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Nintendo has sold a total of 9.2 million Wii U consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 1:18 am

Nintendo has posted its latest financial report, where we can see just how successful its consoles and handhelds are. Starting with the New 3DS, it has helped Nintendo push the "3DS family" over the 50 million mark.

 

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This is all while the New 3DS hasn't even launched in the United States or Europe, with these sales scooting along in Japan and Australia for now. When it comes to the Wii U console, Nintendo pushed 1.91 million units during the holiday quarter, while Wii U sales are sitting at a total of 9.2 million systems. Wii U software sales are sitting at 52.87 million.

 

Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. were big sellers for Nintendo across 2014, with Mario Kart 8 selling 4.77 million units while Super Smash Bros. sold a nice 3.39 million units. In total, New Super Smash Bros. had sold 4.16 million units.

BioShock creator teases he's working on a new first-person adventure

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 12:07 am

Ken Levine, otherwise known as the creator of BioShock, has taken to Twitter to tease that he's working on a new game. What can we expect? Levine has teased that the game is set in an original universe, and that it's in a first-person perspective.

 

 

On top of that, the plot is "sci-fi-ish" as Levine explains, with the game being "large-ish" in scope. The untitled game will rely heavily on its story and gameplay elements, something that can be repeatedly recombined with one another in really interesting ways, something that Levine calls "narrative Legos".

 

Levine has disappointed most, stating that his team will not be showing off the game at E3 2015 in June, adding that his game has only just started getting into development. When asked how the progress of the game was coming along, Levine said: "Stuff in engine. Very rudimentary gameplay. Concept art. Passion system in code. A working board game to demonstrate passions".

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Bill Gates impressed by HoloLens, says it may take a few years

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 28, 2015 11:25 pm

Count Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as a fan of the HoloLens technology Microsoft recently showed off, though said it will take a few years of development. Speaking during a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" chat, this marked the first public statement Gates had regarding the emerging technology.

 

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"The HoloLens is pretty amazing," Gates recently said. "Microsoft has put a lot into the chips and the software. It is the start of virtual reality. Making the device so you don't get dizzy or nauseous is really hard - the speed of the alignment has to be super, super fast. It will take a few years of software applications being built to realize the full promise of this."

 

Both augmented reality and virtual reality have seen numerous breakthroughs in recent years, but there are a number of challenges both technologies face. Microsoft says there is nothing like HoloLens currently available, and the headset won't directly compete with Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus or other VR headsets being developed.

Spotify launches into partnership with PlayStation and Sony

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 28, 2015 11:15 pm

Sony have moved to replace the universally disliked Music Unlimited service across their range of PlayStation, network and mobile devices with the universally loved Spotify service in a new partnership that brings the two company together for the first time.

 

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In announcing the imminent release of Spotify for PS4, the company confirmed that gamers can stream from the collection of 30 million songs and 1.5 billion Spotify playlists in-game along with the rather vague promise of "other great features that will be available exclusively through Spotify on PlayStation Music".

 

Sony have stated that the new service will launch in 41 markets initially on PS4 and PS3, as well as Xperia smartphones and tablets.

ACLU: DEA conducting massive license plate reader operation

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 28, 2015 10:11 pm

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is currently engaged in a widespread license plate reader program nationwide, and millions of license plates have been collected, according to a report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The campaign started in 2008 and focused on taking pictures of vehicles, occupants and license plates, in an effort to identify and better track suspected criminals smuggling drugs and money to and from Mexico.

 

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"It's not the kind of information government should be compiling," said Jay Stanley, a policy analyst for the ACLU, in a statement to the media. "Location data is very powerful information."

 

The following states were targeted, based on popular drug smuggling routes on highways: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Georgia, Florida and New Jersey. Once collected and archived, the DEA shared information with local and state policy officials. Data was stored on record for two years until 2012, when program officials dropped it down to six months, the ACLU report found.

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Microsoft CEO wants gamers to ponder the future using HoloLens to play

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 28, 2015 7:01 pm

Microsoft clearly is excited about the potential for its HoloLens platform to succeed in gaming, with Xbox boss Phil Spencer and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella both promoting how augmented reality can boost the gaming experience. Microsoft hasn't disclosed gaming projects for its HoloLens platform, but gaming is expected to be a major effort to help push AR mainstream.

 

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"It's also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 and HoloLens create," Nadella said during a Microsoft financial call. "Just imagine what is possible with Minecraft. Gaming truly is a valuable part of millions of people's lives and Microsoft will excel and increase our lead."

