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Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 18, 2013 04:07 PM
Sony scored a hit this weekend when its PlayStation 4 went on sale to the masses, selling over 1 million of the $399 consoles in the first 24 hours.
But with any major launch, Sony ran into a few problem. "A handful of people have reported issues with their PlayStation 4 systems," Sony said in a statement to IGN. "There have been several problems reported, which leads us to believe there isn't a singular problem that could impact a broader percentage of systems. The number of affected systems represents less than .4 percent of shipped units to date, which is within our expectations for a new product introduction."
The launch is significant for the brand, which hasn't had a new console since it unveiled its PlayStation 3 in 2006—an unprecedented seven-year gap in the tech world. That console only sold 197,000 units in the first month, but the debut of the PlayStation 4 holds much more weight. Sony reported a 25 percent loss in its second quarter due to “the poor performance of its movies and TV shows in the pictures division” and lowered its full-year profit outlook from $509 million to $305 million.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 19, 2013 09:17 AM
Apple garners upbeat reviews for new iPhone and iOS 7.
BlackBerry slashes workforce by up to 40 percent.
Facebook gets First Amendment protection for “likes.”
Checkers prepares for IPO, report says.
Chili’s sees boost in checks from new table-top ordering system.
Chipotle gets more than 5 million views of Scarecrow documentary.
Dish Network wins legal victory over ABC in DVR fight.
Fisker Automotive sees its green loan from US headed for auction.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 30, 2013 09:16 AM
NFL gains big victory with concussion-suit settlement.
GM echoes 2020 deadline for "nearly" self-driving car.
Nokia unveils connected-car platform.
Amazon takes tax fight to Supreme Court.
American Standard makes case for staying at home.
Apple slides in survey of ad-agency esteem.
AT&T will expand Aio pre-paid service nationwide in September.
ConAgra Foods says "table is set" for growth.
Farmers Insurance tees up PGA tour pro for humorous approach.
GE set to exit retail lending.
Hertz expands Firefly travel brand into US.
Kia spotlights Soul on Adult Swim shows.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 29, 2013 09:28 AM
Verizon Wireless may soon buy out Vodafone stake.
Coca-Cola sees public-health battle over soda consumption flare in Mexico.
Renault sees operating chief quit amid speculation he may head for Detroit.
Amazon adds to server-market woes with its push to the cloud.
American Airlines and US Airways open to deal on antitrust concerns.
BlackBerry sees "savior" keyboard-equipped Q10 fall flat.
Carrefour's cost-cutting begins to bear fruit.
Chrysler strikes deal with Rush to promote its SRT performance brand.
Cinnabon outlines growth strategy.
GM tries to revive sales by boosting mileage of 2014 Chevrolet Malibu.Continue reading...
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Posted by Beya Likhari on August 16, 2013 03:42 PM
There perhaps hasn't been a product launch in recent Disney history that carries as much risk—and possible reward—as does the launch of Disney's Infinity, a new gaming experience that is set to be released this Sunday, August 18. Essentially, the future of Disney's Interactive unit rests on the success of the new console as the division continues to bleed cash, reporting an operating income loss of $54 million in the third quarter and a 7 percent drop in revenue from 2012 in its video game arm.
The current gaming market, where mobile reigns supreme, will prove to be a tough competitor for its newest entrant, as venerable brands in the space including Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft struggle to hold their ground against more agile mobile gamers and growing supply and demand issues for pricey consoles.
Disney, however, is looking to tackle the space from both directions. The company has launched two tablet apps that allow users to continue to play in their console-created worlds on-the-go, Variety reports. The "Disney Infinity: Toy Box" and "Disney Infinity: Action" apps, which will be made available in the iTunes Store, Windows Store and eventually the Google Play Store, allow players to build new worlds and film videos featuring themselves among the characters on their mobile devices.Continue reading...
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Posted by Ben Berkon on July 3, 2013 05:15 PM
In June, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (otherwise known as E3) exhibited the latest and greatest from video game console giants like Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft. Even though Microsoft's Xbox 360 outsold Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii U in the month of May, serious gamers were only concerned about the newest consoles to hit the market: the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
But while E3 was brimming with fans eager to hear why Microsoft decided to focus on the non-gaming, and internet and social connectivity features of the Xbox One, as well as how PlayStation 4 will offer free games and even support developers creating lower-priced console games, perhaps the greatest majority of new gamers were not present at the event.
The new generation of casual gamers are people who enjoy the likes of Words With Friends, Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, and other simple downloadable games for mobile devices like iPhone and Android smartphones, most of which are free or cost under $2. Considering the PS4 and Xbox One consoles will retail for around $399 and $499, respectively—with games costing another $59.99 each—it's not terribly surprising that video game hardware and software sales have been down around 10 percent since May 2012.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 8, 2013 09:15 AM
SAP moves into cloud computing as brand projects $10B boost from banking software.
Coca-Cola plans to invest $2 billion in Florida orange groves.
Disney second quarter soars 32% on theme parks, ESPN ad sales as company withdraws trademark application for Dia de los Muertos.
Alibaba IPO anticipation grows on revenue surge.
American Airlines launches Klout-based promo.
AOL profits boosted by advertising.
AT&T presses case in lower bandwidth spectrum case.
Bitcoin startups begin to attract real cash.
Burger King makes bold move with delivery expansion.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 24, 2013 09:30 AM
Apple posts first profit drop in a decade.
AP Twitter hack results in brief panic on Wall Street.
Coach prepares for change as Creative Director announces exit.
Lance Armstrong is accused of defrauding US in lawsuit.
BlackBerry brings back keyboard phone as part of rebirth.
Coke launches 61 unique websites for new teen-focused campaign as company's board also undergoes youth movement.
Dell approves executive-retention bonuses.
FedEx fends off rivals for US Postal contract.
Ford sees profits rise to North American record, offsetting losses in Europe.Continue reading...