surprise GoPro to be moving into VR.

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Oculus secures 'one of the top display innovators' from Google

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 5:29 am

We still don't know if Oculus VR will be releasing the Oculus Rift this year, but the Facebook owned VR giant has just announced it has secured two very important people to join its growing team.

 

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Mary Lou Jepsen, who is "one of the top display innovators in the world" has joined the Oculus team along with Anna Sweet from Valve. Jepsen has been honored as "one of the 100 most influential people in the world in Time Magazine, is the Pixel Qi founder, as well as as co-founder and former chief technology officer of non-profit One Laptop Per Child" reports Polygon. Before she joined the Oculus team, she was the heads of the display division of Google X, one of the most secretive parts of Google.

 

Under her new position at Oculus, Jepsen will be "developing displays that will make it possible to push the boundaries of virtual reality technology". In a statement, Jepsen said: "Virtual reality has been seen as a niche product for the wealthy. Like One Laptop Per Child's vision of computers for the poorest children, we imagine VR as an enabling technology, a platform for mass adoption, for women and men, adults and children, rich and poor, everywhere".

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Mafia 3 announcement rumored for E3 2015, will be set in Louisiana

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 4:32 am

The two Mafia games have been fan favorites for years, but the news of a third Mafia game has been non-existent, until now. Rumor has it that Mafia 3 will be unveiled during E3 2015 in June, for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

 

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We are expected to receive a gameplay trailer during E3, but as for the characters in Mafia 3, this is the surprise. We will reportedly have Joe as the lead character, as well as Vito, with the game being set in Louisiana. There will be three new characters introduced: Franklin, Tony and Mickey, thanks to news that 2K put out a casting call for three new characters.

 

We should expect the full announcement of Mafia 3 during E3 2015 which runs in LA between June 16-18, 2015.

The first Skylake Z170 motherboard appears, thanks to Colorful

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 3:33 am

Intel is expected to launch its new Skylake architecture in the next couple of months, where we are expecting a slew of Z170-based motherboards to be rolled out by the likes of GIGABYTE, ASUS and everyone else.

 

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Well, Colorful has kind of jumped the gun, with the Chinese motherboard manufacturer hosting a media event to talk about their new Intel Z170-based motherboards. We now know that the Z170 motherboards will be unleashed at Computex 2015 in June, but we've gotten an early look at the boards thanks to some tipsters who sent various media sites some images on the new motherboards.

 

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Jay-Z says his Tidal streaming music service is 'just fine'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 2:30 am

Shawn Carter, known as Jay-Z, has taken to Twitter to defend his $56 million investment in the Tidal streaming music service. The company, which charges $9.99 or $19.99 per month for two different subscription packages, must compete with Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, and more established competitors - and Jay-Z thinks competitors could be engaged in a smear campaign.

 

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Using the hashtag #TidalFacts, Carter was quick to point out that Tidal provides a better payment system for artists, and needs time to mature.

 

Jay-Z also described how Tidal pays musicians:

 

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Yahoo wants to use biometrics to scan your ear to unlock a smartphone

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 2:13 am

Yahoo Labs has introduced Bodyprint, a new biometrics technology that could one day allow users to unlock a smartphone using a scan of their ear instead of a fingerprint or password.

 

 

In addition to scanning a user's ear, Bodyprint was able to identify fingers, palms, knuckles and fists, so devices could be locked and unlocked. Even though touchscreen input resolution is fairly low, using the surface area of the screen allows body parts to be accurately matched 99.98 percent of the time.

 

The use of biometric fingerprint scanners designed to authenticate users can be found in higher-end smartphones, but the technology is still relatively expensive - due to a high-end sensor and required resolution to make them function well.

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Seattle startup Unikrn banks on rising popularity of eSports

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 1:20 am

Unikrn, a Seattle-based startup with a focus on creating a unique eSports ecosystem, will allow gamers to bet on organized, sanctioned eSports competitions - and will feature live viewing, discussions and competitive odds directly on its website.

 

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Sood, the co-founder and CEO of Unikrn is best known as founder of VoodooPC and the former GM of Microsoft Ventures, and he teased additional details about Unikrn for weeks to go. The Unikrn Arena is designed to provide a safe betting atmosphere, while Unikrn and Tabcorp helped work out legal issues, betting and gaming matters, and liquidity to improve stability.

 

Unikrn's platform has been in development since last November, and the company has raised $3 million with over $5 million committed, according to Sood.

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