 

The HoloLens headset and Windows Holographic platform can be paired with video games to provide a unique environment - while Microsoft and Mojang have already created two HoloLens demonstrations that they look forward to launching.

Snowden: Canadian spy agency tracks millions of downloads per day

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 28, 2015 6:40 pm

The NSA and GCHQ might have the most developed spy programs uncovered by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, but recent documents reveal the Canadian Communications Security Establishment (CSE) project also has widespread surveillance operations. Canada is a member of the "Five Eyes" intelligence-sharing network along with Australia, the United States, UK and New Zealand - though is often quieter regarding its operations.

 

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The CSE "Levitation" program focused on 10 to 15 million uploads and downloads from free websites per day, designed to fight terrorism and defend national security.

 

"Every single thing that you do - in this case uploading/downloading files to these sites - that act is being archived, collected and analyzed," said Ron Deibert, director of the Internet security think tank Citizen Lab, in a statement to the CBC.

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Don't worry, Microsoft doesn't think AI will kill us anytime soon

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 28, 2015 6:21 pm

Professor Stephen Hawking and other leading experts might be concerned that artificial intelligence could pose a threat to mankind - but don't count Microsoft Research chief Eric Horvitz as one of the skeptics. Instead, Horvitz believes AI will be extremely beneficial to humans in the long-term, as AI research ramps up.

 

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"There have been concerns about the long-term prospect that we lose control of certain kinds of intelligences," Horvitz said in a statement to BBC. "I fundamentally don't think that's going to happen. I think that we will be very proactive in terms of how we field AI systems, and that in the end we'll be able to get incredible benefits from machine intelligence in all realms of life, from science to education to economics to daily life."

 

Microsoft has more than 1,000 scientists and engineers engaged in projects with its research department, and Horvitz disclosed a quarter of resources and focus are dedicated to AI-based projects.

Ideum Duet Smart Table runs both Windows and Android operating systems

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 28, 2015 6:13 pm

Ideum has launched a new line of smart tables that will run either Windows or Android operating systems, and users can switch between the operating systems easily. The tables are available in 42 and 46-inch models, and they support a standard 1080p resolution. The Duet smart tables support up to 60 simultaneous touch points in Windows 8, and 12 touchpoints with Android. The table itself is built with aircraft aluminum and cold rolled steel, and the screen has an anti-glare coating.

 

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The table top is only 2.4 inches thick and has a slim bezel on top. Internally the table features two independent computers that run different operating systems, and users can switch via a hardware or software switch on the table. For Android use the table sports a 2.0Ghz Rockchip RK3288 with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage to power KitKat 4.4.

 

The table runs two different processors for Windows 8, depending upon the size of the table. A 3.2Ghz i5-4570R with onboard graphics, 8GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD, powers the 42 inch version. The 46-inch version is powered by a 3.5Ghz i7-4710 with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, but also employs a beefy NVIDIA GTX 760 CPU.

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G2A fires back in Ubisoft spat, offers game license key replacements

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 28, 2015 2:20 pm

Ubisoft isn't going to win many customer appreciation awards with their recent move to ban game key licenses purchased through third-party key resellers. Sites such as G2A and Kinguin (among others) buy license keys in countries where prices are lower, then offer them for sale globally. Ubisoft isn't appreciative of the practice, so they took the step of wantonly deploying the Ubisoft Banhammer and revoking the keys. The problem with this approach is that it punishes the customer, instead of pursuing litigation or other methods against the resellers. In many cases, the user who purchased the key is unaware there is an issue with the practice.

 

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G2A has taken to Facebook to respond, and first denied involvement in any wrongdoing, and then offered refunds on all keys purchased with G2A Shield. It is important to note that only G2A Shield customers are protected, and that other situations will be decided individually.

 

"As some of you may already know, steps have been taken to remove games purchased indirectly from a publisher, via main marketplaces in the web. G2A.COM is not in any case responsible for any of these procedures. However, we are well aware of this process and will do everything possible to compensate for that. For users who have made transactions without G2A Shield, we will check if the corresponding merchant was responsible for the withdrawal of the code. If so, these users will get a compensation. Any user who used G2A Shield affected by the current process will get either a new code for the game or the money back. G2A.COM will make every possible exertion to prevent this kind of procedures in the future and exclude merchants responsible for such incidents from the marketplace."

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